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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.






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Food & Nutrition: Tomato Power and Pals

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 1, 2016

Top Tomato Tips

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Tomatoes are a very popular fruit, or vegetable… No matter how you slice it they are a very versatile and nutritious ingredient that can be enjoyed raw or cooked in so many ways including juice and sauces, grilled, and in salads. Also the variety of tomatoes from heath beefsteak to pop sized cherry bites give all the more encouragement to include them in your diet.

Some fun facts

  1. One cup of tomatoes can provide:
    • 8 percent of your recommended daily fiber intake
    • 15 percent of your daily B6
    • 12 percent of your iron
  2. Sorry oranges! One tomato can provide 28 percent of your vitamin C for the day
  3. Cooking tomatoes can provide the highest levels of lycopene, a nutrient known for many essential health benefits
  4. Hydration too: fresh tomato juice can provide antioxidant benefits, just caution on high sodium store bought brands. Eating raw tomatoes also can fill you up due to the high water content.

Healthy Buddies

Lentils

Adding cooked lentils to your tomato sauce can provide much needed protein (about 9 grams per half cup lentils) as well as iron. This also aids in making a heartier, more filling sauce without the negatives of other means.

Shredded Kale

Lightly cooked kale adds a big nutritional boost to any dish. Including into your tomato sauce a few minutes before serving can rock your vitamins A, C, And selenium, plus dozens more antioxidant flavonoids

What’s in your Diet?

If your are looking for healthier meal plan to help you lose weight fast without suffering, check out Dr Aron Medical Weight Loss Center at WeightLossNYC™ today.

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Some links to more of our tomato related blog posts

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Nutrition is Important: New York City Summer Program (PSA)

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

Nutrition is Important for your Child

Your child’s future depends on the choices you make today. NYC has announced their summer program for school age children to receive meals across all NYC boroughs.

We wanted to share this important announcement to all NYC families from New York Summer Food Program. Please refer to their website and details below for complete information about nutritional meals for NYC kids this summer, or contact your school’s parent coordinator.

Thank you,
Dr. Aron and Staff, WeightLossNYC.com

New York City Summer Food Program for Kids

Families can download the free app by searching “SchoolFood” in the app store. Families can also find locations by visiting schoolfoodnyc.org, texting “NYCMEALS” to 877-877, or via 311
NYC School Food App

From: Division of Family & Community Engagement
Subject: Summer Meals Start on June 27

Dear Parents:

We are excited to share with you news about our annual Summer Meals program for all New York City children. The Summer Meals program is crucial to ensuring that New York City children are well fed beyond the end of the instructional year.

Summer Meals provides free, healthy breakfast and lunch to all children—regardless of New York City residency—ages 18 and under at hundreds of locations around the City. Children do not need to register or show any kind of documentation or ID to enjoy a delicious meal.

This year’s Summer Meals program will launch on Saturday, June 27, one day after the last day of school for New York City students. Starting June 27, breakfast and lunch will be available at hundreds of public schools, community pool centers, NYCHA complexes, libraries, and other locations throughout the five boroughs and spread across neighborhoods. Additionally, there will be four mobile food trucks offering meals seven days a week throughout the summer at locations frequently visited by children and families.

We encourage you to share this multilingual flyer about our Summer Meals Program with your constituents. Schools were also encouraged to distribute this flyer, which provides information on the program, including our first-ever, free SchoolFood App (for both Apple & Android), an easy way for families to locate Summer Meals sites near them. Families can download the free app by searching “SchoolFood” in the app store. Families can also find locations by visiting schoolfoodnyc.org, texting “NYCMEALS” to 877-877, or via 311.

Thank you for partnering with us to make the Summer Meals program a resounding success for our children and families.

Best,
http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/

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Using Calories to Your Advantage

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Aug 10, 2013

Weight Loss Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy weight and/or losing unhealthy weight is a science. What does it all boil down to? Calories, plain and simple.




You don’t have to obsessively count every single calorie, but here’s some food for thought if you want to lose weight or simply want to maintain it.

To lose weight, you need to consume less calories than the ones you burn (via exercise or typical daily activities).

To maintain your weight, you just need to consume the exact number of calories that you need and burn daily.

Figure out how many calories you need

Here’s a quick formula to estimate calorie needs on a daily basis:

Your Weight X 12 = Number of calories needed for weight maintenance

To lose about 1 pound per week: Reduce intake by 500 calories/day

Weight Loss Tip:

Make sure you’re filling up on healthy calories and not junk food.

Need help coming up with a healthy diet program you can actually stick to?

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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.

