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Here Are Some Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Omega 3’s

Omega 3’s Can Be Eaten In Many Forms

omega 3'sRecently, in a piece by Mike Roussell, PhD, I read some interesting data on Omega 3’s.  This is really good news if you don’t happen to be a fish lover, or if you just find it difficult to work two servings a week into your diet menu plan.   According to world renowned Omega-3 expert Dr. Bill Harris, our bodies absorb the healthy EPA and DHA fats (long-chain Omega-3 fats) in the fish oil supplements just as readily as they absorb the same healthy fats in the actual fish, like salmon and tuna.

To the contrary, the story about flax seed in your diet is quite different.  The Omega-3 fat in flax seed  known as ALA (short-chain omega-3 fats), does not convert easily into the EPA and DHA that we seek in fish.  As our bodies benefit greatly from long and short-chain omega 3s, having a source for both is certainly recommended.  Consider this a word to the wise for vegetarians who aren’t eating fish or taking fish oil.   Unknown to many, the healthy oil in the fish oil is not made by the fish.  It’s actually made by the algae that the fish eat.  Luckily, you can go directly to the source and find an algae-based DHA supplement.  By the way, the eggs you see with Omega 3’s on the label come from chickens that are fed flax seed.  Many of our Smart for Life products are also an excellent source for both of these Omegas, found in our Enriched Organic Golden Flax Meal which contains both flax and fish oils.

Omega 3’s Reduce Heart Attacks By Up To 50%

As far as the Omega 3 research these days, some studies are telling us that although a high level of omega-3 fatty acids in your bloodstream is not conclusively going to lengthen your life span, it may offer protection from heart disease and reduce the likelihood of such complications, in some cases, by as much as 50%.  One very important factor to take into this equation is that a great number of folks who have these higher levels of fatty acids are also, often, eating more healthfully, in general.  They tend to eat more vegetables and less red meat.  This steers us back to lifestyle and the importance of looking at the whole picture as you plan your future health profile.  At Smart for Life® we’re here to help in any way we can; from the creation and manufacturing of our healthy products to the leading edge information and support we offer on our website and in our Centers.

Eat more Omega 3’s, to your health, Dr. Sass

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Weigh In, Pay Out – Airline Charges By The Pound

Airline Charges By The Pound

Airline charges by the poundMaybe your airline charges by the pound…I read an article this week written by Matt Brownell at Daily Finance, reporting on Samoa Air, a small airline in the South Pacific that is now weighing passengers and their baggage to determine the cost of their ticket.  Per kilogram, you may pay $1 or up to $4.16, depending on the length of your flight.  This is most interesting as Samoa has a high rate of obesity.

The airline’s website is taking this tack: “We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh.  Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for.  Simple.”  In an interview, the airline’s CEO took a similar stance:  “there are no extra fees in term of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo.”

Although this school of thought holds a basic truth, the underlying controversies are many.  With the aspects of discrimination that begin to surface after contemplating this for a while, it seems doubtful that such a practice would take hold in the U.S.  Remember the trouble Southwest got into when they told an obese passenger she had to purchase two seats?  As it turns out, she flew part of her trip, as planned, but was told when re-boarding after a layover that she would have to purchase a second seat.  Her argument was with the inconsistency, not being told at the time of purchase and the embarrassing lack of privacy during the incident. If an individual can’t fit into one seat without infringing on co-passengers, then it makes sense to pay for an additional seat, but in a dignified manner.  Otherwise; it’s a flawed policy.

What if you happen to be really tall?  Or pregnant?  Or you have a debilitating medical condition, over which you have absolutely no control that causes you to be overweight?  Such thoughts must not have occurred to the airline when they began touting the claim “you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost”.

If the airline is thinking their idea will get travelers to lose weight, they may want to reconsider.  Individuals who battle problems with obesity need diet education,inspiration and support from their loved ones and their communities. For a business to focus their financial structure on an individual’s weight seems to take us back a step in cultural progress.  This way of thinking is morally and socially wrong.  Any airline in the U.S. that would adopt this policy should be boycotted by all of us, in unison: “A seat is a seat is a seat!”  This is one idea that should never have gotten off the ground.

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Support At Work Can Inspire Successful Weight Loss Results

Want Successful Weight Loss Results? Get Support At Work!

In an article by Marilyn Kennedy Melia in, I read that the Tuft’s Energy Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University, recently conducted a six month study on weight loss.  Specifically, they sent health professionals to conduct weekly or bi-weekly lunch hour sessions on hunger management and reduced calorie diets at two Boston area firms.

The researchers tracked 133 employees, with a third of them in a “control group”, from two other firms that didn’t receive the informational sessions at lunch hour.

