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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:49

Lose Weight by Shivering? What is Brown Fat?

As reported in Science Daily, a new study by Dr. Paul Lee of Sydney's Garavan Institute for the NIH shows that exposure to cold temperature may convert white fat to brown fat, thus helping to fight obesity. What is "healthy" brown fat, and how does it reduce weight?

Saturday, 08 February 2014 11:42

Exercise and Weight Loss - Fitness

If you are obese and want to lose weight*, how does physical activity fit in to your plan? How do exercise, weight loss and nutrition relate to a healthy lifestyle?

February always marks the beginning of American Heart month.

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine shows the importance of addressing childhood obesity even earlier than previously thought.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:58

FTC Cracks Down on False Weight Loss Claims

The New York Times reports this month that four companies were charged with "deceptively marketing weight loss products." Sensa Products, L’Occitane, HCG Diet Direct and LeanSpa were ordered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to pay $34 million in refunds to customers. The charges are part of a larger crackdown on companies that "peddle fad weight loss products."

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:22

Don't Fall Off the Diet Wagon

This is the time of year when many people make New Year's resolutions. According to studies, only 8% of dieters will follow through and accomplish their weight loss goal. With 2/3 of Americans overweight, and more than 1/3 obese, dieters are desperate to find ways to shed unwanted (and unhealthy) pounds. And it is true, obesity can lead to heart problems, stroke and cancer. So naturally, in the month of January we see many new "scientific studies," fad diets, new miracle foods and exaggerated/false claims targeting dieters. What is the truth about dieting and obesity?

California Medical Weight Management has a new clinic in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Emilio Gonzalez-Ayala is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the El Paso Pulmonary Association and is Chairman of the Critical Care Committee for Del Sol Medical Center. Dr. Ayala-Gonzalez speaks fluent Spanish.

CalMWM is very excited about our new partnership with Dr. Ayala-Gonzales, and the opportunity to bring more medical weight loss possibilities to the El Paso, Texas area. The clinic is located at:

1368 N Zaragoza Rd
Bldg A, Suite E
El Paso, TX 79936

To learn more about Dr. Ayala-Gonzales, or see a map of the location, visit the clinic Locations page. To schedule a free consultation, please call the clinic at (915) 849-8733.

Sunday, 12 January 2014 12:50

Obesity is a Disease: Treating the Cause

Last year the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease. Primary care physicians can now take a proactive approach to diabetes, heart disease and cancer by treating the cause. If barriers exist, doctors should refer their patients to medical experts in the field of obesity.

Saturday, 04 January 2014 02:44

Have You Ever Met A Fat Caveman? (Paleo Diet)

In 2013, the most searched-about diet was the paleo diet, that "mimics the diets of our caveman ancestors," including meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. According to Wikipedia, paleolithic nutrition is based on the premise that human genetics have "scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors." Other names for the paleo diet include caveman diet and stone age diet.

The old year is winding down. We're preparing for a new year. This is a time of year when many dieters will fall off the wagon because of tempting holiday treats. Dieters commit (or recommit) themselves to losing weight in January. It's also a time for new fad diets and plain old misinformation. One of the biggest sources of confusion is the discussion about exercise and weight loss. So let's look at the facts.

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