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The 411 on Zero-Calorie Foods

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 29, 2012
How do zero-calorie or negative-calorie foods add up?

Dieters may try to lose weight by eating low-calorie foods they think will burn up more energy digesting them than the foods contain themselves and call them negative-calorie. They may even give themselves "permission" to eat other unhealthy foods because of these so-called negative calories, but is there such a thing?

No, actually. There is no such thing as a negative calorie food. There are some foods that may burn up some calories while you eat them, but doctors say it's not going to make much difference in terms of losing weight.

Foods that are often called negative-calorie foods may include celery, grapefruit, lemon, asparagus, apples and lemons. Although they aren't going to put you in a negative calorie balance, they still are healthy foods you should be incorporating in your daily diet -- just don't expect the food to do the work for you.

What healthy foods are worth to you

Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy balanced diet and can help you ultimately lose weight if you consume the proper amount of calories in each meal, every day. They're packed with nutrients and fiber, all of which will keep you energized, satisfied -- and best of all -- help prevent you from eating unhealthy foods.

Get a customized diet plan that guarantees healthy weight loss. Call WeightLossNYC today at 718-491-5525 for your initial consultation.

Source: EverydayHealth.com

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Eat More Often to Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC
Stop starving yourself, lose weight

Starving yourself, skipping meals and limiting calories are not how you lose weight. In fact, eating more frequently can help you lose weight healthfully and effectively. Here are some tips on how eating small meals throughout the day can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Eat more to increase metabolism

When you skip a meal or wait too long to eat, you may wind up binging on unhealthy foods or snacks because you're acting on hunger. You are also more likely to overeat and consume too many calories. In fact, studies show that people who eat fewer meals also eat larger meals and many more calories weigh more than people who eat breakfast and four or five smaller meals a day.

Control your appetite with smaller meals

You can control your appetite and weight by eating smaller meals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals, which is common for the average American. With three meals and a couple healthy snack breaks, you keep your glucose level from dropping too low and are less likely to satiate hunger with calorie-laden options.

Because your body goes into starvation mode when your body needs to refuel, which can ultimately cause you to gain weight, you prevent your body from holding onto calories (when in starvation mode) through several "mini meals" throughout the day.

Tired of one-size-fits-all diets that don't work? Learn how to lose 10 to 20 pounds a month in an individualized plan working with a medical weight loss doctor. Call WeightLossNYC today at 718-491-5525.

Source: EverydayHealth.com

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5 Tips for Balancing Your Plate and Your Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 12, 2012

1. Half fruits and veggies
Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables to accompany each meal. Don't forget to make it colorful: select different kinds of produce in a variety of colors, from apples and cucumbers to sweet potatoes and broccoli.
Tip: Eat fruits and vegetables as a healthy side dish and/or dessert.

2. Whole grains
Choose whole-grains for more nutrients and less additives.
Tip: Instead of refined, white-flour products, eat tastier whole-wheat bread and brown rice.

3. Low-fat or no-fat milk
Switch to skim or 1% milk to lose weight. The lower and no-fat versions contain the same amount of calcium as whole milk, but with less calories and saturated fat.
Tip: For a power breakfast, try low fat or skim milk with a high-fiber cereal packed with vitamins and nutrients.

4. Watch what you eat
Eat smaller portions at home and when dining out.
Tip: You can eat with a smaller dish, order a half-size, split a restaurant meal or take home a "doggie bag" to make sure you don't consume too many calories.

5. Drink your H2O
Stay hydrated (and fuller) by drinking water, which will prevent you from filling up on extra calories.
Tip:
Avoid additional calories and sugars by skipping sodas, juices and sports drinks.

Start implementing healthy habits to lose weight today. Call WeightLossNYC at 718-491-5525 to schedule your initial consultation.

Source: ChooseMyPlate.gov

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One Thing You Should Give Up to Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 4, 2012


Fast food = fat food

Let's start off by calling fast food exactly what it is: fat food. The only thing is, there's very little food in fast food, as it has no nourishment. It's something that you shouldn't merely cut back on -- it's something that has no place in your diet. Read on for some convincing details that may change your mind if it's a weakness for you.

The facts

What's in fast food? A lot of fat, calories and sodium -- far more than you need. In a recent study, the average fast food lunch contained 827 calories, when the average person only needs about 1,800 to 2,000 calories per day.

The non-ingredients in fast food

Not all foods are created equal, especially when we're talking about fast food. A recent OrganicAuthority.com article by Kimberley Stakal makes a sobering point about not getting what you think you'll be getting at fast food restaurants.

Take scrambled eggs from McDonald's, for instance:

They’re just eggs, right? Sure, if by “just eggs” you’re also including sodium acid pyrophosphate, citric acid, monosodium phosphate and nisin (all preservatives), as well as liquid margarine (which is made from liquid soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils [trans fats], salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil [trans fats], soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate [preservatives], artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate and beta carotene [color]).


Someone trying to eat right may think, "I'll just buy some scrambled eggs at McDonald's while on the go. Eggs are good for you, aren't they? At least it's not a cheeseburger and fries." But then you're getting a whole lot of other non-ingredients with those eggs that will only cause you to gain unhealthy weight, up your blood pressure and put you at risk for a whole host of other ailments. Choosing one fast food item over another still isn't helping you.

The verdict?

Avoid fast food at all costs. What you think is cheap and convenient now will only cost you far more in the long run, including your health and medical costs. Remember: fast = fat!

Eat, think and be healthy. Learn how to lose 10 to 20 pounds or more per month. Give us a call at 718-491-5525 to schedule your first appointment.

Source: OrganicAuthority.com

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