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Dr. Aron brings you fun and important weight loss tips, exciting diet recipes, medical weight loss breakthroughs, and a steady source of weight loss motivation.

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What Type of Diet is Right for You? Mediterranean? Ketogenic? Vegan?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 13, 2018
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Fact not Fad

There is no shortage of diet names to confuse us all. We want to be healthy and want to go beyond just a gimmick or trend. Dr Aron surely knows fact from fad, she prescribes diets to all her patients. So here are some simple facts about what makes a diet healthy, and why it should matter to you.

“Diet is the single most significant risk factor for disability and premature death.” — American Family Physician

Well … That seems like a pretty good reason to care about your diet.

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Diet Characteristics

Across the board evaluation of clinically viable food plans favor higher percentage of vegetables, limiting sugars, and replacing processed grains with whole grain sources. Important to note is that juices are not considered a proper replacement for real fruits and vegetables due to their higher glycemic index and loss of healthy fiber in processing. Likewise, potatoes fall into the carb camp not as veggies.

Making the proper substitutions can be challenging yet the clinical outcomes are meaningful in that your diet can push back on risk factors for cardio-vascular diseases, high blood pressure, obesity, and of course, diabetes.


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What to do next

Fundamentally, maintaining proper nutrition is key, via proper balanced diet and appropriate food choices. Dr Aron can advise you of any items you are not sure if suitable for your weight loss progress as well as for your life.

Visit her medical practice at WeightLossNYC.com to learn more.






Sources: American Family Physician; Twitter author jokes

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Grumbling about Ghrelin - the hunger hormone

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Sep 7, 2017

Energy and Hunger Management

Our bodies are made of complex systems that constantly control and self-regulate countless aspects including temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and hunger…

Ghrelin: from the acronym GHR (“growth hormone-releasing peptide”) +‎ -lin (common hormone suffix), with an incidental pun on prefix greh- (“to grow”) and English growling.[1]
ghrelin hunger hormone

The Hunger Game

As we have blogged before, ghrelin is a powerful protein that our bodies use to signal hunger to the brain, a naturally produced hormone which we can indirectly affect by application of some good habits.

Medical weight loss addresses the hunger factor to help you reduce cravings and shed weight naturally by the body’s natural pathways. The benefits of losing weight may be obvious, yet worth considering some of the less familiar aspects as well.

Manage Your Weight, Improve Your Health

You can discover how easy it can be to lose weight with physician supervision. Dr Aron is a bariatric physician — medical specialist in the field of weight loss.

Contact her office to schedule an appointment or visit online at WeightLossNYC.com


[1] Sources/Image: Wikimedia, Wikipedia; Dr Aron Medical Weight Loss Blog

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Patient Review: Dr Aron was responsive to my concerns

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 25, 2017

Downsize Your Diet

Downsize Your Clothes

Every moment we have a choice: to have the results we want in life, or instead to have the excuses why we don’t. What are your personal motivators? Improve your health? Feel more fit? Regain your figure? Work with medical weight loss Dr Aron to bring the future you want, closer to you today.
Vegetarian patient review:

Lose Weight at Your Own Pace

“I have lost more than 30 lbs by going to the WeightlossNYC. When I first went to the Center, during my first appointment my weight and measurements were taken, I was given a blood test and a complete assessment consultation. During the months that I have been going, I’ve had my ups and downs with my weight loss journey due to my trying to balance a stressful life. However, I have never felt judged or been reprimanded by Dr. Aron. I’ve complained enough to her how stressful my life is, due my job. She’s always found time to listen and give me helpful tips. I have been losing gradually, at my own pace. She has not made me feel like I need to lose the weight very fast. She and her staff are very nice. There have been times when I stop going for a few weeks because of a lack of time, they’ve always welcomed me back. Another thing I like about Dr. Aron is the fact that she’s open about your personal choice regarding your weight loss. When I first started with her, she had recommend that I reduce my calorie intake to what I thought was too low for me. I didn’t think I could handle the level, as I am a vegetarian, she worked with me to find come up with a more suitable level of daily calorie intake that I could deal with. She is supportive of her patients and open to suggestions from them. She’s a great person. I whole-heartedly recommend the Center.”
: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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Dining Out Doesn't Have to Be Dangerous

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 19, 2015

Weight Loss Tips for Dining Out

Nationwide statistics show Americans dining out for almost 1/3 of their meals, with almost 1/2 of their food budget spent at these establishments.[1]

