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More Obese Americans than Overweight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 29, 2015
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Americans continue to gain weight

Several striking news reports reflect that in the US, more adults who are obese outnumber those who are just overweight. The LA Times reported notes from published in JAMA Internal Medicine quoting “adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight.”

[Researchers] estimated that 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 were obese as of 2012, and an additional 65.2 million were overweight.
  • Washington Post remarks “"[this is] a startling shift from 20 years ago when 63 percent of men and 55 percent of women were overweight or obese and a depressing sign that campaigns to get Americans to eat healthier and exercise more may be failing.”
  • CBS News (website) notes the ”analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2012 to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity.” including details on “15,208 men and women age 25 or older.”
  • TIME magazine iterated “40% of men were overweight and 35% of men were obese” — “30% of women were overweight and 37% were obese.” Numbers “are similar to those estimated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which suggest that one third of American adults are obese.”
  • and MedPage Today remarked “33% of Americans ages 25 to 54, and 28% of those 55 and older, fell into the normal weight category of having a (BMI) of 18.5-24.9.”

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For more results, you can visit for a complete medical evaluation and treatment of your body weight, fat, metabolism and more.

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The Truth about Hidden Sugar in your Diet #health #weightloss #nyc

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 8, 2014

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar

We all know that sugar isn’t good for our health, waistline or teeth. But what we don't know about it—including where it’s coming from—can be even more important. Additionally, many contain genetically modified sugars (GMO) and are often unlabelled as such, yielding further obscurity.

Consuming sugary drinks such as sodas and fruit drinks were once thought to be the main source of sugar in our diet, but the latest from the U.S. CDC shows that Americans are getting their sugar mainly from their food, not drinks.

Without knowing this fact, many people may be unwittingly be consuming a lot more sugar than they think and are scratching their heads as to why they can’t lose those last few pounds.

Here’s how sugar sneaks into your diet and how to prevent it.

Where’s the sugar?

A whopping 70 percent of added sugars in the American diet comes from processed foods such as:

  • Breads
  • Jellies and Jams
  • Cakes
  • Ice Cream

Where else is there sugar?

Some Less obvious sources of sugar in popular foods include:

  • Tomato Sauces
  • Salad Dressings
  • Condiments
  • Cereals
  • Multigrain Crackers

What’s the Health Risk?

Excess sugar can not only lead to weight gain, but you also have other health concerns to worry about. People who drink 1 to 2 cans of soda a day can increase their risk for Type 2 diabetes by 26%. Additionally, daily sugary drinks can also increase your risk of heart attack, death from heart attack and heart disease.

—Oksana Aron,M.D.
Bariatric Physician
WeightLossNYC.com

Healthy Tip

When checking the ingredients list on food packaging, make sure that sugar or its other names (such as high-fructose corn syrup HFCS or corn syrup, etc.) isn’t one of the first few ingredients. That way you’ll know that the food isn’t mostly sugar.

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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

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Weight Loss for Men: 3 Cancer Facts for Men and Exercise Health

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 29, 2014

Men: Get active today

Men: How often do you exercise?

Every day? A few times a week? Almost never?

If you rarely ever get physical, you may want to take a look at the facts from a recent study of 17,000 men over a 20-year period. Read a few key findings connecting cardiovascular health and cancer; your life may depend on it. Staying fit improves survival rates of male cancers:

  • Lung and Colorectal cancer rates were reduced by 68% and 38%, respectively, for men who had the highest levels of cardiovascular fitness.
  • Risk for Prostate Cancer among men with cardiovascular fitness did not experience a reduced risk of prostate cancer, but they did have a significantly lower risk of death from prostate cancer, lung and colorectal cancer if they were fit in middle age.
  • Even one metabolic equivalent increase (increasing the amount of energy used while resting when you increase the intensity of physical activity) reduced the risk of dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease by 14% and 23%, respectively.

Stay fit, live longer

The study supports the idea that staying active can help you not only enjoy a healthier lifestyle, but you can also have a better chance of escaping or surviving cancer. It’s never to late to get started.

Even men who aren’t considered obese but are overweight are at a higher risk of developing cancer. This highlights the importance of working with a specialist who can make sure your health, weight, diet and fitness level are right where they should be.

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4 Excuses Preventing You from Losing Weight

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



What’s your excuse?

