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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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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

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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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Eat the Tangerine Skin – Protect your heart!

You might think that tangerines are just a great treat but new research shows that they also have potent health effects for your heart. Researchers from The University of Western Ontario have discovered that a substance in tangerines not only helps to prevent obesity, but also protects against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes. According to the research published in the journal Diabetes, the secret ingredient is a flavonoid known as nobiletin.

Mandarin Oranges - Heart Health

To study the effects of nobiletin on metabolic syndrome in humans, researchers fed mice a “western” diet high in fats and simple sugars. One group of the mice became obese and showed all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and a fatty liver. These metabolic abnormalities greatly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The second group of mice was fed the exact same diet but researchers added nobiletin. Those mice experienced no elevation in their levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose, and gained weight normally. In addition, the mice became much more sensitive to the effects of insulin.

According to the researchers, nobiletin was shown to prevent the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, and inhibiting the genes responsible for manufacturing fat.

“The nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is a suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people.”

About Tangerines

Tangerines, also known as mandarin oranges, have unique health properties which distinguish them from other oranges or citrus fruit. One compound, tangeretin, is known for inhibiting the growth of leukemia. Both tangeretin and nobiletin have been found to fight breast cancer. Want to increase the nobiletin in your diet? Eat the tangerine but don’t forget the skin. The healthiest compounds in citrus fruit are in the rind and zest. Toss the minced rind or zest into marinades, salads and desserts.

I believe that eating a diet rich in flavonoids is key to good health. Eat your flavonoids and get started today with SmartforLife! -Dr. Sass

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The Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss!

Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss

Foods keeping you from weight loss? As reported recently, potato chips and french fries, and generally any potato products, contribute to the biggest weight gain over time, according to a new Harvard study, which researchers say is the first to look at long-term weight gain pegged to specific foods.

Dr. Sass has known these facts to be true for some time and the study, conducted over 20 years and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that among more than 100,000 men and women whose weight was evaluated at four-year intervals, the average weight gain over each period was 3.35 pounds. This corresponded with an average weight gain just shy of 17 pounds over 20 years.

The researchers also tracked how much weight specific foods led people to gain over each four-year period.  Potato chips were the worst culprit, associated with a weight gain of 1.69 pounds, followed by potatoes in general at 1.28 pounds. (French fries were worse than boiled or mashed potatoes.) This, explained Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the study’s lead author, could be because starches and refined carbohydrates produce bursts in blood glucose and insulin, increasing hunger and thus upping the total amount of food people eat at their next meal.

Non-Potato Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss:

There were plenty of non-potato culprits, too: Sugary beverages accounted for a one pound weight gain, while alcohol was linked with an average gain of 0.41 pounds over four years. Unprocessed meats accounted for a 0.95-pound uptick in weight, while processed meats were right behind at 0.93 pounds.

“Our findings indicate that small dietary and other lifestyle changes can together make a big difference, for bad or good,” Mozzafarian wrote in an email, adding, “For diet … eat fewer starches and refined foods like potatoes, white bread, low-fiber breakfast cereals, processed meats, sweets and soda.”

Instead, the study suggests, opt for healthier options if you want to lose weight.

“Common sense is very uncommon” Dr. Sass says and adds that “The age old adage of you are what you eat rings so true time and time again”.  People who added a daily serving of vegetables lost an average of 0.22 pounds over four years, the researchers found. People who added whole grains lost 0.37 pounds, and those who ate fruits shed almost half a pound. Nuts and yogurt also resulted in weight loss — all under one pound, but those losses can add up over time.

The authors point out that while these foods contain calories and fat as well, eating them usually causes people to avoid unhealthier, more calorie-dense options — “displacing” them, in a way — which ultimately leads to weight loss.

Also, because they have higher fiber content, they may be more satisfying.  “Satiety is a big thing,” said Jeannie Moloo, R.D., a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Consuming these foods [i.e. chips, sweet beverages and meat] could be less satiating and less filling, triggering hunger signals.” Moloo praised the study, saying it was important to have finally documented the advice that dietitians and medical practitioners have been giving for years.

Another example of this advice? The fact that being sedentary isn’t good for the waistline.  The study showed that changes in physical activity were related to long-term changes in weight, singling out TV watching as an example. Watching an hour of TV per day led to a 0.31 pound weight gain over each four year period — a finding the authors chocked up to people’s tendency to snack while they watch.

Sleep also plays a role: Participants who slept between six and eight hours a night were less likely to gain weight than those who got fewer than six hours or more than eight.

“Be active,” Mozzafarian said, “turn off the TV, and get enough sleep.”

Dr. Sass couldn’t agree more with this article and lists the foods associated with the most pounds gained and the least pounds gained over a four-year period.

  • Potatoes account for 1.28 pounds gained over a four-year period, with French fries being worse than mashed or boiled potatoes.
  • Sugary beverages account for 1 pound gained over a four-year period.
  • Unprocessed meat accounts for 0.95 pounds gained over a four-year period.
  • Processed meat accounts for 0.93 pounds gained over a four-year period.
  • Alcohol accounts for 0.41 pounds gained over a four-year period.
  • Yogurt accounts for 0.82 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Nuts account for 0.57 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Fruit accounts for 0.49 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Whole grains account for 0.37 pounds lost over a four-year period.
  • Vegetables account for 0.22 pounds lost over a four-year period.

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Dr. Sass Featured On Mom Blog Rich Mama Secrets

Rich Mama Secrets

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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Smart for Life Featured in Nelson Wade Magazine’s “Travel Bag Essentials”

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