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Seltzer Water and Weight Loss: The Skinny on the Bubbly

There’s this major company that makes seltzer drinks. And let’s just say that every time said company comes out with a new flavor, there’s also a major uproar. We’re talking uproar in a good way. People go nuts; and oftentimes, the new flavors start selling out so fast that they become extremely difficult to find in stores. When this happens, we also start to get a lot of questions about whether or not seltzer drinks are conducive with a weight loss goal. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, so it’s no wonder you’re confused. Some weight loss programs allow seltzer, while others tell you to steer clear, so which is it? Can you drink seltzer water when you’re trying to lose weight?

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What is Seltzer Water?

It’s simple really. Seltzer water is plain water that has carbonation added to it. To do this, manufacturers take carbon dioxide gas and add it to the water under pressure. Now this is where it gets a little tricky, so pay attention. Although the terms “seltzer water”, “club soda”, and “tonic water” are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing.
While seltzer water is simply water and carbon dioxide, club soda generally has sodium and other minerals like potassium bicarbonate or potassium sulfate added to it. Tonic water contains a compound called quinine, which gives it its signature bitter taste, along with sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup.
For the purposes of this article, we are discussing seltzer water only. Club soda comes with its own concerns and tonic water, which as just as much if not more sugar than soda, is completely off limits when trying to lose weight.

Dispelling the Myths

Because seltzer water contains no calories and no sugar, drinking it won’t cause weight gain or stall weight loss; but there is a murky area. As you probably know, carbon dioxide is a gas. When you introduce excess gas into your stomach, what happens? Yes, you guessed it. Bloating. While drinking seltzer water counts toward your daily water intake, unlike flat water, drinking too much can leave you feeling uncomfortably full and bloated. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean actual fat pounds gained, but it’s something to consider when trying to fit into those skinny jeans.
There are also a few other concerns regarding bone and dental health. The pH of seltzer water is around 3 to 4 (flat water falls around a 7), making it slightly acidic. Because of this, there are concerns that regularly drinking seltzer water could destroy the enamel on your teeth, making you more prone to cavities, and prompt your bones to release minerals into the blood to increase the pH of your body. Studies have shown that both of these concerns are unfounded; seltzer water is safe for both your bones and teeth. On the other hand, when combined with sugar, as is the case with tonic and soda, carbonated beverages do have the potential to cause enamel erosion.

Benefits of Seltzer Water

In addition to dispelling these myths about seltzer water, some studies went so far as to research added benefits of drinking the bubbly stuff over flat water. One study found that drinking seltzer water over flat water may help you feel full longer. This can prevent overeating and actually lead to weight loss. In this study, researchers concluded that seltzer water may trigger food to stay in the upper portion of the stomach longer, which translates to feeling full for longer.
Another study found that drinking seltzer water may help alleviate digestive problems like constipation and stomach pain (associated with indigestion).

The Verdict

If you want to add seltzer water to your diet plan, you can do so with peace of mind. The bubbly stuff won’t inhibit weight loss or cause weight gain; and your teeth and bones will remain as healthy as ever. Just make sure that you’re staying away from tonic water or any flavored carbonated drinks that contain added sugar of any kind (we’re looking at you high fructose corn syrup).

Apple Cider Vinegar: 2017’s Hottest New Superfood?

Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly a “superfood”, but the year just started and there’s already been a lot of talk about apple cider vinegar, or ACV, as the regulars are calling it. For years, celebrities like Megan Fox and Miranda Kerr have sworn by ACV as a weight loss aid. Both beauties claim that drinking the vinegar daily is at least in part responsible for their svelte figures. That all sounds promising – and easy enough – but could it be too good to be true? To find out, we did some research on what the experts had to say.

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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help you Lose Weight?

The research on whether apple cider vinegar can actually contribute to weight loss is lacking; but one study out of Japan in 2009 found that drinking two tablespoons of diluted apple cider vinegar twice a day with meals helped participants lose four pounds in a period of 12 weeks. Researchers think that this benefit could be attributed to acetic acid, one of the main components in apple cider vinegar. Acetic acid can help speed up metabolism, contributing to weight loss. Another study found that drinking apple cider vinegar may help reduce appetite; however, researchers speculated this may be due to the fact that some participants felt nauseated after taking it. Although the research is promising, it would take more studies to really make a claim about whether apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss.

