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Diet Docs Team Explains Why Medical Weight Loss Programs are so Effective

Boise, ID, May 29, 2017 — We’re headed into summertime, and many are still scrambling to lose a few pounds to get ready for the season. The mark is often missed however, as people turn to fad diets that don’t last. For those looking to trim down after Memorial Day, why not use a tried and true method of lasting weight loss and maintenance? Diet Doc’s years of experience in the medically supervised weight loss field views these programs as the top solution for a reason. The combination of effective weight loss medications, with the guidance of accredited weight loss doctors permit clients to meet any weight loss goal faster than any fad diet can.

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Diet Doc has found that a medically-supervised weight loss program can help anyone who is tired of failed diets, anyone carrying extra pounds that just won’t go away, or anyone who worries that the latest fad diet is a bit too extreme. The benefits are rooted in common sense, a medical professional develops an appropriate plan for each patient, and then he or she continuously follows up throughout the duration of the program. An experienced team can not only monitor progress, but make adjustments when weight loss plateaus occur.

Medically-supervised weight loss plans avoid the starvation diet approach, which is the foundation of many trendy diet plans. Instead, Diet Doc designs a program around the client’s body chemistry and how it processes food. Each Diet Doc plan is a little different because plans are uniquely created to suit your body, your goals, and your needs. Diet Doc’s weight loss plans typically include most of the following elements:

  • Prescription medications
  • Nutrition planning
  • Exercise guidance
  • Motivational counselling

Diet Doc’s goal is to re-train each patient’s metabolism to burn more calories in a healthy, natural way. No matter what stage one may be in, in their weight loss journey, working with Diet Doc can help make a significant difference in one’s overall health.

More big benefits of medically-supervised weight loss plans:

  • Rapid weight loss during the first month
  • Programs specific to health needs such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or hypertension
  • Uncovering the reasons why previous weight loss attempts failed
  • Doctor-designed diets that solve eating problems without the hunger

Ready to hear what Diet Doc can do for you? Simply give us a call or send us a message for a free, no-obligation consultation, and ask about our medically-supervised weight loss plans. We’ll get you on the path towards a better you! Diet Doc offers a team of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and motivational coaches, Diet Doc products and individualized coaching help individuals lose weight fast and keep it off. Existing patients are losing up to 20 pounds per month safely and effectively. New patients can get started immediately, with materials shipped directly to their home or office. They can also maintain weight loss in the long-term through weekly consultations, customized diet plans, motivational coaches and a powerful prescription program. With Diet Doc, the doctor is only a short phone call away and a fully dedicated team of qualified professionals is available 6 days per week to answer questions, address concerns and support patients.

Getting started with Diet Doc is very simple and affordable. New patients can easily visit https://www.dietdoc.com to quickly complete a health questionnaire and schedule an immediate, free online consultation.

 

About the Company:

 

Diet Doc Weight Loss is the nation’s leader in medical, weight loss offering a full line of prescription medication, doctor, nurse and nutritional coaching support. For over a decade, Diet Doc has produced a sophisticated, doctor designed weight loss program that addresses each individual specific health need to promote fast, safe and long term weight loss.

 

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Diet Doc Contact Information:

Providing care across the USA

Headquarters:

San Diego, CA

(800) 581-5038

[email protected]

https://www.dietdoc.com

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Tiffany King
Diet Doc
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Eat fat to lose weight? Scientists say it’s the smart thing to do

Eat fat to lose fat – wait, what? Nutrition experts and public health officials have been telling us for decades to eat less fat to lose weight. But it turns out a high-fat diet can actually help you lose weight, gain energy and fight obesity-associated conditions such as diabetes. Why did the experts lead us astray for so long? In short, weak science is to blame.

The origin of low-fat diet recommendations can be traced back to Sept. 24, 1955 – the day President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack. That event raised public awareness about the dangers of heart disease and gave one outspoken scientist, Ancel Keys, a platform to promote his research findings showing a correlation between heart disease and dietary fat consumption. The problem was the findings were merely correlative and didn’t show that consuming a high-fat diet causes heart disease. Despite the lack of hard scientific evidence, the American Heart Association released dietary recommendations in 1961 suggesting people reduce intake of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and increase intake of polyunsaturated fat.

These new recommendations prompted the food industry to develop a wide array of fat-free and low-fat foods. But what replaces fat when it is removed from foods? A large portion is replaced by sugar and the remainder by thickeners and emulsifiers. Health-conscious Americans jumped on the low-fat bandwagon and replaced butter with margarine, whole eggs with egg whites, and other common foods with their low-fat counterparts in an effort to promote better health. And after several decades, what are the results? A huge increase in obesity and diabetes, not only in adults but also in children.

Experts such as Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and Gary Taubes, co-founder of the nonprofit Nutrition Science Initiative, say sugar is to blame.

For thousands of years, most sugar was consumed in the form of fruit that was only available in the summer months. Our bodies are not designed to process all the refined sugar most of us consume today – on average about 150 grams of sugar daily, or 15 times the amount consumed prior to the Industrial Revolution.

