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Monday, December 26, 2011

OMNI Medical Center 's 5 Worst Holiday Treats

Christmas may be over...but the New Year's celebrations are just around the corner!

That's why OMNI Medical Center has come up with a list of the 5 Worst Holiday Treats ... to keep you on your best behavior while you're ringing in the New Year (and while you're on your hCG diet !)

Here are the 5 foods & drinks you should try to stay away from: 

1) Worst cocktail:

Gin and tonic (8 ounces)
240 calories
22 g sugar

Did you know that light and bubbly tonic water many people love to add to their drinks contains as much sugar as two glazed donuts? Consider a diet tonic... or calorie-free seltzer water instead.

2) Worst dip:

Spinach and artichoke dip (1/2 cup serving)
300 calories
19 g fat

Sorry to rain on your parade...but the wrong dip can transform healthy veggies and a whole grain pita into vessels for fat and hundreds of extra calories! Avoid creamy, cheesy dips at all costs and stick to tomato-based salsas and bruschetta, which are low-calorie and offer a healthy serving of vegetables.

3) Worst Side Dish:

Baked potato with butter and sour cream (1 medium spud)
400 calories
14 g fat (6 g saturated)

If you add bacon and cheese to your hot potato dish, you'll also be packing in an extra 150 calories. Try eating just the potato skins... and using 5 squirts of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray. This will give you that buttery fix... but save you from splurging on excess fat & calories.

4) Worst Hot Drink:

White chocolate mocha (20 ounces)
660 calories
22 g fat (15 g saturated)
95 g sugar
Sugary coffee concoctions can be a holiday staple for many of us—but the wrong one could deliver more calories than a Big Mac! Avoid mochas, lattes and cappuccinos and order a small coffee with a dash of almond milk and a spurt of sugar-free flavored syrup instead.

5) Worst Dessert:

Pecan pie à la mode (one small slice)
810 calories
65 g fat
55 g sugar

In the wide world of holiday pies, nothing is worse than a slice of pecan. If you absolutely have to have a sweet treat, angel food cake makes an ideal dessert. It's light, low in calories and virtually fat-free. Fresh fruit is even better.

For more holiday nutrition tips or to find out more about our medical weight loss program with hCG visit our web site: .

    Here's to a Happy (and much healthier) New Year!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    OMNI Medical Center Suggests You Pump Some Iron...Into Your Diet!

    Did you know? The most common nutrient deficiency in the U.S. is (insert drum roll)... iron deficiency!

    This is especially prevalent in women and sometimes in patients who are following a medical weight loss program or hCG diet.

    With that in mind, here are 3 helpful ideas from OMNI Medical Center for getting some extra iron into your daily routine:

    --Eat more iron-rich foods. That means adding more red meat, seafood, shellfish, and chicken to your diet (especially if you're on the OMNI Medical Center hCG program)!

    --Try to cut back on foods/beverages that block your absorption of iron. This includes coffee, tea, milk, and soy protein.

    --Add some iron supplements to your regimen. OMNI Medical Center has a great Ferronyl-C supplement. It's made with both iron and Vitamin C (Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron more efficiently).

    For more nutritional ideas or to find our more about our medical weight loss program with prescription hCG visit our web site: .

    Here's to healthier red blood cells!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Monday, December 12, 2011

    OMNI Medical Center Wants To Help You Control Your "Inner Grinch" This Holiday Season With These 5 Feel Good Foods That Are Also Good For Your Waistline!

    The Grinch Stole Christmas Glitter |

    The Holidays can a wonderful time of giving... and GAINING!

    We at OMNI Medical Center recommend a few foods that naturally stimulate our own production of Serotonin.  Serotonin is key in the regulation of appetite, mood, and melatonin production It acts as a calming agent in the brain and aids in healthy sleep patterns.

    Serotonin also acts as a satiety signal in the brain, thereby naturally regulating food intake along with reducing our cravings, especially sweets.

     So bring on the Christmas cheer and give that Grinch a grin with these tasty treats (and enjoy wearing those "skinny jeans" to the mall)!!! 

