Weight Loss is the Best Medicine

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff July 15, 2014

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!

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | Exercise | For Dieters | For Providers | Setting Goals | Weight Loss Programs


by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff July 2, 2014

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

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | For Dieters

FDA Takes a Look at Appetite-Suppressing Device

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 24, 2014

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

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Filed Under: For Dieters | For Providers

Study Shows Benefits to High-Protein Breakfast

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 17, 2014

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 

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Filed Under: Exercise | For Dieters

Healthy Summer Snacks

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 9, 2014

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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Filed Under: Eating Habits | For Dieters | Healthy Eating

The World's Increasing Weight Problem

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff June 2, 2014

Over the years weight and obesity* has become an increasing concern in America. However, a recent study shows that this issue spreads beyond our borders. 

The recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet, gives a comprehensive look at obesity around the world and the results are universally the same: obesity is rising. The study analyzed 188 countries and it took a look at obesity rates from 1980-2013. During that time, they found that the obesity rate rose 8 percent for both men (from 29 to 37 percent) and women (from 30 to 38 percent). Also, overweight* and obesity rates increased in children and adolescents by almost 50 percent, with the increases primarily occurring in developed countries. 

 Even with the obesity increasing around the world, the United States continues to contribute most to the rising rate with 13 percent of its population, or 87 million, being obese. However, they are a couple of silver linings that we can consider. For one, developed countries such as the United States have seen their pace of obesity slowed recently, and our physical activity levels are increasing. With and increased activity rate and better dieting methods maybe we'll be able to be one of the few (or the first) countries to decrease the rate in the future.

For more information on the study, click here.

*Overweight- Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight-to-height ratio, greater than or equal to 25 and lower than 30.

*Obese- BMI equal or greater than 30.

Links: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, USA Today

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Filed Under: For Dieters | For Providers | Healthy Lifestyle

Add Flavor, Not Calories

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 28, 2014

In an effort to make our food taste as good as possible, we sometimes add unnecessary calories to our meals. Oils, dressings, and sauces certainly can liven up a meal, but it comes with a price. Calories and fat are staples in those types of items, making a potentially healthy meal, a meal that could add pounds that you don’t want.

Here are some ways to spice up the flavor of your meals while still maintaining a healthy diet:

Lemon Juice- Lemon Juice adds a zesty taste to your meal and goes well with salads or chicken dishes. Also, if you are thirsty but looking for some flavor, instead of reaching for the bottle of sugary juice, just add some lemon juice to a glass of water.

Herbs- For the most part herbs are extremely low in calories (<1 per tablespoon), but they pack a lot of flavor. Herbs like Rosemary, Basil, and Dill are ideal for salads and are healthier alternatives for the creamy dressings you may use, and could also add to the presentation of your dish.

Fresh Ginger- At only two calories per teaspoon, ginger has a unique blend of spice, flavor, and zest. Many times we find ourselves using it only when it accompanies our sushi meal, but it’s capable of so much more! Ginger can be used in your dessert, marinade, or juice, and its versatility extends to being used for medicine to treat upset stomachs, nausea, and other digestive issues.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon is great for adding to snacks and drinks. Top off your coffee, yogurt, nuts, or oatmeal with cinnamon to add the flavor you’re looking for without the calories. Cinnamon has two calories per teaspoon but more times than not, you won’t even need to use that much.

These are just a few of the many alternatives there are for adding flavor to your meal but not the calories. Never be afraid to experiment with different spices and flavors in order to find what you like best, as well as what you probably should stay away from. If you have any additional ways to add flavor to your meal feel free to add them in the box below!

Links: health.comthekitchn.com

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | For Dieters | Healthy Eating

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