How does all of this sugar end up in our diet? Obvious sources include sodas, pastries and candies as well as sugar from insidious sources such as sauces, dressings and sugar bombs parading as health foods – flavored yogurts, granola bars and fruit juices. The American Heart Association now recommends limiting added sugar intake to 100 calories a day for women and 150 calories a day for men – a more conservative recommendation than the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which advises limiting added sugars to 10 percent of caloric intake.

Why is sugar so detrimental? Excess sugar in the body attaches to proteins, lipids and DNA, forming advanced glycation end products that can impair protein function, damage cellular membranes and lead to genetic instability. Sugar also causes the pancreas to release the hormone insulin, which binds to receptors on the cell surface, allowing glucose to enter the cell and lowering blood sugar levels.

Many people consuming high-sugar diets become insulin-resistant, meaning cells in the body no longer respond to insulin. This prevents glucose from entering cells, and blood sugar levels remain high. A vicious cycle starts, where the pancreas pumps out more insulin in a futile effort to reduce blood sugar levels while the cells starved of fuel needed for energy production send out signals for the body to eat more. All of this results in you feeling tired and hungry. Insulin also signals to the body to store excess sugar as fat, so when insulin is present, the body will not break down stored body fat.

Compared to sugar, fat is burned more efficiently by the energy-producing component of the cell known as the mitochondria. This means you get more energy from your food and fewer of the negative by-products known as reactive oxygen species. In excess, these free radicals can wreak havoc on your body – similar to the way advanced glycation end products do.

It’s not just that sugar is bad for you, but dietary fat is actually vital for survival. Fat is needed for production of cell membranes and hormones and aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and beneficial plant metabolites such as polyphenols. However, not all fats are created equal. Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats are good for you and many polyunsaturated oils may actually be harmful.

Polyunsaturated oils from corn, safflower and soybean contain lots of omega-6 fatty acids, which are precursors to inflammatory compounds known as eicosanoids. Saturated fats, like those found in grass-fed butter and coconut oil, contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Other sources of healthy fats include avocados, nuts, seeds, egg yolks and grass-fed beef. And no worries if you can’t give up sweets entirely: Natural sugar substitutes such as stevia, xylitol and monkfruit make for suitable replacements.

If you want to lose weight, increase energy levels, reduce inflammation and balance your hormones, you could investigate whether a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet is right for you. Two recently published books, one from Dave Asprey, “Head Strong,” and another by Joseph Mercola, “Fat for Fuel,” are great resources.

Dorothy Kieffer is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis researching the effects of diet on the genetic disorder Wilson disease.

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From exercise diet: How to improve gut health in 24 hours

Ask any health professional what the key to good health is these days and they will all agree on one thing: your gut is most important.

But while many might think that making over your gut health is a long and complex process, it doesn’t need to be.

In fact, you can improve your tummy status in just 24 hours with a few simple tweaks.

FEMAIL spoke to the Sydney-based nutritionist and founder of the Keep It Real health programme, Lyndi Cohen, to find out how you can change your attitude to your tummy overnight – and get healthier as a result.

Sydney-based nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen (pictured), shared her tips for gut health with FEMAIL

Countless health professionals now argue the most important part of good health is gut health

Sydney-based nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen (pictured), shared her tips for gut health with FEMAIL – countless health professionals now argue the most important part of good health is gut health

But many people still think that improving the status of their tummy health (stock image) is a long and complex process – you can in fact make a few improving tweaks in 24 hours 

The first thing Ms Cohen (pictured) recommends is that you follow a Mediterranean or Japanese diet – this is because both of these contain things which are good for your gut 

GUT HEALTH TIPS 

* Take a probiotic first thing in the morning; there is no need for a hot water and lemon.

* Eat Mediterranean cuisine, which is filled with fibre and plant foods, which contain beneficial prebiotics.

* Ditch the highly processed, sugar-laden foods and swap out soft drinks for kombucha.

* Eat Japanese and Korean foods where possible, as they include fermented options like kimchi and pickled vegetables.

* Clean your teeth thoroughly as this will boost your immunity and stop pathogens from making it into the gut.

* Keep a lid on your stress levels as these can impact your internal health.

* Don’t exercise too intensely or excessively in the gym as this can make you get sick more frequently. 

TAKE A PROBIOTIC AND DITCH THE HOT WATER AND LEMON 

Ms Cohen explained that when it comes to a happy tummy, you can’t go wrong with starting the day with a probiotic:

‘Taking probiotics, along with prebiotics, is one of the simplest ways to boost your gut health,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Try something like Yakult and try to have it each day to keep up the good habits. 

‘Your body is highly sophisticated, and there isn’t really any evidence to support the idea that your gut needs to be “prepped” with hot water and lemon before breakfast,’ Ms Cohen continued.

‘Most stomachs can regulate acid just perfectly without a squirt of lemon juice having to wake them up,’ she added.

EAT MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE AND DITCH JUNK FOODS

Next, Ms Cohen said that there are certain foods which will do good things to your stomach – and certain foods which will have a negative impact. 

