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Reasons For Obesity Leading To Diabetes

serious disease - diabetesMany diagnosed with diabetes are listed as being ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’, but is there a correlation between the two realities or is it a simple coincidence? There are some people who believe diabetes and obesity are not interlinked, but research studies have shown these two to have a deeper connection. Let’s take a look at why obesity tends to lead to diabetes for patients.

 

Individual Cells Stressed

Diabetes occurs at the micro level as the body is unable to produce insulin that is required to sustain homeostasis (i.e. internal balance). When the insulin is not being made on a consistent basis, the body will start to become frail and weaken.

This is a general case of obesity, but what happens when the individual is overweight. The chances of recovering for diabetes tends to falter because the individual cells are being routinely stressed.

As you are eating more and more, the cells and their receptors start sending signals to the rest of the body. The signals are saying ‘it is time to shut things down so we can process the excess nutrients’ and this means insulin cannot be pumped in.

As the stress on the individual cells start to accumulate more and more, it will lead to severe diabetes in the individual. The cells will start to shut down and the issue worsens.

Production of Resistin

The body is designed to handle nutrients and proteins in a certain manner. There are limits in place that make sure the body does not overdo things which causes imbalance internally.

Over time, the body will start to develop resistin if there is excess weight in place. This is to help the body save energy and focus on handling the excess weight that is present.

What does resistin do for the patient? It will disable the insulin from getting to the cells at a normal level. This reduced access to the cell makes it impossible for the body to remain healthy.

As weight is shed, the body is able to get rid of the resistin that has developed and make sure everything returns back to normal.

Sugar Remains in Bloodstream

sugary drinks - diabetesDiabetes requires the sugar inside to be circulated in a manner that is healthy for the body in the short and long-term.

When the body starts to shut off at the cellular level, the sugar will begin to remain inside the bloodstream. Not only will this lead to diabetes, it will lead to a sustained growth in weight which worsens the issue.

To refresh the body and make sure the insulin is going where it is supposed to, the patient has to lose weight as soon as possible and start heading in the right direction.

PEDF

This is a protein that is released into the body that can become the catalyst for the individual becoming a diabetic.

What does PEDF have to do with diabetes? Generally, this protein is going to come in contact with the liver and/or muscles which results in them becoming desensitized to insulin. They will simply not read the emergence of new insulin that is coming in and that causes issues and results in diabetes.

The more the insulin is resisted, the pancreas will try to overcompensate and produce more. This will result in the insulin stopping as a whole internally.

These are four of the most important reasons for diabetics generally being obese. Being overweight can lead to a number of issues as the body is taxed to hold the excess weight in place. Diabetes is one of those issues that becomes more and more apparent as time goes on.

To get help with your weight loss and get your Diabetes or obesity under control, contact the #1 weight loss doctor in Boca Raton, Dr, Sasson Moulavi today at 877-701-7277. We look forward to helping you.

The Importance of Protein in Dieting

Protein: Power Up Your Dieting

protein packed SmartforLife cookieProtein is an important factor in any balanced diet. It helps to influence your metabolic rate positively, which in turn can have a lasting impact on your weight loss goals. As per the FDA, you need quality protein to lose fat, With the SmartforLife diet program you get plenty of protein to keep all your muscle and make sure you are only losing fat, not fat and muscle as in the case of most diets when you are trying to lose weight.

Protein would help to sustain muscle during weight loss. This is considered a healthy form of weight loss while losing muscle protein during weight loss is quite unhealthy. It also improve immunity, muscle fitness, improve HDL levels, enhance insulin and antioxidant functions. All of these factors are extremely important in optimal weight management in the long run. Protein will help to make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. It will help in cutting down on binge eating. This habit will assist you in reducing processed and junk food to a certain extent. Cutting down on these food categories is highly beneficial in losing weight successfully. You can diet quite effectively when you add more protein to your diet, since it will help you to feel more fuller for longer periods of time.

