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How to Use Motivational Interviewing for Weight Loss.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on Aug 23, 2016 2:00:00 PM

 

The global number of obese people has risen dramatically, with a projected global rate of 1.12 billion by 2030.  With obesity comes increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and metabolic syndrome.

There is an urgent need to find and incorporate appropriate weight loss interventions that address adherence.  Motivational Interviewing is a client centered method of using open ended questioning to help a patient discuss reasons for change.

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Weighing in on the Juice Cleanse Debate.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on Jul 27, 2016 5:00:00 PM

According to a recent report from Consumer Reports Magazine - "Is a Juice Cleanse Right for You?", almost 20% of the adult population has tried a cleanse at one time or another and the biggest users are men mostly from the age group of 18-34 year olds. Consumer Reports estimates that Americans spend more than $200 million on bottled cleanses each year. This is big business.

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The Relationship Between Sleep and Obesity.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on Jul 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It is estimated that 30% of adults in the U.S. get less than 6 hours of sleep each night.  Lack of sleep can cause cognitive issues, hormonal imbalances, and many side effects that disrupt diets and exercise routines, contributing to some extreme weight gain in adults.

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Six Easy Tips on Motivating Male Clients to Lose Weight.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on Jun 24, 2016 1:00:00 PM

When you ask a male client about fitness and nutrition, you may get nothing but a blank stare.  Ask him about the performance of a high end sports car and he will talk your ear off.  It's very simple, typically men don't spend much time giving health or nutrition a second thought but when weight starts to accumulate around their waist, they become vulnerable to developing chronic diseases.

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How to Incorporate a Weight Loss Program for Teenagers.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on Jun 6, 2016 12:52:00 PM

Childhood obesity in the U.S. has grown significantly over the years. Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2 -19 years are obese.  According to American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's "Obesity in Children & Teens", overweight teens are much more likely to become overweight adults. If one parent is obese, there is a 50% chance that their children will be obese.  When both parents are obese that percentage increases to 80%!  Because of this growth trend in teen obesity, there has been an uptick in the number of pediatric - adult affiliated weight loss programs at centers across the country.  This type of program allows the teen to continue their weight loss program into adult life.

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Lack of Water Can Lead to Overeating and Dehydration.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on May 25, 2016 4:42:00 PM

 

Lack of water can lead to overeating and dehydration!  The brain does not differentiate between hunger and thirst.  When your weight loss patients or clients think they are always hungry, their body may in fact be signaling to them that they are really thirsty!  The key is getting patients or clients to hydrate regularly before their body gets to that degree of thirst.

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Healthy Thoughts?  What Americans Really Think about Food & Health.

Posted by Lesley Asendorf on May 9, 2016 11:49:00 AM

According to the 2015 IFIC Foundation Food and Health Survey, most Americans are split on their thoughts about how they value their health, make trade offs regarding their health and nutrition everyday, are in economic divide about their food purchasing decisions and are in need of positive, healthy, food purchasing guidance.

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Secondary Gain, One of Six Mental Roadblocks to Weight Loss.

Posted by Dr. John H. Sklare on Apr 27, 2016 10:43:00 AM

 

Change: A Mental Makeover

Dr. John H. Sklare 

Part VI

Secondary Gain:

Welcome to the last entry of my six part series regarding the six most common mental roadblocks to successful weight loss.  In this post, I will address the 6th most common mental roadblock called Secondary Gain.  The essence of this issue, can be found in the following questions: 

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Commitment, One of Six Mental Roadblocks to Weight Loss.

Posted by Dr. John H. Sklare on Apr 11, 2016 3:12:00 PM

 

Change: A Mental Makeover

Dr. John H. Sklare 

Part V

Commitment:

Welcome to the fifth entry of my six part series regarding the six most common mental roadblocks to successful weight loss.  In this post, I will address the fifth most common mental roadblock called Commitment.  The essence of this issue, can be found in the following questions: 

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Inner Control, One of Six Mental Roadblocks to Weight Loss.

Posted by Dr. John H. Sklare on Mar 24, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Change: A Mental Makeover

Dr. John H. Sklare 

Part IV

Inner Control

This is the fourth entry in my six part series addressing the six most common mental roadblocks to successful weight loss.  In this blog post, I will discuss an issue called Inner Control.  To put yourself in the mindset of a person who struggles with this issue, please consider the following questions: 

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