Weight Loss

  1. ‘Mindful’ diet won’t help you lose weight

    Chew on this crazy new diet advice

    Sometimes, I just can't believe the nonsense I read.

    A new report in The Washington Post, of all places, claims that your diet isn't about WHAT you eat.

    It's about HOW you eat it and how you FEEL about your food.

    Now I understand where the "fake news" label comes from!

    This bit of nutty business comes from several strange reports on the concept of "mindfulness," or the notion that some level of thoughtfulness about what and how you eat can directly influence your weight loss.

    I'm not going to dismiss the notion of putting a little thought into your food.

    And I'd love it if "mindfulness" meant that they were calling on people to say grace before their meals.

    But you know that's not what they're talking about.

    It's just the usual New Age mumbo-jumbo that the mainstream just loves to prattle on and on about. The Washington Post even claims that studies show that this "mindfulness" -- including meditation -- can help dieters lose weight and keep the pounds off.

    Think that's bad?

    Wait... it gets worse!

    Just when you think that the report couldn't get any more ridiculous, it praises the concept of "slow chewing."

    That's when slower eating supposedly helps you lose weight.

    The newspaper even cited a study that claims fast chewers who slow down can cut their risk of obesity by 42 percent.

    Sounds good, right?

    Here's what it didn't mention: In order to make that claim, the study had to come up with a completely NEW definition of obesity!

    This wasn't just a minor change, either. Researchers behind the study shifted the BMI for obesity from 30 all the way down to 25, a difference of between 25 and 40 pounds depending on your height.

    That means they must've started out with folks who have a BMI even less than that -- people who are already very slender and not as prone to weight gain in the first place.

    You can't take a study like that seriously.

    Yet The Washington Post sure did.

    Here's the real deal: You absolutely SHOULD put some thought into your food, and nearly all of us could slow down a little (in everything, not just food).

    But if you want to lose weight... if you want to drop the pounds and keep them off... the answer isn't in "mindfulness" or "slow chewing."

    It's action!

    Switch to the varied and delicious Mediterranean lifestyle, which is modified to eliminate grains (even whole grains). Make that switch today, and you'll lose weight without having to worry about your chewing speed.

    And it never hurts to say grace.

    For one-on-one diet advice, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the San Diego area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Researchers’ ‘best’ diets are both duds

    Why the two 'best' diets DON'T work

    It's the battle of the diets, and we have a winner.

    A new study put two of the most popular diets up in a head-to-head match over one-year clinical trial.

    Some of the dieters went low-fat. The rest went low-carb. And the results are surprising a lot of people.

    There were almost no differences between the two.

    At the end of the year, the low-carb dieters lost about half a pound more than the folks on the low-fat diet. Both sets of dieters also improved by nearly every other key measure: They cut body mass index, body fat percentage, and waistlines.

    They also had similar improvements in blood pressure, insulin, glucose, and blood fats (although the low-carb dieters had bigger improvements in both HDL cholesterol and triglycerides).

    That's enough for the media to declare that BOTH diets are winners.

    But take one look at the actual results, and I think we can reach another conclusion altogether.

    Both diets LOST!

    Everyone may have improved, but they didn't improve by much.

    In fact, at the end of the study -- one full year later -- the folks who went low-fat lost a little less than 12 pounds, while the folks who went low-carb lost a hair over 12 pounds.

    I'm not going to knock it -- losing weight is always great.

    But a pound a month of weight loss over the course of a year is not exactly what I'd call a success story.

    I'm not surprised by those results. There's a reason neither of these diets succeed over the long haul for most people.

    They're impossible to stick to.

    Sure, they both have their plusses. The low-fat diet restricts saturated fats, which really should be limited. The low-carb diet restricts sugars, grains, and other carbs, which are also bad for you.

    But they also have some pretty big minuses.

    When you go low-fat, you often end up feeling hungry. When you go low-carb, there are too many off-limits foods.

    Eventually you get frustrated and start to cheat. And eventually, the weight loss stops and some of the weight might even return.

    That's why I'm such a fan of the Mediterranean lifestyle. It allows for a sensible amount of fats -- even a little saturated fat -- so you feel full and satisfied as you lose weight.

    It also doesn't restrict too many foods aside from the truly unhealthy processed junk (although for best results, I would also urge you to severely limit grains, even whole grains).

    That makes it the kind of diet you can stick to for a lifetime. And in addition to helping you to lose weight, it will also cut your risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and more.

    You can do it on your own. I know you can. But if you need some one-on-one help, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not here in the San Diego area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Weight-loss plans can backfire, and here’s why

    Why is it so easy to gain weight back? (It's not what you think!) Losing weight is a battle for every pound. When you've fought hard to burn a little off, the last thing in the world you want is to give any of it back. Not even an ounce. Yet as any dieter knows... it happens. It happens so...
  4. Pain eased with a little weight loss

    Ease ANY pain with this ONE little change Here's one from the Department of No Kidding: Lose a little weight, and you can expect to have less pain. Not just certain types of aches, mind you. Name that pain, and it'll disappear down the drain! From common joint and back problems... to aches in your arms and chest... shedding a...
  5. Weight loss slashes breast cancer risk

    Cut your breast cancer risk by 42 percent Ladies, it's being billed as the easy way to slash your risk of some of today's leading killer cancers. One quick procedure, and you can wipe out cancer before ever has a chance to take hold. I bet you're thinking there's a catch. Of course there is... and it's a doozy! The...
  6. Burn fat with berberine – not drugs!

