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Obalon Balloon System

ZMD Center for Face Body is excited to be the first in Tampa to offer the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved 3-balloon system for weight loss.

Brian K. Zebrowski, MD FACS is committed to the health and well-being of his patients through a team approach that includes weight loss surgery, diet, exercise, and educational support. Dr. Zebrowski is a firm believer that the goal of weight loss surgery is long-term success, not just surgery. He firmly believes that individualized patient care is of paramount importance.

How It Works: Three balloons are placed for a six-month non-surgical treatment, combined with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program for optimal weight loss. Patients in the clinical study lost twice as much weight as with diet and exercise alone.

Simple Concept: The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less.

Meaningful Results: When used with a diet and exercise program, people in the clinical trial lost twice as much weight as those with diet and exercise alone.

Helps Supporting Long Lasting Resuts: Average of 89% of weight loss was kept off at 1 year (6 months post-removal), when combined with a moderate intensity diet and exercise program.

Quick Placement: The placement of each Obalon balloon typically takes less than 10 minutes and doesn’t require sedation. In our medical office, you swallow a capsule containing a small balloon, and then Brian K. Zebrowski, MD FACS inflates the balloon. After six months, all three balloons are removed in one procedure with light sedation. The removal procedure is typically no longer than 15 minutes.

Lightweight: A fully inflated single balloon has a volume of 250cc, weighing approximately 3 grams (less than a penny) and about the size of a small orange. Therefore, all three balloons have a combined volume of 750cc.


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5 foods to eat for a cleaner diet – Post

When it comes to eating a healthy diet, even small changes can make a big difference. Summer is a great time to kick-start healthier eating habits because of all the fresh produce that is available. Here are 5 foods and drinks that you should try to incorporate into your diet every day for cleaner eating.

1. Dark Leafy Greens 

Kale, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula 

Why are they important? These greens are important to add to your diet because of the high content of vitamins and minerals, especially folate, iron, vitamin K and vitamin C.

How to use them: The most obvious way would be to add them to a salad, but darky leafy greens can be used in lasagna, enchiladas, soups, and even made into chips because of their sturdy texture. And there’s the ever-popular option of throwing a handful into a smoothie.

2. Beans and Legumes

Black beans, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans

Why are they important? Beans and legumes are great sources of fiber, protein, and iron. They break down in your body slowly but are used more efficiently than animal proteins.

How to use them: Beans and legumes can be used to replace meat in most dishes, such as lentil taco meat, roasted chickpeas on a salad, or even burgers.

3. Whole Grains

Wheat, barley, quinoa, amaranth, oatmeal, brown rice

Why are they important? The fiber in whole grains can help reduce blood pressure and the risk for heart disease. Whole grains will keep you full longer, helping you avoid mindless eating during the day.

How to use them: Whole grain products are everywhere. The easiest way to start incorporating them is to just switch to whole grain versions of your favorites breads, pastas, and tortillas.

4. Fresh Fruits

Why are they important? Fruits are loaded with antioxidants, substances that help fight free radicals, which are essentially pollution in our bodies. Antioxidants include vitamin C and vitamin E.

How to use them: Shop with the season. Right now, focus on stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and apricots. Berries are also perfect right now. Add a handful of berries to your oatmeal in the morning, slice strawberries on your salad, or my personal favorite, grill peach halves and top with a bit of cinnamon and non fat whipped topping for a sweet treat.

5. Water

Why is this important? Staying hydrated is incredibly important, especially as the weather warms up. Staying hydrated helps to keep your skin glowing and your energy levels up. 

How to use it: To drink more water each day, carry around a water bottle when you are on the run, or aim to drink at least one glass of water with each meal. If plain water is boring to you, try making your own infusions with fruit and herbs. Fill a pitcher with water, and add any of these combinations: lime and mint, cucumber and basil, mango, pineapple and mint, grapefruit, lemon, cucumber and mint, watermelon and basil, peach and ginger, blackberry and rosemary.

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‘GM Diet’ sees you lose seven kilos in just one week

As the warmer months edge ever closer, many are searching for a quick fix to help them get back into shape. 

And the controversial GM Diet (General Motors Diet) promises just that, with the old school program promising to help people shed up to seven kilos in just one week. 

The low carb diet was developed by General Motors company to help keep their employees healthy and was a big hit throughout the eighties. 

Now with its resurgence, it has been named as one of the most searched diets on Google for 2017. 

So how does it work? 

Basically, those who follow the diet have to follow a set of very strict rules each day to see results.  

And according to Accredited Practising Dietitian, Lisa Renn, the diet lends itself to being just a one week diet – and not a day longer. 

