June 20, 2016
As the Leaders in Weight Management, Robard Corporation offers the Robard Blog as a resource to dieters and medical/ non-medical weight loss professionals to provide helpful, inspiring, entertaining, accurate, and valuable information about health, wellness, weight loss, and obesity. We are looking to partner with current Robard customers, as well as other experts in the fields of health, wellness, obesity, and weight loss to submit articles in contribution to our mission to support healthy weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.
Topics we are interested in having guest bloggers cover include (but are not limited to):
• Medical and non-medical weight loss/ weight management
• New industry and scientific insights in weight loss and obesity
• Inspiring and motivational content for dieters
• Effective exercise, diet, and weight loss advice
• Obesity treatment success stories
• Operating a weight loss program/business
• Articles on comorbid conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease
Please visit blog.robard.com to familiarize yourself with our blog, see recent topics, and imagine how you can contribute unique content.
Credit and Promotion
As a guest blogger, you will receive proper credit and promotion for your submission with:
• a prominently featured byline, containing a bio (50 words max), photograph, and a link to your business/professional website
• Your blog article, name, and credentials promoted in a custom graphic featured in the slider section of Robard.com’s homepage
• Distribution/ promotion of blog article to an email list of nearly 8,000 subscribers
With continued partnership, guest bloggers may also receive a featured interview as an industry leader in the Robard Blog and customer newsletter, and potential opportunities to be featured as a speaker in a future Robard webcast.
Criteria for blog submissions:
• No more than 450-600 words
• Conversational, but knowledgeable tone
• Submitted work must be previously unpublished
• Submission should contain up-to-date and accurate information
• Information and facts must be properly cited with reputable sources
• May include images, videos, slideshows, and other visual media to support the content (optional, to be used at Robard staff’s discretion)
• All submissions may be edited at the discretion of Robard staff for grammar, length, and style prior to approval for publishing to meet the editorial and brand standards of Robard Corporation
We are not interested in:
• Self-promotional content
• Anything that is offensive, politically controversial, or inaccurate
• Plagiarized content
**To be considered:
Send an email to
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June 7, 2016
They’ve all made it to the label. The food label that is! The FDA recently announced that they are making a few changes to Nutrition Facts Labels to help consumers make better informed food selections.
What was the issue with the current labels? Well, there isn’t necessarily an “issue,” but with new scientific evidence about nutrition, the FDA decided that the labels need to better reflect the current landscape of our nutritional needs.
So, what’s changed?
• Added Sugars will now be part of the label: It is recommended that we consume no more than ten percent of our caloric intake from added sugar. Well, how would we know? With the addition of added sugar, it will be much easier for you to stay within the recommended amount.
• Vitamin D and Potassium will be required to be on the label and Vitamins A and C no longer need to appear. Research has shown that there is a general deficiency of Vitamin D and Potassium in our diets, as opposed to Vitamins A and C where people generally consume the daily recommended amount.
• Serving size will now reflect the amount of food or beverages currently consumed by people. For example, ice cream where a serving was ½ cup, it will be increased to 2/3 cup. You will also notice the same product with two sizes having different labels, both showing one serving, such as 12 and 20 ounce bottles. In addition, type size for “Calories,” “Servings per container,” and “Serving size” will be increased with calorie amount and “Serving Size” being bolded.
While labels will change gradually, the deadline for all products is July 26, 2018. The big question is, how much of a change will we see in food selection with these updated labels? And, how much will your buying decisions change?
If you want more information on the new Nutrition Labels, click here.
Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation
June 2, 2016
When it comes to dieting, many people develop an adversarial relationship with food. Dieting often becomes about what you can or can’t eat … with all our favorite (junk and comfort) foods ending up on the chopping block. However, while watching what you eat is certainly important, more experts are pointing to HOW you eat as an important tool toward better eating. It’s called mindful eating, and it’s helping people rethink and shift their relationship to food.
Registered dietitian, Jenni Grover, describes mindful eating as “intuitive eating… a concept with its roots in Buddhist teachings, [which] aims to reconnect us more deeply with the experience of eating — and enjoying — our food.” No, you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk or meditate every day to be a mindful eater. Mindful eating is based on the idea that there is no right or wrong way to eat, but rather varying degrees of consciousness about what we are eating and why. The goal of mindful eating, then, is to base our meals on physical cues, such as our bodies’ hunger signals, not emotional ones — like eating for comfort. According to a recent article in the New York Times, mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving anything up. Rather, it’s about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it.
Part of the reasoning behind mindful eating when it comes to health and weight loss is that it combats mindless or unconscious eating. Research shows that mindless eating plays a significant role in weight gain because we do not recognize when we’re actually full, causing overeating. However, when we eat mindfully, not only can we better experience the pleasure of the food we eat, we build more awareness around how much food we need to eat, as well as create opportunities to make healthier choices around food selection.
