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Stress and Weight Gain

 
Stress can be thought of as the spice of life – the spark that ignites and primes us for each day. Stress we can handle and stress that gets out of hand – stress vs. distress – marks the difference between adrenal balance or imbalance. Adrenals in balance produce enough of the master stress hormone, cortisol, to build and maintain our mental and physical energy, immunities and stress-coping skills. Adrenals under pressure become overworked and out of balance. When that ...

Is your body's check engine light on?

 
My “E” light was glowing today in my car (I hate getting gas!) and I immediately pulled into a gas station to fuel up. It’s funny, we are better at caring for our car that we are at practicing caring for our body. At first that sounds absurd, but think about it, when your car's 'Check Engine Light' goes off you take it immediately to the mechanic for service. In addition to attending to the warning ...

How To Eat At Outback and Lose Weight

 
 “Do you want to go out to dinner?” If I had a dollar for every time I’d been asked this question I would be rich! People gather, socialize, and reconnect over a meal, and this OK! For those of us watching our weight, dining out can feel like dodging landmines, but with a few tricks and a little bit of “diet knowledge” you can enjoy a meal out and keep losing weight. Before ...

How To Eat At Subway and Lose Weight

 
Eating out is easy with your Metabolic weight loss plan. Just because you're losing weight doesn't mean you can't grab a quick meal or enjoy a dinner out with friends. As long as you know the insider tips and tricks, you can enjoy eating out from time to time. Subway is convenient, they are located in almost every zip code in the U.S and they are perfect for the picky eater. We love that they let you choose your ...

Work With What Your Momma Gave You

 
 “Good” or “bad” as they may be, genes determine far more than our hair and eye color, and are considered the blueprint for life – controlling protein synthesis, cellular reactions and cellular communications. As science evolves and continues to uncover genetics associated with health concerns, the field of genetic medicine or “genomic medicine” continues to gain momentum. Little more than an aspiration just over a decade ago, genomic medicine continues to grow among ...

My Weight Loss Trickled Down To My Family

 
Weight loss is about so much more than a number on the scale. For many of us the extra weight impacts everything from health and energy to mood and self esteem. When we don't feel our best it's hard, despite our best efforts, to be that Mom, Wife or Friend we want to be. We get it! Everyone wants to say "yes" more; we all want to enjoy a dip in the pool, or help out with little league practice. ...

Is It in my genes? The role of genetics in weight management

Claire Pearson, MRC Weight Loss Expert, discusses the connection between DNA and weight managment. While diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are key to weight management, we now know that your genetic makeup plays a large part in determining how and where you body stores fat. Genetic testing can also uncover whether you DNA makes you more susceptible to weight gain. What if it's my DNA? No worries! Knowledge is power. The more we know about how your body processes ...

Does Anxiety Make You Want to Chow Down?

 
It is easy to understand how our sense of "fight or flight" would have served us well when a herd of wooly Mammoths (the stressor) were about to trample our primitive camp. A sudden shot of adrenalin along with the release of a steroid hormone (cortisol) and we wouldn't have to think about eating until long after the danger dissipated. Ah.. makes you long for the good ole days. Life was simple then as our brain-to-body connection was fine tuned ...

Weight Loss Tips

 
If you're not snoozing, you're not losing! A regulated sleep cycle will help you have a regulated eating cycle. Good, restful sleep is essential to the weight loss process, to learn more click here.  Be mindful and eat slowly. Eat in peace and quiet, without any TV or screen to distract you. Be present while you eat. Savor every bite and allow your mind the time to recognize what it is tasting. As your mind sifts through it's ...

What is my ideal body weight?

 
Listen as Claire Pearson with Metabolic Research Center discusses BMI, body fat, and muscle mass and learn how it all relates. Claire says "We know that every body is different. Determining your ideal weight is not a one size fits all model. In this video you'll hear Claire discuss: -The importance of muscle mass. At Metabolic Research Center our programs are designed to help you lose weight while protecting your muscle. -BMI, Body Mass Index, is a useful tool to ...

Quotes and Inspiration

 
Inspiring quotes to keep you motivated and inspired. Go ahead and share or pin our motivational quotes so you can have them everywhere you need them! It's awesome when you go on vacation and come back weighing less! Rock Star Status!  It's awesome when you go to a party expecting to be tempted and you leave and realize you nailed it!  It's awesome when your office throws a party and you say NO to the goodies! Nailed it! &...

