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 April 2008 Newsletter
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It's finally here - The new Better Health Better Life Weight Loss Plan by Dr. Steelman!

Thoughts from Dr. Steelman





Breaking Through The Barriers

In treating the thousands of patients that have come through my doors at The Steelman Clinic, I can’t think of a single instance when a patient I was helping to lose weight did not reach some type of weight loss plateau. And it didn’t seem to matter if they were young, old, on a diet for lesser or longer periods of time or had a little or a lot to lose. Everyone inevitably runs into that stone wall where the scales refuse to budge even though they have done everything right in their dieting regime.  And this is where most dieters lose their motivation making it even harder to stay on track.

 Are there ways to get past this frustrating time period when the dial on the scales seems to be stuck?  Absolutely!  But before we get started on what you can do to get past those plateaus, here are a few pointers that you need to keep in mind:

1. If you have been averaging a weight loss of 2 lbs/week – that totals up to 104 lbs a year! Even if you are only losing just under a pound a week, that still puts you on track to lose at a rate of 40 lbs/year. The rate of weight loss is set by the difference in the number of calories it would take you to maintain your present weight and the number of calories you are eating/exercising. Only folks who have a 100 or more lbs. to lose will normally lose more than 1-2 lbs per week over a period of time. Averaging 4-6 lbs./month (1-1.5lbs./week) of fat loss is a safe and appropriate rate for most people who do not have as much to lose.

If you are doing everything you should be doing (following your diet) and still find yourself with a sudden increase of 1 or more lbs in one week, it is not due to an increase of FAT. It is usually due to water retention. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. So, if you gained 3 lbs, you would have had to take in an extra 10,500 calories or, in the case of gaining 3 lbs in a week, 1500 extra calories/day. Such water weight is usually lost subsequently and you see a big drop. You can hasten the release of excess fluid by spending a day or two eating nothing but protein, vegetables and berries or apples. Also, be sure you are drinking your water!

Sugar, starch, salt and alcohol are the usual culprits at causing water gain. Sometimes, people will have food sensitivities to certain foods (even good "diet foods") that cause them to retain water (sort of like an allergy).

2. If you have not been exercising, then adding some activity to your daily schedule is the fastest way to get your metabolism kickstarted.  If you are already exercising, then you should look for ways to change it or mix it up because your body has become “complacent” with what you have been doing. If you have not been strength training, add some type of weight training to your regimen – or if you have conditioned your body to one type of cardio work, then change it to another or kick it up a notch – anything to change the routine. Your metabolism may require a higher level of exercise if you have had a lot of past conditioning. Decreasing caloric intake (below 900-1000 calories) is probably not the answer because it may just lower your metabolism and not be productive. Increasing exercise, on the other hand, increases metabolic rate in addition to burning calories during the exercise.

3. To paraphrase the old proverb about a "watched pot", "A watched scale never budges." Sometimes weight seems to be stuck for a short while and then starts moving again. Just like a basketball player in a free throw shooting slump, focusing on yesterday's "failure" just maintains the problem. So, keep your focus on "doing the right thing" and the right door will open up. It is not uncommon for me to see patients in my office hit a 2 -3 week plateau and then start losing at a good rate again...without seeming to change anything. This is a marathon, not a sprint! It is commitment and persistence that win in the long run!

And remember, you’re always worth it!!!

This Month's Question for the Doctor:

Question: Do any of the diet supplements in the Active 8 Better Health Better Life Diet Plan have diuretic properties? I seem to be going to the bathroom more since starting the program.

Answer from Dr. Steelman: None of them have significant diuretic activity. In men with prostate problems, some of the ingredients in Supplement #1 might increase the frequency by putting more pressure on the urinary sphincter muscle. Dietary changes may cause diuresis (increase in the discharge of urine). Markedly decreasing the amount of carb or sodium intake will cause a temporary diuresis...this accounts for a lot of the weight loss in the first few days on a program. Also, increasing water intake will increase the outflow. So, it is possible you have just made the changes we recommended in food and water intake. 

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The Active 8 diet plan has worked for me when everything else failed.  I lost 22 pounds in 6 weeks and have continually lost on a weekly basis.  It’s easy to follow, and there are so many food choices that it is easy to stay on track. The support system that is in place is awesome and Dr. Steelman is always quick to answer any questions you many have about the plan.  I use the diet plan in conjunction with Active 8 and B Active and have never felt better.  I have more stamina and energy then I have had in a long time.  I am on the road to a brand new me thanks to the Active 8 diet plan. -D. Guidry, OKC

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diet humor





A Touch o' Humor to Brighten Your Day


recipe of the month
Tis The Season for Strawberries!

Strawberry-Honey Sorbet

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 5 hrs
Makes: 8 servings

2 cups of chopped strawberries
2 cups apple juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves or 1 tbsp of dried mint leaves
3 tbsp of honey
1 tsp grated lemon peel

1. Heat strawberries, juice, mint and honey in 1-1/2 quart saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but no longer than 24 hours.
2. Place
strawberry mixture in blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth, strain.
3. Stir in lemon peel. Pour into 1-quart ice-cream freezer. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Voila - tasty low-calorie treat!

Nutrient information: 1 serving. Calories 65; Total fat 0g; Carbohydrates 17 g, Protein  0 g, Sodium 5 mg, Cholesterol 0 g per serving.
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