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Wellness-Focused Actions for Fighting Obesity

March 5, 2018

Being overweight or obese has many adverse effects on a person’s health. People struggling with a high body fat percentage are more at risk for conditions including heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, infertility, and depression among other diseases and complications. Furthermore, obese men and women have a more difficult time receiving proper care because of their weight. 67 percent of overweight people report being shamed or bullied in the doctor's office. And if you think those numbers are conflated by perceptions created in their head, not that 50 percent of doctors reported overweight patients are "awkward, ugly, weak-willed and unlikely to comply with treatment" while 24 percent of nurses said they were repulsed by their obese patients.

Fortunately, losing weight can significantly reduce these risks and improve the overall quality of life. Unfortunately, losing weight can be an arduous and time-consuming process. There isn’t just one thing a person can do to start losing weight. It involves a complete overhaul and lifestyle change. These changes may be difficult at first, but eventually they become enjoyable and eventually they turn into second nature.

A Healthy Diet

The food we eat is a huge contributor to body weight. In the United States, the average person’s diet is full of  excess salt, saturated fat, and sugar and do line fall in line with recommended dietary guidelines. To curate a better diet, try the following.

  • Avoid sugars and starches. These foods stimulate insulin production in the body which makes your body hold onto fat.
  • Eat plenty of protein, but try and avoid excess saturated fats and instead opt for lean cuts. High protein diets fill you up and reduce obsessive thoughts about food.
  • Eat as many vegetables low in carbohydrates as you want. These veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, bell peppers, mushrooms, and more.
  • Incorporate healthy fats like coconut, olive, and avocado oil into your diet.
  • Don’t drink your calories. Opt for water and cut out sugary drinks like juice and soda.
  • The caffeine in coffee and tea can boost your metabolism, but don’t put sugar or milk in them if you want to lose weight.
  • Cook more! Eating processed or restaurant foods contributes excess salt, fat, and sugar into your diet. Cooking gives you the control you need to eat healthy.

Daily Exercise

All the conveniences of the modern world have lead to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. However, a lack of physical activity leads to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, and cancer. If you want to be more active, it’s important to find exercise you actually enjoy. You don’t have to run a marathon-- try walking or jogging with your dog every evening after dinner to start. You could also take a trek to a nearby dog park to give you both some exercise in an open, dog-friendly space. Refer to a site like Rover.com to find the nearest location - a quick sampling shows you dog parks are in most cities: IndianapolisAlbuquerqueSaint PaulMiamiSan JosePortlandKnoxvilleMadisonCalgary, and Raleigh. Remember, just 30 minutes of cardio exercise five times a week can significantly improve your overall health and if Fido is alongside, you have a built-in workout buddy to keep you motivated.

In addition to cardio, you should also begin incorporating strength training into your routine. Strength training helps your body in many ways including increasing bone density, managing chronic disease, and boosting both energy and mood. Furthermore, the muscle you build with strength training burns more calories throughout the day even when you are at rest. With strength training in your arsenal, you’ll meet your weight loss goals in a shorter amount of time.

Other Tips for Weight Loss

  • Get plenty of sleep every night. Doctors recommend at least seven and up to nine hours of rest. People who sleep enough have better control over their diets, exercise more and better, and generally lose more weight.
  • Address your struggles with stress, anxiety, or mental illness. Nothing can knock you off your routine quite like a depressive episode. Talk to your doctor about your struggles with mental illness and consider talk therapy with a psychologist.
  • Have a friend join your in your fitness and weight loss goals. Together you can encourage, inspire, and hold each other accountable for your actions.

Obesity poses several risks to a person’s overall health. While losing weight is time consuming and difficult, it can be done with lifestyle changes that eventually become enjoyable. Change your eating habits by cooking more and using healthy ingredients. Add gentle cardio and strength training into your daily schedule. Finally, sleeping well, taking care of your mental health, and having a friend join you are all extra variable that can contribute towards meeting your weight loss goals.

