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From the doc: Q & A with Dr. Garcia about cravings

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD by Jay J. Garcia M.D. December 18th, 2018

It’s that time again! We sat down with Dr. Garcia and asked him about the best way to beat cravings, and what’s on his plate on Thanksgiving. Dr. Garcia, talk to us about cravings … What’s your best advice when you’re hit with a serious craving and you’re trying to stick to eating healthy? Dr. G: Well, the first thing to do when you get a cravings is to drink an 8-ounce glass of water …

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From the doc: 10 foods that help fight stress

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

Anxiety and stress have been shown to cause a number of negative effects on the body, including hypertension, depression, and an increased risk of cancer. Stress can also contribute to weight gain due to its influence on certain hormones that help regulate processes related to blood sugar control and metabolism. There are foods that help fight stress, leading to a decreased risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The ways that stress leads to weight …

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From the doc: Pair up for success

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

Friends are great for lots of reasons: support, stress relief, camaraderie. Did you know they can also improve your chances of losing weight and keeping it off?  People who start a weight-loss program with a friend are more likely to be successful! A study at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that those embarking on a weight-loss program with friends completed the program 95% of the time, compared to just 76% of people who started …

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From the doc: Why the first 10% you lose may be the most impactful

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 2nd, 2018

How much weight do you want to lose? Fifty pounds? One hundred? When looking at the big picture, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. Research shows that the first 10% you lose may be the most impactful. Like any other major goal, weight loss is easier when you break it down into smaller, achievable steps. That’s why we recommend focusing on losing just 10 percent of your body weight. Depending on how much you weigh …

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From the doc: Are you consuming the right healthy fats?

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Nutrition by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 2nd, 2018

Are you eating enough healthy fats? It might sound counterintuitive, but including the right sources of fat in your diet is essential for weight management. Your body needs dietary fats to keep your organs functioning optimally, absorb nutrients, provide energy, keep your heart healthy, and even help the body burn fat. What are healthy fats? We’ve been told for decades that fat is bad, but actually, certain fats are good for you — in fact, …

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From the doc: Advantages of journaling

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

Keeping a weight loss journal can be a powerful tool for helping you reach your health and wellness goals.  Writing down your progress in a weight loss journal is a proven way to aid your weight loss journey. When many people think of journaling, they think of keeping a diary — writing down things that happen to you and how you feel about them. Some of the highest-achieving people use journaling to track progress toward …

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Holiday Q&A with Dr. Garcia

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD by Jay J. Garcia M.D. December 18th, 2018

It’s time for our second installment of Ask Dr. G! We spoke to him recently about the holidays, his favorite restaurants in town, and his thoughts on the gluten-free trend. So, Dr. Garcia, what is your favorite holiday tradition this time of year? Well, it’s probably not too unique, but I love Christmas Eve dinner and watching my Grandkids open their gifts on Christmas morning. Well, now you need to tell us what’s on the …

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Q and A With Dr. Garcia-Round 2

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Here is the next interview in our series of Q & A with Dr. Garcia.  We caught up with him on how his summer went and how he spends football weekends!  Check it out below: Dr. G, you mentioned last time that one of your favorite vacation spots is Las Vegas…did you make it to Sin City this summer? No, we didn’t make it there this summer.  Instead, we spent a couple weeks in Cleveland, …

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Q and A With Dr. Garcia — Round 1

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD by Alice Goodman March 18th, 2019

Q and A with Dr. Garcia We couldn’t help but notice that our own Dr. Garcia has been cruising around looking thinner these days.  We thought it was the perfect time to pin him down and ask Dr. G about Summer, Weight Loss, and his active life in Tampa Bay. Check out our first in a series of interviews below: So, Dr. G, looks like you’ve lost some weight lately, what’s up? 25 lbs actually, …