Eat More, Exercise Less...?

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 29, 2015

Quick: What’s the first thing you think of after you eat a Clif Bar or a bowl of Wheaties? Do you want more? You wouldn’t be the only one according to a recent study published in the Journal of Marketing Research which states that not only will you eat more of these “fitness foods,” but you will also exercise less. Researchers believe the root of this comes from “fitness branding” where marketers promote their products as “fitness foods” resulting in the mental relaxation of how much food you’re actually consuming, and you’re your physical activity.

I was a little taken back when I saw this. I’m a fan of Quest Bars personally, as well as Robard’s very own protein supplement bars. But I tend to limit myself to one bar a day, and in the case of me eating more than one, I certainly wouldn’t charge it to “well, its fitness food, so it must be OK.”

But then I noticed that “restrained eaters” were used as the subjects of the study. Restrained eaters are eaters who are chronically concerned about their body weight and, probably most importantly, they are susceptible to overeating. This is a stark contrast from a “natural eater” who “usually eats when hungry, stops when sated, and doesn’t think much about food in-between meals.”

Participants were given trail-mix marked both “Fitness” and “Trail Mix,” and were told to “pretend that they were at home helping themselves to an afternoon snack.” Then, they were given eight minutes to taste and rate the product. Now even though the study wanted to see how the branding of the snacks would affect the eaters, wouldn’t the type of eater they are also play a factor into how they would react?

Studies have been conducted between the correlation between obesity and restrained eating, partially because being a restrained eater could lead to overeating. Signals of hunger, satiety, and other factors that play a role in how you eat aren’t necessarily concise with a restrained eater. However, it is in the natural eaters’ nature to only eat when they have to, no more no less.

The study’s ultimate goal was to have marketers of these products do a better job of including other fitness cues that are a part of being healthy as well as letting people know that there is more to fitness than just the products they are marketing. But don’t we know that? What do you think?

Source: American Marketing Association, Calorie Count

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | Exercise | For Dieters | For Providers | Healthy Eating | Meal Replacements

Asthma Severity Lessens with Weight Loss

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 18, 2015




The chronic lung disease, asthma, affects one out of every 12 people in the United States with varying levels of severity. For some, treating asthma can be as simple as using an inhaler when they begin to wheeze; for others, it can be serious enough to completely restrict breathing and result in a trip to the hospital.

The role of being overweight and obese has been frequently studied in regards to the severity of one’s asthma with a universal conclusion: There is a link between how extensive your asthma can be and how much you weigh. However, something that has rarely been studied is how weight loss affects someone’s asthma. Until now.

A Canadian study published in the June issue of the journal CHEST found weight loss reduced asthma severity as measured by airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in obese adults. In what is considered one of the more accurate studies on the subject, it was discovered that the incidence of asthma is 1.47 times higher in obese people than non-obese people, and a three-unit increase in body mass index is associated with a 35 percent increase in the risk of asthma. The study supports the active treatment of comorbid obesity in individuals with asthma.

“This study is unique because of its strict adherence to an accurate diagnostic criteria and study outcome (AHR), resulting in purer results to support weight loss as a strategy to normalize or reverse asthma in this group of people hit hard by the condition,” says Smita Pakhale, MD.

The comorbidities associated with obesity are numerous. Yet, asthma and other chronic conditions spurred by obesity are consistently treated with prescriptions and costly office visits. However, it seems like getting to the root cause of these conditions is the best medicine after all. Obesity treatment works.


Source:
American College of Chest Physicians

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Filed Under: Education | For Dieters | For Providers | Obesity | Weight Loss Programs

More Protein Can Improve Appetite and Diet in Teens

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 8, 2015


Controlling your appetite is essential to maintaining a healthy diet and weight. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri shows that protein in the afternoon can reduce your appetite for the rest of the day and reduces unhealthy snacking among teenagers.

“Our research showed that eating high-protein snacks in the afternoon helps teens improve the quality of their diets as well as control appetite,” says Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU.
 
The study observed male and female teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. The snack of choice for the study was a soy-protein pudding. Their findings indicated that including more protein throughout the day helped people consume less fat and improved certain facets in mood and cognitive function.

The study confirms the tangible benefits of snacking healthy as opposed to grabbing the more “convenient” treats, which are often high in fat and sugar. The study also reinforces how protein is immensely beneficial to a healthy diet, showing marked improvements in mood, appetite, and the overall management of weight.

“Our study demonstrated that the positive effects on appetite and satiety can be extended to consuming soy-protein products,” says Leidy. Protein’s role in snacking is similar to its role in weight loss; it can provide satiety for a dieter and be a deterrent from less healthy alternatives.

Source: University of Missouri

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | For Dieters | For Providers | Habits | Healthy Eating

In Good Company: How Much You Eat Depends on Who You Eat With

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 20, 2015


You are the company you keep. We’re sure you have heard the saying before — probably from your parents when you were growing up in an effort to make sure that you were surrounding yourself with good people and staying out of trouble. Or maybe they meant what and how much you eat.

A recent study published in the journal Social Influence surmised that how much food a person consumes can have an impact on how much another person eats. Researchers believe this is caused by social modeling, a psychological effect that would lead a person to eat less simply because the person they are dining with is eating a small amount of food.

“Internal signals like hunger and feeling full can often be unreliable guides,” says Lenny Vartanian, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales’s School of Psychology, and the study’s lead author. “In these situations people can look to the example of others to decide how much food they should consume.”

