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Weight Management Medical Associates

Nov, 23rd 2017 4:42 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

About Us

Dr. Theresa Garza is a board-certified obesity medicine specialist. She specializes in obesity medicine (bariatrics), the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity. Her medical (non-surgical) weight management program is located in Plano, Texas at the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery. She does not perform surgery. All []

Our office specializes in medical (non-surgical) weight loss and weight management programs under physician supervision.Although we give you guidelines for healthy eating and provide practical options, we are NOT dieticians. Dr. Garza believes in the philosophy: everything in moderation. We recognize every patients unique lifestyle and eating patterns that can be road blocks. We provide []

Theresa Nguyen Garza, D.O. Dr.Theresa Garza is a native Texan born and raised in Abilene. She attended Wylie schools in Abilene but subsequently entered the Texas Academy of Mathematics in Science (TAMS) in Denton, where she received her high school diploma and was on the Deans List. She earned a bachelors degree in Biology fromthe []

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The Limits to Human Longevity, or Lack Thereof Fight Aging!

Nov, 21st 2017 8:43 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

This open access paper is a good resource if you happen to want a list of references to the mainstream scientific discussion of the past twenty years regarding trends in human life expectancy, and the predicted future of those trends. It is somewhat myopic beyond that in the sense that it gives little credit to the idea that the trend might continue or increase, as a result of future technological progress in medicine. The trend is an artifact of human efforts, and as such the size of the trend is entirely dependent on how well medicine can be made to address the causes of aging.

In the past, no effort at all was directed towards treating the causes of aging, and the small degree of extended healthy life with each passing year was an entirely accidental benefit. We are now at a point in time in which the scientific community is transitioning into making deliberate efforts to treat the causes of aging, with increasing enthusiasm and funding. Therefore expecting the future trend to look like the past trend, or even slow down, or thinking that we are in any way approaching a limit to human life span, appears to me to be a nonsensical position. We can understand why human life span is limited today, and why it was limited in the past: it does not follow that it will be limited in the future, because medical science will address the biological mechanisms involved, the accumulation of cell and tissue damage that causes aging.

How long can we live? How fast can we run or swim? Demographers disagree about the lifespan trend and its potential limit, while sports scientists discuss the frontiers of maximal physical performance. Such questions stimulate large and passionate debates about the potential of Homo sapiens and its biological upper limits. Historical series, defined as the measurable data collected since the nineteenth century for lifespan, sport, or height provide crucial information to understand human physiology and the form and nature of our progression over the last 10 generations.

Recent studies about lifespan trends increased interest about the possible ceilings in longevity for humans. This long-lasting debate increased in strength at the beginning of the 1990s. Using biological and evolutionary arguments, the first leading opinion postulated an upper limit for life expectancy at birth and maximal longevity. These limits may have already been approached: around 85-95 years for life-expectancy and 115-125 years for maximal longevity, as a result of nutritional, medical, societal, and technological progress. A second school of thought considered that life expectancy may continue to progress indefinitely at a pace of 2 to 3 added years per decade. They claim that most of the babies born during the 2000s, “if the present yearly growth in life expectancy continues through the twenty-first century,” will celebrate their 100th birthday or, potentially reach physical immortality due to undefined scientific breakthroughs.

Human life-expectancy and maximal lifespan trends provide long historical series. Similar to sport achievements, though somewhat less precisely measured, it followed an unprecedented progression during the twentieth century supported by major nutritional, scientific, technological, societal, and medical innovations. From 1900 to 2000 in the majority of high-income countries, life expectancy at birth increased by ~30 years, mostly due to a reduction of child mortality through nutrition, hygiene, vaccination, and other medical improvements.

Concerning the future, trends oscillate, from pessimistic to optimistic views, but recent data suggest a slow-down in the progress of life-expectancy related to the stabilization of a very low level of infant mortality (0.2-1% of births in the healthiest countries in the world). The present slow progress in high-income countries is mostly due to reduced mortality rates of chronic non-communicable diseases, principally among cardiovascular diseases and cancers. However, those advancements have a much lower impact on life-expectancy as compared to vaccination campaigns.

Predicting a continuous linear growth of life-expectancy in the long term may probably not be relevant if the major progresses have already been accomplished. Beyond the fittest mathematical model for estimating future trends, we need to carefully examine the consistency with structural and functional limits determining maximal lifespan related to life-history strategies and evolutionary and environmental constraints. For example, aging is an irreversible process: it is complex as it concerns all physiological functions, organs, and maintenance systems. But, it also has universal characteristics, showing a continuous exponential decline starting in the third decade for all maximal indicators with an accelerated loss of physical performance until death. No escape from decline is observed, despite the best efforts of the oldest old.

