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Can I lose weight with diet alone or do I have to exercise?

You Will Lose Weight With Dieting Alone

Dieting in this case means eating less calories than you are burning daily. You will lose weight when dieting this way. According to the Smart for Life® philosophy, the best way to reach your weight loss goal is by eating fewer calories.  After you lose the weight, you should begin your exercise program.  This method is well-founded in science and can be easily explained with the following examples.

Let’s say two people have the same 50 lbs to lose.  One goes to the gym for an hour every day.  She burns, on average, 500 calories.  In a week that adds up to 3500 calories which equals approximately one pound.  At this rate, if she actually sticks to her daily routine, it will take her 50 weeks to reach her goal weight.

lose weightProblem:  Most people don’t exercise this much and that amount of exercise will trigger greater hunger.  She may end up eating more calories than she burned thus making it harder to lose weight.

Conversely, the second person begins the Smart for Life® program which immediately creates a 1300 calorie deficit in her body.  In a week, that’s approximately 2.5 lbs. of fat.  She will lose her 50 lbs. within 25 weeks.  On week 25 she begins her exercise program and by week 35, she is trim and fit.

Studies Have Shown That This Type of Plan Has a Much Higher Success Rate of Losing Weight

So, follow the Smart for Life® philosophy to increase your chances of success in 2014.  Get started on the program and give yourself the best gift of the season…a beautiful, healthy, trim silhouette.  You’ll look and feel younger than you have in years.  Come to see us in one of our Centers, or visit us online at: www.SmartforLife.com.

To your health, -Dr. Sass

Medical Director, Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers

P.S.  Remember:  The if you want to lose weight effectively, get to your goal by eating fewer calories; then begin your exercise program to firm and tone.

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Why drinking water is so important during weight loss

Drinking Water Helps Escalate Weight Loss

Drinking water, a generous amount daily, is absolutely essential to the successdrinking water of your weight loss program.  If you’re eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise but still not shedding those pounds; chances are you’re just not drinking enough water.

Water has such a vital role in the proper functioning of the human body and that holds true in the metabolism of fat.  Your kidneys rely on a certain level of water to function efficiently and when they are dehydrated, a significant portion of their workload is transferred to the liver.  When the liver has to divide its attention, it can’t put all of its energy into turning fat to energy.  So, as the liver metabolizes less fat; you lose less weight.

Additionally, without the proper amount of water, the body goes into survival mode.  This means that your body prepares for a possible emergency situation by storing all the water it can get.  It will take it from anywhere and store or “retain” it in places such as your ankles, hips, thighs and even around your stomach.

In simplest terms, when you’re dehydrated, your metabolism slows and so does your weight loss.  A sluggish metabolism cannot burn calories as fast and efficiently as it does when you’re drinking the recommended amount of water on a daily basis.  The fat tissue will stop having blood flow through it, and thus, no fat removal.  Healthcare professionals agree that 64 ounces of water, spread out over the course of the day is an ideal amount to maintain the processes vital to weight loss.  If you happen to be considerably overweight, an additional 8 ounces for every 25 pounds of excess weight is recommended.

Signs of dehydration

Mild: thirst, headache, fatigue, flushed skin, dry mouth and throat-

Moderate: rapid heart rate, dizziness, low blood pressure, weakness and lack of energy, highly concentrated urine but low in volume-

Severe: muscle spasms, swollen tongue, poor circulation, increased weakness, failing kidney function-

Drink your water!

To your health, Dr. Sass

Smart for Life® Medical Director

P.S.  Drinking water, the recommended 64 ounces each day, helps to maintain optimal health during your weight loss phase. Drink more water and eat healthy with SmartforLife Products today!

