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Can’t Losing Weight Be Fun?



OK, we get it already! Being overweight has all these health risks… and two-thirds of people are overweight… and being overweight can complicate chronic conditions… and you have to lose weight NOW! Stop eating your favorite foods. Eat less. Workout, workout, workout…

Breathe.

This sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it? Of course, weight loss patients should be informed about the importance of weight loss to their health, as well as the lifestyle and diet changes that make weight loss possible. But does conversation about it always have to be so serious? Sometimes, a lighter approach is appropriate and helpful.

So why not talk to patients about how weight loss can be FUN?

Patients are already dealing with learning to say “no” to their favorite foods, and adopting activities that seem difficult and challenging, especially where exercise is concerned. Having a lighthearted tone and ensuring your patients that exercise can be fun — even relaxing or stress relieving — can help your patients approach weight loss with a positive mental attitude and a sense of excitement that can set them up for success.

Here are five suggestions for activities your patients can try this weekend that are both fun and burn a ton of calories:

1. Take a walking tour of your city. Get some fresh air and some great exercise by mapping out some interesting historic sites in your city and making it a half day walking activity with family or friends. Stopping to see sites provides for ample rest in between walking. Go at your own pace and make it an enjoyable outing, and don’t forget to bring water and healthy snacks!
2. Dance the night away. When was the last time you went to a club? Get dressed up, grab a friend, and treat yourself to a night out with some good music. If you do go to a club or bar, just watch the alcoholic beverages as they contain empty calories. Make it a sober, but fun night.
3. Become a dog walker. If you like animals, this is a great way to get some weekly exercise, snuggle dogs, and make a few extra bucks! There are actually dog walking apps such as Wag! where you can actually get paid to walk dogs. Or just do it as a favor for friends or neighbors. Walking is a great, low impact exercise, so why not make it fun by adding a cute dog to the picture?
4. Play a game. Did you know there are lots of video games that are designed to help you be active? If you want to get some exercise in the comfort of your own home, and you like video games, try a few rounds of “Dance, Dance Revolution” or “Wii Fit!”
5. Jump! Take a trip to a trampoline park or take an urban rebounding class. Trampoline exercise is another low impact activity that is easy on the joints but provides great cardio in a short period of time. You can even buy your own portable trampoline to use for exercising in your house. What better way to lose weight and feel like a kid again.

For even more ideas on fun ways to lose weight, download one of Robard’s Patient Education Exercise Modules. Our exercise modules are just one of the many complimentary resources that Robard offers our customers to make running a weight loss program easy. If you want to learn more about our complimentary services for weight management professionals, contact us today!


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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Study Links Obesity to 40 Percent Higher Chance of Developing Atrial Fibrillation



According to the World Heart Federation, 21 percent of chronic heart disease cases are attributable to a BMI above 21. And with nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults overweight or obese, we are looking at the potential for heart disease rates to skyrocket in the coming years if we don’t collectively do something about the obesity epidemic.

Health care practitioners have known for some time about the connection between obesity and cardiovascular disease. However, a recent study has made the connection even clearer, showing that people with obesity had a 40 percent higher chance of developing atrial fibrillation, which can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications.

Dr. Andrew Foy, assistant professor of medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, said the results suggest that for patients with both obesity and atrial fibrillation, losing weight has the potential to help treat and manage their atrial fibrillation.

“If you have both atrial fibrillation and obesity, treating obesity will go a long way in treating and managing your atrial fibrillation,” says Foy.

Obesity treatment is seen as one of the more effective ways (in terms of expenditures and health outcomes) to treat heart conditions. The American Heart Association recommends obese patients participate in a medically supervised weight loss program two or three times a month for at least six months. Medical weight loss is a treatment that can potentially be lifesaving. Consider these heart disease statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

• In 2008, over 616,000 people died of heart disease.
• In 2008, heart disease caused almost 25 percent of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States.
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2008 were in men.
• Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. In 2008, 405,309 people died from coronary heart disease.
• Every year, about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more coronary attacks have another attack.
• In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

(Click here to download our free white paper “Obesity Treatment for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease.”)

Being proactive about treating obesity can help patients avoid living with a debilitating chronic condition, avoid surgery, and increase their quality of life. All it takes is the willingness to start the conversation — and it doesn’t hurt to have a partner that can provide a turnkey weight loss program, evidence-based medical protocols, and scientifically-designed products. Check out the video below to hear from our customers about how easy, gratifying, and effective implementing a Robard weight loss program can be. Then, contact us to learn more and receive a free sample kit!


Sources: World Heart Federation, American Heart Association, Science Daily

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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Fat Acceptance: Can you be Content and Happy in your Own Skin?



I’ve struggled with weight all of my adult life. At times, I was sickly thin. Other times, I was bloated and uncomfortable in my own skin. Both experiences have given me a perspective on what it’s like to be overweight and underweight.

At my heaviest, I easily clear 260 pounds — I am close to that weight now. I am a 6’1” man, so my belly tends to enter a room before I do. At my thinnest, I was 160 pounds. At that weight I tended to look like I had a terminal disease. During my “lean years,” I could not lose enough weight. I felt horrible about myself when I was overweight, and felt embarrassed around other people. I still battle that internal voice.

I recently read a terrific article by Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., in which she asked, “How can a man or a woman be accepting of their body when it falls so far outside of society’s vision of the ideal form?” I suppose that many of us who wrestle with our weight face that same question. Cederquist, who is a board-certified bariatric physician, insists that, “it is those who accept their weight and deal with it powerfully who achieve the most profound and lasting weight loss results.” So what does she recommend? Change your internal conversation. Here’s her advice:

1. Begin with the belief that you are far more as an individual than just your weight.
“Shift your internal conversation from one of shame and self-loathing to one of power and possibility begins with the belief that you are far more than just your weight.”

2. Answer the following questions: Who you are presently? Who you will become when you have powerfully dealt with your weight?
“Think of more than just weight loss, but of how you live your life. Maybe today you are ‘limited by your mobility’ but are creating a future of ‘activity and mobility.’ With this example, what does it look like when you are able to do the things that your lack of mobility has prevented? What new possibilities exist for you, and how is your experience of life different?”

3. Think of the action steps you will take to make the future you have envisioned for yourself a reality.
“Outline each step that you will take in becoming a lighter, healthier you. An action step is not, a statement such as ‘lose weight.’ An action step is a specific action that you will take in order to reach your desired outcome.”

For me, the takeaway from Cederquist’s advice was that perspective is everything. It’s akin to the pseudoscientific law of attraction: What you focus on and think about internally is what you’re likely to invite in life. True or not, I subscribe to that theory. Perhaps the first step to lasting weight loss is solely mental. Try envisioning a healthier, happier you for a day or two and see if your perspective changes. Remember, you can always lose weight. But you should never lose yourself to guilt or shame.

About Robard: Robard, a privately-owned, family-oriented company headquartered in central New Jersey, has been a respected leader in the weight loss and management business for more than 40 years. In that time, we have helped tens of thousands of physicians, hospitals, and medical professionals treat countless patients annually, ranging from mildly overweight to severely obese with related chronic conditions. To learn more, visit us online.


Source: Huffington Post

Blog written by Kevin Boyce/Robard Corporation


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