Other Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

While it may not be a magic potion for weight loss, apple cider vinegar does have plenty of health benefits, so it’s worth including in your daily diet. It’s rich in beta-carotene, calcium, and potassium, as well as probiotics, and enzymes, which contribute to a healthy gut and digestive system. Apple Cider Vinegar is also rich in antioxidants, which help fight off the substances (called free radicals) that contribute to cancer.

Choosing an Apple Cider Vinegar

As with most foods, the apple cider vinegar available for purchase differs. Some is highly processed, which leaves it lacking in the nutrition department. When choosing an apple cider vinegar, it’s best to choose a raw version that has the “mother” intact. The “mother” is a cloudy substance that consists of cellulose and acetic acid. It’s the mother that contains most of the vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and enzymes of the vinegar. You’ll be able to spot it right away because the ACV will look cloudy and a bit murky. This is a good thing!

How to Drink It

When drinking apple cider vinegar, it’s best to dilute it in 8 to 10 ounces of water. This makes it easier on the stomach and your tooth enamel, which can respond negatively to the acidity of the vinegar. After drinking the diluted apple cider vinegar, swish warm water in your mouth; and then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.

Emotions and Weight Loss: How Meditation Can Help You Shed Pounds

When it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise get most of the credit. However, according to research, the key player in the game is actually psychological well-being. When you embark on a weight loss journey, learning to manage emotions and develop a healthy relationship with food isn’t always at the forefront, but maybe it should be. Now, we know what you’re thinking: well, all of that is great, but how do I achieve this psychological well-being? How do I stay present in the moment so that I can enjoy my food and listen to my body’s internal cues? The answer is actually quite simple: meditation.

The Research

Although there is still a lot of research to be done, a survey published by the healthcare network Orlando Health reported that successful weight loss is dependent on management of emotions and psychological well-being more than other any factors. However, 90 percent of the survey participants weren’t even aware of the importance of a positive mental state. Most gave all of the credit to diet and exercise.

Another study done by researchers at Cornell University looked at why some people seem to maintain a healthy weight all their lives, while others struggle. The study, which was published in 2016, reported that the leading three reasons were taking pleasure in food, listening to the body’s internal cues, and lack of guilt after eating. Yet another study out of the Brown University Public School of Health found people who pay more attention to the present and their current thoughts and feelings had lower levels of abdominal fat and were less likely to become obese.

How to Meditate

Although the word can be intimidating for some, meditation is simply the practice of focusing your attention on the moment. This results in more calm and clarity.  In addition to increasing psychological well-being, which can in turn lead to weight loss, meditation has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep patterns, and reduce chronic pain.

It does take practice, but the good news is that there’s no real right or wrong way to do it. If you’re new to meditation, try this:

  1. Find a quiet spot where you’ll be free from any distraction for 5 to 15 minutes.
  2. Get into a comfortable position – you can sit, stand, lie down, or even walk. It’s completely up to you.
  3. Find a point of focus. Many people choose to focus only on their breathing. Feel the breath as it comes in and then goes out. Take note of any tension in your body and relax any areas that feel tight.
  4. Be still.

You can also try guided meditations if you find it difficult to remain still or focus on your own breathing. There are many available for free on YouTube that range from 3 minutes to 3 hours.

If you’re new to meditation, the practice may seem a little silly and pointless at first, but trust us. The benefits of meditation extend to all areas of your life. If you combine meditation with the practice of mindful eating, you’ll be on your way to a slimmer waistline in no time.

Product of the Month! Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage from Progressive Laboratories is without a doubt one of our most popular supplements. It tastes great, it works, and it’s easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle. We know that January is the perfect time to make a fresh start, so we’re offering Skip-a-Meal as part of our January monthly special.

Monthly Special Details

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
Meta-Blast Supplements
Crave-away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, the product of the month ABSOLUTELY FREE!

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All about Skip-a-Meal

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Shake is a whey protein meal replacement shake that serves as a high-protein, low calorie replacement for a higher calorie meal. You can replace one meal with a shake each day, or all three meals. It’s totally up to you.

The shake contains several vitamins and minerals, so it serves as a balanced nutrition source, just like a healthy meal would. One serving of the Skip-a-Meal replacement shakes provides only 192 calories and at least 30% (in some cases, it provides 35%) of each of these vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin B-12, biotin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and copper. So if you’re drinking the meal replacement three times a day, you don’t have to worry about getting the nutrients you need.

