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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Indianapolis, IN Running Events for ALL Stages of Fitness

Accountability is huge when it comes to weight loss, but it's also important to have accountability for physical activity.  One form of accountability is to sign up for a local walk/run event. These events, races or runs, whatever you call them, are tons of fun because there are loads of people there to encourage you along the way.  Sign up with a friend and make it a social event too!  

Most events are for charitable causes where the small entry fee is a donation.  Even with a little investment, the accountability is higher than no investment to keep the commitment to participate.  

The first few months of 2013 are packed with events on the calendar.  Below are a few for the first few months, but click HERE for more details & and all inclusive list of events around and in the Indianapolis area to keep you accountable.  You could realistically sign up for one or more events each month to keep you on track with your physical activity goals!

2/3/13: Groundhog 7 (7 miles) A free race, can good donations are welcome to benefit Gleaners Food Bank
2/16/13: Be My Valentine 5K run/walk. All proceeds go to Friends of Garfield Park
2/23/13: Polar Bear 3 or 5 mile in downtown Indianapolis
3/9/13: Spring Fling 2103 5K run/fitness walk in Plainfield, IN
3/16/13: Shamrock Run/Walk 4 miles. Benefits Indy Sports Foundation; downtown Indianapolis
4/13/13: Family Run/Walk 5K. Benefits Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
4/28/13: Best Buddies 5K. Benefits Best Buddies Indiana High School and College Programs.  Indianapolis

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Worst Celebrity Diets for 2013

Americans aren't the only ones looking for lots of fast weight loss!  The Brits too desire this.  The British Dietetic Association, a sister association of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has announced the top 5 worst celebrity diets for 2013.  After reading the list, it is ridiculous to think that one would actually try one of them, but the reality is there will be a lot of people who do as a "last" result for trying to lose weight.  

Here are the top 5 & our comments on each.  To get full information or read the original article click here
5. The 6 Weeks to OMG Diet: this includes ridiculous, limited-research suggested routines such as drinking black coffee in the morning and taking cold baths to delaying breakfast until 10 am, excluding snacks, & removing fruit from your eating plan.  This type of plan is not realistic long term and even if followed in the short term may not even present you with the results you are looking to achieve.  

4. Alcorexia/Drunkorexia Diet: just as it says...starving yourself during the day to "save" calories for your nightly drinking habit.  This is an unhealthy way to fulfill the calories you need in a day and with out a doubt you are fueling your body with zero nutrition.  Not to mention toxic levels of alcohol and recommendations for alcohol consumption being "in moderation".

3. "Party Girl" IV Drip Diet: traditional IV drips are used in hospitals to help the malnourished and ill by providing them with the nutrition they need.  Celebrities are now paying for these sort of drips to prevent them from feeling "run down".  There isn't any evidence or research that concludes that this is effective or a safe means for weight loss or gaining nutrition. 

2. The KEN (Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition) Diet: another "diet" that is traditionally used for patients who are unable to eat "regular/grocery store food" due to a severe illness, disease or another chronic condition.  Who would have thought that any one would try this outrageous method of wearing an NG (naso-gastric tube) tube that allows liquid nutrition to automatically pump into your stomach throughout the day to try to lose weight?  So, wearing a pump with a hose down your nose is the latest and greatest to weight loss?  I'm not sure I would consider that true.  

1. Dukan Diet: The most popular of the "worst" diets includes many phases & confusing directions that would lead anyone to go crazy! Not to mention, completely excluding food groups that can lead to lack of proper nutrition.  This makes it hard to do long term and thus why it is a diet (short term) and many move on to another to achieve the results they are looking for elsewhere.  

The bottom line, diets are short term and will provide short term, if any at all, results that will lead one to another diet.  For more information on "Staying Away from Fad Diets" click here.  Choose wisely the plan that is best for you and be sure that you consult a Registered Dietitian to provide you with the information you need to make a sound decision when joining or doing anything to lose weight.  Our staff consists of several Registered Dietitians that can get you on track with weight loss.  We are happy to help at any time.  Call our office 317-489-4817 or email us at info@hntindiana.com to get any questions you have answered! 

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Your Medical Chart; Does it include Physical Activity?

Do you participate in activity?  Physical activity that is or movement of your body parts. If so, do you know how many minutes you do each day or on a weekly basis? Do you know what is recommended?

If the answer to all these questions is "no", then you might be surprised or taken back when your doctor asks you report the number of physical activity minutes you are doing. The Associated Press came out with this article stating that there is a push for doctors to record this type of information as a vital sign (blood pressure, pulse, etc).  Reporting and recording it is just as important as a persons blood pressure and that it is of higher concern than most people would typically think for physical activity.

