Friday, December 26, 2014

Don’t Eat a Day’s Worth of Food in One Meal!

How much food is too much food? Some would say it’s a matter of opinion, but most doctors and nutritionists agree, for the average adult, 2,000 calories is the ideal daily consumption level for a healthy lifestyle.  The average American might not even know what 2,000 calories looks like. But thanks to this comprehensive and fascinating report from the New York Times, you can see just how easy it is to go over your daily recommendation in a single sitting. 

The obesity epidemic has a lot to do with processed foods and fast food restaurants. You probably already know that a meal at McDonalds isn’t the most healthy way to go, but did you know that combo meal might be an entire day’s worth of calories? At Burger King, a Double Whopper, large soda, and fries brings you to 2,130 calories. Meanwhile, even “healthier” options like Chipotle burrito nets you 2,010 if you get chips and guac with a drink. Don’t fool yourself into thinking fast food is the only way to do it, either. With the generous portions most dine in restaurants provide a single dish could put you well over. The Farfalle with Chicken at the Cheesecake Factory weights in a whopping 2,410 calories. 

Want a great way to keep your calorie counts under control? Just cook at home, and try to assemble meals yourself from fresh ingredients. It might take a little longer than going out, but it’ll be well worth it for your health, and here at Dr. Feiz & Associates we believe your health is what matters the most. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shrink Obesity Down to Size

According to a recently released report, the worldwide obesity epidemic is costing the health care system about as much as smoking. Not only is obesity costly financially, it is costly emotionally, as it can take years off of a person’s life.

Just like smokers, no obese patient will question the fact that they need to make a change to secure a healthier future, but adapting to a healthy lifestyle is extremely difficult. Luckily, bariatric surgery from Dr. Feiz & Associates has been proven time and time again as the best way to give patients the tools they need to start eating right. Bariatric procedures are not a golden ticket to weight loss, but they do give the patient a major advantage in the constant battle against hunger and dietary control.

Not only is Dr. Michael Feiz an expert surgeon who patients trust, him and his staff give patients expert dietary and post-surgical advice to ensure that they get on the right track to controlling their obesity. Everyone agrees that obesity is a growing problem, but with the help of Dr. Feiz & Associates, you can shrink it down to size.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Case for a Long Healthy Life

For a lot of people, healthy eating can feel like a drag. Food is something that we all love, and, just like most of the things we enjoy the most, it’s far too easy to slip into overindulgence. Though the specific reasons for obesity are highly varied and can involve a variety of factors depending on the individual, one issue can make recovery difficult. Many who suffer from severe obesity state that they aren’t concerned with the long term health effects because they would rather enjoy life in the moment. Nevertheless, here at Dr. Feiz & Associates, as healthcare professionals we’re very familiar with the dangers of severe obesity, and want to help convey the need for treatment.

The risk factors associated with obesity are very well known and include a significantly increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. These life threatening issues may seem like a long term concern, however living in the moment, and avoiding the issues is not a good path to take. In addition to shortening your life span, severe obesity can significantly deteriorate the quality of life and leave an individual suffering with for years with difficult issues. Rather than living in pain, and difficulty, the clear choice to make is one toward improvement. Weight loss surgery in Los Angeles performed by Dr. Feiz is one of the best ways to get improve you quality of life for a healthy, long, and peaceful existence.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


If you're old enough to remember The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson then you might remember the joke Mr. Carson repeated that there was really only one holiday fruitcake -- it was just being sent from one person to another and never, ever eaten. At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we sometimes wonder what would be the health benefit if all sugary/fatty desserts were treated with such disdain, or never eaten at all!

Yes, we know it's a pipedream. We humans are hardwired to desire sugar and fat laden foods, an extremely powerful vestige of the very long periods of human history in which calories were relatively hard to come by. Even so, there would be less need for the constant pleas for Americans to take up a more healthy lifestyle if we could all cultivate more of a take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards the most fattening holiday comestibles.

After all, the point of a holiday celebration is to spend time with family and friends and, for very many of us, there is also an important spiritual and religious meaning to the holidays. No part of that demands the over consumption of holiday treats. So, at your family holiday feast this year, maybe pretend that that second (or third) helping of stuffing or egg nog you don't need is fruitcake. Not bad tasting, really, but do you really need to eat or drink that?

If, on the other hand, your weight issues are a well beyond a little holiday overindulgence, then you can call us to find out more about weight loss surgery in Los Angeles. It might just be the best gift you've ever given yourself.