Hunger pangs and satiety have less of an influence on how much we eat than someone eating in front of us. That’s an interesting thought in itself, that external factors are used more than internal factors when we decide how much we want to eat. People have the unique ability to affect change in another person by merely being around them. It’s not unusual to start using the same words or develop a habit your friend has simply because you’ve been around to see them do it. It’s also no surprise that such social influence could be prominent in dieting.

“The research shows that social factors are a powerful influence on consumption,” says Vartanian. “When the companion eats very little, people suppress their food intake and eat less than they normally would if alone.”

Source: University of New South Wales


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The Six Types of Obesity: Should We Be Treating Them Differently?

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 12, 2015


The Six Types of Obesity:

• Young males who were heavy drinkers
• Middle aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious
• Older people who despite living with physical health conditions are happy
• Younger healthy females
• Older affluent healthy adults
• Individuals with very poor health

These are the different types of people who are obese, according to a study conducted by the National Health Services (NHS) in England, and consisted of 4,441 overweight patients. Six billion pounds — more than nine billion U.S. dollars — is spent on obesity in England annually. Making matters worse, Europe faces an obesity crisis of "enormous proportions" as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity inflate waistlines and health costs, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization.

The NHS study started because of the organization’s perceived notion that England’s way of treating obesity lacked efficiency and effectiveness, increasing the money spent on obesity. If further research corroborates these results it could possibly overhaul the way obesity is treated. Rather than focusing on the obvious fact that people are overweight, the NHS concentrated more on why they are overweight. The NHS feels that if you treat the underlying issue you can get to the root of the person’s weight problems, resulting in more concentrated treatment and strategies.

“Our research showed that those in the groups that we identified are likely to need very different services, and will respond very differently to different health promotion policies,” says Dr. Mark Green from the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).

The ultimate goal of the NHS is for a person’s program to be specifically curtailed to one (or possibly more) of these designations, allowing for a targeted and specified strategy to treat their weight and increase efficiency and the success rate for weight loss. What do you think of the six designations of obesity? Do you think programs should be more targeted and curtailed to the patient?
 

Source: University of Sheffield

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Filed Under: For Dieters | For Providers | Obesity | Treating Obesity

How Do You Approach a Patient About Weight Loss?

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 5, 2015


“Well, the doctor didn’t say anything during my visit, so it must not be a problem.”

Those are the thoughts of many patients as they leave their doctor’s office after another visit where their weight was not discussed. Medical providers have the dubious task of making sure they address their patients’ health issues to the best of their ability. They also must be inoffensive while doing so. It’s a difficult duty to be charged with. But if you aren’t discussing a patient’s weight, are you effectively addressing their health? When it comes to weight loss, the evidence is clear: a doctor recommendations to their patients about weight loss is effective.

How do you approach a patient about weight loss? Start with:

• Ask permission to discuss weight
• Ask open-ended questions
• Build trust, don’t judge
• Focus on health and not weight

More times than not the most difficult step in a journey is the first one — it’s the same with a doctor talking about weight loss to a patient. Bringing up your concerns about your patient’s weight may prove to be the most burdensome part of the conversation. To alleviate some of the awkwardness, be non-offensive and compassionate. Don’t blame, provoke guilt, or judge. This is a collaborative effort that will have the best results when there is involvement and trust amongst everyone. Once the trust is established it will be easier to have an open discussion, and the provider will be better equipped with information from the patient to address underlying issues for being overweight.

However, none of this means much if the patient isn’t fully invested in losing weight. Be prepared to explore and gauge a patient’s readiness and motivation to change. Discuss your concern about their weight, and the impact weight loss would have on their health and quality of life. This is a big step for a patient and if it proves to be successful they won’t come out the same person they went in as. Set goals with your patient, both long and short term. Make them challenging but attainable; a dieter can lose interest with a challenge if it’s too difficult or too easy. It’s a balance. Help your patient identify success and be prepared to offer solutions. Nutrition, behavior modification, exercise assistance — all these and more should be discussed.

Physicians are in a unique position of being able to change lives through obesity treatment. Obesity is the most impactful disease of the 21st century. This is an opportunity that we can’t afford to miss.

Robard Corporation provides customers a comprehensive guide and a video on how to talk to their patients about their weight. Call us for more information about Robard and our guide.

Source: Robard Corporation Business Development Department, 800.222.9201.



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VIDEO: Julie Roth’s Weight Loss Journey

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff April 24, 2015
A dieter’s weight loss journey can have peaks and valleys; however, the most gratifying part has to be when you experience the joy of success during your journey or when you finally reach your goal. We’ve told you about John Blair and Jim Carpenter, now we’d like to introduce you to Julie Roth.

Julie weighed 348 pounds when she started her weight loss journey. In 20 months, she lost roughly 200 pounds on the New Direction System. Now, she says, she is healthier at age 38 than she was at 18. Julie also set her sights on other goals, such as completing a half marathon, but it was the simpler things, such as being able to do housework without taking a break, that she appreciated the most about her new weight.

In the following video, Julie shares her success story with us:



There are countless stories like Julie’s. We firmly believe that weight loss is not just about losing weight — it’s about changing people’s lives. If you’re a provider that would like to hear about Robard programs and products, such as the New Direction System, please fill out our Become a Provider form.  If you’re a dieter interested starting your weight loss journey, fill out our Find a Clinic form and we will find some weight loss programs in your area for you to get started!

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