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Archive Category: Weight Loss

Some Healthy Fats to Include . . .

October 11th, 2016

Fats have been villified for years now but the recent release of OLD reports reveals that sugars and refined carbohydrates are greater risk factors to our overall health. So, healthy fats are now exonerated–include nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocados in your diet (avoiding, of course, anything that you are intolerant or allergic to). Check out this article. To your health!!

Paleo May Be Even Better Than Mediterranean

October 11th, 2016

The article summarizes findings comparing the popular Mediterranean diet to the increasingly popular Paleo (or pre-agrarian) diet. The findings suggest improved weight loss and especially improved reduction of waistlines. And those in the study ate until they were full. Schedule an appointment to see if the diet is right for you, and for clarity amongst all the internet hype!

How The Impact of Sugar Has Been Down-Played

September 14th, 2016

Sugar is associated with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and more. One of my favorite recollections was in medical school when I was scanning the nutrition shelves. I flipped open an OLD nutrition book (from late 1800’s)–the author was emphatically warning of the health consequences of “artificial sweeteners”. I rechecked the publication date, scratched my head, and read on, wondering what “artificial sweetener” this could be. It was CANE SUGAR!! Please read the attached article and watch the Fed-Up movie.

Thin Fat??

August 16th, 2016

This is a great article explaining the health consequences of “obesity” whether the individual is thin or fat . . .

Multiple Small Meals? Not So Good For Us . . .

July 27th, 2016

Where do I start? This article has some great information–please check it out.

Also, for those trying to lose weight, these frequent small meals can end up being self-sabotage. Whenever we eat, we get an insulin release–higher with more carbohydrates, higher with simple sugars. Insulin is designed to STORE energy as fat. We cannot lose weight with insulin is present. We should “fast” long enough between meals to switch to release of glucagon which draws from the “energy” that insulin has stored. If we keep eating throughout the day, we get little or no glucagon. SO, if we eat many small meals throughout the day, weight loss becomes difficult or impossible. And we haven’t even mentioned leptin and ghrelin!

My recommendation for most adults (children may need healthful snacks between meals): Try eating 2 – 3 square meals daily. Focus mostly on healthy veggies and healthy fats (e.g., olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, nuts, etc.). Limit animal protein to only healthfully-raised meats/poultry/fish. Enjoy fruit but limit it, too. Fast 12 hours nightly. If you get any symptoms other than hunger, eat something healthy and see your doctor.

Childhood Obesity on The Rise–There is Good News However!

May 2nd, 2016

The evidence is all around us–increasing obesity. Not only are adults becoming increasingly obese, but our children are as well. I’ve posted some recommended viewing and reading explaining some of the causes. Overwhelmingly, however, it is the choices we are making at the grocery store and at restaurants. We are told that our food is safe, even “healthy”, but the bottom line is that the food industry desires to make money, not provide health. THE GOOD NEWS is that healthy foods ARE offered in our groceries and we CAN choose them: fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, nuts and seeds. The challenge is that we are inundated with advertising for foods that are truly addictive–the transition to a whole food diet can be brutal. Check out Whole30.com. And please surround yourself with a cheer-leading team for your healthy lifestyle (food habits and exercise)–we love being a part of this team!!

Fish Oil and Weight Loss

January 25th, 2016

I’ve had a number of patients report they’ve heard that fish oil causes weight loss. I wish it was that easy! However, the addition of quality fish oil to a weight reduction program has been shown to improve weight loss. It is also important for brain and heart health. Click here for more info.

Hot Chili to Reduce Obesity??

September 28th, 2015

New research is linking the consumption of capsaicin ( a constituent in chili peppers) with satiety. As a result, we feel full and therefore this may reduce the risk of over-eating. Check out this article and ask your doctor if you can increase your consumption of peppers.

Endocrine Disruptors–Hidden in Our Daily Lives

July 6th, 2015

I sure wish it were different, but so many so-called “safe” products are actually potent endocrine disruptors. What that means is that these products adversely effect our thyroid and sex hormones. They can cause such problems as hypothyroid symptoms, weight gain, and infertility, among many others. PLEASE read the attached article. EWG has a top 12 list of dangers as well. Bottom line, avoid artificial fragrances (perfumes, air fresheners, dryer sheets, hair care products, lotions, soaps, detergents, etc.). Check out EWG‘s site for safer alternatives.

Avoid Eating at Night

July 6th, 2015

Not only does eating at night reduce sleep quality, it also contributes to difficult weight loss. Ideally, stop eating about 3 hours prior to going to bed and fast 12 hours nightly. Read more here.

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