Can I lose weight with diet alone or do I have to exercise?

The Hard Way To Lose Weight

According to the Smart for Life® philosophy, the best way to lose weight andlose weight 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.

Problem:  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 making it difficult to lose weight.

The Fastest Way 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. Challenge yourself!

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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: Weight Loss Boca Raton

To your health,

Dr. Sass

Medical Director, Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers

P.S.  Remember:  get to your goal and lose weight by eating fewer calories; then begin your exercise program to firm and tone.

5 Ways To Move Beyond A Weight Loss Plateau

Have You Hit a Weight Loss Plateau?

It’s hard to comprehend that for weeks your weight loss program is steaming ahead, the pounds are melting away, and then you come to a screeching halt with a weight loss plateau. The scales won’t budge another ounce. Take heart. Your weight loss plateau is perfectly normal.

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Here are five easy and effective weight loss plateau-busting strategies to try, starting right now:

1. Visualize your Success! It has been proven that people who can visualize and see their success have a much greater chance of achieving it. Close your eyes and see yourself fitting into your skinny jeans. It’s fun and it works.

2. Record your food intake. Often, you may think you’re following a program, but you’re not. I call it “forgotten calorie syndrome”. You’re made accountable for what you eat by writing it down. Reality will look you in the eye.

3. Make sure you eat a protein-rich breakfast. Protein in the morning is key to revving up your metabolism and getting your day off to the right start.

4. Is sugar or alcohol in your system? Sugar (including fruits) or alcohol will stop fat metabolism as they raise insulin levels which will cause you to stop burning fat.

5. Are you drinking enough water? Lack of water will stop fat burning just as quickly as sugar, so drink your water, faithfully.

Expect To Have  A Weight Loss Plateau – It Happens

Weight loss plateaus, stalling & re-starting, it’s all to be expected:

Everyone wants to lose weight in a linear fashion and keep it off-as seen in the graph to the left. This rarely ever happens. Most successful people lose in spurts; losing, re-gaining a bit, then restarting-as seen in the graph to the right.

The key is to accept this natural rhythm, set a stop point for yourself, and get back on the program any time you find yourself moving away from your goal. Weigh yourself each week and pay attention to what your body is telling you so you can avoid a weight loss plateau yourself. Give us a call so we can help you reach your weight loss goals at 888-799-2622.

To your health,

Dr. Sass
Medical Director, Smart for Life® Weight Management Centers

P.S. Hitting a weight loss plateau is normal and manageable. Don’t give up!

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

FDA nears ban of trans fats in processed foods

A Ban Of Trans Fats Is Good For All

In last month’s Boston/Washington Reuters article
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by Toni Clarke and Ros Krasny, I read that the FDA is finally closing in on a very importantissue, the ban of trans fats.  They have actually proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed foods because of the risk of heart disease linked to their consumption.

Simply put, hydrogenation is a chemical process that converts liquid vegetable oils into solid or semi-solid fats.  Partially hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of foods, and many processed foods rely on their taste and texture.

A Ban of Trans Fats Would Save Lives

By now, certainly, we’ve all heard that trans fats are dangerous and we need to buy products with labels that read “NO TRANS FATS”, and for very good reason.  These partially hydrogenated oils increase our bad cholesterol and may be responsible for approximately 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks, annually.  Rest assured, Smart for Life® products never have and never will have trans fats or any toxic ingredients.

According to experts, it may take about two years for a company to complete an ingredient switch-over from the time they are introduced to the alternative.  There is considerable research, recipe experimentation, and subsequent cost involved in any such project.  Thankfully, we never used these types of ingredients.

Even though it’s taken the FDA some time to get to this point, many companies have felt the pressure to move in the right direction over the past several years.  Since the FDA’s 2006 requirement to disclose these harmful fats on food labels, their presence in the marketplace has declined, significantly, but the task is far from complete.

Some specifics to be very cautious of include certain brands of the following processed foods:  pies, fish sticks, microwave popcorn, crackers and cinnamon rolls, to name a few.  Be sure that you read the actual labels, not just the name of the product or a descriptive tag line printed on the packaging.

Until The Ban of Trans Fats- Check Your Labels

Until an FDA ban of trans fats comes to fruition and these large companies are forced to eliminate these dangerous products from our grocery store shelves; don’t buy them, period!  We must be our own best advocate in our daily pursuit of healthy choices and lifestyle changes… stay informed, stay aware and treat ourselves and our families to the gift of delicious whole foods and healthy alternatives, such as Smart for Life®.

I’ll keep you posted on this ban of trans fats and in the mean time, to your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass