This is a question the Victor crew had. Or maybe the question should be, “How often SHOULD you weigh yourself?” Some say once a week, some say every day. I even know people who avoid it at all costs. They’d rather not know as long as their clothes are fitting.
First of all, fluctuations are common and to be expected. But what if you are truly trying to lose weight and get discouraged? Here’s some of what you need to know. Weight fluctuations can happen depending on a few factors such as how hydrated you are, what you may have recently eaten, your digestive system, climate, exercise routines, or even hormones. So does weighing more or less often help or harm your goals?
For some, weighing daily becomes a routine. But maybe you should stop doing that if it affects your behavior and sabotages your goals. Don’t let a number dictate your mood.
Once a week may be better because you aren’t focused every day on a number and can work more toward your actual goals. Those water weight fluctuations won’t take you down as much.
Those who weigh themselves less frequently may rely more on how their clothes are fitting before they get on a scale.
If you are weighing yourself more than once a day, then you are truly obsessed.
So our conclusion is: It is fine to weigh yourself once a week but try to make it the same day and time every week. Weight fluctuates but our moods and behavior shouldn’t based on that. Be level-headed and stick to your plan.
So in looking at holiday weight gain, the Victor crew found an article from Fox News showing some (heartening, some disheartening) myths about holiday weight gain:
Myth: Most people gain a full size.
The truth is, most people gain 1-2 pounds in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is much less than the previously believed 7-10 pounds.
Fact: Bloating isn’t the same as fat weight.
You may feel like you’ve gained more weight than you have because of bloating and water retention from some foods. More carbs store glycogen. Some salty foods may cause you to retain water.
Myth: Exercise staves off holiday pounds.
In a study at Texas Tech, half were inactive subjects and the other half active. Both gained the same amount of weight.
Myth: You’ll lose it in January.
Many people will never lose that extra pound and put on a pound or two a year. In ten years it’s ten to twenty pounds.
Fact: It’s not too late to ward off holiday pounds.
Try to corral the carbs, drink more water, stay away from sugary drinks.
~ Steve Victor
Thirty-five million people suffer today from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. That number is projected to rise to 100 million by 2050. I asked Jody Victor® to tell us more about it.
Jody Victor®: Many scientists now believe that Alzheimer’s is caused largely by the brain’s impaired response to insulin. Suzanne de la Monte and her research team at the U.S. Brown Medical School discovered that, similar to what happens in the pancreas, insulin is released in the hippocampus of the brain as well. Your brain creates its own insulin.
The research team also found that brain insulin is not affected by the level of glucose in the blood as in Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. But any trouble with the release of insulin in the brain does contribute to Type 3 Diabetes. With Type 3 Diabetes the brain produces lower than normal levels of brain insulin. When brain cells are deprived of insulin they eventually die, causing memory loss and other degenerative diseases.
The new phenomenon Type 3 Diabetes strengthens scientists’ belief that people with diabetes have an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disorder, by up to 65 percent. There is now strong evidence that Alzheimer’s could be caused by the very same choices that cause Type 2 Diabetes: poor diet loaded with bad fats, sugars, and salt. Almost daily we receive more and more evidence that the food choices we make can have a profound effect on our health.
All the Best!
Health officials are deeply concerned over a new phenomenon that physicians are seeing in increasing numbers with their patients suffering with diabetes. I asked Jody Victor® to tell us more about it.
Jody Victor®: The phenomenon is typically called Type 3 Diabetes (or Double Diabetes). It has also been called Hybrid Diabetes. According to recent reports, physicians are increasingly seeing patients with the symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. It appears that having either type of diabetes is necessary for developing Type 3. There are only a few symptoms of Type 3 that have been directly associated with it, including an increased heart rate and spikes in glucose levels.
Diabetes occurs when the body cannot turn blood sugar, or glucose, into energy- either because it does not produce enough insulin (Type 1) or when the body does not use it correctly (Type 2). Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, affects five percent of all diabetics. It happens when the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. It was previously thought that Type 1 only occurred with children, but it is now known that adults can also develop it as well. Type 2 diabetes affects over ninety-five percent of all diabetics. Type 2 happens when the body becomes unable to process insulin properly.
Since little is currently known about Type 3 Diabetes, physicians are turning to prevention as the first response to fighting this new phenomenon. When a child is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, parents are encouraged to keep him/her as close to a healthy weight as possible with regular physical activity and a healthy diet. A healthy diet should be a family affair, whether or not someone in the family has diabetes. Controlling your body weight is a good way to keep from getting Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers believe that controlling obesity may be crucial to getting to the bottom of the Type 3/Double Diabetes phenomenon. One theory currently under testing is that obesity may be the trigger either because it overworks the pancreas or it destroys the autoimmune system. It is also believed that even if you are genetically predisposed to Type 1 Diabetes, you may be able to avoid Type 3 Diabetes with weight control.
Diabetics can consume the same foods as the rest of the family. The goal is to follow a well-balanced diet, keep serving sizes under control, and make sure your body has enough insulin to handle the foods you eat. Diabetics need to observe and learn how different foods affect their blood sugar and how to coordinate the types and amount of insulin taken before a meal. Your family meal plan should include more good fats (vegetables and nuts) and less bad fats (saturated and animal fats). Carbohydrates have the most influence on blood sugar levels. Grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, and dairy products have the highest concentrations of carbs. You should talk with your doctor or registered dietician to develop an individualized plan.
All the Best!
The hot days of summer are upon us. Your dog can’t tolerate the heat as well as you can. I asked Jody Victor® to give us some helpful information.
Jody Victor®: Humans can sweat through pores covering their whole body to dissipate heat whereas dogs can only dissipate heat by panting through their tongues, a much smaller surface. Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time dissipating heat as they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs.
Here are some summer tips for your dog to help him/her survive the heat:
- If your dog is outside during the day make sure he/she has a shady spot to rest. Dog houses are not good shelter in the summer as they build up heat. You may want to provide a kiddie pool to let your dog cool off in the water. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water.
- Avoid strenuous exercise during extremely hot days. Some dogs are not smart about knowing how much heat they can take. They may keep playing fetch even though they are nearly ready to feint. Smarter dogs will take the ball you just tossed for them and lie down in the shade. Listen to your dog and let them rest if they want to lie down. If your dog is panting with the sides of the mouth wide open, he/she needs a rest. If the panting does not go down in five minutes, he/she is too hot. Spray your dog with a water mist bottle to help speed the cooling process.
- Take your dog on walks in the mornings or evenings. Avoid prolonged exposure to hot cement, asphalt, or sand, which can burn your dog’s paws.
- Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date especially since he/she spends more time outside and in contact with other animals. Get an effective flea and tick medication from your vet and continue applying until first frost.
- Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.
- If your dog likes to go swimming keep him/her away from water that contains algae. Some kinds of algae are highly toxic and can cause quick death after ingesting just a little. Keep an eye out for swimmer’s tail, an inflammation of the tail muscles. If your dog’s tail droops like a wet noodle, he/she may have overdone it in the water. Stop the swimming and give your dog a good rest. If your dog swims in a pool, make sure he/she knows where the steps to get out of the pool are. If your dog swims in salt water make sure you rinse him/her off with fresh water when swimming is done.
Thanks, Jody! We’ll be sure to follow your advice.