Like some of my patients, 43-year-old Martha immediately displayed her nutrition savvy during our first consultation. A busy CEO at one of Manhattan's top design firms, she consistently kept abreast of the latest nutrition findings. Yet amid constant hype, hyperbole, and sometimes downright misinformation, Martha arrived confused and unsure about how to lose 30 pounds and eliminate her ever-increasing joint pain.
"Every week a new study comes out telling us something contradictory," she said. "I've tried every freaking diet in the world but always regain the weight, plus the pain sometimes feeling unmanageable."
As a physical therapist who specializes in pain management, I've helped countless patients like Martha cut through confusion and return to tried-and-true principles to reduce pain, lose weight, and hit the optimal-health reset button.
While that sometimes demands more advanced strategies, these seven core foundational strategies benefit nearly everyone. It's never a bad idea to go back to the basics.