Shirley M Has Kept the Weight Off for Three Years

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“I’m also able to receive support even after reaching my weight loss goal, and this is important for my long term plan to keep it off!”

My older brother has challenged each of us to do “something that would push us” on the occasion of our 60th birthdays — he was able to train for and climb Mt. Whitney. I turned 60 this year, so it was my turn to take on a challenge. Although my original plan was a horseback riding adventure in Europe, a series of injuries and personal issues took that off the table. I began to realize it was time to address my weight and fitness levels. I would not only “push” myself, but I was determined to fulfill horseback riding in Europe when the time came. The only way to achieve my goals was if I lost 60 pounds. Continue reading

The Doctor’s Corner | The Importance of Breakfast

file8501233968641Many of you in the GreenLite program have been drilled on the importance of breakfast. However, A new study shows that breakfast could be a factor in your tendency to indulge on high-calorie foods.

Past studies have shown that people who skip breakfast actually tend to eat more high-calorie foods and be at increased risk of weight gain, but now researchers in England believe they may have an explanation of how this happens. Continue reading

Tips for Getting Fiber on a Low-Carb Diet

file53a9d6422aa26Fiber is one of those nutrients that many of us know is important but that remains a bit of a mystery.

Basically, when we talk about fiber, we’re referring to carbohydrates that the body can’t digest. Fiber is present in all plants, including whole fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Research shows that high intake of fiber aids in weight loss by reducing hunger, not to mention that it lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and diverticulitis – a condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the intestines and poor digestion.  Continue reading

Low Fat=High Sugar

file53aaf3b6d115fMuch of the processed food labeled “low fat” instead has sugar added to improve taste, but when it comes to harmful health effects, sugar is worse than fat. Sugar drives fat storage and makes th

e brain think it is hungry by stimulating more insulin secretion and contributing to insulin resistance. Eating usually stimulates secretion of insulin and leptin. Leptin feeds back to turn off hunger and eating. However, the fructose in sugar does not feedback to leptin and so the brain continues to think that it’s hungry. Over time, the fructose also contributes to insulin resistance and abdominal fat accumulation.  Continue reading

Real Weightloss Story | Surai J.

Real Weightloss Story | Surai J.

I have Type II diabetes and weighed 204 pounds after giving birth to my second child. My primary care physician was adamant that I lose weight and do so quickly given my family history of heart disease and early heart failure.

I started the Greenlite Medicine program on December 6, 2009, and from the moment I arrived, the Greenlite staff members were completely focused on and dedicated to ensuring my weight-loss success; and by February 16, 2011, I had lost a total of 25 pounds. My favorite staff members are Maria, Elaine and Dr. Rugh. Unlike my previous experience with nutritionists (18 months of weekly appointments prior to Greenlite), I looked forward to my weekly appointments.

I met with Dr. Rugh during my first visit. She really took the time to understand and asked questions specific to my concerns and my history. There were of course the standard forms and questions to fill out but Dr. Rugh seemed to genuinely want to know what made me tick and made recommendations specific to my preferences. Other places talk the talk about how they “customize” their treatment plans, but after my first visit with Dr. Rugh, I felt confident that Greenlite would treat me as an individual and not just a number.

Within a month or so on the Greenlite treatment plan, I experienced a major change, one that I’ve never experienced before. I had a new sensation every time I sat down to eat. That sensation was a feeling of not wanting to clear my plate. Since childhood, I’ve always cleared my plate and eating seconds or thirds was almost a daily habit. My appetite had shrunk to the point where I didn’t have to force myself to stop eating. I would, without feeling deprived, just voluntarily push my plate away. I am so grateful to have reached this milestone in my life.

Another major change is that I am more aware about my level of energy and stress. I now rest rather than push through my exhaustion. I’ve come to realize that resting plays a major role in restoring my mood and keeps me from overeating. I used to overeat when I felt fatigued and used this feeling to rationalize my indulging in food.

My workout regimen consists of working out four to five times a week, where I enjoy taking group exercise classes, running and swimming. I also discovered the value of strength training; and in just one month, I gained five pounds of lean body mass and lost five pounds of body fat by taking classes at the Bar Method studio. I also enjoy Zumba and other forms of fitness dance and will be getting certified as an instructor in March. And after the weight loss and feeling more confident about my fitness, I am eager to resume scuba diving, another activity that I gave up when I gained weight. My favorite places to travel are: Paris, NYC, Fiji, Half Moon Bay, and Santa Cruz (my local sanctuary).