  1. Hercberg S, Preziosi P, Briancon S, Galan P, Triol I, Malvy D, Roussel AM, Favier A (1998) A primary prevention trial using nutritional doses of antioxidant vitamins and minerals in cardiovascular diseases and cancers in a general population: the SU.VI.MAX study-design, methods, and participant characteristics. Supplementation en Vitamines et Mineraux Antioxydants. Control Clin Trials 19:336–351
  2. Schatzkin A, Subar AF, Thompson FE, Harlan LC, Tangrea J, Hollenbeck AR, Hurwitz PE, Coyle L, Schussler N, Michaud DS, Freedman LS, Brown CC, Midthune D, Kipnis V. Design and serendipity in establishing a large cohort with wide dietary intake distributions: the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2001; 154(12):1119 25.
  3. Hercberg S, Castetbon K, Czernichow S, Malon A, Mejean C, Kesse E, Touvier M, Galan P. The NutriNet-Sante Study : a web-based prospective study on the relationship between nutrition and health and determinants of dietary patterns and nutritional status. BMC Public Health, 2010,10: 242-246
  4. HRUBY Adela and HU Frank B. The Epidemiology of Obesity: A Big Picture. Pharmacoeconomics. 2015 Jul; 33(7): 673–689.
  5. OGDEN Cynthia L., CARROLL Margaret D., FRYAR Cheryl D., and FLEGAL Katherine M. Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2011–2014. NCHS Data Brief, No. 219, November 2015 ()
  6. Fassier P, Chhim AS, Andreeva VA, Hercberg S, Latino-Martel P, Pouchieu C, Touvier M. Seeking health- and nutrition-related information on the Internet in a large population of French adults: results of the NutriNet-Santé study. Br J Nutr. 2016 115(11):2039-46.
  7. Szabo de Edelenyi F, Julia C, Courtois F, Méjean C, Péneau S, Galan P, Hercberg S, Kesse-Guyot E. Starchy food consumption in French adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the profile of consumers and contribution to nutritional intake in a web-based prospective cohort. Ann Nutr Metab. 2014 64(1):28-37.
  8. Ducrot P, Méjean C, Fassier P, Allès B, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Associations between motives for dish choice during home-meal preparation and diet quality in French adults: findings from the NutriNet-Santé study. Br J Nutr. 2017 117(6):851-861.
  9. Ducrot P, Méjean C, Aroumougame V, Ibanez G, Allès B, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Meal planning is associated with food variety, diet quality and body weight status in a large sample of French adults. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 14(1):12.
  10. Camilleri GM, Méjean C, Bellisle F, Andreeva VA, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Intuitive Eating Dimensions Were Differently Associated with Food Intake in the General Population-Based NutriNet-Santé Study. J Nutr. 2017 147(1):61-69.

Suggestic – Find out how our Mediterranean diet app can help you

January 31, 2018

The world of dieting is fraught with difficulties. Where do I buy these products? Can I afford to buy those food items? Will it make me slimmer? How will I make sure I follow the diet plan? These questions and more will be dispelled with our team at Suggestic and our diet plan app. 

It may seem like everything under the sun has a smartphone app but our intuitive AR (Augmented reality) app gives you the best chance of sticking to your chosen 2018 diet. One of our most popular and tasty diet plans we have is the Mediterranean diet. By choosing the Mediterranean diet on our app you’ll have access to beautiful pastas, salads and more designed around your required intake.

To balance your diet and help you to reach your goals, you need to be motivated. The Suggestic app will give you tips, daily goals and the exact foods you need to buy to cook up healthy and delicious meals. These meals will provide you with a source of energy and a springboard to kickstart your exercise regime alongside it. 

We’re confident that by using our Mediterranean diet app you’ll start to see the benefits right away. If you’d like to find out more about our smartphone app, get in contact with our team of experts today.

  1. Hercberg S, Preziosi P, Briancon S, Galan P, Triol I, Malvy D, Roussel AM, Favier A (1998) A primary prevention trial using nutritional doses of antioxidant vitamins and minerals in cardiovascular diseases and cancers in a general population: the SU.VI.MAX study-design, methods, and participant characteristics. Supplementation en Vitamines et Mineraux Antioxydants. Control Clin Trials 19:336–351
  2. Schatzkin A, Subar AF, Thompson FE, Harlan LC, Tangrea J, Hollenbeck AR, Hurwitz PE, Coyle L, Schussler N, Michaud DS, Freedman LS, Brown CC, Midthune D, Kipnis V. Design and serendipity in establishing a large cohort with wide dietary intake distributions: the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2001; 154(12):1119 25.
  3. Hercberg S, Castetbon K, Czernichow S, Malon A, Mejean C, Kesse E, Touvier M, Galan P. The NutriNet-Sante Study : a web-based prospective study on the relationship between nutrition and health and determinants of dietary patterns and nutritional status. BMC Public Health, 2010,10: 242-246
  4. HRUBY Adela and HU Frank B. The Epidemiology of Obesity: A Big Picture. Pharmacoeconomics. 2015 Jul; 33(7): 673–689.
  5. OGDEN Cynthia L., CARROLL Margaret D., FRYAR Cheryl D., and FLEGAL Katherine M. Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2011–2014. NCHS Data Brief, No. 219, November 2015 ()
  6. Fassier P, Chhim AS, Andreeva VA, Hercberg S, Latino-Martel P, Pouchieu C, Touvier M. Seeking health- and nutrition-related information on the Internet in a large population of French adults: results of the NutriNet-Santé study. Br J Nutr. 2016 115(11):2039-46.
  7. Szabo de Edelenyi F, Julia C, Courtois F, Méjean C, Péneau S, Galan P, Hercberg S, Kesse-Guyot E. Starchy food consumption in French adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the profile of consumers and contribution to nutritional intake in a web-based prospective cohort. Ann Nutr Metab. 2014 64(1):28-37.
  8. Ducrot P, Méjean C, Fassier P, Allès B, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Associations between motives for dish choice during home-meal preparation and diet quality in French adults: findings from the NutriNet-Santé study. Br J Nutr. 2017 117(6):851-861.
  9. Ducrot P, Méjean C, Aroumougame V, Ibanez G, Allès B, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Meal planning is associated with food variety, diet quality and body weight status in a large sample of French adults. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 14(1):12.
  10. Camilleri GM, Méjean C, Bellisle F, Andreeva VA, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Intuitive Eating Dimensions Were Differently Associated with Food Intake in the General Population-Based NutriNet-Santé Study. J Nutr. 2017 147(1):61-69.

