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The Importance of Water For Weight Loss

triple-filtered water-weight lossDrinking water does not scream out as being one of the best weight loss options out there, but it technically is. Any weight loss program that is not built on the foundations of drinking water will not lead to quality results. If you want to lose weight, it is important to at least drink eight glasses of water a day. This is the bare minimum for those who want to start shedding all of that excess weight as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at the importance of water and why it is of utmost importance when it comes to losing weight fast and efficiently.

Water Clears Toxins

The number one reason for drinking water when losing weight has to do with the clearing of toxins that are present inside. The body will start to accumulate bad toxins over time and these can decide to reside inside the body for long periods.

Water is the only solution to make sure they are flushed out in a healthy manner as soon as possible. The water will be able to make sure those toxins are a thing of the past.

If those toxins remain inside, they will wreak havoc not only on your health, but your desire to lose weight as well.

Water Helps Digestive System

If you are going to lose weight, the digestive system is going to be the star of the show. If you are able to get the digestive system on your side, you will get results.

The digestive system can become overwhelmed when changes are being made and water has to be its fuel. It is just like a car and gasoline. Water has to be consumed in order to keep the digestive system revving as it is supposed to at all times.

Water Fills You Up

This is one of those benefits that is often overlooked until you are going through with the process. You will start to notice that water fills you up which means you won’t feel hungry throughout the day and start craving food.

This is great for those who are trying to cut down on how much they are consuming on a regular basis. It is easy to start losing weight when you are drinking water because of how fast it can fill you up.

When you are filled up, you won’t look to start going off track in order to fulfill your needs.

Replaces Bad Beverages

This is similar to feel ‘full’ and has to do with not wanting to drink other beverages that would otherwise have been included with the meal.

It is best to drink water with all of your meals in order to see results. The reason for water being great is that it will flush down the food and make sure you don’t drink other beverages (i.e sodas) along with the meal.

It is a true ‘win-win’ situation for the body as it is able to flush down the food that has been consumed while getting a drink in too.

These are just some of the reasons for water being an incredible influence on losing weight fast. There are many people out there who are unaware of the benefits of water and simply start to starve themselves. If water is not being consumed throughout the day, It will become near impossible for the body to get the most out of your weight loss routine whatever it may be. You have to make sure the water that is being consumed is being done on a regular basis to get the most out of your daily routine.

If you are searching for the best Boca Raton weight loss clinic, SmartforLife is the leading the way is helping people lose wight the healthy way with our great products. Give us a call today!

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 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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Fast Weight Loss Tips By Smart For Life

Fast Weight Loss Tips From A Doctor that Specializes In Weight Loss

As a Bariatric doctor, many people tell me they want lose weight fast; so I decided to write this article about the pros and cons of fast weight loss.

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First of all, you should not lose more than 2 to 3 pounds a week.   After the first week, if you are, you’re losing muscle or getting dehydrated.  You are not losing fat.  Limiting salt and starches may also mean losing more weight at first—but, again, that’s mostly fluids and you’re not losing fat.

In regards to exercise during your weight loss phase; working out has shown to actually work against most people as they generally eat more after they work out.  For example, they go to the gym and burn 500 calories, but get hungry and go home and eat 700 calories.  Now, don’t get me wrong…working out and regular exercise are key for long term weight maintenance.

So what is a healthy weight loss speed?  At SmartforLife® our experience shows, based on thousands of fat, muscle, and water measurements on our clients, that to maintain muscle mass and good hydration, average monthly loss for women was about 12 pounds and for men about 15.  At these rates muscle loss was negligible and fat loss was maximized.

We also found that people who go too slowly, losing only a pound a week, lose their motivation and generally give up.

Fast Weight Loss Tips

Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track to success:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get unhealthy, tempting foods out of your home.
  • Stay busy – you don’t want to eat just because you’re bored.
  • Eat small meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
  • Eat vegetables to help you feel full.
  • Be sure to get enough protein.  *See table for requirements.

So the take away message is to go as fast as is safe, about 12 pounds per month for women and 15 per month for men.  This is for the first month.  As you lose more weight, the rate of fast weight loss will decrease until you reach a plateau.

To read about how to beat a weight loss plateau; read my next blog.

Fast Weight Loss Minimal Protein Requirements

This chart presents the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) of protein for men and women at various ages.

Males:

11-14 years     50 grams/day

15-18 years     59 grams/day

19-24 years     68 grams/day

25+ years         70 grams/day

Females:

11-14 years     46 grams/day

15-18 years     50 grams/day

19-24 years     52 grams/day

25+ years         55 grams/day

This chart does not take into account your size—and larger people tend to have greater protein requirements.  The following calculation is a more popular method for calculating daily protein amongst most health professionals:

Your weight in pounds multiplied by .36 for women or .50 for men = Daily protein requirement (in grams).  Avid exercisers and athletes require even more. Fast weight loss is achievable and you can do it while eating and being healthy at the same time- Dr. Sass.

