Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Is Sugar Our Most Dangerous Enemy?

There has long been pretty broad medical agreement that the refined sugars which are now so accessible to us, not only in its pure form like we might add to our coffee or tea, but far more pervasively in soft drinks, candies, pastries, frozen desserts, and even in some foods we might not think of as particularly sweet, are generally bad for us and a major culprit in the obesity epidemic. Still, the World Health Organization (WHO) took an interesting step this week by publicly urging all of us to keep our consumption of sugar to only five to ten percent of our daily intake of calories, roughly half of the current amount most people consume.

It's impossible to argue that consuming a very small amount of refined sugar -- as opposed to the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables -- isn't an excellent idea. Still, we also want to argue for an overall healthy lifestyle when it comes to eating. The potential problem with singling out sugar as a villain is that, for obese individuals, the crux of the problem is simply too many calories from any source, not just sugar, but also fat and even protein, which can sometimes be too much of a good thing. While it's very true that sugar may be the main dietary downfall of many obese individuals, for others it's the terribly fatty and simple-carbohydrate rich foods we all know such as grease-laden burgers, fries, pizza, hot dogs and so on. To tell these people they are somehow on the right track because they skip desserts and drink a sugar-fee soda with their double cheeseburger and large fries is obviously misleading.

At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we focus on overall consumption and how to avoid over-consuming calories -- any kind of calories -- by dealing with the problem directly at it's source: the appetite. If you are severely obese and need help, just give us a call. It's likely there's a great deal we can do.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weight Loss Surgery: Finding the Support You Need

For people who suffer from severe obesity, day to day life can be challenging and impaired by the many various associated health conditions. For local residents who choose to pursue  weight loss surgery in Los Angeles, they are taking a major step toward improving the quality of their life, decreasing the odds of succumbing to life threatening medical complications, and lengthening their lifespan. Never-the-less, even though weight loss surgery, like the high quality procedures we perform here at Dr. Feiz & Associates, is proven to be safe and effective, it’s still a life altering decision, and a very significant one at that. That’s why anyone who intends to  undergo a bariatric operation should have as much support as possible. 

As medical professionals who are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle we work hard to provide our patients with all the resources and support they need. We provide information and support group contacts on website to help our patients, past, present, and future, reach out and interact with one another. We also make ourselves available through a quick and easy online contact form to give you the firsthand expertise from the professionals who know best. Your decision toward a better you is an important one, and we’ll help you through it every step of the way.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Snacking Done Right

Believe it or not, there are many causes that can lead to obesity, but most of them involve overeating. Overeating, in of itself, can be a complex topic because it too can have many underlying factors that very from person to person. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of impulse control, sometimes it’s a symptom of a much larger issue like depression or anxiety. Whatever the case, it’s something that most of us do at some point or another, and it’s rarely a good thing. Some of us eat meals with portions that are too big or too calorie dense, or eat too frequently, but for many of us it’s all about snacking. Here are 3 tips about snacking that can help you keep that weight off and live a healthy lifestyle.

  1. You’re probably just thirsty. Did you know that that feeling of hunger you’re getting in between meals might actually be a sign of dehydration? How many glasses of water do you drink a day? It might not be enough. The next time you feel a pang of hunger when you’re waiting for a meal, try downing a glass. You might be surprised how quickly the hunger subsides. 
  2. Eat a fruit. Fruits are tried and true and the go-to food for healthy eating.They’re easily portable, and can fill you up in a good way. Make it a policy to keep a few apples or oranges on you and have at it if you can’t wait until lunch
  3. Make it don’t buy it. There are all kinds of healthy snacks you can make at home, and they’re almost always going to be better than the convenience store impulse buy of a bag of chips. Try making your own cheese crisps, trail mix, or rice crispy treats. Try a few from here:

When it comes to your health and weight, Dr. Feiz and Associates care. For anyone suffering from severe obesity, a procedure like a sleeve gastrectomy is proven to offer positive results. In the meantime, watch your snacking!