    • Lean Turkey and Chicken Breast - Poultry, especially turkey contains Tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in foods and helps our bodies to produce the Serotonin we desperately need. So, go ahead, enjoy that Holiday turkey. (And, the nap that may come later!)
    • Flaxseed Oil and Olive Oil - Great sources of Omega 3's and an excellent way to add flavor to our foods while providing essential nutrients our bodies need!. It only takes a little and your taste buds will thank you a lot! 
    • Avocado -  A "fruit" full of good fats of Orange Juice!
    • Almonds - An amazing little snack packed with calcium and the ability to be used in a million different ways! Top your favorite salad, poultry, or vegetable dish with these sliced treats. Or, just grab a handful on the go, because let's face it... they're delicious!
    • Fruit - Fresh Fruit, especially berries, are loaded with anti-oxidants to help boost our immune systems as we battle the cold... and our sweet cravings! Pairing fruit with your protein is an excellent way to maximize the benefits of both. (Want an extra tip? Eat your fruit prior to your protein to boost your metabolism. Your body will thank you!)

    OMNI Medical Center wishes you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season!


    Sunday, December 11, 2011

    OMNI Medical Center says, "It's Okay to Be a (Weight) Loser!"

    Losing weight around the holiday season can be tough, especially when you're following an hCG diet

    So here are a few tips from OMNI Medical Center to help with your weight loss results!

    1) When in doubt, opt for salad!
    Salads are an excellent example of high nutrient density meals that help you shed those extra pounds on your medical weight loss diet. The vegetables in a garden salad have a high ratio of nutrition to calories. In other words, you get lots of nutrition for very few calories.
    High nutrient density meals such as salad allow you to eat more, satisfy your appetite and stick to a healthy weight loss plan (especially the OMNI Medical Center medical weight loss program).

    2. Get Your Health Benefits from Taking Antioxidants!

    These are items you can find in your supermarket that can add important nutritional elements to your meals. For example, romaine and red leaf lettuce, spinach and arugula are all excellent sources of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant nutrients, such as carotenoids and phenolics (Our OMNI Medical Center staff likes to find these at our local Fresh Market).
    Eating more carotenoids could even make you better looking, according to the latest nutrition research!

    3. Give yourself that instant nutrition boost your body is looking for!
    The positive effects on your body start right away. For several hours after you a eat large bowl of fresh romaine lettuce, there is a significant increase in your blood of:
    -Total antioxidant activity
    -Vitamin C
    -Quercetin (which is an important bioflavonoid)

    These 3 tips can help boost your weight loss, and have you looking and feeling healthier in no time!
    For more nutritional tips or info about our hCG weight loss program visit our web site: omnimedical

    Have a heart-healthy holiday week!

    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    Shhhh! OMNI Medical Center 's Secrets to Staying at a Healthy Weight

    Getting down to your goal weight while you're on an hCG diet can be easy, but keeping it off is the true challenge. 

    So here are 4 secrets OMNI Medical Center is revealing to you... about how you can maintain your healthy weight once your medical weight loss program with us is complete!

    A group of researchers started a database called the National Weight Control Registry, which tracked more than 5,000 people who have lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for more than five years -- without gastric bypass surgery. 
    Here are the 4 'secrets' researchers found was key for these 5,000 people to keep off those excess pounds: 

    1) Eat Breakfast! 78% of the people studied made time for their "most important meal of the day." Other research has shown that people who regularly skip breakfast are statistically 4.5 times more likely to be overweight, and people who eat breakfast tend to eat fewer calories all day. (But what if you don't have time to prepare something elaborate? That's okay, try a protein smoothie with OMNI Medical Center's whey protein powder!)

    2) Weigh Yourself Regularly! 75% of the group studied weighed themselves at least once a week. Research shows that weekly weigh-ins can give you a sense of your body's usual pattern, and that's important because if you see a change from what's typical, you can make the connection about what's happening and address it right away (which is why we like all our patients to come into OMNI Medical Center once a week for a weigh-in...and a B-12 shot too!).

