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Is 20 Minutes Enough?

Posted 11/20/2017 by UHBlog

Woman and man on treadmils

Is 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day all you need to maintain good health? Experts say that all depends.

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6 Reasons Fat-Blasting Workouts Work

Posted 5/9/2017 by UHBlog

6 Reasons Fat-Blasting Workouts Work

What is a fat-blasting workout, and is it right for you?

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Men and Bariatric Surgery

Posted 3/16/2017 by UHBlog

Men and Bariatric Surgery

More men are turning to bariatric surgery to help them lose weight.

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7 Things You Can Do to Lose 10 Pounds

Posted 1/30/2017 by UHBlog

7 Things You Can Do to Lose 10 Pounds

Setting realistic goals and holding yourself accountable are just a couple strategies for helping you lose weight and keep it off.

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Am I Really Overweight?

Posted 2/11/2016 by UHBlog

How do you know if you’re pleasantly plump or super stout? We can help you understand this and other “weighty” health issues. Although Ohio has the eighth highest obesity rate in the U.S., you may not view yourself as heavy. That’s because a distorted self-perception is more common than you think. Many people are “fat blind” and unable to recognize themselves as overweight or obese. If you want to know if you’re among the one in three Ohioans who fall i...

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Weight to Do Cardio: Why You Should Weight Train First

Posted 11/25/2015 by UHBlog

Are you stumped by the order of your workout? Ask us how to create an effective fitness plan. If you want to start the New Year right by improving your physical fitness and losing weight, you already know that a properly balanced routine of aerobic exercises, resistance training and a healthy diet is the key to success. But is there a way to arrange your workout to accomplish your goals? According to orthopedic sports surgeon Daniel Zanotti, MD, the average person needs a broad routine that inc...

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The 5 Questions Your Trainer Wishes You'd Ask

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

If your exercise commitment and physical activity level aren’t what they used to be, it may be time for some one-on-one intervention. With more and more people turning to personal trainers, how can you be sure you’re working with the right fitness professional for your needs?

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5 Ways to Swim Yourself Slim

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

Did you know that competitive swimmer Michael Phelps, who’s earned the most medals of any Olympian, consumes 12,000 calories when he’s training? And have you ever seen swimmer Dara Torres’ stomach? Her washboard abs garnered just as much attention at the 2008 Summer Olympics as her age – at 41, she was the oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team.

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Kick the Habit with Hypnotherapy

Posted 4/9/2015 by UHBlog

Clinical hypnotherapy can help with self-awareness and healing. Learn how. You’ve probably heard of hypnotherapy, but if you're like a lot of people, you aren't sure what it is and how it helps. Hypnotherapy, also called hypnosis, became widespread in the late 1800s and harnesses the power of the mind and its ability to affect bodily functions and symptoms. “Hypnosis is the power to change a person’s thought patterns through a combination of positive suggestions and relaxatio...

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How Online Calorie Counters Help You Lose Weight

Posted 11/7/2014 by UHBlog

Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery. If progress toward your weight-loss goals has slowed or stalled, you may need a new tool. A good one to consider: online calorie calculators. Calorie-counter calculators like My Fitness Pal, Map My Run, My Net Diary, My Food Diary and Shaklee’s 180 Program make it easy to record your consumption of food and adjust your intake accordingly. In addition to calories, some sites let you know your meal’s cholesterol, fib...

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Got Cravings?

Posted 11/5/2014 by Joyce Kavaras

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD Do you find yourself continually reaching for the same junk foods despite your best efforts to avoid them? Do you blame a lack of willpower? This behavior and thinking pattern can make us feel helpless when we fail time and time again. How do we break the cycle and get on the right track? The good news is that it isn’t your willpower or lack thereof, as there are many factors at play behind the scenes when it comes to changing behavior. Therefore, let go of the feelin...

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Bones, Balance and Weight Loss: Reasons Why You Should Start Strength Training

Posted 10/27/2014 by Kelli Santiago, RD, LD

Kelli Santiago RD LD You probably already know aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming and biking are good for your heart. But, while they may do a good job at improving blood pressure, insulin resistance and cardiorespiratory fitness (to name a few), cardio workouts don’t do much for building muscle. Muscle is vital, however, and its benefits span far beyond just strength. Maintaining adequate muscle mass impacts a number of health and age related issues like bone health, blood gluc...

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Can Bacteria Help You Lose Weight?

Posted 10/2/2014 by Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD Do you know someone who can eat large amounts of food, usually the unhealthy kinds, and still manage to stay thin? These seemingly “super-metabolizers” can get away with many of the habits we, who are not so metabolically blessed, cannot. For those working to obtain or maintain a healthier weight, we know that vigilance, effort, and hard work are required most days of the week. Why this discrepancy? New research says some of the answers may reside in your g...

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Getting Lean with Protein: Eat Protein at all Meals & Snacks

Posted 10/1/2014 by Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD We know that a little extra healthy protein helps us lose weight and/or maintain our lean muscle mass as we age, change our fitness routine, or embark on a healthier lifestyle. This is of utmost importance because muscle burns three times as many calories as fat. Another important fact about our protein intake: it needs spread out evenly throughout the day. Recent studies have shown that our body maintains muscle mass the best when we have a steady intake of...

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How-to-Guide: Build a Better Salad

Posted 8/20/2014 by Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD Trying to lose weight? Eat a salad. This is fairly conventional ‘weight loss’ wisdom from many new health conscious individuals. Eating a salad can provide us with: our recommended daily vegetable intake, a plethora of antioxidants, increases our fiber, provides many vitamins and minerals, and keeps us full for hours. Eating a salad can also be a mechanism for consuming mass quantities of fat and calories. All too often lettuce is just a vehicle t...

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Two Big Meals vs. Six Small Meals for Weight Loss

Posted 7/29/2014 by Meghann Featherstun MS RD LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD Which is better for you? One day, it’s butter vs. margarine. The next day it’s eggs vs. no eggs. Next week it will be sugar vs. artificial sweeteners. It’s hard to keep up with the ever-emerging nutrition recommendations for wellness. Recent headlines claim that two meals a day may be better for us than six small meals. After this announcement, many health conscious people were confused, a little irritated, and concerned that their current eating habits of sm...

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Overcoming Food Cravings

Posted 2/22/2014 by Joyce Kavaras RD LD

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD Research shows 97 percent of women and 68 percent of men experience food cravings; typically foods that are calorie-dense, sugary, salty, and fat-filled. Doughnuts, potato chips or chocolate chip cookies, anyone? Cravings are defined as an intense desire for a specific food. We know just what we want and have a vivid image of it in our head. Research shows that the imagery we experience “eats-up” a good deal of our brain power, making us less able to perfo...

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Five Ways We Sabotage Weight Loss

Posted 2/20/2014 by Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD Let’s face it. We have all set out on a weight-loss journey, only to find ourselves face down in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked a few days and stressful events later. Although these two men seem to cure all that ails us in the moment, we end up cursing their names when our pants are a little snugger. This is an obvious weight-loss sabotage, but check out some other ways we sabotage our weight loss. Not eating enough protein: There are three reasons prot...

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Lack of Sleep Can Derail Your Weight Loss Efforts: Tips for Getting Enough Sleep

Posted 2/6/2014 by Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD Did you know that not getting enough zzzz’s each night can be a driver for putting on excess pounds? Not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night can disrupt certain hormones that help regulate appetite and satiety signals, while also causing our bodies not to utilize glucose as efficiently. All of this can make us not only tired, but artificially “hungry” as well. That draggy, exhausted feeling has us searching for things like cookies, cand...

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