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What Is A Ketogenic Diet?

Posted by Jackie Oken on Jan 2, 2019

A ketogenic diet, you’ll also hear people refer to it as “keto”, is a high-protein, usually high fat, and very low-carbohydrate diet plan. You might have heard of the Atkins Diet that was all the rage in the 2000s. Atkins is an example of a ketogenic diet. These diet plans are called “keto” because they are designed to put your body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis means that you are burning stored fat for fuel. It also turns fats into ketones in the liver, which fuel the brain.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness

Science Explains How the Body Reacts to Sugar (hint: it’s not great)

Posted by Jackie Oken on Aug 7, 2018

While in the south, the word “sugar” may be an affectionate greeting, in the world of science and food, sugar can be both dangerous and deadly.

Before diving in, let’s briefly revisit grade-school science class. Plants manufacture the nutrients they need through photosynthesis, which converts carbon dioxide and water to sugar fuels (aka carbohydrates) with the addition of energy from the sun. Sounds good so far. So, what’s the big deal with sugar? Eating plants (aka vegetables) is really good for us.

Here’s the catch.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness

What You Can Do To Rev Up Your Metabolism for Weight Loss

Posted by Jackie Oken on Jan 3, 2018

If you’re interested in speeding up your metabolism to lose weight, we are sorry to break this to you. A slow metabolism is rarely the main reason we gain excess weight. What you eat and drink and your level of physical activity have a much larger impact on weight gain or loss.

That said, you shouldn’t discount your metabolism entirely. It is possible to take action and rev up your metabolism to enhance weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. 

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness

Measuring Successful Weight Loss Is More Than A Number On The Scale

Posted by Jackie Oken on Jan 2, 2018

When it comes to your overall health, understanding your body composition is far more important than the number of the scale. For starters, weight alone will tell you nothing about the age, gender, or height of the person in question. Furthermore, thin people without muscle could be less healthy than a heavier person with hulking muscles and a healthy amount of fat. Measuring weight loss via body composition analysis is a far more reliable and effective way to evaluate health, wellness, and weight loss.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness

Are You Really Ready for Weight Loss?

Posted by Jackie Oken on Dec 31, 2017


Our attitudes, belief systems, and internal dialogue strongly influence our motivation and ability to achieve goals. They create the bridge between our intentions and our actions. And often, these attitudes are not something we are consciously aware of, let alone actively shaping to support our goals. To succeed in making the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term weight loss, it’s vital to be honest with yourself about how truly ready you are to lose weight.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness

The PartnerMD Approach to Medical Weight Loss Programs

Posted by Jackie Oken on Aug 30, 2017

Losing weight is hard. Because different diet and exercise regimens appeal to each individual, a variety of diet plans exist. Many tout unbelievable results; it can be difficult to tell which weight loss program is driven by profit, and which ones could result in long-term weight loss.

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