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A New Year, a New You

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 31, 2011



Next year, I'll be more disciplined.

Next year, I'll lose the weight.

Next year, I'll...

Every year, it's the same. You make up a list of resolutions that you don't end up fulfilling, and the number on the scale continues to go higher.

Don't let it be another year like this.

Make yourself the New Year's resolution of making an appointment with Dr. Aron at WeightLossNYC to start the new year off right. 2012 is the year you make a real change, so don't delay and call 718-491-5525 today!

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    Fattening 'Diet' Foods

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 27, 2011
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    True, or False? Healthy Food, or no?

    The real calorie, sugar and fat content of popular diet foods will surprise you. Learn here about the fat traps lurking in foods you think are healthy for you.

    Yogurt

    Flavored yogurt can be packed with as much as 31 grams of sugar per cup. Low-fat plain yogurt is a healthier choice and fat-free Greek yogurt has less sugar than plain yogurt but twice the amount of protein.

    Sugar-free snacks

    Sugar-free snacks such as cookies and candy are no better than the real thing. When sugar is removed, fat and calories are typically added, so it’s not helping your diet at all.

    Trail mix

    You have to be careful with the type of trail mix you buy. The kind with banana chips (which are usually deep-fried) or yogurt-covered raisins (which may contain partially hydrogenated oil) will have trans fats and saturated fats.

    Veggie chips

    With veggie chips, be on the lookout for potato chips posing as a healthy snack, as veggie chips are often just potato flour with food coloring with plenty of salt, fat and calories. Make sure they are made of an actual veggie, which would be the first ingredient listed.

    Smoothies

    Smoothies can contain as much as 500 calories and 17 grams of fat depending on what’s added to them in the mixer. Stay away from those with frozen yogurt, sorbet or sherbet added. Better yet, make your own with fruit only.

    Ground turkey

    Many healthy eaters turn to turkey as an alternative to beef, but it can sometimes be as fattening or even more so than beef. How so? Ground turkey contains skin and a 3-ounce serving can contain 13 grams of fat, which is three times the amount in lean ground beef. Make it a point to check nutrition labels and always opt for the leanest meat selection.

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    Source: Fitness Magazine

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    Emotional Eating and Weight Gain

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 23, 2011


    The days are getting shorter and the holidays will soon be far behind us. During the winter months, many people turn to food for comfort and wind up gaining weight. Are you an emotional eater? Find the reasons behind emotional eating and learn how to avoid the weight gain that comes with it.

    What is emotional eating?
    Eating impulsively when in emotional distress

    Why we emotional eat
    To deal with and distract yourself from negative emotions such as fear, stress, anger, sadness and loneliness

    What it does

    It can cause you to gain weight because you may eat too fast when emotional or you eat too much because you are distracted by the negative emotions. It can also cause you to feel even worse over the resulting weight loss, which can trigger an ugly cycle of overeating and feeling bad.

    How to get help
    -Learn effective ways to cope with your stress, be it everyday stress or a major stressful event in life.
    -Find something to do when you get bored instead of reaching for food. Go for a walk, do a craft or clean the house.
    -Eat a healthy diet and don't deprive or starve yourself into losing weight. It takes time, so don't stress yourself out about it!
    -Get therapy if you find yourself unable to deal with the cause of your emotional eating.
    -Make an appointment with Dr. Aron to address your emotional eating and get on a path to weight loss success.

    Source: Mayo Clinic

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    How to Shop for Healthy Foods

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 21, 2011



    You start off with good intentions, but you may not always grab the healthiest items at the grocery store. These quick tips show you how to shop smart so you buy the healthiest options.

    Fruits and Veggies

    Think colors of the rainbow when selecting fruits and veggies. As in, find items of all different colors to ensure you're getting a variety of key nutrients (not to mention adding variety to your diet).

    Dairy

    If you eat dairy products, try to find the low-fat options rather than whole fat. Also, avoid buying sweetened dairy products such as yogurt with fruit, which may have a lot of sugar added to it.

    Bakery Items


    Read the ingredient lists carefully. Stay away from anything with hydrogenated or partially hydrated oils, which are unhealthy transfats. Grab whole-grain or whole-wheat items instead of ones made with white flour. Also important: choose items high in fiber (the more the better).

    Meats

    With meats, the leaner the better. Look for pork or beef with the word "round" or "loin" in it, which means a leaner cut, and watch out for white marbling, which is fattier and has more calories. For lunch meats, go with the lower fat, low-sodium options.

    Seafood


    Fish choices with the pinkest hue are higher in omega-3 fats. And those with clear eyes; moist, shiny scales; and clean scent are your safest bet (a fishy scent is not a good sign!).

    Frozen Foods

    Frozen food products can often be the unhealthiest, so shop this section with caution. Check the sodium and fat content as well as number of calories. A healthy frozen food product would contain a good balance of the following: a variety of veggies, lean protein, moderate amount of healthy carbs and no more than 800 mg of sodium.

    Grocery shopping is even easier now with our FREE Weight Loss Assistant for Blackberry. Check nutrition facts while you're on the go with this handy app.

    Source: Fitness Magazine

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    The Important Difference Between Phentermine and Phentramine

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 16, 2011
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    What's in a name?

    The diet pill Phentermine may sound familiar to you, but then again, so may Phentramine. Are they the same thing? The surprising answer is something every dieter should be aware of.

    These are the differences:

    Phentermine is a safe weight loss pill that works by decreasing your appetite. It must, however, be prescribed by a licensed physician and be taken under the supervision of a doctor.

    Phentramine is a common and purposeful misspelling of Phentermine. It is actually the name given to a product posing as an herbal version of Phentermine that does not help you lose weight effectively, is sold online without a prescription and fools people into thinking they're buying the real thing.

    Don't fall into the herbal supplement trap. Try a real weight loss plan that actually works with a licensed physician and weight loss expert. Make your first appointment today!

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    If You're Trying to Lose Weight, Don't Do These!

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 14, 2011
    It's easy to get obsessive when you're in weight-loss mode. As tempting as it is, don't! Here are a few things to definitely avoid, so you can relax and take your weight loss regime at a reasonable--and healthy--pace.

    Starving yourself (or skipping meals)
    You may think this is a faster way to weight loss, but it actually has the opposite effect in the long run. Not eating, skipping meals and diets far too low in calories wind up decreasing your metabolism and increasing your percentage of body fat.

    Scammy weight loss pills
    These products found over the counter at drug stores and online promising rapid weight loss are not only unsafe and unregulated by the FDA, they don't even work. They can also cause problems. Diet pills are often loaded with caffeine and diuretics, which can dehydrate you and throw your electrolytes off balance.


    Extreme exercise
    Going to the extreme when exercising to lose weight can do you more harm than good. It can also lead to injuries, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and turning physical exercise into a punishment for your eating habits. Instead, get a moderate amount of exercise for weight loss--at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. In time, moderate exercise coupled with a healthy diet will get you on track to lose weight--and keep it off--as long as you keep it up.

    You don't need to go to extreme measures to lose weight. Work one-on-one with Dr. Aron to change your lifestyle for the better, and lose weight safely. Call today!

    Source: WebMD

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    Science Doesn't Support HCG's Weight Loss Claims

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 8, 2011
    Obesity specialists from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) are also calling out makers of the HCG weight loss drug and support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to remove these weight loss products from the market. The FDA states that there are no FDA-approved weight loss HCG products on the market, so there is no need to waste your money on them.

    "Obesity is a chronic disease which is best treated by a physician who specializes in weight loss and practices medicine based on sound scientific principles," said ASBP Trustee Craig Primack, MD, in a press release by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. "Unfortunately, HCG does not live up to those standards."

    There is no scientific evidence that shows that HCG can help you lose weight in the long term, or that it is more effective than a restricted-calorie diet.

    Don't fall for gimmicks. Lose weight the safe and effective way--call us today!

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    How Much Sugar Is in Your Child's Cereal?

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 7, 2011


    It's hard to believe, but your child's popular brand-name cereal may contain more sugar than a Twinkie. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what do you do when your go-to breakfast option isn't good for your child's diet and can actually make him/her gain weight?

    A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of 84 popular cereal brands in the U.S. found that Kellogg's Honey Smacks, which is 56% sugar by weight, contains 20 grams of sugar in a one-cup serving--more than a Hostess Twinkie snack cake. One cup of any of the other 44 cereals, including Cap'n Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios, contains more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies, or about three teaspoons.
     
    The last thing any health-conscious parent wants to give their child is a sugar-laden dessert posing as a nutritious meal. Here's what you can do to make sure your child gets a healthy, quick meal in the morning (but this list also works for adults):

    • Choose a cereal with a short ingredient list
    • Find a cereal that's high in fiber, which will help fill you up more
    • Select a brand that has little or no added sugar, but also look out for honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup.
    • Or, make breakfast from scratch with all-natural, non-processed ingredients.
    Still clueless about your diet? Call us now and make an appointment to get your diet on track with Dr. Aron.

    Source: Medical News Today

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    Americans Gained 20 Pounds in the Last 20 Years

    Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 1, 2011
    Men and women in the U.S. on average have gained 20 pounds in the past 20 years--since 1990--says a recent Gallup poll.

    Men on average weigh 196 pounds, while women weigh an average of 160 pounds. Additionally, Americans' ideal weight has also increased since 1990. On average, men's ideal weight is 181 pounds and women say it's 138 pounds.

    Comparing the self-reports of actual and ideal weights, the average man weighs 15 pounds more than his ideal today, compared with 9 pounds in 1990. The average woman weighs 22 pounds more than her ideal today, compared with 13 pounds in 1990. The current figures for men and women are the highest Gallup has measured to date.

    Also troubling is the fact that 67 percent of Americans in the poll weigh more than their ideal weight, which is up from the 62 percent who answered the same poll a year ago.

    It doesn't have to be the same bad news for you! Make a change and call New York Medical Weight Loss Center today.

    Source: Gallup

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