Given our tendency to dine out, it is worthwhile to consider ways you can manage and maintain your weight loss dieting program on the go. Some simple guidelines follow, as well as some links to some of our more popular posts past:

healthy dining out

Simple Tips for Planning Ahead

  • Avoid unlimited buffets and junk food franchises. Salad bars are good if you choose the healthy staple items not the dangerous ones.
  • Cater to places with extended menus to help you find healthy choices you will like. Favor seafood and salad places for healthier fare. Soups can be good, but know what you are choosing. Ask.
  • Best to plan ahead to dine out instead of splurging on surprise outings. Consider reviewing online menu before going so you will know what you will have.
  • Focus on eating for nutrition, not as a social activity. Make reservations to manage your cravings and limit the temptations to drink and snack while waiting. You can even have some small healthy crudite before leaving home to settle your stomach.
  • Stay away from large portions and fried food places. Know what is reasonable for you to eat and enjoy with your diet.
  • Consider sharing entrees with friends to manage your portions. Don’s be shy about tossing aside bread and extra carbs. Send away any extra munchies the waiter puts on your table. Only eat what you intend to eat.
  • As always, start to drink water as soon as you arrive and while waiting for meal.
  • Ask your server about options — extra salad instead of a heavier side dish. Bring your own dressing if you want to be sure of low calories. Add veggies to your entree to fill you up and slow you down.

Power Tips — Know your Menu Vocabulary

  • Bad: Buttery, Breaded, Buttered, Fried, Pan-Fried, Creamed, Scalloped, Au Gratin.
  • Better: Grilled, Baked, Steamed, Broiled, Poached, Stir-Fried, Roasted, Blackened.
  • Avoid: Cream sauces, made with milk, mayonnaise, cheese or oil.
  • Look for tomato based sauces instead. Order all sauces on the side and use sparingly.

Follow Your Diet Plan

As always, follow the diet guidelines presented to you by Dr. Aron. She will have told you your calorie limits and suggested foods for you to enjoy and avoid. Fill up on water, salad and vegetables first. Focus on your friends more than the food. Slow down and pace yourself so you can enjoy your meal and not be left hungry and crave more. Your body also needs time to recognize the food in your system to trigger satisfaction. It is also more than OK to leave the table a little hungry. You never need to stuff yourself, be gentle to your body.

Looking for More Motivation to Lose Weight?

Align with Dr. Aron at WeightLossNYC™ and start losing weight today. Call 718-491-5525 or visit WeightLossNYC.com

Sources: [1] USDA, National Restaurant Association. Adapted from Sparkpeople

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Is Your Favorite Food Making You Sick?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Mar 9, 2015
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Is your favorite food making you sick?

A new study in the journal Nature suggests that emulsifiers—commonly used ingredients in many favorite processed foods—may be interfering with bacteria in our digestive tracts and causing increases in metabolic syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and obesity.

Ingredients such as lecithin, carrageenan, polysorbate80, polyglycerols and xanthan and other “gums” improve the texture and shelf-life of many supermarket foods and keep ingredients such as oils and fats from separating. They are found in many ice creams, baked goods, salad dressings, veggie burgers, non-dairy milks and hamburger patties.

In the study, when fed emulsifiers, the mice who had normal immune systems developed mild intestinal inflammation and a metabolic disorder that led them to eat more. They became obese, hyperglycemic and insulin resistant. The mice with abnormal immune systems developed chronic colitis.

Several commonly used ingredients in many popular processed foods could be interfering with bacteria in our digestive tracts yielding increases in obesity, metabolic syndrome, IBS and more. can help you address many of these health concerns.

Food additives could be inducing inflammation

Emulsifiers seem to change the gut microbiota (or environment) and how bacteria interact with the intestine. This paves the way for inflammation. While emulsifiers may not be the sole cause of the rise in obesity, they could very well be a factor.

Many emulsifiers and food additives are considered safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the FDA has not determined safe levels of consumption, particularly because people consume emulsifiers in so many different foods.

Additional studies on humans are needed to better understand how emulsifiers impact humans.

Are you needing to lose weight?

Oksana Aron, M.D. is a bariatric physician and internist, specializing in medical treatment of overweight and obese persons:

“Through our comprehensive program, many individuals have lost well in excess of 20% of their initial body weight using a combination of appetite suppressants and a low calorie diet, while eating just regular grocery store foods.”

You can visit Dr. Aron’s website at

Citations

  • Sima Michaels Dembo, MPH, is a health care consultant and writer. She is a guest contributor to this blog.
  • Chassaing, Benoit, et. al., “Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome,” Nature, 519, 92-96, Published online 2/25/15. Accessed 3/5/15.
  • Grossman, Elizabeth., “How Emulsifiers Are Messing with Our Guts (and Making Us Fat),” Civil Eats, February 25, 2015. Accessed 3/5/15.

