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Lose It! iPhone App Helps Dieters Manage Weight Loss Goals

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 10, 2010

While many people work with a dietician or nutritionist as part of a nutritional counseling program when they are trying to lose weight, part of the weight loss process often requires keeping track of food and calories consumed over the course of the day, and logging this information into a journal. People who have resolved to lose weight this year may now have some extra help with the Lose It! iPhone App. The iPhone application has been developed by FitNow and features a large database of calorie information.

According to the New York Times, the application has been downloaded 3.5 million times since it was launched 14 months ago, and the free program makes it easy for patients to keep track of their weight and calories, and log in their food intake on a daily basis. It’s a simple and efficient program, and users can access a list of over 21,000 food items. They can also link their data to to see full-screen reports of their progress, trade diet notes from friends and post their progress on Facebook.

The Lose It! Application promises to be a streamlined weight loss application and is designed for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. In addition to keeping track of calories, the user can track nutrients including fiber, protein, carbohydrates and fat for each meal. They can also set a daily calorie “budget” and adjust it as they work through the weight loss process. listed the Lose It! iPhone App as one of its top 10 free iPhone apps to help people lose weight and get in shape, and gave this one an App Store Rating of 3.5 stars. Other popular iPhone Apps for weight loss include the iPump Free Workout, iMapMyRun and Calorie Tracker.

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Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Unveils ‘First Year of Your Diet in a Day’ Program

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 22, 2009

reception_room_medRodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, a world-renown plastic surgery center in Beverly Hills, has announced its new transformative body sculpting procedure called the First Year of Your Diet in a Day ™.

This program is designed to help individuals lose a significant amount of body weight by jumpstarting their diet process with liposuction. The procedure involves removing only some of the body fat that the person desires to lose, and then focus on making dietary and lifestyle changes so that the patient can lose the remainder of the weight on their own.

According to Medical Director Dr. Lloyd Krieger, “At Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, we believe there is a middle ground…We offer select patients liposuction designed to jump-start their dieting process…[this]  provides enough change that people are in the position to have greatly improved body image and continue the process of dieting – from a position of physical and emotional strength.”.

Dr. Krieger further points out that those who think they need additional help may be more suitable candidates for a tummy tuck procedure or a complete liposuction procedure.

The emphasis of the First Year of Your Diet in a  Day ™ program is to shift the focus away from instant results with liposuction, and focus more on maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the fat has been removed. Many patients who undergo liposuction struggle with keeping the weight off for months and years following the procedure because they do not maintain a healthy diet or undertake any type of exercise regimen. The First Year of Your Diet in a  Day ™ gives patients the opportunity to learn how to eat sensibly and start introducing exercise into their daily lifestyle so that it become easy to lose the weight and keep it off for the long-term.

Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery has relationships with nutritionists and other health professionals in the area so that the transition can be more successful for all patients.

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Calorie Restriction Could Be Key to Slowing Down Aging Process

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 18, 2009

j0438867The quest for the fountain of youth continues in America and around the globe, and while some researchers believe they’ve found the answer in anti-aging serums and procedures, others think that aging has a lot to do with our diets.

According to recent findings reported by Richard Wiendruch, Ph.D, Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, cutting back on the calories may slow down the aging process. Dr. Wiendruch and his team have been studying the effects of caloric-restriction on rhesus macaques (a class of monkeys), and report that their results indicate a significant slowing of the aging process when calories were cut by as much as 30%.

This particular study has been underway since 1989, and the research consisted of a randomized trial of caloric restriction where adults in the active arm were fed a diet containing all essential nutrients, and the control arm were fed 30% fewer calories. The macaques have been monitored for age-related diseases and other effects, and the researchers report that 37% of the control animals died of age-related causes, compared to 13% on the low-calorie diet.

Dr. Weindruch says that the animals on the low-calorie diet are not only biologically younger, but also look younger than those who lived on the regular diet. (Source:

Overall, the calorie-restriction diet reduced the risk of mental degeneration and many age-related diseases. But can a low-calorie diet have the same effects on a human being?

Results on humans are inconclusive at this point, but many anti-aging specialists and nutritionists have supported the idea that reducing caloric intake to a moderate level – perhaps lower than the standard requirements imposed by federal health organizations – can help slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of age-related disease. Felipe Sierra, PhD of the National Institute on Aging is supporting a human study that monitors the effects of calorie-restriction on men and women from a select group. Although difficult to monitor, this type of program may provide some insights on the effects of aging and caloric intake over our lifetime.

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Sensa for Weight Loss – Does it Really Work?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 18, 2009

sensaWhile millions of Americans continue to jump into the latest diet fad in hopes of losing weight, most end up stuck on a yo-yo cycle of weight loss and weight gain and miss out on eating foods they truly enjoy.

Sensa, one of the latest weight loss aids to enter the market, offers a radically different approach to dieting and weight loss.

Sensa works by curbing appetite so that eating smaller portions becomes a natural habit.  Instead of forgoing certain foods, counting calories and following restrictive diet plans, sprinkling Sensa crystals on food allows the dieter to continue to eat regular foods but pay attention to their body’s fullness response.  Sensa Tastants are designed to trigger the feeling of satiety early in the meal so that eating more simply feels uncomfortable.