    3) Turn off the tube! 62% of the subjects studied watched less than 10 hours of TV per week. In case you didn't know...we tend to burn fewer calories while watching TV than we do reading or even sleeping. And what's even worse...studies show that people eat between 30-70% more while watching TV.

    4) Make Time for Some Exercise!  90% of this group exercised on average about one hour per day. That sounds like a lot, especially because the Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 60% of American adults are not regularly active. But that 60 minutes doesn't have to be all at once (so you can breathe a sigh of relief!)... It can be 15 minutes before work, 15 minutes carved out of your lunch break, and 30 minutes in the evening after dinner. And the even better news doesn't have to involve going to the gym. So what are you waiting for, get that heart rate up already!

    For more healthy lifestyle tips or to find out about the medical weight loss program at OMNI Medical Center visit our web site:

    Here's to bigger weight loss goals...and smaller waistlines!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Monday, November 21, 2011

    OMNI Medical Center Sheds Some Light...on Lighter Versions of Your Fall Faves

    With the changing of the seasons, our palettes tend to change as well...and sometimes it seems that we yearn for foods that may not be the best for someone on a medical weight loss diet with hCG.

    Well good news, dieters! Here are a few fun (and healthy!) ways to enjoy some of the most popular fall foods:

    1) Hot Apple Cider-- Use a sugar-free instant cider mix instead of all the traditional ingredients. Add a cinnamon stick (and Stevia if necessary). You'll save yourself almost 100 calories, and will prevent yourself from downing all that excess sugar!

    2) French Fries-- Try making your own fries at home instead. Slice up a sweet potato or a regular spud (and spray on some cooking spray to get the seasonings to 'stick' to the potatoes). Add sugar-free ingredients like cinnamon and Stevia to your sweet potatoes, or try sprinkling some Mrs. Dash's sodium-free seasoning on your savory potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

    3) Traditional Spaghetti-- How about using a spaghetti squash instead? Add grilled chicken, some fresh veggies, and a 'no sugar added' marinara sauce (and additional sodium-free seasonings if necessary). Don't forget the fresh basil and garlic...Your s'ghetti will taste just like the real stuff Mom used to make!

    4) Apple Pie-- Make your own apple dessert that's just as good (our OMNI Medical Center wellness consultants say they like it better than apple pie). You'll need 4 small apples chopped into 8 wedges each, cooking spray, chopped nuts (like almonds or pecans), and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mist an oven-safe dish with cooking spray. Add your apples and cinnamon. Toss well. Sprinkle with chopped nuts over the apples and cinnamon. Cover dish and bake for 30 minutes, until apples are tender.

    It's healthy recipes like these that will help keep you on track during your weight loss program, without making you feel like you're missing out on any of your favorite foods!

    For more nutritional food ideas or to learn about our hCG diet at OMNI Medical Center check out our web site: .

    Here's to lighter versions of our favorite foods, and to digital scales in homes everywhere that reflect numbers of YOU being even lighter! 
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Friday, November 18, 2011

    "It's Gettin' Hot in Here!" OMNI Medical Center Heats Things Up on the hCG Diet

    It's getting chilly out there, so why not heat things up a little?!

    One great piece of nutritional information we'd like to share with you is that spicy foods can aid in your hCG weight loss program at OMNI Medical Center ! 
    According to a recent article on a British fitness web site, spicy foods help burn fat because they temporarily increase your metabolic rate.

    Some spices have even been found to raise your metabolic rate by as much as 50% for up to three hours after you consume the hot stuff on your plate!

    The reason spices boost your metabolic rate is because they raise your body’s temperature (you will notice this yourself when eating spicy foods), which in turn raises your heart rate.

    Spices are also believed to have thermogenic properties (which means they stimulate your body’s fat burning process).

    You may have even noticed that cayenne, a red hot chili pepper, is found in many weight loss pills because it stimulates fat burning.

    The overall result is that eating spicy foods can increase the amount of fat and calories you burn for a short (but beneficial) amount of time following consumption.