Thinking about trying it? Consider these 9 tips to start you off in exploring the concept of mindful eating, which are intended to help you slow down and pay attention to your meal:
1. Chew 25 times
2. Feed yourself with your non-dominant hand
3. Eat everything with chopsticks for a week
4. Put your fork down between each bite
5. Take your first bite with your eyes closed
6. Try to identify every ingredient in your meal
7. Put your food on a plate
8. Sit at a table
9. Eat in Silence
For a little more in-depth resource about mindful eating and how it can benefit your weight loss goals, check out this fun Infographic from the Summer Tomato blog, all about the benefits of eating mindfully.
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
May 31, 2016
Technology has gotten its hands on everything, and health and fitness is no different. Whether it’s your phone, tablet, or even your watch, something to aid you in your health is a push or a click away. To make sure we are taking advantage of our devices’ (and our app stores) fullest capabilities, we took a look at seven of the top Android and Apple health and fitness apps on the market. Even though some of them have in app-purchases (meaning you can buy a feature or package that may enhance your experience using the app), all the apps on this list are free to download to your device. Let’s get started! (Note: This list is in no particular order of preference. Choose the app that works best for you!)
1. Tabata Timer
Tabata is a form of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) — simply put, it requires doing a lot of exercise in a short amount of time. A Tabata workout will consist of a certain amount of seconds a user will work out and a certain amount of seconds they rest; For example, while doing four minutes of pushups, a user is challenged to perform 20 seconds of pushups and then rest for 10 for the complete four minutes. This app is ideal for that. Users simply set how many seconds they are going to work out, then how many seconds they rest, and how many rounds they do it for. You can even add a song to play during the workout to keep you pushing through it. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.
2. BodySpace (Developer: Bodybuilding.com)
This is the mobile hub of one of the biggest health websites on the internet, Bodybuilding.com. With this app, users can follow a workout routine, create one of their own, and find different exercises and the body parts they wish to focus on. They even enter competitions for cash prizes! But maybe its coolest feature is its online community, where users can find friends and challenge each other to take their workouts to the next level. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.
3. MapMyRun (Developer: MapMyFitness, Inc.)
For the runners out there, this app lets you track your journey step-by-step. This app measures the distance a user runs, the route their journey took them through, the pace they ran at, and logs all of their runs. Hit a personal best? This app will let users share the run on social media for ultimate bragging rights. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play. For the more outdoorsy type, there is also a MapMyHike app. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.
4. MyFitnessPal (Developer: MyFitnessPal, Inc.)
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular calorie counting apps on Android and Apple devices. It has a huge database consisting of over 6,000,000 foods. This app can connect to pretty much any fitness device (e.g. Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc.). And, if you don’t have a device, it can still track a user’s exercise. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.
5. FitStar Personal Trainer (Developer: FitStar, Inc.)
The common excuse, “I don’t have time to work out,” is a thing of the past with FitStar, the app that gives users a workout that they can perform anywhere. What makes this app interesting is its dynamic adjustment of user goals, capabilities, and feedback — just like a personal trainer. FitStar Personal Trainer has an accompanying yoga app, called FitStar Yoga. Just like its personal trainer cohort, FitStar Yoga is ideal for people that are trying to get a session in no matter the time or place. Get it: now: iTunes -- Google Play.
6. HealthyOut Healthy Meal Finder (Developer: Rise Labs, Inc.)
Want to go out to eat but don’t want your diet to crash and burn because of the meal? HealthyOut will helps users find healthy dining out selections in their area. Users can search for meals by type of dish, specific ingredients they would like to have, or the type of cuisine. Want a Mediterranean high protein meal? This app will find a place in your area if there is one. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.
7. Applicable App for Your Fitness Device
Whether you have a Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone or a Garmin, make sure you get the accompanying mobile app for the device. You will be able to do some neat things like mark down your personal records, change your device settings, and even make your device an alarm clock. It’s all about personalization, so make it yours and own it!
Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation
May 26, 2016
Exercise: Are you exhausted and intimidated by just looking at that word? Especially for those unaccustomed to getting regular exercise, the thought if it conjures up images of sweat, discomfort, pain, boredom, embarrassment, and many other unpleasant thoughts. Experts constantly point to the importance of diet coupled with exercise to achieve weight loss goals. However, something that often gets left out of the equation that many are saying is just as important, as well as more enjoyable, than exercise is physical activity. But isn’t physical activity and exercise the same thing? The answer is kind of, but not really.
Physical activity is movement that is carried out by the skeletal muscles that requires energy. In other words, any movement one does is actually physical activity.
Exercise, however, is planned, structured, repetitive and intentional movement intended to improve or maintain physical fitness. Exercise is a subcategory of physical activity.
So while going to the gym and lifting weights might be an exercise that can help improve your physical fitness, it is not the only form of physical activity that can provide important health benefits, and help you avoid a number of different chronic health conditions.
Luckily, physical activity is a very broad idea and can incorporate many different kinds of activities, some that we really enjoy. And so the idea of getting more physical activity doesn’t need to be accompanied with the same kind of dread that going to the gym might. Maybe you really love salsa dancing at family parties, or taking walks helps you to clear your mind. Think about all the things you love to do that require you to move your body and figure out how you can incorporate those movements into your daily routine. As you add more physical activity to your life, you’ll start to see the difference in your energy levels, body composition, and mental outlook… and then maybe exercising at the gym won’t seem that bad anymore!
