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Diet Doc Patients Are Encouraged to Enjoy Big Game Day Feasts While Still Losing Embarrassing and Dangerous …

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., Feb. 7, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — People throughout the country are preparing for the Big Game, an event that brings people together to cheer, celebrate and even agonize about their team’s efforts to win. And, while competitive diet plans find many big game viewers feeling deprived of their favorite game day snacks, many others simply abandon their weight loss goals. Fortunately, Diet Doc developed their diet plans with these people in mind – a diet plan that enable dieters to enjoy big game feasts without guilt and without weight gain worry.

Diet Doc combines scientific research with the most modern nutritional education and medical understanding. Their diet plans begin by preparing the body for fast weight loss by encouraging dieters to load up on calories for two full days. And, because their diet plans include pure, prescription diet aids to boost the metabolism for faster weight loss while eliminating hunger, cravings and fatigue, more and more people are turning to this proven, safe and comfortable method of melting excess pounds and inches.

The body is composed of millions of intricate mechanisms and hormones that must work in sync to keep it operating optimally. Perpetual dieting can result in the metabolism waning and becoming sluggish. This is why so many people lose weight initially when starting a new diet only to become discouraged when the body’s internal mechanisms and metabolism becomes unbalanced and weight loss tapers. Diet Doc ensures that their patients are prepared for fast weight loss by encouraging them to load up on as many as 3000 calories per day for two full days resulting in a metabolic boost and preventing the body from entering starvation mode during the next phase of the diet plan.

New patients who want to enjoy the big game while actually beginning their exciting and, often life changing weight loss journey, are urged to call 888-934-4451 or visit www.dietdoc.com. They will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and schedule a private, online doctor consultation, which is done from the client’s own home, via Skype or telephone, and allows the Diet Doc physician to evaluate each client before prescribing potent weight loss aids, including prescription hormone treatments and prescription diet aids like appetite suppressants, metabolism boosters and powerful fat burning and fat blocking aids.

Dirt Doc’s safe and modern approach to fast weight loss enables dieters to enjoy special events, such as the big game, while losing weight at an incredibly fast pace. Over 97% of their patients report the very noticeable loss of 20 or more pounds per month from the hard to reach areas. They are reporting a slimmer waist, loss of underarm fat, and a more contoured overall appearance. And, because the expert staff of doctors, nurses and nutritionists closely monitor each patient’s progress via scheduled weekly checkup calls, patients are less likely to become discouraged if weight loss tapers. This close, personal attention and support enables the doctors to quickly identify weight loss plateaus, to modify the diet plan and quickly return the body to fast fat burn mode.

Diet Doc encourages those who have been unsuccessful in the past, and those from any part of the country, to call today to take advantage of special game day diet aid specials and to kick-start their own personal journey toward improved physical and emotional health by shedding dangerous and embarrassing excess fat quickly, safely and comfortably – even while enjoying special events like the upcoming big game.

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Pay people to lose weight? Won’t work

Promising workers lower health insurance premiums for losing weight did nothing to help them take off the pounds, a recent study found.

At the end of a year, obese workers had lost less than 1.5 pounds, on average, a change that was statistically no different than the minute average gain of a tenth of a pound for workers who weren’t offered a financial incentive to lose weight.

“Our study highlights some of the weaknesses” of workplace wellness programs, said Mitesh Patel, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the lead author of the new research.

The study, published recently in the journal Health Affairs, reported the results of a year-long randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of financial incentives to encourage weight loss among 197 obese employees of the University of Pennsylvania health system.

Participants were asked to lose 5 percent of their weight. Each was assigned to one of four study groups. The control group wasn’t offered any financial rewards.

The three other groups were offered an incentive valued at $550. One group was told they would begin receiving health insurance premium discounts on a biweekly basis immediately after reaching their weight-loss goal, while another was told they would receive biweekly premium adjustments the following year if they reached their goal.

The final group was eligible for a daily payment following a lottery drawing of a randomly selected number if they met their daily weight-loss goal and weighed in the previous day.

At year’s end, no group had met the 5 percent weight-loss target. Participants’ average weight was virtually unchanged, whether or not they had a financial incentive to lose pounds. Nineteen percent of participants did meet the 5 percent target, but they weren’t concentrated in any particular group.

The study was structured to reflect typical employer workplace wellness plans. “Our study showed that the incentive is not what motivated people, at least in this design,” Patel said.

Eighty-one percent of employers with 200 or more workers and health insurance plans offered weight-loss, smoking-cessation or lifestyle-coaching programs, according to a 2015 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust. About two-thirds of large companies offered workers cash or merchandise for participating in these programs, the survey found, with 34 percent offering lower premiums or lower cost-sharing.

The health law encourages wellness incentives by increasing the maximum reward to workers for outcomes-based wellness incentives from 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of health coverage, and up to 50 percent if the program is aimed at reducing tobacco use.

This study shows that how incentive programs are designed can make a big difference in how effective they are at changing behavior, Patel said.

The Penn program may have failed for a number of reasons, he said. The $550 premium discount may not have been large enough. Bundling the financial reward into the insurance premium on a paycheck rather than making a separate payment to the worker may have affected how it was perceived.

