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Kate came in to see me recently for her annual. She wanted to lose weight to try to avoid the diabetes that ran in her family. She was in her 50’s, worked full time, had 2 kids in high school and was very busy. At 5’4″, she knew that 165 pounds was too heavy and she was ready to do something about it. I asked her to tell me about her day, what she ate, what was happening when she ate, hunger pangs and as many circumstances surrounding her food choices as possible. (more…)
When it comes to weight loss, there are a few tricks that help stave off hunger and keep you on track. As people decrease their portions, it’s natural to have some hunger pangs and to want a crunchy, satisfying snack that packs in the nutrients but not the pounds. One solution that I advocate with my patients is using nuts to fill the void. Eating tree nuts in particular have been found to help people feel fuller and more satisfied leading to less overall calories taken in. (more…)
As many of you know, I have a serious addiction to Dark Chocolate and now the research and evidence is backing up what I must have known all along for years. Dark Chocolate is an excellent anti-oxidant and helps prevent heart attack and stroke. The good news is that is tastes great too!
A Bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries sounds perfect for lunch or does it?
Should I skip the fries and have a salad instead? Really, I should skip all of it and have a salad, unless I want to overload on salt and fat. Since I don’t want to chain myself to the elliptical machine at the Y, I’ve been watching my portions and now am more conscious of another hidden risk, Salt!
I’ve never had back issues in my life, that is, until recently when I reached across the kitchen counter and suddenly, my lower back went into a painful spasm. I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary, really. Just reaching across the counter. I tried to walk it off and then went to do some stretches, but the pain only increased. “It must be the fallout from my recent road trip to Los Angeles,” I thought to myself as I dialed the chiropractor.
One of the best ways to lose weight is to become more conscious of what you’re eating and why you’re eating it. Take the first step and keep a food diary. This has been prov-en in countless research studies to help people lose weight. Once you start to see in black and white how much you’re actually consuming, it triggers some hesitation and thought before mindlessly shoveling in the food.
Aim for a 10% Weight Loss
If you’re like many people you’ve made a New Years resolution to lose weight. Good for you! How’s it going? If you’re like most people, resolve starts to weaken a little bit by about the 3rd week, and it’s likely that you may need a little kick start.
Many people become discouraged and overwhelmed by the idea of losing 30, 40 or even 50 or more pounds. Giving up seems like the only option once you’ve skipped a few work outs or indulged a bit too much. And yet, you’ve already made some significant changes and it’s a good idea to get back to your healthier habits. (more…)
You may have been advised to limit carbs, but are wondering what that means.
Where should you start? What should you do to limit carbs? Read on for more practical and easy to follow tips. (more…)
Do you hate to exercise? Many of us, who live and work don’t get enough exercise. Between answering emails, working and taking care of the infinite list of things to do, exercise often ends up last on our list. If you can walk or bike with your kids to school, or are on your feet all day at work, or are you’re lucky enough to have a dog to walk, then you might be getting close to the recommended amount of exercise.
Ever notice how some workouts leave you feeling just so – so? And others make you feel that you can do anything? Cope with the demanding boss or never ending To Do List, cranky family, stack of bills? New research is pointing to the feel good factor and what it takes to get there from exercise. (more…)