Weight Loss Diet Plan App

January 24, 2018

The United States sits atop a disappointing cake: The obesity charts. Tackling the problem is about changing motivations, changing preconceptions and changing what we consume. Diabetes, obesity and other food-related health concerns can all come as a result of overeating or a poor diet. Once you’re in this hole, it can be hard to see a way out. That is until our team at Suggestic and our dream to create a weight loss diet plan app became a reality.

The app works by helping you to recognise poor eating choices and provides you with the impetus to eat healthier. Combining the use of AR (Augmented Reality), popular diets, an Adherence Score and its very own chat-bot, Suggestic could revolutionise the way you see food.

By downloading the Suggestic app, you’ll get the most precise advice and guidance on what you should eat depending on your diet. Utilise the intuitive AR capabilities by scanning a restaurant menu for food that fits your diet or allow the Suggestic chat-bot to help you plan your weekly meal plan.

We’re passionate about the difference that Suggestic can make on your life. Whether you’re worried about your weight or you want to better your adherence to a diet, choose Suggestic. Discover how the weight loss diet app can transform your dieting by getting in contact with us.

  1. Hercberg S, Preziosi P, Briancon S, Galan P, Triol I, Malvy D, Roussel AM, Favier A (1998) A primary prevention trial using nutritional doses of antioxidant vitamins and minerals in cardiovascular diseases and cancers in a general population: the SU.VI.MAX study-design, methods, and participant characteristics. Supplementation en Vitamines et Mineraux Antioxydants. Control Clin Trials 19:336–351
  2. Schatzkin A, Subar AF, Thompson FE, Harlan LC, Tangrea J, Hollenbeck AR, Hurwitz PE, Coyle L, Schussler N, Michaud DS, Freedman LS, Brown CC, Midthune D, Kipnis V. Design and serendipity in establishing a large cohort with wide dietary intake distributions: the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2001; 154(12):1119 25.
  3. Hercberg S, Castetbon K, Czernichow S, Malon A, Mejean C, Kesse E, Touvier M, Galan P. The NutriNet-Sante Study : a web-based prospective study on the relationship between nutrition and health and determinants of dietary patterns and nutritional status. BMC Public Health, 2010,10: 242-246
  4. HRUBY Adela and HU Frank B. The Epidemiology of Obesity: A Big Picture. Pharmacoeconomics. 2015 Jul; 33(7): 673–689.
  5. OGDEN Cynthia L., CARROLL Margaret D., FRYAR Cheryl D., and FLEGAL Katherine M. Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2011–2014. NCHS Data Brief, No. 219, November 2015 ()
  6. Fassier P, Chhim AS, Andreeva VA, Hercberg S, Latino-Martel P, Pouchieu C, Touvier M. Seeking health- and nutrition-related information on the Internet in a large population of French adults: results of the NutriNet-Santé study. Br J Nutr. 2016 115(11):2039-46.
  7. Szabo de Edelenyi F, Julia C, Courtois F, Méjean C, Péneau S, Galan P, Hercberg S, Kesse-Guyot E. Starchy food consumption in French adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the profile of consumers and contribution to nutritional intake in a web-based prospective cohort. Ann Nutr Metab. 2014 64(1):28-37.
  8. Ducrot P, Méjean C, Fassier P, Allès B, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Associations between motives for dish choice during home-meal preparation and diet quality in French adults: findings from the NutriNet-Santé study. Br J Nutr. 2017 117(6):851-861.
  9. Ducrot P, Méjean C, Aroumougame V, Ibanez G, Allès B, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Meal planning is associated with food variety, diet quality and body weight status in a large sample of French adults. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 14(1):12.
  10. Camilleri GM, Méjean C, Bellisle F, Andreeva VA, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, Péneau S. Intuitive Eating Dimensions Were Differently Associated with Food Intake in the General Population-Based NutriNet-Santé Study. J Nutr. 2017 147(1):61-69.