Other details — such as the fact that participants weighed themselves at work rather than at home — may have been off-putting to some participants.

Patel also noted that many employer plans don’t pay workers anything until they reach their goal, a situation similar to the model used in this study.

“Someone should be encouraged along the way,” he said. “We’ve found from studies that if you want to motivate people, they need regular feedback.”

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Denver Bronco Vernon Davis Shares Favorite Restaurants and Diet Regimen

The Denver Broncos are busy preparing for Super Bowl 50 in California this week, but Number 80, Vernon Davis, took the time to share thoughts on his favorite restaurants in the Mile High City, his smoothie-loaded diet before games, and his off-season lower carb regimen.

What is your go-to restaurant in Colorado? There are so many amazing places to eat in Denver, which was a pleasant surprise. I would have to say ChoLon is my go-to right now. The chef’s attention to detail, fresh ingredients, and obvious passion for creating amazing cuisine keeps me coming back. True Food Kitchen is another staple for meals out.

If you were going out for a special evening, where would you take your date? I would probably take my wife to Duo. It has amazing food and a really unique cabin-like atmosphere.

Is there one restaurant that everyone visiting Denver absolutely cannot miss? ChoLon!

What is your biggest food indulgence? Well, I’ve got a few. I love smoothies. I’m always on the run –  practice, games, appearances or my kids events. I like the fact that I can maintain a healthy diet with a smoothie that is packed with protein, vitamins, and nutrients. Smoothies are like my healthy milkshake!

What kind of a diet do you follow during the football season? During the football season I try to double-up on carbs and protein because I burn so many calories during practice and games. You tend to lose five or six pounds (sometimes more) during training camp, so it’s important to carb-up to maintain a healthy playing weight. I typically eat five to six meals a day, including a vegetable, carb and protein in at least half of them. Before bed, I very seldom eat carbs, but will have a high alkaline vegetable and protein the last meal of the day. I normally have a Jamba Juice smoothie about two hours after breakfast. These days I stick to the Superfood and Whole Food Nutrition Smoothies. The Acai Berry Charger gives me great energy for practice.

How is that different from the off-season? In the off-season, I try to focus on eating a bit lighter and I cut my carbs down significantly. While off-season training is still very demanding, I’m not at the training facility – the office-  the entire day. I also don’t work out every day, like I do during the season. I focus on my flexibility, consuming a healthy amount of antioxidants, and sticking more to a fish and veggie diet.

Are there foods you absolutely will not eat because of dislikes or allergies? Well….as much as I would love to, I can’t eat shellfish. I have been allergic to shellfish my entire life and will swell up like a blow fish if I do!

Is there a special diet you follow now before the Super Bowl? I try not to switch things up too much. The key to making sure your body performs the same, week after week, is consistency in your diet. One game day secret that I will share is that I normally have a Protein Berry Workout smoothie before games with a side shot of ginger to wake up my system!

What is your diet advice for someone who wants to be in pro athlete shape? Stick to colorful foods  – mostly fruits and veggies-  stay away from processed foods high in sugar and try to limit red meat to one meal a month. Listen to your body, because no one diet works for everyone. As you grow bigger, stronger and faster, your body’s needs will change. And finally, never focus on changing just your diet. Rather, focus on changing your eating habits and lifestyle. Lifestyles and habits tend to stick longer than fly-by-night diets.

Adding fresh veggies to diet easy in South Texas

Adding fresh vegetables to our diet is a great way to improve our health, protect our bodies from disease and have all systems function properly. If you are not in the habit of eating vegetables, or you have bad memories of mushy things your mom made you eat, you might not know where to begin.

One of the best vegetable families to start with is the Cabbage Family (also called Brassica or Cruicifer). This is a large family of vegetables, including cabbage, Chinese cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Bok Choy and the small version of this vegetable, Pak Choy. All are a good source of a variety of nutrients. While some varieties are a little higher in one vitamin or another, the entire group is filled with necessary nutrients.

All cabbage family members are high in Vitamins K, C, B1 and B6, and have good amounts of copper, potassium, manganese, fiber and folate. Vitamin K is necessary for proper liver function and clotting of blood. Vitamin C heals cuts and wounds, keeps teeth, gums and bones healthy, and protects us from infection. And, the B complex is essential for proper balance of our bodies, how energy, fats, and carbohydrates are used. This affects everything from our mood to our heart and digestive health.

The cabbage family is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals, especially some that show promise in cancer prevention. These vegetables are an excellent source of fiber, aid in food passage, digestion, and help heal stomach ulcers. The new colorful cauliflower varieties are also high in Vitamin A, supporting the immune system and healthy vision.

All members of the cabbage family thrive in south Texas during cooler months, so this is a vegetable group planted in September and October and some varieties can be planted multiple times until the end of December. Collards, kale, and Pak Choy are easy to grow in container gardens, have a short maturing period, and can be planted in multiple plantings to stretch the season. Some varieties of kale tolerate our warm weather better than others, so we can harvest through April and early May. So, with careful planning, you can plant broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage early and plant kale and collards two or three times in the season.

