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Diet Doc Advises Unless You Have a Gluten Allergy, Gluten-Free Dieting May do More Harm Than Good

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – April 19, 2017) – Dietary restrictions are almost always thought of as a means of losing weight, or fostering a healthier lifestyle. Most consumers assume that the term ‘diet’ automatically corresponds with improving one’s wellness. The gluten-free diet falls into this category, as many assume that avoiding gluten offers health benefits, including weight loss. However, Diet Doc’s Medical Director, Dr. Nishant Rao, wants to remind consumers that going gluten-free without having a gluten allergy might ultimately do more harm than good.

Gluten is a type of protein that is typically found in breads and pastas made of wheat, barley and rye. It can also be found in some soups, pizzas, cereals and beer. Gluten gives these foods their elasticity and shape. Celiac disease (or gluten sensitivity) affects one in 100 people, with symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue and even depression. For those who suffer from celiac disease, it is indeed necessary to maintain a gluten-free diet. However, this does not mean that they are not required to seek out foods that can replace the missing nutrients. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard University found that low gluten diets were linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The truth is, for most people, gluten is not a threat to their health. However, many gluten-free products can be. Studies show that these products often lack important vitamins, dietary fiber and minerals and may be higher in mercury and arsenic. Rather than simply opting for gluten-free foods to improve overall health, balanced diets with the right balance of nutrients are always your surest bet to lower risks for common conditions (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory conditions, etc.). Diet Doc Medical Weight loss has revolutionized the health and weight loss industry by avoiding one-size-fits-all dieting and instead customizes dietary guidelines based on each patient’s health history, current health needs and goals. Their Jumpstart Diet program is designed to shift momentum in the direction of quick weight loss with amazing health benefits.

New Diet Doc patients can call or easily and effortlessly visit https://www.dietdoc.com to complete an initial comprehensive, yet simple, health questionnaire and schedule an immediate personal, no-cost consultation. Diet Doc physicians all received specialized training in nutritional science and fast weight loss. Diet Doc reviews each patient’s health history to create a personalized diet plan geared for fast weight loss, or that addresses life-long issues causing weight loss to slow down or stop. Nutritionists work personally with each patient and use their own algorithm to craft meal and snack plans that are compatible with each patient’s age, gender, activity level, food preferences, nutritional needs and medical conditions. They combine these state of the art diet plans with pure, prescription diet products that enable their patients to resist the temptation to reach for sugary snacks, eliminate fatigue and curb the appetite. Over 97% of Diet Doc patients report incredible weight loss results with the majority losing 20 or more pounds per month.

At Diet Doc, all patients gain unlimited access to the best minds in the business. Their staff of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and coaches are available 6 days per week to answer questions, offer suggestions, address concerns and lend their professional guidance and support. Because of this, more and more people are turning to Diet Doc for their weight management needs. Diet plans are tailored to be specific to the needs of those of any age, gender, shape or size and for those who are struggling to lose that final 10-20 pounds to those who must lose 100 pounds or more. Call today to request a private, confidential, no-cost 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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Eve Guzman on Cardio vs. Weight Lifting for Weight Loss

Eve Guzman was featured in PEOPLE’s 2015 Half Their Size Issue after going from 277 lbs. to 138 lbs. by dramatically decreasing her portion sizes and sticking to a high protein, low-fat, moderate carb diet. Since her weight loss, the genetic toxicology research assistant and mom of two, 34, has coached people all over the country on how to lose weight as a certified sports nutritionist and certified personal trainer, helping them drop a combined 2,950 lbs. Guzman recently competed in a figure competition, and will be sharing the next phase of her journey in an exclusive PEOPLE blog. You can also follow her on Instagram.

There has been a huge debate since the years of Jane Fonda workouts to the new powerlifting era about what is better, cardio or weight lifting for weight loss?

Speaking from my own experience, cardio and strength training change the composition of your body in different ways. Cardio will help you drop weight and burn fat and sometimes muscle, even when we aren’t interested in losing muscle. For me, cardio left me as a smaller version of my overweight self. I used to spend 60 to 90 minutes performing cardio six days per week. I still felt flabby and was what you call “skinny-fat.”

