What a Two-Year Old Burger Looks Like

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff January 12, 2015


Close your eyes and envision a burger. Now envision that burger two years later. After you open your eyes click here.

Is it what you thought?

What you see is a burger from McDonalds accompanied by a taco from Taco Bell that has aged two years. Dr. Jaqueline Vaughn from Vaughn Chiropractic placed the burger and taco on the counter of the reception desk, making it one of the first things people see when they enter the building. What they saw was a fairly intact meal, all things considering.

Additives and preservatives are often littered in food that we purchase from fast-food establishments. MSG, hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup are only a few examples of the ingredients that are added to the meals that increase the longevity of its shelf life and even make better tasting at times, but are unhealthy things to eat especially if not in moderation. This is one of the reasons that if you are trying to adjust your diet one of the first things you should look at modifying is how much you eat take-out foods.

Dr. Vaughn didn’t do this as a “scare tactic”, but more so to a wakeup call.  A chance to provide a visual to what additives and preservatives can do to food, food that we’re eating. In hopefully increasing consciousness of what we are eating it will help us make better food choices. Quite the interesting approach don’t you think?

Source: CBS Detroit

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | For Dieters | For Providers

Failing Doesn’t Make You a Failure

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff January 6, 2015


“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

This quote has been said in different ways and echoed by many people, and for good reason. When we enter anything the more prepared you are and the more you learn from your previous experiences could be the deciding factor in whether you succeed THIS time.

The New Year has arrived and for many of us it’s our time to begin again more intelligently when it comes to our weight loss journey. How do we do that?

Let’s start with exercise. One of the most important things that you have to know when you’re making your workout plan is to remember it’s your workout plan! Take ownership of it and have a clear understanding of the results you want from it.

You’re initial fitness level will determine things such as your endurance level and your recovery time after your workout. It also gives you a starting point and you will be able to track your progress in a more accurate fashion.

What about your diet? Finding alternatives to unhealthy delights is a key to your diet. The best way to forget about an old treat is to find a new one. If you don’t monitor how many calories you consume it could be beneficial to start tracking what and how much you eat.

One thing to remember is no matter how long your weight loss journey may be the formula remains simple. Burn more calories than you consume. If you keep that in mind with everything you do (and eat) you’ll find yourself happy with the results.

Remember, if you need help, click here. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!


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Filed Under: Eating Habits | Exercise | For Dieters | Healthy Lifestyle | Setting Goals

Excess Weight Can Decrease Life Expectancy by Eight Years

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff December 15, 2014


Scientific studies have often shown that excess body weight can negatively affect our life expectancy. But many, if not all of us, we were unaware of the actual number of years one would lose due to excess weight. A recent study sought out to put a number to the damage.

The conclusion?

Overweight individuals may shorten their life expectancy by eight years. Moreover, additional medical conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, could arise, possibly resulting in health difficulties lasting up to twenty years.

Equipped with this information, the researchers’ can probe further. “What may be interesting for patients are the ‘what if’ questions. What if they lose 10 to 15 pounds? Or, what if they are more active? How will this change the numbers?” says Dr. Steven Grover, Clinical Epidemiologist at the RI-MUHC and lead author of the study.

The next few years will be used as a trial period for a web-based program spurred on from this study. The program will assist people with the necessary modifications to their lifestyle in hopes to add the years that were taken away from their life expectancy.

Studies such as this one can be startling, yet extremely beneficial. With obesity quickly turning into one of the biggest issues in this country we need to continue to find potential solutions. If providers can present solutions and how they will specifically aid the dieter, it could incentivize the dieter to make the improvements to habits that could be taking away years from their life.

Source: Nutraceuticals World

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Filed Under: Exercise | For Dieters | For Providers | Healthy Lifestyle

New Year Motivation

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff December 10, 2014


Motivation is a tricky thing. When the calendar turns January 1, 2015 there will be a large number of new declarations that people have every intention of accomplishing. The New Year brings a sense of new beginnings and raises the motivation level of many people.

However, it’s easy to have motivation at the beginning of the journey, what about the middle?

You’re a month into your goal with the end seemingly miles away. Or you’re at the part where you feel as though you’re stuck and aren’t making progress.

Many dieters experience this issue throughout their weight loss journey. At the beginning, the excitement and fervor is apparent. However, as the days and months progress it gets increasingly more difficult to adhere to your diet, or the gym and exercise can wait a day, maybe two.

Getting motivation can be easy and simple. Maintaining motivation, well that can be a little trickier.

