Grant Hewitt

Herbal Supplements Missing Named Ingredients


Weight Management, Wellness

Ok, so I don’t know how I missed this, but in February the New York State Attorney General’s office issued cease-and-desist letters to Target, GNC, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling their store brand health supplements with little or none of the advertised ingredients. (When I worked at a nutritional supplement store some years ago, I must confess, I always wondered about those herbal supplement bottles in our front aisle.) Anyway, so just how bad were the findings?  In the case of all four retailers, none of their gingko biloba or their ginseng supplements contained any trace of those substances.  That’s right–ZERO gingo biloba or ginseng found in “gingo biloba and ginseng supplements.”  So what did they find in these retailers’ supplements then?  Though … Continue reading

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Mary Teague RD, LD

Barbecuing While On a Diet


Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

It all starts with Memorial Day, then there is the Fourth of July, followed by Labor Day and picnics with family and friends all summer long. Grilling and barbecues are an excellent way to kick-start a healthy spring and summer by making a few adjustments to the typical fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, mayonnaise-soaked salads and chips. Here are some tips for healthful, guiltless grilling. Marinate the leaner cuts of meat for more flavor with less fat. These are some leaner choices: Eye of round Top round steak Bottom round roast Top sirloin steak Round tip roast And these are other options, slightly higher in fat, but packed with flavor, include: Flank steak Tri-tip roasts Of course skinless chicken and … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Is Obesity Reversible?


Weight Management, Wellness

Last month The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a respected medical journal, published “Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations.” This article advises how to “seriously” treat obesity. Because this article may unwittingly provide support for a defeated and discouraged attitude towards losing weight, I decided to weigh in. From my experience, obese patients are all-too-quick to conclude “There’s nothing I can do about being obese”  or give up with an “I can’t help it” attitude.  Medical journals should not be used to support such gloomy and false ideas.  To avoid this, let’s clarify some statements made, “…improved lifestyle choices might be sufficient for lasting reductions in bodyweight prior to sustained obesity. Once obesity is established, however, bodyweight seems to … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

World-Class Weight Loss


Weight Management

The results of the always anticipated and respected U.S. News & World Report Diet Rankings are in.  A program offered by CHI Health Weight Management and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the #2 Best Diet for Weight-Loss in the nation!  This is the first time ever that the report has evaluated HMR, and, as a clinic that has offered these programs for almost a decade, we are delighted that HMR was recognized for this honor.  The ranking was based on both short- and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR program.  It was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short- and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Where Does the Fat Go?


Weight Management, Wellness

Let’s talk about fat! The good, the bad, and event the frustrating sides of it. We can start with the good: your body needs some fat! Too little fat (or adipose tissue) can have harmful metabolic consequences. Now for the bad: too much adipose tissue can also have harmful metabolic consequences, and most of us tend to have too much on board. So how do we find the happy medium, and what happens to our fat when we do? While most of us think of our body fat as storage of excess food that we may have eaten, it does do a few other things. Your fat cells contain metabolic machinery that allows it to talk with your other organs … Continue reading

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