Food is more than just calories. Food is information that influences your genes. Food is fuel that propels you through your day. However, so many of the patients at Live Healthy MD view food as the "enemy". They see food as the one that made them "get to this point" or, on the other hand, the one thing that can make them feel better in times of extreme emotions. What these patients fail to recognize is that food and proper nutrition, just like oil in a car, is the driver of all bodily functions. Without the nutrients obtained from the food consumed throughout your day, the human body would not be able to function at it's peak, leading to a decline in health.
With the crisp coolness in the air (for those who do not live in Georgia), it is hard to resist those warm sugary Starbucks drinks that appear each Fall. What many patients don't realize is that their morning pumpkin spice latte or midday mocha macchiato are just as dangerous to their weight loss efforts as their food choices. Unfortunately, lots of hidden calories and carbohydrates hide in every delicious sip. Don't "fall" back into old habits that can sabotage your new healthy life!
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. The majority of the calcium in your body is used for the structure of your bones and your teeth while the rest is in your muscles and throughout your blood. So it may come as a shock to learn that calcium deficiency is a very common condition that can lead to long term negative effects.
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As a bariatric surgeon, I have found that patients are more likely to have greater success with their weight loss following bariatric surgery when it is performed at a lower, obese weight. A recent data study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health System supports this idea.
It comes as no surprise that obesity can lead to heart disease, among other deadly diseases. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, obesity is defined using a person's body mass index (BMI). However, being categorized as "obese" is not the only cause of heart disease. In this blog we will discuss what heart disease is and the habits you are doing right now that are placing you at a higher risk of heart disease.
In a recent study called PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology), scientists found that increased health risks is actually a result of high-carbohydrate diets, not diets that are high in fat. Unlike the conventional nutritional guidelines, carbohydrates and their effect on the body can be harmful when consumed in excess..
Losing weight is a great way to lower your risk of health related diseases as well as gain your life back again through increased mobility and energy. So it may be surprising that you are noticing a sluggish feeling to your everyday life, leaving you feeling tired and unmotivated. There are several reasons that may reverse the "traditional" symptoms of weight loss including a lack of sleep, an unbalanced diet, and mineral deficiencies.
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"Portion control" is a word that is frequently heard in the weight loss industry. Like any doctor or nutritionist will tell you, you can not successfully lose weight without limiting the amount of food you consume during each meal. Although the right portion size is different for every individual depending on your height, weight, gender, and activity level, it is important to actively practice moderation and portion control in order to effectively lose weight and keep the weight off.
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Obesity is quickly becoming the largest health epidemic in the United States. With the increasing portions of food at restaurants and the continued need for fast, cheap food, America has taken the lead for the most obese country in the world. Physicians are now beginning to recognize this problem as a disease. Therefore, it is critical to understand where you fall in regards to your weight and to know all of the options you have to get back onto a healthy lifestyle track.
Have you ever felt "hungry" an hour after eating a full meal? Do you often times find yourself munching after dinner just because it "sounds good"? Well, you are not alone! Many of us confuse head hunger with physical hunger, which can lead to weight gain and other health related problems due to the type and amount of food being consumed. Once you are able to identify the difference between head hunger and physical hunger, your weight loss will be much easier to manage. Similary, once you are aware of your own environmental or emotional triggers, you can cope with your head hunger more effectively and successfully!