Additives Info Corn Syrup

Aug 18th, 2014No Comments

Additives Food Corn Syrup lose weight

Corn Syrup

Sweetener, thickener
Commonly found in: Beverages, cake, candy, cereal, cookies, syrup, yogurt

Corn syrup — which consists mostly of dextrose — is a sweet, thick liquid made by treating cornstarch with acids or enzymes. It is sometimes dried and used as corn syrup solids in coffee creamers and other dry foods. It has no nutritional value other than calories, it promotes tooth decay, and it is used mainly in foods with little nutritional value.

What to do about Corn Syrup? Cut back and/or stay away. This will ensure you enjoy steady weight loss and maintenance.

Unavoidable Halloween Candy. How to Handle It.

Oct 31st, 2013No Comments

Halloween candy. How to avoidHalloween candy was that highly treasured and desired reason that you went trick-or-treating as a child (and, potentially, as a teenager, too).

If you are an adult now you likely have hung up your trick or treating costume. If you still celebrate Halloween as an adult, you probably throw or attend Halloween parties, at which you once again have to face that age-old temptation of whether to binge on Halloween candy or not.

Since many people find it challenging to simply rely on self-control when it comes to eating Halloween candy in moderation, you may need some pointers on how to avoid eating too much Halloween candy.

Eat in the Company of Others

Simply surround yourself with other people if you want to avoid binging on Halloween candy. Because of the psychological characteristic of self-consciousness, being in a group of people will cause you to be more conscious of what and how much food you are eating. You are more prone to overeating when you are by yourself, but with other persons around you, you are held accountable publicly. If you happen to converse with those people around you that will work additionally to limit the frequency that you put Halloween candy in your mouth. So eating while people are around you is a super-easy and effective means of keeping yourself from binging on Halloween candy.

Give The Candy Away!

Another way to avoid binging on Halloween candy is to just give away a significant portion of your share. If you happen to throw a party and have quite a bit of candy left over, make sure you give it away to others, such as trick-or-treaters or guests departing for the night. Perhaps you have nieces or nephews whom you could surprise with an additional treat, bring it to a children’s mission home or even to a local grade school to use for treats.

Drink Water!

Another great way to guard against binging on Halloween candy is to ensure that you fill yourself up. Drinking water means that you will simultaneously hold a cup to your lips, thereby interrupting the continuous and hypnotic motion of lifting your fingers to your mouth to put in yet another piece of Halloween candy. What is even better is to drink with a straw. Water is always a good choice because it has no calories and is a natural substance.

Happy Halloween!

Celebrity Weight Loss Lies. Featuring Tori Spelling

Oct 30th, 2013No Comments

tori spelling starvation dietTori Spelling lied about how she lost weight. No kidding.

Tori Spelling recently admitted in her book, Spelling It Like It Is, that she lied to US Weekly about how she lost weight. She didn’t lose it by eating a “healthy” diet of fish, veggies, soups, and “sensible” snacks like rice cakes, edamame, hummus, and avocado like she claimed.

What she actually did is basically starve herself. She calls it the “Just Keep Your F—ing Mouth Shut and Eat Air diet”.

I think it is great to hear a celebrity actually tell the truth about the drastic measures they take to lose weight and make themselves camera ready. Because we are bombarded by Photoshopped photos of celebrities in magazines and, consciously or not, we internalize the message that we should look like that. Even though they don’t even really look like that!

And we are sold diets based on the celebrity that is getting paid to promote them. Do we all really believe that Jennifer Hudson lost all that weight by eating prepackaged frozen meals? Really? There wasn’t a personal chef and a personal trainer to help that along? Riiightt…

It is unrealistic to hold the average person up to the standards set by the fashion industry and Hollywood. For the models that say, “Oh I don’t exercise, I’m just naturally thin.”, it’s  bet there’s most likely an eating disorder or speed pills lurking behind there.

So, I applaud Tori Spelling for telling the truth. Losing weight the right way takes time and effort. You don’t just drop 45 pounds overnight. Unless, of course, you want to starve yourself on the “Just Keep Your F—ing Mouth Shut and Eat Air diet”. That’s healthy! (Not.) And torturous. Definitely.

At the Genetix Program, our dedicated team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists will work with you every step of the way to lose weight naturally, safely, and effectively. No starvation required! :-) You can do it and we can help!

Gut sleeve as a future weight loss tool?

Oct 25th, 2013No Comments

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Intestinal barrier sleeve….well, doesn’t that sound enticing?

What is an intestinal barrier sleeve (also known as a gut sleeve)? It is a new procedure that has so far only been tested on rats. It is intended to be a possible alternative to bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, which is currently performed on patients that are more than a hundred pounds overweight.

In the procedure a thin tube is inserted through the mouth into the stomach. A flexible, non-permeable silicone sleeve would be placed near the end of the stomach, reaching to the first part of the small intestine. The gut sleeve would work by preventing the absorption of calories and nutrients from the intestine.