Sensa is not a drug, and does not contain ingredients found in many diet pills on the market.  The product is made with maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica and natural and artificial flavors. It’s also calorie-free, and can be used as a topping or seasoning on almost any food. The product works by sending satiety signals to the brain and hypothalamus to naturally suppress the appetite.

But does this weight loss program really work?

The Sensa weight loss system is backed by several clinical studies and has been tested by Dr. Alan Hirsch, Neurological Director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.  He developed the flavorless crystals that can be sprinkled easily on food to make it easier to manage portions, regardless of the type of meal.  Since the Sensa weight loss system encourages people to pay attention to their feelings of satiety, it may help some people lose weight naturally because they are only eating when they are truly hungry.

A one-month starter kit costs $79 online, and larger quantities are available. Sensa crystals are designed to be sprinkled on meals and snacks to evenly coat the foods, and come in both Sweet Tastant and Salty Tastant varieties.

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Plastic Surgeon Launches ‘Dr. Heidi’s Anti-Aging Cookbook’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 7, 2009

phoenixplasticsurgeoncookbookIf 2009 is your year to clean up an unhealthy diet and embark on new routines towards a healthier lifestyle, an anti-aging diet could be part of the regimen.  Dr. Heidi Regenass, a plastic surgeon from Phoenix, Arizona has recently released “Dr. Heidi’s Anti-Aging Cookbook“, a set of guidelines for healthier living that can help you look and feel beautiful from inside out.

Dr. Regenass explains that many foods that we eat on a regular basis actually speed up the aging process; diets full of sugars, alcohol and saturated fat can trigger the aging response, which means you may be a candidate for premature aging.

She recommends proper nutrition with a variety of ‘power foods’ to help reduce the symptoms of premature aging.  Her cookbook features recipes made with several ‘superfoods’, giving the body a chance to reach an optimal state with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Dr. Regenass states that;  “We have to use the power of our food ingredients to slow down the aging process. Antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients all play a significant role in our health which also reflects in the severity of our fine lines and wrinkles and our skin elasticity.”  (Source:

While the plastic surgeon does encourage eating a healthy diet and maintaining an exercise regimen in order to look better, she also explains that this self-care strategy also complements both surgical and non-surgical plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments.  Since the body has a stronger chance of healing and repairing itself after surgery, results of many surgeries and treatments may be much better.

still, individuals who want to slow down the aging process using a natural approach may benefit from the recipes and tips outlined in the book.  The book features several different styles of cooking and easy, step-by-step recipes for almost all culinary skill levels. The book can be purchased directly from

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Beauty Report Encourages Eating Low Acid Foods to Combat Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2008

alkalineGetting rid of cellulite is no easy affair for the thousands of women that have unsightly patches of cellulite on their thighs, hips and buttocks. Cellulite reduction treatments claim to break down the fatty tissue accumulation in these problem areas and improve circulation so that the body can stop storing fat and get rid of the toxins and waste tissues naturally. However, some experts say that the risk factor of developing cellulite increases with an inadequate diet.

According to Professional Beauty of the UK, cellulite can be the result of ongoing hormonal fluctuations where the body retains excess amounts of water and accumulates body fat on a regular basis. Many hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, the monthly menstrual cycle and even the shifts that occur while taking oral contraceptives can lead to the accumulation of toxic waste products in the body which can become ‘stuck’ in the tissues. Over time, this can lead to a number of side effects including tissue swelling and inflammation, but this process may also be the underlying cause of cellulite.

A recent report issued by Professional Beauty points out the importance of drinking water regularly to flush out toxins naturally and to eat a natural or whole-foods based diet that support the overall health of the body. Eating low alkaline and low acid foods is especially important for maintaining a healthy pH balance and metabolism.

The report lists a number of low-acid foods that need to be incorporated into every diet in order to reduce the risk of cellulite. Fruits and vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, tangerines, tomatoes, raw celery, molasses, millet, green beans, cucumber and blackberries are considered to be ‘alkaline ash foods’ and may help control the amount of acid the body produces during the digestive process.

In addition to modifying the diet, the report encourages body brushing to stimulate the circulation and soaking in a mineral-rich salt bath at least once per week.


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Researchers Report Detox Diets Just a Myth

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 12, 2008

detoxIf you’ve been thinking about jumping into the latest detox diet trend to ‘jumpstart weight loss’ or lose a few pounds over the weekend, you may be putting your health at risk.

Detox diets continue to be one of the most popular fads of the diet industry, and ‘detoxers’ claim that you can get rid of cellulite, reduce bloating, and flush your system in a few days by eating certain foods.  However, health experts in England are saying that the effects of the detox diet are based more on marketing hype than solid research.

Martin Wiseman, a visiting professor of human nutrition at the University of Southampton explains that, “The detox fad – or fads, as there are many methods – is an example of the capacity of people to believe in and pay for magic despite the lack of any sound evidence.” (Source:

Researchers in the United States also report that many detox books and quick-fix solutions that promise to get rid of toxins do not speed up the natural detoxification process, and most people experience a significant amount of discomfort from most detox programs that require a drastic reduction in calories and a cold-turkey approach for eliminating caffeine, sugar and alcohol from the diet.  Some foods may even cause more discomfort; vegetables such as cabbage (i.e. the Cabbage Soup Detox Diet) can contribute to bloating and excess gas, and  are generally a naturally toxic food.

