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Loving You Isn’t So Hard To Do

By | 2018-02-13T11:19:24+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Weight Loss Articles|

On Valentine’s Day, it’s customary to take a little extra time to make someone in your life feel special, loved and cared for. It’s important to show our appreciation for the friends and family in our lives, but it’s incredibly important for each of us to show ourselves self-love, as well. Most of us spend a lot of time taking care of family, friends, our jobs and our homes, frequently overlooking our own individual needs. Many of us take better care of our cars than we do ourselves. Caring about our overall health and practicing balanced living, including proper nutrition, is a form of self-love that can make each of us look and feel great, inside and out.

Many people think that making better nutritional decisions is like an “on-off” switch: you either are or you aren’t. This is the “diet” mindset and it’s one of the main reasons people often fall off after a few weeks. We then either over indulge or choose an “unhealthy” meal or two and decide to call it quits. Some people feel as if they’ve totally failed and revert back to their old routines and habits rather than seeing it as a small or single deviation to learn from.

At CardioMender, MD (CMMD) we know there’s no such thing as a one trick fix. A lasting lifestyle change comes gradually. It’s a disciplinary process that your mind and body need to get accustomed to in order to be sustained. A great thing about reaching and maintaining our optimal health is it’s personal and unique for each of us. The programs at CMMD are customized to meet individual circumstances, concerns and health issues.

What Is A Healthy Weight Loss Plan?

By | 2018-02-06T10:58:36+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Weight Loss Articles|

You’ve heard of, or maybe even have tried, some of the fad diets out there like the HCG diet, the Lemonade diet, Paleo, Ketogenic and many more. All of these promise fast, simple weight loss. While you may have lost weight, ultimately the weight comes back, leaving your health in more or less the same condition, or worse. There are four key components in any healthy, effective and lasting weight loss program.

Nutrition, Behavioral Shifts and Hydration

Nutrition is the first order of business to lose weight fast and safely, while maintaining optimal health. Normally 90% of weight loss is dependent on what you eat, how much you eat, the intervals between eating as well as your hydration state. When you begin to practice healthy balanced nutrition, your body’s physiology can be restored to its optimal performance. We recommend choosing low glycemic carbs along with lean or very lean proteins and consuming more healthy fats rich in mono-saturated oils such as high quality olive oil and Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax and oily cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. It has been shown that your metabolic rate can be optimized by eating more frequently. We recommend eating smaller quantities of low glycemic food every 3 to 4 hours. It is also important to eat within 30 to 60 minutes after waking up each day. Staying hydrated lessens hunger, helps your body to restore balance and perform at its highest level. We recommend about a gallon of non-caffeinated fluids per day, half being water; together setting you up for long-term weight loss success.

Weight Loss Supplements

At CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists (CMMD), we use pharmaceutical grade

What Are Your Cravings Trying To Tell You?

By | 2018-01-22T17:38:14+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Weight Loss Articles|

We’ve all experienced food cravings. Your sweet tooth wants a treat, or you reach for those salty chips, or you indulge in some pasta or bread. Cravings are a sign that your body is literally out of balance. Mostly caused by eating out of balance, both acutely and chronically over time. Have you ever wondered why you crave certain types of food?

It’s not just the habit-forming ingredients in these foods; your cravings could be a sign that you’re in need of certain vitamins and minerals. Take a look at this list of types of cravings and how you may be able to avoid getting them.

Sugar

If you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s best to avoid sugar. Too much can cause serious health issues. In the online article, “What Do Food Cravings Mean”, leading health and fitness expert Ben Greenfield[1] states that sugar cravings can indicate that you have blood sugar imbalances and mineral deficiencies such as chromium and magnesium. When your sweet tooth starts calling, opt for fruit with a lower glycemic index and load* that can provide both vitamins and essential minerals. Alternatively, consider trying CardioMender, MD snacks that will satisfy your sweet tooth but not leave you craving in an hour or so. You may also be getting sugar cravings if you’re dehydrated; so remember to drink a gallon of fluid a day half of which should be water.

Salt

Sometimes you crave a crispy, crunchy, salty snack when you’re watching a movie or at a sporting event. But excessive salt in your diet can raise your blood pressure and can cause

How To Actually Keep Your 2018 Weight Loss Resolutions

By | 2018-01-10T14:07:05+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Weight Loss Articles|

 

 

How To Actually Keep Your 2018 Weight Loss Resolutions

The holidays are over, the New Year offers a clean slate, a fresh start and we attempt to change our lives for the better with a few New Year resolutions. While our hearts are in the right place, many of us lose sight of them within the first few weeks. You can make 2018 different. Lose the weight, keep it off and optimize your health with the help of CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists.

