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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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Weight loss supplements: Are they safe?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 9, 2015

5 dangers of unregulated fat-burning weight loss supplements.

Over-the-Counter Weight loss supplements: Are they safe?

Have you tried everything?

All the fad diets.

All those weight loss drugs advertised on TV.

All those popular fitness crazes.

And they still didn't work for you?

People resort to desperate measures in their quest to lose weight, but what really works? That little fat-burning wonder cure you bought online, although it says it’s “natural,” may not be the miracle drug you’re hoping for. It may actually pose a serious health risk or even cause death.

5 dangers of unregulated diet supplements

A lot of those over-the-counter diet supplements are not helping people lose weight. Not only are they unregulated by the FDA, they’re also causing liver damage. Here are just a few startling facts recently published about bogus dietary supplements.

  1. They cause 20% of reported liver injuries
  2. They result in death or necessitate a liver transplant twice as often as liver injuries caused from FDA-regulated medicines
  3. They show little or no evidence for safety or efficacy
  4. The high amount of catechins typically found in unregulated diet supplements aren’t always labeled and can cause liver toxicity.
  5. Many of these products are mislabeled, have been adulterated or contain dangerous dosages.

The FDA is prevented from approving most of these weight loss drugs before they’re sold. Often, they can’t do anything until people have died from them. So it’s best to steer clear of any you find outside of your doctor’s office. If you've been taking these supplements in vain, toss them in the trash and start fresh. You can slim down and lose weight the right way without putting your life at risk.

Medical Weight Loss is clinically proven safe and effective

If you’re tired of trying to figure it out on your own, give us a call at 718-491-5525. Get expert advice on what medical weight loss supplements work for you and how you can lose weight fast and safely with physician supervision.

New danger found in fat-burning weight loss supplements, Sources: New York Times, Conscienhealth

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Why aren't you losing weight? 5 factors that can slow your metabolism

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jan 8, 2015

Why aren’t you losing weight?

Slow Metabolism could be a culprit

Fast, slow or so-so, your metabolism controls your weight loss. No matter how quickly your body burns calories, there are other factors involved. These are just some things that can slow down your metabolism, but the good news is them.

5 Factors that can Slow your Metabolism

  1. Stress

    How much stress are you under? It could be the reason you can’t lose those last few nagging pounds. When your body’s under stress, it releases the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to hold onto weight. Try to avoid stressors as much as you can, while also seeking out ways in which you can manage your stress.

  2. Not exercising

    If you don’t burn enough calories through exercise, then your unused calories turn into fat. Be sure to exercise a few times a week to control your weight. Also wear a pedometer or track how many calories you burn through your exercise so you can keep up with your progress.

  3. Poor diet

    Eating too much? Not enough? You’re asking for trouble. Feed your body the fuel it needs to get through the day and keep your body at a healthy weight. Believe it or not, eating too little or skipping meals could lead to weight gain. Instead, nourish your body with healthy natural foods to stay in top shape.

  4. Not snoozing enough

    When you don’t rest enough, you can gain weight by disrupting your metabolic patterns. Sleeping an ideal amount of hours each night, however, can boost your metabolism. For adults, get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

  5. Medication

    If you’re on any medications such as anti-depressants, they could cause you to gain weight as well. Discuss it with your doctor if you believe that’s the case and find out if there are other options that won’t lead to weight gain.

How to Lose Weight

Improve your health, too

If you haven’t noticed, keeping your metabolism in check means simply taking care of your overall health. While it’s important to want to lose weight, you also have to do it in a healthy, informed way. Follow the above steps and you’ll be on your way to a fitter figure, and you’ll also be leading a healthier and more fulfilled life

We can help

Dr. Aron is able to test your metabolism to see if it is slow.

Whether you have a slow metabolism or not, let Dr. Oksana Aron help you find your weight gain triggers and develop a structured plan for weight loss success. Please call us at 718-491-5525 and make your first appointment with WeightLossNYC™.

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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.

Medical Weight Loss can help

Need a reliable doctor who can keep you and your health in check? Contact us today at 718-491-5525 to set up your consultation with Dr. Aron, a weight loss expert who will be with you every step of the way.


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Is Organic Milk healthier for you?

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

Organic milk: Does it help you lose weight?

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

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

It’s all about the fatty acids

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

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

Struggling with your weight?

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

Sources: New York Times

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Gain More Self-Control, Not Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 12, 2013

Colorful Weight Loss Ideas

There’s a lot more science to how much we eat than we think. According to a new study called “Plate Size and Color Suggestibility” published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the color of your plate affects how much food you eat.

When there is a low contrast of color between your plate and food, you will serve yourself and eat more food—as much as 22 percent more—than when there's a high contrast of color between your plate and food. Over time, this can cause extra pounds and an expanded waistline.

The study also found that reducing the contrast of color between your dinnerware and background (tablecloth, place mat) can reduce over-serving by up to 10 percent.

Takeaway: Don't just vary the color of healthy foods such as veggies and fruits on your plate--also work on dining with plates in a sharp contrast to what you're eating so you pay more attention to portions. Choosing a dining "background" with a low contrast to your plate will enhance the effect.

Another tip: Serve on small plates for smaller portions. The larger the plate, the larger the portions!

Winning Tip: Make a weight loss diet plan that gets results quickly and safely. Schedule an appointment with WeightLossNYC® today by calling 718-491-5525





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Start with these 3 Steps to Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Sep 24, 2013


Change your attitude first

At the heart of losing weight is changing your life. It may seem scary at first to change how you've always done things. It may even hurt a little to let go of some of your old ways. But in order to successfully lose weight and make a radical change in your life for the better—you've got to take it one step at a time.