High protein foods like the SmartforLife cookie would take more time to digest. In fact, it takes more work to digest, metabolize and use protein. The body would spend more energy in digesting protein, which means more calories are burnt in the process. This would benefit any weight watcher quite positively. The more protein included in the diet, the fewer calories a person would intake during the day. This will positively affect the dieting and weight loss of a person.

Protein Helps Your Dieting Results

Whether you’re looking for a weight loss clinic in Boca Raton or elsewhere, protein is essential in any successful dieting regime as it will help to make sure that you lose fat during the dieting and not muscle mass. The body will use amino acids in protein to build lean muscle, which in turn will help to burn more calories even when you are not active. This will also help to keep your metabolism running at high speed which is highly beneficial in effective weight loss.

All proteins are not created equal. The body needs nine amino acids to build lean muscle. These are called complete proteins and are found in animal products. Skinless chicken, turkey, low-fat diary, pork tenderloin, seafood and lean beefs are the best food sources of complete proteins. These food items are low in fat and great for your weight loss goals too.

The best diet for weight loss should contain moderate levels of carbs and healthy fat in addition to healthy levels of protein. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grain, fruits and vegetables are the best type of carbohydrates that should be included in a weight loss diet. Food items with a high glycemic index are not conducive for effective weight loss. Fat is essential for energy. It should be taken in moderate levels in a healthy diet. Unsaturated fat is the best type of fat that helps to lose weight fast. Omega-3 fatty acids are quintessential for heart health and weight loss purposes. Vital nutrients such as vitamins and minerals are the other essential elements in a healthy weight loss diet.

The aforementioned elements are vital in a healthy weight loss diet. A diet with more protein will surely help a person to reach his or her dieting and weight loss goals more successfully than not.

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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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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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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Smart for Life featured on Good Morning Arizona

Phoenix- Good Morning Arizona – Three women share their stories of weight loss on three different diet plans. One woman used Medifast, another used Smart for Life and a third woman used an ice cube diet. All three lost 100 pounds or more.

Watch video at http://www.azfamily.com/good-morning-arizona/Three-women-lose-weight-on-different-diet-plans-121895894.html

Is Diet a Dirty Word – Rich Mama Secrets

Is Diet a Dirty Word?

Ok, as the mother of girls, I struggle with this…the sad truth is that childhood obesity is a serious problem for Americans today. Being overweight in childhood sets you up for a host of adult diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, just to name two of the deadliest. Not to mention self esteem issues and a general inability to enjoy life to the fullest. On the other hand, the “mainstream” media bombards us with pictures of airbrushed, impossible to live up, super thin girls and women. While I enjoy my vegetables and exercise, I don’t want to spend all of my time running to the gym, or worrying about what I eat (which means I want my Trader Joe’s vanilla sandwich cookie without feeling guilty). So what’s a mother to do – just when should be worried about our kid’s weight? So we called in an expert: Sass Moulavi M.D. Medical Director of Smart for Life – aka Dr. Sass and asked him – is it ever okay to put a tween on a diet?

And here are his answers:

Q. Is it ever ok to put your kids on a diet – especially with girls – what has to do with the body naturally maturing vs. really gaining too much weight?

A. If the kids are overweight, and all parents should find out the child’s BMI, then yes, it’s okay to put them on a diet. The diet must be rich in nutrients and protein in order not to stunt growth. But the risks of staying overweight are much greater than going on a weight loss program.

Q.How do you know when to be concerned about their weight and/or eating habits? Who or what guidelines should you trust?

A. You must use the BMI scale adjusted for kids. Visit your family doctor or pediatrician. The USDA has a great BMI tool for kids or visit www.smartforlife.com/ChildrensProgram.

Q. What are some tips that any tween girl and her family can use for healthy weight management?

The key is for them to have a high protein, low sugar breakfast. Excellent examples are egg white omelets and Smart for Life cookies, cereals and granola squares. Cut out all sugary drinks and junk food. Increase the amount of green leafy vegetables. Eat small, multiple meals throughout the day. Never eat anything fried. Do one hour of exercise per day – anything counts (walking, dancing, skating, exercise).

Q. Overall, tweens get conflicting messages – on the one hand, the media shows us too skinny, but on the other hand, many Americans are overweight – how can parents reconcile this conflicting information and help girls have healthy body images?

