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Government Now Stepping In and Urging Doctors To Screen For Obesity

The Need To Screen For Obesity

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A few weeks ago, a government health task force has urged doctors to screen for obesity, renewing the call.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for every adult to be screened for obesity duringcheckups, including calculating body-mass index (BMI) for each patient.  Obese patients should be referred to intensive nutrition and fitness help, says the panel, instead of just being directed to go on a diet.

Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese. About 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese and on track for diabetes, heart disease or other health problems.

Few doctors are trained to treat obesity, they’re discouraged by yo-yo dieting but they don’t know what to advise, says Dr. Glen Stream, President of the Physicians’ Group.  His Spokane, Wash., practice uses electronic medical records that automatically calculate BMI when a patient’s height and weight is entered.

“Our American culture is always looking for an easy fix, a pill for every problem,” Stream says. “The updated recommendation is important because it makes clear exactly what doctors should do to help.”

The task force concluded high-intensity behavioral interventions are the best non-surgical advice for the obese, citing insufficient evidence about lasting effects from weight-loss medications.

The task force says a good program:

-Includes 12 to 26 face-to-face meetings over a year, most in the first few months.
-Makes patients set realistic weight-loss goals. Losing just 5 percent of your initial weight — 10 pounds for a 200-pound person — can significantly improve health.
-Analyzes what blocks each patient from reaching those goals. Do they eat high-calorie comfort foods to deal with depression? Spend too much time at a desk job?
-Tailors ways to help people integrate physical activity into their daily routine.
-Requires self-monitoring, such as a food diary or a pedometer to track activity.

Medicare Now Pays For A Screen For Obesity

Last year, Medicare started paying primary care doctors for a screen for obesity and weight-loss counseling for seniors for a year, including weekly meetings for the first month.

By the numbers: A normal BMI is less than 25. Obesity begins at 30.  In between is considered overweight. To calculate yours: http://smartforlife.wpengine.com/bmicalculator.aspx.

The Smart for Life® Cookie Diet makes losing weight and keeping it off a lifestyle you can live with.  A healthy and nutritious success you can enjoy! -Dr. Sass

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Spoiling Your Grandkids Is Normal But Please Keep It Healthy!

Spoil The Grandkids, But Keep It Healthy

keep it healthyJunk food is now everywhere on our planet.  High in calories but low in nutritional value, junk food is available in the most unlikely places:  museums, cruise ships, city parks, and school hallway vending machines.  It is inescapable in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants.

In all children 12-18 years old, critical growth, bond building and amassing of nutrients such as calcium are taking place.  Your grandchild’s body will never be as efficient at performing those functions to ensure a healthy future as it is while they are teens.  Eating large amounts of junk food has far-reaching consequences.  Here are just a few:

-Teens have greater access to junk food and more control over how they spend money than your younger grandchildren.  Teens who fill up on empty calories will have less appetite for a nutritious main meal, and it’s unlikely they are taking in all the nutrients necessary for growth and development.  Key nutrients such as calcium from dairy and protein from meats help bones and muscles strengthen and grow.
-Teens who don’t consume enough of the needed nutrients tend to feel fatigued and can’t keep it healthy.  This can lead to poor concentration and test performance.  Instead, encourage them to eat “brain foods” such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and dairy foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium.
-Weight gain is a consequence of regularly consuming high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie junk food.  Kids who become overweight or obese during adolescence are likely to maintain an unhealthy weight as adults, with associated healthy consequences that include heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, poor self-esteem and even cancer.  By encouraging healthy food choices during your grandchild’s teenage years, you can give them a higher chance of a healthy adult life.