Sometimes, the only person standing in the way of your own success is staring straight back at you in the mirror. How many times have you sabotaged your weight loss plans? How many times did you give up too soon?

You’re not the only one. Losing weight is just as tough mentally as it is physically. If you can get your mind in shape first, the rest of your body will follow. Do any of the following excuses sound familiar?

  • I’m too tired

    Did you know that regular exercise could actually boost your energy? Perhaps you need to kick it up a notch—or get started on an exercise regime—in order to feel refreshed and start losing some weight.

  • I don’t have enough time

    We always have more time than we think. How many hours a day do you spend watching silly stuff on YouTube? Reading the paper? Clicking through the channels? Swap those idle times for doing something healthy such as taking or learning to cook healthy food to set your weight loss goals in action.

  • I don’t want to get injured

    If you start off easy and take baby steps, there won’t be any need to worry about injuring yourself from light exercise. Try working out with a friend or family member and go at your own pace. Or, work with a trainer who can customize a workout for you.

  • It’ll be too expensive

    Eating healthier foods will save you money in the long run. Whole foods are cheaper than packaged, processed foods, and they'll keep you healthier, which means your health care costs will be cheaper as well. Special diet foods aren't required.

You don’t need a gym membership

… If you can stay motivated and work out on your own. Walking, jogging, stair climbing, riding bikes and swimming don’t cost you a thing. You can also check out your local community center for low-cost fitness classes.

There are countless excuses that get in the way of losing weight. No matter what yours is, today could be the first day to a healthier life if you first switch to a positive attitude.

Don’t delay another day to improve your lifestyle and lose weight

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Need an exercise shortcut? Try a 7-minute workout

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 17, 2013

A new you in 7 minutes?


Lose the Wait. Lose the Weight.

What's your excuse for not working out? Whatever the reason, you're not alone. Busy schedules, and juggling work and family life typically leave the average American adult with little time or energy to hit the gym, but there is a solution for you.

Whether you're trying to drop some pounds or stay in shape, you need regular exercise. But when you're short on time, what do you do? You get creative. That's why this 7-minute workout routine is perfect for someone like you who has the desire but not the time. Check it out.

Get the most out of your short workout


Turns out just 7 minutes of high-intensity interval training can make a difference. By doing just 8 to 12 repetitions of resistance training for each muscle group at 40% to 80% intensity for two or three non-consecutive days a week, busy people can still put in a good workout that promotes weight loss, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Two to four sets of each muscle group with two to three minutes rest in between each exercise are recommended.


Try exercises such as side planks, abdominal crunches, squats, lunges, push-ups and jumping jacks for 30 seconds each with a 10-second rest period in between. Do them for a total of 7 minutes and you're on your way to a fitter, healthier body.

Now there are no excuses! This is not only a great alternative to 30 or 60 minutes or longer of exercise, but you've got an effective way to lose body weight and fat.

Lose Weight Fast

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Fast Facts on Fish Oil

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

Know your Omega-3s and 6s

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Have you discovered the fat-melting qualities of fish oil yet in your quest to lose weight? If not, don't just give it a try — make it a mainstay in your diet.

Also known as Omega fatty acids, fish oil can help your health in many different ways and should be an important cornerstone of your everyday diet. Read on for more information on how you can benefit from fish oil.

Burn fat faster

You need fat in order to lose weight — the good, healthy kind. This includes Omega-3 and Omega-6. We need these fats to promote our health and facilitate weight loss, but most Americans do not get enough.

Sometimes a supplement is necessary to make sure you're getting a balance of these healthy fats. Results from a daily dose of Omega-3 can be seen in anywhere from a few days to several weeks, but it's no quick fix. It's important to take it every day on a long-term basis for the best results and overall health.

Health benefits

Fish oil can improve so many aspects of your health, there are almost too many to count. Some of these include your heart, vision, joints, immune system, digestive system, pancreas, blood pressure, cholesterol, hormones, mood, energy and more.

Additional benefits of omega supplements:

  • Moderate amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet have shown to reduce your risk of a first heart attack by 30%.
  • Symptoms in such inflammatory diseases as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease are also decreased.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids also prevent artery-hardening and heart disease-causing plaques

Omega Fish Oil

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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

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How Long Will You Live? There's a Test for That

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 15, 2012



One simple test predicts life span

Are you active in middle age and beyond? Here's some interesting health news you probably haven't heard. How easy a middle-aged person or older person can get up off the floor from a seated position can determine their chances for living a long life, according to a study in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

What the 'sit test' found

In the study, people who needed extra help (hands, knees, etc.) in getting up from the floor had a 21% lower chance of survival over a six-year trial. Those who scored higher in the test (needed less help and were able to get up easier) had more than 5 times the survival rate than those who scored lowest (needed the most help getting up from the floor).