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Weight Loss Boca Raton Client Drops 10 Pounds In First Week

SmartforLife® – The Weight Loss Boca Raton Premier Centers

weight loss boca ratonThe testimonials keep pouring in from our weight loss Boca Raton clients because SmartforLife® products taste amazing and they work. The way you reduce your weight is by reducing your calories and eating your meals in small portions throughout the day and evening. Smart for Life cookies, protein bars, soups and snacks offer you this solution very effectively while keeping your hunger at bay and feeling comfortably full throughout the day. On the Smart for Life diet program you will lose an average of 2 to 3 pounds per week which is the right way to lose weight. Our products are healthy, all-natural and delicious. Give us a call today or come into one of our many weight loss management centers  across North America.

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Can I Drink Alcohol And Lose Weight?

Is It Possible To Drink Alcohol and Lose Weight?

Drink alcohol and lose weight? Is it possible? If the calories, themselves, were the only factor; the alcohol wouldn’t be such a culprit in your weight loss efforts.  After all, research has shown us that having the equivalent to one drink a day does offer certain cardiovascular benefits.  Unfortunately, there’s more to it than that.

First of all, the calories in alcohol are considered to be “empty” calories.  Alcohol doesn’t provide the vitamins and minerals that you get in healthy foods and each gram of alcohol has about seven calories.  Now, that’s before you consider any mixers you may be using.  Adding fruit juice, soda or a pina colada mix to your ounce of rum can turn up the sabotage dial very quickly.

Can diet be an essential therapeutic strategy for cancer patients?

Learning From Nutrition and Diet Experts

Medscape recently spoke with two renowned diet, nutrition and food experts on the subject of nutrition and its effects on cancer patients.  Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, is a dietician; author; speaker; and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, health, and cancer.  She commented on the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS). “This is an important study because women with estrogen-receptor negative cancer have fewer treatment options.  The low-fat diet had a profound effect on recurrence in this group.”  Evidence is mounting toward the belief that diet can, in fact, prevent cancer and its recurrence involving breast cancer patients who were on curative therapy.

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A Plant Based Diet and Exercise

Additionally, in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study, an intense plant-based diet high in fruits and vegetables did not appear to improve survival, but when combined with a regular schedule of moderate exercise, it did reduce recurrence.  Dixon added that women with breast cancer often have a difficult time shedding excess weight, so even if you don’t buy into the effect your diet may have on the disease; it’s still a much healthier choice.  She points out that having cancer does not serve as a deterrent to other maladies such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension and other chronic diseases, so choosing a healthy diet is always the better path.

The second individual who spoke with Medscape on this subject is Rebecca Katz, MS, who is a chef, nutritionist, national speaker, and award-winning author.  Her books include: One Bite at a Time, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen.  In her book, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Katz discusses foods that a patient and their family can prepare to help them surpass that feeling of helplessness.  She believes that too much emphasis is placed on what shouldn’t be done and chooses to shift that to a more positive message; sharing what is good to do through her healthy recipes.  In The Cancer-fighting Kitchen, Katz dedicates an entire chapter to an A-to-Z resource that details the evidence-based cancer-fighting properties of foods, herbs, and spices.  These are, of course, the foundation of the book’s recipes. The more these compounds are utilized and combined; the greater the chances of realizing their benefits.

Foods have many cancer-fighting properties, including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and pro-immune system effects.  Along with regular exercise, maintaining a healthy attitude, and avoiding illness and infection, research indicates that diet does influence cancer progression, risk of recurrence, and survival.

Eating a Healthy Diet Assists You In Preventing and/or Healing From Cancer

So, whether you’re healthy and want to do all you can to continue on that path or you’re currently in the process of releasing cancer from your system (or that of a loved one) the evidence is quite compelling to lead you toward these healthier lifestyle choices.  The foods you put into your body are a major factor.  How could they not be?  You wouldn’t put a low octane gasoline in your Ferrari and expect it to run at its peak performance level for long.  Food is fuel.  It really matters.

