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Tips for Getting Through Thanksgiving

Posted on November 25, 2020 by 2 Comments

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The holiday season can be a trying time for those who are losing weight, and perhaps no holiday is loaded with more food traditions than Thanksgiving.

We are of the philosophy that the holidays only come once a year, so we don’t advocate a strict no-participation approach. However, you also want to be sure that celebrating and enjoying one day doesn’t turn into derailing your medical weight loss plan until after the New Year!

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Fitness Trackers: Weight Loss Secret Weapons?

Posted on February 6, 2020 by 1 Comment

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Wearable tech gadgets, especially fitness trackers, are the latest fashion trend. While there are no conclusive clinical studies vouching for their weight loss efficacy, fitness trackers, like Fitbit, Jawbone, and the Apple Watch, offer features that are in line with the key behaviors that contribute to weight loss. Could these wearable trackers be a secret weapon in helping you lose weight? Here are some features that might support that claim:

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5 Fun Fall Activities for Weight Loss

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Leave a comment

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Pumpkin and SquashThe sweltering summer days are behind us, making way for refreshing, crisp fall air. Take advantage of the beautiful weather with a fun autumn activity that will get your heart rate up, elevating your metabolism as a part of your healthy weight loss or maintenance plan!

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How Seasonal Changes Impact Weight Loss

Posted on August 15, 2019 by Leave a comment

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blog_cyclesShedding a few pounds as the temperatures warm up and gaining them back when the cold returns is a cycle most people can relate to. After all, we want to look good poolside during the summer and may feel safe hiding under bulky winter sweaters. However, many people don’t realize that the seasonal patterns in weight loss and weight gain are more than behavioral. In fact, our biological tendencies, daylight patterns, and the ambient temperature of an area play a role in weight changes, which makes behavioral choices an even more critical factor in year-round weight management.

According to Dr. Lawrence Cheskin of Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, people gain on average five to seven pounds during the colder months. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for this and how you can leverage this knowledge to optimize your own weight and overall health.

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Obesity Trends in America: 2000-2018

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Leave a comment

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blog_statesmapStatistics show that America’s obesity epidemic is still deepening on the whole, but how does it break down by individual state? We thought it would be interesting to take a look at how the states compare when it comes to body weight statistics within the last 20 years, and attempt to hypothesize about the statistical disparity between them.

We should point out a couple of important things before getting to the statistics that provide context for why these numbers matter.
First, the clinical definition of obesity is having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. BMI has a directly proportional relationship with increased risk of developing over 59 other chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer. It’s important to know the standard method of measuring and diagnosing obesity so you can personally understand where you fit into the big picture.

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Being Accountable for Your Weight Loss

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Leave a comment

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I only ate the cake because it was my coworker’s birthday.

So-and-so pressured me to go out to eat.

I had a long day, so I deserve this dessert

Have you ever found yourself saying phrases like these?

If you have, you might be breaking one of the cardinal rules of weight loss, and that is accepting personal responsibility for your eating and other weight management choices. When weight loss doesn’t come as easily as you might wish, there could be the temptation to pin those shortcomings on someone or something else. Blaming others and making excuses won’t help you lose weight. At the end of the day, the buck stops with you.

So, if you recognize that your sense of personal responsibility about your weight could use a boost, here are some ways you can get yourself into the right mindset:

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