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Jackie Oken

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
January 2nd, 2019

A ketogenic diet, you’ll also hear people refer to it as “keto”, is a high-protein, usually high fat, and very low-carbohydrate diet plan. You might have heard of the Atkins Diet that was all the rage in the 2000s. Atkins is an example of a ketogenic diet. These diet plans are called “keto” because they are designed to put your body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis means that you are burning stored fat for fuel. It also turns fats into ketones in the liver, which fuel the brain.

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
January 3rd, 2018

If you’re interested in speeding up your metabolism to lose weight, we are sorry to break this to you. A slow metabolism is rarely the main reason we gain excess weight. What you eat and drink and your level of physical activity have a much larger impact on weight gain or loss. That said, you shouldn’t discount your metabolism entirely. It is possible to take action and rev up your metabolism to enhance weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. 

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
January 2nd, 2018

When it comes to your overall health, understanding your body composition is far more important than the number of the scale. For starters, weight alone will tell you nothing about the age, gender, or height of the person in question. Furthermore, thin people without muscle could be less healthy than a heavier person with hulking muscles and a healthy amount of fat. Measuring weight loss via body composition analysis is a far more reliable and effective way to evaluate health, wellness, and weight loss.

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
December 31st, 2017

Our attitudes, belief systems, and internal dialogue strongly influence our motivation and ability to achieve goals. They create the bridge between our intentions and our actions. And often, these attitudes are not something we are consciously aware of, let alone actively shaping to support our goals. To succeed in making the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term weight loss, it’s vital to be honest with yourself about how truly ready you are to lose weight.

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By: Jackie Oken
August 30th, 2017

Losing weight is hard. Because different diet and exercise regimens appeal to each individual, a variety of diet plans exist. Many tout unbelievable results; it can be difficult to tell which weight loss program is driven by profit, and which ones could result in long-term weight loss.

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
July 19th, 2017

Here in Midlothian, there are many weight loss programs from which to choose. You may have even tried a few of them: Weight Watchers, Medi Weight Loss and Jenny Craig are all programs that “promise” healthy weight loss results. So what’s the difference between weight loss programs like these and a medically supervised weight loss program, like MetabolizePMD? 

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
July 6th, 2017

Everyone wants to live a healthy, long life. We often implement diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes to achieve this goal. However, setbacks and stumbling blocks can cause us to get discouraged. As a result, many health and wellness goals are often abandoned before encouraging progress is made.

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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Jackie Oken
June 14th, 2017

Did you make a resolution to lose weight in the new year? The good news is that you aren’t alone. According to a 2017 study, losing weight and/or healthier eating was the most popular New Year’s Resolution. If you already ditched your weight loss goals, you also aren’t alone. Statistics show that within four months, nearly 25% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned. If you struggle with meeting weight loss goals, the Kaizen Method may help you lose weight for good.