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A New Discovery Might Help Explain Winter Weight Gain



On February 2, 2018 — Groundhog Day — Pennsylvania's most famous woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil, made his annual prediction. Unfortunately, in his infinite wisdom, he announced six more weeks of winter. And that means six more weeks of potential winter weight gain!

In our blog article 3 Tips to Avoid Winter Weight Gain, we explained some of the reasons why weight gain in the winter months is so common. But a new study from the University of Alberta pinpointed another cause, and it is connected to how our fat cells respond to Vitamin D, which is found plentifully in sunlight.

“When the sun's blue light wavelengths — the light we can see with our eye — penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don't store as much fat,” said Peter Light, senior author of the study, who is a Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of UAlberta’s Alberta Diabetes Institute.

Conversely, during the winter months when the days are shorter and people spend less time outside, our exposure to the sun dwindles causing us to take in less vitamin D, which may promote fat storage and ultimately weight gain. This discovery opens up new avenues of future scientific exploration which could eventually lead to pharmacological or light-based treatments for obesity and other related health issues such as diabetes.

In the meantime, there are ways to combat winter weight gain — even with a few more weeks left of winter if good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil turns out to be right. Download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmation Cards for additional motivation to get through the final weeks of winter and stay on target with diets and exercise.

Plus, you can’t always rely on getting adequate vitamin D on sunlight alone, even during the summer. In many cases, food and supplements can support not only getting adequate nutrition, but with the right products and programs, can support healthy weight loss as well. Many of Robard’s scientifically-developed products are fortified with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D. Regulated by the FDA, manufactured with safety and quality certifications, and physician reviewed, our products have been known in the industry as the best in taste, nutrition, and effectiveness for more than 40 years. Learn more about our product offerings today!

We also provide really helpful health resources for physicians and patients. Want to learn more about Vitamins and Minerals? Download this free easy, but helpful fact sheet — just one of our many Patient Education Materials available for free to our customers.


Source: ScienceDaily


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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Facebook’s Newsfeed is Changing and Here’s What you Need to Know



Facebook is making more difficult for users to see content from pages they follow — here’s how to ensure you can still see posts from Robard in your newsfeed!

Facebook recently announced that not only will their newsfeed system be updated to mainly show posts from users’ friends and family, but they will also prioritize content from Facebook’s “trusted sources” when it comes to news and blog content. What this means for users is that they will see less content from pages that they follow — if at all. The company explained their reasoning for this in a recent blog post.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally addressed this in a post on his Facebook page on January 19, 2018, which can be found here. In his post, Zuckerberg claims that Facebook has already decided which publications count as “trustworthy” and are "informative."

Robard is already a popular weight management information destination on Facebook, so to make sure our readers have the best chance at seeing Robard’s news posts and blogs on their newsfeed, here is how you can update your Facebook settings to prioritize content from your favorite publishers, including Weight Loss Programs and Products by Robard:

1.) Click the drop-down arrow on the toolbar near the notification button at the top of the page and click on “News Feed Preferences.”





2.) This will display a preferences page; select “Prioritize who to see first.”



3.) Now, select “pages only” from the grey box in the top left and select your favorite pages:



The pages you select here will now show up first in your news feed. Facebook has already begun to roll out this new update, so users should update their settings as soon as possible to ensure they are still able to get the content they want to read on their news feed. In addition, Facebook also has step-by-step “Prioritize who to see first” instructions by clicking here.

We encourage all of our customers who remain active on Facebook to share this information with your followers! As always, thank you for following Weight Loss Programs and Products by Robard on Facebook!


Blog written by Robard's Mike Boyle and Kevin Boyce

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5 Tips to Keep Patients Motivated When They’re Not Losing Weight



Losing weight is easy — said no one ever! Patients sometimes approach weight loss with unrealistic expectations. Some think that if they just exercise and eat better, the weight will melt off and they’ll drop 20 pounds in a couple weeks. However, the reality is that people can work really hard, be super committed to their diet and exercise plan, and yet still not see the kind of progress they hope for as quickly as they want to see it. On top of the fact that in this time of the year, patients may also be dealing with winter weight gain that has thrown off their previous progress. So is it time to throw in the towel?

No way. Health care providers can play the role of reminding your patients that the journey of weight loss is a process, filled with ups and downs. A lot of factors may contribute to weight not coming off quickly; but providers and patients can work together to figure it out. In the meantime, it’s important to have some tools that you can provide patients to keep them in the game mentally so that they maintain the motivation to keep going, despite slow or even backwards progress.

Take a look at our slideshow of five tips (below) that will help dieters stay motivated to keep trying, even if they aren’t losing weight. If weight loss is not your specialty, take a look at our clinically designed Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), where dieters can lose 3-5 pounds a week on average. Our programs are easy to implement using your existing staff, and we provide all the training and support necessary to get you started. Contact us for more information here.

And for those already offering weight loss services at your practice, don’t forget that Robard has a wealth of resources to help keep your patients motivated. If you haven’t already, download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmations to Motivate and Retain Patients for free now!


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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