6 Dieting Myths

by Robard Corporation Staff October 27, 2016


“Losing weight is easy!” – said no one ever.

Let’s be honest… losing weight can be extremely challenging, especially when you’re trying to figure it out on your own. Between TV, the internet, magazines, friends and family, and countless other sources that try to tell you how to do it, separating fact from fiction can seem nearly impossible. With all of this information overload, how do you figure out what will work for YOU?

First and foremost, if weight loss has been a challenge, and especially if you need to lose a significant amount of weight, it’s always best to consult a physician, registered dietician, or another professional with a background in weight loss.  There are also many clinics that specialize in weight loss and that have programs that can be tailored to your specific needs, and finding a clinic is not as hard as it may seem. Sometimes, asking for help is the first step to seeing real, long-lasting results.

In the meantime, we’ve done some of the work for you and found some of the most common dieting myths on the Internet. Take a look at the slideshow below with 6 dieting myths you may have heard, as well as the facts behind them!


Source: West Virginia University


Blog written by By: Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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5 Ways to Teach Your Daughter about Healthy Weight & Body Image

by Robard Corporation Staff June 28, 2016


In the age of social media, the Internet, reality TV, and pop culture, women and girls face an enormous amount of pressure to look a certain way or be a certain weight. More now than ever, weight and body image concerns create an immense amount of anxiety for women, but increasingly more so for young girls. Girls’ dissatisfaction manifests around body image, particularly weight, at an alarmingly young age:

• Over 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat.
• By middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15.

And while it��s natural to be concerned about our daughters’ weight and to encourage them to be healthy, a recent study from Cornell Food & Brand Lab says that one of the best things you can do to encourage healthy weight and positive body image is … don’t talk about her weight!

The study published in Eating and Weight Disorders surveyed 501 women between the ages of 20 and 35 and asked them to recall how often their parent(s) commented on their weight. The findings showed that women whose parents were less likely to comment on their weight or how much food they ate were also less likely to be overweight as adults. Interestingly, women who recalled their parents commenting on their weight in their youth were generally more likely to be dissatisfied with their weight in adulthood, regardless of whether they were overweight or not.

“If you're worried about your child's weight, avoid criticizing them or restricting food. Instead, nudge healthy choices and behaviors by giving them freedom to choose for themselves and by making the healthier choices more appealing and convenient," recommends lead author Brian Wansink. "After all, it's the choices that children make for themselves that will lead to lifelong habits." 

If you are a parent and hope to encourage a healthy weight and positive body image in your daughter, there are many other ways to do so that won’t lead to unintended negative affects later in life. Take a look at the slideshow that suggest 5 positive ways to teach your daughter about healthy weight and body image.



Sources: Cornell Food & Brand Lab, NYC Girls Project


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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For Providers, Weight Loss is all in a Day’s Work

by Robard Corporation Staff September 1, 2015


What is a healthcare provider’s role in helping a patient lose weight? How about the general health of the patient? Ultimately, healthcare providers are best equipped to diagnose what is ailing a person and, perhaps more importantly, they are well educated in recommending and administering the correct procedures and advice to alleviate ailments.

This is well illustrated in a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers where 300 overweight people partook in a medically supervised weight loss clinical trial. At the end of the trial, regardless of how much weight was lost, the sentiment of the participants was overwhelming: The support of the provider was extremely helpful.

There can be a push/pull relationship between the patient and the provider, and when discussing weight, it could become an arduous one. However, in this study, once that barrier was broken and the patient was accepting of the provider’s tutelage, there were better results in medication schedules, appointment keeping, and improved outcomes in overall weight loss.

What does all of this mean? With many things in life, people are willing to help you along the way. For some, it’s what they do for a living. Healthcare providers are more than willing to help; it’s an oath that they took. Are you, the dieter, willing to accept their assistance?

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Signs You May Need to Lose Weight

by Robard Corporation Staff October 21, 2014


There are times that we are on the fence about whether or not we should (or have to) lose weight. It’s understandable to blame those now non-fitting jeans on drying them in the dryer instead of air-drying, or saying you’re are tired just because you had a long day at work. However, what if weight gain is the underlying issue and weight loss is a simple, albeit arduous, remedy?

Here are some, but not all, signs that you may need to shed some pounds:

Measure your waist:  If you were to measure your waist right now how would the measurements compare to your waist size a month ago? 6 months ago? A year ago? Increased inches in the waist is a good barometer for showing if you gained weight and how much you may need to lose since fat has a propensity to go to areas around our waist and midsection.

Your doctor’s visit didn’t go too well: Weight gain many times is accompanied with other ailments and health conditions. What was your blood pressure measurement when you visited the doctor? Did your latest doctor’s visit show that your cholesterol maybe high or you could be developing type 2 diabetes? Any of these and more could be caused by weight gain, but the good news is weight lost will also help these conditions almost immediately.

Ouch! That Hurts: Weight gain tends to add strain to certain parts of the body, resulting in pain in those areas. Body parts like the back, knees, and hips are the typical areas that fall victim to aches and pains from weight gain.

It’s in the genes: Sometimes ailments and medical conditions are passed down from generation to generation. Decrease the chances of you getting those ailments by living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight.

Links:  Cosmopolitan, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


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Give Me 10: The Benefits of 10 Percent Weight Loss

by Robard Corporation Staff October 21, 2014


Article by Sandra Melloni RN, BSN, BA: Can be found on DiabetesCare.net.

Most patients with type 2 come into my office wanting to lose weight.  Often, their goals are lofty:  “Nurse, I really need to lose 130 pounds”  or “Nurse, I’ve gained 80 pounds over the past decade; I need to lose it all.”  They are often frustrated and overwhelmed. Where do they begin?

We know that weight gain is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, and that more than 80 percent  of type 2s are overweight. If we study the incidence of type 2 diabetes in America, the statistics are staggering.  With over 29 million people with diabetes in the U.S., the disease is booming. Past forecasts and studies predicted 30 million diabetics in the US by the year 2030, so we are well ahead of schedule. The truth is Americans are becoming increasingly less active and consuming more calories. The result? Our waistlines have increased and so has the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

We have long known that obesity is responsible for the development of hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.  Weight gain exacerbates these conditions.  Has your patient put on an extra twenty pounds?  Chances are they will need an adjustment in their diabetes medication, often a dose increase or the addition of another pill. The same goes for their cholesterol and blood pressure.

During the 2013 meeting of the ADA, Philipp Scherer, PhD, professor and director of the Touchstone Diabetes Center at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas, was interviewed on his latest research. He studies diabetes on a cellular level, and obesity’s effects on diabetes, describing fat tissue as a “solid tumor,” containing adipose cells. He explains that when a patient gains weight, fat tissue expands rapidly. This rapid expansion does not allow time for proper vascularization--in other words, the blood supply cannot keep up. The adipose tissues become hypoxic (lack of oxygen) leading to fibrosis of the tissue, and eventually, cell death.  This cell death produces surrounding inflammation, which in turn, damages pancreatic beta cells and causes insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the main mode of pathophysiology in type 2 diabetes. (1)

And if weight gain compromises patient health, certainly weight loss will improve it. However, striving for your patient’s weight as a high school junior just isn’t realistic. Sheri Colberg, PhD, author, exercise physiologist and professor at Old Dominion University discusses in a recent article about weight loss and insulin resistance.  “Just a seven percent loss of body weight (only 14 lbs. if you are 200 lbs.) will improve insulin action by 57 percent. That is a bigger benefit than a patient would get from most diabetes pills.” (2)  The American Diabetes Association confirms that a 10-15 pound reduction in body weight will lower blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and reduce stress on knees and hips.  And a 10 percent weight loss may decrease the risk of certain complications like sleep apnea or particular cancers.

In my diabetes self-management classes, I often suggest to patients that they view healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss as importantly as taking their prescribed medications. These are the tools we have to control diabetes, and overlooking them is like not using all the weapons in our arsenal.

Setting a goal to lose 80 pounds can be overwhelming, but requesting they lose just 10 percent of their body weight is definitely achievable. I often ask a patient to mentally calculate what 10 percent of their body weight is. So if a patient weighs 230 pounds, then a 10 percent weight loss would be about 23 pounds, certainly an achievable goal over a one year time period. Weight loss would average about two pounds per month or a half pound per week. Most projects in life are better managed by splitting them into smaller tasks. At the end of the year, your patient would realize an improvement in blood sugar and no new additional medications.  

So let’s imagine that 23 pounds is our patient’s weight loss goal. This could be achieved with a reduction in calories of about 230 per day. That might be a small bowl of ice cream or a can of soda with some chips. These small changes will add up. Add some physical activity to the mix, and your patient may only need to reduce their calories by 100 per day.

First there are some considerations, particularly if your patient is taking certain medications like insulin or insulin secretagogues, like Glimepiride or Glipizide. Losing weight and eating less may require a change to those medications in order to prevent hypoglycemia. I often suggest that those patients meet with their dietician or diabetes nurse educator before embarking on their weight loss journey. Below are some tips that my colleagues and I often share for weight loss.  Remember, your patient doesn’t have to be perfect but make small changes which will add up.

Weight Loss Tips for Diabetes Patients:

  • Think Do, not Don’t. If I tell a patient to quit eating chips, it’s often the first thing they crave when they get home.  They begin to focus on the “forbidden goodies.”  But when we ask them to add three vegetables and two fruits per day, they don’t feel cheated.  Mixing it up with some frozen grapes or some crunchy snow peas with dressing with their lunch will keep things interesting.
  • Water, Water, everywhere. We know water is great but try having your patient drink a tall glass ten minutes before meals.
  • Lose the tube. When we watch TV and eat simultaneously, we eat more due to the distraction. Ask them to shut off the television and sit at a table.
  • Eat to Live.  We have all heard the saying “Eat to live, don’t live to eat.”  Ask your patient which hobbies they miss. If food is the only source of pleasure, it’s a recipe for disaster.  Suggest music, drawing, volunteering or calling an old friend.  Yes, even sex. To read more about how food can replace sex and intimacy in some relationships, check out a recent DiabetesCare.net blog here.
  • Park Farther and Take the Stairs!  Old, but good advice.
  • Don’t forget Fido. Just walking the dog twice daily for fifteen minutes each time will help your patient reach their goal of 150 minutes per week of exercise.
  • Choose an Exercise you like. If you hate walking, don’t choose it as your exercise.  Aqua classes, biking, and Zumba are becoming more popular for men and women alike. Remind patients that gardening and raking burn calories, so put that leaf blower away!
  • Put the box down and back away.  Everyone is going to cheat sometimes.  If they want some ice cream or chips, have your patient measure it out and put the box away.
  • Catch some ZZZZZ’s.  Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones and cause overeating during the day.
  • Sugar-free gum. If you have a chewing fix, break out the gum and save on calories. 
  • Keep a food diary.  We all know it—we eat more than we think we do. Writing it down in black and white can help to think more about what and how much you consume. 
  • What’s Eating You? If your patient suspects that he or she is an emotional eater, you may want to ask them to keep a journal for one week. Before eating or binging, they might record how they feel, what happened at work, any conversations replaying in their mind and then what they ate. It can certainly be a reflective exercise in why we eat and a great way to become more conscious of the connection between food and emotions.
Again, most people with type 2 want to lose weight. This doesn’t have to be a formidable task or race.  Ask patients to “give you 10.”

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The World's Increasing Weight Problem

by Robard Corporation Staff June 2, 2014


Over the years weight and obesity* has become an increasing concern in America. However, a recent study shows that this issue spreads beyond our borders. 

The recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet, gives a comprehensive look at obesity around the world and the results are universally the same: obesity is rising. The study analyzed 188 countries and it took a look at obesity rates from 1980-2013. During that time, they found that the obesity rate rose 8 percent for both men (from 29 to 37 percent) and women (from 30 to 38 percent). Also, overweight* and obesity rates increased in children and adolescents by almost 50 percent, with the increases primarily occurring in developed countries. 

 Even with the obesity increasing around the world, the United States continues to contribute most to the rising rate with 13 percent of its population, or 87 million, being obese. However, they are a couple of silver linings that we can consider. For one, developed countries such as the United States have seen their pace of obesity slowed recently, and our physical activity levels are increasing. With and increased activity rate and better dieting methods maybe we'll be able to be one of the few (or the first) countries to decrease the rate in the future.

For more information on the study, click here.

*Overweight- Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight-to-height ratio, greater than or equal to 25 and lower than 30.

*Obese- BMI equal or greater than 30.

Links: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, USA Today


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