Although the test scores were lower among older individuals as to be expected, the low score and high mortality rate were still found to be true, even when results were adjusted for age, sex and BMI.

The study didn't control the study for physical activity patterns, but it's always a good idea to be physically active no matter your age. Staying active and exercising regularly, even mild exercise such as walking, has been proven to improve your health and help you lose weight. 

Do you have any questions or concerns about your own health and need to be pointed in the right direction in order to lose weight? Call WeightLossNYC today at 718-491-5525. Your first appointment with Dr. Aron can get you started on a weight loss plan that works. Lose up to 10 to 20 pounds a month and more!

Source: MedPageToday.com


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Fast Food Getting You Down?

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

New Fast-Food Health Risk: Depression

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Don’t let fast food super-size you

Is fast food your weight loss kryptonite? Do you let yourself splurge while on the go, telling yourself, “It‘s just this once,” and that you’ll eat healthier tomorrow to make up for it?

Well that doesn’t work because you’ll just do it again. And again. Before long, you’ve packed on a few extra pounds and you don’t even know why.

Why is fast food bad for you?

Sure, fast food is convenient and cheap, but its unnatural ingredients come with health risks. When consumed regularly, fast food fills you up on fat and empty calories, causes you to gain weight and puts you at risk for obesity. Even worse, you can increase your chance of heart attack, stroke and liver disease.

But that’s not all. New evidence shows that fast food lovers have a higher risk of depression. A Spanish study published in Public Health Nutrition found that people who ate fast food were 51 percent more likely to be depressed.

What’s more, the study authors discovered what’s called a “dose-response relationship,” which means that the more fast food subjects ate the higher their risk of developing depression. And in this case fast food was not limited to just hotdogs, hamburgers, and pizza, but also what the researchers refer to as “commercial baked goods,” meaning foods like doughnuts, croissants, and snack cakes.

The healthy alternative

Think twice before you grab a bite to eat. Instead of dining out, dine at home. Follow a delicious, healthy recipe and learn how to cook for yourself. Knowing what’s in your food and how it’s made will keep you on the road to a healthy weight. People who cook at home are said to live longer too, so it can benefit you in many ways!

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Sources: EverydayHealth; Huffington Post

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HCG for Treating Obesity: The Facts | Weight Loss NYC

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 26, 2012

Is HCG a miracle cure?

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Safety and efficacy of HCG for weight loss vs other medical weight loss treatments available with prescription or bariatric physician supervision.
You’ve heard of doctors treating obese patients with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) for weight loss because it's been touted as a rapid weight loss medication, but does it work the way it's supposed to? If you're looking for a quick fix in losing weight with HCG injections, you’ll want to read on for more information.

Does HCG cause weight loss?

First used in a 1954 study of patients who were injected with HCG in conjunction with a 500-calorie-a-day diet, it was believed to produce rapid weight and fat loss, reduce hunger, and result in no weakness. Once popular in the 1970s, later challenges to the study, however, found that HCG was ineffectual in weight loss and that the weight loss during the study was likely due to the restricted-calorie diet alone.

Is HCG Safe and Effective for Weight Loss?

Today, HCG is available in tablet form or by injection, and is surging in popularity again, but scientific evidence doesn't support the claim that HCG can alter fat distribution or reduce hunger. Not only that, but HCG and the lower intake of protein in the diet that accompanies HCG for weight loss are not considered safe and are not recommended, according to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

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Burn 300 Calories a Day the Easy Way

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

Stay active, lose weight
Burn an extra 300 extra calories a day to lose weight? It may sound like a daunting number, but it's easier than you think. Whether you're exercise-averse or simply don't have much time, you can burn calories by doing everyday activities. After 12 days of trying this, you may even lose an extra pound. Here's how to do it.

Everyday activities
Some examples of simple ways to burn extra calories when you're not sleeping or eating include walking, riding a bike as transportation, typing at the computer, and doing housework or yard work. Burning up extra calories via these activities can increase your metabolic rate. Do it every day and it can make a major difference at the scale.

