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Good News For Menopausal Women Using Soy

menopausal womenI recently learned in a new study, that soy protein reduces the progression of clogged arteries in menopausal women who were within five years of menopause.

This study was the largest and longest randomized controlled human study conducted to date that directly investigated the efficacy of isolated soy protein consumption on the progression of atherosclerosis (lipid deposition in the artery walls).

 

Menopausal Women Using Soy = Good Results

“These results are consistent with what we have learned through research conducted over the past decade”, said Howard N. Hodis, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine and lead author of the study.

In women who had experienced menopause within the past five years, isolated soy protein consumption was associated with a significant 68% reduction in CIMT progression compared to those consuming the placebo.  “This study also showed a significant increase in HDL (good cholesterol) in participants consuming isolated soy protein” said Krul.

Our Smart For life products, including our protein bars, which help to eliminate post exercise hunger  and contains 18 grams of protein are considered to be an excellent source of isolated soy protein.

This study was published in the November 2011 issue of Stroke and is great news for menopausal women looking to increase their health. Get started with our healthy plans today! -Dr. Sass

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Is Fast Food Really Less Expensive Than Healthy Food?

I came across this article on fast food being cheaper and wanted to make sure you all are not being fooled by this myth!

It’s been recently reported that the “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “A bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli…”or “It’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonalds than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

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This is just plain wrong.  In fact it isn’t cheaper to eat highly processed food. A typical order for a family of four, for example; two Big Macs, a cheeseburger, six chicken McNuggets, two medium and two small fries, and two medium and two small sodas- costs about $28.00.  If you only order “Happy Meals” then you can reduce that to about $23.00, and you will get a few apple slices in addition to fries!

The Healthy Alternative To Fast Food: SmartforLife®

Just as a comparison, eating 6 Smart for Life meal replacements per day (replacing breakfast, lunch and snacks) will cost you just about $5.14 per day, in total.  That is for 2 meals and 3 healthy snacks each day.  Smart for Life products are made with natural and 60% organic ingredients. They are high in protein and low in carbs and fat, while naturally suppressing hunger without the use of drugs or chemicals.  When following the program, Smart for Life also recommends an evening meal of lean protein (such as chicken, fish, garden burgers, veggie burgers, and white meat turkey, seafood or even tofu) along with a salad and vegetables. That may sound like a lot of food, but you are looking at a total cost of maybe $10 to $12 dollars on average per day, and that is money well spent to eat healthy and stay fit.

Another argument is that fast food is cheaper when measured by the calorie and that this makes fast food essential for the poor because they need cheap calories.  However, given that half of the people in this country (and a higher percentage of poor people) consume too many calories rather than too few, measuring foods value by the calorie makes as much sense as measuring a drink’s value by alcohol content (for example, why not drink 95% neutral grain spirit, the cheapest way to get drunk?).

Keep in mind it is also reported that “anything you do that’s not fast food is terrific: cooking once a week is far better than not cooking at all.” says Marion Nestle, Professor of Food Studies at New York University and author of “What to Eat”.   As Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, says “we’ve seen minor successes, but the food movement is still at the infant stage, and we need a massive social shift to convince people to consider healthier options.” -Dr. Sass

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Link Shown Between Environmental Toxicants and Atherosclerosis

Environmental Toxicants 325WI recently read an article regarding environmental toxicants such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides, which can pose a risk to cardiovascular disease. For the first time a link has been demonstrated between atherosclerosis and levels of long lived organic environmental toxicants in the blood.  This study was carried out by researchers at Uppsala University and was published online in the prestigious journal, Environmental Health Perspectives.

I have often talked about the fact that cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes – are the most common cause of death in industrialized countries, and the most important underlying cause of these diseases is atherosclerosis.  I have also talked about unbalanced blood fats, diabetes, smoking, and high blood pressure as being high risk factors for atherosclerosis.

SmartforLife® Is Environmental Toxicants Free

I am pleased to report that Smart for Life uses only the finest all natural and 60% organic ingredients in our diet products with no preservatives. In an effort to eliminate all environmental toxicants, Smart for Life also uses triple filtered water.

Previous studies have also reported possible links between cardiovascular diseases and high levels of persistent (long-lived and hard-to degrade) organic environmental toxicants, such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides.

“In Sweden, and in many countries in the world, many of these substances are forbidden today, but since they are so long-lived they’re still out there in our environment. We ingest these environmental toxicants with the food we eat, and since they are stored in our bodies, the levels grow higher the older we get” says Monica Lind, Associate Professor in Environmental Medicine at Occupational and Environmental Medicine. -Dr. Sass

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Being Overweight Is A Lifelong Battle With Lots Of Pain

You Don’t Want The Lifelong Battle of Being Overweight

lifelong battle weight lossWe can help see why most overweight people have tried losing weight, but either fail or gain the weight back. It can be a lifelong battle.

As a fat ER doctor who lost 40 pounds and kept it off, I know how tough this is.

When I set up Smart for Life in Boca Raton to help people lose weight 10 years ago, our program was very successful. Since then we have made it even better.

 

-Ask yourself if the program you are doing or considering answers yes to all these questions.
-Are you seeing a doctor who concentrates on weight loss?
-Is he/she a member of the ASBP and ABBM and do they follow these best practices?
-Do they have natural ways to suppress appetite and if these fail do they have appetite suppressant prescription medication (pheteramine or Phendimetrazine) to dispense right at the office in Boca Raton?
-Do they have methods to break down your eating habits so you start eating correctly, small multiple meals through the day?
-Do the have other modalities to help you if you need it such as , HCG, MIC, B12, Lipotropic injections and more?
-Do they asses your metabolism with blood test? Caloric assessment and more?
-Do they assess how your weight affects your health such as body composition analysis, Lipid testing and more.
-Do they take most insurance?
-Do they do have studies to prove that there program works?
-Do they teach you to maintain your weight loss once you lose it?
-Do they have a supporting and friendly staff who truly care about people.
-Do they have a number you can call 24/7 ?