If the procedure does turn out to be safe and effective in humans, it would avoid some of the inherent risks of irreversible weight loss surgery, such as perforation of the colon or death from anesthesia. Currently, the biggest risk associated with the intestinal barrier sleeve is the chance that it will not stay in place.

However, what gastric bypass, or any other kind of physical intestinal intervention, does not address are the emotional triggers and behaviors that lead people to overeat in the first place. It is not uncommon for patients that have had weight loss surgery to develop an alcohol, drug, shopping, or any other kind of addiction because the underlying issues don’t go away just because the ability to eat as much food is blocked.

People attempting to lose weight need the support of someone who can help them address their issues and move toward a healthy relationship with food, instead of just an artificially stunted one.

Effective and lasting weight loss requires a change in behavior. Sticking to that new behavior requires accountability to someone other than yourself. And that’s what the Genetix Program does best.

Change your lifestyle with the Genetix Program. Our team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists can support you in achieving these goals with behavior modification. You can do it and we can help!

Lose weight by chewing more

Oct 21st, 2013No Comments

chew food to lose weightCan you really lose weight by chewing your food more thoroughly? Yes! Up to 25 extra pounds in a year.

Most of us know that in order to reduce our weight we need to choose the right foods to put in our mouths, but what we do after the food is in there is important, too.

With our typical on-the-go lifestyles, many of us are accustomed to wolfing our food down as quickly as possible while we are doing other things. (Full disclosure: I am actually eating my lunch as I type this.) Good for saving time, but not as good for our weight loss endeavors.

This is because you are short-circuiting the normal communication between your stomach and your brain.

In a slow and mindful eating session your stomach and brain send each other signals about fullness. Very simply, the stomach will indicate to the brain that it is getting full and then the brain will send a STOP signal.

But when you shovel it in like you’re trying to get in under a time limit, it takes longer for your brain to get the “full” message and you end up ingesting a lot more than necessary. In fact, research shows that chewing every bite about 40 times can help you eat up to 12% less than if you scarf it down.1

And, adding to the problem, says Dr. David A. Kessler, M.D., author of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite (Rodale, 2009), is the fact that many of the processed foods available today have a soft “pre-chewed” texture to them. Yuck.

Foods that are high in fat like french fries and cakes are soft and easy to swallow, which reduces the need for saliva and chewing. Of course, that allows us to gulp them down as fast as we can.

How do we get ourselves to chew more and ingest less?

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Turn off the T.V.
  2. Don’t read while eating. (Maybe don’t type an article while eating.)
  3. Put your fork down between bites.
  4. Count your chews. 40 times per bite is the suggested amount.
  5. Sip water between bites.
  6. Have a conversation.

Eating mindfully and chewing food thoroughly does not come naturally to many of us and does take practice. But doing so regularly is how the extra weight loss of up to 25 pounds a year comes in to play. That’s a benefit that is well worth your chewing time.

Change your habits with the Genetix Program. Our team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists can support you in achieving these goals with behavior modification. You can do it and we can help!


The Dukan Diet. You might not want to “Du” it.

Oct 18th, 2013No Comments

dukan diet kate middletonKate Middleton showed up at a volleyball match recently looking very svelte and beautiful and completely absent of any extra baby weight. How did she do it so quickly?

Reportedly, Princess Kate followed the Dukan Diet. It’s a high-protein, low-carb diet that is sure to be all the rage shortly due it’s relation to the princess and a couple of other celebrities.

But is this fad diet safe?

The Dukan Diet is similar to the The Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet in that it is a high-protein, low-carb diet. It promotes rapid weight loss through a 4-phase system.

The first phase, which lasts from 1-10 days, allows protein only. Dieters in this phase can expect rapid weight loss. But they should also be prepared for the decidedly unglamorous side effects of bad breath, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue.

The second, third, and fourth phases allow for incrementally more calories/carbs with a focus on a maintenance plan that includes a weekly all-protein day, plus oat bran and exercise.

This diet should definitely allow you to lose weight because it is highly calorie-restrictive. But according to Keri Gans, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, it will not be all that healthy for you because it cuts out important nutrients like fruits, whole grains and healthy fats.

The bottom line is that if you are following a healthy diet, you should feel good. Restricting calories to the point of bad breath, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue is not only unpleasant but a sign that the diet isn’t healthy for you.

At the Genetix Program, our dedicated team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists will work with you every step of the way to lose weight naturally, safely, and effectively. You can do it and we can help!

Are weight loss apps effective?

Oct 18th, 2013No Comments

do weight loss apps workAre weight loss apps effective?