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7 Weight Loss Nutrition and Beauty Tips

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Aug 7, 2012

Beauty is truly skin deep

The most common goal of following a healthy diet and exercising routinely is to lose weight and help you to get your body looking great. However, most people don’t realize there are so many other countless benefits of following a strict diet and a good workout plan, other than just dropping the pounds. One of the best kept secrets of following a good diet is the huge impact it has on your complexion, which keeps you looking younger.

Cutting back on certain foods can really improve the aging of your skin. The breakdown of sugar, for example, can really damage your collagen, which helps your skin to look smooth and firm. Try cutting back on your daily sugar intake or using substitutes, such as all natural sweetener. Also, hormones that are in certain foods such as dairy products, beef, and even poultry can contribute to acne breakouts. Eating grain-fed beefs and poultry can help make a huge difference in your skins complexion.

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The many benefits of dieting and exercising

Exercising correctly is equally as important as doing it routinely, and is also a huge plus for your skin. Doing cardio on machines such as the treadmill can be beneficial in burning calories, but weight training helps to tone muscle and prevent sagging. Also, a yoga class is a much better work out to help relieve stress, as well as losing weight. Cutting down your stress level has a large impact on the aging of your skin, and relieving your tension. High tension levels can cause terrible skin breakouts, so try adding in a few yoga sessions to your weekly work outs.

Low Calorie dieting is a good way to lose weight but you can also make your diet beneficial to your body in other ways. Eating foods that are healthier and higher in vitamins can help improve your skin by making it smoother; capable of healing faster, harder to bruise, and can even improve some chronic skin conditions.

Nutrition and Weight Loss Diet Plan

Dr Oksana Aron will guide you to healthy weight loss with her nutritionally sound low calorie diet program, can direct you to lose the weight you want to lose every week. Call WeightLossNYC.com today at 718-491-5525 for more information or to schedule your first appointment with Dr Aron.

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Related reading: 8 Diet and Exercise Mistakes That Age You, Prevention, 2012.

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One Thing You Should Give Up to Lose Weight

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


Fast food = fat food

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

The facts

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

The non-ingredients in fast food

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

Take scrambled eggs from McDonald's, for instance:

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


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

The verdict?

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

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

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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.

Are you frustrated with fad diets or dieting with no direction? Learn how to lose weight the fast and healthy way with WeightLossNYC! Call 718-491-5525 for your first appointment.

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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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What You Should Know About 'Vitamin' Drinks

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

Vitamins + Sugar = ?

Adding vitamins to popular sugary drinks, from Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola is all the rage right now.

These drinks may even have a healthy-sounding name, but don't be fooled by the slick packaging. These drinks still aren't good for you or your weight. If you look closely at the nutrition facts, you'll quickly realize what you'll be getting: lots of sugar and calories that can cause weight gain.

Vitamin Water, for example, contains 13 grams of sugar per serving, 32.5 grams per bottle; and more than 100 calories per bottle, which actually contains 2.5 servings.

Additionally, the added "vitamins" offer no real benefit to you:

Because the sugar found in Vitaminwater or Coke is made from a refining (or purifying) process, it contains no nutrients or vitamins beneficial to our health. It instead acts only as a source of energy -- once anything with sugar is ingested, the sugar skips digestion by passing through the stomach wall and raising blood sugar levels. Since your body is programmed to keep its blood sugar at a certain level, the pancreas secretes insulin to balance everything out.

If you aren't exercising these calories off, you will gain weight from drinks with added sugars and calories.

The best choice for quenching your thirst still remains: pure, unadulterated water. Your body needs it to function, it can also facilitate weight loss and it contains no harmful additives. Getting the right nutrients in your body means eating a healthy diet full of delicious natural foods. A multivitamin should only be a supplement to your already healthy diet.

Lose weight the safe and sane way, and call us at 718-491-5525 for your first appointment at WeightLossNYC.

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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.

Learn how to lose weight the smart way. Make your first appointment with WeightLossNYC today. Call 718-491-5525!

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Banish That Belly Bloat

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Mar 3, 2012

What floats your bloat??

Knowing which healthy foods help you lose weight isn't good enough — you also need to know which types of food make you bloated and appear heavier than you really are so you can steer clear of them.


What’s the main culprit of a bloated belly? Sodium. You know, having too much salt in your diet, which typically comes from processed and/or junk food in your diet.

The top 10 sources of food that contribute to belly bloat, according to The Centers for Disease Control, are as follows:
  1. bread
  2. cold cuts and cured meats
  3. pizza
  4. poultry
  5. soups
  6. fast-food burgers and sandwiches
  7. cheese
  8. pasta
  9. meatloaf and other meat dishes
  10. salty snacks (potato chips, pretzels)

Not only can many of these foods add pounds, but they can make you look bloated and larger than your true size. Additionally, too much salt intake can lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure. By avoiding the less healthy foods in this list or at least limiting your intake, you can keep the weight off and the bloating away. Also, be sure to eat mainly whole, natural foods that aren’t processed for a healthy weight and size.

