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.

weight loss plateau

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!

Smart For Life Releases Results Of Its First Clinical Weight Loss Study

Smart For Life Releases Results Of First Clinical Study On Its Weight Loss Program

On a review of 46 weight loss patients: 40 female and 6 males clients who used their portion-controlled, protein-rich, low-fat cookie with

unique fiber technology,  all subjects lost weight with an average 13.1 pounds loss in 35 days. Five people lost more than 20 pounds, and 20 people lost more than 15 pounds in 35 days. The 46 participants lost a total of 601 pounds. One patient lost 38.7 pounds in 35 days. This study was a significant success for the SmartforLife® weight loss program and it’s clients.

This is very clinically significant because a weight loss of 5% to 10% has shown clinical improvements in someones health. Their clients lost far greater than the 5-10%, thus helping them achieve even greater success in their overall health.

Weight Loss By Eating Healthy Cookies

Their clients were allowed to eat 6 SmartforLife® cookies or cupcakes daily (SmartforLife® also offers bagel chips, shakes, crunch cereals and more that are cookie equivalent). Clients also had a lean protein dinner with 5 servings of vegetables. All clients were seen by a physician before starting with their first weigh-in. They then weighed-in weekly and had a choice to see a counselor or a physician and were also offered telephone support if needed.

SmartforLife® has proven that their program is easy and gives quick, safe weight loss results.  They are only one of the so called “cookie diets” that have released such a case study. They have always known that they have the best weight loss products and support.  “This study goes farther to support our thinking. We offer the widest and healthiest choice of products using organic ingredients and we pack our cookies with nitrogen to avoid preservatives”, says Dr. Sass Moulavi, Founder of SmartforLife®.

The average client lost 8% of their body weight and dropped their BMI by 2.5 points. The study was finalized on February 23 , 2010.

SmartforLife® has seen its growth explode in the last few years due to how easy and inexpensive their delicious program is, and how supportive their team is.

To get more information on weight loss with SmartforLife®, call toll-free at 888-799-2622.

Weighing too much can deny patients emergency airlift service

Weighing Too Much Can Cost You Your Life

Not just weighing too much, but size as well can negate emergency transportation via helicopter.  Many municipalities have not yet upgraded to the heftier aircraft that can accommodate larger patients. The cost for two new EC-145 helicopters ran up a tab between $8 and $10 million for the Duke University Health System.  Their Life Flight program is now able to airlift patients weighing up to 650 lbs.

weighing too much

America’s annual air emergency needs are up to about 500,000 people per year.  Of these, an estimated 5,000 – or about 1 percent of these patients are denied air transport because they are either weighing too much for the aircraft to lift them or they are too large to fit through the aircraft doors.  Either way, it can delay the care so desperately needed.  Occasionally, when a patient is grounded, the highly trained helicopter crew members will travel with the patient in the ambulance to ensure that the critical care required is not delayed during the drive.

The fact that at least two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, is forcing emergency medical providers to buy these larger aircraft so everyone can receive the care needed in these life and death situations.  Statistically, patients transported by medical helicopter are a third less likely to die than those who go by ground.

The pilots of these craft have a number of factors to take into consideration when a patient is of a size that’s borderline.  Balancing the risks of a victim’s weight with the forces needed to lift the craft can vary greatly with the condition of the weather.  Air density is a major player.  Denser air produces greater lift just as thinner air decreases lift.  Higher temperatures thin the air making hot, humid days a much greater challenge than one that is crisp and cold.

The possible denial of airlift emergency care for those suffering from obesity points out that the risks of this disease reach much farther than increasing the chances of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Craig Yale, the 57-year-old executive at Air Methods, underwent gastric sleeve weight loss surgery when, at the previous weight of 335 pounds, he realized he may not fit on his own firm’s aircraft.  Craig now weighs in at 225 pounds.  His advice, quite simply is; “I would encourage anybody to do what they can to be healthy.”

If you’re weighing too much, it’s never too late to get started toward a healthier, happier life.  Let Smart for Life products get you going in the right direction…today!

Obesity recognized as a disease by American Medical Association

Obesity Classified As A Disease

In just this past month, a majority of delegates (I’m surprised it wasn’t unanimous) in the A.M.A. voted to tag obesity as a disease. “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” Dr. Patrice Harris, a member of the association’s board, said in a statement.  She believes this new determination will help in the fight against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are clearly linked to obesity.

Not all who voted were in agreement, however; and the A.M.A. has no legal authority.  Additionally, the waters are further muddied by the absence of a universally agreed upon definition of what actually constitutes a disease.  Regardless of these controversies, there are doctors and obesity advocates who believe having the nation’s largest physician group come forth with this declaration will bring a greater focus to the growing problem of obesity.  If it helps from an insurance standpoint to improve reimbursement for drugs, surgery and counseling this decision could have a positive impact.

Obesity A.M.A. Conclusion

As the controversies continued, the A.M.A.’s Council on Science and Public Health concluded that obesity should not be considered a disease.  Among their reasons is the opinion that a B.M.I., the measure most commonly used to define obesity, is believed to be simplistic and flawed and because there are no specific symptoms associated with obesity.  It’s more of a risk factor that leads to other conditions, rather than a disease in its own right.

