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10 reasons to lose 10 pounds (and how long it takes)

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

How often have you heard that those last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose? This may be true for many people. But evidence shows it’s the first 10 pounds that matter the most. “We are seeing major health benefits when a patient is able to lose just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight,” says Dr. Garcia. “This new standard for weight loss is a highly important goal to attain due to the …

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Ready to start losing weight? Start with these 5 habits

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Many factors are at work in determining how easily you can lose weight and keep it off. Some are not in your control, including your DNA and genetics. But, if you focus on small, doable changes, you can get started on the path to a healthier you. Start with these 5 simple weight-loss habits. 1. Start a food and drink diary A food journal can help you identify your own personal diet patterns and determine …

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The link between stress and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Are you constantly stressed? If so, it could be affecting your weight. Ongoing, chronic stress is strongly linked to weight gain. When faced with stressful situations, our adrenal systems release cortisol — a stress hormone that regulates a series of bodily processes. Cortisol influences blood sugar levels, macronutrient metabolism, blood pressure, and the central nervous system, as well as many other functions throughout the body. Cortisol also affects our body’s production of the hunger hormones …

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15 tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Holiday weight gain is a problem for nearly everyone. It can be incredibly easy to overeat during the holiday season. The spreads at holiday parties and buffets can present a wealth of tasty food options that could be detrimental to your waistline, such as cookies, fondues and cheese dips, chocolate fountains, fried appetizers, and more. Alcohol consumption can also lower your inhibitions and make you more likely to reach for tempting foods that you would normally …

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It’s all in your genes: How your DNA affects your weight

In Weight Loss by Jennifer Berry March 18th, 2019

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, chances are, you’ve asked yourself at least one of these questions: “Why can’t I lose this weight and keep it off?” “Why was that diet so successful for my friend but not for me?” “Why doesn’t cutting calories work for me?” For decades, we’ve all been told that simply eating less and being more active is the key to lasting weight loss. And in some respects, this is …

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From the doc: The link between gut health and weight loss

In Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. November 30th, 2018

If you’ve read any of our past blogs, you know that achieving a healthy weight is not as simple as eating less and exercising more. We’ve discussed how hormone imbalances play a role in weight gain. We’ve also covered the importance of getting enough sleep and how it affects a person’s weight. And, we’ve shed light on the complex topic of how genetics and DNA affect weight. As research on obesity and weight continues to …

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Do vitamin B12 injections help with weight loss?

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Adequate levels of vitamins and nutrients are important for keeping all systems in your body functioning properly — including functions related to weight and metabolism. Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, plays a vital role in many of these processes. Vitamin B12 helps boost your metabolism, improves oxygenation, increases energy, and is often included in many comprehensive weight-loss and wellness programs. What is vitamin B12? B12 is one of the eight B vitamins that help …

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Research shows being overweight increases risk for cancer

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

New research shows that maintaining a healthy weight is critical to preventing cancer in women. Two new studies report that being overweight increases cancer risk, especially for women.  The latest reports are part of growing evidence that suggests a normal body weight is directly tied to a longer lifespan. A recent British study reports that obesity is on track to overtake smoking as the single biggest cause of preventable cancer in British women. A study …

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10 proven ways to get rid of belly fat

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Belly fat is typically regarded as an unsightly inconvenience, but extra fat around the midsection poses greater risks than simply interfering with the fit of your clothes. Excess visceral fat in the abdominal region is the most dangerous type of fat you can carry on your body. As opposed to subcutaneous fat, which is located directly under the skin, visceral fat surrounds the internal organs, and can increase the risk of serious health issues such …