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest New Year, -Dr. Sass

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FDA nears ban of trans fats in processed foods

A Ban Of Trans Fats Is Good For All

ban of trans fatsIn last month’s Boston/Washington Reuters article by Toni Clarke and Ros Krasny, I read that the FDA is finally closing in on the ban of trans fats, a very important issue.  They have actually proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed foods because of the risk of heart disease linked to their consumption.

Simply put, hydrogenation is a chemical process that converts liquid vegetable oils into solid or semi-solid fats.  Partially hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of foods, and many processed foods rely on their taste and texture.

A Ban of Trans Fats Would Save Lives

By now, certainly, we’ve all heard that trans fats are dangerous and we need to buy products with labels that read “NO TRANS FATS”, and for very good reason.  These partially hydrogenated oils increase our bad cholesterol and may be responsible for approximately 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks, annually.  Rest assured, Smart for Life® products never have and never will have trans fats or any toxic ingredients.

According to experts, it may take about two years for a company to complete an ingredient switch-over from the time they are introduced to the alternative.  There is considerable research, recipe experimentation, and subsequent cost involved in any such project.  Thankfully, we never used these types of ingredients.

Even though it’s taken the FDA some time to get to this point, many companies have felt the pressure to move in the right direction over the past several years.  Since the FDA’s 2006 requirement to disclose these harmful fats on food labels, their presence in the marketplace has declined, significantly, but the task is far from complete.

Some specifics to be very cautious of include certain brands of the following processed foods:  pies, fish sticks, microwave popcorn, crackers and cinnamon rolls, to name a few.  Be sure that you read the actual labels, not just the name of the product or a descriptive tag line printed on the packaging.

Until The Ban of Trans Fats- Check Your Labels

Until an FDA ban of trans fats comes to fruition and these large companies are forced to eliminate these dangerous products from our grocery store shelves; don’t buy them, period!  We must be our own best advocate in our daily pursuit of healthy choices and lifestyle changes… stay informed, stay aware and treat ourselves and our families to the gift of delicious whole foods and healthy alternatives, such as Smart for Life®.

I’ll keep you posted on this ban of trans fats and in the mean time, to your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

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Smart For Life Releases Results Of Its First Clinical Weight Loss Study

Smart For Life Releases Results Of First Clinical Study On Its Weight Loss Program

On a review of 46 weight loss patients: 40 female and 6 males clients who used their portion-controlled, protein-rich, low-fat cookie with unique fiber technology,  all subjects lost weight with an average 13.1 pounds loss in 35 days. Five people lost more than 20 pounds, and 20 people lost more than 15 pounds in 35 days. The 46 participants lost a total of 601 pounds. One patient lost 38.7 pounds in 35 days. This study was a significant success for the SmartforLife® weight loss program and it’s clients.

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This is very clinically significant because a weight loss of 5% to 10% has shown clinical improvements in someones health. Their clients lost far greater than the 5-10%, thus helping them achieve even greater success in their overall health.

Weight Loss By Eating Healthy Cookies

Their clients were allowed to eat 6 SmartforLife® cookies or cupcakes daily (SmartforLife® also offers bagel chips, shakes, crunch cereals and more that are cookie equivalent). Clients also had a lean protein dinner with 5 servings of vegetables. All clients were seen by a physician before starting with their first weigh-in. They then weighed-in weekly and had a choice to see a counselor or a physician and were also offered telephone support if needed.

SmartforLife® has proven that their program is easy and gives quick, safe weight loss results.  They are only one of the so called “cookie diets” that have released such a case study. They have always known that they have the best weight loss products and support.  “This study goes farther to support our thinking. We offer the widest and healthiest choice of products using organic ingredients and we pack our cookies with nitrogen to avoid preservatives”, says Dr. Sass Moulavi, Founder of SmartforLife®.

The average client lost 8% of their body weight and dropped their BMI by 2.5 points. The study was finalized on February 23 , 2010.

SmartforLife® has seen its growth explode in the last few years due to how easy and inexpensive their delicious program is, and how supportive their team is.

