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Gastrointestinal Associates provides healthy tips to erase holiday weight gain

January 11, 2019

Improving health is always top of mind as the new year begins. The physicians at Gastrointestinal Associates understand the unhealthy effects of extra weight and remind everyone that sensible, proven steps are the best way to erase excess pounds.

The results of overeating can lead to heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and obesity-related cancers.  One of the best ways to improve overall health is to stop overeating, according to Dr. Johnny Altawil of Gastrointestinal Associates.

“Commit to eating better and exercising more,” Altawil said. “Chronic overeating can lead to serious digestive issues and compromise your overall health.”

Altawil recommended incorporating these simple steps into a daily routine:

  • Make good food choices
  • Get more, consistent sleep
  • Stay active and sit less
  • Drink more water

Resources are available to help implement these changes, including smartphone apps that track food and water intake, exercise and even sleep. A physician or specialist can recommend other weight loss options, including surgical or non-surgical procedures, exercise groups, healthy eating classes and more.

Gastrointestinal Associates offers a non-surgical solution called GIA 180. The program provides counseling, coaching, support and accountability for a holistic approach to weight loss. For more information, visit or call 865-588-5121 for an appointment.

About Gastrointestinal Associates
Gastrointestinal Associates is one of the Southeast’s leading GI practices and is the only GI practice in Knoxville that operates three licensed and certified endoscopic ambulatory surgery centers in the north, central and west areas of Knoxville and Knox County. For more information, visit