    For more medical weight loss tips or information about our hCG diet program visit our web site at:

    Here's to hot peppers and cool physiques!

    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Holy Cow! OMNI Medical Center Found a Sweet Treat You Can Enjoy!

    Here's some sweet news for all you dieters out there! 

    We came across the coolest new Skinny Cow product...and it's so good, it could take the place of a Kit Kat (or your favorite candy bar) while you're on your medical weight loss diet.

    It's called the Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Bar (in milk chocolate).

    This terrific treat is only 110 calories, and 9 grams of sugar (but you can only have one, so don't get too crazy!).

    So if you're looking for something fun to splurge on, give these bars a try...You can probably find them at your local grocery store (someone at OMNI Medical Center found ours at the drug store in the candy section).

    For more helpful weight loss tips or to find out about medical weight loss with hCG at OMNI Medical Center, visit our web site:

    Here's to guilty (but healthful) pleasures!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team
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    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Cut It Out! OMNI Medical Center 's List of 10 Carbs to Cut Out of Your Diet

    Let's confess...foods high in carbohydrates can sometimes be the most difficult thing to cut out of our diets, especially when we are on a medical weight loss program.

    At OMNI Medical Center we suggest you really limit your carb intake in order to get the best weight loss results possible. That's why we've come up with a list of 10 items for you to cut out of your vocabulary!

    If you can do without these 10 foods for, say, 30 days (we like to be realistic), you should be well on your way to fitting back in those skinny jeans.

    Here's the foods we suggest you "just say no" to:

    1. Hash browns

    2. Mashed potatoes

    3. Lasagna

    4. Spaghetti

    5. Pancakes

    6. Scalloped potatoes

    7. Macaroni & cheese (this is definitely the most difficult one for us at OMNI!)

    8. Pasta salad

    9. Chips

    10. Pizza

    So after reading this list, pick your jaw up off the floor, and get to the store for some healthier foods to keep/cook at home. You'll be down to your goal weight in no time, we promise!

    For more healthy food ideas or details about the OMNI Medical Center medical weight loss program check out our web site: .

    Have a healthy week!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Go Ape...for Apricots with OMNI Medical Center 's New Dessert Recipe!

    Have your (healthy) dessert...and eat it too!
    When you're on a medical weight loss diet, it can be difficult sometimes to find creative ways to enjoy healthy foods...much less desserts!
    Here's a great new recipe OMNI Medical Center found...They're grilled apricots and only about 150 calories per serving!
    This recipe makes 4 servings, to don't go to crazy with the portions after you prepare them...

    Here's What You'll Need:
    -2 apricots or peaches, halved and pitted
    -2 cups plain Greek-style yogurt ( OMNI Medical Center likes Fage Total 2%)
    -4 Tbsp chopped toasted walnuts
    -4 Tbsp maple syrup
    (The easiest way to toast nuts is to roast them in a dry pan set over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring once or twice as they toast!)
    Here's How to Make It:
    -Heat a grill (or a stovetop grill pan since it's getting chilly out), or your broiler until hot. 

    -Cook the fruits until nicely caramelized on the outside, which is about 5 minutes. They should be softened but still maintain their shape. 
    -Top each fruit half with 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon of walnuts, and 1/2 a tablespoon of maple syrup.
    -Serve and enjoy (or save the leftovers for another time!).

    For more nutritional recipes or to find out about the OMNI Medica Center medical weight loss program visit our web site at:

    Here's to a treat that's more than "just desserts!"
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Spare Some Your Eating Habits! OMNI Medical Center Tells You How

    Unlike cleaning the bathroom and vacuuming your living room...eating healthfully doesn't have to be a chore!
    In fact, small changes in your daily routine can mean huge results on your medical weight loss program.  
    To give you a better idea, here's OMNI Medical Center 's Top 6 Ways to Change Your Eating Habits:

    1. Never Skip Breakfast!
    Yes, mornings are crazy. But they’re also our best hope at regaining our nutritional sanity. A 2005 study examined the impact of starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Here’s what they found: People who eat breakfast tend to have higher total calorie intakes throughout the day, but they also get significantly more fiber, calcium, and other micronutrients than skippers do (We always make sure we have high-fiber foods in the OMNI Medical Center break room for our staff to much on for breakfast). Breakfast eaters also tended to consume less soda and french fries and more fruits, vegetables, and milk. Additionally, breakfast eaters are approximately 30% less likely to be overweight or obese.

