How to Lose 200 Pounds in a Year!

by Robard Corporation Staff January 5, 2016

One of the worst things about being obese is how simple tasks become increasingly difficult. Such as driving a car like Jim Carpenter, cleaning the house like Julie Roth, or even going on a leisurely stroll like John Blair. For nearly 500 pound television producer Bill DiNicola, it was the inability for his safety harness to fasten on a roller coaster he was attempting to ride at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Things that we take for granted can be insurmountable for some. “You’re that person who can break furniture by sitting on it, by doing what it is designed to do,” says DiNicola.

Bill didn’t always have issues with his weight. He was a high school athlete, but when the activity decreased and the food intake rose, Bill added weight at an uncontrollable pace to the tune of 476 pounds. Bill knew that his weight was an issue, but when he was unable to fit into a size 4X jersey, he knew he had to take action. The sobering moment came with a revelation. “There’s one thing you can do right now, and that’s change and switch it,” he says. And that’s exactly what Bill did.

In January 2015, Bill went on the New Direction System as a part of the Bon Secours nutrition and weight loss program. Under the medical supervision of Dr. Phillip Snider and his staff, Bill lost 227 pounds. The hard work and dedication it took pales in comparison to the feeling of accomplishment and renewed vigor for life Bill has. That roller coaster harness that wouldn’t latch over 200 pounds ago now does so with no problem, and Bill is back to enjoying the thrills of riding the roller coaster with the thoughts of the shame he had before being a distant memory.  Take a further look into Bill’s story with the video below:

The New Direction System has done this for countless people throughout the country and can do it for you too! If you are a dieter and ready to start the New Year with a new you, fill out a Find a Clinic form and let us help you find a weight loss program in your area. If you are a provider and would like to help your patients get a new grasp on life, fill out our Become a Provider form and find out how you can better treat obesity at your practice.

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

Obesity Showing No Signs of Decreasing

by Robard Corporation Staff November 20, 2015

A sobering report from federal health officials was released last week in regards to the country’s obesity problem. Obese adults in the country were at 38 percent in years 2013-2014. It is a rise, albeit slight, from the 35 percent of obese adults in the years 2011-2012. What makes this report particularly disappointing is all the efforts that have been taken by way of initiatives and laws implemented to combat obesity resulted in no decrease in the statistics, but rather an increase.

There are some positives that came from those actions, such as the reduction in sugar and soda consumption as well as calorie intake. However, it seems as though those improvements belong to some demographics more than others. For example, African American women have an obesity rate of 47 percent, and Hispanic women are at 46 percent from years spanning 2011 to 2014. The next closest was Hispanic men with 39 percent.

The report concluded that there have been improvements in the American diet, but there is a wide gap with regards to who actually takes part in its improvement. Many of the people that don’t take part are lower-income and less-educated parts of the population. There’s increasing concern that there is no remedy for that particular issue. “When we take the U.S. average, we are hiding a lot of detail,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of then nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The silver lining in the report were the results of childhood obesity. It showed that there are no changes in the obesity rate — that’s the next best thing to having a decrease. School lunch food requirements and the removal of sugar-sweetened beverages have been installed in school systems to stymie the obesity rate and they may be doing their part.

Researchers don’t have many answers as what the next course of action could be. Not only does much of America not partake in enough physical activity, but inexpensive and less healthy food choices become more attractive. A good place to start is with continuing to educate the public about living a healthy lifestyle and eating a proper diet. Also, we must educate people on how the body reacts to different type of foods. Simply put: We know that certain foods will make you gain weight, but why?

Reports such as this show that laws won’t be enough to slow the obesity rate of the country because at the end of the day the power is with the consumer. They will always be able to choose what they would like to eat. Change the mentality of the dieter and it will be a step in the right direction to reverse the upward trend of obesity in America.

Source: The New York Times

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Filed Under: Healthy Eating | Healthy Lifestyle | Obesity | Treating Obesity

Turn New Year's Resolutions to Rest of Year Goals

by Robard Corporation Staff November 9, 2015

“New Year’s Resolution, bro!” That was the reply I received when I asked a friend if he is ready to come to the gym with me. That’s the train of thought for a lot of us dieters around this time of year. The New Year is right around the corner, and that is when we’ll either finally start or get back on track towards a healthier lifestyle.