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Easy Weight Loss: 5 Tips for Portion Control

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 1, 2014
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How to Control Your Portions and Your Weight

Portion control can slip up almost anyone no matter how hard you try. How do you know if you're eating the right amount of food? You can measure everything out, teaspoon by teaspoon… or you can try this simple guide.

Portion Sizes Made Simple

Looking for a quick, easy way to know you&rsuo;re eating enough but not too much? Look no further than your own hand! Every time you prepare a meal or sit down to eat outside of the home, you can follow these guides to gauge how much you should be eating by simply looking at your hands. Here’s how to measure your portions with ease.

  • Meat

    A serving of meat should be 3 or 4 oz., but what does that look like? It's about the size or your palm.

  • Pasta

    This carb-packed food should be no more than a 1/2-cup serving--or the size of your clenched fist.

  • Peanut butter

    A quick snack, you need no more than a tablespoon of peanut butter. The distance of your knuckle to the tip of your thumb is just the right amount.

  • Butter

    Go easy on the butter, but what does that mean? Try 1 teaspoon max on your toast or about the size of the tip of your index finger.

  • Ice cream

    can easily pack on the fat and calories, so avoid. A couple spoonfuls to taste; One cup is about the size of your closed fist.

Be in control of your weight

Controlling the number on the scale starts with controlling how much and what you eat. The serving size listed on food packaging isn't always how much you should eat. But with these guidelines, you can easily keep yourself—and your weight—in check.

Power Tip

Need advice on what's really going to help you lose the weight? A consultation with a doctor who specializes in medical weight loss is the first step to safely losing up 10 to 20 pounds a month. Call 718-491-5525 to set your first appointment with Bariatric Physician, Dr. Aron of WeightLossNYC™

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Is Organic Milk healthier for you?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jul 23, 2014
Topics: Weight Loss, Nutrition, Health

Organic milk: Does it help you lose weight?

Organic or non-organic? Whether we’re talking about fruits, veggies, meats or dairy, opinions abound.

While some claim it doesn't make a difference, a recent study published in PLoS One proves that organic milk is healthier for you than conventional milk. Here’s why:

It’s all about the fatty acids

Cows producing organic milk are fed grass with high omega-3 fatty acids, while cows used for conventional milk are fed corn, which have higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids.

  • Organic milk has a healthier balance of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids in all types of milk but nonfat milk, which can aid weight loss or help maintain your weight.
  • In the samples taken in the study, the total amount of fat in the organic milk was the same as the conventional milk. But when comparing the types of fatty acids, organic milk had 62 percent more omega-3s and 25 percent fewer omega-6s.
  • Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential to a healthy diet. Omega-3s can be found in fish and flaxseed, while omega-6s can be found in many fried foods. The right balance of both is key. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids offer health benefits, but when it comes to milk, organic milk may be your healthiest option.

Struggling with your weight?

Weight loss expert Dr. Aron will personalize a healthy weight loss plan just for you so you can lose weight fast. Call 718-491-5525 for your initial consultation, or visit WeightLossNYC.com for more information.

Sources: New York Times

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11 Celebrity Weight Loss Secrets?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 21, 2013

There are No Secrets, Just Healthy Facts

Media love to hype up celebrity diets, but you don't need an endorsement to read up on healthier food options for your diet.

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Healthier foods, healthier you

On the quest for foods that help you lose weight? Or are you in a meal planning rut? Look no further than the following healthy foods to incorporate in your next meal to mix it up and drop some pounds. The only celebrity here is you, making famous food choices to build a healthier you.
  1. Black Beans

    An excellent non-meat source of protein, 1 cup of black beans give you 15 grams of protein to keep you full and satisfied
  2. Green Tea

    It boosts your metabolism and may even prevent fat absorption
  3. Cucumbers

    Cucumbers help you feel full and satisfied, but are low in calories
  4. Olive Oil

    Its healthy monounsaturated fats lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol
  5. Bran Cereal

    A high-fiber alternative to other breakfast cereals, it can help you cut calories and stay fuller
  6. Pears

    With 5 grams of fiber, they're as filling as they are delicious. They also contain pectin, which helps lower bad cholesterol.
  7. Dark Chocolate

    Its antioxidants may help boost your metabolism
  8. Wild Salmon

    Salmon can keep you feeling full and satisfied with its high levels of omega-3s
  9. Eggs

    Eating eggs for breakfast can lower your daily caloric intake by 400 calories.
  10. Low-Fat Mozzarella String Cheese

    With no carbs and lean protein, it helps you feel full.
  11. All-Natural Peanut Butter

    Its piceatannol content helps block the formation of fat cells.