    2. Snack With Purpose.
    There’s a big difference between mindless munching and strategic snacking. Snacking with purpose means reinforcing good habits, keeping your metabolic rate high, and filling the gaps between meals with the nutrients your child’s body craves.
    Chew on this piece of trivia: From 1977 to 1996, salty snack portions increased by a whopping 93 calories, and soft drink portions increased by 49 calories!
    3. Beware of Portion Distortion
    Snack portions aren’t the only things that have increased wildly in size. According to a nationwide Food Consumption Survey, since 1977 hamburgers have increased by 97 calories, french fries by 68 calories, and Mexican foods by 133 calories!
    One easy way to short-circuit this growing trend? Buy smaller bowls and cups (OMNI Medical Center suggests you buy dishes made for child-size portions). Smaller dishes force you to nosh on...well, smaller portions!

    4. Drink Responsibly
    Too many of us keep in mind the old saying, “watch what you eat,” and we forget another serious threat to our health: we don’t watch what we drink. 
    According to research from the University of North Carolina, Americans now slurp up nearly 25 percent of their calories in liquid form—nearly double the rate we used to drink just 20 years ago!
    One important strategy (to keep you hydrated and help with your weight loss results) is to keep cold, filtered water in a pitcher in the fridge. You might even want to keep some cut-up limes, oranges, or lemons nearby to jazz up your H2O!
    5. Eat More Whole Foods and Fewer 'Science Experiments!'
    Here’s a rule of healthy eating that will serve you well when picking out foods for yourself (and your family too!): The shorter the ingredients list, the healthier the food. 
    (One of the worst foods OMNI Medical Center has ever found is the Baskin-Robbins Heath Shake-- It has 73 ingredients—and, by the way, an astronomical 2,310 calories (yikes)!
    6. Set the Table (Please and Thank You).
    Research shows that families who eat together only once or twice per week are more than twice as likely to exhibit weight problems, compared with those who ate together three or four times per week. The OMNI Medical Center family tries to have lunch together at least twice a we can hold each other accountable, and of course, split meals in order to control our portions!

    For more nutritional eating tips or to find out more about the OMNI Medical Center medical weight loss program, visit our web site:

    Here's to sparing some change that makes....sense!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Eat Like a Pro! OMNI Medical Center 's Top 5 Protein - Packed Foods

    We all know that the key to successful weight loss lies in how we eat. 

    This means we need to consume enough (but not TOO much) protein in order to protect our body's lean mass, and to achieve optimal fat-burning.

    So here's a list of OMNI Medical Center 's top 5 protein-rich foods to keep you fuller longer, and help you get leaner than ever!

    1) 3 ounces of chicken, tuna, or turkey. 
    Try to use fresh meat instead of something canned (canned stuff is loaded with tons of sodium, which can make you retain water...canned foods also have heavy metals). Noshing on one of these meaty foods can give you anywhere from 14-22 grams of protein.

    2) 2 eggs. Whether they're scrambled or hard-boiled, eggs are one of the easiest ways to get protein in at your meal. Scrambled eggs are great on a high-fiber, low-carb wrap...and hard-boiled eggs are yummy by themselves, or even on top of a nice salad. Each egg can provide up to 7 grams of protein at your be sure not to overdue it if you're cooking up a veggie omelette! 

    3) An 8 oz. glass of plain almond milk. While cow's milk can have a high fat & sugar content (as well as hormones and steroids!), having a glass of almond milk may do the trick for those of you who enjoy a tall, ice-cold glass of the white stuff. Plain almond milk (OMNI Medical Center likes Almond Breeze Almond Milk) is only 60 calories for an 8 oz. glass, and is wonderful for using with whey protein or even on some low-carb (high-protein) cereal!

