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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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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.

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

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Sugar or Sweetener?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 21, 2014

Taste with Your Brain?

Over recent years many people have been reaching for artificial sweeteners, thinking that it’s healthier than the real thing. It turns out that your tastebuds don’t know the difference between sugar and sweetener — but your brain does.

A new study out of the Netherlands used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain responses in people sipping two different orangeade drinks — one mixed with sugar and another mixed with four artificial sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame K, cyclamate and saccharin).

The sugar and sweeteners were found to stimulate the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that detects pleasure. Only the sugared drink stimulated the caudate in the brain, showing that the human brain can tell the difference between a caloric drink and a noncaloric one.

Other research on artificially sweetened beverages include:

  • They can activate parts of the brain that create appetite, but do not satiate it.
  • Increased appetite has been found to occur in people who don’t consume artificially sweetened beverages often.
  • People who drink artificially sweetened beverages regularly tend to weigh more than those who don’t.
  • For those who consume a lot of artificially sweetened beverages, however, their brains, can become used to the sweeteners and may not necessarily cause them to eat more.
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Slow food: what a difference it makes for your waistline

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 27, 2014

Slow down your eating to speed up weight loss

When you sit down to eat, do you savor it slowly or do you gobble it up in record time? Did you know that eating quickly can make you gain weight because your body hasn't registered how full your stomach really is?

Well, that's not the only news. Taking your time to eat can help prevent you from overeating, but there's a difference in how this affects your body, depending on whether you're considered normal weight, overweight or obese. Read on for more details.

Eating quickly can make you gain weight because your body hasn't registered how full your stomach is. Taking your time to eat can help prevent you from overeating, but how this affects your body depends on whether you're considered normal weight, overweight or obese.

Bite for bite, pound for pound

In the study published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, two groups were observed: one group of normal-weight individuals and another of overweight and obese individuals. Both groups were asked to consume two meals, one at a slow pace with no time constraints in mind in which they were asked to stop and put the spoon down in between bites, and a second one at a fast speed with an imagined time constraint, large bites and quick chewing without putting the spoon down for breaks.

The results:

  • Both the normal-weight and overweight groups were less hungry after eating the slower meal.
  • They also tended to drink more water, which could have affected the amount of calories they consumed.

What can we learn from this? Taking our time and enjoying our meals—healthy food, mind you—we can ensure we'll be taking in a proper amount of calories. Plus, don't forget your H2O…

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References: eurekalert

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Who Are Your (Super) Heroes?

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

Weight Loss Heroes

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Who are Your Heroes?

“Who are the heroes in your world -- the people who've got your back no matter what?”

Perhaps the hardest part of staying on your is having everyone around you be on your team.

One patient recently intimated, overtime staff hours were plenished with a tray of junk food to boost morale and sagging energy levels -- the exact opposite of what she needed to keep strong in her weight loss resolve.

Getting your friends and family behind you is one thing, getting the rest of the world on your side is another.

  • Let coworkers know your intentions: "Don't give me that donut. Don't even ask me…"
  • Bring your own life saver to office functions -- pack a safety healthy snack to keep you away from temptation at office party trays.
  • Don't go anywhere you don't need to be. After hours pub time is great social fun, but even one drink is gonna bust your diet ego. If you can't keep it to water and lemon, say, then suggest other plans or make sure you'll be with people who won't press you to consume disaster calories.

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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

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

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Eat Smaller and Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jul 12, 2012
The more the merrier

New research from Arizona State University proclaims that eating several small pieces of food is more satisfying than larger portions. It can also help you lose weight. The key here is cutting up and eating several small pieces of healthy food. If you couple this with eating smaller portions in your overall diet, you will be on your way to losing weight in no time -- all while enjoying your food just a little more.

"Cutting up energy-dense meal foods into smaller pieces may be beneficial to dieters who wish to make their meal more satiating while also maintaining portion control," says Devina Wadhera, the study's lead author and a graduate student in ASU's department of psychology, in a news release.


Here's why

Eating small pieces of food takes longer, which gives your stomach more time to register that it's filling up. By giving your hunger hormones time to catch up with your eating, you end up eating until you're satisfied and you also eat less food overall.