I would wonder why other women my weight and height looked more shapely, toned and wore smaller clothing sizes. The difference was that they had muscle mass and I didn’t. My body fat percentage was still 30 percent. As I added in weight lifting, I stayed around the same weight but went from a size 8 to 2, and my body fat percentage dropped to 19 percent. My curves looked better, my arms looked more shapely and defined with less loose skin, and my waist tapered in tremendously. I obtained the #curvyfit look that I had always desired.

As for the scientific take on the cardio vs. strength training debate, Duke University recently conducted an eight-month study comparing the effectiveness of cardio only, strength training only and a mixture of both. The group who did cardio lost the most weight, the strength training only group gained a small amount of weight, and the cardio plus strength training group “improved their body composition best — losing the most fat while adding some lean mass.”

What do I personally advise to my clients? Mix ‘em: enjoy the best of both worlds. High intensity interval training (HIIT), spinning and sprinting are forms of cardio that challenge your fat burning potential and enhance lean muscle development. Twenty minutes of HIIT can help you burn twice as much fat as steady state cardio while increasing muscle mass. Spinning can burn between 400 and 600 calories per session while improving your cardio health, building lean lower body muscle, and training your abs and core. (My spin instructor @coreydiehl kicks my butt!) Sprinting with great intensity can create the same metabolic effect as weight lifting, and develops more muscle mass than long-distance running.

Here is my current workout routine:

Monday: Chest, triceps, abs and sprints

Tuesday: Legs

Wednesday: Back and biceps

Thursday: Shoulders and abs

Friday: One hour spin with Corey

Saturday: HIIT, legs and abs

Sunday: Rest day


Eve Guzman
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RELATED VIDEO: Half Their Size: Their Secrets to Losing Weight

No matter what exercise you choose, remember that at the end of the day, food is the most important factor for weight loss. You cannot out-run a bad diet — I have tried that — but exercise is still very important.

I have maintained my weight loss for more than three years with consistent exercise five to six days per week. I’d rather spend an hour in the gym each day than in front of the television. The average American watches about five hours of television per day — you could just as easily watch Netflix or YouTube while exercising for 30 minutes on the StairMaster.

But when it comes to losing weight remember: Lose weight in the kitchen, get fit in the gym.

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How to lower cholesterol: Drinking the juice of THIS fruit could reduce symptoms

People with high cholesterol are usually prescribed statins or advised to lose weight.  Others are also advised to reduce the amount of salt in the diet and stop drinking and smoking.

However, just adding certain types of food to the diet can help reduce cholesterol.

Pomegranates have always been prized for their flavour have recently been branded as a superfood. However, the fruit could bring benefits to people looking to reduce cholesterol.

Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, said: “Pomegranates are often recommended for helping with cardiovascular disease especially with its potential to reduce cholesterol levels.”

“Pomegranates are thought to work in a variety of ways including – reducing oxidative stress, supporting the synthesis and activity of nitric oxide, inhibiting the oxidation of potentially harmful LDL – low-density lipoprotein also known as the bad cholesterol.

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Diet Doc Advises Unless You Have a Gluten Allergy, Gluten-Free …

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – April 19, 2017) – Dietary restrictions are almost always thought of as a means of losing weight, or fostering a healthier lifestyle. Most consumers assume that the term ‘diet’ automatically corresponds with improving one’s wellness. The gluten-free diet falls into this category, as many assume that avoiding gluten offers health benefits, including weight loss. However, Diet Doc’s Medical Director, Dr. Nishant Rao, wants to remind consumers that going gluten-free without having a gluten allergy might ultimately do more harm than good.