    4) Whey protein (like OMNI Medical Center 's Whey 26 supplement). When there's no time to cook...or we're on the go, a protein shake can usually to the trick. Our Whey 26 supplement is a great source of whey protein isolate (which gets into your system faster than a whey protein concentrate). Half a scoop will give you 13 grams of much-needed protein...and what's even better is that our Whey 26 only has 1 carb, and it's sweetened with Stevia! If you're not using OMNI 's Whey 26, be sure to look for a protein powder that's low in sugar, has no fillers, and is low in calories as well.

    5) Greek Yogurt (a small serving, of course). Greek-style yogurt is one of the best protein-packed snacks in between meals. It's also easy to carry with you to work or for a post-workout boost at the gym. Our advice about yogurt is that you skip the kinds with "fruit in the bottom" and added fiber or probiotics (you know which brands we're talking about). Sometimes we can be fooled into thinking ALL yogurt is healthy when in reality, a lot of yogurt products are made with high fructose corn syrup, excess sugar and other unnecessary additives. Look for something like "Chobani Champions" (it's a 100-calorie Greek yogurt in a child's size portion) to satisfy your hunger...and try freezing it if you're craving desserts like ice cream!

    For more helpful nutritional tips or to find out about the OMNI Medical Center Medical Weight Loss Program visit our web site

    Here's to eating like a pro!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    OMNI Medical Center Explains Why Being Glued to Gluten-Filled Foods Can Be Bad

    Hello, medical weight loss friends! What's for lunch today?
    Organic lunch meat and hydroponic lettuce on double-fiber wheat bread...or even whole-grain pasta with veggies and pesto? Both choices are healthy, right? We at OMNI Medical Center say, "Not necessarily."

    That's because more and more researchers are finding that sluggishness and weight gain (or delayed weight loss results!) can be blamed on a discreet substance hiding in wheat and many other common grains: gluten.

    So what is gluten, anyway, and how does it affect the body?

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, as well as in many common food additives. It's what gives dough its elasticity and adds that satisfying chewiness to baked goods. But for people with celiac disease—a type of autoimmune disorder—eating foods that contain gluten can lead to a laundry list of reactions, including damage to the small intestine, poor nutrient absorption, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, anemia, and fatigue.

    Celiac disease is surprisingly common (it affects about one in every 133 people), according to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland. There is no cure for celiac disease and no drugs that can treat it, however. You can only manage the condition by sticking to a gluten-free diet for the rest of your life.

    But even if you don't have celiac disease, gluten may still be bad for you, according to a dietitian at the University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center. Additionally, a rising percentage of people in the U.S. now consider themselves "gluten-sensitive."

    If you think you may have symptoms of a gluten intolerance, ask one of us at OMNI Medical Center about scheduling a blood test to find out for sure.

    The good news about cutting gluten out of your diet is that it can lead to weight loss. That's because a strict gluten-free diet forces you to stay away from some refined carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain.

    Here are some common culprits where gluten is hidden:

    Avoiding gluten (as much as we may hate to give up certain foods) also means you're likely to adopt other whole grains and flours that lack gluten, such as buckwheat, quinoa, and wild rice (which is not related to white rice). These aren't necessarily healthier options than gluten-rich wheat, barley or rye, but consuming a wider range of grains gives you even more nutritional variety in your diet!

    Here's to discovering new foods without gluten!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Starving for More Superfoods to Try? Here's OMNI Medical Center's Top Five Superfoods

    The answer to effective weight loss results, as many of us may already know, isn't eating's eating more of the right foods.

    That's why OMNI Medical Center has a list of 5 new superfoods everyone should add (while staying under our recommended caloric intake for our medical weight loss program) to their grocery list of healthy food choices (if they're not on your list already).

    Check it out:

    1. Nuts--These tiny little snacks are jam-packed with monounsaturated fats (which are the good-for-you fats), that lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes and, according to new research, help you control your appetite.