Here are 3 steps to help you start losing weight today:

1. Set a Goal

Let's start off by losing a few pounds at a time to keep it manageable. Keep your eyes on the prize (a healthier you) by focusing on smaller goals. Don't worry too much about the total amount of weight you want to lose. Instead, zero in on a few pounds in a realistic time frame.

2. Take Small Steps

Similar to #1, take things one small step at a time to stay motivated. If you start off with unrealistic expectations, you can easily become frustrated. It's much easier to check off smaller goals.

3. Psych Yourself into it

If your brain's not on board, neither will the rest of your body. Much of your weight loss success starts in your head and not your belly, so fill your mind with positive images of your weight loss success rather than negative ones. Train your brain and losing the weight will follow!

“Are you ready to start making some real changes? What's holding you back from living the life you want to live? Let's work together for a healthier you” — Oksana Aron, MD

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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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Fast Facts on Fish Oil

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

Know your Omega-3s and 6s

omega fish oil supplements
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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6 Simple Weight Loss Secrets Revealed

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

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Start losing weight today

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

  1. Rest up.

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

  2. Start with a hearty breakfast.

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

  3. Don’t hold off on eating lunch.

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

  4. Think small.

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

  5. Remember what you ate.

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

  6. Ditch TV watching while eating.

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

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

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

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How to plan for a healthier business meeting

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

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Stay healthy at the office

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

First on the agenda: Healthy meeting food

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

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

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

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

Breakfast:

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

Snacks and Refreshments:

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

Lunch or Dinner:

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

Weight Loss Plan

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

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

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

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

Plenty.

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

What is red meat?

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

Red meat health risks

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


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



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



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



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


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

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

Sources: EverydayHealth.com; latimes.com


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4 Reasons to Get Outside This Winter

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jan 6, 2013
Thaw out this winter, lose weight!

When it's cold out, the last thing you want to do is get out and exercise. Surprisingly enough, when the temps dip down, it's actually the perfect time to get moving.

Here are 4 great reasons why you should exercise outdoors when it's cold (and be sure to grab your hat and gloves).

Breathing in cold air is invigorating 


  • Exercising outdoors--instead of the gym or in front of the TV--can boost your energy and mood, decreasing your chance for depression, says research published in Environmental Science & Technology.

Exercise makes you feel great 


  • Anytime you exercise, your body releases endorphins. This makes you feel good, which is something that can often be lacking in the winter months. Kick your exercise routine into high gear this winter to stay happy and healthy.


Your body burns more calories in cold weather


  • You tend to move faster when it's cold, which means you can increase the calories you burn. A cold winter day is the perfect day to dust off your running shoes and push yourself to the limit.


A few minutes of exercise makes a difference


  • If you think it's too cold or you don't have time to exercise, guess again. A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion says that people who exercise in spurts of 10 minutes or less a few times a day had the same health benefits as those who exercised for longer periods in structured activities.
  • Don't forget: those brisk walks to and from the subway count, so hop to it!


Got a new year's resolution to lose weight that you intend to stick to? WeightLossNYC can help! Call 718-491-5525 to schedule your first appointment with licensed bariatric weight loss specialist Dr. Aron.

Sources: WomensHealthMag.com; Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing 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!

Healthy Weight Loss

Get answers to your weight loss and dieting questions today: If you need real guidance from a licensed bariatric physician on how to lose weight, call us at 718-491-5525 for your first consultation with Dr. Aron. You’ll receive clinically proven weight loss treatment that will make you a success story.

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.

What is the Best Medical Weight Loss Program?

Get the facts on the best weight loss supplements as part of an effective weight loss plan that works for you. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Aron in our Brooklyn office today. Simply call WeightLossNYC® at 718-491-5525.
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Thanksgiving Survival Guide, from Oksana Aron, M.D.

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

How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving without Really Trying

thanksgiving is about the people you spend it with.

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

Abate Your Appetite; Trounce Temptation

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

Before You Go

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

Boots on the Ground

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

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

Remember Why You Came

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

Leftovers are Left for Others

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

Happy Thanksgiving, from Dr. Aron and Staff of WeightLossNYC

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

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

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Yo-Yo Dieting Weight-Gain Myth, Busted!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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Men: Better Body, Better Sex Life

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 22, 2012

Bigger isn’t always better

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The link between erectile dysfunction and weight

It’s a topic no man wants to talk about, but listen up, guys. Men may have a new “cure” for erectile dysfunction (ED) that can also improve other areas of your life: losing weight.

According to an Italian study, researchers found that overweight men experienced an improvement of their ED after going on a healthy eating and exercise plan.

The study involved 110 obese men between the ages of 35 and 55 who suffered from ED and were put on a plan to eat healthy and exercise in order to lose 10 percent or more of their body weight.

In two years’ time, one third of the men had lost 33 pounds on average. Additionally, they were found to be more physically active in general.

ED may be a highly sensitive issue, but this study shows that men have options other than going on medication. By pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle and eating right, men can enjoy a healthier sex life and improved self image. Make the commitment to exercise and diet to lose weight--and improving this condition is just another benefit and motivator for healthy living.

Weight Loss NYC can help

By making your first appointment with WeightLossNYC® today, you’ll be on your way to an improved lifestyle and an improved YOU! Your first step is to call us at 718-491-5525.

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3 Weight Gain Facts for Women

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

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

Puberty

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

Pregnancy

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

Menopause

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

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Find answers to your questions on weight loss, weight control, nutrition and more, by visiting Dr. Aron at WeightLossNYC.com; or call to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Aron today at 718-491-5525 and learn new skills for weight loss success today.
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