Similarly, maximal lifespan increased slightly during the last two centuries, but since 1997, nobody has lived for more than 120 years. Surpassing mathematical models, projecting 300 years into the future without biological considerations, most recent data showed evidence of a lifespan plateau around 115-120 years, despite a sharp increase in the number of centenarians and supercentenarians. Jeanne Calment with 122.4 years has certainly come close to the potential biological limit of our species in term of longevity, at the benefit of an extremely rare long-lived phenotype supported by a specific lifestyle and chance.


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The hCG Diet | hCG Meal Plan

Nov, 20th 2017 8:40 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Follow these instructions to the letter to have amazing results on your hCG Diet.

The hCG diet consists of three stages. The hCG Diet stages are:

The loading stage requires that you begin taking the hCG and load with foods that are high in carbohydrates and fats. This is done so that your body will begin to adapt to the effects of the hCG.

In the burning stage you begin the VLCD (very-low calorie diet, this diet is outlined in the hCG Meal Plan section) while continuing with the drops.

The maintenance stage requires that you not eat any sugar or starches for 3 weeks.

I use this bathroom scale for my weigh-ins. It is very sleek looking and has a nice big back-lit lcd display so you can see your weight.

Days 1 and 2 require that you load up on high-calorie, fatty foods. You may think this is counter-intuitive, or crazy, but it is absolutely necessary for the diet to work properly. Go ahead, go have a great meal!

You should set a goal before you begin as to the number of pounds you would like to lose. It isn’t uncommon for people lose upwards of 30 pounds on a 25-day cycle of the hCG, however, your results will vary as every person’s body is uniquely different.

The diet requires that you do the burning phase for at least 21 days and no more than 42 days. If you achieve your weight goal before the 21 days then you may bump up the number of calories you are eating, but continue with the burning phase until you have been in the burning phase for a minimum of 21 days. If you do not achieve your weight goal and you have been in the burning phase for 42 days, then you must continue to the maintenance phase.

During this phase, FOLLOW THE HCG MEAL PLAN. This is your menu through the duration of the burning phase. Stick with it, you will be glad that you did.

Some other things to note in this stage:

Before returning to a normal diet, you must follow this step to help your body adapt to other foods.

For the next three weeks, you must not eat any starches or sugars, otherwise you may begin to return to a normal diet. Your body needs this time to stabilize, so as the three weeks pass, reintroduce foods into your diet. When you near the end of the maintenance phase, slowly introduce sugars and starches into your diet.

Continue to record your weight each morning, and if you have gained more than two pounds in any given day, you should skip a meal. This helps your body regulate your appetite and weight.

That’s it! You should be proud of the results that you achieved, congratulations!

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Statement from Human Longevity Inc. on PNAS Paper on Face …

Nov, 12th 2017 9:45 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

September 5, 2017

As outlined in a peer reviewed study recently published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Human Longevity researchers set out to see what traits could be predicted and thus used to identify individuals applying machine learning algorithms to whole genome data, without assuming any additional information such as age, sex, and ethnic being shared alongside the genome. The study centered on 1,061 people from diverse ethno-geographic backgrounds. The authors readily acknowledged that this was a very small cohort and that much larger cohorts would be needed to make much more precise predictions and identifications. The researchers stand behind their methodology (there are more than 40 pages in the papers supplemental material outlining all methods) and invite all to review the PNAS paper.

As the team states in the conclusion of the paper:

We have presented predictive models for facial structure, voice, eye color, skin color, height, weight, and BMI from common genetic variation and have developed a model for estimating age from WGS data. Despite limitations in statistical power due to the small sample size of 1,061 individuals, predictions are sound. Although individually, each predictive model provided limited information about an individuals identity, we have derived an optimal similarity measure from multiple prediction models that enabled matching between genomes and phenotypic profiles with good accuracy. Over time, predictions will get more precise, and, thus, the results of this work will be of greater consideration in the current discussion on genome privacy protection.

As also stated in the paper and publicly, a central reason for doing this study was to point out that as larger and larger genomic and associated phenotypic information databases exist (both public and private), individuals who are participating in these studies need to fully understand the implications of having their genomes in such databases. Those in our field and policymakers must also understand this situation. A core belief from the HLI researchers is that there is now no such thing as true de-identification and full privacy in publicly accessible databases because ones genome is the ultimate identifier in that it codes for all the physical traits that are recognized as that individual. Put simply, if you have a genome from the public domain, researchers can sketch a picture of that individual, thus identifying that person. And while current methodologies are less sophisticated, the field is rapidly advancing so methodologies will only improve.

