Jul
29
2014

Product Spotlight: Berry Drinks

When the perfect weather requires the perfect drink, look no further than Robard’s new Cranberry Grape and Mixed Berry Drinks with Fiber! These two new beverages from Robard provide the unique blend of superior nutrition with a delicious taste making it the ideal drink to bring increased retention to your program!

Only being 70 calories, these drinks are an optimum substitute to other less nutritious, more sugary alternatives. Need a post-workout drink? Packed with 15 grams of protein, pour two of these into your bottle, mix with water, and your dieters have a protein supplement that rivals the nutrition of any protein shake they can find, with none of the fat!

Both of these beverages offer 3 grams of fiber to provide your dieters added satiety and energy, as well as keeping them on track for their proper daily dietary fiber consumption. With providing hydration, nourishment, and nutrition, Robard’s Cranberry Grape and Mixed Berry Drinks are assured to play vital parts in your dieter’s program, and your program’s retention rates.

These drinks also come in 12 gram protein, 0 gram fiber options. Aside from these drinks, Robard also offers Wildberry and Strawberry Kiwi flavors. For more information on these beverages or to look at the rest of our wide variety of products, explore our full product catalog at http://www.robard.com/Catalog/, or contact one of our Business Management Representatives. 


Jul
15
2014

Weight Loss is the Best Medicine

From hypertension to bad knees, nowadays you can get a prescription for practically any ailment you have.  However, medication can only provide relief fora certain amount of time and even though you are treating the ailment, you may not be treating the cause.

Obesity can be the cause of many health risks such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, back pain, diabetes, the list can get extensive but I think you get the point. Even though you have different complications they could all be coming from the same source.

Take Jim Carpenter for example, he once weighed 518 pounds, and had the health risks to prove it. Jim suffered from heart failure, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stage one kidney failure, knee pain, and other health issues. Needless to say he took a multitude of medication for these varying ailments. But guess what medicine worked best for him?

After Jim lost almost 300 pounds he no longer needed medications for his diabetes, blood pressure, kidneys, as well as decreased his cholesterol medication. All this from losing weight! Weight gain and obesity can bring on many health problems and risks, but WEIGHT LOSS can potentially to do the exact opposite, without the medications that only deal with the surface and not the underlying problem.

Recent study found that doctors find it more and more difficult to talk to their patients about their weight. As a result when the patient brings up a health problem, instead of getting to the core of the issue, they write a prescription. As a provider, don’t fall victim to filling out prescriptions when there are better more effective ways of treatment. As a dieter, medicine will alleviate the pain (even if temporary), but see if there are other ways to improve your quality of life! 

 

Crossword Puzzle Answers
Across: 1. basketball 2. hockey 3. football 4. Skiing
Down: 1. soccer 2. tennis 3. baseball 4. bowling
Jul
7
2014

World Cup — What’s Your Goal?

The biggest sporting event in the world is almost over! The World Cup, hosted by Brazil, is considered (outside of the Olympics) to be the most significant international competition going today. The best soccer players from all over the world gather every four years to battle it out for bragging rights and the distinction of being the best soccer team on the planet.

Oddly enough, the World Cup makes me think of an article I read last year that examined diets of families from different parts of the world — countries like Mexico, China, Poland, the United States, and many more.

One of the most glaring differences is the type of food people in different countries eat. Some families eat a high amount of process foods, such as corn dogs and frozen pizza, while others eat more vegetables and grains. Another disparity, as you may guess, is the cost of food.  On average, a Texas-based family spends $242 per week on food, while a Mali-based family spends $30… and that’s for a family of 15!

The World Cup brings together different countries for one common goal. But it’s always intriguing to consider how different cultures and countries do things differently, especially when it comes to food. With the world’s obesity rate rising, it’s a good time to see the effect food choices have on weight and health, and, of course, what can be done to strive for better health. Now, that’s a goal we can all shoot for!

What’s your goal? 

Links: Time, BoredPanda

Jul
2
2014

Thirsty?

Dieting notoriously focus on what we eat. What about what we drink? While beverages provide refreshment, hydration, and at some times nourishment, hidden in many seemingly innocent beverages could be lots of calories that sabotage your success! 

Did you know that a 12-ounce can of soda averages 150 calories and a 12-ounce can of regular beer is about 160 calories? Recent study showed that an American diet has 21 percent of its calories comprised of beverages alone.