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Studies Report The Effects Of Water Consumption On Weight Loss

Faster Weight Loss By Drinking Water

Although the evidence is not overwhelming, the scales are beginning to tip in favor of plentiful water consumption as an aid in weight loss strategies, according to the article recently posted in Reuters Health by Kerry Grens.

As a researcher at the Berlin School of Public Health, Rebecca Muckelbauer was often being asked if drinking water would aid in weight loss and decided to review numerous weight and water studies in search of an answer.  Rebecca and her team found eleven studies that fit their criteria.  Three of these studies provided evidence that weight loss was positively influenced by increased water consumption.  Another study, with middle aged and older individuals, showed that drinking two cups of water prior to a meal caused an increase of four additional pounds lost, compared to those who did not begin their meals with water.  Another study showed that the women who increased their water intake while dieting lost more weight than the women who kept their intake below a liter a day.

Water Helps Weight Loss By Making You Feel Full

drinking waterIt’s not clear, from these studies, why water has this effect on weight loss.  Perhaps, suggested Brenda Davy, a Virginia Tech professor who assisted in the reviews, it’s as simple as the water providing a feeling of fullness, which in turn would keep calorie consumption lower.  Muckelbauer agreed and added that it may also have to do with the lesser-known idea of “water-induced thermogenesis”.   According to Muckelbauer, “drinking water itself increases energy expenditure of your body.  It has an energy consuming effect.  This is not very well studied.”

The Institute of Medicine recommends that adult female adults consume around 90 ounces of water per day and male adults around 125 ounces per day.  This total can be reached through plain water, other beverages and foods.

Muckelbauer concludes that it would be beneficial to have larger experiments exploring the potential benefits of adding more water to our diets in our weight loss endeavors.

At Smart for Life we have believed in and experienced the benefits of generous water consumption for years.  Take the effort to provide clean, pure water for yourself and watch the improvement in your overall health and complexion.  Many of us have been dehydrated for years and don’t even know it.  Water up and see just how good you’ll feel!

To your weight loss, health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

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WHO calls for healthier marketing to curb childhood obesity

Healthier Marketing Is Critically Needed

WHO-healthier marketingWe need healthier marketing on TV! Just over a week ago, in London, Kate Kelland published an article in Reuters stating that the World Health Organization (WHO) is claiming the marketing techniques geared toward children to push unhealthy foods has proven to be “disastrously effective”.

Television is the largest contributor, but certainly not the only medium being used to target our children.  Inexpensive new marketing channels such as Social media and smart phone apps are flooding our kids with advertising for products high in saturated and trans-fats, sugar and salt.  Even in environments where we would expect to find protection, such as schools and sports facilities, these dangerous foods are readily available. Healthier marketing is needed badly to help children.

Leading culprits include, but are not limited to: soft drinks, sweetened breakfast cereals, cookies, sweets, snacks, prepared foods and fast food outlets.

Healthier Marketing On TV

Most children watch at least two hours of television; daily.   If you combine the passive time spent with the unhealthy influence of these advertisements, the negative impact multiplies exponentially.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the WHO’s regional unit for Europe is quoted as saying; “Overweight is one of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century: all countries are affected to varying extents, particularly in the lower socioeconomic groups.”

Although some countries (Denmark, France, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) have taken action to curb this by means of legislation, self-regulation or co-regulation, most rely on general regulations which offer no real protection.

As with most things, we really need to rely on ourselves for regulating what matters in our lives.  Those who are influenced by our words and actions will tend to follow our lead, so we must be self-aware and practice what we know to be healthy choices.  We all have a very important role in this on-going health conscious revolution.  Let Smart for Life®make it a bit easier.  Keep some Smart for Life protein bars and cookies on hand for the kids when they want a snack.  They’re so delicious, affordable, healthy and easy.  What’s not smart about that?

To more healthier marketing, your health and happiness, -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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Dr. Sass in DietsinReview: How PepsiCo Could Build a Better Snack

DietsInReview- In the May 16 edition of The New Yorker, John Seabrook delves into the ways that PepsiCo is working to reposition itself in light of the global obesity crisis. “Snacks for a Fat Planet” is bookended with the author’s interactions with Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s C.E.O. Nooyi argues that it’s not enough for the company to make snacks that taste good, but also be “the good company.”

Nooyi is clearly a leader who understands the huge potential for corporate good, both for the bottom line and for society. She also sees that the health crisis created by obesity does not bode well for the future of PepsiCo’s profits, no doubt a factor in the company’s efforts to make healthier products. Earlier this year, the company began making a number of Frito-Lay products with natural ingredients. They also have plans to reduce the amount of sodium and sugar in their products by 25 percent by the year 2015, under guidelines created by Derek Yach, the former World Health Organization cabinet director.