    2.  Eggs-- A recent review of more than 25 published studies on protein concluded that egg protein helps boost muscle strength and development more than other proteins do, because of its high concentrations of the amino acid, Leucine. And get this...egg protein is also better at keeping you from becoming hungry over a sustained period.

    3. Whole Grains-- A study from Penn State University found that whole-grain eaters lost almost two and a half times more belly fat than those who ate refined grains (like regular pasta and white bread). Whole grains more favorably affect your blood-glucose levels, which means they don’t cause wild swings in your blood sugar and ratchet up cravings after you eat them. 

    4. Avocados-- Although many people think these lil' green guys are bad for you, avocados aren't fattening because they’re loaded with healthy fat and fiber. Additionally, they won't cause wild swings in your insulin levels (insulin causes the body to store fat!). So enjoy the fat in avocados. Research shows that diets containing upward of 50% fat are just as effective for weight loss as those that are low in fat.

    5. Raspberries & Other Berries-- While you're dieting, it's much easier to escape the cycle of overindulgence by eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, like berries! The berries that give you the most antioxidants per bite, in order are: cranberries, black currents, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates.  

    For more nutritional ideas or to find out about the OMNI Medical Center medical weight loss program, visit our web site:

    Here's to superfoods...and super weight loss results!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team

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    Friday, September 30, 2011

    "Eat 'em and Weep!" OMNI Medical Center 's List of Foods That Make You Even Hungrier

    Ever wonder why...after eating certain foods you feel even hungrier?
    That's because some ingredients in the foods we eat can trick our bodies into not recognizing when we’re full, causing “rebound hunger.”
    OMNI Medical Center recommends a high-protein high-fiber diet for everyone on our medical weight loss program, to protect your lean mass, keep you fuller longer, and to give you the best weight loss results possible.
    So which foods trigger "rebound hunger?" Here's OMNI Medical Center 's List of the 7 most common culprits:

    1. Beverages.
    Sodas, iced teas, and other sweetened beverages are our biggest source of high-fructose corn syrup—accounting for about two-thirds of our annual intake. New research shows that fructose can trick our brains into craving more food, even when we’re full.
    2. Canned Foods.
    Many canned foods are high in the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, which the Food and Drug Administration recently stated was a chemical “of some concern.” Researchers have found that exposure to BPA can lead to food cravings and obesity.
    3. Having Too Little for Breakfast (or skipping it!).
    After following about 7,000 healthy people for almost 4 years, researchers found that those who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight as those who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast. The reason: Eating a big breakfast makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning fewer sudden food cravings.

    4. Skipping the Salad.
    Most of us don’t eat enough leafy greens (we at OMNI Medical Center are sometimes guilty of this too), which are rich in the essential B-vitamin folate. Folate helps protect against depression, fatigue, and weight gain. In one study, dieters with the highest levels of folate in their bodies lost almost 9 times as much weight as those with the lowest levels. Leafy greens are also high in vitamin K, another insulin-regulating nutrient that helps curb cravings. .
    5. Skipping the 'tea party.'
    According to a recent nutrition study, people who drank one cup of black tea after eating high-carb foods decreased their blood-sugar levels by 10 percent for 2 and a half hours after the meal, which means they stayed full longer and had fewer food cravings. Researchers credit the polyphenolic compounds in black tea for suppressing rebound hunger. What's this mean? It means make time for "tea time" after eating carbs with any meal!
    6. Foregoing the Fluids.
    Dehydration often mimics the feeling of hunger. If you’ve just eaten and still feel hungry, drink a large glass of water before eating more, and see if your desires don’t diminish. Bottoms up!
    7. Plain Ol' Boredom.
    Researchers at a University in Australia found that visual distractions can help curb cravings. To test yourself, imagine a huge, sizzling steak. If you’re truly hungry, the steak will seem appealing. But if that doesn’t seem tempting, chances are you’re in need of a distraction, and NOT another meal. Pretty interesting, right?
    For more nutritional info or to find out about the OMNI Medical Center medical weight loss program visit our web site: .
    Here's to learning more about weighing less!
    --The OMNI Medical Center Team
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