A single serving of the shake also provides 24 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber but only 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. The even better news? One tub contains 15 servings and you get it FREE when you sign up for our monthly special. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

If you have any questions about Skip-a-Meal or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®)

There’s a popular expression that says “summer bodies are made in the winter”. In simple terms, this means that if you want a rockin’ bikini bod come June, you need to start preparing for that body NOW. Instead of turning to comfort foods during the cooler weather, it’s time to kick it into full gear. We’re here to help you do that by offering metabolism-boosting Metasol as part of our monthly special, which also includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins

Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

And in December, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – FOR FREE!

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Metasol™ for FREE!

Metasol™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol™ easier to absorb. In fact, Metasol™ has been shown to be five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
  • Shrank waist circumference by 3 centimeters*
  • Caused a significant reduction in body weight*
  • Increased sensitivity to insulin*

The main ingredient in Metasol™ is an Oligonol Proprietary Blend which is derived from lychee fruit extract and green tea extract.

Learn more about Metasol™ here.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at any of our locations to find out more!

  • North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
  • Phoenix: 602-441-3305
  • Tempe: 480-968-5673

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.

10 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Although the real reason for this holiday – giving thanks and practicing gratitude – is spelled out right in its name, let’s be honest: a big part of Thanksgiving is the FOOD. And although we might not like to admit it, typically that food is full of fat, calories, and sugar – things that don’t really go hand in hand with weight loss. But just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to completely blow it. You can still enjoy the holiday healthily with your friends and family with these simple tips.

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1. Eat Before Dinner

Yes, you read that right. One way to help keep you on track during Thanksgiving is to eat BEFORE the big meal. Many people make the mistake of skipping breakfast or lunch in an effort to “save” the calories from these meals for later, but this method of thinking actually works against you. If you skip meals, you’ll end up feeling ravenous later in the day and you’re more likely to overindulge or reach for the extra fatty, extra carby options on the table. Instead eat a healthy breakfast, like oatmeal or a veggie omelet prior to heading out the door for your big meal.

2. Wear Your Sunday’s Best

A lot of us have a tendency to pre-plan our Thanksgiving outfits. We may choose stretchy pants or a loose flowing shirt to prepare for the bloat and discomfort that comes after eating too much. Instead of doing this, wear a form fitting dress or fitted slacks. Doing so will force you to be a little more mindful of what you’re eating since the discomfort of being too full will be harder to ignore.

3. Ditch the Alcohol

Alcohol isn’t just a major source of calories, it also lowers your inhibitions, so you’re more likely to eat more than you would if you had a clear head. We’re not telling you that you shouldn’t imbibe at all, but set a limit for yourself of one to two drinks. Opt for wine or vodka and club soda over fancy, sugary cocktails.

4. Get Active

Instead of giving yourself the entire day off, hit the gym or go for a walk first thing in the morning. If you’re out of town visiting friends or relatives, ask them to join you. That way, your still engaging in family time while also paying attention to your health goals. Another way to get some exercise in is to round everybody up for a walk or a game outside after the meal. It’s tempting to just veg out on the couch, but if you resist this urge, you can get a nice calorie burn post-dinner. As a bonus, moving after a big meal can help improve digestion.

5. Take 10

When you finish your first plate, wait at least 10 minutes before reaching for a second serving. You may not even realize your full until you give your body time to register the meal it just ate. Another reason to wait 10 minutes is that that’s the time it usually takes for a craving to subside.

6. Drink Up (Water, That Is)

Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meal. This helps to fill up part of your tummy and may reduce your hunger. Many times, thirst is mistaken for hunger and the best way to quench it is with some fresh water.

7. Focus on Family

During Thanksgiving, there is a lot of focus on food, but the holiday is really about family, friends, connection, and gratitude. Try not to put so much focus on what you can and can’t eat, and instead focus on good company and good conversation. When you shift your mindset, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on what the holiday is really about.

8. Volunteer for the Cleanup Crew

Instead of moving right to the couch after your meal, volunteer to help clean up. The movement will help get the food moving through your digestive system, and you’ll burn approximately 100 calories in an hour of clean-up. Bonus points: your host will be happy.