The guideline for Americans age 18-64 for physical activity is at least 150 minutes per week.  "Adults gain most of these health benefits when they do the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week. Adults gain additional and more extensive health and fitness benefits with even more physical activity. Muscle-strengthening activities also provide health benefits and are an important part of an adults overall physical activity plan." ~2008 Physical Activity Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.  
We promote physical activity and encourage all of our patients to increase the number of minutes they are doing physical activity each week.  This might be increasing from 0 minutes to 5 minutes per day of intentional physical activity.  Whether or not this is something that you will see from your doctors office in the future or not, it is definitely proven that those who participate in regular physical activity are healthier than those who do not. 
Start now by increasing your minutes that you are active each day by setting a timer 5 times per day to take a 5 minute walk or getting up to walk around the office every hour.  Even a little improvement is worth the benefit!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Major Company Coca-Cola Addressing Obesity in Commercials

Have you caught the commercials yet?  Coca-Cola has gotten a lot of negative press as part of the "problem" as the U.S. obesity rate has continued to rise.  In hopes to combat this negative press, they are airing several commercials about obesity and how they are helping to solve this problem.  Coca-Cola's arguments: 

-They have 180 low & no-calorie drinks
-Works to produce better-tasting low calorie sweeteners
-They have introduced a smaller can size

The increased press is most likely due to the upcoming New York City soda ban (larger than 16 ounces) in movie theaters, stadiums, etc.

Read more about this HERE.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Indianapolis Area Health & Wellness Fairs

Health is our #1 priority for our weight loss patients, but we also promote health for those who are not our patients.  Awareness is a very powerful tool when it comes to achieving and sustaining optimal health because without awareness it is not possible to have optimal health.  Awareness simply means "having knowledge of".  If you don't have "knowledge of" your health then you are not aware. 

A great, inexpensive way to become aware of your health status is to attend a health and/or wellness fair.  Many times they will offer free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, skin cancer, bone density, etc just for attending.  These screenings are one way to make awareness and therefore health a priority.  The Indianapolis area has a few health and wellness fairs on the calendar already and those are listed below.  Some make you pre-register others do not.  Check out the information necessary to make your health a priority.  If you don't know it's "under the weather" or broken, you can fix it or prevent it from becoming broken! Take your health in your hands today!

Saturday 1/19/2013
Women's Health & Wellness Event: Riverview Hospital, Noblesville
8:00 am-12:00 pm
Women's Pavilion (Entrance #11)
To register call: 317-776-7999

*FREE Screenings at the event include: cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure; skin cancer; pap screening
*Additional screenings (not FREE) include: dexa bone density screening, CT calcium heart scan, screening mammogram

For more information on the event: click HERE

Saturday & Sunday 4/27-28/2013
WTHR Health & Fitness Expo: Indiana State Fairgrounds Expo Hall
Click here to stay tuned for all the details. 

Saturday & Sunday 4/27-28/2013
LAC Women Expo:  Castleton Square Mall
Click here to stay tuned for all the details.

Look for the dates TBA for these fairs that have been in the Indianapolis area in the past:
-Women, Wisdom & Wellness Fair Presented by St. Vincent Women's Services and hosted by WFYI
-St. Vincent Carmel Hospital Women's Event (FREE to attend)
-Indiana Latino Health Fair
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Friday, January 11, 2013

The Post Holiday or New Year "Diet" Trend

Now is the time! The time to jump on board with a new year's resolution in hopes of keeping it throughout the year.  According to statisticsbrain.com, losing weight was the #1 new year's resolution and "staying fit & healthy" was ranked #5 in 2012.  Here are a few more stats from statisticsbrain.com:

-45% of Americans usually make new years resolutions
-8% successful in achieving their resolutions
-24% never succeed and fail on their resolution each year

It's interesting that "lose weight" is the #1 new years resolution, but it's not surprising since the overweight/obesity trend in America is rising each year.  Why is this?  Plain and simply answered...over consumption.  Americans are eating too much; too many calories that is.  And the new year falls on the heals of the major 6 week, "over consumption period of time", beginning with thanksgiving.  So, Americans spend 6 weeks (or more) eating too many calories then they decide to make a goal or resolution to lose weight.  Great idea if they are the 8% who are successful in achieving their resolutions, but not so good when it means another fad diet ending in starvation and disappointing results. 

What Americans really need is a reliable program that will provide them with the necessary tools to make lifestyle changes.  
life·style noun (ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l): the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture;  a particular way of living:the way a person lives or a group of people live 1
Trying each year to participate in a short term diet or short term stint at the gym to accomplish weight loss is not the key.  The key is participating in changes that you can do for the rest of your life (all year round; including holidays, get togethers, etc.).  Those are considered "lifestyle" changes. When a person is able to make lifestyle changes that they can do ALL year around and not just the first 6 weeks of a new year, this is when they are successful in achieving their goal of weight maintenance or weight loss. 
HNT is that reliable program to provide quick weight loss results (that's what you want) while meeting nutritional needs (that's what our registered dietitians and other health professionals on staff want) as you learn the tools you need in order to make the necessary lifestyle changes. 
The idea of weight loss is simple....if you overeat or eat too many calories at some point you must compesate by eating fewer calories.  Otherwise you will gain weight if you continue to eat too many calories-as many Americans do each year.  Did you catch that?  I said the "idea" or "concept" of weight loss is "simple".  I didn't say actually "DOING" it was! That is why we are here to help-it's our job!
We are here when you are ready.  Call 317.489.4817 for more information on how you can break the cycle of creating the same new years resolution each year and not being able to be successful.  Come to one of our FREE orientations to get started.  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Health One Meal Replacement Recipes

Here are 3 recipes from patients who are currently using the Health One Meal Replacement.  These are staples in their meal plan and are all very easy to make! We hope you enjoy.

Lemon Muffin Tops (L. Gillespie)
6 Packets Vanilla HEALTH ONE
6 Tbsp. Lemon Cake Mix
1 Tbsp. Lemon Crystal Light Powder (more or less to taste)  

Stir all dry ingredients with water to make thick lemon flavored batter.  Grease muffin top pans and bake at 325-350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 

Chocolate Muffin Tops (L. Gillespie)
6 Packets Chocolate HEALTH ONE
6 Tbsp. Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
6 Tbsp. Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
Add water to make batter consistency. Pour into greased muffin top pan and bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes.

Carrot Custard ( K. Kimmel; recipe from No Longer a Grim Girl)

1 Packets Vanilla HEALTH ONE
½ Tbsp. Splenda
¼ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp.  Butter Buds (liquid)
3 Tbsp.  Egg Beaters
1 Tbsp. Water
¼ tsp. Vanilla
¼ c. sliced carrots
Butter Flavored Cooking Spray
Optional:  2 tablespoons Fat Free Whipped Topping - 15 calories
Mix dry ingredients then add liquid ingredients and mix well.  Cook carrots until soft, mash with a fork and then mix mashed carrots into the batter.  Spray two 3-inch ramekins with cooking spray, pour ½ the mixture in each ramekin.  Place ramekins into a baking dish and pour boiling water into the baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from baking dish and cool.  Run a thin knife around the edge of the custard and turn out of the ramekins.  Chill in refrigerator.  Optional: serve with a bit of whipped topping. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Noblesville, Indiana's Riverview Hospital Employee 8 Week Weight Loss Program

We are excited to see the community at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville promoting a FREE 8 week weight loss program to their employees.  The weight loss program consists of 8 exercise classes and 4 wellness classes in addition to the weekly weigh-in.  Prizes are awarded to everyone for participation and a Kindle Fire to the person with the greatest percentage of weight loss. We urge any employee associated with the hospital to take advantage of this opportunity!  Contact: Kristin Lamb, Wellness Coordinator, Riverview Hospital at 317.776.3829 or via email at klamb@riverview.org for more details. 

The initial weigh-ins will be held Tuesday, January 8th-Thursday, January 10th from 6 am-4:30 pm in the Cardio-Pulmonary Gym located next to the old Out Patient Lab area. 

We are proud to be able to assist in additional weight loss to any of our patients who are Riverview Hospital employees in hopes of providing a competitive edge when it comes to percentage of weight loss at the end of the 8 week program.  We love to hear about opportunities that employers make for their employees to promote health and would love it if more employers would do the same thing.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Health One Meal vs. McDonalds Value Meal

Every now and then we get a person who thinks that the meal replacements we use in our medically supervised weight loss program are expensive and "not worth the cost".  According to the USDA the cost of a day's worth of food eaten by the average American is at or above the cost of Health One Meal Replacements (HOMR) for one day. In addition, a CBS news poll showed that nearly 25% of people eat out at a fast food establishment at least once per week and are spending a lot per meal for junk.

Enter...a healthy option in the HOMR, designed to reduce calorie intake while providing all the nutrition that you need (100-125% of your daily needs).  The HOMR is proven for weight loss and reducing/stabilizing blood sugars.  A perfect meal-considering 78 million Americans are obese and over 10% of adults 20+ years old have diabetes.
Lets compare the HOMR to two very popular McDonald's Fast Food value meals: the double cheeseburger meal and the Big Mac meal.
Big Mac Value Meal (cost with Large diet drink $5.33)
Big Mac:
550 calories
29 gm total fat
970 mg sodium
25 gm protein
Medium French Fry:
380 calories
19 gm total fat
270 mg sodium
Totals for the Big Mac Value Meal:
880 calories
48 gm total fat
1240 mg sodium
25 gm protein
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Cheeseburger Value Meal (cost with Large diet drink $3.19)
300 calories
12 gm total fat
680 mg sodium
15 gm protein 
Medium French Fry:
380 calories
19 gm total fat
270 mg sodium
Totals for the Cheeseburger Value Meal:
680 calories
31 gm total fat
950 mg sodium
15 gm protein
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Health One Meal Replacement Shake (cost is < $3.19)
Blueberry Lemon shake
190 calories
1 gm total fat
310 mg sodium
15 gm protein
25% of RDI's for vitamins and minerals

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 When the comparison is made, the value in the Health One Meal Replacement stands out as it is cheaper, but provides 25% of RDI's for all vitamins and minerals, 15 grams of protein, and less total fat and less sodium than the popular McDonald's value meals shown here. We are very proud of our weight loss/weight maintenance meal replacement that we can provide in our programs.