Tracking your Water Intake…


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the most significant factors in maintaining a healthy weight or any weight loss program is water consumption. Most cravings for sweets, originate from dehydration. Drinking cold water can actually create a thermogenic effect on the body. In one experiment with 14 men and women, drinking 500ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30%. This happened within 10 minutes and lasted for up to 30-40 minutes. The water must be cold. Cold water creates the thermogenic effect when the body attempts to warm the water. However, lining up glasses of cold water as a reminder to drink can become problematic especially if you are away from home. A simple method might be to put 5 rubber bands around your wrist first thing in the morning. Every time you drink a bottle of water place one of the bands around the bottle and refill it. Make it a daily game.

Robots working in the O.R.

Replacing a joint has become so matter of fact. Baby boomers especially don’t think twice about replacing a knee, hip etc. if it means extending the amount of time that they are able to stay active. The first joint replacement, according to historians, was in 1890. It was a carved and machined piece of ivory which replaced the knee of a seventeen year-old. It was performed, by a German surgeon named Themistocles Gluck. Over the years, the material used has changed dramatically. Everything from metal, plastic, ceramics to titanium. In the decade, 1990-2000, new technology made plastics more durable. This eliminated wear and tear and eventual replacement of the joint again. Technology has progressed to the point where you enter an operating room and there may be a model of a bone implant superimposed on a 3-D model of the person’s joint. Robotic arms which are directed through a console are guided and controlled by the surgeon. The tiny robotic hands are able to bend and rotate with a greater range of motion. This enables the surgeon to operate by only making small incisions preserving more bone and soft tissue than a conventional open procedure. Less muscle damage translates to faster recovery. Greater accuracy can mean better alignment and balance after knee surgery and minimal leg difference after hip surgery. This also preserves the longevity of the replaced joint. Hopefully we will never replace the surgeon totally.

Weight Loss without Exercise…

It is a fact that in order to lose weight, exercise should be a major component in speeding up your metabolism. However, there are a few tips, though they may sound strange, have been proven to help.






  • Surround yourself with Blue. Color can function as an appetite suppressant. Many fast-food restaurants use bright colors as part of their décor. Researchers have found that people eat 33% less in a blue room or when they dine on blue plates.
  • Light a Vanilla Scented Candle. The aroma has been shown to dampen dessert cravings. One group of 160 volunteers lost an average of 4.5lbs with this method.
  • Brighter Lights and Softer Music. Dimmer romantic lighting in restaurants encourages the ordering of more food. Soft music encourages slow chewing as opposed to a hectic pace brought on by fast paced tunes.
  • Stick to Wrapped Candy. Having to unwrap a piece of candy takes time and keeping the used wrappers in front of you will serve as a reminder of how much you have already eaten.

Fear of Pasta:

Should pasta be a part of our diet? Why is it that it is the first food that people eliminate when they feel they want to eat healthy or lose weight? Actually, pasta can be a good source of energy as well as a nutritious part of your diet when used properly. Sure, pasta can put on weight, but that depends on how much of it you are consuming and what you are combining it with. It should be part of the meal and not the entire meal. In other words, about a cup of cooked pasta in combination with olive oil, vegetables, beans or some animal protein can provide a nice combination of carbohydrates, fat and protein. With so many types available, is one better than the other? Regular refined pasta may seem to be an undesirable choice but in fact it is made from semolina (a hard Durum wheat) which is high in protein. Since it is refined it is also fortified with folate and B vitamins. The nature of this type of pasta is such that the way its protein and carbs are bound together it digests very slowly making it a slow release of energy in the body. Vegetable infused pasta is nothing more than colored pasta with no added nutritional benefits. Whole wheat is a step up since it contains the whole grain of the wheat so you will get both the bran (fiber) and the germ (healthy fat) of the wheat. Pastas made from beans or other grains (chickpeas, lentils, quinoa etc.) do have a higher nutritional value but vary in taste. Using pasta for energy can really work especially if you are an active person. Just be aware of portion size and incorporate other grains to vary your diet and nutritional needs.