Dr. Sass and his team can say yes to all of the above. Dr. Sass has also lectured and been featured in many news articles and shows as a weight loss expert. People from all over come to Boca Raton to lose weight and get healthy. No matter what you do, lose the weight and stop your pain.

Start losing weight today! -Dr Sass Moulavi

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Weight Loss Can Be Affected By Portion Control

portion controlWeight loss can be affected by portion control, according to a new study.

“People don’t think that something as simple as the size of a bowl would influence how much an informed person eats,” Brian Wansink, psychologist at Cornell University and study leader, told the Indo-Asian News Service.

“Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat, and then ask ourselves if we’re full. The secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you,” he continued.

Portion Control Studies

Dr. Sass reported that Dr. Wansink has performed several studies to this effect, including one that focused on 168 movie goers, who ate either fresh or stale popcorn from different size container, according to a Cornell University statement.  His research also found relevance in drink size: he noted that people pour about 37 percent more liquid in short, wide glasses than in tall, skinny ones of the same volume.

The findings even extended to children’s cereal bowls: a study showed that children of differing weights who were given a 16 ounce bowl were more likely to serve themselves up to twice as much cereal than children given an eight ounce bowl.

Another myth debunked by Dr. Wansink had to do with the idea that people can tell when they’re full and know when to stop eating.  He performed a study that showed people losing up to 2.2 pounds of weight after making a few simple changes in their eating environment — the example that was given was to use smaller salad plates for portions instead of large dinner plates.

“These discoveries are nothing new” Dr. Sass says.  “I always find it amazing that people are so programmed to finish everything on their plate, no matter how much is in front of them”.  Dr. Sass urges people to slow down when eating as well and try to ask yourself mid-way through your meal if your stomach is really satisfied at that point before taking another bite. We will help you lose weight and get on track.

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Eat Cookies and Lose Weight Dr. Sass Says It’s True

Eat Cookies and Lose Weight!

eat cookies lose weightDr. Sass spoke about how you can eat cookies and lose weight, the Smart for Life program and highlighted how the cookies and protein bars work to suppress your appetite and help you lose weight. He also mentioned that there are three weight loss centers in the Los Angeles area including one in Beverly Hills. He urged viewers to check out SmartforLife.com to learn more about the program. Additionally, Smart for Life weight loss success story, Shirley Caddell accompanied Dr. Sass and shared experience using Smart for Life and shared how anyone can eat cookies and lose weight.

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Dr. Sass Talks About Childhood Obesity on Fox 23 Maine – Good Day Maine

Dr. Sasson Moulavi is the Medical Director of the popular “Smart for Life” weight management program. Dr. “Sass”stopped by the studio to talk about his program in relation to local success stories and the alarming rate of childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height.

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Smart for Life Diet Featured on Fox 13 Good Morning Memphis

Welcome To The Smart for Life Diet

weight loss boca raton-smart for life dietMemphis, TN – Eating cookies to lose weight? Dr. Sasson Moulavi says the Smart for Life weight management program will help you do just that. Hear the whole story on this video with Dr. Sass from Fox 13 Memphis.

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Too few docs tell patients they’re overweight

overweightMany people who are overweight and obese either don’t realize it or are in denial — and too few doctors are setting them straight, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers analyzed data on roughly 5,500 people who took part in government health surveys between 2005 and 2008. One-third of the obese participants and 55% of overweight participants had never been told by a doctor that they were overweight, the study found. This is like going to see your doctor with an obvious cancer and that doctor is too shy or busy to tell you the truth.

If a doctor did comment on a patient’s weight, it seemed to make an impression. Nearly 20% of obese people whose doctors hadn’t brought up their weight described themselves as “not overweight,” compared with just 3% of those whose doctors had addressed their weight. Obese and overweight patients who discussed the issue with doctors were also more than twice as likely to have tried to lose weight in the previous year. This is what I tell my patients straight out “Your diet is a direct result of the definition of obesity”.

“If people are told by their doctor that they are overweight, it corrects their perception,” says the lead author of the study, Robert Post, M.D., research director of the Virtua Family Medicine Residency in Voorhees, New Jersey

What Is Considered Overweight?

Overweight is defined as having a body mass index between 25 and 29, and obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 and up. (BMI is a rough estimate of body fat based on the ratio of a person’s height and weight.)

Doctors may be reluctant to broach the subject of weight for a number of reasons. For instance, busy physicians might not want to fall behind schedule by adding another topic to their list of things to discuss during an appointment and many doctors have negative attitudes toward their heavier patients, whom they see as unlikely to stick to a diet and exercise program, he adds.

Even though almost two-thirds of U.S. adults are now overweight or obese, Dr. Moulavi believes that as Americans have grown heavier, most of the population has a skewed perception that this is “norm” of what constitutes an ordinary weight now.

In fact, most of the overweight study participants accurately estimated their BMI. But many didn’t see their weight as unhealthy or recognize the need to shed some pounds.

In addition, studies have shown that smokers whose doctors remind them of how unhealthy smoking is are encouraged to quit and are more likely to do so successfully than those whose doctors stay mum. Simple reminders and encouragement to lose weight could have a similar effect on overweight and obese patients, Dr. Moulavi says.

Know your BMI and act on it if it’s above 25. Get started today with SmartforLife® healthy nutrition products to help you achieve your goals.

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