Tips To Keep It Healthy

Tips to help your teen grandchild eat more healthfully:

  1. If you must have fast-food, choose a fast-food restaurant that offers healthier choices.  And no matter where you are, opt for food and beverages that are high in nutrients.  Avoid sweetened beverages and fried foods.  Good choices include: freshly squeezed orange juice, whole-wheat bagel, bean burrito, pizza topped with veggies, grilled chicken sandwich on a whole grain bun.
  2. Look for products low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined grains and partially hydrogenated oils.  Choose a 100 percent whole-wheat cracker made with canola oil, for example or snack on a cheeses and fruit plate instead of a bowl of cheese puffs.
  3. Limit TV viewing when the grandkids visit.  Certain shows seem to attract more junk food commercials than others, so you might want to discourage your grandkids from watching these shows.
  4. Smart for Life has a terrific Kid’s Program that makes it easier and convenient to keep it healthy and delicious tasting snacks!

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Can a diet in high-fructose corn syrup make you “dumb”?

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?

Though we may not have fully come to terms with it, in theory we know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an adversary of health.  Lots of work has been done looking at the effect of fructose on weight, liver function, diabetes risk, and even the growth of cancer cells.  But not much has been looked at the role of fructose in brain function, until now.  Researchers have just reported that among the list of bodily illnesses fructose contributes to, it  may also “make you dumb.”  Luckily, eating a diet rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids seems to counteract this phenomenon.

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In the new study, UCLA researchers had rats spend a few days learning to navigate a maze. Then some of the rats ate diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids or deficient in them; some rats also drank a fructose solution in the place of their regular drinking water. After six weeks on their respective diets, the team put the rats back in the maze to see how well they recalled it.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Affects You In Many Negative Ways

The rats that had eaten omega-3-deficient diets were slower at completing the maze than the ones who ate diets rich in omega-3s. Those who drank the fructose solution instead of water were the worst-off of all when it came to their cognitive capabilities.

The rats also had important differences in how their bodies – and brains – were metabolizing sugar and functioning overall. The rats that had eaten diets without omega-3s had higher triglyceride levels as well as higher glucose and insulin levels. In fact the rats seemed to enter a state of insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes), but this too was reversed by the addition of omega-3s.

Perhaps most interesting was the fact that the brains of rats without omega-3s showed a decrease in synaptic activity, the means by which brain cells “talk” to one another and which is critical in learning and memory. “The DHA-deprived animals were slower,” said study’a author, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, “and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.”

Insulin influences not only blood sugar, but it also affects the ways in which brain cells function. So being in a state of insulin-resistance might be what’s behind the problems in brain function. Gomez-Pinilla suggests that fructose might somehow block insulin’s effect on brain cells, and specifically how it signals neurons to store and release the sugar that is needed for the brain to function efficiently – and for us to think crisply and clearly.

The study also points to the fact that metabolic syndrome, which is plaguing so many Americans these days, can also adversely affect our cognitive abilities.

The important thing to remember is that not all fructose is created equal. “We’re not talking about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”

Luckily, omega-3s seem to counteract the effect of fructose in part, although it’s probably a good idea to cut down on highly processed, high-fructose foods in the first place. And since our bodies are not very good producers of DHA and EPA, taking in the healthy fatty acids through diet or supplements may also be wise. The best sources of DHA/EPA are cold-water fish like tuna and salmon, and for the vegetarians out there, these forms may also be found in seaweed and algae (in small amounts), or in concentrated seaweed/algae supplements.  Gomez recommends consuming about one gram of DHA every day.

The bottom line is that omega-3s may protect our brains – not just now, but in the years to come. “Our findings suggest that consuming DHA regularly protects the brain against fructose’s harmful effects,” said Gomez-Pinilla. “It’s like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel to fight off future diseases.”

Remember that Smart for Life® products contain no sugar alcohols or high fructose corn syrup and are made with natural ingredients that are 60% organic.  I created Smart for Life products to keep your body in a low glycemic index, which in turn keeps your sugar and insulin low, in a fat burning no- hunger zone.

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Dr. Sass

Frequent Eating Tied To Less Weight Gain In Girls

Frequent Eating Tips

Frequent meals(Reuters Health) – Girls who did frequent eating and snacks put on fewer pounds and gained fewer inches to their waistlines over the next decade than those who only ate a couple of times each day, according to a new study.

Food Education is ideal for teaching our young girls on how to eat as well.  Researchers said that one explanation is that smaller, more frequent meals and snacks kept girls satisfied for longer, and prevented them from over-eating.