We agree that sharing of genomic data is invaluable for research, however to reiterate, our results suggest that genomes cannot be considered fully de-identifiable and should be shared by using appropriate levels of security and due diligence. At HLI we employ some of the best minds and tools to ensure security of our data. We look forward to continuing to work with interested researchers, policy makers and legislators to ensure the safety and privacy of genomic and other health-related information.

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The Institute for Weight Management – Hackensack, NJ

Nov, 10th 2017 12:50 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith


Weight Loss-Physician Supervised specially for people with medical illness or obesity.

The medical weight loss programs at the Institute for Weight Management in Hackensack, New Jersey are custom designed to meet the exact weight and health goals of each individual. Because all of our patients are monitored by our physician, Anjana Chhabra MD., we are able to provide successful weight loss solutions for you no matter how much you wish to lose.

Dr. Chhabra is a specialist in the field of bariatric (weight loss) medicine and is an expert in designing weight loss programs that will work for you even if you have multiple existing medical conditions or you have been unsuccessful with other programs in the past.

Our diet-based weight loss options include Controlled Calorie Table Food or meal replacement using OPTIFAST. We also offer Lifestyle Modification programs, a Maintenance program to help you with long-term success and a Bariatric Surgical program for referrals and support.

Established in 2005.

Since 2005, we have helped hundreds of people lose and successfully maintain their weight. Our experience and expertise will provide you with the successful outcome that has eluded people just like you.

Dr. Chhabra is an expert in the field of weight reduction. She is Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine and Internal Medicine and has helped numerous patients achieve their weight loss goals in New York and New Jersey using OPTIFAST or Controlled Calorie Table Food.

She has created numerous programs for weight loss and the programs are always individualized to each patient. The programs include intensive dietary counseling, safe and effective weight loss medications when needed, and commitment to a physical exercise program. Dietary Options include OPTIFAST and Controlled Calorie Table Food. The diet is low in fat, high in complex carbohydrate and high in protein to prevent wasting and preserve lean muscle.

Dr. Chhabra will supervise your progress so that you lose weight safely and will help you make permanent lifestyle changes that will help you live longer and healthier.

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Weight Management | Nutrition and Weight Management

Nov, 9th 2017 6:45 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, andAmericans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity is a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment and medical care.

From self-consciousness to physical limitations, many people feel that their size is keeping them from being the person they truly are. People who are overweight are also at higher risk for developing serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, arthritis, and gallbladder disease.

Is your body weight in the healthy range? If you are unsure, use the CDC’s Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. If your weight is outside the healthy range, ask your doctor for a referral to our clinic.Our exceptional Weight Management staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive, convenient, and effective care. We providedietary counseling, pharmacotherapy, exercise promotion, and behavior change support.

Please refer to the Weight Loss Surgery website for information on the surgical treatment of obesity.

Our exceptional Weight Management Program staff is dedicated to the medical and surgical management of obesity. A national leader in the field, we provide comprehensive, convenient, and effective care. We will guide and encourage you as you learn how to make lifelong changes in eating behavior, food choices, and activity levels. We can help you reach your goals through eating plans, behavioral support and exercise. We know it’s not easy, but we will be with you every step of the way.

Among other strategies, we believe in the efficacy of group support sessions led by a registered dietitian with experience in weight management. He/she will assist you in achieving optimal health and wellness for lifelong success. You will also have individual appointments with a nutrition physician specialist and a dietitian to address medical concerns related to diet and to help with meal planning and behavior modification techniques.

Details on each diet are available in the Medical Nutrition Therapy section of our website.

In some cases the dietitian or physicians at BMC will recommend a nutrition plan in combination with a medication. The Nutrition and Weight Management staff only prescribes medications that are FDA-approved. These medications can help reduce appetite or block fat absorption. They MUST be combined with one of the above eating plans or they will not be effective. Under the physicians care, the patient will eventually stop the medication, as the FDA has not approved any weight loss medications for indefinite use.

Physical activity is an important part of our weight management program. It speeds weight loss, prevents significant loss of muscle (lean body mass), and increases metabolism. More importantly, physical activity helps you maintain weight loss over time. Studies show that even a little bit of exercise makes a big difference. Our staff provides ideas and opportunities that promote daily exercise. We offer a free weekly yoga class, a walking group, and discounted gym memberships. At South End Fitness Center, you can take group exercise classes, use the strength training and cardio equipment, and swim in the Olympic-size pool. To find out what other fitness centers are offered at a lower rate to our patients, contact the clinic at 617.638.7470.

