View Post

How apples may be the easiest diet trick ever

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss March 8th, 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt seems that the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may have more truth to it than we realize. In addition to being a nutrient-dense fresh fruit that can help regulate blood sugar, apples may also reduce the risk of heart disease, help prevent cognitive decline, and could also help prevent certain cancers. Apples may even help promote weight loss. What is it about the apple that makes it an ideal addition …

View Post

From the doc: health benefits of fruits and veggies

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss February 26th, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutesMarch is National Nutrition Month, but despite many people’s best attempts at eating well, nutrition remains a confusing and often overwhelming subject. The internet is full of mixed and contradictory nutritional advice. Part of the reason for this confusion is that there is no one diet that works for everyone — that’s why we offer personalized DNA testing to help our patients identify their ideal diet. But no matter what type of diet you adhere …

View Post

Is sugar alcohol healthier than sugar?

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss February 23rd, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe all know sugar is bad for us, but it’s tough to give it up! Even if you are actively trying to avoid sugar, it’s often surprising how many foods contain hidden sources of sugar. And artificial sweeteners are usually no better — although they’re billed as a safe alternative to sugar, their use has still been associated with health issues such as weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there is another alternative: sugar …

View Post

The 10 best diets for your heart

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss February 15th, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesHeart disease is the #1 cause of death for most ethnic groups in the United States, and the standard American diet — based on highly processed, conveniently packaged, high-sodium food — is a major contributing factor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that heart disease is responsible for approximately 610,000 deaths every year — about one out of every four deaths. The good news is that many risk factors for heart …

View Post

From the doc: Heart-healthy foods

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss January 26th, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesFebruary is all about heart health! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but the good news is, risk factors for heart disease can often be reduced or prevented with lifestyle changes. When it comes to heart health, the first thing many people think about is exercise. And exercise is important, whether you want to lose weight or maintain your weight. A combination of aerobic activity and strength training can help slow …

View Post

The 10 worst drinks for your body

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss January 18th, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe put a lot of emphasis on eating healthy foods, but the beverages you drink are just as important when it comes to meeting your health and wellness goals. Some drinks can contain more calories than an entire meal, not to mention loads of sugar, artificial ingredients, and other unhealthy additives. It doesn’t help that many beverage labels are misleading. You may think you’re making a healthy choice by choosing a drink that reads “all …

View Post

10 foods nutritionists never eat

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss December 11th, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesCurious about which foods the experts refuse to put in their bodies? Nutritionists may not necessarily always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet — in part because differences in our genetic makeup influence how people respond to and process different foods — they do tend to agree on certain foods that they simply won’t touch. Here are 10 foods that nutritionists avoid at all costs. 1. Artificial sweeteners Sugar-free is always better for you, …

View Post

Healthy game day snacks

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss November 17th, 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutesTraditional game day foods tend to be greasy, fattening, and high in calories. Pizza, fried chicken, and nachos are common game day foods that sit heavy in your stomach and can lead to weight gain if you and your family members are prone to mindless munching while watching TV during the football season. But game day doesn’t necessarily have to offer negative health consequences — in fact, you can turn most of your favorite meals …

View Post

10 diet changes to make if you’re over 40

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss December 5th, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you’re around the age of 40, you may have started to notice that keeping off excess weight is more difficult for you than it’s ever been before. That’s because women in their 40s generally start to experience a decline in estrogen and metabolism as part of the natural aging process. Without regular exercise and good nutrition, these factors can increase the risk of weight gain, along with heart disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive problems. If …

View Post

Eat fat, lose fat: 6 ways to add healthy fats to your diet

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss November 7th, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt may sound like a contradiction, but certain dietary fats are healthy. In fact, healthy fats are necessary for many functions throughout the body. For many years, all foods high in fat were thought to be the driving factor behind weight gain and obesity. It’s true that foods high in trans fats like donuts, French fries, and cookies can lead to weight gain, since these unhealthy fats increase LDL “bad” cholesterol, and suppress levels of …