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Sleep
  • Sleep is an extremely important piece of the weight loss and diabetes management puzzle. There is solid research evidence to suggest that good quality and adequate amount of sleep is critical in keeping the stress hormone, cortisol in check which plays a crucial role in weight loss and diabetes management. Therefore, we focus on helping you create new routines to support good quality sleep. According to a review paper1, participants who got less than 7 hours of sleep per night were more likely to have higher average body mass indexes (BMI) and develop obesity than those who slept more and adequate number of hours. The studies reviewed also suggested that experimental sleep restriction was associated with increased levels of ghrelin – your hunger hormone, salt retention and inflammatory markers as well as decreased levels of leptin – your fullness hormone and insulin sensitivity.
Stress management
  • Chronically elevated stress hormone called cortisol can have deleterious effects on weight, immune function, and chronic disease risk. The ‘Comfort Food’ hypothesis proposed by Dallman et.al.2 suggests that eating palatable high fat/sugar food can relieve negative emotions linked to stress and in turn result in weight gain. Other ways chronic stress may result in weight gain include visceral fat storage and insulin suppression. Based on the evidence from research studies on the association between stress and weight gain, we work with you closely to help you manage your stress.
Exercise
  • Moving your body is extremely important on a weight loss and diabetes management journey. There is enough research that suggests exercising daily is key in maintaining your weight loss. There is also research supporting that over exercising and undereating prevents sustainable weight loss due to metabolic adaptations. Therefore, teaching you about the right type of exercise and exercise fueling strategies is a key pillar of all our weight loss and diabetes management programs.

References
1. Cooper CB, Neufeld EV, Dolezal BA, et al Sleep deprivation and obesity in adults: a brief narrative review BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2018;4:e000392. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2018-000392
2. Chronic stress and obesity: A new view of ‘‘comfort food’’ Mary F. Dallman*, Norman Pecoraro, Susan F. Akana, Susanne E. la Fleur, Francisca Gomez, Hani Houshyar, M. E. Bell, Seema Bhatnagar, Kevin D. Laugero, and Sotara Manalo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Sep 30; 100(20): 11696–11701.

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  • Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Sat Once or twice a month
    8:30 AM -3:30 PM
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