9. Bring a Better-For-You Dish

If there is something that you absolutely cannot live without this Thanksgiving, make a healthier version of it and offer it to bring it to dinner. That way, you’ll know for sure there will be something healthy for you to eat and you won’t feel like you’re missing out. If you’re the one hosting, put a healthy spin on all dishes. In most cases, your guests won’t even know. If you’re low on ideas, we have some modified recipes for you to check out.

10. Be Gentle with Yourself

The most important thing you need to do to stay healthy on Thanksgiving is be gentle with yourself. If you overindulge or don’t stick to your intended plan, forgive yourself and move on. One day of indulgence isn’t going to throw you completely off track, but guilt and stress can do a number on your health, so be mindful and have fun!

Product of the Month! Go Bean Green Coffee Supplement

November marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. In addition to gratefulness and holiday cheer, there’s also temptation (in the form of food and drinks) everywhere. We’re big believers in balance — focusing on your goals while allowing yourself a treat here and there — but for this month, we wanted to include an amazing product that will help keep you on track.

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA ApprovedMedications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale
Product of the Month

This month, our product of the month is Go Bean Green Coffee Supplement.

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Go Bean for FREE!

Go Bean

What is Go Bean?

Go Bean is the ONLY green coffee product made with USDA certified organic pure green coffee beans. Each 500 milligram capsule contains 60 milligrams of caffeine and 185 milligrams of chlorogenic acid — a powerful phytochemical. Together, this combination of ingredients (which is the exact amount recommended by Dr. Oz) slows down the conversion of excess sugar into fat, increases energy, boosts weight loss, and helps you recover from fatigue more quickly*.

Read more about Go Bean or purchase the supplement now!

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at either one of our locations to find out more!

Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Tempe: 480-968-5673

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.

hCG Program: What It’s All About

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Our hCG program is one of the most popular programs we offer at Valley Medical Weight Loss. The comprehensive protocol consists of an 800 calorie per day toxin-free diet, as well as daily injections of hCG and bi-weekly lipotropic injections. Because of its rising popularity, the hCG diet has become a buzzword of sorts, but many people still aren’t clear on what hCG is and what the program entails.

What is hCG?

hCG, which stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone naturally-produced by the placenta in pregnant women. hCG almost entirely controls metabolic function of an area of the brain called the hypothalamus throughout the entire pregnancy. Although it is not approved for weight loss by the FDA, the average dieter on the hCG program experiences a weight loss of 0.5 to 3 pounds per day, the elimination of unhealthy toxins and unwanted fat, and a positive change in his/her relationship to food and eating. Many veterans of the hCG program report that they were able to maintain their weight loss and easily follow healthy lifestyle changes once their program was over.

What the Program Entails

While on the hCG diet, you’ll follow a strict 800-calorie diet that’s free of any toxins, like preservatives, sugar, and pesticides. We take the guesswork out of the diet by providing you with a diet plan that you can follow during the entire length of your program. In addition to the clean, calorie-restricted diet, you’ll receive daily hCG injections and Lipo B injections twice per week. You can visit our office for these injections or we can provide you with these injections to take home and administer yourself.

In addition to following the diet plan and getting the injections, it’s important to detoxify the body while following the hCG program. We advise doing a colon cleanse before starting the program and taking a liver cleanse supplement, like Liver-G.I. Detox by Pure Encapsulations, daily during all three phases of the program.

A Look at a Sample hCG Diet Plan

Breakfast  Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar.  You may have as much as you desire.  Only one tablespoon of milk is allowed in 24 hours.  Stevia may be used in place of sugar.*
Lunch 150 grams of the following meat grilled (no oil or fat) weighed raw:

  • Organic grass fed beef or veal
  • Organic chicken breast (Skinless)
  • Wild Chilean sea bass
  • Flounder
  • Halibut
  • Cod
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Shrimp

1 large handful of vegetables (only to be chosen from the following) can be eaten raw, steamed, or grilled (without oil) or gently boiled:

  • Spinach or Chard or Beet Greens
  • Lettuces of any kind (including cabbage)
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Onions
  • Red radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Asparagus

1 bread stick (Grissino) or 1 Melba toast
1 medium apple, small handful of strawberries, or 1 grapefruit**

Dinner  The same four choices as lunch (Above)DO NOT make lunch and dinner exactly the same in the same day.
   *Fresh herbs, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids may be used to taste.  Patients must drink 64 ounces of water (not tap) daily.  Drinking green or oolong tea is also recommended.**Organic only.  The juice of one lemon is allowed each day.