Explore these beautiful vegetable choices this weekend at the Grow’n Growers Farmers Market, Fireman’s Park, 201 First Street, in McAllen. Pick up recipes at the Welcome desk, along with a free cup of fresh roasted organic coffee from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Barbara Storz is a local horticulturist. You can listen to her every at 7 a.m. Saturday mornings on 710 KURV Radio. She can be reached at [email protected]

This might be the most sensible, scientifically supported diet we’ve ever seen

always hungry bookDr. David Ludwig

We’ve been told a lot of things about diets over the years.

Fat is bad for you. Everyone should get six to 11 servings of carbohydrates per day. Burn more calories than you eat, and you can lose weight.

But it turns out that many of these recommendations don’t line up with decades of published research on nutrition.

Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard Medical School nutrition and obesity expert, has a diet plan outlined in his new book, “Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently.”

And it is among the most sensible, scientifically supported diets we’ve ever seen.

What you do

The program starts with a two-week boot camp designed to stamp out cravings. You completely cut all grains, processed sugars, starchy vegetables, alcoholic beverages, and artificial sweeteners from your diet.

Legumes, non-starchy vegetables, and whole fruits (up to three a day) are allowed. Every meal should include a serving of protein (like meat, eggs, cheese, and Greek yogurt) and fat (like olive oil, avocado, and nuts). About half of your calories come from fat during this phase.

Over phases II and III, you gradually add grains back in, but try to focus on whole, unprocessed ones like quinoa and oats. Phase II allows starchy vegetables (like squash), but still forbids white potatoes. By Phase III, the rules are very loose, but everyone is encouraged to find the amount of carbs and sugar that can be “tolerated”: if you find yourself with insatiable hunger or cravings again, it’s time to cut back.

By the end of the program, about 40% of calories should come from fat, while 40% come from carbs, and 20% come from protein.

dabinsi/FlickrThe kind of meal you can eat on Ludwig’s Always Hungry plan: pork chop cooked in olive oil with avocado atop a salad tossed with full-fat vinaigrette.

Why it works

Ludwig’s “alternative hypothesis” for why his plan works is somewhat controversial in the field, and some mainstream endocrinologists we talked to say it’s based on conjecture rather than hard science.

But he put together the plan citing his own extensive research (some of which can be found here, here, here, and here) as well as many other studies examining why we gain and lose weight. 

Ludwig explained to Tech Insider his hypothesis, which he’s been testing for years: 

When we eat processed carbohydrates, like white bread or cookies, the insulin levels in our body skyrocket. That much is not contested.

But Ludwig goes further. His idea is that this spike in insulin makes our fat cells suck up calories and hold on to them. With so many calories being stored in fat cells, the amount of calories in the blood are lower, so the brain thinks that the body is hungry. 

And one of the fastest ways to get more calories in the blood is to eat more simple, processed carbohydrates. So we eat them — and then we crave more.

It’s a vicious cycle, Ludwig says, that can lead to a slowed metabolism, and eventually obesity. (Ludwig’s research is also part of what’s behind similar diets like the South Beach Diet.)

He explains that the purpose of the diet’s first phase is to “retrain our fat cells” to release the calories they’re storing so the body can recognize when it’s actually hungry again. Ludwig says this retraining occurs when you predominantly replace processed carbohydrates and added sugars with high-fat, whole foods. 

“You lower insulin [and] calm chronic inflammation, so fat cells stop taking up so many calories and there are more for the rest of the body,” Ludwig says. “Hunger naturally declines, metabolism speeds up, and you start losing weight with your body’s cooperation, not with your body kicking and screaming.” 

What the science says

Putting aside Ludwig’s contested explanation for why it works, the “Always Hungry” plan recommendations themselves line up with decades of sound research on diets.

Scientific reviews have concluded: that low-fat diets are less effective than high-fat or low-carb diets; that sticking to a diet is the most important part of any plan; that cutting calories isn’t sustainable; and that consuming too much added sugar can contribute to weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Ludwig insists — citing results from the pilot study testing the plan — that participants truly don’t crave processed carbohydrates or sugars in the same way once they reach phase III, so it doesn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of food you want. It’s sustainable.

Flickr / Francisco OsorioLudwig recommends taking a stroll after dinner, a practice the Italians call, “passeggiata.”

That’s also partially because participants don’t count calories, and can eat when they’re hungry.

Beyond the eating plan, Ludwig makes additional recommendations that are firmly grounded in weight-loss research, including getting enough sleep, keeping stress levels at bay, and adding enjoyable activities so you’ll actually want to exercise.

It’s truly a lifestyle plan — and one that is designed for lasting change. Participants should feel satiated by Phase III, such that they can continue indefinitely and avoid the yo-yo effect often sparked by the constant hunger that accompanies many diets.

As Ludwig continues gathering data on people following the plan, he might be able to convince the skeptics that he’s right. But as with much in the world of nutrition and health, we often know that things work before we know why they do.

The mantra of the program is: “Forget calories, focus on the quality of the food, and let your body do the rest.” That sounds like good advice to us.

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