This explains why most diets encourage water; not only does water refresh and hydrate, it fills you up while keeping your calories down. There’s no restriction on how much water you can drink and it is one of the best (if not, the best) beverage to drink while exercising.  Another great beverage to consider when trying to lose weight, or just to be healthy in general, is green tea. Green tea is well documented for how its compounds, nutrients, and antioxidants benefit the body. However, it is best to use tea bags instead of buying it already made from your grocer’s fridge to keep calories and sugar low.

A lot of our “hidden calories” go into our beverages. Next time you go to take a sip, consider the drink. 

Links: Webmd, Newsmax

Jun
24
2014

FDA Takes a Look at Appetite-Suppressing Device

The Maestro Rechargeable System is the latest attempt of the weight loss industry to keep up with the accelerated pace of technology. The device is made to stimulate the stomach nerves electronically in an effort to curb hunger pangs and appetite, and ultimately lose weight. 

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) nine-person Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel voted that the device is safe to use as currently constituted with a vote of 8 to 1. Also with a vote of 6 to 2 (with one abstention), the panel voted that the benefits outweighed the risks. However, in what may have been the most significant vote, four members of the panel voted that the device would be effective on patients as opposed to five that said it wouldn't. Even though the panel’s vote isn't binding and doesn't need to be taken into consideration by the FDA, it typically is.

The Maestro Rechargeable Device is in the entry level of approval and development in the United States; however, it's currently under commercial use in Australia, the Hadi Hospital in Kuwait City, Kuwait, as well as clinical studies. In a study that spanned one year, results showed that patients using the device lost roughly 8.5 percent more of their weight as compared to patients not using the device.

Similar to other things we may put into our bodies, the Maestro device does have side effects, and it’s a matter of whether those effects negate whatever benefits that would come from the usage of the device that is most important. It’s another step in the direction of trying to find a resolution to the world’s increasing obesity problem, and that’s something that should be applauded. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments.

Links: CBSnews, WebMD

Jun
17
2014

Study Shows Benefits to High-Protein Breakfast

A recent study may give another reason why breakfast can be your most important meal of the day, especially for women. 

Study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia resulted in the conclusion that a high-protein breakfast helps women maintain their glucose control. Why is this beneficial? Eating naturally increases glucose levels. However, too much of an increase can lead to poor glucose control, possibly resulting in diabetes or other health complications.

"Protein-rich breakfasts led to lower spikes in glucose and insulin after meals compared to the low-protein, high-carb breakfast," says Kevin Maki of Biofortis Clinical Research. Protein is found in many popular breakfast items such as eggs, oatmeal, and cottage cheese and if this study is any indication, we may be better off reaching for these items in the morning compared ones higher in carbs such as certain cereals or juices. 

Link: University of Missouri-Columbia 

Jun
9
2014

Healthy Summer Snacks

Whether it’s a vacation, taking the family for a day in the park, or just hanging out with friends on the beach, summer is considered the ideal time to be out and about.  While we’re out, we may tend to grab a snack to carry us through the day. However, in the midst of enjoying ourselves we end up reaching for the water ice, ice cream, and other sweet (but unhealthy) snacks.

Take a look at these summer treats that go great with the season, and your diet!

Grilled Vegetables: If you haven’t yet, I’m sure you will visit a barbeque or a cookout soon, maybe even host one of your own. When you do, try throwing some vegetables on the grill such as zucchini, onions, eggplant, bell pepper, or any other low-calorie vegetable that you enjoy. It will add a lot of flavor to your meal, but won’t add nearly as many calories as other side dishes that will be close by.

Watermelon: Watermelon is an ideal fruit for the summer season. With a name like “water” melon, you would think it is made of a lot of water, and you would be right. A cup of diced watermelon contains 92 percent water, perfect for hydration during those hot summer days. Watermelon is also high in Vitamin A (helps with eye health) and Vitamin C (helps strengthen the immune system), add the delicious flavor and you have your prototypical summer treat.

Salads: Salads are relatively easy to make, and convenience is certainly what we are looking for when it comes to summer. However, try changing things up by adding some whole grain to your salad such as wheatberry or tabouli. Adding whole grain gives you the chance to taste something new as well as bring all the nutrients and benefits that comes with whole grains. If you’re looking for some healthy ways to add toppings to your salads, take a look at this.

Just because we find time to take a break during the summer doesn't mean we have to take a break from our diet. These snacks are great to enjoy in the summer and don’t come with the guilt of not sticking to your diet. If you have any other snack ideas that you love to use during the summer feel free to leave them in the comment box below. 

 Links: Watermelon.org, Webmd, Redbookmag,com

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