Solutions to stress eating

 
Stress eater? Do you reach for chocolate when life feels out of control? If life throws you a curve ball do you reach for food to help cope? There are solutions! Listen as Heather Gaither discusses simple, easy tips for conquering stress eating. 

The Myth About Cholesterol

 
  For most of our lives we have been told one thing about cholesterol, "cholesterol is BAD", but recently the research has proven something different, and the message has changed. The latest science suggest that not all cholesterol is bad, in fact some cholesterol is actually beneficial. Claire Pearson from Metabolic Research Center discusses the cholesterol myth and helps clear up the confusion. Video courtesy of the Dee Armstrong Show.  

Lose Weight and Celebrate!

 
What are all these poster boards we see everywhere? Why are they all over your center walls? If you are asking this question then you have likely NOT been to one of our weight loss centers, yet. Any Metabolic client can tell you, without pause, that these are Pounds Lost Boards, places of celebration, infact most of us can show you just exactly where we signed our name on the 10, 20 or 30 pound board. Weight loss takes work, it takes dedication, ...

Hormone Imbalance: The Missing Link To Weight Loss

 
At Metabolic Research Center we take a holistic approach to weight loss, tackling it from every angle. One of the aspects we consider is how hormones impact your ability to lose weight. This is why we offer hormone testing as an option with all Metabolic plans. Research shows that 96% of our clients have a hormone imbalance; making weight loss feel like an uphill battle. Our clients find that after testing their hormones, and working to gently correct imbalances, they feel ...

Losing weight is not always about the food.

 
As I sit at my desk posting photos of happy weight loss clients and people high fiving, I feel like weight loss is so easy, so worth it and so simple. THEN, 2 minutes later I get a craving for "no reason" and I find myself staring at the cupboards romancing each and every box, package, and piece of food...staring it down, touching the container, considering the name and the picture on the package. It's that moment when I am ...

Helping his Mom get her life back!

 
We are totally honored to share the story of our very own Vincent Ferrucci and his amazing mother, Marie. Vincent works with MRC Centers in Texas and Louisiana,  helping clients transform their lives, but today we want to focus on one very special life he helped to change…his very own Mom. Meet Marie , 107 Pounds Lost (and counting!) For the first time in my adult life I can now wear jeans! I have lost 107 pounds and down 8 sizes! ...

Catherine Walks the Stage After Losing 73 Pounds!

 
  What an amazing moment to watch Catherine walk the stage, showing off her 73.5 pound weight loss. Her joy and enthusiasm are contageous.Catherine was selected to strut her stuff in MRC's A New You Fashion Show at the Orange Park Mall in Jacksonville, FL. She was dressed by the fashionistas at Dillards, her hair and makeup were styled and she was given the royal treatment, what a day! After struggling for years with thyroid and other health issues, she ...

Decode Your Hunger: Understanding Emotional Eating

 
What is emotional eating? To understand the culprit behind emotional eating, it’s important to establish why we eat in the first place.  Breaking down why we eat can help you determine the reason you might be reaching for that left over doughnut at 2:00 in the afternoon. Why do we eat? First, eating is required for survival; it is a physiological process providing us with calories, which are converted into units of energy for our bodies to perform ...

Trust in the magic of new beginnings

 
New Year’s resolutions can feel so daunting, so hopeless, so “I’ve done that before”, trust me I can relate! But what if we looked at them in a different way, what if they weren’t resolutions at all but instead they were new opportunities, a fresh start, or a chance to hit the reset button? Instead of resolving to do something, wow that sounds awful, instead let’s forge ahead, set new ...

Searching for fad diets? Best Tips for Losing Weight in 2015

 
If you're looking for the latest "fad diet", then you may already be struggling with your New Year's resolution. After all, January is an unusual month and it always seems like there should be at least a two-week grace period to recover from the Holidays. But year after year, we get excited (even energized) over the idea of this year being better than the last. Unfortunately, by February most of us are struggling to hang on or may have completely ...

I CARE

 
Plan that today, you will "CARE." Adapted from The Wt. Loss Minute By Linda Spangle, RN, MA You're probably familiar with the old game "He loves me, he loves me not." Using a flower such as a daisy, you pull off one petal at a time. As you remove each petal, you alternate saying the phrases, "He (or she) loves me, he (or she) loves me not." Whichever one you say as you pull off the last petal will answer ...