The following are just a few examples of how many calories you can burn by doing everyday activities for 30 minutes (if you weigh 150 pounds):

  • Playing with kids: 136 calories

  • Raking leaves: 147 calories

  • Vacuuming: 119 calories

  • Mowing the lawn: 205 calories

Staying active is important for losing weight and remaining in good health. Walk instead of driving. Go swimming with the kids instead of popping in a DVD. Go on hiking or biking trips as recreation. It can involve regular cardiovascular exercise, but it can also include getting up and moving around as much as possible throughout the day. It's really as simple as that. Give it a try for a few weeks and see some results.

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Eat Smaller and Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC
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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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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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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A Sedentary Lifestyle Means Earlier Death

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Apr 27, 2012
Do you know how long you'll live?

As if you didn't have enough reasons to get regular exercise, a recent study shows that those who sit the most have shorter life spans. This is true even for those who exercise. Read on for more details on the study.

The facts

The study, which included participants 45 years old and older, proves just how vital exercise and staying active are to your health and life expectancy.

Its most striking finding was that people who sat more than 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying in the next three years than people who sat less than four hours a day. This was after adjusting for factors such as age, weight, physical activity and general health status, all of which affect the death risk. It also found a clear dose-response effect: the more people sat, the higher their risk of death.

It didn't matter whether the study participants were active or inactive, the more they sat the more likely the were to die within 3 years, showing that prolonged sitting was a risk factor in death.

The good news

The evidence did reveal some positive news: Exercising as much as 5 hours a week or more had a much lower risk of death.

This highlights the importance of not only getting exercise several times a week, but also staying active. Find ways to move throughout the day, like standing instead of sitting while you work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and taking walk breaks several times a day. Your life span depends on it!

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Sources: TheAtlantic.com; Archives of Internal Medicine

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10 Important Reasons to Cut Sugar

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Apr 10, 2012


Sugar's toll on your health


The bitter news that the average American eats 130 pounds of sugar a year explains why obesity and other weight-related health problems are on the rise. Sugar causes weight gain and can also affect your health in the following negative ways, which is more than enough convincing evidence to show that sugar has no place in your diet.

What the research says about sugar

  1. Sugar is believed to be the main cause of childhood and obesity
  2. Sugar is believed to be the main cause of childhood sickness
  3. Sugar is believed to be the main cause of Type 2 diabetes
  4. Sugar is believed to be the main cause of hypertension
  5. Sugar is believed to be the main cause of heart disease
  6. Sugar is blamed as a culprit of rising rates of number one killers such as heart disease
  7. Sugar increases blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol
  8. Sugar increases risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  9. Sugar helps cancer cells grow
  10. Sugar is addicting and has a drug-like effect on the brain

The sugar solution

Your solution to avoiding the above health problems is to cut sugar from your diet. As the evidence shows, sugar is toxic and has no health benefits. It's not only harmful to your health, but it can also be addicting, so even a small amount could potentially lead you to wanting more, which can make you gain weight and also put you at risk for serious health conditions.


Foods with hidden sugar

In addition to avoiding processed and packaged foods that are high in sugar, look out for foods with hidden sugar in them. You'd be surprised which ones do contain sugar: bread, yogurt, sauces and peanut butter.

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Can Granola Bars Make You Gain Weight?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Mar 21, 2012


Snacking 101: The granola bar

A granola bar can be the perfect healthy snack for an afternoon pick-me-up or a post-workout nosh, but if you pick the wrong kind, you may be grabbing something that is just as bad as a candy bar. Here, we explain what to look for when checking out granola bars in the snack food aisle.

What's in your granola bar?

Always check the nutrition facts and list of ingredients on your granola bars. If it contains a lot of sugar, fat and calories, then it's probably a candy bar in disguise. Some granola bars even contain just as much sugar and calories as bad-for-you candy bars, so beware.

Your ideal granola bar

Look for a granola bar that has less than 5 grams of sugar per bar, not per serving, to make sure you aren't getting too much of a sugar fix. Also be on the lookout for fat and calorie content, as chocolate and peanuts are common contributors to all of the above. Natural and organic granola bars are also a better buy because they aren't going to contain artificial ingredients. Still, check the ingredients to be sure of what's in your granola bar!

Tip: Make your own healthy, quick snack by mixing plain granola with a small amount of fruit for no-sugar-added natural sweetness.

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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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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.

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Source: Fitness Magazine

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