“Today's diet is tomorrow's body”

Dr. Aron recommends taking a fresh look at the foods you eat every day is an important healthy start. Keep switching out some of the unhealthy items in your diet with healthier ingredients, you will feel and see the difference in your diet.

Lose Weight Fast Diet Plan

You can lose weight fast by calling us at 718-491-5525 for your initial consultation. By taking a holistic approach to your unique needs, Dr. Aron will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Medical weight loss is the only clinical solution recommended by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Visit Dr Aron at http://WeightLossNYC.com



Sources: Image courtesy of Andy Newson, FreeDigitalPhotos.net; rd.com; besthealthmag.ca; everydayhealth.com

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5 Food Swaps for a Slimmer You

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 2, 2013

Swap This, Lose That

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Looking for an easy trick to cut calories? Substitute some of your favorite foods with something just as delicious (or even more so) that's less fattening. You'll find yourself satisfied—and slimmer—in no time. These are a just few examples, but don't stop there. Always be on the lookout for other ways to swap something not-so-healthy for something that's great for you.

Bye-bye, Orange Juice ~ Hello, Real Oranges

  • Eating an actual orange has 3 more grams of fiber and half the sugar of a cup of orange juice.

Adios, flour tortilla ~ Hola, corn tortilla

  • Swapping a 10-inch flour tortilla for a 6-inch corn tortilla can save a lot on calories and sodium.

Say No to the Sandwich ~ Say Yes to a Wrap

  • To cut calories, try a 100-calorie multigrain wrap instead of a sandwich with 2 slices of bread.

Ditch the Cinnamon Roll ~ Go for Raisin Bread instead

  • A better alternative for a sweet snack, try some raisin bread with low-fat cream cheese.

Skip Mixed Nuts ~ Opt for Trail Mix

  • Too large a serving of nuts can be fattening, but if you choose trail mix with the right heart-healthy ingredients, you can shave off some calories and fat.

Lose Weight Every Week

Small changes like these can help you lose weight, one pound at a time. Want to make a big change and lose even more? Please give WeightLossNYC™ Medical Weight Loss Center a call at 718-491-5525 for your first appointment.



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6 Simple Weight Loss Secrets Revealed

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Mar 18, 2013

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Start losing weight today

Looking to lose weight the fast and easy way? Well, aren’t we all… In addition to a healthy diet and exercise plan, try these weight losstips and tricks to shed some pounds and stay on track with your weight loss goals. Better yet, these helpful hints require almost no effort at all.

  1. Rest up.

    Did you know? People who only get 5 hours of sleep can gain as many as 2 lbs. in 5 days. They also consume 6% more calories, according to a new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder. So be sure to catch some Z’s in addition to eating right throughout the day.

  2. Start with a hearty breakfast.

    Curb those carbs in the morning and opt for a healthy egg-and-veggie scramble or omelette instead. Eating eggs in the morning instead of a bagel equals 264 less calories consumed the rest of the day, says a Saint Louis University study. Its protein can also help you stay fuller.

  3. Don’t hold off on eating lunch.

    Some people let their hectic schedule dictate when they eat lunch, but that can affect your weight loss goals. Eating lunch late (after 3 p.m.) can cause you to lose less weight and have a lower insulin sensitivity. Even when eating healthfully, waiting too long to eat can undermine your diet’s effectiveness.

  4. Think small.

    People eat 35% less when eating from a small, individual plate rather than serving themselves from a large platter in the middle of the table.

  5. Remember what you ate.

    Thinking back on what you ate for your last meal and how satisfied you were can help you consume 30% less calories at snack time.

  6. Ditch TV watching while eating.

    People who eat while watching TV consume 288 more calories per meal on average compared to those who don’t. This is an easy, no-brainer way to eat less.

Want to lose 10 to 20 lbs. in a month, possibly more?

Dr. Aron is here to help: Get your own structured medical diet plan that will get you in shape for spring. Call 718-491-5525 today for your first appointment.

Sources: colorado.edu; everydayhealth.com; health.yahoo.net, Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap and FreeDigitalPhotos.net/small>

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How to plan for a healthier business meeting

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 1, 2013

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Stay healthy at the office

From birthday parties to business meetings, social events almost always involve food and lots of it. While we can’t get away from that fact, we can approach it in a healthier way. Here are some healthier ideas and alternatives for the next time you plan another business meeting or social gathering.

