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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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What is a Bariatrician?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jan 19, 2013

What is a Weight Loss Doctor? (Obesity Medicine Physician)

Obesity Medical Assocation
“A bariatrician is a licensed physician who has received special training in obesity medicine—the medical treatment of obesity and its associated conditions. Bariatricians address the obese patient with a comprehensive program of proper diet and nutrition, appropriate exercise, lifestyle changes and, when indicated, the use of prescription anti-obesity medications and other appropriate medications.”

Medical Diet Programs

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Doctors have received an extensive continuing medical education program consisting of specialized knowledge, tools and techniques to enable them to design and modify specialized obesity treatment programs adapted to the various needs of individual patients.
  • Dietary Modification
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Behavior Modification
  • Medication (when appropriate)

Assess Total Health and Obesity Conditions

A key distinction of physician-supervised medical weight loss is the addressing of overall health, since weight gain may be allied with conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension and other maladies. A bariatric physician is trained to diagnose and manage obesity-related conditions, which otherwise could remain undetected and untreated by a non-medical weight-loss program.

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Dr.  is an internal physician and bariatrician in Brooklyn, New York. Her WeightLossNYC (+Dr Aron Medical Weight Loss Center) practice treats obese and overweight patients in the greater New York area. Visit WeightLossNYC.com for more information about medical weight loss programs, or call 718-491-5525 to schedule an appointment.


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Keep an eye out for Antioxidants

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

The Eyes have it

nutrition for yours eyes

Eating more fruits and vegetables can help protect against disease and improve your overall health. Not all foods contain significant amounts of nutrients you need. Nutritional balance of essential nutrients benefits many systems including these vitamins and minerals found to be most helpful for your eyes:

Antioxidant Types Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Lutein & Zeaxanthin Eggs, kale, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens,romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, corn, garden peas, Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Red berries, kiwi, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, and juices made from guava, grapefruit, and orange.
Vitamin E Vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, avocados, wheat germ, and whole grains.
Vitamin A & Beta Carotene Carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, eggs, green leafy vegetables.
Essential Fatty Acids Salmon, sardines, flax seeds, soybeans, walnuts.
Zinc Red meat, poultry, oysters and other seafood, nuts, dried beans, soy foods, milk and other dairy products, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals.

Omega Fatty Acids: DHA and EPA

Dr.  recommends Omega complex for its well known health benefits. Listed below are some popular cooked fish selections to consider (highest to lowest available omegas). Non-fish folk can supplement DHA with commercial supplements made from microalgae.

Omega Source Portion Yield
Salmon 3 oz 1800mg
Tuna 3 oz 1300mg
Mackerel 3 oz 1000mg
Anchovy 2 oz (1 can in oil) 900mg
Trout 3 oz 800mg
Halibut 3 oz 400mg
Scallops 100g 350mg
Snapper 3 oz 1800mg
Salmon 3 oz 300mg

Medical Weight Loss and Nutritional Health

Maintaining nutritional health is an essential part of a safe and effective weight loss program. For more information, read about +Dr Aron Medical Weight Loss Center at WeightLossNYC.com or call 718-491-5525

Abbreviations:

  • DHA: Docosahexaenoic Acid
  • EPA: Eicosapentaenoic Acid

Sources:

  • New York State Department of Health [health.ny.gov]
  • American Optometric Association [aoa.org]

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3 benefits of light exercise that help weight loss

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

No more excuses

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

Easy does it

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

Check out these facts:

1.) You may live longer

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

2.) You can lose more weight


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


3.) You can have more energy


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



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


Just do it


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


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

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

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

Fat that does a body good

olives, olive oil and salad

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

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

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

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

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

    Try it: on salads and as a butter substitute

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

    Try it: mixed in with salads and steamed veggies

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

    Try it: on sandwiches and spread over toast

Do You Need to Lose Weight?

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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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