The latest detox diets continue to grace the covers of popular women’s magazines and appear in different forms as the latest diet book or trend.  However, most people who jump into a reduced-calorie program in attempts to ‘flush’ away pounds may be doing more harm than good.

Dieticians and nutritional therapy experts encourage avid dieters to simply stick with a healthy eating plan that contains a significant amount of leafy green vegetables, is low in sugar, and contains enough fiber for the individual to get rid of toxins naturally and on a regular basis.

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YWCA Reports Young Girls Obsessed By Beauty Fixes

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 25, 2008

The beauty business continues to be a booming industry, accounting for over $7 billion of sales each year.  More and more women turn to beauty products, cosmetics and even cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks – and possibly their self-esteem – and are willing to pay a high price for their ‘fix’, according to a recent report by the YWCA.

The YWCA, a nonprofit organization that helps empower young women and girls, recently published its ‘Beauty at any Cost’ report, indicating that the average woman spends about $100 per month on beauty products.  Some of these female consumers are willing to pay a high price for cosmetic procedures that not only cost thousands of dollars, but also put their emotional and physical health at risk.

Chief Executive Dr. Lorraine Cole of the YWCA states, “We believe that the obsession with idealized beauty and body image is a lifelong burden that takes a terrible toll on all young girls and women in this country.” (Source:

The Beauty At Any Cost report indicates that “the diet, cosmetic and fashion industries are often willing to exploit these narrow beauty standards so women and girls will become cradle-grave consumers of beauty products, cosmetic surgery and diet programs.”

The real cost to women who pay a high price to go to achieve physical ‘perfection’ include: undergoing risky cosmetic procedures; participating in unhealthy competition with other girls and women; and putting themselves at risk with unhealthy cosemtic ingredients.

The Beauty At Any Cost report can be found here.

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Keeping a Food Diary Key to Weight Loss Success

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 5, 2008

Weight Loss is Easier with a Food Diary

Weight Loss is Easier with a Food Diary

When you’re trying to stick with a low-calorie diet but the pounds just won’t come off, keeping track of your daily meals may be the key to success.

Maintaining a food log – in either written or electronic form – is a simple strategy for losing weight because it makes you more mindful about every bite.

Bodybuilders, athletes and successful dieters have long used this method during their calorie-cutting phase, and researchers from the Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon suggest; “It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consumer fewer calories” (Source:

A food journal can also help you track when and where you ate each meal; identify ‘trigger foods – those that make you want to overeat; and help you make progress by slowly cutting back on tempting treats or indulgences over a course of a few weeks.

Researchers at the Portland center found that those who kept a food journal lost an average of 13 pounds over the course of the study, and the amount lost was significantly higher than those who did not keep track of their daily or weekly intake.

Other benefits of using a food diary include:

  • Holding yourself accountable
  • Finding out what is working for you – and what isn’t
  • Increasing awareness of your eating habits (mindful eating)
  • Bringing your self-defeating habits to light
  • Practicing a healthy level of self-monitoring

Maintaining a food diary is often an element of nutritional therapy and weight loss programs that help you maintain a healthy weight for the long-term.

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Live Longer By Eating Less – An Easy Anti-Aging Trick?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 28, 2008

Eating Less Could Be the Secret to Longevity

Eating Less May Be the Secret to Longevity

While thousands of people turn to cosmetic surgery treatments to stop the clock and procedures such as Botox to banish wrinkles, some experts claim there’s an easier way to freeze time and reduce the effects of aging:

Simply eat less.

Eating a low-calorie diet may slow down the aging process, and eating wholesome, nutritious foods may help support the body’s most important functions and keep organs and cells in great shape. Calorie restriction diets can ward off excess pounds, reduce the risk of heart disease and other weight-related problems, and may even improve thyroid functioning.

‘Calorie restriction’ (CR) is defined as eating between 20-25% less than the recommended calorie requirements for your height and weight, but ensuring that the major vitamins, minerals and nutrients are still a part of the daily diet.

Christy Carter is an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine and conducts in-depth research on the aging process and anti-aging methods.   Her recent findings suggest that:

“The more that scientists can demonstrate similar biological profiles between rodents and humans with regards to calorie restriction, the greater the possibility that lifespan extension will translate to human as well. ” (Source:

The Mayo Clinic reports on several benefits of calorie restricted diets including: reduced body fat percentage, lower blood pressure, stable blood sugar levels and lower cholestoral levels.

Still, there are some drawbacks of cutting back too much; memory loss, anemia, depression and low bone density are some of the risks involved with reducing too many calories for an extended period of time.

Is a low-calorie diet really the secret to longevity?  Cutting out essential nutrients may lead to several health problems and may not be a healthy approach for most; slowly cutting back a few hundred calories per day may be a healthier strategy to maximize the benefits of this nutrition program.

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