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Is Fast Food Making Your Patients Overweight?



These days, everything needs to be fast. We need fast internet, fast traffic, fast DMV lines. Fast is almost always better, right? The keyword is almost. Fast seems great on a surface level but when it comes to fast food, the tradeoff is fast weight gain.

According to a 15-year study of 3,000 adults, people who visited fast food restaurants more than twice per week gained roughly nine to 11 pounds more than people who visited them less than once per week. And if you’re patients are grabbing fast foods more than twice per week, there’s the potential that they will put on a lot of extra pounds.

There are a wide variety of fast food options, but they all tend to have something in common: Most fast food ingredients contain more energy, total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates and added sugars than healthier food of the same weight. As a result of these less healthy ingredients, eating fast food has been found to be directly associated with both being overweight and exceeding the recommended levels of fat and sugar

Fast food also tends to be loaded with empty calories. As we discussed in our blog article, Why Weight Loss is not as Simple as Cutting Calories, health care professionals cannot just discuss limiting calories with their patients. They also need to discuss the nutritional value present in the foods their calories are coming from.

Unlike healthier food items, most fast foods contain substantially fewer vitamins and minerals, and tend to be filled with carbs and sugars devoid of any real nutritional value. Conversely, healthier foods that contain more vitamins and minerals, like fruits and veggies, can help people feel satiated longer and reduce daily calorie intake.

Convenience is a huge reason that many Americans opt for fast food. But physicians can support patients in making healthier food choices while still not sacrificing convenience, satiety, or even taste. Robard’s meal replacement products are scientifically designed for optimal nutrition, provide all the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy weight loss, while decreasing caloric intake. Plus, with easy, convenient options like ready to drink shakes and bars, patients can still grab and go without settling for empty, non-nutritious fast foods.

Curious about how using meal replacements can help your patients make better food choices while losing weight? Check out our free, on-demand video Meal Replacements for Short and Long Term Success and learn how meal replacements can benefit your patients at any stage of their journey! Then contact us for some free samples so you can taste them yourself!

Source: Bariatric Surgery Source


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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