Tips for cutting down sodium

  • Season your food with spices instead of salt
  • When a recipe calls for salt and you are already using other ingredients such as canned tomatoes that contain salt, leave it out
  • Select foods that are "low-salt" or "no-salt." But be careful: foods marked as "reduced sodium" may still contain a lot of it. Aim for no more than 200 mg of sodium per serving.

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Today can be the beginning of a healthier you.


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Yes, You Do Need Carbs in Your Diet

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


Some fad diets are low-carb or involve cutting out carbs entirely. That's not exactly healthy, though, according to doctors. In fact, most of our diet is supposed to be comprised of carbs in order to get enough nutrients daily.

Carbohydrates are necessary for your body to obtain quick energy, while healthy fats and proteins are more of a long-term fuel source. Carbs should actually be about 50 to 60 percent of your daily diet to get enough calories, nutrients and energy to your body.

Your carb intake should include healthy complex carbs, which take longer for your body to break down compared to simple carbs. Also, complex carbs give your body a nice, steady flow of energy. Simple carbs, on the other hand, cause you to experience energy peaks and crashes.

Excellent examples of healthy carb sources include: whole-wheat and whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, barley, bulgur, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, brown rice, fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils and whole-grain cereals.

So, eat your carbs--healthy carbs, that is. And remember to incorporate it in your healthy meals along with healthy proteins, vegetables and fruits for a well-rounded diet. Be sure not to load up on too many carbs, though, which can cause you to gain weight. As with everything else, balance is the key here.

Still confused on what a healthy carb is, or how many carbs are healthy or unhealthy? Make an appointment with Dr. Aron today to discuss a healthy, weight loss plan by calling 718-491-5525.

Source: EverydayHealth.com

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How to Shop for Healthy Foods

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



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

Fruits and Veggies

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

Dairy

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

Bakery Items


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

Meats

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

Seafood


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

Frozen Foods

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

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

Source: Fitness Magazine

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How Much Sugar Is in Your Child's Cereal?

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


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

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

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

Source: Medical News Today

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Skip These Foods at Thanksgiving

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 22, 2011
Thanksgiving could be a minefield for anyone trying to maintain a healthy diet, but a few helpful tips can hold you back from a dieting mistake. These are some of the foods you should skip in lieu of healthier Thanksgiving offerings.

Stuffing
They call it stuffing for a reason. This is one of the fattiest items on the Thanksgiving spread, so be sure to steer clear of this one.

Dark Meat
If you dine on turkey, opt for the white meat, which can save you 50 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Canned Cranberry Sauce
Although cranberries are natural, the added sugars can throw your healthy meal offtrack. Surprisingly, turkey gravy is a slightly healthier choice at 30 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per 1/4-cup serving.

Dinner Rolls
These are easy to keep eating and never stop, and pile on the calories and carbs. If you must, try one roll and go very easy on the butter (like a thin spread, not a pat) or try a dab of olive oil instead.

Pumpkin Pie
Just say no! A slice of pumpkin pie can add as much as 316 calories and 14 grams of fat to your meal.

A good rule of thumb: make choices at Thanksgiving based on what foods are closest to their natural state.

Source: EatingWell.com

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Eat More Food Without Labels ... Especially Plants

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Apr 1, 2011

Don't Judge a Box by its Cover

Nutritional labels on prepared foods are meant to guide consumers in making healthy choices. What has evolved in recent years are scores of empty and misleading claims requiring time and perhaps a college degree to decipher which foods really are “good for you.”

Common misleading food labeling includes empty claims that imply health benefits which have no backing. Among these are “Made with natural flavor,” “Doctor recommended,” and “Made with natural goodness.”

Some claims are accurate but don't give the consumer additional information such as pasta packages labeled “no cholesterol” — Plain pasta does not contain cholesterol! More misleading are labels such as on Edy's Dibs Bite Sized Snacks. They boast “0 grams of trans fat!” giving the impression that these chocolate covered morsels of ice cream are heart healthy when in fact a serving contains 16 grams of saturated fat. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibit companies from boasting of “0 grams trans fat” on products with more than one gram of saturated food per serving.