PepsiCo’s removal of artificial coloring and their reduction of sodium seems encouraging, considering the company’s vast market share. But Seabrook’s article shows that PepsiCo’s plans to make “better for you” snacks and beverages revolve around new technology, huge research facilities and the development of new additives. Although the company is moving towards using “all natural” products, these products will still be highly processed. It’s also worth noting that because the term “all natural” is in no way regulated, it is one of the most common and abused packaging gimmicks.

Reading through the article, it seemed to me that many of the changes are token gestures, not meaningful improvements in the nutritional quality of PepsiCo’s products. “When you make something that is full of sugar and chemicals, it doesn’t take much to make it a little better,” Ann Rosenstein, the author of Diet Myths Busted: Food Facts Not Nutrition Fictionwrote me. “But healthier isn’t necessarily healthy! Going from an 80% junk food product to a 60% junk food product still makes food junk.”

Perhaps my conclusion is too easy, a knee-jerk reaction from someone who spends her days thinking and writing about healthy food. There are certainly plenty of nutrition experts who argue that we shouldn’t eat pre-packaged, processed foods at all, from those espousing the Paleo diet to those who favor the raw diet. However, this does not reflect the way the vast majority of Americans eat.

“Unfortunately we are a snack machine society, so until that changes I think it’s great that companies are attempting to make things healthier,” said Jessica Forbes, MS CCN. “Even if I don’t necessarily agree on how they are doing it.” Forbes said she’s wary of foods containing lab-engineered chemicals. “I believe if it doesn’t exist in nature in some form, then we shouldn’t be eating it!”

Stacy Goldberg, R.N. and Chief Nutritionist of Daily Gourmet, agrees that we should eat foods that come as directly from nature as possible. “The challenge is that’s not always reality.” Goldberg explains that while eating natural, whole foods will have more benefits in the long run, eating better snack foods can have immediate benefits for individuals who are not going to make such a radical change. “If someone’s consuming a large amount of sodium and they’re getting it from their snack foods, they may in fact be better off choosing a product that’s lower in sodium because their blood pressure is so high.”

Seabrook reports that one of the new substances that PepsiCo will soon be using in its U.S. products is a “15 micron salt,” a new kind of salt that contains 25 to 40 percent less sodium than the current formulation. I can’t help but wonder, what exactly does it mean to create a new salt? How will the body break it down? Many of the experts I spoke with also seemed skeptical of the new molecule. “We don’t know the long-term effects,” said Goldberg. She has similar concerns about Splenda, which is used in a large number of PepsiCo products, including Pepsi One, all Propel beverages, Diet Mountain Dew and Amp Energy. “We don’t have any clinical research studies behind them with long-term data to show what are the effects of these new particles or these new creations that they’re coming up with.”

Dr. Sasson E. Moulavi, M.D. and Medical Director of Smart For Life, is similarly cautious. “We don’t know what they’re going to do” in the body he said. “What [PepsiCo] really should be doing is cutting the salt down without adding anything else instead of it.”

Dr. Moulavi is a particularly interesting person to talk about the nutrition of processed foods with, because his company has created a weight-loss program that’s centered around prepackaged, portion-controlled cookies, bars and shakes. “If you can see the ingredients in it, then generally it’s minimally processed and it’s generally good for you.” He argues that there a number of natural additives that companies like PepsiCo could use to improve the nutritional quality of their snack foods, instead of simply replacing sugar and salt with substitutes that are not used by the body. He cites ingredients such as flax seed, fish oil, blue green algae and pomegranate extract, which can all help the body perform essential functions.

Forbes also suggested a number of ways that snack foods could be made with ingredients that would better serve the body. “If I could design my own snack machine contents, it would contain food bars made from raw nuts or nut butter with dried fruit and honey or whole stevia, root vegetable chips fried in coconut oil or olive oil (to me the unhealthy fat is just as much an issue as sodium), and high protein items like salmon jerky that contains enough natural spices to not require a ton of salt.” That’s a long way from Nooyi’s concept of “drinkified snacks” and “snackified drinks,” supposedly healthy products that would be so heavily processed that the original food would undergo a material change of state.

Dr. Moulavi also argued that companies need to be more honest about portion sizes. “They’ll say a portion is a handful of chips, or seven chips, or they’ll give a very small number of grams. Companies have to become truthful and make their portions realistic.”

Everyone I spoke with agreed that consumers need to read the ingredients list on packaged foods before purchasing them, despite any claims made on the front of the package. “I think it’s always important to know what you’re putting into your body, and into your children’s bodies,” said Goldberg, who also advocated for more transparency on the part of food manufactures. “Use the company as a resource. Go to Pepsi, go to Nestlé, go to whatever company, ask them, ‘What is this food?’ and ‘How is it created?’ As a consumer, I think you’re entitled to that information.”

Read more at http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/05/forget-drinkified-how-pepsico-could-build-a-better-snack/

Dr. Sass Featured On Mom Blog Rich Mama Secrets

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Our own Dr. Sass was just featured on the biggest mom blog “Rich Mama Secrets”, and they asked him if it was okay to put a tween on a diet. Share with your friends and share your comments with us about it.
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