In March, Nestle will release an updated version of OPTIFAST. While we haven’t had a chance to taste “OPTIFAST New and Improved,” we have had a chance to evaluate the new food line, which is available only by prescription and under the care of a physician. As doctors who have been using OPTIFAST for over a decade, we have a lot of experience with meal replacements. OPTIFAST is a great tasting full meal replacement. You can get ALL of your nutrients by having 5 or more meals per day, but only under the care of a doctor.
This month, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association published new guidelines for exercise. They recommend 150 minutes (2 1/2 hrs) per week of moderate physical activity, or 60 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity.
Those who are successful in controlling their weight have a plan every day. They don’t take vacation from obesity. There are no “days off."
Protein, carbohydrates and fat make up the macronutrients in our diet. Diets with less carbohydrate and more protein have a lot of benefits.
The new drug, Qsymia, (Vivus) has just been approved by the FDA for Weight Loss and Obesity Treatment. Qsymia is a combination of phentermine and extended release topiramate. The name that has been proposed for the last few years for this drug, Qnexa, has just been changed to Qsymia.
As it turns out, food ads may play a huge role in obesity. A new German research study demonstrates that looking at pictures of salty or sweet foods (such as Viennese Schnitzel, ice cream or pizza) causes an increase in grehlin, a hunger hormone. Pictures of pianos, bikes or shoes did not have the same effect. This is the first time pictures of junk food pictures have been shown to cause immediate adversity. So we should take notice!
A study at University of Texas showed that women tend not to notice weight gain of up to 8.8 pounds. This study supports a major reason why we as individuals as well as a society in general become obese.
For many people, being excited about the holiday season is synonymous with being excited for the holiday treats.
You may have heard of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), but if not, it is a good way to learn from others that have been successful in weight loss. To be included in the registry, you have to lose 30 pounds and keep it off for a year. The registry started in 1994 and now has over 5000 members.
Chronic dieters are caught in a world of extremes. At times, they either are dieting, trying to be "perfect" and losing weight. At other times, they have no plan, and frequently overeat. At these times, they use overly judgmental statements such as "I'm being bad today." I am not a fan of this type of "on or off" thinking. Life is more of a dimmer than an "on-off switch." A colleague of mine uses the concept of dimmer thinking to manage living in moderation. How then does a Scottsdale Weight Loss Center doctor eat pizza?