‘There are a lot of rules but I guess each day has its different rules to follow which, once you’ve got the rules in front of you, is fairly simple,’ she told A Current Affair. 

The diet plan works on the principle that the foods you eat will burn more calories than they provide for your body. 

This causes a negative caloric effect in the body and thus help in losing weight naturally without any exercise.

Several people have reported weight loss between 10 to 17 pounds per week by following this plan. 

Source: GM Diet  

Day one sees people ‘fruit loading’ with water-based fruit (no banana) and on day two, they start the day with a large baked potato with butter or olive oil. 

They then have as many vegetables as they want throughout the day (except for peas, corn and carrots) before eating any vegetables they like on day three. 

By day four the banana ban is over and a serving of the GM ‘Wonder Soup’ is included which is made with cabbage, celery, onion and green peppers. 

‘The particular soup in this diet is looking at very low starch vegetables which again is fine. You can make yourself a nice vegetable soup. That’s actually fine,’ Lisa said. 

On day five meat is introduced combined with ‘five or six tomatoes’ and on day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables – but no potatoes are allowed. 

On day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like.  

Lisa recommends only following this for one week and seeing it as a way to kickstart a healthier way of life. 

‘It can be a good idea but it’s really important that you learn something about sustainable healthy eating,’ she said. 

On day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables - but no potatoes are allowed and on day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like

On day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables - but no potatoes are allowed and on day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like

According to the GM Diet website, most of the weight is lost during the first three days of the program when it is at its strictest. 

This is due to the food being very low in calories – about 1,000 to 1,200 worth of calories each day.  

Because it is such a low carb diet and not very sustainable, only very low intensity workouts like yoga are recommended while following the program. 

Day one: Water-based fruits (no bananas) with no limit. Melon is recommended. 

Day two: All vegetables are allowed either raw or cooked and no fruits are allowed. The day is started with a baked potato to provide the body with carbs for the day. 

Day three: Blend of the previous two days but no potatoes or bananas. 

Day four: Bananas and milk are allowed today as well as vegetables and fruit. 

Day five: Beef, chicken and fish are introduced along with five to six whole tomatoes. 10 to 12 glasses of water are recommended on this day.

Day six: Beef and vegetables are encouraged on this day.

Day seven: Brown rice for breakfast followed by fruit juice and unlimited fruits and vegetables.


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Adding flavor to a healthy diet – Alice Echo News

During the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School on Tuesday, attendees had a taste of healthy food rich in Mexican/Hispanic flavors.

The Texas AM AgriLife Extension Office presented a healthy dinner meal as an alternative to fast food. During the food demonstrations, attendees were explained how simple changes like removing fats from cooking could help individuals with diabetes.

During the session, extension agents prepared a meal with items that many South Texas families had in their refrigerator.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with pre-diabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

People who suffer with type 1 diabetes must take insulin for life to survive and for individuals with type 2 diabetes a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating, regular physical activity, and medicines to lower blood sugar can help prevent or delay complications.

The dinner menu for the night was shrimp-cilantro tostada, Spanish rice and calabacita, and for dessert a Mexican hot chocolate and cheesecake cups.

Information booths were also available to attendees about the different ways to eat healthy and manage diabetes.

The Raw Food Diet Facts You Need to Know

Every other month, some new diet is trending. Remember that time when South Beach was huge? Or when you walked into a CrossFit box and heard the word “paleo” 32 times within five minutes? Sure, buzzy diets go in and out of the limelight, but one recent GrubHub study reveals that the raw food diet is soaring in popularity. With a 92 percent increase in raw food orders over the past year, it appears that customers like their food uncooked and with a lack of preservatives.

But why? Well, eating a slew of raw foods means you’re getting an abundance of good-for-you minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals, and fiber in your diet. One University of Giessen study of 200 people eating a raw food diet found that they had higher levels of beta-carotene, which is commonly associated with disease prevention. But what other reasons are there to hop on board the raw food diet train? Here’s everything you need to know about the raw food diet.

The Rules of a Raw Food Diet

The raw food diet involves exactly what it sounds like: a whole lot of raw food. The foods you consume can be raw (cold) or slightly warm, but nothing can be over 118 degrees. While some followers of the raw food diet allow raw fish, eggs, meat, and unpasteurized dairy into their ingredients list, it’s more common to stick to mostly organic, uncooked, and unprocessed foods. Think vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, and some sprouted grains. Vegans and vegetarians may feel right at home on this plan.

Off-limits? A whole lot. Essentially anything on the inside aisles of your grocery store is out of the picture here, like pasta, junk food, salt, flours, sugars, juices, and anything processed or pasteurized.