Gluten is a type of protein that is typically found in breads and pastas made of wheat, barley and rye. It can also be found in some soups, pizzas, cereals and beer. Gluten gives these foods their elasticity and shape. Celiac disease (or gluten sensitivity) affects one in 100 people, with symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue and even depression. For those who suffer from celiac disease, it is indeed necessary to maintain a gluten-free diet. However, this does not mean that they are not required to seek out foods that can replace the missing nutrients. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard University found that low gluten diets were linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The truth is, for most people, gluten is not a threat to their health. However, many gluten-free products can be. Studies show that these products often lack important vitamins, dietary fiber and minerals and may be higher in mercury and arsenic. Rather than simply opting for gluten-free foods to improve overall health, balanced diets with the right balance of nutrients are always your surest bet to lower risks for common conditions (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory conditions, etc.). Diet Doc Medical Weight loss has revolutionized the health and weight loss industry by avoiding one-size-fits-all dieting and instead customizes dietary guidelines based on each patient’s health history, current health needs and goals. Their Jumpstart Diet program is designed to shift momentum in the direction of quick weight loss with amazing health benefits.

New Diet Doc patients can call or easily and effortlessly visit https://www.dietdoc.com to complete an initial comprehensive, yet simple, health questionnaire and schedule an immediate personal, no-cost consultation. Diet Doc physicians all received specialized training in nutritional science and fast weight loss. Diet Doc reviews each patient’s health history to create a personalized diet plan geared for fast weight loss, or that addresses life-long issues causing weight loss to slow down or stop. Nutritionists work personally with each patient and use their own algorithm to craft meal and snack plans that are compatible with each patient’s age, gender, activity level, food preferences, nutritional needs and medical conditions. They combine these state of the art diet plans with pure, prescription diet products that enable their patients to resist the temptation to reach for sugary snacks, eliminate fatigue and curb the appetite. Over 97% of Diet Doc patients report incredible weight loss results with the majority losing 20 or more pounds per month.

At Diet Doc, all patients gain unlimited access to the best minds in the business. Their staff of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and coaches are available 6 days per week to answer questions, offer suggestions, address concerns and lend their professional guidance and support. Because of this, more and more people are turning to Diet Doc for their weight management needs. Diet plans are tailored to be specific to the needs of those of any age, gender, shape or size and for those who are struggling to lose that final 10-20 pounds to those who must lose 100 pounds or more. Call today to request a private, confidential, no-cost 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.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DietDocMedical

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DietDocMedicalWeightLoss/

Linkedin: https://www.Linkedin.com/company/diet-doc-weight-loss?trk=biz-brand-tree-co-logo

Could your healthy diet be destroying your teeth? – BelfastTelegraph …



All smiles: what you eat — and what you avoid — are key to healthy teeth and gums

We’re forever being bombarded with advice on eating and drinking, however, ‘being good’ could be bad for your teeth and gums. Chew over these expert tips from Abi Jackson.

Now, we’re not going to make any crazy statements – like, ‘Fruit’s just as bad as sweets!’ or ‘Juicing wrecks your teeth!’ – because that would be over-dramatic and misleading.

But it is true that dentists have noticed how certain ‘healthy eating’ or weight-loss and detox trends are taking a toll on the nation’s dental health.

It’s even affecting children, with a recent report published by the Royal College of Surgeons stating record numbers of under-fives are having rotten teeth removed – with fruity snacks among the culprits.

So what are the health trends, ‘harmless’ habits and diets causing damage, and what can you do to avoid it?

Hot water and lemon

Starting the day with a hot water and fresh lemon – a traditional detox method – is seeing a popularity resurgence right now, with fans boasting flatter stomachs and glowing complexions as a result. But Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, warns: “Watch out for the advice on drinking warm lemon juice in the mornings. Lemon juice can cause problems with the enamel on teeth. It is great to have warm water with lemon – but,” she suggests, “drink it through a straw to help prevent tooth damage.”

Munching ice

Zero calories for a satisfying crunch – but munching ice cubes isn’t as harmless as it seems. “Some people add ice to their drinks to increase their hydration levels. This is great and anything which increases water intake is good, but don’t crunch or bite on the ice. This is a common habit, but can leave your teeth vulnerable to damage,” says Wilkinson. “Let the ice melt and sip your drink to help increase your hydration levels.”