    Turbo-charge weight loss with this potent herbal secret It's the supposed breakthrough that the clueless media claim will lead to a powerful new weight-loss drug. Pop this magic pill, and your dangerous and unsightly layer of fat will transform into a calorie-burning machine. And you'll have a slimmer, trimmer you in no time at all. But don't get your hopes...
  7. Weight loss accelerated with olive oil

    Speed weight loss with this simple salad topping It's the simple secret to weight loss: Just sprinkle this stuff onto your food, and you can watch your waistline practically shrink before your eyes. It tastes great... and it's available at every supermarket in the nation. The secret? Plain old olive oil! For years, researchers have been baffled by why the...
  8. Disability linked to being sedentary

    How to hold onto your independence as you get older MOVE it... or LOSE it! When it comes down to it, that's the most important piece of advice I could ever give you -- especially if you're a little older. Sure, you need to eat right and watch your nutrition. Those are important parts of the "big" picture, including protection...
  9. Simple trick to fitness can stop deadly disease

    Get fit in just 21 minutes a day Change your health... and change your LIFE... in just 21 minutes? I know that sounds too good to be true, but new research reveals the effortless 21-minute secret to better health, stronger muscle, and a lower risk of chronic disease. It's so easy that anyone can do it. It won't cost you...
  10. Testosterone levels sink due to common chemical

    This 'hidden' chemical can sap your manhood Guys, you know what "right" feels like... and right now, it feels like everything has gone wrong at once. You've got less energy than a high schooler during exams week. You're gaining weight like a bear heading into hibernation. And your libido seems to have clocked out for a break -- years ago...
  11. Weight-loss devices linked to deadly risk

    WARNING: Weight-loss treatment linked to death risk There's an urgent new warning for anyone considering the "latest and greatest" weight-loss method. This one's getting plenty of attention because it has a sales pitch that's tough to beat. You DON'T have to follow any restrictive diet... and you DON'T need any real surgery. But you DO lose weight -- and lots...
  12. How soda messes up your metabolism

    Just ONE soda can do this to your body It's 2017, and no one's under any illusions anymore. Soda's bad, right? We all know that, yet I bet you've had a soda at some point recently. Don't be too hard on yourself over it -- soda's a multi-billion-dollar industry, so you're hardly alone. The reason it remains popular is simple...
  13. Dust chemicals linked to weight gain

    You won't believe what else could be making you fat You know how all the wrong foods and drinks can make you fat. But most folks don't realize that you could stick to a perfect diet and STILL struggle to lose weight. In some cases, you might even gain it. One reason for it isn't in something you're eating. It's...
  14. Weight loss protects against heart failure

    Spot your heart risk with this one easy step You can't get a heart scan any old time you feel like it. But you CAN get a glimpse of the health of your heart easily enough -- and it's with something that's probably sitting in the bathroom right now. It's your scale. Some folks step on it every morning. Others...
  15. Curcumin wipes out liver fat

    Melt away the most DANGEROUS type of fat... effortlessly A little extra belly fat is easy enough to cover up. Loose clothes and a tighter belt might not be comfortable, but no one will know you've gained a couple of pounds. Except you. You'll be painfully aware of it -- literally, if the belt is so tight you can hardly...
  16. Metabolic syndrome risks can rise quickly

    How two weeks can wreck your health It can happen in a hurry. One day, you're enjoying the gentle warmth of May, spending as much time as you can outdoors. But then June hits -- and with it those nasty, sticky heat waves, all you want to do is shut the windows, seal the doors, and crank up the A/C...
  17. Cinnamon can fight damage of fatty foods

    Boost your metabolism with this spicy secret Autumn might be four long and steamy months away, but there's one part of the season we should keep around all year long. Cinnamon isn't just for pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, and hot drinks on cool nights. It also packs a powerful punch when it comes to your health. Studies show it can...
  18. Waistline is more important than weight

    This one measurement tells you everything Forget the scale... and break out the measuring tape. We all like to associate our weight with our health, but let's face it: It's not because it's the BEST measurement. It's the EASIEST! We can step on the scale and get an instant answer (even if it's one that makes you want to hide...
  19. Obesity is dangerous even if you’re “metabolically healthy”

    'Healthy obesity' doesn't exist You want a sure sign of how backward the world is spinning right now? Some folks are so politically correct that they actually think it's RUDE when a doctor tells them they're unhealthy because of their weight. It's true! That's not rude; that's just being honest. And I'm certainly not going to lie to my patients...
  20. Cancer linked to obesity

    Cut your risk of 11 forms of cancer today! The arrival of spring next week is a good time to give your home the once-over to look for trouble spots, especially if you live someplace where the winter was rough. The windows might need some caulk... the back door may have taken a beating... and who knows what may have...

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