10 Ways to Become Faithful to Fitness

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 17-07-2014

Mature-Woman-Doing-YogaStarting a fitness routine may be easy. However, sticking with the routine seems to be the hard part. The first few weeks, we’re pumped to start working out, then life gets in the way, or we don’t see the results we want and give up.

Here are some tips from the experts at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to help you become a long-term exerciser, if you are will to give exercise just one more try! Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top 3 Myths about Weight Loss

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-07-2014

Man-getting-on-scalesWhen it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth: If I’m not losing weight, it’s because I’m not working hard enough. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Healthy Tips for Cooking for Two

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-07-2014

Couple Cooking for TwoCooking for two can oftentimes be a daunting task when trying to make healthier menu changes. Recipes yielding larger portions, fear of not using produce quickly enough, or making the most of the ingredients we have can be common issues when cooking and grocery shopping each week.

Luckily, there is a way to make and maintain healthy eating habits to fit any household number. Micca Donohoo, a registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, recommends these seven easy tips to scale your menus and recipes down to fit your table for two. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Food Logs Made Simple

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 26-06-2014

Food-LogIt’s easy to think, “Oh, I didn’t eat too much today,” until you actually start listing off everything you ingested.

That’s the thinking behind the need to log food intake. According to Angie Sebree, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, patients who log their eating habits have greater success at achieving their health and weight-loss goals.

“Writing down your daily food intake, even your exercise and how much fluid you drink, can help to increase awareness of behaviors,” Sebree said. “Awareness can be the first step in figuring out what needs improved and changed.”

Unfortunately, she admits, many of her patients don’t particularly love to log. They can see it as a daunting task, just another item on the to-do list they don’t have time for. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer is Here: Are You Ready?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 12-06-2014

Couple on the beachEach spring, millions of people resolve to be “beach-body ready” by summer.  Unfortunately, summer has that tendency to sneak up on you, and by June, somehow those bikini abs have eluded us once again.

“In many of my patients, I see the weight loss happens slower than expected, or maybe not at all,” said Erin Spenner, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “That’s disheartening and makes it hard to stay motivated.”

We don’t need to look like models—all that matters is that you feel good about yourself in the summertime and all other times of year. Here are three questions to ask yourself if you find your own progress has stalled. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways to Keep Going after You’ve Hit Your Weight-Loss Goal

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-06-2014

triumphant woman after working outSo, you’ve done it. You’ve hit your big weight-loss goal. You’re sporting the jean size you wanted, you feel healthier and you’re proud of this huge accomplishment, as well you should be.

Now what?

When you’ve spent time and energy working toward a goal, it’s exhilarating to finally get there. But what happens next? How do you maintain everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve

We spoke to the experts with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to find out what gets in the way of continued success–and how to avoid giving up when the success stops coming. Read the rest of this entry »

Linda’s Weight-Loss Journey: Month 3

Posted by | Posted in Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 23-05-2014

Linda Month 3Meet Linda. She has struggled with gaining weight and then losing it, only to gain it back, since graduating from high school. Recognizing that her emotions influenced her food intake, she knew she not only needed to improve her diet, but also manage her emotionally fueled eating habits.

Linda is a patient of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center and has agreed to share her journey to better health. This video describes her progress three months into her program. She talks about what’s changed, how life has improved, and new things she’s learned. Read the rest of this entry »

Mind Over Matter: Manage Your Weight Through Mindful Eating

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-04-2014

Young Man on Couch Eating PopcornHave you ever sat down in front of the television with a bowl of chips while watching your favorite show, only to look down during the commercial break to see that all the food is gone? What’s worse is you find yourself walking into the kitchen to get something else because you still feel like your craving has not been satisfied.

This is an example of mindless eating, in which we don’t pay attention to what we are eating. To protect yourself — and your waistline — from this practice, Erin Walker, a registered dietitian with Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center suggests adopting a “mindful eating” habit. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Slimming Ideas to Get Family Support for Your Weight-Loss Journey

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 21-03-2014

African American Family Having DinnerYou’ve made it through your first full week on your weight-loss journey. You’ve controlled your portion sizes. You’ve started exercising. All in all, you’re feeling pretty good about yourself as you relax on the couch on a Friday night.

Then your husband walks in with a large bag of Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips and a generous bowl of French onion dip. You’re going to give him a piece of your mind for tempting you – after you’ve sampled some of those chips.

Losing weight is hard enough on your own, but it’s also important to have your family on board when you set sail on your weight-loss journey. How do you get them on your side? Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top Three Myths about Bariatric Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 18-03-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Bariatric Surgery 961 x 300When it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth 1: Bariatric surgery is a “quick fix” for obesity.

Fact: Bariatric surgery is a tool that can aid in what will be a lifelong commitment to health.

“Believing in ‘quick fixes’ with bariatric surgery is like believing in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy,” said Max Hammer, MD, bariatric surgeon with Springfield Clinic and one of the five physician leaders for the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “Bariatric surgery is designed to remedy a lifetime of problems that can shorten one’s lifespan and decrease one’s satisfaction with his or her current situation in life. Morbid obesity is dangerous. The fix is for life. It requires dedication and commitment.” Read the rest of this entry »