On average, the weight loss was 18 pounds, which is about three times better than other workplace diet efforts, according to Susan Roberts, co-author of the study.  “This was different because we asked for volunteers for the study, other diet programs were given to all workers and we also had advice on behaviors,” says Roberts.  “At the end of the program, people were crying, saying it changed their life.”

Additionally, many workers who hadn’t volunteered also lost weight, inspired by their participating co-workers.

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According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that recently published the same study, it “demonstrates the first effective corporate weight loss program which combines nutritional counseling with behavioral change management.” says Norman Gorin, CEO of Wellesley, Mass, Instinct Health Science, which is planning to expand the program.

I urge all of you to start our weight loss program for greater success! -Dr. Sass

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Trouble sleeping linked to weight gain

Weight Gain Can Cause Sleeping Problems

CPAP - weight gainI read, recently, in a study out of the University of Colorado, that researchers found those who average only five hours of sleep, on a nightly basis, had weight gain of almost two pounds a week.  It’s not believed that sleep loss is the direct cause, but that insufficient sleep can lead to changes that will trigger the weight gain.

“Just getting less sleep, by itself, is not going to lead to weight gain,” said Kenneth Wright, PhD, director of CU-Boulder’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory in a press release.  “But when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need.

Researchers evaluated 16 healthy young adults for about two weeks in a University of Colorado Hospital “sleep suite” which is a controlled environment for monitoring and studying sleep.

After three days of sleeping approximately nine hours a night and consuming an average number of calories, they were split into two groups:  One group continued with the nine hours or sleep, while the other reduced theirs to five.  After five days, the groups switched their sleep schedules and were observed for another five days.

Although both groups had identical access to food, those who were sleeping only five hours a night were found to consume an average of six percent more calories.  A great number of these calories came from snacking and the lighter sleepers consumed more of their calories snacking than at any single meal.

Sleep Restriction = Weight Gain

“When people are sleep-restricted, our findings show they eat during their biological nighttime when internal physiology is not designed to be taking in food,” said Wright.

This study shows that fewer hours of sleep seem to have a notable effect on eating habits and weight gain.  It appears that self-awareness, an important quality to a healthy eater, is lessened with a lack of sleep.  Proper diet and rest have been the mantra of many health professionals over the years.  According to this research, healthy sleep habits deserve top billing, right up there, next to Smart food choices like Smartforlife®.

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4 Ways to Build Your Willpower for Successful Weight Loss

Build Your Willpower For Weight Loss Success

I recently read an article by Jennifer Cohen in Forbes Magazine.  In it she explains that you must train and build your willpower if you want it to serve you in your weight loss journey. Studieshave shown that the brain has limited power to make decisions, and that minor decisions add up throughout the day, eventually depleting your reserves and undermining your efforts.  This can lead to stress-eating and other poor decisions.  The advice is to make it easier on yourself by incrementally increasing your willpower strength by taking the following steps:

4 Ways To Build Your Willpower

1.  Call in positive reinforcements. Routine wins out 99% of the time, so build a consistent routine that will become a part of your life within 4 weeks.  Eventually, these tasks of working out and eating right are enjoyable and you’ll feel weird if you go against them.

build your willpower2.  Write down everything. Self awareness is key to changing a habit.  One study by Kaiser Permanente found that people who wrote down everything they ate doubled their weight loss.  Avoid or limit alcohol and get plenty of rest to keep a keen level of self-awareness.  If you are using Smart for Life products, this part is easy.

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3.  Set realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure.  Keep goals within reach.  Set short and long term goals and build gradually toward a routine of good habits.  According to Dr. Kevin Hall, a doctor at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the gradual changes may be more effective than a sudden change.

4.  Relax. Stress depletes your willpower reserves.  Take the effort of decision out of your day by scheduling your routine and following it.  Plan your meals, schedule workouts with a friend.  When the decisions are already made, you won’t deplete your brain power.

Keep a positive attitude.  Experiment and find out what works best for you to build your willpower.  Stay tuned in to various sources for the latest in weight loss research…knowledge is key!

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Weight Loss Drugs Wreak Havoc on Liver and Kidneys

Weight Loss Drugs Can Kill You

weight loss drugsIt’s recently come to my attention that a study at the University of Rhode Island, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that Alli (the over-the-counter name) also known as Orlistat or the prescription brand name Xenical is a weight loss drug that can cause “severe toxicity”.  Orlistat, even in low doses, limits the function of key enzymes which are important in detoxifying the liver, kidneys, and the entire gastrointestinal tract which can result in severe toxicity of internal organs.

Continuing in this article, written by Dr. Dale Brown for the Maximized Living Health Center, Marathon Chiropractic, researchers reported that this drug causes cancer cells to multiply faster and that Orlistat also increases the anti-clotting effects of aspirin which raises the possibility of internal and external bleeding.