‘Mediterranean cuisine is ideal as it’s filled with fibre and plant foods, which contain prebiotics,’ she explained.

‘Prebiotics are essential to creating a healthier gut, and they can be found in fibrous foods like beans, bananas, leafy greens, garlic, onions and tomatoes.

‘Japanese and Korean foods are also a good option, as they include fermented foods like kimchi and pickled vegetables which can help with digestion.’

The Sydney-based nutritionist said that on the other hand, you should stay away from highly processed junk food which ‘can throw off the balance of your gut microbiota and impact your body’s immunity’.

If you’re hooked on a daily soft drink or packet of crisps, Ms Cohen recommends you try switching it for some kombucha or fruit at 3pm.

‘Bacteria doesn’t thrive in foods that are high in sodium, so aim to eat foods with lower salt content to boost the number of good bacteria which make it to your gut,’ she said.

‘Prebiotics are essential to creating a healthier gut, and they can be found in fibrous foods like beans, bananas, leafy greens, garlic, onions and tomatoes,’ Ms Cohen (pictured) said

Meanwhile, Ms Cohen (pictured) recommends you lessen your intake of sodium as bacteria doesn’t thrive in these foods 

CLEAN YOUR TEETH THOROUGHLY AND TRY TO MANAGE STRESS

It might sound unusual, but brushing your teeth thoroughly really can give you a healthier stomach:

‘Gut microbiota need to travel through your mouth first, so having a clean mouth and brushing well can help to boost your immunity and prevent pathogens from making it to the gut,’ Ms Cohen explained.

Keep a lid on your stress levels where possible too, as high stress at home or work can also impact on your internal health.

Ms Cohen recommends meditation or exercise in this instance. 

Brushing your teeth thoroughly (stock image) can help to boost your immunity and prevent pathogens from making it to the gut

As well as this, Ms Cohen said you shouldn’t go too hard in the gym – instead you should do regular exercise which doesn’t cause stress to your body (stock image) 

DON’T EXERCISE TOO INTENSELY

Last but not least, though it may feel counter-intuitive, Ms Cohen said you shouldn’t go excessively hard in the gym.

‘Exercising excessively or intensely can reduce your immunity, which will make you get sick more frequently,’ she said.

‘The best type of exercise for a strong immune system is enjoyable regular exercise which doesn’t cause stress to your body.’

Yet another reason to take up yoga.

Lyndi Cohen is a nutritionist and the founder behind the Keep It Real programme. For more information, click here.  

CSIRO backs fasting and meal replacement shakes in new "Flexi" Diet

CSIRO has launched a new diet which advocates for fasting and using meal replacement shakes to lose weight.

It is a far cry from the Australian peak science body’s whole-food-focused healthy eating pyramid.

However, scientists have carried out research that shows intermittent fasting works effectively for people to shed extra kilos and stay healthy.

On average participants lost 11 kilograms during the 16 week trial of the CSIRO’s new Flexi Diet and saw improvements in their cholesterol, insulin, glucose and blood pressure levels.

The diet, a collaboration with pharmaceutical company Probiotec, doesn’t call for long stretches without food but rather modified fasting on three days each week.

For three days you have two meal replacement shakes, light snacks and a high protein dinner. This alternates with control days where the shakes and dinner portion adds up to two-thirds the calorie intake of a normal day. On the final day dieters can eat or drink what they’d like. 

A meal plan example from the CSIRO Flexi Diet.

CSIRO research dietitian Dr Jane Bowen said it was a national challenge that 13 million Australians could be obese by 2050.

The program’s new direction was motivated by the knowledge a one-size-fits-all approach to dieting was not working to curb obesity rates. 

The CSIRO research took a novel approach by analysing the longer term effects of intermittent fasting and comparing this to traditional diets based on continuous energy restriction. 

“It was very encouraging to see that weight loss and health improvements were similar for both diets,” she said. 

“Having a very clear structured program we know makes a big difference to people’s long-term success. The Flexi diet may be easier for people because they get a day off and they get bit of variation in how they structure their eating patterns.” 

A CSIRO spokeswoman defended lending the organisation’s name to the meal replacement company’s product. 

“The ‘I’ in CSIRO stands for industry, and we’ve been working with industry for 100 years,” she said. 

“With so many people in Australia interested in their health and wellbeing, there is a clear need for impartial, rigorous scientific method to validate the effectiveness of different weight loss styles.

“In the context of our health and nutrition research, our intent is to clinically test dietary patterns that offer nutritionally balanced ways for losing weight. ” 

Dr Bowen said pregnant and breastfeeding women, anyone taking medication or with pre-existing illness or those with blood glucose control problems should seek medical advice before changing their diet. 

Contrary to concerns fasting can be hard for people, the study had an 82 per cent completion rate with 135 of the 164 participants finishing the full 16 weeks program.

Users, who can sign up to the diet at a pharmacy, have access to a recipe book and a website with personalised meal plans, progress tracking tools and a tailored virtual consultation designed by CSIRO dietitians and behavioural scientists.

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