A. Tweens often get conflicting messages. We want them to be a healthy weight. Once a tween knows what a healthy weight is for her height and age, it is very easy to get to that range. Many tweens will unfortunately think of themselves as too fat even when they are at a healthy weight. Parents, doctors, teachers should get involved in explaining to these young girls what a healthy weight is and that a certain amount of fat is necessary for a healthy body and a long life.

Q. What else should parents be concerned about?

A. Obesity is a big problem in America and children are not excluded. The main causes of childhood obesity are the following:
• Huge increase in portion sizes in restaurants, schools, fast food and at home
• An increase in sedentary kids sitting in front of the computer, television, electronic hand-held games, etc.
• Very powerful advertising from the food industry showing high-calorie, sugary foods that are supposedly “good for you”
• High fructose corn syrup being added to sodas, juices and many other foods that provide lots of calories, no nutrition, and actually make kids hungrier than they truly are, so they eat more
• Finally, overweight kids are now almost the norm. It is not unusual to see a group of kids where 50% of them are overweight. When such a big number of kids are overweight, there is very little incentive to lose weight because kids and their parents feel fine because “everyone else is like that.”

Parents are the key to prevent obesity in their children. Parents must vote with their wallets and not buy poor quality, sugary food. Parents must lobby the food industry and government agencies for better quality food, labeling and healthier choices. Parents must educate their children on nutrition and its link to health just like they educate about “Stranger Danger”, Smoking, Drug and Alcohol abuse, even car seat safety. Parents need to set an example and share how some foods are bad for children. Schools should offer healthier food choices including white milk without sugar added! The medical community and insurance companies have to get serious about this issue as well and work with families, schools, and children’s organization to educate, inform and monitor children.

So what can you do to help an overweight/obese child? Consider Smart for Life’s THIN ADVENTURE or another healthy, balanced diet alone and incorporate exercise with it. If your child does not lose weight, seek the help of a medical professional. Overweight children get adult diseases much earlier including diabetes, heart disease and elevated cholesterol. These children should be screened to identify any of these symptoms and work with a medical professional to control the disease now rather than later. Keep in mind that overweight children also suffer from self-esteem issues and may need help with that as well. An overweight child becomes an obese adult.

The worst misconception about overweight/obese children is that a lot of parents think that their child is not suffering from being overweight. Many children tell their parents that they are okay with their weight and it does not bother them. Absolutely not true. Studies show that overweight kids do suffer socially and psychologically from their weight. Think about the rise in bullying in the schools; kids can be cruel and this will most certainly impact a child’s development, physically and emotionally. It is imperative that parents do not accept this type of answer from their kids, but instead learn how to talk to their kids about their weight in a gentle and supportive manner. Acting as a role model, providing encouragement and motivation, and becoming an advocate for better nutrition will ultimately be one of the best contributions a parent can make towards their overweight child’s fight to lose the weight.

 

Dr. Sass Moulavi boca ratonDr. Sasson E. Moulavi (Dr. Sass), M.D. is the Medical Director of Smart for Life™ Weight Management Centers (www.smartforlife.com) headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He completed post graduate training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Moulavi holds Board Certification in Bariatric Medicine and is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. He has completed the Annual Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity at Harvard University and is a member of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine as well as the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. For more than 13 years he has specialized in the study and treatment of Bariatric Medicine. Dr. Moulavi has directed the operation of multiple Weight Loss Centers in both the United States and Canada. Prior to 1995, he practiced as a family doctor in Canada. His passion is also to protect our planet by keeping our food supply clean of toxins and providing healthy choices for generations to come.

You can visit his Blog here:  http://www.smartforlife.com/Blog or at sit me at the Smart for Life Clinic in Boca Raton, Florida

Doctor Urges People To Eat Less, Save Money And Send It To Haiti

By Sasson Moulavi - March 24, 2010

give to haitiJanuary 25, 2010 – Boca Raton, FL – Dr. Sasson Moulavi, M.D., the creator of the Smart for Life® Cookie Diet, urges all Americans to lose weight by skipping a meal, saving the money and in turn sending it to Haiti.

