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Fat Burning Exercises

In Fitness, Weight Loss by David Wainwright March 4th, 2020

Losing weight is not easy. It takes commitment to healthy eating and physical activity. Healthy weight loss is an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits. Creating a healthy lifestyle and taking care of your body can result in many positive outcomes. Not only will you achieve the body you’ve always wanted, but fat loss can also reduce many health risks. Why is physical activity important? Exercising regularly is important …

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Metabolism-Boosting Foods

In Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD March 4th, 2020

Metabolism plays an essential role in weight loss. Some people think they cannot change their metabolism, but age, gender, exercise, diet and genetics all strongly influence metabolism. Updating your diet and exercise routine may help boost your metabolism and help you take advantage of your body’s natural processes.  Check out these metabolism-boosting foods that can give you the kickstart you need:  Protein-rich foods: Protein-rich foods have the power to boost your metabolism because of the thermic …

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Low-Carb Foods to Satisfy Your Cravings

In Health and Wellness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD March 4th, 2020

Pizza, fries and anything with bread are just a few delicious types of carbs Americans love to eat on a daily basis. Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients the body needs (a macronutrient), especially when it comes to energy.  It is important to understand the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs tend to include leafy greens, mixed berries and cruciferous vegetables, whereas bad carbs come from sugary drinks, sweets …

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The Guide to Healthy Carbs

In Nutrition, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD January 20th, 2020

Anyone on a weight loss journey will tell you that carbs are bad. There are countless no-carb or low-carb diets out there that stress how horrible carbs are for weight loss. In reality, some foods with a high-carb value are actually very healthy. The trick is to understand the difference between a good carb and a bad carb while keeping moderation in mind as well.  Carbs are a much-needed macronutrient that help sustain the body …

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Rethink Your New Year’s Resolution

In Health and Wellness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD December 17th, 2019

Are you tired of making the same New Year’s resolution every year? You’re not alone. Most Americans abandon their resolution by February due to the unrealistic expectations they set for themselves. You may be surprised to hear that how you word your New Year’s resolution affects your ability to stick with it. Motivation is a mind game, but we know this year is your year to crush your goals. Here’s a tip to help: Focus …

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4 Fad Diets to Avoid in 2020

In Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD November 21st, 2019

Fad diets are ineffective diet plans typically brought to fame by celebrities. They have been around for years, but lately, it seems they are popping up all over the place. You see them in your favorite magazines, all over your social media timelines, and even your best friend swears her juice cleanse helped her lose 10 pounds. In reality, these fad diets are just that— a passing fad.  Most fad diets only lead to temporary …

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Is Strength or Cardio Better First?

In Fitness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD November 19th, 2019

Beginning your weight loss journey consists of two key things: diet and exercise. With the help of the Garcia Weight Loss team, constructing your personalized diet plan is easy. Drafting a solid exercise routine, on the other hand, takes commitment to understanding your body and your specific goals. One question we hear a lot is whether strength training or cardiovascular activity is better to do first.  Is Strength or Cardio Better First? There is no …

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4 Best Places to Run in Tampa Bay

In Fitness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD December 15th, 2020

We encourage our patients to get up and get moving during their weight loss journey. We provide comprehensive nutrition programs for our patients, but exercise is just as crucial to weight loss as diet. Without physical activity, you may not see the results you want in the time frame you desire.  Running, jogging or brisk walking are all terrific exercise options to get the blood flowing and the heart racing. To keep things exciting, we …

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7 Ways to Make Exercise Fun

In Fitness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD October 14th, 2019

It is easy to get bored with your workout routine and decide it is no longer worth participating in. When we don’t see the results we want fast enough, or we find the gym monotonous, we quit. It’s just human nature for the beginner to lose motivation after the first few months. Falling off the wagon is okay as long as you always remember to get back on. If you’re guilty of giving in to …

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National Diabetes Month

In Health and Wellness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD November 1st, 2019

November is National Diabetes Month! In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this year’s focus is on the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Adults with diabetes are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. This link is startling considering over 30 million Americans have diabetes, but 1 in 4 people are unaware of their condition. That is why the Garcia Weight Loss team is happy …