After all was said and done, the delegates rejected the Council’s conclusion and the resolution was voted in, arguing that obesity is a “multimetabolic and hormonal state” that leads to negative outcomes such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  “The suggestion that obesity is not a disease but rather a consequence of a chosen lifestyle exemplified by overeating and/or inactivity is equivalent to suggesting that lung cancer is not a disease because it was brought about by individual choice to smoke cigarettes,” the resolution said.

Opinions will always differ on such global subjects, but those of us who are true advocates can take heart that any discussion which keeps the topic of obesity in the forefront, will help in the long run.  Hearing contrasting opinions and causing us all to think about the solutions are key players in moving our social consciousness forward.  As a practicing bariatric doctor, I knew obesity was a disease a long time ago.  It’s about time!

To eliminating obesity, your great health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

Studies report the effects of water consumption on weight loss

Faster Weight Loss By Drinking Water

Although the evidence is not overwhelming, the scales are beginning to tip in
favor of plentiful water consumption as an aid in weight loss strategies, according to the article recently posted in Reuters Health by Kerry Grens.

As a researcher at the Berlin School of Public Health, Rebecca Muckelbauer was often being asked if drinking water would aid in weight loss and decided to review numerous weight and water studies in search of an answer.  Rebecca and her team found eleven studies that fit their criteria.  Three of these studies provided evidence that weight loss was positively influenced by increased water consumption.  Another study, with middle aged and older individuals, showed that drinking two cups of water prior to a meal caused an increase of four additional pounds lost, compared to those who did not begin their meals with water.  Another study showed that the women who increased their water intake while dieting lost more weight than the women who kept their intake below a liter a day.

Water Helps Weight Loss By Making You Feel Full

It’s not clear, from these studies, why water has this effect on weight loss.  Perhaps, suggested Brenda Davy, a Virginia Tech professor who assisted in the reviews, it’s as simple as the water providing a feeling of fullness, which in turn would keep calorie consumption lower.  Muckelbauer agreed and added that it may also have to do with the lesser-known idea of “water-induced thermogenesis”.   According to Muckelbauer, “drinking water itself increases energy expenditure of your body.  It has an energy consuming effect.  This is not very well studied.”

The Institute of Medicine recommends that adult female adults consume around 90 ounces of water per day and male adults around 125 ounces per day.  This total can be reached through plain water, other beverages and foods.

Muckelbauer concludes that it would be beneficial to have larger experiments exploring the potential benefits of adding more water to our diets in our weight loss endeavors.

At Smart for Life we have believed in and experienced the benefits of generous water consumption for years.  Take the effort to provide clean, pure water for yourself and watch the improvement in your overall health and complexion.  Many of us have been dehydrated for years and don’t even know it.  Water up and see just how good you’ll feel!

To your weight loss, health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

More Celebrations At Smart For Life!

smart for lifeSmart For Life Receives 4th Orkin Award

The better it gets, the better it gets here at Smart For LIfe!  That’s our motto after receiving our 4th consecutive Orkin Audit Recognition Perfect Score.  Typically, awarded to no greater than ten companies, nationwide, on an annual basis; this perfect score was determined by a 3rd party audit for our immaculate food processing facility, here in South Florida.  You’ll see our commendation in the June issue of Food Processing Magazine as one of Orkin’s few Gold Medal™ Protection partners.  All of our Smart for Life products are created here and then shipped directly to our Weight Management Centers, Retail Partners or you; our dedicated clientele.

Health and happiness to all, -Dr. Sass. Founder Smart For Life®

Fatalities and Illness From DMAA- Supplement Warning!

DMAA Supplement Warning

I would like to issue a very serious DMAA supplement warning. I’ve received a very disturbing update on the dangers of DMAA, in the Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) read widely by physicians; like myself.

dmaa supplement warning

The Food and Drug Administration has reported that there have been 60 reports of illnesses and deaths associated with the weight loss supplement DMAA.

DMAA (dimethylamylamine) is also used in supplements used for muscle building and performance enhancements.

Reported cases include heart problems or psychiatric disorders. DMAA can also increase blood pressure and lead to a range of cardiovascular problems, shortness of breath and chest tightening. It also may be more dangerous when used in combination with caffeine.

DMAA Supplement Warning By The FDA

The FDA has warned companies that using DMAA in dietary supplements is illegal and is now trying to ensure that all DMAA-containing supplements are no longer distributed to consumers.

I urge you all to check your weight-loss supplements for DMAA and assure you that Smart for Life® does not use this, or any other drugs, in our products. Please check your labels carefully as DMAA is known by several other possible names, listed below:

• 1,3-DMAA
• 1,3-Dimethylamylamine
• 1,3-Dimethylpentylamine
• 2-Amino-4-methylhexane
• 2-Hexanamine
• 4-Methyl-2-hexanamine
• 4-Methyl-2-hexylamine
• 4-methyl- (9CI)
• Dimethylamylamine
• Geranamine
• Methylhexanamine
• Methylhexanenamine

As with so many things, we must all be our own best advocate. Pay attention, and stay tuned in to the helpful resources that will keep you up to date on the latest research and warnings, such as this.

As always, to your good health, Dr. Sass. Please heed this DMAA supplement warning for your good health!