Sirtfood stains

One of the more recent celeb-backed trends, the Sirtfood Diet focuses on ingredients rich in ‘sirtuin activators’, said to keep cells healthy when under stress and aid in metabolic function – and coffee and red wine are on the menu. “Drinks such as coffee and red wine are some of the worst culprits for teeth staining,” notes Dr Sameer Patel, clinical director at specialist dental and orthodontic practice Elleven. “This staining’s amplified when consumed on a regular basis, as tannin compounds build up and cause teeth to turn yellowish. To avoid the problem, rinse the mouth with water after consumption, to wash away tannins.”

Green tea

Packed full of health-boosting antioxidants, calorie and fat-free, it’s little wonder green tea has become so popular. But, while not as bad as coffee, it can cause staining. “Make sure you don’t swish the tea around your mouth – just drink it straight down,” advises Wilkinson.

Fruit smoothies and juices

It’s nonsense to demonise fruit – a vital source of nutrients and fibre – but the surge in popularity of juicing and smoothies, in regimes promising speedy weight-loss and detoxing, has impacted the nation’s dental health, leading to a rise in enamel erosion, sensitivity and decay. “Natural sugars can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay,” says Dr Patel. “Fruit’s natural sugar, fructose, is a common cause of cavities as the bacteria in the mouth feed on it, so using a straw and keeping your mouth refreshed with regular glasses of water after consumption, is key.” Wilkinson adds: “If you do have a fruit juice, drink it through a straw to help prevent this damage.

Even better – swap to a vegetable smoothie.” This often applies to sports drinks, too.

Bad gums

Consuming too much natural sugar can also be a factor in poor gum health. “Diets which promote a high sugar intake can cause insulin levels to peak and then plummet which, over time, alters the structure of collagen in the body and in the long-term can affect your gums, as it’s collagen fibres that hold your teeth in place,” says Dr Patel. “To limit damage, drink juices through a straw and try to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth (after eating/drinking). It’s also important to ensure you’re brushing teeth up to the gum line, to remove trapped food and bacteria.”

Bad breath

Drastically cutting calories, as well as following a high-protein/low-carb diet, can both cause bad breath – due to chemicals, called keytones, being released when you force your body into the fat-burning state of ketosis (remember when Atkins first got popular and everyone was talking about this?). Good oral hygiene helps keep bad breath at bay, but if it’s down to your diet, Dr Patel advises: “Ketosis is brought on entirely by your diet and, unfortunately, no amount of flossing and brushing will combat the smell, so think twice before cutting out carbs completely and stick to healthy ones, such as wholemeal pasta and wholemeal bread to keep bad breath at bay.”

Nutritional shortfalls

It’s not just a case of what you do eat, but what you don’t eat – and falling into the trap of constant dieting, calorie-cutting and eliminating food groups can lead to nutritional deficiencies, including vitamins, iron and calcium, which are all-important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

A balanced diet, and two litres of water a day, is the best bet, along with good quality supplements if your diet is lacking. If you do want to lose weight, slow and steady wins the race.

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Is ‘clean eating’ putting young people’s future bone health at risk?

It’s recognised that what we eat during our youth can impact our health later in life – particularly in terms of maintaining strong bones.

Now, in light of the so-called clean eating trend, the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is concerned that millions of young people could be damaging their future bone health and putting themselves at greater risk of osteoporosis, the condition associated with weakened, fracture-prone bones and chronic pain.

A survey on behalf of the charity found 70% of 18-35-year-olds are currently, or have previously been, dieting, with the most common diet for under-25s cited as ‘clean eating’.

In addition, 20% had cut or significantly reduced their dairy intake, an important source of calcium and vital in building bone strength when you’re young.

Professor Susan Lanham-New, clinical adviser to the National Osteoporosis Society and Professor of Nutrition at University of Surrey, says: “Diet in early adulthood is so important because by the time we get into our late-20s, it is too late to reverse the damage caused by poor diet and nutrient deficiencies, and the opportunity to build strong bones has passed.”

To tackle the issue, the charity’s launching a major campaign called ‘A Message to My Younger Self’.

