Posts by Dr. Jason Olafsson

5 Mental Health Conditions That May Affect Your Weight

We often think of the mind and body as two separate entities when, in reality, they are interconnected. Your body reacts to your thoughts, feelings, and actions just as your mind responds to bodily sensations. Thus, changes in your mental state can affect your physical state and vice versa. Certain mental health disorders, for example,…

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Why Intermittent Fasting Is Better Than the “5 Meals a Day” Rule for Weight Loss

You may have heard that eating five small meals a day—breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch, midafternoon snack, and dinner—boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight. However, according to our weight loss clinic’s nutrition specialists, there is little scientific evidence to suggest this widely held belief is true. That’s why we recommend people try other eating…

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5 Factors You Didn’t Know Contribute to Weight Gain

In theory, a well-rounded diet and regular exercise should be all you need to lose weight. However, there are a variety of behaviors and physiological factors and that can inadvertently hinder your progress, causing you to pack on unwanted pounds. Here are just five examples our health coaches think you should be aware of. Surprising…

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Small Changes That Have a Big Impact on Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, it’s often the smallest actions that make the biggest difference. Simple, consistent changes are more sustainable than restrictive diets or massive lifestyle overhauls, meaning they more effectively trim your waistline. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 70, here are four practical adjustments you can make today. 4…

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Top 6 Things to Look For in a Weight Loss Program

Congratulations, you’ve made a decision to lose weight and get healthy! Now the complicated process of deciding how you’re going to lose weight and who to listen to begins. With obesity rates among adults in the United States over 35% and the numbers getting worse every single year, what we have been doing is obviously…

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Discover the Hidden Truth About Fats and Weight Loss

For years, we’ve heard that fats lead to weight gain and poor health outcomes. However, recent studies suggest that this may not always be the case. Below, our weight loss specialists explore those findings and reveal why some fats are essential for a healthy diet. The Public Perception of Fats Fat contains more calories by…

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Top 5 Foods For Fat Burning

Top 5 Foods For Fat Burning

Nearly half of Americans are actively working toward a weight loss goal and with an abundance of weight loss programs and theories available, no two journeys are the same.  Navigating your options and deciding where to begin can be tricky.  Nutrition is the perfect place to start for your weight loss journey and is going…

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What You Need to Know About Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Loss

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have been used as a calorie-free alternative to sugar for over a century. In theory, this substitute sounds revolutionary—you can enjoy coffee and baked goods without sacrificing your weight loss efforts. But, according to our nutrition experts, the reality might not be so sweet. What Are Artificial Sweeteners? The first artificial sweetener, saccharin,…

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Feast or Famine?

Feast or Famine?

So many clients tell me they feel like their metabolism has slowed down over the years.  How can you be eating next to nothing and exercising and the pounds are not coming off?  The key issue with that last statement: eating next to nothing. The answer to weight loss is not cutting calories. If the solution…

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