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Hi I'm Dr. Carl Zaycosky, and this is my way of sharing the resources, insight, and experience I've gained in my years as a chiropractor. I hope they help you chart a course toward whole body health.

Diet Myths Part 3

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The third myth regarding weight loss is if you lose weight quickly it won’t stay off as long when compared to losing weight slowly. The evidence doesn’t show either approach better than the other. Though, let me say this. If your method of losing weight is simply to dehydrate yourself this should be avoided. I have had patients over the years that admit to sweating off the pounds to make weight for an athletic event or to fit into a gown for a big evening out. Eating disorders fall into this category, again to be avoided.
The final myth is one episode of sex is equivalent to walking a mile when it comes to calorie expenditure. Nope, if you thought having sex was good for your exercise of the day that’s not the case. The article pointed out that the average sexual encounter lasts about 6 minutes. During this time a man in his 30’s burns about 20 calories. This is only 14 calories more than sitting and watching TV.
A small study of 300 people was conducted at the University of Michigan’s family medicine clinic. The average age of the group was 37. The people were asked whether the previously mentioned myths were true or not, 85% thought Myth 1 was true, 94% Myth 2, 85% Myth 3, and 61% Myth 4. Weight loss is hard no doubt about it. But having the correct facts can make it easier.

Your Neighborhood Chiropractor,

Dr. Z

 

Part One: http://drzmainstchiro.com/dr-carl-zaycoskys-blog/entry/diet-myths-1.html

Part Two:  http://www.drzmainstchiro.com/dr-carl-zaycoskys-blog/entry/diet-myths-part-two.html

 

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Diet Myths Part 2

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My revelation about diet myths were sparked by an article in the New England Journal of Medicene published in 2013. 

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMsa1208051

The first myth is if a person makes a small change in diet or exercise this will create significant long term weight lose. Sorry, not the case. The physiology of your body is set to maintain a weight level. It’s going to take more than an extra 100 foot walk to the mail box or three less bites of food to establish measurable weight loss. With this said, a 1000 mile journey starts with the first step. So by all means take it. Just realize you’ll have to take a bunch more steps to achieve a worthwhile goal.


The second myth is setting initial big goals will lead to failure. What the study concludes is setting lofting goals does not lead to frustration and subsequent surrendering your weight loss goals. If anything a big goal may actually lead to better weight loss outcomes. Let me add this. The goals whether they be diet strategy or an exercise routine have to be safe and within in your current health situation. This is why I’m a believer in proven weight loss programs. I’m a big believer in Weight Watchers and the literature backs up this approach. I’m a firm believer in using a personal trainer to direct your exercise program. Using a personal trainer doesn’t always mean she needs to be at every exercise session. But at the very least getting started and providing periodic modification to a program is best attained by someone who is trained in this calling the shots.

Dr. Z.


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Part One: http://www.drzmainstchiro.com/dr-carl-zaycoskys-blog/entry/diet-myths-1.html

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Diet Myths Part 1

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With spring time right around the corner there is a noticeable emphasis within media circles, whatever your platform may be regarding weight loss. I get questioned on weight loss issues consistently. If they don’t I bring it up to a patient where excessive weight, a high BMI, is contributing to their joint pain. Over the years I hear/read things about weight loss I assume to be true if for no other reason I’ve heard them repeatedly.
A recent trend in healthcare is for providers to use “best practice methods” to treat their patients. One would assume this has been the case for eons. Not so. Best practice methods are those substantiated by science as being clinically and well as cost effective. A doctor may think what they are doing is best approach based on their past experience, and I’ve been guilty of this, but the scientific literature says there is a better, cheaper way. Such is the case with 4 weight loss myths I thought were fact when in reality that’s not the case.
Over the next two blogs I’m going to talk about these common misconceptions and in 3 of the 4 cases provide the link to the scientific article that substantiates the claim that calls into question the dieting myth. Warning, do not read scientific articles while driving or operating heavy machinery since they have been known to cause drowsiness.

Your local chiropractor,

Dr. Z

Main St. Chiropractic

 Part Two:  http://www.drzmainstchiro.com/dr-carl-zaycoskys-blog/entry/diet-myths-part-two.html

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Plain Ol' Water Part 1

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I want to talk with you about something boring, so bland and tasteless one may even forget about it, passing it by for a more lively choice. Water, more specifically plain old water !This stuff has big benefits for your health and well-being but too often you may be guilty of passing by the tap and substituting a high sugar high calorie alternatives when all you and your body needs is plain old water.

Over the next few blogs I want to focus on an article I ran across in the Journal of Nutritional Dietetics (December 2014) dealing with water consumption and maintaining a healthy weight. Though keep in mind weight control is only one of several good reasons to consume boring water.               

Researchers from the University of Illinois examined data from over 18,000 adults who had recorded their drinking habits over a 7 year period ending in 2012. The sheer size of this study group makes the findings of the researchers very credible.

The people who participated in the study were asked to record the intake of their diet for 2 days. One of the items tracked was the intake of plain water. They were also asked to record their intake of other fluids, fruit drinks, energy drinks, pop even sweetened water.  Finally, they were asked to record how much “energy-dense, nutrient poor” foods they ate. Folks these are your chips, ice cream, cookies, etc.

I bet you can figure out what the results were already. I’ll talk about them next time.

Your local chiropractor,

Dr. Z

Main St. Chiropractic

Your local chiropractor,

Part two click here

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Is Sitting the New Smoking? Part 1

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Recently I’ve run across several articles in the popular media about the dangers of sitting. The Mayo Clinic and Harvard’s medical school have made mention of this news, also.

It appears to me that this interest in the negative health aspects of sitting stems from a 2012 article in The British Journal of Sports Medicine. The article compares smoking and sitting. The piece stated each cigarette smoked takes 11 minutes off your life, while sitting watching TV takes 22 minutes off of your life. Let’s assume these numbers are correct. If you compare people who don’t watch any TV to those who watch 6 hours a day the TV watchers live 4 ½ years less than the non-watchers.

It’s important to keep in mind that what the authors of the article are really saying is a sedentary life style is bad for you, and being a couch potato is an integral part of this lifestyle. Considering the amount of time most people sit in the course of a normal day—the drive home, eating, and sitting at your desk. Let’s face it: we sit a lot. Sometimes because we have to, other times because we want to. However, there are ways we can make sitting and watching TV less sedentary.

Stay tuned for the next installment to see how you can become a more active couch potato.

Your local Chiropractor,

Dr. Z

at Main St. Chiropractic

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