Monthly Archive: July 2017

Jul 31

Switching to whole grains can help maintain a health weight

whole grain bread

Recently, an article on this website suggested some dietary substitutions that can help maintain a healthy weight. One of those suggestions was substituting whole grains like oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat flour for refined grains such as white bread, white rice and white flour. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition …

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Jul 24

There is no magic pill to help you lose weight

A lot of “weight-loss vitamin” ads are misleading. These products do not curb your appetite or enable you to “shed 10 pounds a week” as they sometimes promise, although they will help your wallet to lose some of its weight. There is no magic pill that will allow you to eat as much of anything …

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Jul 17

A few substitutions for successful weight loss

A successful weight-loss diet involves making some healthy substitutions for the problem areas in your current diet and eating habits. You might substitute plain, unsweetened soda water for regular cola drinks or beer. If processed grains are one of your problems, it could help to trade them in for more satisfying whole grain products, therefore …

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Jul 14

Healthy Substitutions in Your Diet

Losing weight and maintaining that weight loss requires a daily, long-term commitment. Medical interventions like bariatric surgery are often appropriate and called for, but even weight-loss surgery will not be effective if the patient does not alter their eating behavior. This will mean changing both the amount and the types of food eaten, so making …

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Jul 10

Vacation is no excuse for weight gain

vacation weight gain

Yes, it is summer and time for vacation.  You might think it is o.k. to gain a pound or two while relaxing. Think again! These small weight gains add up over time and cause the ‘creeping obesity’ that affects so many people. The biology and arithmetic of weight gain and weight loss are really pretty …

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Jul 07

About Laparoscopic Surgery

The laparoscope has a long history in medical practice, but it was not until the mid-1980s that it began to be commonly used in many surgical procedures. Today, modern laparoscopic surgery has revolutionized the way doctors perform many operations. Weight-loss surgery, thyroid surgery, hernia surgery and even organ removal procedures, like gallbladder removal, are routinely …

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Jul 04

Happy 4th of July from Dr. Birkedal and Staff

Today, our nation celebrates its 241st birthday. The 4th of July holiday should be a day to relax and enjoy some good fun with family and friends, maybe with a cookout or a picnic. Please have fun and enjoy that time, but remember to eat and, especially, to drink moderately. Each year, the 4th of …

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Jul 03

Are you sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions?

We are already half-way through 2017! Do you remember that list of New Year’s Resolutions you made six months ago? Hopefully, some of these included adopting a healthier lifestyle, a sensible diet and a workable exercise program. Numerous organizations have polled the public about the custom of making and then keeping or breaking resolutions. The …

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