Watch Your Calories During The Holidays

A patient of mine recently told me that this is the season of eating. It is indeed.

If we are lucky then we find ourselves surrounded by all types of rich and savory foods at this time of the year. It is easy to find an excuse to let yourself go almost every night of the week during this time of the year.

The average american will eat 3,000-4,500 calories during the Thanksgiving feast. That is the equivalent of 7 big macs. You’d have to swim almost 11 hours to burn off all of those calories. Continue reading Watch Your Calories During The Holidays

Don’t Starve Yourself To Lose Weight, or Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

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For years it has been a common misconception that a calorie is a calorie. If you eat one type of food that is 300 calories, it will affect you the same as any other type of food that contains 300 calories, was how food was looked at.

If this hypothesis were true, then a 300 calorie cookie would affect our body the same as a 300 calorie salad. We know that a cookie will not affect the body in the same way that a salad will. Continue reading Don’t Starve Yourself To Lose Weight, or Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

All Calories Are Not Equal

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When eaten, sugary foods and drinks, white breads and pasta, and high glycemic foods will cause a spike in blood sugar that will be followed by a longer period of low blood sugar and low energy. This leaves you craving more sugary foods so you can raise your energy levels back up.

New findings released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that these sugary or high glycemic foods affect the areas of our brains associated with craving, hunger, and reward, thus driving us to overeat.

The glycemic index is a list of how quickly foods are processed and digested in our bodies. Something that is processed very quickly, like white bread or white pasta, will have a high glycemic index. When digested, these foods will quickly cause a spike in the blood sugar which will illicit an insulin response, like what sugar does to your body. Continue reading All Calories Are Not Equal

All Diets Are Not Created Equally

There are many different diets out there. Some are more effective than others. Most diets will fail because it is impossible to stick with the extreme changes that most diets require. As the following study proves, the only eating strategy that works for weight loss is small and consistent changes made slowly over time. That way you will be able to sustain the changes potentially for the rest of your life. Continue reading All Diets Are Not Created Equally