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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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Grant Hewitt

Avoiding the Scale is Avoiding Reality

Weight Management

Not long ago I had a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend of mine, we’ll call him “Joe,” who desperately wants to lose weight. He called me to ask for help. After he told me his journey of trying “every diet you can think of,” Joe began to recount how he doesn’t eat “that much” and that he always tries to eat organic. When someone needs to lose 150 lbs. and has been gaining and losing weight their entire life, it’s very discouraging and difficult to know where to even begin. I think he expected me to comment on his current diet habits and give him nutrition advice. However, having consistently worked with individuals and groups who are obese for the … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

The Newest Weight-Loss Drug: Does it Really Work?

Weight Management, Wellness

Last month the FDA approved another drug for weight loss, known as Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.  Because of the many hopes that are raised when these products are approved, I couldn’t let this pass without a few comments. Contrave, which is actually a combination of two other drugs (one used to treat addictions and the other depression), was first rejected by the FDA in 2011 over concerns of heart attacks and other cardiovascular risks.  It is now approved.  But like any drug, side-effects are to be expected.  In this case a few of the known possible side-effects are: suicidal behavior and ideation, seizures, liver dysfunction, glaucoma, nausea and vomiting.  Now, before you dismiss it entirely, the benefits of … Continue reading

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Linda Wilhelm RD, CDE, LMNT

Giving Up Gluten to Lose Weight? Think Again!

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Eating a gluten free diet isn’t necessarily harmful for people who don’t need the medically required diet – but how healthy is this lifestyle? Will it provide adequate sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber? Can it overload one with refined carbohydrates and fat? Will it put one at risk for obesity, diabetes or heart disease? People following a gluten free diet often consume less than the recommended amounts of folate, B-vitamins, iron, calcium, fiber and grain servings. A 2002 study showed that a strict adherence to a gluten free diet for 8-12 years resulted in a higher total plasma homocysteine level than the general population, indicating poor vitamin status (especially folate, B6 and B12). Elevated cholesterol is also prevalent in individuals following the gluten free lifestyle. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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