First on the agenda: Healthy meeting food

In business meetings especially, you need to be able to focus, but why do they feature sugary and fattening foods like donuts and pizza? Those who are trying to stick to a diet either give in to temptation or skip eating—neither of which benefits you. Instead, why not provide healthier foods and snacks so people can actually be nourished? Bonus: people will also be able to pay attention without suffering from a sugar crash.

The following are just a few tips and guidelines for healthier making healthier choices when planning for business meetings or any other kind of gathering:

  • Serve water, skim or low-fat milk, real fruit juice and unsweetened drinks
  • Present foods in halves and smaller portions
  • Offer real Fruits and Vegetables
  • Choose whole grain breads, pastas and cereals
  • Serve a max of 4 ounces of meat per serving
  • Always have a vegetarian option available
  • Instead of a heavy dessert, include something small such as fruit or a small cookie

If you still don’t know where to start, check out these healthy and delicious options below for inspiration.

Breakfast:

Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Veggie Omelets or High-Fiber cereals

Snacks and Refreshments:

Whole Grain muffin halves, Fresh Fruit and Veggie plate with Low-Fat dips, Whole Grain crackers and Low-Fat cheeses

Lunch or Dinner:

Mixed Green Salad with low-fat dressing, sandwich halves, broth-based soups, Veggie pastas with low-fat cheese and Tomato sauce, Steamed Vegetables

Weight Loss Plan

Get a structured weight loss plan and diet from Dr Oksana Aron of WeightLossNYC. If you’ve been struggling too long on your own, now’s the time to get real help. Call 718-491-5525 to make your first appointment with Dr. Aron, who will work with you one-on-one to help you achieve the results you seek.

Source: New York State Department of Health Center for Community Health

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5 reasons to cut back (or cut out) red meat

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jan 26, 2013
Are you in the red?

Burgers. Bacon. Cold cuts. Hot dogs. What do these foods all have in common?

Plenty.

They're all red meats, for starters. They're also fattening--and they come with health risks. Below are some important facts that will make you want to cut back on red meat if you're serious about losing weight (and if you're concerned about how it relates to your life span and quality of life).

What is red meat?

In case you're wondering, red meat includes beef, pork and lamb, and recent research shows that eating red meat means you have a higher risk of early death.

Red meat health risks

It's not just your life span that's affected. There are many serious health problems that can occur from regularly eating red meats such as the following:


  • Saturated fat and cholesterol found in red meat are linked to coronary heart disease.



  • Eating processed meats such as bacon, sausage or hot dogs once a day can double your risk of Type 2 diabetes.



  • Heme iron, which is found in red meat, is associated with heart attacks and fatal heart disease.



  • Red meat may increase your risk of colorectal and other types of cancer.


By eliminating or limiting red meat in your diet, you make an important health decision that can almost instantly benefit you. Think of some healthy red meat substitutes--such as lean turkey or grilled mushroom--that satisfy your cravings, but don't present a major health risk.

Get started today on eating and thinking in a healthier way. Make your first appointment today with Dr. Aron at WeightLossNYC if you want to see results and start losing weight. Give us a call at 718-491-5525 and we'll be more than happy to help.

Sources: EverydayHealth.com; latimes.com


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3 benefits of light exercise that help weight loss

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jan 14, 2013

No more excuses

To see some weight loss results, exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand. If you've never been athletic, there's still hope--because even just a little bit of exercise can do wonders for your health and weight loss goals. Here's how.

Easy does it

You don't need to be a marathon runner. In fact, you're better off jogging and doing moderate exercise if you want to lose weight. The best part? All you need to do is exercise a few times a week to get some traction in your weight loss regime.

Check out these facts:

1.) You may live longer

Specifically, an encouraging 2012 study of 52,656 American adults found that those who ran 1 to 20 miles per week at an average pace of about 10 or 11 minutes per mile ...  lived longer, on average, than sedentary adults. They also lived longer than the group (admittedly small) who ran more than 20 miles per week.

2.) You can lose more weight


  • In one study in Denmark, a group of overweight men lost more weight when they exercised moderately for 30 minutes several times per week compared with men who worked out twice as long. They also ate less than the men who exercised more.


3.) You can have more energy


  • In the same study, those who exercised longer sat around more during the rest of the day than those who exercised moderately. Those who exercised for 30 minutes a day seemed to be more energized. 



  • Moving around, stretching and being more active during the day all add up! Even if you are active for 10 minutes a few times per day, a few days per week, that counts as exercise too--and every little bit helps. 


Just do it


  • The whole point is to not sit around too much being inactive, watching TV or using the computer. Find new ways of doing things (typing while standing, playing with the kids outside more or walking upstairs more often) to burn those extra calories. You'll not only lose the weight, you'll also get to enjoy life more when you improve your lifestyle and extend the number of days you get to live!