How to do it

Put your fork or spoon down and take a short break in between bites so you stay in tune with how full you are without eating too much. Be sure to drink water with every meal to stay full and avoid overeating. Take your time to savor every bite!

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Source: Self Magazine

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5 Unusual Weight Loss Tips

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

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Slim down tips and tricks

Have you exhausted just about every diet plan or silly weight loss tip? Are you ready to learn about how to lose weight in a super-easy manner? Well, here are a few tips and mind tricks you can use that actually work. Read on and try them out.

1. Try Yoga

Women who do yoga typically weigh less than those who do not, according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. They’re also more likely to be mindful when they eat, which helps prevent overeating.

2. Eat Home-Cooked Meals

Those who eat at home at least 5 times a week instead of dining out are more likely to be successful at losing weight, says Consumer Reports.

3. Take Breaks when eating

Most people take a break and put down their eating utensils at a certain point while they eat, called an eating pause. When this happens, don’t take another bite for a while until you actually feel hungry. This may help you realize you’re already satisfied but not quite stuffed.

4. Time It

Set a timer for 20 minutes while you eat to promote slow eating and savor each bite. Pay close to attention to every sensation while you eat, which results in your body triggering satisfaction hormones. When you eat quickly, your body doesn’t trigger the hormones, which can ultimately lead to overeating.

5. Keep your eye on the prize

Motivating yourself to lose weight every chance you get also helps. So hang up that sexy pair of jeans or little black dress that’s a little too snug for you right now so you can see it every day — and be motivated to keep at your weight loss goal.

Slim down and keep the weight off

… with a one on one consultation with Dr Oksana Aron. Her medical weight loss plan is designed to help you lose weight fast, and is backed by medical research. Call WeightLossNYC today at 718-491-5525 and get started.

Sources: webmd, Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Eat More Often to Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 29, 2012
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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Dine Out and Still Keep the Weight Off

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Mar 9, 2012

Frequent dining out at restaurants can pack on the pounds and lead to obesity, but there is a way to counter the weight gain: mindful eating.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found in their six-week meditative study called "Mindful Restaurant Eating" that female participants actually lost weight when dining out.

Here are the facts from the study:

Overall, 35 perimenopausal women aged 40 to 59 years of age were studied. On average, the intervention group lost 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs) during six weeks while eating out one to two times a week. They also reduced their daily caloric intake by about 297 calories after completing the intervention...

Participants learned how to plan before dining out and calculate fat and protein counts in restaurant meals. They also did meditative exercises that focus on sight, smell and texture of food to enhance enjoyment and focus on hunger, satisfaction and what their triggers are.

What these meditative exercises involved were simply using sound judgment and being aware of your body in order to lose or maintain weight. No meditation is necessary, but if you pay attention to your hunger -- and eat to satisfy yourself, not out of boredom or emotion -- and be mindful of what you eat, you will be on your way to a trimmer you.

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Source: NYDailyNews.com

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How Not to Gain Weight at Thanksgiving

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 16, 2011
Most people haven't a clue how to eat healthy portions for everyday meals let alone at Thanksgiving. Your stomach is only the size of two fists, so it's easy to overdo it with all typical Thanksgiving offerings, even when eating small amounts of everything.

Here's how to fill your plate and not gain weight:

Turkey--no larger than a deck of cards
Two starches (i.e. sweet potatoes, dinner roll)--1/2 cup serving each or the size of a computer mouse
Vegetables--the rest of your plate

Other tips:

  • Choose a smaller plate so you don't fill up on too much.
  • If you're going to be a guest at someone's house and expect a smorgasbord of unhealthy offerings, try filling up on fresh greens at home beforehand so you don't overeat.
  • Select sides you only get to eat once a year.
  • Start eating the veggies first, then the turkey and sides.
  • Go for a walk after the meal. Don't just sit around!
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Source: msnbc.com

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Weight Loss Diet Plan you've been dreaming about

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

The Sleep Diet? Dream on…

“Sleep: As important as diet and exercise, only easier,” proclaims the National Sleep Foundation on a refrigerator magnet. How true, yet between 1960 and 2010, the average night’s sleep for adults in the United States dropped from eight hours to six and half.

