Obese Face Higher Radiation

unduhan (51)Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health risks, it is no surprise that an increasing number of overweight and obese individuals are entering radiology clinics. Most medical imaging equipment, however, is designed with people of an average build in mind and not for overweight and obese patients. As a result, they are exposed to higher levels of radiation during routine X-ray and CT scans.

A few years ago, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were the first to calculate exactly how much additional radiation obese patients receive when undergoing a routine CT scan.

A scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvic area of obese patients showed that organs deep within the abdomen received 59% less radiation compared to normal weight patients. Because of the additional fat layers, when regular settings on the scanners were set, blurry images were produced. So, in order to assure there were enough x-ray photons passing through the body to form a good image, the power had to be turned up.

To get good images from obese patients, the RPI study results showed that the

The Big Fat Blame Game

unduhan (50)Think about this:

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, obesity most often develops from ages 5 to 6 or during the teen years, and a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult.*

A study of parents of over 2,000 5-year-olds found that parents underestimated their overweight child in 85% of the cases.*

If you don’t actually see overweight and obese clients every day, these high percentages might seem far fetched. However, I do… and they aren’t. And my own perspective on this matter is simple: Obesity in kids is the fault of parents. Want to call it poor parenting? I’m OK with that.

Of the many, here are the top three R.E.D.’s (rationalizations, excuses, denials) that parents say to me when it comes to their overweight kids. How many times have you heard a friend, relative or a neighbor say these things about their obese child? Perhaps, you even say them about your own.

“He’s a picky eater.”

Almost always, this means they won’t eat anything except high-fat, high-carb foods.

This is

The Allure Of Body Wraps And What They Can Do For Users

Many wonder why people invest in the final body applicator wrap. These wraps are not a product that will work overnight, but they do give results. There are a multitude of reasons people get them, and love them. Among those reasons are:

  • Weight loss – many report losing pounds from the wraps.
  • Reducing cellulite – some claim the ultimate body applicator wraps cut the simply appearance of cellulite.
  • Fat loss – people say a body wrap will melt fat away right through the skin.
  • Detox – removing toxins through the skin is possible, and body wraps are one way to do so.
  • Slimming effects – many users enjoy the slimming effects of using the ultimate body applicator wrap.
  • Relaxation – There’s something about using the product that helps de-stress.

More About Body Wraps

The final body applicator wrap is a type of wrap that covers the body in various trouble areas such as the chin and neck, waistline, arms and other areas. It works by firming the area, removing toxins, and basically subjecting the body to healthful lotions which improve elasticity, reduce cellulite and remove inches.

It takes about 20 minutes in most cases, and comes in various types and sizes depending on the client’s problem areas. Distributors instruct

This entry was posted on May 27, 2016 and tagged .

Stay Young & Beautiful, Without Worrying About the Costs Involved

It would be very unfair to say that only women need a break to rejuvenate themselves, well even men do! Those who go to office, meet with friends, run around to keep the family happy, they need a good relaxing body treatment like a refreshing body massage in a spa or a sauna bath after a tiresome week of work. There are different types of massages given in spas to relax the customer inside out. Two of the basic and best known are Swedish massage and Balinese massage. Massages are done is a very scientific way. Scientific because they consider the physiology of humans well and then use the correct pressure and strokes in a particular direction of the body. For Example:

Swedish massage – is used to relax the entire body with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood flow towards the heart. It is beneficial for increasing oxygen level in blood, improving circulation, decreasing toxins and increasing flexibility while easing muscle tension. Masseurs use circular pressure with hands and palms, bending and stretching of muscles, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping and some additional methods to relax muscle tension. It is like a relaxing physiotherapy. Deep tissue massage is a

Why Ultimate Body Applicator Wraps Are So Popular And If This Is A Good Career Opportunity

Ultimate body applicator wraps are fantastic products used in private homes and salons on a daily basis. There are many things you need to know about these products and what makes them so popular with men and women today. What you may not know is that these give a great career opportunity, a chance to make extra cash and help people in your area get access to these amazing and proven products wherever you are in the world now.

The first thing you need to know about these products is that they stimulate circulation. This not only gets the heart pumping, but ensures that you get good flow throughout the body. The focus on the final body applicator wrap is that you cover your body in a special contouring cream and then cover with a wrap, which is similar to an ace bandage. This allows the cream to really soak into the body and in turn, increases the circulation, improving air flow and more within he body, reaching all organs and removing any impurities.

The body wrap will remove toxins from the body. In most instances you will be wrapped up like a mummy, covered in cream and bandages for around twenty

This entry was posted on May 24, 2016.

Health Benefits of Hot Tubs & Spas

unduhan (52)Relaxation and stress relief are the main results of hot tubs and spas. However, did you know there are many more health benefits to warm water therapy? Heat, buoyancy and massage are the three main healing factors of warm water therapy, resulting in a relaxing experience that relieves stress AND provides a variety of health benefits when used in conjunction. Anything from arthritis to stress can be controlled by the use of hot tubs and spas.

Here are the top 2016 health benefits of spas.

1. Arthritis. If you suffer from arthritis, you know there’s no better relief than soaking in a spa or hot tub. In addition to loosening the joints, such immersion in warm bubbly water reduces the force of gravity compressing the joints, decreases swelling and inflammation, and boosts your circulation. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation says this form of alternative therapy helps a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia, lower back pain and arthritis.

2. Stress and sleep. Endorphins that reduce stress are released when the body is massaged by warm water and hydrotherapy jets. This also helps dilate blood vessels and

Liposuction Is NOT a Weight Loss Strategy

I have worked with thousands of clients over the years, many of whom have come to me after having a liposuction procedure to learn how to eat correctly to lose a small amount of weight, 10 to 15 pounds, as well as how to keep it off so that the procedure they had would benefit them for a very long time. There have been others who were very overweight and asked me at the outset if I would be able to recommend to them a good plastic surgeon when they got to goal weight, or very close to it, to take care of excess skin and to contour their bodies. I recently, however, had a consultation with a very overweight woman who had 75 pounds to lose, who told me she only wanted to lose 50 pounds and then she wanted to lose the rest by liposuction! She was adamant about the course she wanted to take. I was adamant in refusing to take her as a client.

To anyone who thinks that liposuction is a good weight loss tool, here’s a newsflash: It most certainly is not.

    1. Liposuction is a surgical procedure and requires some type of anesthesia, whether local
This entry was posted on April 22, 2016.

Just Say NO to Food Pushers

Pusher: “Here, try this.”

Addict: “No, thanks.”

Pusher: “Are you sure?”

Addict: “Yes, thank you.”

Pusher: “C’mon, you’re doing great on your diet; you can have one little piece.”

Addict: “No, really; I’m sure. Thanks.”

Pusher: “Aren’t you going to have any dessert?”

Addict: “No, dinner was enough; I’m full, thanks.”

Pusher: “My cheesecake not good enough for you anymore?”

Addict: “I know it’s delicious, but no thanks this time.”

Pusher: “Well, you’ll have to take some home, OK?”

Addict: “No, thanks for the offer, but I’ll pass.”

… or, “There’s only one doughnut left. Want it?”

… or, “You’ve lost enough weight. You need to put on a few pounds.”

… or, “I only serve this once a year. You can get back on track tomorrow.”

The word Addict in these scenarios might be a bit strong because, of course, not everyone who is trying hard to lose or control weight is a food Addict. However, anyone who doesn’t take No for an answer IS most certainly a Pusher.

In the above two scenarios, the Addict stayed the course and stood his/her ground. However, in my experience with new clients, that is often not the case early on in their weight loss program. Clients tell me how, as they’ve always done, they gave in

Which Comes First, Depression or Obesity

Many people who are overweight or obese suffer with depression. I’ve been asked numerous times for my opinion: “What comes first-depression or obesity?” In my experience with clients, the answer is ‘both.’

Obese people are more likely to become depressed. Severely overweight people may be more likely to become depressed because they are dissatisfied with their appearance, as well as may experience stigma and discrimination, causing obesity to be accompanied by low self-esteem, low self-worth and guilt. This creates a chronic stressful state, causing significant physical dysfunction, which predisposes individuals to depressed mood.

The physical toll obesity takes on the body is discouraging, and it is difficult to deal emotionally with chronic diseases that are caused and exacerbated by being overweight. Therefore, obese people are more likely to become depressed as they experience poor health.

People suffering with depression are more likely to become obese. One of the symptoms and consequences of depression is that too often those who suffer with it have difficulty taking good care of themselves.

  • Obesity brings on fatigue, not only from carrying around excess weight but also from sleep deprivation. Those who are overweight or obese, and suffering with depression, are less inclined towards exercise or other forms of
This entry was posted on March 27, 2016.

The 8-Step Program for Weight Loss Goals

I was recently asked this question, “Why is getting in the right frame of mind the key to achieving weight loss results?” Now, obviously, by starting that question with the word “why” instead of “do you think,” or “is,” this individual was (a) telling me what he thought to be a fact; and (b) assuming that I agreed with him. I do not.

For most who are very overweight or obese, it’s not about waiting to get in the right frame of mind… or becoming ‘ready.’ In my experience, most won’t. Instead, they’ll wait for a major event in their life-a heart attack, a stroke, a cancer, a diabetes diagnosis, etc.-to give them the wake-up slap in the face they need (and I’m amazed at how many people do experience those major events and STILL aren’t “ready”). When I hear this from someone, I’ll flat out ask them, “What are you waiting for? Your nextstroke? The one that leaves you paralyzed?” Or, “When will you be in the right frame in mind?… when the diabetes turns into Type 1 and you’re on insulin?” Or, “What are you waiting for?… the cancer to return and take your other kidney?” These folks,

Weight Loss for Women: Ladies, Can We Talk?

Recently, as I started to box up charts of clients from years ago to make room for more current clients, I started to go through many of those old charts, paying particular attention to the last line on the questionnaire we have everyone fill out when they arrive for the consultation: Please give three reasons, in order of importance, why you want to lose weight. It was an eye-opener for three reasons:

  1. Answers were most often very different by gender.
  2. It was surprising how many clients did not list ‘health’ as priority #1.
  3. The responses haven’t changed over the decades!

Today, I want to address many of these responses from females. If you are an overweight or obese woman, see if perhaps any of these responses given by our clients to that question above applies to you. I’ve grouped them together by stages of life (single, married, grandparents).

  • I hate attending social events because I’m embarrassed by my size; I think everyone is focused on me.
  • I hate going shopping because I can’t buy what I’d like to wear; I can only buy clothes that cover my body.
  • I can’t enjoy winter sports as much as I used to: I used to love skiing and ice
This entry was posted on March 19, 2016 and tagged , .

Which Is Better, Panko or Regular Breadcrumbs?

This is a question I get asked quite a lot and to answer it, I’ll start with another question:

So, what exactly is panko?

Sometimes in cooking, a crispy, crunchy texture is a must. One of the most reliable ways to achieve this result is to fry something. However, I don’t want my clients to eat something deep fried (and I don’t either), and no one wants to deal with a pot full of frying oil afterward. The answer? Panko.

Panko is the Japanese word for ‘small pieces of bread.’ There are two general types of panko sold in stores: White panko is made without crusts, and tan panko is made from the whole loaf, bread and all. What makes panko special is the texture, not the taste. What sets panko apart from regular bread crumbs is the processing.

The bread is processed in such a way that the resulting panko looks like flakes rather than crumbs. Just as all snowflakes are different, all panko crumbs are different. The flakiness means a much broader surface area than regular bread crumbs. These irregularly shaped crumbs of bread have pointed ends, like shards of broken glass. What this means for your cooking is crispier coatings,

This entry was posted on March 1, 2016.

Weight Loss Motivation: WHY, HOW and WHEN

It would come as no surprise that one of the questions I am often asked is, What are some of the motivational tips you provide to clients to stay motivated and focused in order to achieve their weight loss goals? There are many… but the best way I can answer this question is to say there’s a WHY, HOW and WHEN as relates to weight loss motivation.


As far as I’m concerned, the #1 tip-and, really, the only tip that matters-that I give to everyone to stay motivated on their weight loss journey is: Ask yourself why you began? What was the catalyst to begin in the first place? Was it that you are tired of feeling ashamed or embarrassed of how you look? Was it that you don’t like to go out and, therefore, feel socially isolated? Was it that you hate going shopping being able to only buy clothes that cover you up instead of clothes you’d like to wear? Is it problems in intimacy with a spouse or partner? Is it to set an example for your children who are also overweight and you want to instill some new habits in the household? Is it because

This entry was posted on February 22, 2016 and tagged .

When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

You’ve heard over and over again how a food diary is the most powerful proven aid for dieters, that those who keep a food diary lose more weight. And that’s true. But, food diaries are also a very important tool for those who have lost weight and need to keep it off, as well as for those who are slim and who want to stay that way!

While there are those who recommend you ‘record’ what you eat throughout the day (as in eat, record; eat, record), I don’t. In my offices, based on how much weight a client needs to lose, or based on the weight a successful client is trying to maintain, they have a certain amount of food that they must eat every day, and it is not possible for them (or you) to have a plan only in their heads, record each item of food they eat as they go along, and then hope it all works out at the end of the day. No, sorry… that doesn’t work even with the best of intentions. When clients do that one of two things always happen: (1) They eat too much; or (2) They eat too little.

This entry was posted on February 19, 2016 and tagged .

The Pitfalls of PCOS

I see a lot of young girls and teens who have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)–and most don’t even know they have it when they first meet me. Not only are these girls overweight and unhappy, but almost always by the time they get to me they’ve really been through the ringer. What do I mean by that? I’ll get to it in a minute.

First, in the simplest terms, PCOS is a health condition linked with both hormone imbalance and insulin resistance. Women with PCOS have greater chances of developing several serious health conditions, but note: It is the #1 cause of infertility issues affecting women of child-bearing age.

The hormones involved in controlling girls’ periods, and ultimately reproduction, are produced in the pituitary gland located in the brain. In PCOS two of these hormones, luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are produced in proportions that are off kilter. The imbalance of these two hormones prevent the follicles (the egg-containing structure in the ovary, one of which should grow monthly to release an egg) in the ovary from developing properly. They tend to remain small and don’t mature enough to release an egg. As a result, a string of

Is Your Throat Fat?

When you are overweight you have excess body fat both inside and outside. Too many people never think about the fat on the inside, but it affects you just as much. In this case fat can build up on the inside of the throat. This alone can partially block your airway and not just during sleep either.

Any extra bulk in this area is a bad thing. It gets worse though. When you sleep, the extra fat tissue puts pressure on the structures of the throat. This leads to further constriction.

You may already know that excess body fat has an effect on your muscles. This is true for both internal and external fat. However, the effect is the same. All of that extra weight that doesn’t support itself saps the strength from your muscles.

It is also worth noting that all of the tissues in the throat become softer when you’re overweight. Softer throat tissues and loose muscles are two of the main reasons that older people are so prone to snoring. When you add softened tissues and loose muscles to partial blockage and extra pressure on the airway, you’re almost guaranteed to snore.

A little snoring here and there never hurt

How Divorced Parents Make Fat Kids

I came across a wonderful article not too long ago, For the Sake of the Children by Mel Schwartz, a psychotherapist and marriage counselor, which really struck a nerve with me. It speaks about, yes of course, ‘working’ at a marriage; that’s what we commit to on our wedding day. When all working fails, however, and if/when the time comes, the whole notion of ‘staying together for the sake of the kids’ is just plain bullshit (my word, not his). It’s always for the sake of the adults-their own fears, dependencies, insecurities, inadequacies, and concern for the public persona and what the neighbors will say. It’s never for the sake of the kids.

In my line of work, I see way too many overweight and obese kids. I don’t have to list for you all the physical, emotional, psychological and social issues they face because of their weight. And let me be very clear: Obesity in a child is a product of adult behavior-more specifically, THEIR PARENTS… even parents in a good marriage. However, in a divorce, it angers (and saddens) me how one or both adults who at one time in their lives loved each other enough to marry

This entry was posted on January 27, 2016 and tagged , .

I Want To Get Rid Of My Belly for Summer

As an endurance athlete folks often ask for advice as if I were some sort of personal trainer guru. I don’t mind, in a way it’s a complement and a testament to my physical condition and health. Not long ago, I was asked by a gal at Starbucks, who happened to be sipping on a 780 calorie Frappachino with whip cream, and extra pumps of syrup and drizzle. I was polite but firm, I didn’t want to pretend what she was doing right at that moment was part of her problem with obesity. Let’s talk, you see, this is the advice I gave her;

First, I hate to recommend this because I know it will be hard at first, but you have to ditch the bread, except multigrain wheat, and go easy on that even. If you drink sugary drinks or juice ditch those, sodas, cut down to only two a day. Pasta noodles, stop the flour noodles. Use real butter never margarine. Cakes, cookies and ice cream only one time per week, and try not to overdo it. Cereal — go multigrain on that too, hot cereal, honey and cinnamon, no sugar. Y

You can eat unlimited fruits and vegetables, no

This entry was posted on January 18, 2016 and tagged , .

The 4-Letter Word Women Love, But Hate

The name of this article is “The 4-Letter Word Many Women Love, But Hate!” Now you may be thinking how can you love and hate something at the same time? Well the 4-letter word I am referring to is D-I-E-T! Now you may be thinking okay… I totally get that!

I have tried many diets and at best they gave me a short-term fix. That wasn’t because the diet wasn’t effective; it was because I focused on dieting instead of making long-term changes so that I could experience long-term transformation. I focused on improving myself on the outside but not on the inside. And I didn’t understand how to maintain the weight loss after the diet ended.

I included love in this article as it relates to dieting, but often it is not actually the diet that we love. It is that inner feeling that we get when we first start a diet… and sometimes even before we start a diet. It is that feeling of accomplishment just thinking about how good we are going to feel and how sexy we are going to look. And it is the joy that comes from knowing that we are taking a HUGE step

This entry was posted on January 4, 2016 and tagged .

Become a Lady Boss At Losing Weight

There were many things that I didn’t feel like I had control of in my life. Just a few of the challenges I faced were the unexpected passing of my mother, the unexpected loss of my corporate nursing job (due to downsizing), and the unexpected passing of my 2 week old grandson. But one day I realized that it was a fact that there were many things in my life that I didn’t have control over, but there was at least one thing that I did have control over, and that was my weight.

Becoming aware of that made me feel powerful instead of power-less, and I felt like a boss! I felt like I was in charge and running things as it related to my weight. And I made up my mind once and for all that I wasn’t going to let the scale or food boss me around anymore.

You too can become a lady boss at losing weight. You can dictate the direction that your weight goes in. And that is regardless of your current weight. I remember when losing just a few pounds made me feel amazing and empowered! It was at that moment I realized that

This entry was posted on January 1, 2016.