And although everything is raw, you’ll need to channel your inner Martha Stewart if you want to do this diet well and not just eat salad after salad. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Through preparation techniques involving blending, dehydrating, and food processing, you can make loads of meal options. For example, you can make zucchini chips that fall into the green zone of this diet by slicing zucchini thinly and dehydrating for about 24 hours until they’re dry.

The Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

Cooking food may decrease the amount of certain water-soluble vitamins and minerals. Plus, a diet high in fruits and vegetables can be great for digestion and lower blood pressure, according to one University of Southern California study. It can also lower your chance of stomach cancer and stroke, and halt the progression of kidney disease.

And there are some unique benefits of consuming produce raw: “Raw foods require more chewing than cooked food,” says Deanna Minich, Ph.D., C.N., author of The Complete Handbook of Quantum Healing. “And when we chew, we stimulate different parts of the brain that correspond to learning and memory.” One Cardiff University study of 133 volunteers zeroed in on the benefits of chewing gum (which isn’t allowed on the raw food diet, FTR) during a testing period. Those who chewed gum reported a more positive mood, greater alertness, and improved selective and sustained attention than those who didn’t.

Plus, eating a raw food diet means you’re slashing the consumption of processed foods. That’s a good-for-you idea whether or not you’re following the raw food diet, as cutting them out could prevent weight gain, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 120,000 Americans over two decades, and they found that people who consumed sugary drinks, processed meat, and chips regularly were most likely to put on the pounds.

The Negatives of the Raw Food Diet

First off, it’s really restrictive. Limiting yourself to raw foods means you unfortunately need to cut out some healthy non-raw foods, like a lot of whole grains (think quinoa, brown rice, freekeh). No one wants to feel frustrated when they walk into their kitchen, and just like with any diet, that’s possible here when you’re tired of eating the same things day after day. If that’s not enough, you’ll likely have to skip out on the restaurants. As with any diet, it’s tough to eat out when you have so many limitations.

It’s also pretty pricey. Shopping organic can cost an average of 47 percent more than standard produce. While you can follow a raw diet without going organic, most traditionalists would say you’re not doing it right because, well, chemicals. The pesticides applied to food can have detrimental effects on the body (ruining some of the purposes of going raw in the first place).

Eating raw or undercooked foods can also put you at risk for food poisoning, as bacteria, molds, and parasites might be in your eats (eeek!). Just because you may not be cooking your food doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself, though. The FDA recommends you run both fruits and vegetables under water before eating or cutting them.

And although losing excess weight can be great for your health and a major reason why most women choose diets in the first place, this meal plan may take you a step too far. Dieter, beware: In the numerous studies done on the raw food diet, experts agree that weight loss should be monitored. One University of Giessen study cautions fans of the trend, saying that 30 percent of the 297 women under age 45 who were involved in the study developed partial or complete amenorrhea (aka losing your period, which isn’t a good thing). Make sure to continually check in on your progress. Evidence shows that people who lose pounds gradually and steadily (at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off, according to the CDC.

Is the Raw Food Diet for You?

First and foremost, Minich recommends that anyone who is interested in starting a raw food diet consult with a health professional. If you get the go-ahead and feel like you have all the tools to execute this new diet safely, make sure to do a pulse check every once in a while and gauge how you’re feeling.

“Always be in tune with your body,” says Minich. “You’re not supposed to feel horrible, and if you do, the diet isn’t for you.”

If you want to give it a try, consider not going 100 percent raw. Instead, try eating high raw (80 to 99 percent raw foods) or what is commonly referred to as “raw until dinner.” Making a gradual transition to raw can help ease into a new habit and make it easier to maintain.

Choosing your diet plan — Neil Offen

If you want to lose weight, there’s always the option of eating less. Of course, that may be too complicated a solution for many of us who want to see quick results, like losing eight pounds before going out for dinner tonight with friends we haven’t seen since high school.

Instead, you could always follow one of these popular dieting plans:

The Atkins Diet. Named after the renowned guitarist Chet Atkins, this diet requires you to try to eat while you are also trying to remember the chord progression of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Nutritionally speaking, this is like trying to tap your head, pat your tummy and solve a quadratic equation at the same time. You will become so frustrated trying to do it all you will give up food completely during this diet and never be able to solve a quadratic equation.

The Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet. Whenever you sit down at the table, you divide your food into those with a low amount of fats, like celery stalks and facial tissues, which you put on the left. High-carb foods, like your Subaru’s carburetor, you put on the right. You stare at both piles, then you pull up pictures of Twinkies on your smartphone and begin to salivate, thus losing water weight.

The High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet. This is exactly like what the Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet feels like when it is staring in the mirror.

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