Traditionally, nutrition has been about providing nourishment to populations and over time has become more and more focused on individuals. This more individualized approach to nutrition has allowed consumers to influence the meal replacement market and shape it into what it is today - consumers making purchasing decisions based on their ability to lose excess weight and defy the effects of aging.
So, here you go again...another new year and another parade of new diet enthusiasts marching through your clinic door, determined to make their new year's diet resolution a success. You hear, "I'm going to "stick" to my diet this year and lose 30 pounds by March, eat salads for breakfast - lunch - dinner and absolutely zero snacking in between and I need you to help me do it!" I'm sure you've heard that over-promised, over-enthusiastic tone one too many times to only experience these new diet enthusiasts giving up and quitting your program by early February. "Not off to a great start" you think to yourself. Sound familiar?
Holidays are always a stressful time, but even more so for the holiday dieter. The thought of sitting down at the holiday dinner in front of all those scrumptious, fattening, delectables is enough to make you want to pull your hair out...or someone else's!
Holiday over-indulgence can lead to guilt, remorse and further over-eating, creating a cycle of diet sabotage.
Holidays are stressful enough but for certain people who are struggling to stay on their diets during the holidays, festive family gatherings and bountiful feasts create so much stress and anxiety for them, they just can't enjoy this wonderful time of year. You, as a weight loss provider and coach, can help clients survive the Thanksgiving Day holiday by providing appropriate guidance and sharing these tips from our Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.