Get actionable tips and tricks for weight loss from Dr. Aron of WeightLossNYC. A licensed bariatric specialist, she'll set you straight on what you need to eat and do to lose 10 to 20 pounds of more each month. Call 718-491-5525 for your consultation.

Source: nytimes.com
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3 Fatty Foods You Need in Your Diet

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 20, 2012

Fat that does a body good

olives, olive oil and salad

Believe it or not, fat is a healthy part of your diet. The trick? Choosing the right kind, which helps you stay full, prevent overeating and keep the weight off.

When checking the nutrition facts on your food, scan for “monounsaturated fat” and “polyunsaturated fat”—these are the good fats.

Stay away from saturated and trans fats, which cause weight gain, and can elevate your cholesterol and put you at risk for disease. (Saturated fats should be less than 10% of your calories.)

Add these foods to your diet for a healthy and delicious way to lose weight

  1. Olive oil—Not only a healthy source of monounsaturated fat, olive oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and raises good HDL cholesterol.

    Try it: on salads and as a butter substitute

  2. Nuts—packed with protein, unsaturated fats and omega-3s, nuts are a perfect satisfying snack. All you need is a small serving each day of walnuts, pecans, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, cashews or almonds (the size of a shot glass).

    Try it: mixed in with salads and steamed veggies

  3. AvocadoAvocados are high in heart healthy unsaturated fat, helping you feel satisfied. They may also help lower your LDL cholesterol by as much as 17 percent when consumed daily.

    Try it: on sandwiches and spread over toast

Do You Need to Lose Weight?

Get weight loss tips and a medically proven diet plan from Dr. Aron, a bariatric physician who can help you lose weight without surgery or fad diets. Call today at 718-491-5525 for your at WeightLossNYC™.

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Thanksgiving Survival Guide, from Oksana Aron, M.D.

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 19, 2012

How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving without Really Trying

thanksgiving is about the people you spend it with.

We’ve prepared this Thanksgiving Survival Guide* to give you ideas on how to best avoid overeating this Thursday, and keep yourself together on your weight loss program.

Abate Your Appetite; Trounce Temptation

The best way to battle any festival meal, where eating is the presumed focus, is to reduce your appetite thus obviously significantly lowering your temptation. You can follow these steps as guidelines to keep you on track with your diet plan.

Before You Go

  • As always, eat an appropriate breakfast as Dr. Aron has provided for your plan.
  • Be sure to include a real protein source to invoke satiety.
  • Keep up on your hydration. Drinking water will also help keep you feeling full.
  • Likewise, throughout the day, avoid alcoholic beverages for their dehydrating effects and of course insane caloric values.

Boots on the Ground

Once you’re there, keep it simple and safe:

  • Salad is always your friend. Enjoy the simple greens, not salads overladen with extras you know aren’t helpful to your diet.
  • Veggies, again mostly green, also round out your plate nicely and fill you up before looking further.
  • 4 ounce skinless white meat turkey as your meal protein. Keeping to the lower fat cut is the obvious choice.
  • Small samples of gravy or sauces for flavor are ok yet at a minimum. Avoid alcohol drinks entirely.
  • Small portion of potatoes or stuffing are better than breads and rolls.
  • Dessert? Only if you must, enjoy a small one. Better to enjoy a little more turkey, or better yet veggies/salad, we suggest.
“When facing the challenges of dieting during the holidays, remember to keep your focus on what’s really important — the people you’re spending the holidays with."

Remember Why You Came

Truly, the holidays are about getting together with friends and loved ones. Open your mouth more for the laughs and conversation, and keep the focus on the fun not the food. Think ahead when you get back home how much happier you'll be knowing you spent the day in conversation not in consuming unneeded calories.

Leftovers are Left for Others

You’re on a diet plan. You can leave them for others and keep the holiday meal behind as you walk out the door. Weather-permitting, keep on walking … and enjoy more conversation and fresh air as you move your body after a festival meal. When you get home, get back on your regular plan and keep the fond memories of the friends you enjoyed your holiday with.

Happy Thanksgiving, from Dr. Aron and Staff of WeightLossNYC

For more information on safe and healthy weight loss diet plans, visit our website WeightLossNYC.com and start losing weight, today.

*Thanksgiving Survival Guide, from Oksana Aron, M.D. is a copyrighted work by Weight Loss NYC® adapted from HRI Thanksgiving Success Plan. Image adapted from morgueFile.

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Yo-Yo Dieting Weight-Gain Myth, Busted!

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 10, 2012
The Latest on Yo-Yo Dieting

You gain weight, you lose some and then you gain some more.

