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Weight Loss Success Using Positive Beliefs

weight loss successI recently read an article in Huffington Post Healthy Living by William Anderson on weight loss success.  He’s is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in weight loss, eating disorders and addictions.  Anderson is the creator of “Therapeutic Psychogenics”, which is the technique he teaches country-wide to individuals, therapists and about which he authored his book.

Anderson highlights the very magical power of faith in his teaching.  As he says, according to Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, the first definition of faith is “trust or confidence in a person or a thing” and the second definition is “belief that is not based on proof”.  At its most basic level, his technique shows that your mind/body will create what you think.  This refers to what you really think (and believe) at a subconscious level.

As Anderson explains, your mind/body affects everything in your body and life every minute of every day.  Your subconscious runs your habits, cravings, immune system, memory, muscles, organs, desires, everything – without fail – 24/7.

Weight Loss Success Through Hypnosis and Meditation

Now, if you’ve attended a seminar or experienced a self-hypnosis session and you immersed yourself for an hour or so in thoughts about eating healthy foods, exercising and how great it will feel to lose weight, you probably spent a few days in a state of increased motivation.  You were able to control cravings and stay on course for a while, but that probably didn’t last.

After some time passes and the inspirational “cloud” clears, you’re left with your default settings, once again.  These thoughts are at the base of everything and who you are.  They are constantly at work.  If you actually believe that you’re destined to be fat or that being overweight is your genetic programming, you must convert those thoughts to ones that will support you on your healthy journey of weight loss success.

As we all know, there are many aspects to healthy, successful weight loss.  There are no quick fixes, but the process can be extremely rewarding and fun.  Set forth a good, solid plan that you can stick with.  Stay informed, stay inspired and every day will bring you closer to your goals. To your weight loss success, health and happiness, -Dr. Sass.

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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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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

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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Dr. Sass Featured In March-April 2010 Parade’s Healthy Style

We are pleased to share that Dr. Sass is featured in the March / April 2010 issue of Parade’s Healthy Style Magazine.

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Healthy Style April 2010

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