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Using Technology to Stay Accountable to Your Weight Loss Program




If you’ve decided it’s time to lose weight, you might be wondering how you can stay on track and achieve your goal. With available apps that do everything from tracking your food to connecting you with online fitness buddies, smartphones offer numerous solutions to help you get healthy.

Food Tracking
Studies have shown as many as two-thirds of adults underestimate the number of calories we consume at any meal. Since a caloric deficit is essential for weight loss, it’s important to know how many calories you are consuming throughout the day.

There are many different apps you can download to your mobile device to help you keep track of your food intake. Apps such as LoseIt and MyPlate focus mainly on nutrition and calorie tracking. Other apps, including My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople, are more robust and have many features to help you live a healthier lifestyle in addition to basic nutrition tracking.

Activity Tracking
Improving your fitness level and losing weight isn’t just about healthy eating. The human body is meant to move. Our modern, sedentary lifestyle isn’t doing our bodies any favors.

Again, technology has provided some very useful solutions to help us move more. Many people rely on smartwatches and other watch-like fitness trackers to help them track their daily fitness. Products such as Garmin’s Vivofit come with a wide variety of options and can help you track everything from your daily steps to your heart rate and more.

Health Record Tracking
Before embarking on a new fitness routine, you should always check with your doctor regarding your current level of health and fitness. Getting regular check-ups and monitoring the results of various tests is a great motivator. Seeing your efforts to eat healthy and work out affect physical changes in your health might be the best reward of all.

There are apps and websites available, such as My Medical and Track My Medical Records, which allow you to manage all of your medical records in one place and compare results between tests.

Since privacy can be a real concern when accessing sensitive information online, you should consider taking steps to protect your privacy when using a computer or smartphone to access and store your medical information.

Online Communities
If you’re nervous about discussing your weight loss goals with your friends or family, you can find support online with other people who are working towards the same goals as you. Online communities like SparkPeople and apps such as WellSquad and Jaha Running can match you with people who have fitness or weight loss goals similar to your own.

Though feeling better and improving your health will be your ultimate motivation to stick with your weight loss program, using technology to track your progress and celebrate milestones can be very helpful if you start to lose interest or feel overwhelmed by the lifestyle changes you’re making. Any of these innovations can offer the extra bit of help you need to stay on track when you might feel like giving up.

Ready to Get Started? To find a Robard program near you, please visit our Find a Clinic page. If you’re a healthcare provider interested in Robard’s proven weight management programs, nutrition products and business services, you can learn more by visiting us here.


Blog Written by Cassie Phillips, Guest Blogger

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Walk the Walk: Robard’s VP of Sales Gets with the Program



If you're going to talk the talk, you've got to walk the walk. And that’s just what Robard Corporation’s Vice President of Sales, Mario Testa, decided to do on Super Bowl Sunday 2016. As the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, Mario was set to launch his own fight. He weighed 217 pounds, felt sluggish, tired and had very little energy. He had never struggled with weight as a youth, but age, lack of exercise, work, travel and, what he calls “perhaps a bit of laziness,” took their toll.

“I didn’t feel I was heavy until I saw a picture that ‘woke me up,’” recalls Testa. “It was a picture of me at my son’s sports banquet. It actually brought tears to my eyes.”

Mario had calculated that he had gained 85 pounds since he graduated high school — nearly three pounds a year. In addition to the weight, he faced a handful of related medical conditions, including high cholesterol and triglycerides and pre-diabetes. However, after just a week of using New Direction System products mixed with an occasional NutriMed shake, he began to notice a difference.

“I could tell it was working — and I was being disciplined to the program — because my pants felt a bit loose,” he says. “It was a huge motivator because I never ‘dieted’ before.”

Within a few weeks, his energy was improving, and he wasn’t getting out of breath as quickly. “I started exercising and being more active with my kids,” he says. “It also increased my confidence because I didn’t feel self-conscious anymore.”

Along with products, Testa began a simple exercise routine. He would walk around his neighborhood three nights a week and run on a treadmill one night a week without setting a distance or time. “I just do it until I work up a good sweat,” says Mario.

The discipline paid off. Now at 162 pounds, Mario’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’s got his eyes set on a strength conditioning program, and says that the current state of his health is excellent.

“My whole outlook on food has improved," he says. “I’m much more disciplined with what I eat, when I eat, how I eat and no longer have the cravings for the foods that fell into my danger zone. I’ve been able to keep all the weight off after nearly a year on the program.”

Mario never thought he would be so passionate about how losing weight and keeping it off could have such a positive impact on the overall quality his life — physically and emotionally. “I’m a true evangelist for healthy lifestyle and a disciple for our products,” he says. “It hasn’t changed my life. It saved my life.”

To find a New Direction System or NutriMed program near you, please visit our Find a Clinic page. If you’re a healthcare provider interested in Robard’s proven weight management programs, nutrition products and business services, you can learn more by visiting us here.


Blog written by Kevin Boyce/Robard Corporation

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Why You Should Discuss Exercise and Weight Loss with Your Aging Patients



In our recent blog post about 6 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise, we learned that not only can exercise help you lose weight and feel great, but it can also help improve memory and overall brain performance, and even help protect from cognitive decline. This insight is all the more important when talking to older adults about exercise and weight loss.

More than half of all 85-year-olds suffer some form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a broad term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

Dementia has begun to be thought of as an inevitability of aging; however, recent research has shown that that is not necessarily true. Neuroscientist Art Kramer, who directs the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, says the best thing you can do for your brain is exercise.

In his 2010 study, Kramer found that with just 45 minutes, three days a week of moderate aerobic exercise (mostly walking), MRI scans showed that for the aerobic group, the volume of their brains actually increased, while individuals in the control group lost about 1.5 percent of their brain volume. This added up to a 3.5 percent difference between individuals who took part in aerobic exercise and those who did not. Further tests showed that increased brain volume translated into better memory.

For providers working with aging patients, the strong possibility of preventing or delaying the onset of dementia-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s can prove to be a great motivator in encouraging patients to engage in more regular exercise. Approaching them about their weight is a critical step in the right direction. By doing so, they’ll start to also feel the other great benefits of weight management and exercise, such as a potential decrease in related comorbid conditions, reliance on medications, and more.

To alleviate some of the potential discomfort in having conversations about weight with your patients, Robard Corporation has produced a three part video series, “How to Speak with Patients about Obesity,” that presents multiple avenues one could take while speaking with patients about obesity. We invite you to watch this free educational resource by clicking here.

We invite all healthcare providers to learn more about Robard’s proven weight management programs, products and services. To do so, please click here and try some of our delicious nutritional products for free!


Sources: NPR, Alzheimer’s Association


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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