Exercise Anywhere!

 
Ever say to yourself about exercising, “I don’t have time” or “If I don’t break a sweat, it’s not working”? These are the two most common statements made about exercising – that you can prove wrong! You CAN exercise anywhere, any time! It just takes breaking our old habits and creating good habits that you will enjoy for years to come. Think about it – even spending 5 minutes contracting and ...

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

 
Still trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year?  Give the gift of health!  We’ve handpicked our favorite good-for-you gifts and put this together in this handy guide.  You can easily find almost all of these items on Amazon or at stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Ross Dress for Less. See something you love for yourself?  Share this guide with friends and family as a helpful hint.&...

Be Bold, Believe In Yourself, Have a Healthy Holiday

 
Losing weight…the most coveted of all New Year’s resolutions! Each year, millions of people around the world vow to start the New Year by exercising more, eating less, and “really sticking with” their plan to lose weight. The new year offers us a fresh start, a chance to “get it right” and renew our commitment to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Yet, somewhere along the way, we’ve convinced ourselves that this ...

8 Great Grocery Store Finds for Weight Loss

 
Grocery Shopping Sunday! Losing weight and loving what you eat don't always go hand in hand, but with the right seasonings, great recipes, and a little help from your weight loss friends at Metabolic Research Center, you can LOVE what you eat and lose weight.  Metabolic Research Center's weight loss menus include a wide variety of foods including lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Because our menus are desinged using real, whole food, that you ...

Video: MRC Employees, Losing Weight Transformed Our Lives.

 
At Metabolic Research Center, many of our consultants were once clients. We understand what it takes to lose weight not only because we are trained weight loss specialist, but because many of us have lived it. We have been where you are, we have walked in your shoes, and we intimately understand the challenges you go through on a daily basis to stay on track and stick to your plan. Our experts will help you succeed, because many ...

Cooler Than Candy: Halloween Treat Ideas

 
We know, kids love candy! BUT, kids also love bugs, ghouls, vampire teeth, glow sticks and cheesy fake jewelry. This year we are all focused on being healthier, being our best self, and having fun, so let’s carry that spirit right into the Halloween season, yes I said season....it last for weeks. With over $2 BILLION spent on Halloween candy each year give your trick or treaters something that will last long past the candy, the belly ache, ...

How to Avoid the Perils of Halloween Candy

 
October is a great month to get out and exercise, but there is no doubt that Halloween can totally throw off your weight loss and exercise routine if you let it. Consider these (very spooky) statistics: Americans spend over $2 billion (yes that’s billion with a B!) dollars annually on Halloween candy. Americans purchase over 600 million pounds of candy, which is equivalent to the weight of almost 6 Titanic ships! The average person will consume nearly a pound and a ...

The power of NO MORE!

 
Ahh… Thanksgiving, many people’s favorite holiday.  I have heard the chatter, and mostly I hear “I can’t wait to eat or I am eating as much as I want."   I watch them space out as if imagining the turkey coma already.   Hmm, what if people changed what they told themselves and imagined about Thanksgiving.  Half the battle is in our head anyway, so let’s make a winning ...

Shut the door to negative thoughts

 
When you close the door of your mind to negative thoughts, the door of opportunity opens to you refreshed  as several times a week and sometimes every day, these words seem to fit perfectly into something I am thinking about, doing, planning to do or struggling to solve.  This week I read the above "thought of the day" just as I once again, started up my exercise routine after a several week hiatus. This sparked some neurons firing ...

Mom was right...eat your veggies

 
I know, I know...your Mom always made you eat a green vegetable...turns out Mom was on to something. Eating fruit and vegetables, along with lean meats and whole grains, is a safe way to lose and maintain a healthy weight. Studies also show that diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancer and other chronic diseases. Eating vegetables and fruits is important because they provide vitamins and minerals, and most are low in ...

Surround Yourself With Supportive Individuals

 
While my area of expertise is weight loss and wellness, today’s topic applies to ANY situation- when you are working towards achieving a goal; you need positive supportive folks in your corner. The joy suckers, energy vampires, Debbie Downer’s and negative nellies, nay sayers need not apply!   In fact, avoid them as much as possible!    People never achieve goals solely on their own, there is always someone along that way who offers ...