For more inspiration on different kinds of physical activities that will get you off the couch and moving, check out our list of 10 Fun Physical Activities for Weight Loss!Sources: Ace Fitness, World Health Organization
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
May 24, 2016
For Melanie Cain, being overweight kept her from living the active life she wanted to live. She couldn’t get down on the floor to play with her grandchildren. And the thought of putting on a bathing suit deterred her from boating with her husband. But the last straw was her mom’s final wish. She wanted Melanie to get her weight under control so she could live a healthy and fulfilling life.
“I was determined,” says Cain, who joined the medical weight loss program at the Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center in August 2015, “and I was going to take all the advice I could get from the experts.”
One “aha” moment was in a group discussion, facilitated by Rebecca Gomez, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and behavioral health coordinator for the program, when Cain learned about journaling. Now, she journals about what she eats, food labels, trips to the grocery store and even writes words of encouragement to herself.
“My motto is this: the food I’m putting in my mouth — is it fuel for my body or not?” asks Cain. “Journaling definitely holds me accountable for what goes in my mouth and the amount of food consumed.”
Now approaching the summer of 2016, Cain achieved her goal, losing more than 70 pounds. With newfound energy, she can play on the floor with her grandchildren. Plus, she’s overcome her dread of wearing a bathing suit, and is taking her whole family on their first beach vacation in twelve years.
“I had struggled with weight my whole life and tried multiple programs” says Cain. “No program has ever given me the tools to be successful before. I have learned so much about nutrition, the emotional aspect of eating and the importance of exercise. Intellectually I knew what I was supposed to do, but never knew the reasons behind it.”
Cain also says she learned how important protein is in your diet.” It’s not just about counting calories. And I learned my body really does need eight hours of sleep at night. Plus, to count as exercise it doesn’t have to be a big deal—any movement is better than none.”
About the Center for Weight Management
The Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center is a leader in both medical weight management and bariatric surgery. They offer a multidisciplinary team to work with patients throughout their journey to better health, providing medical, dietary, exercise, behavioral and peer support designed to meet their individual needs.
Robard Customers: Do you have a Weight Loss Success Story you’d like to Share?
Do you have a success story from working with a dieter in your center, or perhaps a success story about how you launched a new program or service in your center that you would like to possibly have featured in an upcoming Robard Blog? If so, send us your story in 400 words or less — and any pictures showcasing the story — to SuccessStories@Robard.com. If your story is selected, it will be featured in an upcoming Robard Blog — plus you’ll receive a free ad for your center for a two-week period on the Robard Blog!
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May 19, 2016
There’s no denying that food makes us feel good. There’s something about that tub of Häagen-Dazs after your first major breakup or devouring that entire bag of chips while you’re up late cramming for an exam that is immensely satisfying. When we eat large amounts of food — especially “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings as opposed to hunger, it’s called emotional eating. And while it may seem harmless, emotional eating is actually a form of disordered eating that can send your weight spiraling out of control before you know it.
The link between food and emotions has been well documented. Carbs can cause actual changes in your brain chemistry, boosting a chemical in the brain called serotonin. The higher the levels of serotonin, the more content you feel (at least temporarily). Overeating can also be related to chronic stress, which creates elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, tricking your body into thinking you’re going through a famine and increasing food cravings. And according to a recent study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, consumption of foods high in sugar and fat releases dopamine, the chemical that stimulates the brain’s pleasure center and makes us feel euphoric. That chocolate is actually working like a drug in your body, numbing feelings of stress or sadness, and giving you a temporary high… with a much less temporary muffin top!
If you are unsure about whether or not you are emotionally eating, look to these four tell-tale signs:
• You eat when you are not physically hungry.
• It is hard to find food that satisfies you.
• Cravings are triggered by an emotion such as anger, anxiety, or boredom, etc.
• Comfort eating has a mindless component to it. You may not enjoy or taste the food because you are eating it mechanically, as if in a trance.
While emotional eating can feel great at the height of a stressful situation, making it a habit can have a negative impact on your life, as well as sabotaging your weight loss goals. But like any other lifestyle change, emotional eating can be controlled through awareness and the consistent practice of new behaviors, with some helpful tips like these:
1. To deal with food cravings that result from negative emotions, check out our 5 Tips to Control Your Worst Food Cravings.
2. Use your non-dominant hand to eat. A 2011 study by researchers from the University of Southern California found that this practical strategy can reduce the amount that you eat. This action breaks up the automatic hand-to-mouth flow and encourages you to think about each bite.
3. Develop an awareness of your emotions and what feelings give you the urge to eat. Start a journal and write it down so you can start to figure out what your triggers are.
4. Replace food with a more positive coping mechanism. Once you’ve identified what feelings make you want to eat, replace the urge to eat with a different activity — it can be something fun, physical, or even creative. Make it something you enjoy doing that can serve as a pick-me-up on a tough day that doesn’t add calories.
Take control of your weight by taking control of your emotions. With a little bit of practice, you can put a stop to emotional eating… and you’ll be happy you did!
Sources: Dr. Oz, Shape, Everyday Health, CNN
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation