February 6, 2019

Something to Chew On: The Role of Fiber in a Healthy Diet

When you first read through your patient manual, you probably saw the word “fiber” more than a few times. 20, to be exact. It’s basic principal #8, it’s mentioned in the tips about meal choices, and we even deemed it important enough to give its own page (#43), complete with an alphabetized chart. So, what exactly is fiber, […]
December 25, 2014

The National Weight Control Registry: A Key to Success

We all know that losing weight is difficult and that keeping it off is even more challenging. We also know that there are a million-and-one theories about the best way to lose weight and how to maintain weight loss. Even more confusing is that many of these theories contradict one another.   But plenty of people do “beat […]
October 28, 2014

CONTRAVE: NEW WEIGHT LOSS DRUG APPROVED BY THE FDA

Contrave is the newest weight loss medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Contrave is a combination medication containing both bupropion and naltrexone. Both these medications are appetite suppressants. Combined, and together with diet and exercise, they have been shown to be effective for achieving significant weight loss. Bupropion, under the brand name Wellbutrin, has been used […]
October 21, 2014

Importance of Adequate Sleep for Weight Loss

When we think of factors that promote weight loss, we usually think about our food intake and our energy burned with exercise. However, there is increasing evidence that adequate sleep may be the third leg of the weight loss stool. Think about it: if I am at work, sleep-deprived and to boost my energy, I am more likely […]
March 22, 2014

Alternative Sweeteners

We can all agree that reducing sugar in your diet is essential to weight loss, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Nothing could be worse for you than white table sugar. But with so many sugar alternatives available, it can be hard to know which ones to chose. Should you go with low, or no calorie artificial sweeteners that […]
December 6, 2013

Winter Beverages

These days the days are getting chilly and nights are getting downright frigid. Coffee shops are advertising holiday drinks topped with caramel, chocolate and whipped cream. When you’re looking for a way to warm up, and maybe an additional pick me up, it’s hard to resist these enticing treats. But don’t let the advertisements and the cravings get […]
November 21, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats

The Federal Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it will be banning trans fats in commercially produced food in grocery stores and restaurants. Trans fat is considered to be the most unhealthy form of fat, leading to high cholesterol, inflammation throughout the body, heart attacks, and other cardio issues. They are created by solidifying vegetable oil […]
September 27, 2013

Portion Control

  When it comes to eating right, what you eat is only half the battle. You also have to worry about how much you eat. On the Healthplus diet, we allow large quantities of healthy foods, because they are low in calories and high in nutrients. The super food kale for example, has only 33 calories in a […]
September 20, 2013

Spice it Up

One of the most frustrating things about dieting is that everything you eat tastes so bland. When you’re used to frying food, and using butter, sugar and salt to add flavor, having to switch to baking and low fat alternatives can make every meal feel boring and tasteless. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Even on […]