Don't Believe the Hype

Many labels for fruit-flavored items suggest that products offer the health benefits of fresh fruit when in reality, real fruit is found in small quantities if at all. Gerber Graduates Juice Treats-marketed for preschoolers- depict six different fruits on the package. The product actually contains grape juice concentrate and less than two percent raspberry and apple juice concentrate. The main ingredients are corn syrup and sugar, 17 grams worth, or about four teaspoons of refined sugars per serving.
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One of the most widely used claims capitalizes on the food pyramid's recommendation that “at least half of recommended total grain intake should be whole grains.”[5] Bread, cereal, cracker and even cookie packages often feature their whole grain and high fiber content. Yet these products often have refined flour as the first ingredient and a minimal amount of whole grains. Furthermore, a number of products which claim to be good sources of fiber are peddling fiber not from traditional sources such as whole grains, beans, vegetables or fruit, but from “isolated fibers” made from chicory root or purified powders of polydextrose and other substances. Unlike traditional sources of fiber, isolated fibers have not been shown to lower blood sugar or cholesterol, two of the key benefits of eating fiber.[3].

Kellogg's Froot Loops cereal boxes tout “Good Source of FIBER & Made with WHOLE GRAIN.” (A green leaf adorns the ampersand further fostering the image of healthy food.) While Froot Loops boxes list whole grains among the first five ingredients, the first ingredient is sugar. Ditto for many cereals and cookies labeled “made with whole grains.“

While the Center for Science in the Public Interest continues to urge the FDA to crack down on false and misleading food labeling, consumers can take proactive steps towards better nutrition. Read labels discriminately. When faced with choices among products (such as different yogurts), compare the nutritional facts and choose products with less saturated and trans fats and sugar, fewer artificial ingredients, and more nutrients such as protein and vitamins.

Eat more foods without labels, the foods your great-grandparents would recognize. As food guru Michael Pollan says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
– Healthcare Author, Sima Michaels Dembo

Reference:
  1. Center for the Science in the Public Interest, www.cspinet.org/new/200912291.html
  2. Niman, Nicolette Hahn “Defending 'Foodies': A Rancher Takes a Bite out of B.R. Myers,“ February 17, 2011, www.the atlantic.com/life/archive
  3. Parker-Pope, Tara, “Six Meaningless Claims on Food Labels,“ New York Times, January 28, 2010.
  4. Wikipedia, Nutritional Facts Label
  5. DietaryGuidelines.com

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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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Organic Junk Food Is Just as Bad

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Aug 28, 2010

Organic cookies, gummy bears and ice cream can now be found at grocery stores everywhere. Eating healthy organic food is healthier for you, but organic junk food is where things get tricky. Many people trying to lose weight mistakenly think organic junk food is permissible -- even healthy -- but they are just as bad for you as traditional junk food.

Researchers in the Department of Psychology at University of Michigan found that when faced with an organic junk food item vs. a non-organic junk food item, consumers seemed to think the organic version had less calories and was less fattening even though that was not correct. There is also a misconception that "organic" equals "healthy," which isn't necessarily true.

This is important for those watching their weight, especially as consumer interest in organic food rises.

When grocery shopping, read the nutrition facts and ingredients and watch for the following things to make healthier choices (whether organic or not):

*How many calories does it have?
*How much saturated fat?
*How much sodium?
*How much cholesterol?
*How much sugar?

It's okay to occasionally indulge in an organic junk food item -- just exercise caution (and don't forget to do physical exercise, either!). Even though an organic snack is made with organic unbleached flour and organic sugar it still can make you gain weight, especially if those calories are not used up.

Source: Judgment and Decision Making, Vol. 5, No. 3, June 2010, pp. 144–150

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Quality Calories vs. Junk Calories

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jul 31, 2010

We all know when calories add up, so do the pounds. But where those calories come from is even more important. That's why it's vital to choose quality calories over empty ones for everything you eat.

What to look out for

Ingredients
Look to see what is in your food. Even though the package says it's only 100 calories, if they include hydrogenated oils instead of far-healthier olive or sunflower oil or bleached white flour instead of whole grains, then it's junk.

Fiber
We all need roughly 25 grams a day of fiber, which not only helps with regularity, it can keep us feeling fuller and more satisfied than foods without it. Fiber in turn keeps you from overeating and helps you consume less overall calories.

Sugar
If the sugar content is high, then it's not good for you. If you're going to eat sugar at all, make sure it's natural and comes from fruits or vegetables instead of refined sugar in processed foods. Too many sugars in your diet cause you to gain weight.

Fat
Fat is actually a necessary part of a healthy diet -- as long as it's unsaturated. Watch out for transfats and saturated fats, which will make you fat!

Vitamins and Minerals
Check to see what kinds of vitamins and minerals are in what you're about to eat. If it has none, then you know it has no nutritional value. Healthy snacks and foods, however, will have at least some.

--SelfGrowth.com

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