Americans live in a fast-paced, high-stress, unhealthy food environment. This can set the stage for poor eating habits. When a patient enters the program, they are encouraged to record food intake daily and to participate in a weekly interactive group education session.Group classes focus on nutrition, exercise, and control of trigger situations in a supportive environment. The classes help patients build skills and a support network to lose and maintain weight. When willpower fades, as it does for nearly everyone, skillpower and support can lead you to success. A patients success also depends on regular class attendance, careful record keeping, and commitment to the program.Group sessions, which last about 1 hour,are held weekly.

Have you ever grabbed an unhealthy snack when youre feeling down? Most people who struggle with their weight eat in response to environmental and emotional triggers, even if they are not hungry. To address negative eating habits, the underlying causes must be addressed. When group support isn’t sufficient, patients will be referred to a provider who specializes in the psychology of eating and weight management. The clinician helps the patient develop strategies to reduce or eliminate factors that interfere with successful weight loss. This approach increases the likelihood of long-term success.

Boston Medical Center has been awarded the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation by the Surgical Review Corporation. Surgical weight loss may be recommended for patients who are more than 100 pounds or 100% above their ideal body weight. In addition to the weight criteria, surgery is typically restricted to those who cannot achieve and maintain sufficient weight loss on one of our dietary programs. Prior to surgery, a weight loss of 5-10% is necessary to help reduce surgical risks. Therefore, patients will initially work with clinicians to achieve modest weight loss before being referred to the surgical team. For more information about surgical weight loss, please visit ourWeight Loss Surgerywebsite or call 617.414.8052.

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The hCG Diet Plan Dangers and Misleading Weight Loss …

Nov, 1st 2017 7:47 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

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True story: A few years ago, a fabulously fit friend of mine was paid a substantial amount of money by a popular diet pill company to use his image in their advertising. The catch? His current competition-ready state was the “after” pictureand then he had to quickly gain some weight, lose his tan, and pose pouty for the “before” shot.

This kind of duplicity, along with photo retouching, misleading labeling, and other trickery is rampant in the diet supplement industry and has been for a long time. That’s why it was so surprising when the FDA came down hard on the hCG diet, declaring it “fraudulent,””dangerous,” and “illegal.” What’s so bad about this particular diet supplement that makes it so much worse than all the other fakes on the market?

Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is a hormone produced during pregnancy to help the baby grow. While it has been used for different purposes in the medical community for decades, it has recently become the centerpiece of the hCG fad diet that uses hCG drops, shots, or pills to suppress appetite and cause weight loss. Here’s what you need to know about the hCG diet plan:

What can you eat on thehCG diet? Turns out, not much. Following the rules set forth in Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity, byA.T.W. Simeons, M.D., which is the recognized protocol for the diet, means you only consume 500 calories a day. (To put that in context, the average active adult woman requires2,200 to 2,400 calories a day, according to the National Institutes of Health.) And those 500 calories are limited to specific kinds of animal protein(chicken breast, beef, veal, fresh white fish, crab, lobster, or shrimp), and certain vegetables, fruits, and grains. One noticeable thing that you can’t eat on the hCG diet: oilseven ifthey are healthy cooking oils such as avocado and EVOO. With all that restrictive dieting and energy intake, it’s easy to see how someone might lose weight on the hCG diet plan. But, FYI,cutting calories to lose weight will almost certainly backfire.

Even if the hCG hormone or the hCG diet did work to suppress appetite, true hCG requires a doctor and a prescription to dispense. In fact, the FDA clearly states that “hCG is not approved for OTC sale for any purpose” and hCG products are illegal. Confused? Most of thesupplements sold over the counter to the public are labeled and sold as “homeopathic,” which means they have leniency regarding what’s actually in these products, becausesupplements are not regulatedand controlled by the FDA.

To be considered a homeopathic treatment by the FDA, it needs to appear in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), which is essentially the official list of active ingredients that can be used in homeopathic drugs. To be included, a product has to meet very specific and thorough criteria, which these hCG supplements donot.HCG is not on this list and cannot be sold as a homeopathic medication for any purpose, saysElisabeth Walther, a pharmacist at the FDA.

Besides being cranky and hangry,taking illegal hCG shots and pills (yikes) could lead to headaches, fatigue, and more irritability. The severe calorie restriction could set you up forgallstones, an irregular heartbeat, or even an imbalance of the electrolytes that keep the body’s muscles and nerves functioning properly, as we previously reported (Government Cracks Down on HCG Weight-Loss Supplements).

