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Excess Weight Leads To Disease

Reasons For Why Excess Weight Leads To Disease

There are many detriments of having excess weight. Weight loss is not important purely from an aesthetics point of view. There are many people who believe losing weight is not important unless you want to look like a movie star. While, losing weight does help you look fitter and healthier, it serves a greater purpose. Excess weight has the ability to cause numerous short and long-term health problems that could be avoided by losing weight. This is a big enough reason to start working on losing weight in order to prolong your quality of life for as long as you can. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for excess weight leading to disease.

Excess Weight Is Too Much For The Body To Handle

excess weightThe body is simply not able to cope with all of the weight that is being accumulated on your frame. You have to make sure the weight is shed as soon as possible. The joints tend to face the brunt of the woes that are presented because of weight related problems.

The joints are not able to hold up the weight for long periods and this can weaken them to a point where you are not able to walk.

The immune system is also taxed because it is not able to get to all parts of the body and rectify the problems that are occurring. This increases the chances of getting sick.

Bad Eating Habits

This is one of those symptoms that come along with having extra weight. You start to crave more and more food because of this added weight and that leads to worsened eating habits.

You have to make sure you are eating properly at all times in order to avoid diseases. If you are continually eating poorly, this can become one of the major reasons for your excess weight becoming problematic in terms of health related issues.

Energy Issues

This is something that is seen on a day-to-day basis. Energy related issues transpire because of the excess weight and this directly leads to diseases forming.

The human body requires a certain level of activity on a regular basis in order to remain healthy and fit. if you are not able to get this exercise or movement in, you are putting the body at risk.

The body will start to feel more and more fatigued in a shorter span of time despite doing nothing. This will start to escalate as both the weight and time start moving ahead.

Poor Sleep

The last reason for extra weight leading to disease has to do with sleeping habits. If you are overweight, you will often have trouble sleeping and this does not always have to do with insomnia. You will simply have physical issues such as breathing problems that keep you from sleeping properly.

Make sure you are focused on losing weight to ensure you are able to sleep as required on a daily basis. The average human requires eight hours of sleep every day and those who are not hitting these requirements will get ill over time.

For those who are overweight, this problem becomes a graver reality as their body needs extra rest to recuperate from handling the excess weight.

These are some of the most important reasons for excess weight leading to health problems. You have to remain focused on losing weight in order to become healthier. There are many people who do not focus on their weight and end up complaining when they are hit with a series of diseases and related health problems. The chances of acquiring diseases that can be fatal increase the longer your body is not able to handle the excess weight. Contact us at the premier weight management center in Boca Raton, or one of our many other locations around North America and we look forward to helping you reach your goal weight.

If You Aren’t Feeding Your Kids Healthy, Whole Foods, Is Anyone?

It’s Time To Eat More Healthy, Whole Foods

I recently watched an amazingly eye-opening video, featuring Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution on healthy, whole foods.  Jamie’s a 34 year old, average citizen and chef from Essex, England, who has a not-so-average take on where we need to focus our attention, immediately.  Jamie’s message is simple and to the point: Teach our children about food.  It’s an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.  Our kids are going to live a shorter life span than us, by about ten years, if we don’t teach them how to shop for, prepare and eat real food.  The processed food and fast food that is the bulk of so many diets today is literally killing us.  Diet-related diseases are the biggest killers in the U.S. and two-thirds of our population is obese.  Those of us who are older are probably better off since these dangerous “pseudo foods” weren’t around or as prevalent when we were growing up, but think of the youth of today.  If we aren’t cooking in our homes, where are our kids going to learn about real food?  Jamie visited an elementary school classroom and showed them various fresh vegetables in their “whole state”.  Cauliflower, potato, beet, tomato, eggplant; the children could not identify any of them.

