Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Weight Loss Issue Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
February 2010


We are approaching one of my favorite periods of Boulder Winter. This is the time of year when the days begin to get noticeably longer, we have more sunny days with the temperatures in the 50's and I begin to get those prodromal whiffs of spring. And this is my favorite time to ski. The temperatures on the mountain (Eldora) are less cold than in December and the snow is better. Nordic skiing along with yoga is how I stay active during the winter here in Colorado. Boulder is almost synonymous with the fit and healthy lifestyle, but there are still times when one finds it hard to stay consistently active and when one finds themselves slipping into unhealthy eating patterns.

The United States has one of the highest rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the world. It is especially sad when it happens to children due to their lack of getting outdoors and being active, along with the overconsumption of high sugar and fatty "convenience" foods. It is especially sad for children when there isn't even a safe place for them to go and exercise outdoors. I think that it is not a coincidence that we are also seeing more psychological and behavioral issues in children as well.

Last year I introduced the Ulra Lite medical weight loss program into my practice. I have seen many patients transform their bodies along with their relationship to food and get themselves on a path of healthy eating. Many of these patients have found the program very workable and have and are achieving their weight loss and fitness goals. Call or email me if you would like more information on the Ultra Lite weight loss for life program.

in this issue
How Carbohydrates and Obesity are Linked: The Kind, not the Amount Get Out, get healthy - Don't let cold weather trap your kids inside! How Obesity Increases the Risk for Diabetes How do You Maintain Weight Loss? I Love Collard Greens! (And you should too!)

Get Out, get healthy - Don't let cold weather trap your kids inside!

Jessica Lester knows this one girl in high school who sits at her desk all day with only a four-minute break in between each class. Then she goes home and does homework until bedtime. The only time she spends outside is walking to her car. Sounds about typical for many high-schoolers across the country. But 12-year-old Jessica, of Niwot, says she can't imagine such a life. "If that was me, I'd die," Jessica says.

How Obesity Increases the Risk for Diabetes

ScienceDaily (June 22, 2009) Obesity is probably the most important factor in the development of insulin resistance, but science's understanding of the chain of events is still spotty. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have filled in the gap and identified the missing link between the two. Their findings, to be published in the June 21, 2009 advance online edition of the journal Nature, explain how obesity sets the stage for diabetes and why thin people can become insulin-resistant. From the Science Daily

How do You Maintain Weight Loss?

Get your head working and the middle will take care of itself! The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to understand what really motivates you. Once youve felt the initial excitement of losing the first few pounds, you must find a way to turn that enthusiasm into the willpower to stick with your eating plan. You will encounter both ups and downs as you learn to maintain your weight. To help you through the downs, you need coping strategies. Think about what you really want to achieve. That desire will help you turn your eating and exercise strategies into a lifestyle that leads to lifelong weight control. From the American Heart Association

I Love Collard Greens! (And you should too!)

Another reason that I like this time of the year is that you can find great organic dark leafy greens in the grocery store and have some wonderful collard greens! Collard greens are a great source of Vitamins A and C and are members of the cruciferous vegetable family which are protective against cancer and also aid in balancing your hormones and detoxifying exogenous hormones (xenoestrogens from pesticides and herbicides and plastics) out of your body. I love it when I can pick them fresh from my garden (they are quite easy to grow here in zone 4-5) but this time of the year I settle for the organic store bought kind. Maybe sometime I will get resourceful and do cold frames and greenhouses etc so I can have them fresh year round .... but that will have to wait for another day. Meanwhile, enjoy this recipe!

How Carbohydrates and Obesity are Linked: The Kind, not the Amount

It's the kind of carbohydrates you consume, not the number, that becomes a reflection of the number on your bathroom scale. Contrary to popular belief, overweight people don't eat more carbohydrates than those of normal weight. However, it was discovered that overweight people were more inclined to eat an excess of refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta, which trigger a rapid spike in blood sugar. The culprit of weight gain, refined carbohydrates, can be found in processed foods high in sugar. Refined carbohydrates add on extra pounds through their high glycemic index, which means they cause a quick surge in blood sugar. The sugar is then stored in muscle and if it is not used it turns into fat. On the contrary, other carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables don't have high glycemic indexes.

Even though statistics showed that people are eating less fat, it was revealed that over the course of the past 20 years the rate of obesity has been steadily increasing.

To determine if carbohydrates played a factor in obesity researchers conducted a study by measuring the height and weight of nearly 600 healthy participants. One of the main requirements of the study was for the participants to document the kind of carbohydrates they ate for one year.

The study revealed two key findings:

People with a higher body mass index-- a measure of weight that factors in height -- tended to eat carbohydrates with a higher glycemic index The amount of carbohydrates people ate had no influence on body mass index Researchers of the study also noted that some countries are now adding glycemic levels on food labels as a guideline to those who are trying to lose weight or control diabetes. American Journal of Epidemiology February 15, 2005;161(4):359-367

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