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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to Look For In a Medical Weight Loss Program in Midlothian, VA

Posted by Jackie Oken on Jul 19, 2017

Here in Midlothian, there are many weight loss programs from which to choose. You may have even tried a few of them: Weight Watchers, Medi Weight Loss and Jenny Craig are all programs that “promise” healthy weight loss results. So what’s the difference between weight loss programs like these and a medically supervised weight loss program, like MetabolizePMD

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5 Tips for Reaching Your Health and Wellness Goals

Posted by Jackie Oken on Jul 6, 2017

Everyone wants to live a healthy, long life. We often implement diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes to achieve this goal. However, setbacks and stumbling blocks can cause us to get discouraged. As a result, many health and wellness goals are often abandoned before encouraging progress is made.

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Losing Weight for Good with the Kaizen Method

Posted by Jackie Oken on Jun 14, 2017

Did you make a resolution to lose weight in the new year? The good news is that you aren’t alone. According to a 2017 study, losing weight and/or healthier eating was the most popular New Year’s Resolution. If you already ditched your weight loss goals, you also aren’t alone. Statistics show that within four months, nearly 25% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned.

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