Much has been written about the hazards of this sleep debt. Now new research shows that lack of sleep may also be making Americans fatter. While doctors have long known that hormone levels are affected by sleep, it is only recently that appetite has been linked to this picture.

Here’s how it works: The hormones leptin and ghrelin work in balance with each other to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulates appetite. Leptin is produced in fat cells and sends signals to the brain when a person is full.

When a person doesn’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop so s/he doesn’t feel as satisfied after eating. At the same time, ghrelin levels rise from lack of sleep, meaning the person’s appetite is being stimulated. This combination sets the stage for overeating which may lead to weight gain.

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Sleep researcher Michael Breus, Ph.D., has found, “Once a person is not as tired, they don’t need to rely on sweet foods and high carbohydrate snacks to keep them awake — and that automatically translates into eating fewer calories.”

A Stanford University study found that those who slept less than eight hours per night not only had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin but they also had higher levels of body fat. Another study by Harvard researchers involving 68,000 middle-aged women found that those who slept five hours or less per night weighed 5.4 pounds more, and were 15 percent more likely to be obese, compared to the women who slept seven hours per night.

“The hormones leptin and ghrelin work in balance with each other to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulates appetite. Leptin is produced in fat cells and sends signals to the brain when a person is full.”

Lack of deep sleep may also affect a group of neurons in the hypothalamus of the brain, where another hormone, orexin, is involved in regulating feeding behavior. So it may be more than coincidence that Americans have gotten fatter while the amount of sleep has declined.

Some people with health or other issues may need medical consultation to address their sleep problems. For the rest of you (you know who you are), turn off the TV, send your last email, stop texting, close your book, and get a full night’s sleep. Your waistline will thank you.

Sima Michaels Dembo

References:
Bouchez, Colette, “The Dream Diet: Losing Weight While You Sleep,” WebMD, Sleep Disorders Center, reviewed 1/1/2007, WebMD

Brody, Jane, “A Good Night’s Sleep Isn’t a Luxury; It’s a Necessity,” New York Times, 5/30/2011.

“People Who Eat and Sleep Late May Gain Weight,” National Sleep Foundation website, SleepFoundation

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New Protein Bars with Satisfying Flavor

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 4, 2010

Protein + Great Taste = Less Hungry

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Strawberry Cheesecake protein bar only 140 calories?

It's great to know you have a new choice with new flavors - ask the front desk on your next visit for a variety box (shown) or buy any single flavor seven-pack for the same great tasty price.

New protein bars with satisfying flavor

Remember that proper nutrition and balance are crucial for your weight loss diet success.

Exclusively available at WeightLossNYC

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Would you like to appear on the Rachael Ray show?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Aug 10, 2010

Call WeightLossNYC Today

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Popular media mogul Rachael Ray contacted us to help them find guests for an upcoming show about weight loss. We respect your privacy and offer you the opportunity to request your possible inclusion in the show by calling WeightLossNYC today for details on what is happening with weight loss in the media today.

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Why You Need Water

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Aug 8, 2010


Drinking water is a must if you are serious about losing weight. A smarter choice than soda or juice, water is pure, and contains no calories, sugars or fat. Not only does it keep your body hydrated to run properly, it can prevent you from eating too much.

These are just some of water's health benefits:

*Increases metabolism and keeps appetite in check
*Improves blood circulation
*Flushes out wastes and bacteria
*Decreases risk of some cancers (colon, bladder and breast cancers)
*Helps your complexion look better

A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that people who drank water before meals consumed 75 fewer calories per meal on average. This translate to a loss of 14.5 pounds if you eat 75 fewer calories at lunch and dinner over one year.

The body can't always tell the difference between hunger and thirst, so we often eat when we are actually thirsty. This is helpful to note, especially since it can cause you to overeat.

Be sure to drink enough water and eat foods with high water content such as fruits, vegetables and soups. Usually eight 8-oz. glasses of water is enough for most adults to stay hydrated, but other factors such as being overweight, exercise activity, hot weather and pregnancy can affect that amount. Drink enough so that you are not thirsty and have about 6.3 cups of colorless urine per day. Too much water, however, may deplete your body of too many necessary salts and can have serious side effects. If you are still unsure about your water intake, discuss it with your doctor.

