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
A lot of our “hidden calories” go into our beverages. Next time you go to take a sip, consider the drink.
Links: Webmd, Newsmax
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
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
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
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
Links: Watermelon.org, Webmd, Redbookmag,com
June 2, 2014
the years weight and obesity* has become an increasing concern in
America. However, a recent study shows that this issue spreads beyond
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
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
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
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.com, thekitchn.com
April 24, 2014
See our New Direction products at work! CBN
News recently featured John Blair, a patient at one of our providers,
Bon Secours Weight Institute, and his weight loss journey. This video
gives you a comprehensive look at a medically-supervised weight loss
program using Robard’s New Direction meal replacement products, from the
initial meal plan to what to do (and eat) to keep the weight off.
Enjoy, and if you have any questions about
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