The list of health reasons for losing weight continues to grow. The public seems to be aware that excess weight can increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, but many Americans are not aware that carrying extra weight can increase the risk of developing at least 13 types of cancer. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recently reported that 12 of the 13 cancers associated with obesity increased in this country by 7% from 2005 to 2015. The 13 cancers include thyroid, breast (in post-menopausal women), liver, kidney, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, gallbladder, upper stomach, multiple myeloma, adenocarcinoma of [...]
The term “clean eating” can be intimidating, but this new, healthy living concept is quite simple. It’s easy to get stuck in the convenient routine of grabbing any breakfast bar that claims to be nutritious, or to stock up on those “healthy” yogurts that are actually filled with preservatives and added sugar. But the idea of eating clean doesn’t have to be a complicated transition. So, what exactly does it mean to eat clean? It’s exactly how it sounds - free of all the bad ingredients. It’s finding balance of all nutrients in what we eat and all the food [...]
Almost every patient that comes to CONCI tells us the same thing. They tell us their mistake with previous weight losses was that they did not follow through with a maintenance program. Sadly, after losing weight again, patients seem to forget their comment and, again, fail to commit to a maintenance program. Unfortunately, this often leads to yet another failure to keep the weight off. CONCI offers the opportunity for all patients to stay accountable through either a maintenance class or through one-on-one contact with a registered dietitian. Maintenance class is a great way to continue learning about nutrition and [...]
Most dieters know the importance of journaling during weight loss, but it might be just as important to journal prior to starting your weight loss journey. Important questions to ask yourself might be: “Why do I want to lose weight?” “What is the big picture?” Answers and thoughts might be:
Dr. Ard recently appeared on “The Balancing Act” segment with Olga Villaverde airing on Lifetime Television. Dr. Ard explained the 5 R’s of motivation and how the OPTIFAST program can support patients on their weight loss journey.