Most of the women I know, including myself, have used a weight loss app at some point in their never-ending quest to lose weight and keep it off. My personal experience was that after a few weeks of diligent calorie-entering every time a morsel of food crossed my lips I got tired of spending the time to enter calories and exercise. Especially when it came to entering a meal like a homemade casserole, which combines several different food types. Estimating the percentages of the different ingredients in the casserole ate up (no pun intended) valuable time that I felt could have been better spent doing other things. Almost any other thing. It would have been helpful to have someone to help me figure that out.

Then came the shameful “cheat” days. On those days when I went off the rails and ate way too much, the thought of entering all those calories was daunting. I found myself avoiding the reality of the situation by neglecting to update the app that day.

And after awhile I just plain lost the motivation to keep up with the app. At this point, when my own mind was busy working against me, I needed support to bolster my motivation and to remind me of why I started this weight loss journey to begin with. But I wasn’t accountable to anyone other than myself, so what was the point really?

Another weight loss attempt bites the dust.

So I was not at all surprised when I read about the recent study from the University of Massachusetts Medical School(1) which found that most of the 30 most popular weight loss apps failed to help motivate people to stick to their weight loss program. Another overall shortcoming was the apps’ inability to address behavioral issues such as stress eating, irregular meals, and negative thinking. No kidding!

Effective and lasting weight loss requires a change in behavior. Sticking to that new behavior requires accountability to someone other than yourself. The apps that are available currently can’t provide you that motivation and accountability, but a real, live person can. And that’s what the Genetix Program does best.

Change your lifestyle with the Genetix Program. Our team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists can support you in achieving these goals with behavior modification. You can do it and we can help!


Hypothyroid medical treatment is not linked to weight loss

Oct 17th, 2013No Comments

thyroid medication not linked to weight lossHypothyroidism — decreased thyroid function — is one of the many reasons (excuses) people offer up as to why they can’t lose weight.

“It’s glandular, it’s my genetics.” Have you ever heard that? Or said it?

A new study presented by researchers from the Boston University Medical Center at the annual American Thyroid Association meeting found that, contrary to popular belief, effective treatment with levothyroxine (LT4) to restore normal thyroid hormone levels is not associated with clinically significant weight loss in most people. 1

That was a surprising finding to everyone because it has long been thought that decreased thyroid function leads to weight gain. Therefore, it would seem that restoring thyroid function through medication would lead to weight loss. Apparently this is not so. In fact, only about half of the hypothyroid patients successfully treated for their hypothyroidism lost weight.

This leaves the door open to the possibility that hypothyroidism is not necessarily the cause of obesity.

As Ronald J. Koenig (M.D., Ph.D, Program Committee Co-Chair, and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor) explains, “Because obesity and hypothyroidism are very common, there are many patients who have both conditions. These patients (and sometimes their physicians) often assume the hypothyroidism is causing the obesity even though this may not be the case.”

Hmmmm … I guess some of us might have to come up with a different excuse.

Or, better yet! We can leave the excuses behind and take positive steps towards losing weight with the support of the Genetix Program’s dedicated team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists. You can do it and we can help!


Common Myth About Losing Weight

Oct 13th, 2013No Comments

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Common Myth About Losing Weight

As a doctor, one of the most common things I hear from my patients is: “Doc, I’m overweight because this is just cold weather weight. It comes on every fall and winter, and then I take it off in spring.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t hibernate in a cave. So is this a legitimate reason or just one of many excuses.

The fact is that typically Americans add on five to eight pounds every winter but only take off one to two in the spring. The net effect is staggering – we tend to gain 10 to 20 pounds every decade.

This got me thinking on other common myths that people believe to be true about their weight that just aren’t true.

So let’s review: Did you know: 33 percent of all adults are overweight. We spend over $30 billion a year on weight-loss programs and $68 billion on extra health care because we are a fat nation.

Despite what you see on television, there is no magic potion or pill, fat blaster or sugar blocker that will shed your pounds without hard work. Sorry, folks. That’s nonsense that is designed to empty your wallet.

Weight loss is easy to understand, but difficult to do. It comes from burning more calories than you take in. The difficulty lies in that some people are much more metabolically efficient – able to extract more calories from the food they eat. They are “efficient absorbers.”

Then you have other individuals who can burn more calories from “rest.” When you look at these ideal-weight people, you find that many of them are always moving all day. One study I read years ago showed these type of people burn an extra 300 to 500 calories just by constantly moving around (You probably know someone like that).

A person’s genetics play a role, but we’re not a slave to our genes. It’s a myth that because your mother or father are overweight that you are necessarily going to be overweight, as well. The genes give us a propensity for slimness or obesity, but they are not the deciding factor. What we do counts for more.

Recent research shows that a person’s fat content is regulated more by hormones, especially the hormone Leptin, which is excreted by fat. As we understand how Leptin works we’ll have the ideal fat-buster pill. And believe me, there’s lots of money in this game so the research on Leptin is proceeding full-speed ahead.

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