But why wait? There is rarely ever a “perfect time” to start something —not to mention there are some negatives to waiting until the New Year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching and it’s tough not to overeat during those holidays. Dieters sometimes feel that since we know when we’ll start, we have that extra time to eat however we want, and possibly gain some extra pounds to add to the ones we already want to lose. We may also get into some bad habits, like slacking on physical activity. When the New Year starts, we expect our activity to be high and consistent; that’s the goal at least, so we may get comfortable in our inactivity during the meantime.

What better time to start than today, right now? You know what you want to do, so why wait until the New Year to start? Instead, make the New Year a target for when you want to reach your goal weight and start working towards it. So when the New Year starts, it will be time to set new goals. Find motivation wherever you can. Maybe there are events you may want to take part in such as a 5k or 10k that you have to prepare for. Tag along with a friend or family member that may already have a workout regimen. The finish line won’t ever get closer until you start. Start now with working towards a healthier you with Robard’s proven weight management programs that have helped thousands achieve their weight loss goals — but, more importantly, improve their health and happiness. What better time to start than now? To find a clinic near you, click here.

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Filed Under: About Robard | Eating Habits | For Dieters | Habits | Healthy Eating | Obesity | Weight Loss Programs

November is National Diabetes Month

by Robard Corporation Staff November 2, 2015

According to the National Diabetes Education Program, “National Diabetes Month is observed every November to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of Americans.” The NDEP’s 2015 theme, Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What’s Yours?, “highlights the need for ongoing diabetes education and support among people with diabetes and those who care for them.”

Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes; therefore, prevention and treatment of obesity is of utmost importance to help control or minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that metabolic control of diabetes can reduce the associated complications.

According to a medical protocol written by Robard Medical Advisory Panel member Christopher Case, MD, “Recent research has elucidated the pathophysiology of diabetes, suggesting that insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction as key components. Weight loss can address the underlying pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, even within one week on a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). Diet-induced weight loss through a VLCD removes stores of ectopic fat outside the fat cell, improving beta-cell function, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol. This is often associated with a reduction in medications to treat type 2 diabetes and an improved quality of life.

Robard offers a suite of materials related to type 2 diabetes for you and your patients. In addition to our extensive Diabetes Medical Protocol, we offer patient education modules, patient brochures, and more, to assist you with explaining the correlation between type 2 diabetes and obesity. Our medical protocols are also available on our website. To view the protocols, login to, and visit “Medical Protocols” under the “Education” tab in the top navigation. By using Robard’s frequently asked questions and patient handout on type 2 diabetes, you can further educate your patients on recommendations for suggested initial testing, ongoing monitoring, and contraindications/risks.

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Filed Under: Diabetes | For Providers | Treating Obesity

The Role of the Provider in Patient Weight Loss

by Robard Corporation Staff October 19, 2015

There is little doubt that you are acutely aware that the prevalence of obesity is evident and snowballing at an alarming rate. And the quality of life and health of your patients are no doubt severely diminished from conditions related to obesity — type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and deteriorating load-bearing joints, to name a few. (We're sure that you see this every day in your practice.) As obesity statics continue to soar within America, what role does a healthcare provider or professional play in its treatment? Obviously, healthcare providers are vital members of the medical world. They also can be critical to a community, such as a family physician that provides lifelong care for a patient and their family.

Are providers fully serving their patients when weight is not being addressed? Lack of initiative on the provider’s part or an inability to comfortably communicate obesity concerns with a patient is akin to simply overlooking the bigger problem. A provider adopting this characteristic simply gives consent to the patient to continue their unhealthy behavior. Some providers feel they don’t have the proper tools to help their patients lose weight — sometimes diet modification isn’t enough.

If you’re a healthcare provider or professional that’s ever considered offering obesity treatment as a fee-for-service addition to your practice, now is the time. Lack of experience, cost and other trepidations surrounding your thoughts about treating obesity can be lessened or eliminated by practical hands-on training and resources to support a new program, your staff and your business. We can help.