For more info visit www.nos.org.uk/myyoungerself

Belfast Telegraph

This simple trick is the key to losing weight

When it comes to diets, weight control and nutrition, this is the key to success. And it could not be simpler.

Photo: iStock

It is safe to say that most of us know what we should (or should not) be eating – we know that fruits and vegetables are good, and we know that fried food is not so good. We know that chocolate is high in calories, and we know that if we eat less we will lose weight. Knowledge is not the issue.

Rather, in busy, over-scheduled lives, our healthy eating regimes and the best of intentions fall off track when we find ourselves hungry and without good food choices on hand. Sometimes we may be able to ignore the hunger pains and wait until we stumble across an apple, but in more cases than not the deep desire for food sees us searching desk drawers, attacking vending machines or at the local shop stocking up on high fat, high sugar, carbohydrate rich foods that feed our low blood sugar levels like a drug feeds an addict.

The simple act of planning on the other hand ensures that we are never caught off guard and always have healthy options on hand to make it easy to eat well. And while some people may opt to spend hours each Sunday packing portion controlled lunches, the good news is that it does not have to be this labour intensive to get good results.

1. Schedule time

One the greatest barriers to taking control of our food and calorie intake is finding ourselves in a cycle of not having enough time and bouncing from week to week eating whatever crosses our path. The solution to this is easy – all we need to do is schedule time to get organised. All you need is 20-30 minutes each week to plan a few meals, write a shopping list and consider the way your upcoming week will impact your food choices. For example, if you know that you will be home late a couple of nights, you then also know that you will need a couple of quick and easy meal options that can be heated quickly to avoid you resorting to high fat take away

2. Shop online

If you visit the supermarket several times each week, chances are you are not only purchasing extra foods you do not need, but also wasting plenty of valuable time – parking, queuing and waiting. Shopping online not only saves much time and energy but helps you to plan your meals in advance. There is also the option of ordering a fruit and veggie box delivery each week to ensure you have your fresh staples on hand or have an array of healthy snack options and lunch staples delivered straight to your workplace. This way you do not need to worry about hauling food to and from work every day but you always have healthy lunch and snacks on hand.

3. Cook smart

In an ideal work we would grow fresh produce in our garden, shop locally and prepare healthy home-cooked meals each night. Unfortunately busy lives are not always conducive to this grassroots approach to our food intake and fewer and fewer people are finding time to cook a healthy meal each night. For this reason, looking at time efficient ways to prepare meals is the key to success and this can translate into bulk preparing meals in advance so you cook just once or twice each week. A solid cook up of 1-2 larger meals such as casseroles, stews, mince and soup can give you at least 2-3 meals as well as lunches, freeing up extra time on other evenings when you know you will struggle to find the time to cook a meal from scratch.

4. Create habits

Eating well long-term is about building solid food habits that become your natural default. For example, taking your lunch with you each day, or always keeping a water bottle or healthy snack with you. It takes between 30-90 days to cement a long term habit which is why committing to focusing on your nutrition for a set period of time will help to initially identify and over solidify the health habits you know you need to build and maintain long term. Phone or computer reminders and alarms, post it notes and regular time outs on a daily basis are all tools that can help you to refocus on the health habits you are working and help to keep you on track with your dietary goals.

5. Have back ups

In life, things rarely go to plan – the time you had set aside for meal preparation gets eaten away by other commitments; your shopping order does not arrive or despite the best of intentions you forget to take your lunch. To help buffer for these regular occurrences when it comes to your nutrition, always have a backup plan. Keep a healthy frozen meal on hand; know what you can order from the food court if you need, and keep a protein or meal bar in your work bag for emergencies. Remember, your nutrition does not have to be perfect to get good results, it just has to be consistent.

Corinne loves to cook with her young daughter, as seen in this video posted in January 2015, when Corinne?s then two-year-old child showed the rest of the world how to crack an egg. Filmed at the family home in Port Moody, British Columbia, it is one of just a number of demonstrations from this prodigious cooking talent. Credit: foryourselffitness via Storyful

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