Monthly Archives: November 2012

Client Brag: Wayne and Laurie

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There is nothing better in my opinion than watching couples and families get healthy together.  Here is a favorite couple of mine.

Meet Wayne and Laurie.

“So this is Wayne and I – over 140 pounds between us gone. When I first looked at the BMI chart – well – I wasn’t ON it! And at 49 years old, being handed a fistful of prescriptions, I knew this wasn’t how I wanted the second half of my life to go. Our lives together are SO much healthier and happier because of this program.”

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Client Brag: Darla

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Meet Darla…She is grateful that she can get down on the floor and play with her kids and loves how active she can be. And I’m grateful for having a career that gives people their lives back.

The Dangers of Holiday Overeating

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Most of us think the worst thing overindulging on the holidays will cause us to suffer is a bloated belly and possibly a hangover.  In actuality, the harm is much more insidious and longer-lasting.

It’s been estimated that most people will gain 1-3 pounds during the holiday season. Of those that do, most of them will keep that extra weight for good.

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Permanent poundage

A National Institutes of Health study conducted in 2000 suggests that Americans probably gain at least a pound during the six-week interval between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The extra holiday pounds are likely to accumulate through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life.

Holiday weight gain aside, overeating is dangerous because it leads to the production of excess free radicals—byproducts of cell metabolism that trigger oxidative stress, inflammation and scar tissue formation. The more food your body has to metabolize, the more free radicals are produced.

Free radicals and inflammation

Most chronic illnesses, from heart disease to cancer, are associated with an excessive production of free radicals. Free radicals damage cells by stealing electrons from them. For example, when excess free radicals steal electrons from the inner wall of blood vessels, the resulting inflammation can lead to hardening of the vessel wall (arteriosclerosis), which can compromise blood circulation, exacerbate high blood pressure and increase risk for heart attack and stroke.

Disrupting the endocrine system

Many doctors and researchers say that overeating causes biological changes that can lead to more overeating. For example, overeating disrupts the endocrine system. According to Dr. Sasha Stiles, an obesity specialist at Tufts Medical Center, excess food “sets your body chemistry sort of into red alert.” During an interview with NPR, Stiles said, “The kinds of hormone and metabolic processes that normally will try to metabolize food will go into overdrive to make sure they get rid of this huge food load.”

In addition to storing the excess calories as fat, Stiles explained that overeating triggers a harmful cycle in the body:  The pancreas produces extra insulin to process the sugar load and remove it from the bloodstream. It doesn’t stop producing insulin until the brain senses that blood sugar levels are safe. But by the time the brain stops insulin production, often too much sugar is removed. Low blood sugar can make you feel tired, dizzy, nauseous, even depressed — a condition often remedied by eating more sugar and more carbohydrates.

Thanksgiving and Christmas moderation

It’s no wonder so many people pass out on the couch after Thanksgiving dinner, only to wake up and have another slice of pie. But with some planning you can avoid the dangers of overeating during the holidays.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast and a workout. Maintaining your exercise and eating schedule will help you feel better and eat less. Show up for dinner in tighter clothes and don’t arrive starving. Munch on fresh fruit and vegetables before dinner. Stay away from the eggnog and save the beverage calories for a glass of wine with dinner.

Make Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner an exercise in moderation. At the table, don’t feel like you have to try everything. Save the calories for your favorite foods. Take smaller portions of high-fat, high-calorie foods such as gravy. Eat slowly and savor every bite. Limit yourself to a small slice of pie. Choose pumpkin over pecan pie and save a few hundred calories.

When you’re finished, drink a glass of water, get away from the table and invite someone to join you outside for a leisurely walk.

The best choice you can make is to start a dietary change during the holiday season.  Most people start these programs with a lot of anticipation and drive to succeed.  Bank on that excitement by beginning a healthy eating and exercise program during the holiday season which will have the added benefit of keeping you from making disastrous eating choices during the biggest overeating time of the year. (WebMD, November 12, 2012)

Client Brag: Lauren

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Her story of thanks: Eating healthy and exercising have always been a struggle for me. My relationship with the two has gone up and down for as long as I can remember. For many years I thought the less I would eat the skinnier I would be. I’d run a million miles and refuel my body with as little as possible. I began to fear food, the scale and anything that would make me “fat.” My weight continued to go up and down while I was doing everything I knew how to be healthy. I’d look for low calorie items at the store or protein bars, but nothing seemed to work. I saw the success my dad had with this program and was excited to give it a try! I’m so thankful I did.

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Meet Laura: Truly inspirational and a cancer survivor

Stage 4 gastrointestinal cancer had me going through so many treatments and feeling pretty miserable. After 9 years of the back and forth battle, I just couldn’t take the treatments anymore. I was heavy, the treatments weren’t working, and I wasn’t a prime candidate for other treatments because of my weight. My doctors said to lose a minimum of 20 lbs to get started. Here I am, 40 lbs lighter feeling better than ever and last week, I was told that I am a stage 0! Trust me stage 0 is way more exciting than being a size 0 in jeans!”

What is the Cost?

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Did you know?

  • Obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death in the United States
  • 60 million Americans, 20 years and older are obese
  • 9 million children and teens ages 6-19 are overweight
  • Being overweight or obese increases the risk of health conditions and diseases including: Breast cancer, Coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, Sleep apnea, Gallbladder disease, Osteoarthritis, Colon cancer, Hypertension and StrokeImage

Did you know?

According to a study of national costs attributed to both overweight (BMI 25–29.9) and obesity (BMI greater than 30), medical expenses accounted for 9.1 percent of total U.S. medical expenditures in 1998 and reached as high as $78.5 billion ($92.6 billion in 2002 dollars) (Finkelstein, Fiebelkorn, and Wang, 2003). Approximately half of these costs were paid by Medicaid and Medicare.

Did you know?

The 2009 state-level estimates range from $87 million (Wyoming) to $7.7 billion (California). Obesity-attributable Medicare estimates range from $15 million (Wyoming) to $1.7 billion (California), and obesity-attributable Medicaid expenditures range from $23 million (Wyoming) to $3.5 billion (New York). The state differences in obesity-attributable expenditures are partly driven by the differences in the size of each state’s population.

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Did you know?

It costs less than $2500 to cure morbid obesity, less than $1500 to cure overweight, and less than $1000 to achieve a healthy BMI.  It does take a considerable effort in desire to make these changes and to choose optimal health.

Client Brag:

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And he’s still shrinking.  Congratulations Kyle! 20 year old College Student who has lost 191 lbs. Can you imagine how this will effect his life? The options now open to him? The relationships? The jobs? The quality of his life?? Just to update you, Kyle is less than 10 pounds away from his goal of weighing 180.  He is feeling and looking AMAZING!