Robard has everything a provider needs to offer a comprehensive solution for their patients’ weight issues. From staff training and nutritional supplements to medical protocols and educational materials, Robard gives customers the business development tools to run a successful program that is beneficial to your practice and your patients. Our obesity treatment models were created specifically for busy medical and healthcare professionals so a new obesity treatment program can be implemented while you maintain focus on your expertise.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a weight loss provider, please fill out this brief form and one of our representatives will contact you personally to discuss your future goals.

It is imperative to recognize that as the obesity epidemic grows, so will its related comorbidities. However, the resolution or reduction of chronic medical conditions can be achieved by treating the root source:  Obesity.  It starts with you.

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Filed Under: About Robard | For Providers | Obesity | Treating Obesity | Weight Loss Business | Weight Loss Programs

Dear Millennials: Eat Less and Exercise More

by Robard Corporation Staff October 12, 2015

Older adults tend to feel that the younger generation has it “easier” than they did. However, when it comes to weight, the tables may be turned. A recent study from York University’s Faculty of Health concluded that for Millennials to maintain the same weight as people in the generation before them, they would need to eat less and exercise more.

Researchers reached this conclusion by analyzing diets of 36,400 adults from 1971 to 2008, and the physical activity of 14,419 adults from 1988 to 2006. According to Ruth Brown, lead researcher of the study, “for a given amount of self-reported food intake, people will be about 10 percent heavier in 2008 than in 1971, and about five percent heavier for a given amount of physical activity level in 1988 than 2006.”

What does this mean? Although maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity are imperative to the overall health of a person, there are other determining factors that are possibly leading to weight gain and contributing to the obesity epidemic. What factors? According to Professor Jennifer Kuk in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, these may include, “medication use, environmental pollutants, genetics, timing of food intake, stress, gut bacteria, and even nighttime light exposure.”

Further research has shown that genetics may play more of a role in our weight than originally thought; however, many external factors possibly contributing to weight gain can be linked to environment and circumstantial necessity. For example, prescription medications can have multiple side effects — including weight gain — that one can reasonably question if the adverse effects are outweighed by the benefits. And we recently wrote about how certain chemicals we are all exposed to in everyday life are linked to obesity.

“Ultimately, maintaining a healthy body weight is now more challenging than ever,” says Kuk. She may be right. But challenging doesn’t mean impossible. If we all have to work a little harder to strive for a healthier lifestyle then that’s simply the reality of the new world we live in.

Source: York University

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | Exercise | For Dieters | Habits | Healthy Eating | Healthy Lifestyle | Obesity

Cash Register Receipts Linked to Obesity?

by Robard Corporation Staff October 7, 2015

Your cash register receipts are making you fat. OK, that may not be exactly the case — but a chemical used in those receipts as well as many other common items has been found to have a link to obesity and diabetes. The chemical is called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and it’s everywhere.

According to the executive summary of a Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society, “Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in food can linings and cash register receipts, phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides. The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more.” It’s believed that EDC exposure has cost the European Union 209 billion dollars a year in health care expenses and earning potential.

The threat from these chemicals is that they block or interfere with the body’s natural hormones and create an adverse effect on cell development as a result. Exposure can lead to obesity, diabetes, infertility, hormone-related cancers, neurological issues and other disorders.

“The evidence is more definitive than ever before,” says Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the task force that developed the statement. “EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health.”

The Endocrine Society researchers consider the situation dire and have come up with a plan to combat it. The plan consists of initiatives suggesting further research about potential exposure effects, regulation on the use of the chemicals, and calling upon “green chemists” to provide possible alternatives or solutions to stop EDC usage, among other things.

A recent study showed that people today are eating and exercising the same amount as people 20 years ago (we’ll feature that in an upcoming blog), but the United States is collectively more overweight than ever. One of the reasons could include toxins that we are exposed to — and research such as this adds validity to such claims.

Source: The Endocrine Society

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Filed Under: Diabetes | Obesity

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