So what do you do? What’s the answer for when your motivation that you once thought was unwavering is now as sturdy as a house of cards? There are a few things. Take your mind back to when you originally established your goal, to when your motivation to reach it was at its highest. There’s a reason that this meant something to you and is something you wanted to attain, use that as fuel to continue pushing.

Understand that there wNill be roadblocks and walls as high as the eye can see during your journey. Instead of being deterred use it as an opportunity to push yourself. There aren’t many obstacles that are insurmountable and considering obstacles as challenges motivates us to rise to the occasion.

Lastly, always keep your goal in mind. A book I read, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, listed one of the habits as “begin with the end in mind.” Envision yourself at the finish line, the gratification you feel when you had a goal and you saw it through. Reaching goals motivates us to reach the next one!

Share what you do to maintain your motivation.

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Filed Under: For Dieters | Self Esteem | Setting Goals

FDA Tells Food Establishments to Post Calories

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff December 2, 2014


Pretty soon there won’t be a place to eat or get food from where the calories won’t be readily accessible. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters, pizza parlors and many other food establishments nationwide post calorie contents of their foods in the clear vision of the consumer.

Venues such as convenience stores and supermarkets are also included in these new rules. The FDA has issued a November 2015 deadline for the necessary adjustments to be made by the companies. Establishments that fall under these rules are nationwide companies that have 20 or more locations. This could potentially be a ground breaking policy that can be a real contributor to the country’s battle with obesity.

The FDA is proposing these new rules in hopes that if the consumer has a more in depth analysis of food available to them, they will do a better job at selecting healthier foods and healthier alternatives. There are few eating entities that aren’t included. Even vending machines and amusement parks will have calories of their food clearly visible to the consumer.

However, I ask that we keep some things in mind. Let’s not limit our knowledge of these items to just calories. Foods high in fat and sugar can still seem to have an acceptable calorie amount. Under these new regulations, additional nutritional information will be available upon request, don’t hesitate to ask.

As Americans, one-third of what we consume (either eat or drink), is consumed away from home, lessening our chances to really know how much we are eating. This is an opportunity to better track your calories, and creates better conditions for people trying to lose weight to adhere to their diet.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York Times

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Take it Off, Keep it Off

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff November 12, 2014


Once we have lost our desired weight we sometimes find that keeping it off maybe equally as difficult as losing it. We’re often told that a gradual weight loss process would be more conducive to keeping the pounds off as compared to more rapid weight loss. However there’s a recent study that combats that thought process.

Recent study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concluded that the rate you lose weight at has little to no bearing on regaining the weight. When it comes to regaining weight you lost it maybe more of a matter of bad habits developed during losing weight as opposed to how long it took you to lose it.

You may alter your diet strictly to lose weight instead of leading a healthy lifestyle, meaning your diet may not acclimate well when you reach your target weight. It’s possible that you slip right back into those food pitfalls that you were once in, causing a regain of weight.

It could also be the “I made it” factor, where you reach your goal and think the job is done. Once you reached your goal of a target weight, you’re next goal should be doing what it takes to keep it off. Remember, journeys like this don’t necessarily end, but you don’t want to have to keep going back to the starting point either.

I say all this to say that although studies like this aren’t on a person-by-person basis, the results do make sense. Hopefully while we’re losing weight we are developing good habits along the way that will be beneficial for keeping the weight off.

 Links: The Lancet, Diabetes in Control, Medical Xpress

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Halloween TIPS-for-Treats

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff October 30, 2014


The ghouls and goblins are sure to be out tomorrow as Halloween is upon us. Gives us, and the kids, an opportunity to act and look goofy, scary, or really however we want to look.

The question is: how do you emerge from this holiday indulging in the abundance of Halloween candy? Whether you are accompanying your little one(s) on the door to door quest or awaiting the arrival of the trick-or-treaters coming to your front porch, here’s some ways to scare away the pounds.

Trick-or-Treat Workout: We’re starting to see more and more parents driving their child(ren) around to trick-or-trick. However, that’s squandering a golden opportunity to get in some exercise. When chaperoning on Halloween stroll around the neighborhood.

Save them for the kids: You bought the candy for the trick-or-treaters, not for yourself. Don’t indulge in the candy while waiting for the next knock on your door. If you feel the temptation will be too strong buy candies you aren’t fond of, or even make some healthier treats for yourself such as popcorn or a fruit bowl.

Out of sight, out of mind: The candy is for Halloween, not for the days and weeks after. Don’t buy so much candy that you can’t give out most to all of it in one night. And when you are in the grocery store and you’re walking by the blowout candy sale the days after Halloween, continue to walk pass it.

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