Then you start to wonder if you'll ever get back to your old weight, worried that you've messed up that chance completely.

This phenomenon is called yo-yo dieting or weight cycling. No matter what you call it, it's a vicious and frustrating cycle for 40 percent of men and women in the Western world who are trying to lose weight or stay trim.

But a new study shows that yo-yo dieting will not affect your overall weight loss goals and does not negatively impact your metabolism.


Although severe yo-yo dieters were, on average, almost 20 pounds heavier than the women who were not yo-yo dieters when the study began, at the end of the study the researchers found no significant differences between those who had a history of yo-yo dieting and those who did not.

The weight cycling did not affect the women's ability to successfully participate in diet or exercise programs, the study authors reported. Yo-yo dieting also did not affect the percentage of body fat and lean muscle mass gained or lost among the women, they noted.



If you've struggled with your weight for years, don't give up! You still have a chance at achieving your weight loss and health goals. The latest research proves that it's never too late to get started on a healthier lifestyle by making healthy diet and exercise choices so you can have the body--and life--you've always dreamed of.

Are you not making the kind of weight-loss progress you would like? Don't struggle with it on your own. Call WeightLossNYC at 718-491-5525 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aron, who will keep you on track and motivated to lose up to 20 lbs. a month.

Source: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

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3 Great Tips to Fight Cravings, Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 2, 2012

Avoid Unhealthy Habits

fight bad food cravings

To lose weight, you already know what to do: eat right, diet, exercise, and the pounds will come off, right? It's not always that simple.

Aside from making these healthy lifestyle choices, you need to address the psychological aspect of weight loss. It’s just as much a physical switch you have to make as a mental one. Follow these tips for your weight loss success.

Eliminate cravings

What's your #1 weakness, the one treat that foils your dieting plans every time, guaranteed? Whatever it is, keep it out of your refrigerator or pantry to remove the temptation or craving.

Whenever you're grocery shopping, skip the aisle if you can and certainly, don’t buy it! This is your first step in keeping the weight off and avoiding those vices that contribute to weight gain.

Avoid tantalizing images of bad food

Ever heard the term, “food porn?” Well, it's called that for a reason. If you’ve ever salivated over a Pinterest board of ooey-gooey chocolate-chip cookies or drooled over a foodie blog’s Instagram of their latest dish while out on the town, you understand the danger!

Scientific research shows that viewing these images can actually make you feel hungrier—and overeat as a result. Instead, look at delicious images of healthy food to inspire your own homemade creations of health-promoting meals to make a healthier difference.

Swap bad cravings with good-for-you ones

It’s easy to say avoid unhealthy foods, but you may still crave them. Rather than deny yourself, satisfy those cravings in a healthier, savory way with alternatives.

If you realize the reason you crave a certain candy bar is because you want something salty or you crave the crunch of almonds, try a small handful of almonds or peanuts instead.

Rather than grabbing a fast-food burger, make turkey burgers with extra-lean meat ahead of time, topping it with fresh veggies in a variety of colors (how about leafy romaine lettuce, white onion, tomato, sprouts, and a little bit of avocado and mustard?) When you get home from work, it will be an easy leftover dinner night. Now that’s fast food, and you don’t have to wait in line for it, either!

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Need help figuring out what’s healthy and what’s not? Get started on a weight loss plan that gets results, personally designed for you by Dr. Aron, by calling us at 718-491-5525

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3 Weight Gain Facts for Women

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 17, 2012
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Women and weight gain

For women, weight gain happens throughout all life stages, but each stage contains its own set of reasons and risk factors. Here, we explain from puberty on through menopause how and why women may gain weight--and how you can use that knowledge to your advantage to keep off the weight.

Puberty

  • The earlier a girl starts puberty, the more likely she is to be overweight or obese as an adult. If she starts her period before age 11, she is likely to weight between 9 and 11 pounds more than another woman who started hers after age 14. Additionally, as many as 26 percent of women who started puberty early were considered obese by age 30 compared with 15 percent of the other women.
  • It's difficult to imagine weight gain as a problem during childhood, but the childhood obesity epidemic proves this is an important time to start healthy diet and exercise habits that will last throughout the child's adult life. It's never too early to start. In fact, the earlier you start your child on a road to healthy living, the better!