Life Span of A New Year’s Resolution

According to the US News[1], about 80% of American resolutions fail by the second week of February.  Thousands of gym memberships are canceled or go unused. Fad diets and kitchen clean-outs start strong but fizzle out quickly. Life happens, and we get back into our old routines. Before we know it, it’s the end of another year, we make the same resolutions to live actively, eat healthily and/or lose X pounds. It’s a cycle that rarely works and can make us feel discouraged and unhappy. How can we break the cycle and make a true and lasting change in our lifestyles?

The Plan That’s Been Proven: Making your health and appearance a priority.

We know what doesn’t work in trying to change your lifestyle, so what does work? CardioMender, MD has found that proven success comes from three key factors: Maintenance, Maintenance, and Maintenance. This decision is yours to make. In a world of competing priorities, are you finally going to put yourself first? Doesn’t it make sense to keep it off once you lose it? With regularly tracked progress, meal plans with lots of options, medical supervision, guidance

Obesity and Cancer: The Link

By | 2017-12-13T12:42:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

Many of us know that being overweight or obese is unhealthy. What many people might not realize is just how serious the ramifications of obesity are and how important weight loss is for not just your appearance, but also for your wellbeing.

Some may consider obesity a “lifestyle choice” while considering cancer a disease, not realizing how closely linked they are. The relation between this dangerous duo means that weight loss for people who are overweight is imperative.

In a groundbreaking article published in Internal Medicine News, researcher Ian Lacy reports on findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that link obesity to an increased risk of developing at least thirteen different types of cancers (Lacy).[1]

Where We Are Now

Being overweight is a major crisis and today the American obesity epidemic is in full swing. Research released in early October 2017 from the CDC showed that obesity in America hit a record high, with nearly 19% of youth and 40% of adults now qualifying as obese (Larned).[2] One of the most concerning things about this data is that there have actually been more government efforts launched to promote weight loss and to combat obesity since 2000, but the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down (Larned). The only piece of news in the report that seemed to show a turn in the right direction was the youth rate of obesity, which, despite being too high, has managed to stay stable (Larned).

With these statistics in mind, it’s time to look at an even scarier issue: cancer.

The CDC’s Findings

The CDC put together a wide range of data in its report. C. Brooke Steele,

America in Crisis: Did You Know?

By | 2017-11-28T15:34:31+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

America is currently facing a crisis that is one of the most prevalent health-related issues in this country’s history: obesity. According to Drs. Massetti, Dietz, and Richardson in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the effects of being overweight  stretch far past simply an expanding waistline; there are serious ramifications to your health and life, including an increase in your mortality rate. In this article, we will discuss the scary facts associated with being overweight, as well as what can be done to limit our risks.

The Stats 

The statistics behind the weight issue in America are staggering. Obesity has been on the rise in America for over fifty years. That’s five whole decades of this problem occurring unceasingly. Right now, over 70% of adults and nearly one-third of adolescents and children are either overweight or obese. Kids who are obese as children have an increased risk of adulthood obesity, which means that their risk for serious health problems is compounded.

Obesity also takes a chunk out of the taxpayers’ wallet. Healthcare costs are astronomical, and obesity plays a large role in that. Thousands of studies have been conducted and they all, for the most part, say the same thing: this situation is dire.

Increased Cancer Risk By 40%

What you may not know is that being overweight leads to an increased cancer risk, in addition to cardiovascular disease, Type-2 Diabetes and many other illnesses. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40% of all cancers may be related to being overweight or obese.[1] Over one thousand studies found evidence that sufficiently indicated a link between obesity and thirteen types of cancers. Cancers of

You’re Not A Turkey, Don’t Get Stuffed Like One

By | 2017-11-21T11:18:52+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

The holiday season is fast approaching, and Thanksgiving comes right before we get to setting up our Christmas decorations and unwrapping presents. As everyone knows, Thanksgiving is all about the feast. However, with obesity on the rise over these past decades, the holidays can no longer be used as an excuse to overeat. America is in crisis mode when it comes to the prevalence of obesity. Shockingly, over two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of adolescents and children are overweight or obese.

In this article, we’ll talk about healthy eating habits, particularly as they relate to the most food-centric holiday in America: Thanksgiving.

Overeating and the Holidays

            Weight gain spikes during the holidays. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Americans’ weight increases 0.2% during Thanksgiving (there’s a reason it’s called Turkey Day, right?) (Kaplan, 2016). This may seem incremental, but Thanksgiving isn’t just one big meal. There are appetizers, leftovers, and all the other extra sources of calories lurking this holiday season.

Overeating often leads to obesity, a condition that has been linked to cancer, among other serious diseases. This is a dangerous, prevalent pattern with long-ranging consequences far past eating too much turkey dinner.