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Your beliefs are at the core of your weight loss success

Weight Loss Success Using Positive Beliefs

weight loss successI recently read an article in Huffington Post Healthy Living by William Anderson on weight loss success.  He’s is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in weight loss, eating disorders and addictions.  Anderson is the creator of “Therapeutic Psychogenics”, which is the technique he teaches country-wide to individuals, therapists and about which he authored his book.

Anderson highlights the very magical power of faith in his teaching.  As he says, according to Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, the first definition of faith is “trust or confidence in a person or a thing” and the second definition is “belief that is not based on proof”.  At its most basic level, his technique shows that your mind/body will create what you think.  This refers to what you really think (and believe) at a subconscious level.

As Anderson explains, your mind/body affects everything in your body and life every minute of every day.  Your subconscious runs your habits, cravings, immune system, memory, muscles, organs, desires, everything – without fail – 24/7.

Weight Loss Success Through Hypnosis and Meditation

Now, if you’ve attended a seminar or experienced a self-hypnosis session and you immersed yourself for an hour or so in thoughts about eating healthy foods, exercising and how great it will feel to lose weight, you probably spent a few days in a state of increased motivation.  You were able to control cravings and stay on course for a while, but that probably didn’t last.

After some time passes and the inspirational “cloud” clears, you’re left with your default settings, once again.  These thoughts are at the base of everything and who you are.  They are constantly at work.  If you actually believe that you’re destined to be fat or that being overweight is your genetic programming, you must convert those thoughts to ones that will support you on your healthy journey of weight loss success.

As we all know, there are many aspects to healthy, successful weight loss.  There are no quick fixes, but the process can be extremely rewarding and fun.  Set forth a good, solid plan that you can stick with.  Stay informed, stay inspired and every day will bring you closer to your goals. To your weight loss success, health and happiness, -Dr. Sass.

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Weighing Too Much Can Deny Patients Emergency Airlift Service

Weighing Too Much Can Cost You Your Life

Not just weighing too much, but size as well can negate emergency transportation via helicopter.  Many municipalities have not yet upgraded to the heftier aircraft that can accommodate larger patients. The cost for two new EC-145 helicopters ran up a tab between $8 and $10 million for the Duke University Health System.  Their Life Flight program is now able to airlift patients weighing up to 650 lbs.

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America’s annual air emergency needs are up to about 500,000 people per year.  Of these, an estimated 5,000 – or about 1 percent of these patients are denied air transport because they are either weighing too much for the aircraft to lift them or they are too large to fit through the aircraft doors.  Either way, it can delay the care so desperately needed.  Occasionally, when a patient is grounded, the highly trained helicopter crew members will travel with the patient in the ambulance to ensure that the critical care required is not delayed during the drive.

The fact that at least two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, is forcing emergency medical providers to buy these larger aircraft so everyone can receive the care needed in these life and death situations.  Statistically, patients transported by medical helicopter are a third less likely to die than those who go by ground.

The pilots of these craft have a number of factors to take into consideration when a patient is of a size that’s borderline.  Balancing the risks of a victim’s weight with the forces needed to lift the craft can vary greatly with the condition of the weather.  Air density is a major player.  Denser air produces greater lift just as thinner air decreases lift.  Higher temperatures thin the air making hot, humid days a much greater challenge than one that is crisp and cold.

The possible denial of airlift emergency care for those suffering from obesity points out that the risks of this disease reach much farther than increasing the chances of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Craig Yale, the 57-year-old executive at Air Methods, underwent gastric sleeve weight loss surgery when, at the previous weight of 335 pounds, he realized he may not fit on his own firm’s aircraft.  Craig now weighs in at 225 pounds.  His advice, quite simply is; “I would encourage anybody to do what they can to be healthy.”

If you’re weighing too much, it’s never too late to get started toward a healthier, happier life.  Let Smart for Life products get you going in the right direction…today!

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