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5 Ways to Mix Up a Weight Loss Shake



For dieters who need to lose 40 pounds or more, traditional methods of diet and exercise are oftentimes not enough. A Low Calorie Diet (LCD) has been shown to be extremely effective in jump-starting the weight loss process. Often LCDs utilize various meal replacement products, primarily shakes. And anyone who’s been on a diet before knows that the same shakes can get monotonous after the first couple of months.

Fortunately, there is a multitude of ways that you can spruce up a shake and look forward to your next meal replacement — and you can do a lot with items you probably already have in your kitchen cupboards. Take a look at our slideshow (below) that gives you five ways to shake up your shakes! Mixing it up can definitely help give you the encouragement to stick with your diet.



While shakes are often the go-to in meal replacements, there are also a lot of different kinds of low calorie meal replacements that are packed with nutrition, fulfilling, and most importantly, delicious! For example, take a look at the wide variety of meal replacement products that Robard offers. Are you a provider looking to carry meal replacements for a medically supervised program? Contact us to try some free samples!


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corportion

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Three Important Things to Remember When Dealing with Excess Skin After Weight Loss



In the beginning of their weight loss journeys, many dieters think they’ll lose 40 pounds and look like Cindy Crawford. They fantasize about hitting the beach in the smallest bikini they can find to show off their new body and celebrate all of their hard work. One thing that dieters are sometimes unprepared for, however, is that they still may need to deal with some body image issues after weight loss. One such issue is excess skin.

Dieters who lose significant weight often deal with loose, sagging skin — a remnant of what their bodies used to look like. This happens because while your fat cells shrink when the weight is lost, you still retain the same surface area. The new void under the larger surface area creates a layer of skin that may “hang” because there is less tissue underneath taking up space.

In addition to the detrimental mental and psychological effects this may cause — shame, embarrassment, depression, and anger — excess skin can also put some people at risk for rashes, infections and even immobility. For some patients, once the weight is lost, the journey is not over — but that does not mean the goal is unobtainable.

For many formerly obese and overweight people, learning to love one’s body remains a lifelong pursuit with many challenges along the way. If you are currently dealing with the challenge of excess skin, it is important to remember these three things:

1. YOU DID IT! You lost the weight. You accomplished your goal. Don’t forget that you achieved tremendous success and did something that so many people struggle to realize. In addition to being at a healthy weight, you have most likely also decreased your risk for comorbid conditions that threaten your ability to live a long, healthy life. Celebrate yourself and all that you’ve accomplished, and don’t let this challenge overshadow what you have overcome!

2. Do your research. Just like you didn’t have to settle for being overweight, you don’t have to settle for excess skin that causes you physical and emotional discomfort. There are many resources available to help you work to minimize or get rid of excess skin, from weight training programs to help you build muscle mass and tighten the skin, to more involved solutions like cosmetic surgery. Speak to your healthcare provider about what he/she might suggest.

3. Focus on maintenance. Losing weight was hard; but for many, keeping the weight off can be just as difficult. Many dieters find themselves on a weight loss roller coaster, constantly losing weight and gaining it back. Don’t let the excess skin sidetrack you from maintaining your well-deserved progress. If you need help, find a provider who has a maintenance program which can provide a structure to make it easier for you to keep the weight off, such as Robard’s S.T.A.R. Maintenance Plan.

For providers who want to help their formerly obese and overweight patients maintain weight loss, the S.T.A.R. Maintenance Plan is one of many complimentary programs and services available to Robard customers. Learn more about how to start a program at your center.


Source: U.S. News & World Report

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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New Study Says Self-Stigma May Increase Risk of Metabolic Syndrome




There has been growing evidence that weight-based stigma can contribute to negative health outcomes in overweight and obese individuals. A new study looked closely at how those struggling with obesity have internalized weight-based stigma and shame, and how such feelings increase health risks, specifically metabolic syndrome — a cluster of risk factors that increase the likelihood of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.

The participants in the study were a part of a larger weight loss study in which they completed the Weight Bias Internalization Scale — a measure of the extent to which individuals apply weight stereotypes to themselves. Subjects also completed a questionnaire which the team used to determine participants' criteria for depression and metabolic syndrome.

The study ultimately found that those with high levels of internalized weight bias were found to be at a three times greater risk of metabolic syndrome. Subjects with high weight bias internalization were also six times more likely to have high triglyceride levels, which can lead to atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of fatty substances in the wall of the arteries that can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.

"The act of self-stigmatizing may lead to a state of physiological arousal that itself increases risk for metabolic abnormalities through biological pathways (e.g., cortisol secretion),” the study authors explain. “This state of physiological and affective stress may also lead individuals to cope by eating unhealthy food or binge eating."

Now more than ever, multidisciplinary efforts in healthcare are essential to effectively supporting patients to achieve a healthy weight. The authors note that, “Providers can play a critical role in decreasing this internalization by treating patients with respect, discussing weight with sensitivity and without judgment, and giving support and encouragement to patients who struggle with weight management.”

If you are a provider that is new to weight loss, and are unsure about how to sensitively approach weight with your patients, learn more about how you can access Robard’s complimentary educational tools that teach you how to get the conversation started. For dieters who struggle with internalized stigma, try these tips and affirmations to help you develop more positive body image through your weight loss journey.

Source: Medical News Today


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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