“We eat too much, they don’t eat enough. Let’s all start replacing some meals we probably don’t need with a Smart for Life® healthy cookie.  That money you save can be donated to the Haiti Relief Efforts,” recommends Dr. Sass.

Smart for Life® will be giving away thousands of their 105 calorie Smart for Life® Cookie Meals to help people skip a meal without hunger.  The company will be distributing up to 10,000 cookies in the U.S. in Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers, local business and shopping malls beginning January 25th.  For every cookie eaten, people skip a meal and are then are able to donate the money that would have been spent (roughly $10).  We believe that this would raise approximately $100,000 in donations.  By saving the money spent on a meal, people will make a donation, without any cost to them and provide the opportunity to improve the health of both nations.

It is estimated that over 300,000 people die a year from obesity (http://www.cdc.gov/) – and obesity is quickly overtaking heart disease and cancer as the number one cause of death in the U.S.  If you add the millions who die from malnutrition (http://www.who.int/en/) around the world, that’s a real catastrophe.  According to the World Health Organization, more than 70% of children with protein-energy malnutrition live in Asia, 26% live in Africa, and 4% in Latin America and the Caribbean (WHO 2000).  By these standards, we Americans are gluttons.

“All of these extra calories can be skipped and the money sent over to Haiti to help these people who have nothing to eat, no electricity to cook, or refrigeration.  Skip the $4 espresso latte, the fatty steak sub with fries and send the cash to the people that need it most.  Cash donations work much better than food donations because with cash, you can improve the local economy,” said Dr. Sass “It sickens me to see already overweight people in malls lined up to spend money on garbage food that’s going to harm them.  Then we sit at home watching malnourished people lining up for a little ration of food. Please skip that next meal and send it to the hungry people in Haiti.”

The Smart for Life® Cookie Meals will be distributed through Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers free of charge (One per person).

Skip a meal, lose the weight, save the money and send it to Haiti.

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Smart for Life® cookie diet is a comprehensive weight management approach to health and wellness which utilizes natural, hunger-controlling foods to deliver visible results. The company was started by Sasson Moulavi, M.D., “Dr. Sass,” on the principle of improving people’s lives by providing a quick, safe, easy and affordable means of weight control. Smart for Life’s e-commerce program provides an accessible weight-loss management program to consumers across the country.  In addition, the over 30 weight-loss centers each staffed with a medical doctor and provide in-person counsel to consumers supporting the e-commerce program as well as the medical program.  Over the past 7 years, Smart for Life® has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose millions of pounds – improving their health, appearance and happiness. 

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It’s a “diet”, but does that mean it’s right for YOU?

By Sasson Moulavi - February 12, 2010

Congratulations!  You’ve taken a big step deciding you want to lose weight.  The next step is how you are going to do that.  You’ve looked at different diet programs and have narrowed it down.  But are you sure you know all there is to know about that diet you’re considering?  Is it right  for you and your specific health needs?  If you do not know, you are not alone.

There is not enough information provided by popular diets letting consumers know what the health effects of their particular diet are.  It has become a growing public health concern.  Consumers often make decisions without answers to basic questions.  They are left without information on the benefits, health risks and effectiveness of these popular diets.

You may find information online posted by others but how much can you trust this information when it comes to your health?  You need actual established research that you can trust.

Our website (www.smartforlife.com) provides a diet comparisonwhich provides details on the following specifics for 10 different diets:  physician supervised/available, physical exam, EKG, lab work, metabolic evaluation/treatment, weekly weigh-in, preservatives, vitamins, supplements, organic and natural ingredients and several other categories. It’s easy to tell which program is right for you with a visual comparison.

The Smart for Life® Cookie Diet Medical Program is the only program where you are supervised by a physician.  This is the best way to address the health effects of any diet.  Your questions are immediately answered by a healthcare professional.  There is no guesswork or wondering involved.

It pays to do your homework and get educated about any diet program.  Now that you’ve gotten “smart”, get Smart for Life®!

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