Pricing Breakdown

  • $100/week
  • $300/month
  • $400/6 weeks

Possible Side Effects

Like any medications and injections, hCG does carry some risk for side effects. Possible side effects include nausea, fatigue, hair loss, dry hair, acne and sudden mood swings. Some people may also notice a rash show up shortly after starting their HCG treatment. Some females have experienced changes in their menstrual cycle while taking HCG. These irregularities are resolved with the completion of the program. The most common side effect for males could be enlarged prostate and enlarged outlining of the breasts which likely occurs due to the estrogen levels which occur from HCG being in the body. You should not do the hCG program if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Disclaimer: HCG is a drug which has not been approved by the food and drug administration as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control. There is no substantial evidence that HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets.

Product of the Month! Lipotropic Complex by Integrative Therapeutics

It’s OCTOBER! Fall is officially in the air and Halloween candy is EVERYWHERE. Since temptation is lurking behind every corner, we wanted to include a powerful fat-burning supplement in our monthly special that will help keep you on track, even if you veer off course a little bit. With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale
Product of the Month

This month our product of the month is Lipotropic Complex by Integrative Therapeutics!

Lipotropic

Most environmental toxins and hormones are fat-soluble, which means that they’re stored in your fat cells. All of these toxins are filtered through the liver, and since the liver is largely made up of fat, a large majority become stored in the liver with nowhere to go. As you’re losing weight, or when you’re doing a cleanse or a detox, the liver often needs additional nutritional support to properly move these toxins from the body. Lipotropic Complex provides this extra support for the liver, which translates to a host of benefits for you, including:

  • A boost in weight loss*
  • A reduction in inflammation (which can decrease pain)*
  • Improved carbohydrate metabolism*
  • Lowered cholesterol levels and decreased accumulation of fat in the liver, heart, arteries, and brain*
  • Improved mood*
  • Regulated appetite*
  • Increased energy*

Lipotropic complex can also help regulate liver function, aid in the treatment of depression, and support healthy growth and metabolism.* It’s loaded with beneficial active ingredients, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium, choline, black radish, dandelion, beet root extract, and ox bile extract, and inositol. These active ingredients work together to make Lipotropic Complex one of the most potent and effective liver-flushing supplements available.

If you have any questions about Lipotropic Complex or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY! You can also try Lipotropic Complex on its own by ordering here.

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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New Weight Loss Hopeful: Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment (ABT)

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The weight loss industry is a big one. Scientists are always diligently working to find the best diets and the most effective workouts that together, will set you up for weight loss success. While diet and exercise are extremely important when it comes to weight loss, a new study out of the journal “Obesity” suggests that maybe focus is in the wrong place.

This study takes a look at a therapy called Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment, which involves teaching people how to accept discomfort and displeasure. The theory behind ABT is that teaching people how to accept the uncomfortable feelings associated with a new diet and exercise routine would actually be more effective than just teaching them the basics of diet and exercise alone. Let’s delve in further.

The Study

For the study, researchers assigned nearly 200 overweight or obese participants to two groups. One group was given the standard obesity treatment – education on diet and exercise, like how to monitor calories and remove temptation from the home and work environment. The second group was taught the same things as the first group, but in addition to that, they were also taught how to learn to accept any feelings of discomfort, like a desire to eat, fatigue that comes in the initial stages of weight loss, and the frustration of beginning a new workout routine. Group number two was also trained in mindfulness.

The Results

Researchers followed the two groups for a period of one year and found that the study participants in the group who learned ABT lost an average of 13.3 percent of their body weight, while participants in the group without ABT lost 9.8 percent of their body weight. After another year (a total of two), researchers found that the participants in the ABT group were also more successful at sustaining their weight loss – 64 percent kept the weight off compared to 49 percent.

How Does It Work

ABT is based on a type of talk therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). When learning ACT, participants learn how to accept uncomfortable physical sensations. They are aware that these feelings will arrive and are just part of the weight loss process. Participants also learn to recognize thoughts that may be getting in the way of their progress; and learn not to accept these thoughts as reality, but overcome them instead.

Of course, because this study is preliminary, more research is necessary before ABT can be considered an effective weight loss strategy, but it gives lots of hope to the phrase “mind over matter”.