High Intensity Interval Training … For Beginners?

Steven Sisskind, M.D. May 12, 2016 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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I’ve been preaching the HIIT gospel for quite awhile. HIIT – or high intensity interval training – is an exercise strategy in which you alternate short bursts of intense exertion with short periods of recovery. In other words, you go as hard as you can for a short time, and then at an easy pace, alternating intense bursts with recovery bursts. Unfortunately, I think the way I’ve described it in…

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The BEST breakfast for weight loss

Steven Sisskind, M.D. May 6, 2016 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Are you unsure what to eat for breakfast? I just read a study that makes me positively giddy. Why giddy? I’ll tell you in a minute, but first let me tell you a bit about the study, which was presented at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston. Researchers assigned 3 different reduced-calorie diets to about 50 overweight, middle-aged men and women. Participants ate a large…

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Colon Cleanse

Steven Sisskind, M.D. March 30, 2016 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Colon cleanses should not be confused with colonics …. The ones I’m reviewing are psyllium husk-based colon cleansing products, typically taken over the course of 10 – 30 days. The promise: Because of the Western diet, with all the pre-processed, overly refined, fiber-lacking foods, the guts of most Americans are a mess. Food does not get digested properly and waste sits in the colon for way too long. Not to…

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Green Smoothie Cleanse

Steven Sisskind, M.D. March 29, 2016 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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There are several ways to do a Green Smoothie Cleanse, but most involve lots of greens and natural, whole foods. The promise: Promoters of green smoothie-type cleanses say that some people are holding on to excess weight because toxins are trapped in fat cells. Raw greens, they propose, can rid the body of those toxins, and, as an added bonus, reprogram the taste buds. So, when you’re done with detox,…

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The Master Cleanse

Steven Sisskind, M.D. March 23, 2016 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Rumor has it Beyoncé used the Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemonade Diet, to get ready for her role in Dreamgirls. The detox has been around since the 1940s and millions of people have used it, making it one of the most well known cleanses around. The promise: This cleanse claims to provide a healthy number of calories and nutrients while resting the digestive system, flushing your body of…

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Health Benefits of Olive Oil, “the Great Therapeutic”

Steven Sisskind, M.D. November 4, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Hippocrates, the father of medicine, dubbed olive oil “the great therapeutic.” The ancient Greek physician identified more than 60 medicinal uses for olive oil. Fortunately, after two and a half millennia, modern science is beginning to catch up. Many clinical studies, including the large-scale PREDIMED trials to evaluate the effects of the Mediterranean diet, have demonstrated olive oil’s role in chronic disease prevention and other areas. A delicious component of…

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It’s NOT your fault he can’t perform …

Steven Sisskind, M.D. September 7, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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I love to bring other voices into my blog. So when I met Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of male and urological conditions, I begged him to write a blog post for me. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center, as well as a master formulator…

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Are you getting enough protein?

Steven Sisskind, M.D. July 22, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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One of the most frustrating things about getting older is how much harder it is to lose weight. One of the main reasons for this? The loss of muscle mass. Beginning at age 30 (yes, 30!), most of us lose about 1% of muscle each year, as the body starts tearing down old muscle at a faster rate than it builds new. This is due to a host of reasons:…

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Why BMI is BS

Steven Sisskind, M.D. July 5, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Every year when I get my physical, my doctor measures my height and weight. Then he takes those 2 numbers, plugs them into a formula (weight multiplied by 703, divided by height squared, in case you’re interested) and gives me my body mass index. Otherwise known as BMI. For years, BMI has been used by doctors, personal trainers and other health care professionals when deciding whether their patients are overweight….

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3 reasons you’re overeating (and why it’s not your fault)

Steven Sisskind, M.D. June 5, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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I like to think of myself as a pretty even-keeled guy. I don’t get too upset over a lot. But one thing has me really riled up. I mean, REALLY riled up. It’s the way we overeat one particular type of food. You’ve probably heard the term “conspiracy theory” bandied about in a lot of different areas. And for the most part, I don’t subscribe to the concept. I make…

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The 1 diet rule you must follow

Steven Sisskind, M.D. May 12, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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You’ve probably heard that losing weight requires just the right formula. You know, a formula requiring you to track: calories saturated fat unsaturated fat sugar salt carbs protein Exhausted yet? I know. There are just too many things to think about. But a new study finds that it may NOT have to be all that much work. You may, in fact, be able to put aside all that counting and…

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Out with the old ….

Steven Sisskind, M.D. April 6, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Are you tired of hearing the same-old, same-old diet rules? So am I. And guess what? Some of those tired old rules are just that — tired. It’s time to get some NEW rules in place. So I’ve scoured the literature, and spoken to diet experts, to find out what rules we should throw out. And what you should replace them with. Take a look … Old rule: Forgo all…

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Cut this from your diet and cut out headaches

Steven Sisskind, M.D. March 28, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page

Lots of people suffer from headaches. In fact, almost everyone experiences them once in awhile. And new research out of Johns Hopkins has found that 1 simple ingredient in your diet may be the cause.1 Let’s take a look at the study to find out what it is. Researchers assigned about 400 people to follow 1 of 3 types of diet plans. They were either low, medium or high amounts…

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Beware the hazards of exercise!

Steven Sisskind, M.D. March 16, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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Experts, including myself, have said for years that the secret to losing weight is … wait for it … There is no secret. You need to eat right and exercise. Am I right? Maybe not. A new study shows that exercise may actually make you GAIN weight.1 Arizona researchers found that a significant number of people who start to exercise actually end up weighing more than they did when they…

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You’re fat and feel like crap? It’s hormonal: Part 2

Steven Sisskind, M.D. February 17, 2015 Articles Print This Page Print This Page
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  Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician, wife, mom and author of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality With The Gottfried Protocol.“ If you click the play button on the video at the top of the page, you’ll be able to hear the entire podcast. But if you’re short on time — or…

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