Happy Thanksgiving 2019

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Thanksgiving Weight Gain Fear Mongering

Popular belief is that we gain 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving New Years   

Many studies demonstrate we gain some weight but not as much as we think  

The National Institutes of Health repeatedly weighed 195 volunteers from Thanksgiving thru New Year’s.. The average weight gain was less than one pound

However about 9% of the participants gained an average of 5lb over the same holiday period 

Study Results

The majority of participants were weighed again the following September. 

Researchers found that not only were those holiday pounds not lost, there was an additional average weight gain or 0.45 lb.

Best Practices: What are the takeaways from this research?

1. You will probably gain some weight during the holiday season
2. It will not be as much as you might think
3.The average weight gains were only about 1.5lbs, but they were not reversed.

4. These modest gains accrue of the decades, so this year’s 1.5 gain will be 30 pounds in 20 years.

6. The key is to enjoy family and friends during the holidays and take the rest of year to reverse these small incremental weight gains 

Read: A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain

 

Kelly Fernandez RDN, CBC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Kelly Fernandez, RDN, CBC

Kelly Fernandez, RDN, CBC, a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist, practicing in the Space Coast area of Florida, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Fernandez obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Keiser University and completed a specialized internship at Health First, in Melbourne Fla.

Currently she is a practicing clinical dietitian in Melbourne, where she manages acute/subacute, rehabilitation and post-surgical patients. She commented, “My enthusiasm and passion for nutrition came when I was personally diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and realized I needed to make lifestyle changes. This personal experience was my impetus to help others with nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors.”

Realizing how mistreated and misunderstood the obese population is, led to her seeking a fellowship with AABC and becoming a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor. Her scholarship, professional experience and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Kelly Queen MA, LPC, RD, CAADC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Kelly Queen MA, LPC, RD, CAADC, CBC

Kelly Queen MA, LPC, RD, CAADC, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dietitian practicing in the Greater Detroit Area, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Queen obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Master’s in Counseling Degree from Oakland University. She was awarded a Certificate of Training in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Continue reading

PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF METABOLISM TESTING

Dear Dr. Diet

Ask Dr. Diet American Association of Bariatric CounselorsI don’t eat a lot and certainly not more than most women I know. Why would I weigh 100lbs more than them?

 

CASE HISTORY

PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF METABOLISM TESTING

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) is founded on the concept that our irrational beliefs transcend to negative emotions and ultimately to dysfunctional behavior.

When a person that has continually been plagued with “the slings and arrows”  of lifelong obesity discovers that they have a very low Metabolic Factor (MF) and likely the primary cause of their obesity….they can begin to shed a good deal of the shame and self-blame that has become their unconscious belief system that has riddled their lives.  Often when they have reported to their medical doctors, “I don’t eat a lot,” and their doctors question their veracity by rolling their eyes….they themselves question their own veracity. After all how can I be so fat and not eat a lot. While not every patient has a low metabolic factor, It is a very prevalent cause of a specific kind of obesity.(hypo-metabolic). A simple 10 minute Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) breathing test can begin to unravel the enduring angst that this patient lives with. This rational numeric test could be the beginning of mediating irrational beliefs and subsequent negative behaviors and feelings

 

METABOLIC TESTING

I worked with two female diabetes research partners  …one a biochemist who weighed 250 lbs. (lifelong obesity) and the other an endocrinologist who has always weighed 135 lbs.(since her teens)

I did their Resting Metabolic Rate tests (RMR) and reviewed the results with both of them at the same time.

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Bernadette van der Boom-Bebb BSC, MACP, CCC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Bernadette van-der Boom-Bebb, BSC, MACP, CCC, CBC

Bernadette van-der Boom-Bebb, BSC, MACP, CCC, a mental health professional from British Columbia, Canada, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Bernadette’s professional education and training in biochemistry/microbiology/chemistry led to a two-decade long career in the pharmaceutical industry. Her experience includes preclinical and clinical trial medication research. While working with psychiatrists she was inspired and realized that she wanted to pursue a mental health career. She returned to graduate school and completed a master’s Psychology Program at Yorkville University in Canada and at the same time completed a fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric counselor.

Bernadette’s training and education in both the physical and social sciences have provided her with a unique integrated biopsychosocial treatment approach.Her scholarship, professional experience and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:
Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 
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Angela Nicole Powell, LMSW, CFTP Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Angela Powell LMSW, CFTP, CBC

Angela Powell LMSW, CFTP, CBC

Angela Nicole Powell LMSW, CFTP from Memphis, Tennessee, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Powell currently works as a therapist at Turning Point Recovery Center through Addiction Campuses. She provides individual and group therapy for individuals with mental Continue reading