Weight Loss Is Fun!

 
There are so many negative stigmas attached to the process of dieting, being healthy and losing weight.  Sure, making a real change in your lifestyle and eating habits requires some adjustments, but it certainly doesn’t have to be miserable!  In fact, the only way to truly realize lasting and long-term success with regard to weight loss is to find a plan and a new way of life that works for you, one that is enjoyable, fun ...

Change your thinking, change your eating

 
In gathering quotes, I came across one that really resonated with me... "the world we have created is a product of our thinking.  It cannot be changed without changing our thinking" -Albert Einstein.   As I reflected on the changes and evolutions I have made and am still working on, I realized that my successful eating habits have been a result of changing the way I think about food.  My failures in the past were a direct result ...

What you say MATTERS!

 
I recently read an article summary titled “I Don’t” Beats “I Can’t” for self control. The study “examined the effect of different wording when using self-talk to resist temptation. When participants framed a refusal as “I don't” (for instance, “I don't eat sugar”) instead of “I can't,” they were more successful at resisting the desire to eat unhealthy foods or skip the gym.”  ...

Pumpkin Pie Yumminess

 
Pumpkin obsession is in full gear and it seems these days we've added pumpkin to everything imaginable. Along with our pumpkin lattes and pumpkin treats comes the dreaded pumpkin bum, yup the more pumpkin treats I try the more I begin to resemble a pumpkin. What's a girl to do? Here are some great ideas for enjoying the flavor of pumpkin while maintaining your new not-so-pumpkin figure: Pumpkin Pie Spice (PPS) is an MRCer’s dream, it makes everything ...

Halloween - My Scary Truth

 
I love costumes and love to watch my 5 year old morph into character, right now he is Optimus  Prime (who he claims is the most powerful of “all”). He is constantly evaluating which character is the most powerful, who could win against the other, and who has the best skills. This I love. What I don’t  love is the crappy candy, the Stitch like crazy he gets after eating all that sugar, and the ...

The Secret to Loving YOURSELF

 
“You’re so stupid!" "You’re never going to achieve that, you should just give up!” “I can’t believe you did that, you ruined everything!" Would you let your best friend, spouse or children speak to you like this? Of course not! Then, why on earth do we talk to ourselves like this?!? We are all guilty of shaming ourselves in the privacy of our own minds (or maybe even out loud for ...

How Peter Pan (no, not the Peanut Butter!) Can Help Reduce Your Stress

 
"So come with me, where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land." Okay, so yes...this is a children’s fairy tale and has no basis in reality. And, no...you cannot really fly no matter how hard you try. BUT, Peter Pan is on to something in regard to the value of finding your “happy place,” and harnessing ...

Is That The Alarm?

 
Is that the alarm??  No, it can't be time to get up already...I'll just hit the snooze button, one more time..., one more time..., okay just one last time... Sound familiar?  Most likely you have heard at some point or been told how important sleep is but how often do we actually make sleep a priority?  With busy lives, demanding jobs, and a feeling of never having ...

Get Moving!

 
Any exercise is good exercise.  Have you ever said that you didn’t have time to exercise?  Spending just five minutes a day contracting and working your muscles is five more minutes than what you were doing!  Once you make an effort to exercise, not only will you start seeing a difference but you will feel a difference.  You will have more energy and you will be in control of your life.  You can ...

An Apple a Day Keeps More Than Just The Doctor Away

 
Did you know that very few Americans get in the recommended amount of fruit for a healthy lifestyle each day?  In fact, that number is so low that more than 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese!  This number is due to more than just missing the intake of daily fruit, but also in missing the daily amount of vegetables, vitamins and other healthy proteins.  If you only knew the benefits of fruits, you may want to change ...

Expectations Bending Reality?

 
Weight Loss Expectations I recently read an article How the Power of Expectations Can Allow You to ‘Bend Reality’  Journalist Chris Berdik explains the many ways that what is expected shapes what happens By Gareth Cook. The articles details excerpts and answers to questions about Chris Berdik’s book Mind vs Mind.  In his book, Chris cites several examples of studies demonstrating how expectations have changed an outcome including the most commonly known placebo effect, ...