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Best foods for weight loss: Load up your plate with these fruits and vegetables

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss August 14th, 2018

We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. But it can be hard to get all of your recommended daily servings. When trying to decide which ones to buy, are there some that are better than others? And are there any that are actually ideal foods for weight loss? The answer is yes. Certain fruits and vegetables, in addition to supplying your body with important vitamins, minerals, …

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10 foods that can cause a weight-loss plateau

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss August 13th, 20180 Comments

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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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss July 25th, 20180 Comments

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 Garcia Weight Loss June 21st, 2018

We’ve all heard the age-old diet advice to simply cut calories for weight loss. But for the many people who try this type of plan and don’t achieve success, calorie cutting is just not enough. Science is discovering more and more about how well our bodies actually use those calories, and it’s clear that there’s much more to this puzzle than the number of calories you eat on any given day. We know that variations …

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Your guide to a low-glycemic diet

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 24th, 2018

Have you ever tried a low-glycemic diet? A low-glycemic diet is one that focuses on foods with a low glycemic index, which is a number that indicates a food’s effect on blood sugar levels. The lower a food’s GI, the more slow and steady its effect on blood sugar levels. At Garcia Weight Loss, we have found that a low-glycemic diet is the best approach for promoting healthy, sustainable weight loss and other positive changes …

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How to fast for the best results

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss May 24th, 2018

Interesting in trying a fasting diet? Studies show that periodic fasting is associated with numerous benefits, including weight loss, cellular rejuvenation, reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure, and increased energy. Making fasting a regular part of your routine could lower your risk of disease and even extend your lifespan. But before you dive into the world of fasting, make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare — not just so your fast is …

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Why you should make health, not weight loss, your ultimate goal

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss April 12th, 2018

There’s a prevailing assumption in our culture that thin equals healthy. Thinness is perceived not only as the primary desired body type, but also as the healthiest. But this isn’t always the case, and re-evaluating our perceptions of what it means to be healthy is an important step in making significant progress toward our own health goals. Many people with enviable physiques aren’t actually healthy on the inside, and a thin person who eats a …

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The 10 best diets for your heart

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss February 15th, 2018

Heart 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 …

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How losing weight could help you save money

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss February 9th, 2018

Not only can an active and healthy lifestyle help you lose weight, it can also benefit you financially. Maintaining a healthy weight can help save thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime. Some of the benefits of losing weight include fewer doctor visits, fewer required prescriptions, and a reduced risk of severe health issues — all of which can help you save potentially thousands of dollars in healthcare costs. The cost of being …

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6 tips for a heart-healthy diet

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss February 2nd, 2018

Making lifestyle changes to improve your health, lose weight, and take care of your heart is a lifelong project that can be compared to a marathon rather than a sprint. If you approach it with the mindset that you can just make temporary changes, you’ll likely soon fall back into old habits and undo whatever progress you’ve made. Making significant improvements to your health requires adopting healthy habits that you can stick with for the …