Sources: Huffington Post, CNN, Mayo Clinic

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Healthy Foods that Fill You Up

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jul 29, 2010
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Get a Leg Up on Legumes

Foods that are high in fiber and protein will keep you full longer because they take longer to digest. The meat and bean group has the most protein; it includes meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, and legumes. Beans and legumes are high in fiber as well, as are whole grains, and fruit and vegetables eaten with their seeds and peels. Vegetables are very filling and very low in calories too.[1]

Dieting Tip: Make a Sensible Start

Planning your daily caloric intake to achieve your target goal takes skill and practice; Making your menu of favorites and alternates for each meal is a helpful diet practice too. You can always switch things around to keep it fresh not boring, but ultimately your motivation is to find healthy nutritious meals you enjoy to eat, not to deprive or punish yourself daily!

Process This: Eat Fresh or Frozen

Americans eat 31% more packaged food than fresh food ... A sizeable portion is … read-to-eat-meals like frozen pizzas and microwave dinners, and salty or sweet snack foods.[2]

Choosy Dieters, Choose This..

Choosing foods with least amount of processing and processed ingredients gives you far more control over the quality as well as the quantity of food. Remember you never need to eat any portion of ANY meal that's before you. Knowing the right amount to eat is as much as having the right foods in front of you to enjoy.

[1]Source Hartley
[2]New York Times

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Live a Healthy, Happy Life

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 26, 2010

Lose Weight for a Lifetime of Life!

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Having a thinner body is possible. Just follow these steps below if you want to ditch those extra pounds. These ideas aren't short-term quick fixes — they're lifestyle changes that will leave you healthier and happier for years to come.

Eat healthy

This one's obvious, but be sure that you are eating whole, real foods — not processed junk. Get those whole grains, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, fiber, vitamins and minerals in your diet to maintain a lean physique and avoid serious health problems.

Go ahead and snack

Believe it or not, frequent snacking throughout the day helps you stay thin by increasing your metabolism. Eat healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables and low-calorie or low-carb snacks between meals to curb your hunger — and prevent eating too many calories at meal time (or any other time).

Be active

You can't lose weight by cutting calories alone. You will also need to do vigorous exercise a few times a week and physical activity every day. Exercise keeps weight down, metabolism high and your heart happy.

Rest up!

Get enough sleep each night to stay healthy. For adults, this means 7-8 hours. Not getting enough rest on the other hand can impair your memory, raise blood pressure and even cause weight gain.

Relieve stress

Manage your stress by engaging in relaxing activities. Why? Lower stress levels can help regulate insulin and keep your immune system in top condition.

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Slim Down with Soup

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 26, 2010
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A diet high in fiber is satisfying and curbs your hunger. One easy and effective way to include it in your diet is to dine on something that may already be in your cupboard – and that’s none other than soup.

Often containing about 100 calories per serving, soup is healthy and usually packed with plenty of vegetables and fiber. This helps you fill more satisfied than less healthy foods, and keeps you from consuming too many calories overall.

Here’s the skinny on how you can slim down with soup:
• Go for the low-fat and low-sodium version to make it extra healthy.
• Add beans, lentils, additional veggies or tofu to create a more fulfilling meal.
• Steer away from creamy soups and head straight to the broth-based ones.
• Try a fiber-packed bowl of soup before a meal to prevent overeating.
• Can’t find the right soup to satisfy your hunger and taste buds? Make your own healthy homemade version.

—About.com

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What's in Sugar?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 5, 2009

When you read food labels, a few grams don’t sound like much. But did you know that 4.2 grams of sugar equal 1 teaspoon? And one teaspoon of sugar contains 16.3 calories, which can add up.

White, refined sugar is high in calories and has no real nutritional value, yet it’s a main ingredient in a lot of the foods we love and crave. It can make your energy spike and drop throughout the day, but you can take charge of sugar ruling your diet.

• Eat fresh fruits for a snack or dessert instead of treats made with processed sugar.
• Add fruit to your meals instead of processed sugar.
• Choose drinks and snacks wisely that have low or no sugar — and stick with small portions.
• Watch out for “sugar-free” labels on foods with ingredients ending in “-ose” (which can be hidden sugar) or sugar alcohols like sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol that can be just as fattening as the sugared version.

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