Negative Effects of Overeating

In addition to the link to cancer that comes with increased BMI (Body Mass Index), overeating has short-term negative effects as well. Overeating can cause biological changes within the body that can impair its functioning. It particularly throws off your biological clock. You might find that you’re waking up at night, hungry (Neighmond, 2009).

Overeating messes with your bodily chemistry by sending your metabolism and hormones into overdrive to get rid of the extra food (Neighmond, 2009). The pancreas sends extra insulin into the body to regulate the sugar

America in Crisis: The Obesity Epidemic  

By | 2017-11-07T17:13:42+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

America is currently facing a crisis that is one of the most prevalent health-related issues in this country’s history: obesity. According to Drs. Massetti, Dietz, and Richardson in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the effects of obesity stretch far past simply an expanding waistline; there are serious ramifications for your health, life, and even your mortality rate if you are overweight or obese. In this article, we will discuss the scary facts behind obesity, as well as what can be done to curb this epidemic.

The Stats 

The statistics behind the weight issue in America are staggering. Obesity has been on the rise in America for over fifty years. That’s five whole decades of this problem occurring unceasingly. Right now, over two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of adolescents and children are either overweight or obese. Kids who are obese as children have an increased risk of adulthood obesity, which means that their risk for serious health problems is compounded.

Obesity also takes a chunk out of the taxpayers’ wallet. Healthcare costs are astronomical, and obesity plays a large role in that. Thousands have studies have been conducted and they all, for the most part, say the same thing: this situation is dire.

Increased Cancer Risk

What you may not know is that obesity leads to an increased cancer risk. Over one thousand studies found evidence that sufficiently indicated a link between obesity and thirteen types of cancers. Cancers of the colon, rectum, and gastric cardia, as well as liver, pancreas, kidney, ovary, gallbladder, corpus uteri, and thyroid cancers all have links to obesity. Postmenopausal breast cancer in women, multiple myeloma, and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus are all

It’s All Trick and No Treat: The Effects of Halloween Candy

By | 2017-10-24T16:25:53+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

In the U.S., over half a million pounds of Halloween candy are purchased each year, and the average consumption per person is the equivalent of two hundred and twenty teaspoons of sugar. It’s easy to see how this excessive consumption occurs just by looking at the label on candy corn, which contains the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving of only 19 pieces.

Sugar in its natural form, such as that found in fruit, isn’t unhealthy when eaten in moderation. Yet when it’s ingested in processed foods such as candy, and in greater quantities, it can have far reaching effects on health.

In the short term, as many people know, candy provides only empty calories, leading to weight gain, and raising insulin levels. The flood of sugar into the bloodstream triggers the release of insulin, which a healthy body uses to keep blood sugar regulated.

The unwelcomed trick is that persistent elevated insulin levels increase the risk for disease, encouraging the storage of fat, and elevating triglycerides, both of which are linked to cardiovascular disease. Additionally, in the long term, consuming excessive sugar has been linked not only to obesity and heart disease, but to cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, dementia, and depression. That’s not a treat for anyone!

In fact, recent studies have found that sugar feeds cancer cells, promoting growth and spread. Another has discovered that excessive sugar consumption can overload and damage the liver, leading to a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

So, although one piece of candy may not lead to immediate severe health problems, the issue may be that it’s very easy for one

The Scary Truth About Diets

By | 2017-10-17T13:48:43+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Weight Loss Articles|

Worldwide, more than one billion people are overweight, and over one million of those are children. According to one recent study, obesity has doubled in nearly half of all countries since 1980, and there are now actually more adults who are obese than those who are underweight.

So what has changed? The traditional diet of real food produced by local farmers has been replaced by ultra-processed food that is designed to be over-consumed, and is even addictive. These processed foods cause blood sugar imbalances, in addition to leading the brain to release feel-good chemicals that provoke even more cravings. They raise blood sugar quickly and in the subsequent crash, create cravings for that same kind of food again. In fact, scientific evidence has shown that these junk foods, which are generally high in sugar, fat and salt, have similar neurological effects to hard drugs.

Yet it isn’t simply the ingredients in these foods, but the combinations of sweeteners, fat, salt, flours, and caffeine, which have been extracted and concentrated by modern processing that create the lure. A bottle of oil and a cup of salt, or sugar is not very appealing until they are combined and added to other ingredients.

Another study revealed that over 90% of its participants had addictive-like eating behavior towards processed foods with high amounts of fat, added sugar or sodium. Although the participants wanted to quit eating them, they were unable to do so. However, the least addictive foods were found to be the whole, unprocessed foods. It is probably a rarity to find broccoli on a list of binge items.

Unfortunately, the future looks even more bleak for children, as research is demonstrating that

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