“Maybe if you eat smaller meals or you eat more frequently you’re less likely to have a very large meal or be extremely hungry and over-eat at a meal,” said Alison Field, who studies kids’ eating habits at Children’s Hospital in Boston but didn’t participate in the new research.

The new report, from Lorrene Ritchie at the University of California, Berkeley, is based on data from a government-funded study of black and white girls in Berkeley, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.

Frequent Eating Should Be Started While Young

Starting at the ages of 9 and 10 years old, the girls filled out food records of what they ate, a few days at a time, and then reviewed those records with nutritionists.

Over the next 10 years, researchers continued to track more than 2,100 girls’ height, weight and waist size.

Ritchie used those records to compare the number of meals and snacks girls ate at the start of the study with changes in their weight and waist size through ages 19 to 20.

Girls initially reported eating an average of about two and a half meals and another two and a half snacks each day.

As expected, no matter how frequently they ate, participants gained weight and waist inches over the study period as they went through puberty.  But the fewer snacks and meals girls ate during the day, the more fat they ended up putting on, Ritchie reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

I have designed the Smart For Life® program to train individuals (both men and women) to eat 7 small healthy meals a day.  In addition to stabilizing sugar levels and preventing spikes, the 7 small meals help to satisfy hunger and decrease the likelihood of binge eating, especially during the evening hours.

According to these recent studies over the past ten years, those who started out eating more than six times a day climbed 6.5 points on the body mass index (BMI) scale, which is a measure of weight in relation to height.  Girls that ate three times or less went up 7.8 points.  That works out to about eight extra pounds gained by the least-frequent eaters. So you see, frequent eating of small meals helps you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. -Dr. Sass

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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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New Sugar Recommendations For Adults

Sugar Recommendations 325WI recently read a report stating the new sugar recommendations for adults and wanted to share this information with all of you.

The American Heart Association has come up with the first-ever recommended sugar intake levels for adults, in hopes of spurring healthy eating habits.  This report suggests avoiding all processed foods as much as you can.

Rodale News, Emmaus, PA suggests that while a teaspoon of sugar may make your medicine go down, exceeding your recommended sugar intake could lead to obesity, heart disease, and not so healthy eating habits.  So, how much sugar is sweet, and how much turns your health sour? For the first time ever, the American Heart Association (AHA) has released guidelines giving people an idea of what a healthy daily sugar intake really is.

The Details: The AHA statement, pushed online in the journal circulation, makes the point that added sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup or ordinary table sugar added to sodas, breads, and other processed foods, are likely responsible for the increase in calorie consumption and the subsequent rise in obesity of the past few decades. Furthermore, people who have unhealthy sugar intake levels also consume lower levels of vital nutrients, such as zinc, iron, calcium, and vitamin A.  One study even suggested that too much sugar can raise blood pressure levels.  I would like to point out that the report also notes that over the past 30 years, we’ve consumed an average of 150 to 300 more calories per day than we used to.   50% of these consumed calories come from beverages.  Keep in mind also that our physical activity levels remain unchanged, so the extra calories do not get burned off.

Do SmartforLife® Products Follow The Sugar Recommendations?

I’d like to bring to your attention that all of our Smart for Life products are not only low in sugar, but are suitable for most diabetics.  Smart for Life cookies are made with just 2-5 grams of sugar per serving, as well as our cupcakes.  Even our delicious cereals contain just 8 grams of sugar per serving. I created Smart for Life products to keep your body in a low glycemic index, which in turn keeps your sugar and insulin low, in a fat burning no- hunger zone. This unique blend of protein then suppresses your hunger while the fiber expands like a sponge to fill you up.

To make a comparison, surveys have also found that the average American consumes around 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar each day. According to the new guidelines, we should really be eating a fraction of that amount. The Smartforlife® sugar recommendations for adult women is 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, while for men it is 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily.  For children, it is just 3 teaspoons (12 grams) per day.

Start losing weight with us and feel the best you’ve ever felt!

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Dr. Sass

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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