Other weight-loss stimulants speed up metabolism but can cause strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular problems.  The list of dangerous drugs in this category are long: Meridia (heart attacks, strokes) Fen-phen (heart risk), Rimonabant (suicidal thoughts), Ephedra (heart attacks, strokes).

Weight Loss Drugs Have Massive Health Risk

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group has said that, “the possibility that the drug will only do the good things like lose weight and not have myriad effects on the body-is zero.”

Drugs are simply not the healthy answer to your weight loss concerns.  Significant changes in diet and life style are needed to make the transition to a healthy body weight and the preferred amount of activity that will truly make a difference toward a healthier you.

Stay away from weight loss drugs. Do your research, make your plan, and stick to it! Join our great health programs at SmartforLife® today for best results the HEALTHY way! -Dr. Sass

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Obesity Rivals Smoking as Major Health Risk

Obesity – Major Health Risk

obesity - major health riskRecently, I came across a report published in the American Journal of Medicine. It reports that obesity is becoming a major health risk and global epidemic that is comparable to cigarette smoking in its level of hazardous effect.  He notes that obesity is the leading avoidable cause of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. which is on the rise, globally, as well.  Hennekens has published these findings with co-author Felicia Andreotti, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at Catholic University in Rome, Italy.

“I am deeply concerned that the United States is the fattest society in the world and likely to be the fattest in the history of the world.” said Hennekens.  “Unfortunately, most people prefer prescription of pills to proscription of harmful lifestyles.  I am, however, optimistic that weight loss of 5 percent or more combined with a brisk walk for 20 or more minutes daily will significantly reduce cardiovascular and total deaths.”

Hennekens continues to explain that this generation of adolescents are more obese and less physically active than their parents and are already showing higher rates of type 2 diabetes thus under a major health risk.  The current generation of children and adolescents in the U.S. are likely to be the first since 1960 to have higher mortality rates than their parents.

As this type of report hits home with all of us; now, more than ever before, we need to be teaching our children (and re-training ourselves) to be our own best advocates of a healthy diet and more active lifestyle.  It may seem like a huge task, but every positive change you embrace is an investment in your future, and theirs. -Dr. Sass

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Unforeseen Updates on Weight Loss Research

Weight Loss Research On Obesity

For decades, we’ve been doing weight loss research to find solutions to obesity and we are still a considerable distance from knowing what works best.

I just read that a paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examining long-held advice about weight control.  The authors concluded that some of this advice is not supported by science.

Previously, small changes in behavior were considered to be able to produce great change, over time.  Since these long-term plans don’t factor in that as you lose weight, you require a reduction in calories to maintain your new, smaller size, it was surmised that small changes really can’t be expected to have the effect once promised.


It was believed that losing a large amount of weight quickly would not be as effective as a slower, gradual loss.  The authors cited research suggesting that there’s really no significant difference between the fast vs. slow approach.

It was once considered important to set moderate, realistic goals to avoid the frustration of failure.  On the contrary, they cited examples where bigger goals reaped bigger results.

What can we take away from this?

Nutrition science is ever-evolving.  Make it your priority to rely on the latest research and tailor your findings to best serve your unique circumstances.

In other words, be smart,  Smart for Life. Get started today with our world-class weight loss products. -Dr. Sass

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Dr. Sass Speaking at our Grand Opening

SmartforLife® Grand Opening With Dr. Sass Moulavi

Dr. SassSmart for Life held a Grand Opening Thursday at its new manufacturing facility in Riviera Beach. Dr. Sasson Moulavi speaking at the grand opening.

A ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Smart for Life’s newly-renovated, 25,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility at 1210 West 13th Street in Riviera Beach, FL.  The event is being hosted by Palm Beach County and company founder, Dr. Sasson Moulavi.

The company produces nutritious baked food products that aid in weight loss under the trade marked names Smart for Life, ThinAdventure, The Cookie Diet, and Zilch.  It also licenses Smart for Life weight reduction centers in the U.S. and Canada.  Its major customers include Smart for Life Centers, Costco USA, Costco Canada, Walgreens, Sams Club Mexico, and Walmart.

The $3.1 million project was funded in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

DES worked closely with the business to complete its financing package through the Section 108 Loan and Energy Revolving Loan Fund programs to assist with working capital and energy retrofits at the new facility.  The company is expected to create 25 new full-time jobs.

This is the third manufacturing business to receive assistance through the Section 108 loan program that is located along West 13th Street, an important area of economic revitalization for the city.  Production commenced at the new site in August and the company reports that the energy improvements already have resulted in a reduction in electric costs.

DES estimates that the project will have an economic impact of $64.7 million over the next five years.

Guest speakers at the event will include District 7 County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, HUD Miami Field Office Director Armando Fana, and SBA Assistant District Director for Lender Relations Miguel Gonzalez.

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