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10 foods that can cause a weight-loss plateau

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

Have you recently stopped making weight-loss progress? It could be your diet. Certain foods can cause a weight-loss plateau, even if you’ve otherwise been making healthy choices and exercising regularly. Many foods generally touted as healthier options — such as granola bars, diet soda, and rice cakes — could actually be stalling your weight-loss progress instead of helping you reach your goals. Fortunately, scaling back on these foods or avoiding them altogether can help you …

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10 tips for keeping an awesome weight-loss journal

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

You probably already know that a weight-loss journal is a way to track what you’re eating and drinking each day. But it can be much more than this. A weight-loss journal is an indispensable resource on your path to better health — if you know how to use it to your advantage. Follow these tips to create a journal that will serve as a guide and inspiration as you work toward a healthier you. 1. …

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From the doc: Proper portion control for weight loss

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

One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that if you eat a lot of “healthy” foods, you’ll drop pounds. But losing weight is, unfortunately, not that simple. How much you eat matters just as much as what you eat. This is where portion control comes in. Portion control means that no matter what food you’re eating, you pay attention to how much you’re consuming in that serving. You know the portion size that is …

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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC May 13th, 2019

Medical treatments for chronic disease and even weight loss are focusing more and more on the need to prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Studies show that inflammation is a common underlying factor in all major degenerative diseases — including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes — and that it can also cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The good news: inflammation is linked to several diet and lifestyle factors. By making key changes in …

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Counting macros instead of calories may help you lose weight

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 26th, 2018

Macros, or macronutrients, have different functions in the body — and their ratio and amount are important when you’re trying to lose weight.  The macro diet is focused on the balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. The macro approach differs from the traditional diet approach of cutting calories for weight loss.  Many people try the traditional weight loss plan and don’t achieve success, because calorie cutting is just not enough. Science is discovering more and …

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How your DNA results could help you lose weight

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

We’ve been told that losing weight was a matter of burning more calories than you take in. But if you struggle to lose weight and keep it off, weight loss is much more than a numbers game. A DNA test focused on your weight-loss goals can be a valuable tool in helping you lose weight. Knowing your genetic tendencies toward weight gain — and how to maximize your own personal weight-loss potential — could provide …

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Can essential oils help you lose weight?

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

Essential oils are a popular remedy for curing ailments such as headaches and congestion. Did you know they may even be able to help you lose weight? Research indicates that essential oils can influence several processes throughout the body that are related to weight, such as hunger, stress, and energy levels. Although essential oils don’t necessary promote weight loss directly, by helping to improve your overall well-being in these areas, they can promote healthy habits …

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How to use your FSA to pay for weight loss

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

If your doctor recommends that you lose weight to improve a medical condition, you may be able to use your FSA funds for a weight-loss program. Do you have a flexible spending account (FSA) through your employer? If you aren’t already taking advantage of this benefit, you may want to consider enrolling to help you with your weight-loss journey.  Using your FSA to improve your health is a wise investment. How to use FSA to …

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How to start a walking program for weight loss

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

Looking for a workout routine that will help you shed weight? Most people think running is the answer for burning the most calories, but that’s not necessarily the case. A 2015 British study found that people who chose walking as their primary form of fitness weighed less than those who followed an exercise regimen based on running, swimming, or cycling. Walking is free, available to everyone, and easy to start. It’s also easy on the …

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How to set and achieve better weight-loss goals

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

When it comes to setting and achieving weight-loss goals, one of the most important things to remember is to make them realistic. Weight loss is no different — it takes planning, commitment, and time, especially if you need to identify and resolve any underlying health issues that may be contributing to weight gain. Experts tend to agree that two pounds per week is a safe and realistic rate of weight loss (although you may experience …