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.

Fast Weight Loss Tips By Smart For Life

Fast Weight Loss Tips From A Doctor that Specializes In Weight Loss

As a Bariatric doctor, many people tell me they want to lose weight fast; so I decided to write this article about the pros and cons of fast weight loss.

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First of all, you should not lose more than 2 to 3 pounds a week.   After the first week, if you are, you’re losing muscle or getting dehydrated.  You are not losing fat.  Limiting salt and starches may also mean losing more weight at first—but, again, that’s mostly fluids and you’re not losing fat.

In regards to exercise during your weight loss phase; working out has shown to actually work against most people as they generally eat more after they work out.  For example, they go to the gym and burn 500 calories, but get hungry and go home and eat 700 calories.  Now, don’t get me wrong…working out and regular exercise are key for long term weight maintenance.

So what is a healthy weight loss speed?  At SmartforLife® our experience shows, based on thousands of fat, muscle, and water measurements on our clients, that to maintain muscle mass and good hydration, average monthly loss for women was about 12 pounds and for men about 15.  At these rates muscle loss was negligible and fat loss was maximized.

We also found that people who go too slowly, losing only a pound a week, lose their motivation and generally give up.

Fast Weight Loss Tips

Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track to success:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get unhealthy, tempting foods out of your home.
  • Stay busy – you don’t want to eat just because you’re bored.
  • Eat small meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
  • Eat vegetables to help you feel full.
  • Be sure to get enough protein.  *See table for requirements.

So the take away message is to go as fast as is safe, about 12 pounds per month for women and 15 per month for men.  This is for the first month.  As you lose more weight, the rate of fast weight loss will decrease until you reach a plateau.

To read about how to beat a weight loss plateau; read my next blog.

Fast Weight Loss Minimal Protein Requirements

This chart presents the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) of protein for men and women at various ages.

Males:

11-14 years     50 grams/day

15-18 years     59 grams/day

19-24 years     68 grams/day

25+ years         70 grams/day

Females:

11-14 years     46 grams/day

15-18 years     50 grams/day

19-24 years     52 grams/day

25+ years         55 grams/day

This chart does not take into account your size—and larger people tend to have greater protein requirements.  The following calculation is a more popular method for calculating daily protein amongst most health professionals:

Your weight in pounds multiplied by .36 for women or .50 for men = Daily protein requirement (in grams).  Avid exercisers and athletes require even more. Fast weight loss is achievable and you can do it while eating and being healthy at the same time- Dr. Sass.

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

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.

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

Jamie’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.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html

To your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass. Eat healthy, whole foods for a healthier life you deserve.

A cola and a smile? Not so fast….Diabetes Kills

Sodas And Lots Of Daily Sugar Can Cause Diabetes

In an on-line article by Kate Kelland (Reuters) I read of a very disturbing study done on the consumption of sugary drinks and Diabetes.  You know the ones to which I’m referring; Coke, Pepsi, and any of the other brands of soft drinks in that category.  Those of us who drink these on a regular basis consider these 12 ounce wonders to be a true friend.  They give us a boost of energy and refresh us with their effervescence.  Well, don’t be fooled.  These are the bad guys hiding behind clever commercials, fun packaging and a burst of ice-cold bubbles.

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Hold onto your hat for this statistic.  Drinking just one of these sugar-rich beverages a day can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%!  This study was done throughout eight European countries, utilizing information from 350,000 individuals.  They questioned these people about their diet, including the number of sugary and artificially sweetened soft drinks and juices they consumed each day.  The research team at Imperial College London was headed up by Dora Romaguera.  She has great concerns about the fact that Europeans have increased their consumption of these sugar-laden drinks and wants to get the information out to the public.  It’s also interesting to note that, according to this study, fruit juice consumption was not linked to diabetes incidence.  Actually, Smart for Life® believes that in the weight loss phase, no fruit or fruit juice should be consumed.

Type-2 Diabetes Is A Long Term Condition

The research that’s been done in the United States shows alarmingly similar results.  Several studies have linked the consumption of these beverages to being overweight and developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition characterized by insulin resistance and affects more than 310 million people, worldwide.

Patrick Wolfe, a statistics expert from University College London, who was not involved in the research, said the message is quite clear.  “The bottom line is that sugary soft drinks are not good for you – they have no nutritional value and there is evidence that drinking them every day can increase your relative risk for type 2 diabetes.” Wolfe was quoted to say.

So, there it is.  It’s time to steer away from what I call “dumb” calories.  For those of us who need to kick the habit, believe me, I know it’s tough.  We drink our 8-10 glasses of water a day and feel great about it, but really look forward to that occasional sweetness.  Personally, I’ve turned my diet cola habit into a Smart for Life® water enhancer habit.  I’m not saying it’s easy, but between the Peach Mango and Acai Pomegranate, I’m able to satisfy that craving and reap the benefits of this natural appetite suppressant supplement.   A few squirts in my water bottle, and I get great flavor along with an energy boost from the Vitamin B6 & B12.  But honestly, the biggest benefit is feeling the relief from knowing I’m no longer ingesting the colas.  Whether we’re trying to eliminate the sugar or the artificial sweeteners, we know it intellectually, but we have to line it up on a deeper level to be successful when we go to change these types of habits.  It feels like we’re saying goodbye to a dear friend; but believe me, some relationships just run their course.  This is one that’s best seen through your rear view mirror as you move on down the road to your healthier lifestyle.

To a Diabetes-free life, your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass