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How a Dietary Meal Plan Can Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals Oct 1st, 2019

If you’ve tried to lose weight on your own, start to lose weight, then gain it all back when you lose control, it’s time to try a new approach.  Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, a board-certified physician in obesity medicine and a physician nutrition specialist, is prepared to help you on...

WarmSculpting with SculpSure: Lose Those Last Stubborn Pounds with Body Contouring Sep 1st, 2019

It doesn’t seem fair. You’ve worked so hard to lose your excess weight, and you’re looking and feeling so much better, but you just can’t get rid of those last stubborn pockets of fat. No matter how diligent you’ve been with your healthy diet and exercise, there’s resistant fat that...

Why Do Millions of Americans Have High Blood Pressure and Don't Know It? Aug 1st, 2019

48 percent of Americans 18 years of age or older (which is to say about 121.5 million of us) have some type of heart disease or disorder like hypertension. The even crazier part is many of those people don’t realize it until it becomes a serious problem. Dr. Adrienne Youdim...

How to Prevent Prediabetes From Becoming Full-Blown Diabetes Jul 3rd, 2019

If you have a family history of diabetes, or if you’ve recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, prevention is key to avoiding full-blown diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body processes and uses glucose, the building block of carbohydrates. Individuals with diabetes can’t regulate the balance between...

WarmSculpting™ with SculpSure®: A Great Noninvasive Treatment to Finish Off Your Weight Loss Journey Jun 19th, 2019

You’re finally seeing the weight loss results of all your hard work paying off. But if you’re still frustrated by those areas of stubborn belly fat you can’t seem to lose, you’re not alone. As you get older, your body starts changing how it stores fat. Even with the most...

Why Does Menopause Make It Tougher to Lose Weight, and What Can I Do About It? May 20th, 2019

If you’re entering menopause, or already through it, and you’re noticing an appreciable softening and expansion around your midsection, you’re not alone. Approximately two-thirds of women between the ages of 40 and 59 are overweight and this percentage jumps to three-quarters after the age of 60. While an increasingly sedentary...

Lets Re-define Comfort Food Feb 27th, 2019

What do you think of when you hear comfort food? French fries, mac’ n cheese, apple pie? What defines comfort food for us depends on our culture, our upbringing and on childhood memories. Food is nourishment, vitamins and minerals. Food is medicine.  But,  food also represents comfort, tradition, family and...

How Sitting Can Help you Lose Weight Dec 20th, 2018

It Counts Even if You are Standing Up How often have you started eating while you were looking in the fridge for something to eat? Or grabbed a handful of nuts as you walked past the kitchen, or finished off your kids leftovers standing up over the sink? So often...

There is no Free Lunch- At the Workplace Nov 7th, 2018

There is no Free Lunch Why your Work Lunch is Killing your Work Mojo Everyone loves a freebie right?  Especially when it is free food. And more often offices are using free lunches as a benefit to attract employees. But a recent study earlier this year reminds us that there...

Why Mindfulness Will Improve Your Relationship with Food Oct 8th, 2018

Let’s face it food is not just fuel. Food is family, food is love and sometimes it is also boredom, depression, anger and just plain old tired. We can all relate to using food in less than healthy ways. Ever do this? Get home exhausted from a looong day at...

Is Dairy the Devil? Sep 18th, 2018

I often hear my patients and others profess with pride that they have given up dairy. The way one might beam over giving up oreos or spicy cheetos. And while there may be reasons to limit certain food types for certain people, I have to scratch my head and wonder.  When...

So summer happened and you fell off the bandwagon… Sep 12th, 2018

So you started your summer with the best of intentions. With the summer coming, you bought your plane tickets and a supply of whey protein powder. But just as soon as you started noticing results you were off to vacation. One dining experience led to another and before you knew it...

Why Skipping Vacation is Hazardous to your Health Jul 27th, 2018

Summer is officially here! So have you planned your vacation yet or are you planning to power through? What if I told you that skipping out on your summer vacation not only leads to reduced productivity in the workplace but is also hazardous to your health? Alternatively, planning some downtime...

An Argument for Plant-Based Lite May 31st, 2018

The benefits of a plant based diet cannot be underestimated. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Nuts, seeds and avocados provide healthy fats- an important part of a heart healthy diet. Grains, beans and legumes are a good source of fiber, protein and also...

Medications for Weight Loss May 31st, 2018

There are real physiologic reasons why it is hard to lose weight “on your own.” The truth is that our bodies don’t want us to lose weight and have many ways to hinder us when we try. For example, when we lose even small amounts of weight, our fat cells, stomach and...

Avoiding Eggs? Maybe its time to Reconsider! May 21st, 2018

Protein is hard to come by at breakfast time making eggs an essential breakfast staple. But what about the cholesterol? We have been hearing decades of negative press about eggs and cholesterol with a negative health rap that has been hard to shake. But a recent study sheds new light...

Why Sleep is a Nutrient May 16th, 2018

We are lucky! These days we can plug in at anytime of the day and check in on our friends, our work and on our to do list. But this relentless access has a price. In lust of a more productive work day, we compromise our diet, our play and...

Ten Fun Facts about the Keto Diet Apr 4th, 2018

Ten fun facts about Keto you may not know.. The keto diet was created in the 20’s as a treatment for seizures. The keto diet was made popular when a Hollywood celeb was featured on TV in the 1990’s demonstrating how this diet controlled his sons seizures when medications could not. This...

Why your Microbiome is Begging for Gluten Mar 29th, 2018

These days we are all talking about the microbiome or the bacteria that live in our gut. These buggers are responsible for helping us digest food, play a major role in our immune system and help our bodies synthesize necessary vitamins among many other vital functions. Without these bacteria- WE...

Can Exercise Actually Change the way your Brain Responds to Food? Mar 14th, 2018

Tempted? If you hit the gym today the answer may be no… Most dieters know that weight loss is a lot about what you eat and less about how much you exercise – although those who exercise are much more likely to hold onto muscle while dieting, less likely to...

How to Slay your HEALTH GOALS Mar 12th, 2018

Whether you want to de-stress, start a new exercise regimen, get better sleep or eat a healthier diet goal setting is important to GOOD HEALTH. Here are 4 tips for successful goal setting and more importantly for successful goal follow through! Define the Goal and Define Success- Take a moment to define exactly...

Why Food Order Matters Mar 7th, 2018

How do you Eat your Carbs? There are different types of carb eaters. Some of us can’t wait to eat the carbohydrates off our plate while others will wait and save their carbs for last. These carb eating tactics are a matter of preference (or maybe discipline) but the effects of “carb...

Are toxic chemicals in our environment causing weight gain? Feb 20th, 2018

Sounds like sci fi but scientist are increasingly finding that chemicals loosely called “obesogens” are interacting with our hormones in a way that makes us more prone to weight gain and obesity. Last week researchers found that  PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) found in fast food and packaged food wrappers were linked...

How to Have the Healthiest Valentines Ever Feb 14th, 2018

Looking for the healthiest Valentine’s ever, here are some ideas that won’t set you back 1200 calories (like your decadent restaurant dinner might!)   Stay In– Trade in the French bistro for a homemade dinner with your sweetheart. Cooking can be a bonding and romantic experience. Pick healthy options like:...

Why your Diet has Hit a Speedbump Feb 7th, 2018

By now you have been at your New Year’s Resolution a month-ish and after some initial success (maybe), your diet has hit a speedbump. Your brain tells you to throw in the towel.  Your gut tells you to stay in the game. But when you don’t get the expected results,...

Why your Lunch Salad is killing your Diet Jan 22nd, 2018

At least daily I have the conversation about the lunch salad. You know, the daily lunch salad that comes from the local cafe or restaurant, the one we eat with just some grilled chicken on top, the same salad that is killing your diet… I know it is hard to...

Mood Food Jan 17th, 2018

We have long known that your food choice affects your health but what about your mood? Most people will admit that a little dose of chocolate will help those Monday blues, but short of becoming a chocoholic what other food options do we have to boost mood? Studies show that...

Detox for the New Year by Purging your Pantry Jan 3rd, 2018

The New Year triggers a desire to Detox/Cleanse/Purge and Reset. But what to do and where to start can be overwhelming. The first place I start is in the kitchen. Studies show that visual cues are very important in making the right decisions about health particularly when it comes to...

Single Bout of Exercise Protects Heart, Instantly! Dec 10th, 2017

New study shows that a single bout of exercise protects the heart, instantly! What if it took just one? Just one bout of exercise to protect the heart? There have been many medical studies demonstrating health benefits of exercise. Better mood, reduced depression and anxiety, heart health, better cognition and...

5 Quick Thanksgiving (Holiday) Diet Tips Nov 22nd, 2017

So let’s face it. No one wants to think “diet” this week.  Thanksgiving and the holidays are all about enjoying a decadent meal with friends and family. But what if you could enjoy your meal without feeling deprived or feeling the guilt? Here are 5 Quick Thanksgiving Diet Tips on how to...

New Blood Pressure Guidelines and How They Affect YOU Nov 20th, 2017

This week the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for the threshold of hypertension (ie elevated blood pressure) from the previous level of 140/90 to a new target of 130/80. This change was based on research that showed higher targets were associated with twice...

Feeling Hungry? Oct 25th, 2017

Hunger is defined by an urgent need or a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food. It is not surprising that we have a negative response to hunger- some experience hunger as pain, anger or even fear. Hunger is a sensation and represents a physiologic drive to eat. Hunger...

Mindful Mouthful Oct 16th, 2017

Mindfulness is the rage these days…mindfulness for reducing stress, greater productivity in the workplace and creating more meaningful relationships with friends and significant others. But what about mindfulness when you eat. Studies show mindfulness is a great strategy to improve your relationship with food. Here’s how:   Shut it Down....

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Tea! Oct 7th, 2017

Tea is the most consumed drink in the world after water. Tea contains numerous antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. As compared to black or oolong tea, green tea contains less caffeine and more catechins. Catechins are a specific class of antioxidant, which include EGCG/ECG. These are some of the most potent antioxidants, which appear to be...

Are Your Meds Making You Vitamin Deficient Sep 23rd, 2017

What are some side effects of prescription drugs? Prescription drugs are necessary to treat many acute and chronic medical conditions but of course they are not without side effects. One often-overlooked side effect of medications is vitamin/mineral and nutrient deficiencies. Here are some commonly used drugs and potential nutrient deficiencies: Antacids/Ulcer...

3 Simple Ways To Keep Your Child Healthy Sep 20th, 2017

September is Childhood Obesity Month and Prevention is key! 1/3rd of our children age 2 through 19 are overweight or obese and 1 in 5 are considered obese. Excess weight in our children is not a cosmetic problem but a health problem associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and...

Should You Go Vegan? Sep 13th, 2017

So you’ve decided to go vegan… It seems like every day I get an email, a call or patient question about going vegan. In addition to philosophical/religious reasons and benefits to health, concerns about an impure food supply have spawned a surge in going vegan. A vegan diet can be...

Lose Weight While You Sleep Aug 30th, 2017

Why sleep is essential for healthy weight healthy body and a healthy and productive work life Good sleep has become a novelty in our busy lives. Competing demands in our over-scheduled days have robbed us of our bedtime as sleep takes second place to work, kids, catching up on emails...

The Health Benefits of Kombucha Aug 9th, 2017

Drink To Your Health With Kombucha Kombucha is a drink that originated over 2,000 years ago in China and is now one of the trendiest drinks on the American market, especially among the health conscious. Kombucha is made by fermenting black or green tea with a mushroom-shaped culture. It is a...

The Mediterranean Diet Aug 2nd, 2017

The Mediterranean Diet is a widely studied dietary pattern that is inspired by the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Spain and Southern Italy. There is no one Mediterranean diet but instead a pattern of eating that follow similar principles. The documented benefits of eating a Mediterranean style diet are endless and include:...

5 Weight Loss Tips Jul 28th, 2017

1. Not all carbs are evil  We love to hate carbs but not all carbs are evil. Carbs do include cookies, crackers and macaroni but they also include the good stuff like fruits and vegetables, grains and loosely may include brand and legumes as well. Bulking up on these carbs...

Our 5 Fav Breakfast Ideas Jul 19th, 2017

To Breakfast or Not? Research studies have been on both sides of the isle. Studies have demonstrated that yes, breakfast is a must when it comes to weight loss and others that have proved it is urban legend. The truth is probably somewhere in-between and conflicting because not all breakfasts are the same. Most...

Probiotics – The Best Bacteria for Your Gut Jul 5th, 2017

The Low Down on Probiotics There has been a lot of buzz about the benefits of probiotics, but what are they exactly and why are they so important for our health? Why do we need bacteria in our intestines? Our gut contains millions of bacteria and other microorganisms that help promote...

The Doctor Weighs In: Protein vs. Protein Jun 26th, 2017

Not all protein powders are created equal! Protein is essential to building and repairing muscle and other tissues and comes from a Greek word meaning ‘first priority’. Protein intake is important in providing the building blocks for muscle. Protein intake becomes especially important during weight loss because it helps preserve muscle mass...

Are you gluten-free? Jun 21st, 2017

Are you gluten-free? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. The number of Americans who are gluten-free has tripled over the past 5 years to 2.7 million!* But is gluten-free synonymous with being healthy Gluten-free diets are recommended for individuals with celiac disease, but are followed by many...

5 Summer Health Tips 5 Summer Health Tips Jun 21st, 2017

Its Officially Summer – Here are 5 Tips to Get Summer Ready! Summer time is officially upon us! It’s when we think about health, fitness and lets face it – what to wear at the July 4 BBQ. Getting started can be hard – We are here to help! 5 Tips to...

Get Leaner Faster with High Intensity Interval Training Jun 12th, 2017

Do you want to get leaner faster? With summer well underway most of us are thinking how to get summer ready…yesterday. HIIT may be the answer! While eating right is the mainstay for weight loss the benefits of exercise cannot be understated. In addition to helping burn fat and maintain...

Bone Broth – Healing or Hype? Jun 6th, 2017

The latest in an endless list of nutritional buzzwords Bone broth is the latest in an endless list of nutritional buzzwords guaranteed to make us lean, healthy and disease free. But is it truth, or all hype? Bone broth, which is made from simmering animal bones (with or without the meat,...

Why am I getting hungover? Jun 1st, 2017

So, you’re still hungover… You just can’t drink like you used to, right? Why are some drinks hitting you harder than others? There are many factors that determine the hangover and many of them are not clearly understood.Firstly, it depends on how easily your body can metabolize the alcohol. A...

Preventative Medicine May 26th, 2017

Studies have shown that 5 lifestyle changes including healthy diet, physical activity and weight management can prevent over 80% of chronic medical conditions. However, sometimes lifestyle modification is not enough. Certain conditions such as cardiac disease warrant aggressive risk factor reduction especially in high risk individuals. Risk factors may include...

Grill Your Way into Summer May 23rd, 2017

Grilling is a healthy and tasty summer treat. Making half your plate “green” is easy when you pair your grilled meats and fish with zucchini, mushroom, asparagus, tomatoes, and anything else you find in your fridge. Adding these low calorie veggies take up space in your stomach allowing less room...

5 Simple Practical Steps to Health and Happiness Mar 14th, 2017

Beyond Nutrition When did it all become so complicated? Take healthy eating for example. We are bombarded with advice on what to eat and how to eat. Low carb, paleo, gluten-free, cold-pressed, juice it, blend it . . . it’s enough to make your head spin! Why does it have...

My Top Weight Loss Tips Mar 14th, 2017

Weight Loss is an ongoing journey and pursuit of good health. A successful weight loss strategy is practical and livable. If it sounds too good to be true-it is too good to be true. Practical strategies do work if done consistently. Here are my top 10… 1.Don’t Skip!Don’t skip meals. Skipping often...

A Must Read Before You Start a Detox Mar 14th, 2017

A “detox” sounds super-healthy and promises fast results, but here’s why it’s not the answer to your get-well goals. By Jenn Sinrich   Your body already detoxes itself The term detoxification means eliminating harmful substances like alcohol, excess minerals, pesticides, food additives, and other dietary and environmental toxins from your...

4 Tips to Enjoy your Holiday Dinner without the Guilt! Nov 23rd, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time for family, food and friendship…and not a time anyone wants to think about dieting! Here are 4 tips on how you can enjoy your holiday without the guilt! 1. Don’t go hungry. It seems counter-intuitive to eat before your thanksgiving feast but you should! Often times...

How to Have a Mediterranean Thanksgiving Nov 21st, 2016

A healthy and tasty feast. From article in US News & World ReportBy Ruben Castaneda with Dr. Adrienne YoudimNov. 14, 2016 For years you’ve enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing and other calorie-rich fixings, but you want to try something different this holiday. Preparing...

Quick and Healthy Thanksgiving Sides Nov 18th, 2016

The holidays are a time for family and friendship. Sharing a home cooked meal is one of the quintessential expressions of the holidays. Here are some quick and easy recipes that are delicious but won’t add to your waistline. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!...

5 Reasons Your Calves Are Insanely Bloated Oct 19th, 2016

Plus, what you can do stop the swelling. by Molly Triffinwith Adrienne Youdim M.D.Women’s Health Magazine – Bravo TVOctober 18, 2016   Whether it’s a steamy bowl of udon, crunchy chips and guac, or a juicy burger, sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than getting your salty food fix. But indulging in sodium-heavy...

Diet Cola Lovers: Drink Up, Because Diet Soda’s Days May Be Numbered Oct 13th, 2016

You might want to start stocking up now. by Aly WalanskyThe Feast – Bravo TVOctober 13, 2016 What’s behind this? For one thing, artificial sweeteners are getting a lot of bad press lately, with some recent data suggesting a link between artificial sweeteners and obesity. “One plausible reason is that artificial sweeteners will trigger...

National Coffee Day: Benefits of Coffee Sep 29th, 2016

Why National Coffee Day Matters to your Health! Its National Coffee Day and here’s why you should care! If you ❤️ coffee you are not alone! Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year! Aside from caffeine, coffee is filled with powerful disease fighting antioxidants. In fact, coffee...

Eat a donut or skip breakfast all together? Sep 20th, 2016

The conundrum is difficult for the average health-focused eater, and nutritionists as well. From article in Mic.comBy Melissa Kravitz, contributor for Food.MicSep 16, 2016 You’re two minutes away from running out the door and realize your only breakfast option is the donut shop down the street or nothing at all. What should you...

Are Potatoes That Bad for You? Sep 7th, 2016

Or are they demonized unnecessarily? From article in Cosmopolitan magazineBy Elizabeth NarinsSep 7, 2016 “When foods are broken down especially quickly, the body responds by releasing insulin to sop up all the sugar. The problem, according to Adrienne Youdim, MD, founder of the Center for Weight Loss and Nutrition at Lasky...

Soy – Yes or No? Aug 16th, 2016

Is Soy Good or Bad? A study released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism this week showed consuming 50 mg a day of soy isoflavone improved the metabolic status of woman with PCOS including reducing triglycerides and improving insulin resistance as well as reducing alopacia or hair loss....

Vitamins and Back Pain Jul 25th, 2016

Got Back Pain? Vitamins might Help Have you ever stayed home from work because of a bad back, cancelled your morning workout or stayed in from a night out? You’re not alone. Back pain is not only common but one of the main reasons Americans visit their doctor and lose...

5 Summer Health Tips Jun 21st, 2016

Its Officially Summer – Here are 5 Tips to Get Summer Ready!   Summer time is officially upon us! It’s when we think about health, fitness and lets face it – what to wear at the July 4 BBQ. Getting started can be hard – We are here to help! 5 Tips...

Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Jun 7th, 2016

There are many dietary philosophies out there. Some are based on science and others are folklore. But in fact the science has been pretty  clear…The best dietary plans for weight loss are not necessarily low carb but they are all high in protein. There are many benefits to increasing protein intake....

Vitamin D may offer more benefits than you realize May 24th, 2016

You are probably already aware that Vitamin D deficiency is very common, even in sunny Los Angeles. Deficiency is associated with everything from heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s/poor cognition and poor exercise performance. Typically deficiency has no symptoms, but symptoms can include: fatigue, bone pain, muscle cramps and in...

6 Minutes of Moderate Exercise could be Lifesaving May 9th, 2016

How much moderate exercise? Sounds hokey but its true! 6 minutes of daily activity could be lifesaving! In one study, individuals who engaged in 6 minutes of moderate physical activity daily had a 66% reduced chance of dying compared to those who did no activity! The same study showed that...

Do you know what you’re eating? May 4th, 2016

Nutrient Values at a Sit-down Restaurant Meal We all eat out once in a while for socializing or entertainment. Some eat out regularly for convenience. But do you know what’s on your plate? A recent study published in JAMA showed the nutrient value at a sit down meal at a...

Body Composition and Muscle Mass Feb 19th, 2016

Make a Muscle . . . And Show Me What You Got Problem is – you might not know how much muscle you got. More importantly, you might not know how much muscle you are losing if you are dieting and losing weight. Truth is we start to lose muscle steadily from...

Heart Health Matters Feb 8th, 2016

Matters of the Heart February marks RED for Womens Heart Health. You may be thinking I’m young or I’m healthy so why should I care. Male, female, young or old . . . heart health matters. Here is why and here are some practical tips for prevention. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in men – and also...

Eat a Hearty Breakfast and a Lighter Dinner Feb 2nd, 2016

Eat Breakfast like a Queen (or King) and Dinner like a Pauper Ever hear the expression, “Eat Breakfast like a King and Dinner like a Pauper?” Well its right on point. New research reveals that meal timing matters. Skimping on breakfast and eating a heavier dinner will cause weight gain...

Healthy New Years Resolutions – Redirected Jan 4th, 2016

Let’s re-direct the language and not talk about what we are not going to do this new year but what we are going to do! Here are my top three… Plan on eating green with every meal. Having a waffle for breakfast? Make sure you eat it with fruit. Want a steak for dinner? Have an...

Stay FIT during the holidays Stay FIT during the holidays Dec 25th, 2015

Holiday Health Tip The holidays are synonymous with food. But that doesn’t mean you have to gain weight! 5 tips to keep you FIT during the holidays. Whether it is a holiday party or the constant flow of chocolate at the office, the holidays are synonymous with food. Here are 5 tips...

How to Start a New Exercise Routine Dec 23rd, 2015

Holiday Health Tip The holidays are synonymous with food. But that doesn’t mean you have to gain weight! 5 tips to keep you FIT during the holidays. Whether it is a holiday party or the constant flow of chocolate at the office, the holidays are synonymous with food. Here are 5 tips...

Fatigue and Vitamins Dec 7th, 2015

Fatigue and vitamin deficiencies Fatigue is a very common symptom with many potential causes. Often times there is a medical cause: anemia, depression, thyroid dysfunction. Other times it is environmental: poor sleep hygiene, situational anxiety, long work hours, lack of exercise. But sometimes it is nutritional. Poor diet or medications can...

Health Benefits of Spices Sep 27th, 2015

Health Tip of the Day – Spice it up! Numerous spices and herbs have been proven in scientific studies to have medicinal or heath benefits. Turmeric has been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Mustard seeds have be shown to have antiseptic properties that help bolster the immune system....

Omega Fatty Acids: Help or Hype? Sep 14th, 2015

Omega Health Benefits There have been numerous studies linking consumption of omega fatty acids to health benefits including improved cognition i.e., omega = brain food! A study published last week in JAMA showed that omega did not improve rate of cognitive decline. But in close review the dose of omega...

Sodium and Salt Sep 9th, 2015

I have recently noticed that whenever I go out to eat I wake up numerous times during the night for water. And for good reason. The average restaurant meal can have 6-8 grams of sodium! The recommended daily amount is 2.3 grams per day and even less in certain populations...

Is Bread Healthy? Sep 8th, 2015

Not all breads are created equal Despite the bad press, bread is a healthy part of a balanced diet. Breads and grains make up the basis of the Mediterranean and other healthy diets. Breads are important for digestive health, heart health and energy. In fact if you skimp on carbs your body...

Tomato Nutrition Sep 6th, 2015

The Health Benefits of Tomatoes This fruit/veggie is famous for its cancer fighting lycopene which helps protect cell structures and has been shown to reduce prostate cancer. At 11 calories per pop, tomatoes offer many other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are rich in: lutein which is important for healthy vision...

Still hungry after cereal? Sep 3rd, 2015

Ever wonder why you are hungry an hour after you set down your bowl of cereal? Many cereals have the carbohydrates processed down to the simplest form of sugar. These carbs are are almost ‘pre-digested’, and rapidly enter the blood stream causing a spike in your blood sugar. This is met by an...

Almond butter vs Peanut butter Sep 1st, 2015

Almond butter vs Peanut butter – who is the winner? Almond butter has become the hipper big sib to peanut butter. But is it more nutritious? Let’s be clear. While these spreads have made their name as healthy sources of protein, the protein content is minimal. 2 grams per tablespoon...

Eating Chocolate is Good for Health Aug 30th, 2015

Yup it’s true! Eating chocolate can be good for your health!!! In a recent analysis of over 21,000 people, eating chocolate was associated with 23% reduced risk of stroke, 11% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a whopping 25% reduction in associated deaths! The benefits started with as little as 10...

Bottoms Up? Jul 31st, 2015

What are the Health Benefits of Alcohol? The benefits of wine have long been touted. Turns out that the cardiovascular benefits of alcohol are the same regardless of type. Modest amounts of alcohol have been shown to improve HDL (good cholesterol) and as part of a Mediterranean diet reduce heart disease. But recent...

Show me the Whey to Build Muscle… Jul 27th, 2015

Athletes often use supplemental protein powder to build muscle but which kind and how much? Studies show that calorie intake is just as important as protein intake when trying to build muscle. Meaning that athletes must consume calories equal to or in excess of what is being burned through exercise...

How Healthy are Acai Bowls? Jun 15th, 2015

Acai bowls sure are pretty, but are they healthy? They are the newest thing on the ‘health’ circuit. They look beautiful and delicious, but how healthy are acai bowls? Lets do the math…Granola can be close to 300 calories per half cup with 20-30 grams of sugar (it’s usually the second ingredient on...

Reconsider your Sweeteners! Jun 15th, 2015

Tip of the Day: Reconsider your Sweeteners! Artificial sweeteners have gotten a lot of bad press lately. Recent reports have suggested an association between artificial sweeteners and propensity for weight gain. While the jury is still out it is possible that they contribute to weight gain. More recently, artificial sweeteners have...

Summary of Mediterranean Diet Benefits May 18th, 2015

The Mediterranean diet has been shown to have numerous health benefits. Reduced heart attack, stroke and death both in people with a history of heart disease and those that are without. In fact the risk was reduced by nearly 40% in a large scale study!! Reduced depression and cognitive decline...

How to Go to Mediterranean Diet and Why! May 17th, 2015

The Mediterranean Diet is a dietary pattern that is inspired by the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Spain and Southern Italy. There is no one Mediterranean diet but instead a pattern of eating that follows similar principles. The basis of the Mediterranean diet pyramid is fruits, vegetables and grains. Typically 6-8 servings...

10 Benefits of Weight Loss May 15th, 2015

Tip of the Day – Benefits of Weight Loss 1. More energy2. Reduced blood pressure3. Improved mood4. Reduced rate of miscarriage5. Lower blood sugar6. Reduced risk of heart disease7. Lower cholesterol8. Less strain on joints9. Reduced cancer risk10. Shopping for new clothes!!! Wishing you a happy healthy you!

Replace your Salad Dressing with Hummus May 3rd, 2015

Tip of the day Replace your salad dressing with hummus! Ever wonder why you’re not losing weight even if you have replaced your lunch with a daily salad? Consider your condiments! Most restaurants can add upward of 800 calories to your salad by mixing in dressing. That = 2 snickers...

Micronutrients: Find the Vitamins for You Apr 22nd, 2015

Despite increasing interest in organic “whole food” diets, many Americans suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Surveys of the general adult population reveal a wide range of vitamin and mineral deficiencies (NHANES). Certain vitamin deficiencies are more common than others. For example, vitamin D deficiency is very common in the...

Are Carbs Bad? Think Again! Jan 14th, 2015

Yet another study, published this week, showed a reduction in death in people who consumed whole grains. No, unfortunately that is not the muffin at the coffee shop (believe me I checked!) but whole grains that can also be found in rice, bread, pasta and breakfast cereals. Some examples are...

Five More Tips for Weight Loss Oct 5th, 2014

Here are Five (More) Tips for Weight Loss. You’ve heard it all before and already know what it takes to lose weight. But here again are the basics. Here are 5 more tips for weight loss that you probably already know (but may not practice). 6.  Use a meal replacement. A meal...

Five Practical Tips for Weight Loss Sep 24th, 2014

Turns out that you’ve heard it all before and already know what it takes to lose weight. But sometimes we forget the basics. So here it is straight. Here are 5 practical tips for weight loss that you probably already know (but may not practice). Fill up on volume. High volume foods...

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome – The Merck Manual Aug 14th, 2014

AcknowledgmentLast full review/revision of this article in the The Merck Manual – Home Edition by Adrienne Youdim, MD   AbstractMetabolic syndrome (also called syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome) is characterized by a large waist circumference (due to excess abdominal fat), high blood pressure, resistance to the effects of insulin (insulin resistance) or...

Why it’s hard to lose weight on your own Aug 8th, 2014

There are real physiologic reasons why it is hard to lose weight “on your own.” The truth is that our bodies don’t want us to lose weight and have many ways to hinder us when we try. For example, when we lose even small amounts of weight, our fat cells, stomach and...

General Nutrition Considerations & Nutritional Requirements – The Merck Manual Nov 1st, 2013

AcknowledgmentLast full review/revision in The Merck Manual – Professional Edition by Adrienne Youdim, MD   Abstract Good nutrition aims to achieve and maintain a desirable body composition and high potential for physical and mental work. Balancing energy intake with energy expenditure is necessary for a desirable body weight. Energy expenditure depends on...

New Guidelines for Weight-Loss Surgery Upgrade Sleeve Procedure Mar 27th, 2013

AcknowledgmentAdrienne Youdim, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center in Los Angeles, and colleagues wrote in the updated guideline, which was published in the March issue of Obesity. AbstractSince the last update in 2008, studies have shown sleeve gastrectomy to be comparable to other bariatric procedures, with similar weight loss as is...

Dyslipidemia and Added Sugar Consumption Jun 2nd, 2010

A review of an important, recently published scientific article selected by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and published in their newsletter.   Welsh JA, Sharma A, Abramson JL, Vaccarino V, Gillespie C, Vos MB. Caloric sweetener consumption and dyslipidemia among US adults. JAMA 2010;303: 1490-1497. Abstract copyright © American Medical Association. All...

Effect of Exercise and Diet on Alzheimer’s Oct 28th, 2009

A review of an important, recently published scientific article selected by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and published in their newsletter.   Scarmeas N, Luchsinger JA, Schupf N, et al. Physical activity, diet, and risk of Alzheimer disease. JAMA 2009;302:627-637. Level of evidence: II-2. , Abstract copyright © American Medical Association. All rights reserved....

Do Macronutrients Affect Weight Loss? May 26th, 2009

A review of an important, recently published scientific article selected by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and published in their newsletter. Sacks FM, Bray GA, Carey VJ, et al. Comparison of weight-loss diets with different compositions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. N Engl J Med 2009;360:859-873. Level of evidence: I. Abstract copyright ©...

Low-fat Diets Do Not Lower Diabetes Risk Oct 28th, 2008

A review of an important, recently published scientific article selected by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and published in their newsletter. Tinker LF, Bonds DE, Margolis KL, et al. Low-fat dietary pattern and risk of treated diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women: the Women’s Health Initiative randomized controlled Dietary Modification Trial. Arch Intern Med 2008;168:1500-1511. Level of evidence:...

Forget your Calories Feb 8th, 0208

Calories in/Calories out has been our weight loss mantra for decades but a new study published this week showed that it’s not all about the numbers. This study also showed that it did not matter if you went low-fat or low-carb, as long as you followed these healthy principles: Maximize...