Healthy, Whole Foods Should Be The Standard In Daily Eating

healthy, whole foods kidsJamie’s been working on this revolution for seven years and believes the United States, as a leader, needs to take the wheel so the rest of the world will follow.  That’s why he came here and began in West Virginia, where obesity and related fatalities are so high.  He talked with families, teaching them how to teach others.  He has made himself available to the lunch ladies, convinced that the limited budgets can be creatively adjusted to provide healthy meals to the school-aged children.  Jamie is calling out for all of us to make the change for our own families and then spread the word, the recipes, and the information on healthy, whole foods that will change the health of our society, in general.

Being on the leading edge of change isn’t usually a comfortable place to be…but it’s the only place to be if you really want to make a difference.  Stepping out from the crowd is the way it’s always been done.  More so than ever before; it’s time to step up!

Jamie Oliver is one of a small army of concerned individuals who are carving out their own perfect way to make a difference.  As he so aptly points out in this video, if those of us who have valuable pieces of information to contribute, each get involved on a small grass roots level, the change will happen quickly.  As we share information with a few, who share with a few, the knowledge travels easily and effortlessly, like the ripples in a pond; reaching an ever-widening circle as we move forward as a healthier town, nation and world.

Do yourself, your family and your friends a favor by watching and sharing this video post.

To your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass. Eat healthy, whole foods for a healthier life you deserve. Get started with our healthy diet plans today!

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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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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.

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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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Poll Shows Obesity Top Threat to Children’s Health

obesityA new poll shows that adults consider obesity the number one threat to children’s health in the United States and many believe the problem is getting worse.

Almost 40% of the adults polled cited obesity as the biggest threat to youngsters and teenagers, followed by drug abuse, smoking, Internet safety and stress.

Dr. Matthews M. David, director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll says, “If we’d done this poll four years ago, obesity would not have been at the top of the list.”

Obesity rates among children and teens in the U.S. have skyrocketed in the last 30 years.  A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control showed nearly 1 in 5 children aged 6 to 11 and 18% of 12 to 19 years olds were obese.

Obesity is #1 Concern

The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in 2010 and the percentage of adults who rate each as a “big problem” include:

1.  Childhood obesity – 38%
2.  Drug abuse – 30%
3.  Smoking – 29%
4.  Internet safety – 25%
5.  Stress – 24%
6.  Bullying – 23%
7.  Teen pregnancy – 23%
8.  Child abuse and neglect – 21%
9.  Alcohol abuse – 20%
10. Not enough opportunities for physical activity – 20%

Fifty-seven percent of adults that rate childhood obesity as a big problem for kids say it is “getting worse.”

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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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2010 Weight Loss Resolutions Can Be Kept

“With the right weight loss tools, consumers will be able to keep their weight loss resolutions focused on losing and maintaining a healthy weight,”  Dr. Sasson Moulavi, M.D. recommends the Smart for Life® Cookie Diet for successfully achieving and maintaining an ideal weight.

Patients always ask me, “How can I make this year’s resolution stick?” Dr. Sass comments.  “I remind them that by eating our Smart for Life® delicious foods as small, multiple meals throughout the day, enjoying a healthy, low fat dinner in the evening, and common sense behavior modification, this goal is certainly achievable!”

Each year 40-45% of adults make a resolution. Research shows that 75% make it past the first week and 46% make it past 6 months. The Smart for Life® team of experts are gearing up for a boost to those willing to commit to achieving these goals.  The company offers support group calls twice weekly as well as one-on-one support in participating centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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“The Smart for Life® Cookie Diet program provides a convenient, easy-to-follow, healthy way to lose weight and gain your health and accomplish your weight loss resolutions,” says Dr. Sass.  “Our Smart Foods are made with all natural ingredients, without preservatives and provide appetite suppression without any toxins, caffeine or drugs.  This will enable anybody to attain his or her weight loss resolutions more often than not.”

Typically, those following the Smart for Life® Cookie Diet program will lose weight quickly, stay motivated and see the health benefits (e.g. lower cholesterol) in a matter of weeks.  The affordable program is available online at www.smartforlife.com. 

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