Pregnancy

  • Weight gain is expected during pregnancy, but you still have to proceed with caution and be careful not to gain an excessive amount of weight. Gaining 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy is usually the goal. Typically, a pregnant woman will gain 2 to 4 pounds in the first trimester, then 1 pound per week after that, but it depends on the woman's pre-pregnancy weight because 1 pound per week may be too much for some. Your doctor will give you guidance on what your ideal weight during pregnancy should be.
  • After pregnancy, many women's bodies will hold on to 5 pounds of that gained weight, which may never be shed, but they generally will lose about 10 pounds immediately following delivery. They can lose 5 pounds a month in the next couple of months depending on the following factors: breastfeeding, diet and exercise level. By staying active, getting exercise, eating a healthy diet and breastfeeding, you can lose weight faster and easier.

Menopause

  • Two thirds of women are overweight by the time they reach their 50s. A drop in estrogen production is a possible cause, which causes the body to store fat, making weight loss more difficult.
  • Weight loss can be more challenging for women after menopause, so it's important to seek the help of your doctor to ensure you're getting proper nutrition, exercise and remain in overall good health. By doing all of the above, you're increasing your chance of maintaining a healthy weight and leading a healthier, happier life.

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What’s High Protein Dieting?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jul 18, 2012

Fat and Skinny on High Protein Diets

Most people have heard of the term “high protein” diet, but what does it mean and how can it work for you? The goal of a high protein diet is to make sure the majority of calories that you’re eating come from protein packed foods vs. other foods in your daily diet. One of the main benefits of this type of diet is that it often means fewer carbohydrates, which even an amateur dieter will tell you is a big positive for losing those pounds.

So what’s with all the fuss over lowering the carbs in your diet? Well did you know that when carbohydrates are restricted that your body begins burning your own fat for fuel. Simply changing to high protein foods can help to not only curb your appetite a great deal, but it also transforms your body into your own personal fat burning machine.

balanced diet includes protein

Now that you’ve heard a few of the great benefits of eating high protein foods this summer, isn’t it time to start putting them into your daily diet? Here are some suggestions of protein packed foods:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Egg whites
  • Soy Products (tofu)
  • Beans

One to One

Dr. Aron’s ideal ratio is one to one calories of proteins to carbs. A more balanced diet is essential for proper nutrition, as opposed to some dieting extremes that attempt to avoid all carbs and overload on meats.

Successful Weight Loss Plan

To learn more about Dr. Aron's successful weight loss diet plan, visit WeightLossNYC.com or call 718-491-5525 to learn more about the program. You can lose up to 10-20 lbs per month or more.

Call Dr. Aron today, 718-491-5525

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7 Easy Healthy Eating Tips to Slim Down

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jul 6, 2012
Delicious dieting
By eating healthy, fresh foods you can get a great variety of flavor and lose weight at the same time. Here, we share a few tips on how to incorporate healthy foods in your diet and tell you what you can cut out for faster weight loss. It's not as complicated as you think, so read on.

1.) Eat your veggies
Filling your plate with a lot of fresh vegetables can help you lose weight. They can also keep you satisfied with their high water and fiber content.

Tip: Fill your plate with three different veggies so you not only get those nutrients in your diet, but also take in less calories. Also: season them with spices, lemon juice or olive oil and skip the salad dressing for a low-fat alternative.

2.) Soup it up
Including a healthy soup in your daily diet can keep you from eating too many calories. The key is to find a healthy soup that's broth-based, not creamy, and is low in sodium (many popular brands are very high in sodium, so look out).

Tip: Choose a low-calorie, low-sodium soup with a high vegetable content. Other healthy ingredients may include lentils and beans for extra fiber and protein.

3.) Tall drinks
Of course, it helps to only drink water, but whenever drinking a beverage, opt for a tall, skinny glass instead of a short, wide one. The reason? Studies show the tall glass provides a visual cue for you to drink as much as 25 to 35 percent less.

4.) Fresh breath
Looking for a simple way to keep snack attacks away? Chewing sugarless mint gum with a strong flavor has shown to be effective at preventing mindless snacking.

5.) A better pizza slice
When you eat or make your own pizza, you can make it healthier with the right toppings and ingredients.

Tip: Try low-fat or skim cheese, thin whole wheat crust and all-veggie toppings to lower the calories.

6.) Phase out soda
By replacing one soda a day with water instead, you can save yourself an extra 450 calories a day. One study showed that participants who drank soda regularly gained 2.5 pounds in a four-week period. By cutting out the unnecessary sugar, your teeth and waistline will thank you.

7.) Say no to bacon
Cutting out two slices of bacon can save you at least 100 calories a day, which can total a loss of up to 10 pounds in one year.

Tip: Instead, substitute other proteins such as tofu or eggs. Healthier bacon substitutions can include a turkey version (just make sure it is low in fat).

Lose weight fast with a customized diet plan. No surgery or diet food required! Schedule your appointment with WeightLossNYC today by calling 718-491-5525.

Source: webmd.com

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