Do body cleanses work?

Do body cleanses actually work? And if so what are the best ones? I’m a smoker/fast food eater. I don’t recommend cleanses. Also, I suggest quitting smoking. I know it’s difficult, but smoking can cause so many disease states and conditions. With regard to fast food, if you eat there make the healthier choices. Grilled chicken sandwiches, no mayo, side salads with low fat/nonfat dressing, apple slices, fruit and yogurt parfaits, small hamburgers, no mayo, baked potatoes, oatmeal and more are on most fast food menus and are healthier choices. One-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch (whole grains the best choice) and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and nonfat/low fat dairy are outside of the plate. All food should be prepared in a healthy manner such as baking, broiling, grilling and steaming. Limit/avoid concentrated sweets and high fat foods. Also, don’t drink your calories. In addition, I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week (60 minutes for weight loss). This is the recipe for long lasting...

A fruit-only dinner?

What are the disadvantages of having a fruit-only dinner? It’s not balanced. All the food groups do different things for our bodies and we need to include them in our diets. We don’t want to become nutrient deficient. Too much fruit can increase our triglycerides. Very high triglycerides can impact the pancreas. And for those who are diabetic it can result in high blood...

The 5:2 Diet?

Is the 5:2 diet effective? It’s a fad diet that is calorie restrictive so I don’t recommend it. While some may lose weight in the short-term, most fad diets fail long-term. Quick weight loss, while alluring, isn’t healthy for us. We don’t want to become nutrient deficient or impact a disease state or condition. Slow and steady wins the race with regard to long-term successful weight loss and maintenance. I recommend the healthy plate in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch (whole grains the best choice) and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and nonfat/low fat dairy are outside of the plate. All food should be prepared in a healthy manner such as baking, broiling, grilling and steaming. Limit/avoid concentrated sweets and high fat foods. Also, don’t drink your calories. In addition, I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week (60 minutes for weight loss). This is the recipe for long lasting...

Exercise vs. Nutrition?

Exercise or Nutrition? Which should be your primary focus? Exercise and good nutrition are both important. Combined they are a powerful army that helps us combat excess weight, disease states and conditions, stress and more. Studies have shown that people who eat adequate amounts of fruits and veggies tend to live longer. Who doesn’t want that? Remember, balance and moderation are key. So if you’re trying to lose weight and are exercising an hour most days of the week, don’t start increasing your food intake. Studies have shown that some people who exercise do tend to eat more, which is counterproductive to their weight management efforts. We also know that to maintain weight, the nutrition/exercise combo is essential. I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week (60 minutes for weight loss). I also recommend the healthy plate in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch (whole grains the best choice) and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and nonfat/low fat dairy are outside of the plate. All food should be prepared in a healthy manner such as baking, broiling, grilling and steaming. Limit/avoid concentrated sweets and high fat foods. Also, don’t drink your calories. This is the recipe for long lasting...

The truth behind fad diets?

What is the truth behind fad diets? Fad diets are a temporary fix, which is why so many of us are drawn to them. But they’re not a long term solution. To lose weight, cut 500 calories per day through diet and exercise. But this should be done through a balanced diet and not skipping meals. I tell my patients to follow the healthy plate in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch (whole grains the best choice) and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and nonfat/low fat dairy are outside of the plate. Monitor portion sizes. All food should be prepared in a healthy manner such as baking, broiling, grilling and steaming. Limit/avoid concentrated sweets and high fat foods. Don’t drink your calories and don’t go below 1200 calories without medical supervision. Exercise is also key. For weight loss, 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week is recommended. Aim for 1 to 2 pounds of weight loss per week. Slow and steady wins the...