There just isn’t any science-backed evidence that says the hCG diet works, nor that hCG should be used as a weight-loss tool. In fact, the hCG hormone is more often safely used to treat fertility issues, as the hormone is produced by the placenta during pregnancy.”In the case of the homeopathic hCG remedies, people think that if they’re losing weight, hCGmust be working,” says Elizabeth Miller, acting director of the FDA’s division of non-prescription drugs and health fraud, in a statement. “But the data simply does not support thisany weight loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the hCG.”

Bottom line:The hCG diet only adds to the weight-loss confusion out there. (Be sure you’re not falling for any of the top nine most popular diet myths.) Quick fixes can be tempting for anyone trying to lose weight, but you should definitelyskip this extreme diet and opt for good nutrition and regular exercise instead. BTW, that’s called the anti-diet, and it’s the healthiest diet you could ever be on. It’s not as exciting, but your body will thank youand if you do lose weight the traditional way, you’re much more likely to keep the weight off for good.

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Fitness | Shape Magazine

Nov, 1st 2017 7:46 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

The Best Exercises for Lower Abs

These eight moves will help strengthen your lower abs for a strong core and flatter stomach

Summer treats…in moderation.

It might seem like bathroom humor, but this toilet paper Tabata workout is no joke.

16 top fitness experts share their go-to move for slim, sculpted hips and thighs.

Stop doing crunches and start doing these 3 flat-belly moves!

6 classic strength moves that fry fat and sculpt a sexy back and shoulders.

Cardio and a clean diet can only get you so far–amp up your metabolism with this routine to maximize your weight loss results.

So freaking simple.

My life was spiraling out of control with anxiety-induced chest pains.

Pulling on a skintight Cat Woman suit or a Beyonce bodysuit this Halloween? Amp up your booty work in the gym to totally slay in whatever spooky, sultry, or just plain silly costume you choose.

Portable and perfectly portioned.

This multi-tasking move can work wonders for your body, but are you doing it right?

Bye, varicose veins

Four minutes dedicated to carving your six-pack.

Bust out the wok because you’re going to be obsessed with this dish.

Including one never-before-seen move that will *rock* your body.

Slim, strengthen, and define your thighs with this power circuit!

Steal this volleyball athlete’s go-to moves to shape up from head to toe.

Strengthen every angle of your core with these killer moves.

BRB, stuffing our faces.

Lace up, get out, and no more negative talk.

Because ~plant-based~ is so hot RN

Ready to get sweaty? We’ve got workouts for your abs, butt, legs, and more.

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Eat – STOP – Eat

Oct, 31st 2017 10:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

In the last few years a lot of diet gurus have tried to argue that calories dont count And to be honest I understand why. Its what we all want to hear!…

But to be blunt Its also the biggest lie in weight loss…

Ignore for a moment all the fancy weight loss theories youve heard. Some of them may be true. Some completely bogus. And others so weak they dont make a difference in your real results.

However there is one undeniable truth about weight loss…

This one thing may not be popular. But it MUST happen, no matter what the diet gurus pretend. Here it is

To lose weight you must eat below a certain threshold of calories.

Now, stick with me for a second, ok? I know youre probably thinking

How is this any different from what Ive already heard?…

Youll see in a moment why this is totally different. First…

Lets define a calorie…

Basically its a way of talking about the energy stored in the food you eat. Its also used to talk about the energy your body burns to live and to do whatever activities you do throughout your day.

Now I know this probably isnt going to be popular advice. However…

Even though you NEVER have to count a single calorie I just dont have a magic formula that allows you to eat as many calories as you want and still lose weight. And

If someone claims you can do that run as fast as you can in the opposite direction!

And second I said you need to eat below a certain threshold of food.

The trick is knowing what your level of calories is and getting below it. However…

You dont have to do it every day. Theres a simple strategy that allows you to stay below your personal threshold WITHOUT daily discipline, precise calorie counting, or giving up any of your favorite foods.

And using this simple strategy is what helps clean out your body even at the deepest level of your cells so that you can actually turn back the clock, look younger and feel more energy than folks half your age

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5 Ways to Fast to Lose Weight – wikiHow

Oct, 19th 2017 4:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith


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I want to lose weight easily at an affordable price.

An easy and cheap way is to put on your walking shoes and go take a brisk walk for 30-40 minutes every day. Avoid refined foods.

Can I do this if I’m young?

wikiHow Contributor

Fasting isn’t safe for children. If you want to lose weight, eat a healthy diet and exercise.

Can I fast at age 14? What if it is just a short fast?

wikiHow Contributor

It can effect you, so don’t do it. Eat less junk food, and more vegetables. If you start losing energy, add a food such as rice back to your diet. Try yoga, or do exercise daily to lose weight.

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