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9 Ways to Stay on Your Diet while Traveling Feb 1st, 2021

Being away from home and your typical routine can present challenges for staying on the diet. That just means it will take a little extra planning to make sure you have what you need to continue losing weight. We have put together some winning strategies that will support your continued...

Stop Relying on Willpower to Lose Weight Jun 1st, 2020

Willpower is a limited resource, but when you’ve got healthier routines, you’ve got something better than willpower. You’ve got skill-power! We all face difficult diet scenarios every day. All it takes is a trip to the office break room to put your entire day’s success in jeopardy! The best way...

Change is Hard – So Let’s Make it Easier! May 1st, 2020

Have you ever thought, “I know what I need to do, I just have to do it!”? Moving from the “knowing” to the “doing” is such a common barrier for all of us because, let’s face it, change is hard. And when it comes to making changes for weight loss?...

Now Offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing Apr 28th, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Atlanta Endocrine Associates is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing. We are offering this service to all current patients and their families. COVID-19 antibody testing is a simple blood test for people without symptoms to check for previous exposure to the virus. This is different...

Atlanta Endocrine Associates is Open for Medical Care Apr 2nd, 2020

As we continue to navigate the realities of COVID-19, our physical office is closed but we remain open for medical care offering additional medical services. New and established patients can schedule a telemedicine appointment using video conferencing via your laptop, tablet or phone.   We recognize that during this time...

March is National Nutrition Month Mar 1st, 2020

Today about half of all American adults have one or more chronic diseases, often related to poor diet. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes the importance of creating a healthy eating pattern to maintain health and reduce the risk of disease. Everything we eat and drink—the diet plan we make day...

Fatty Liver Disease: The Hidden Epidemic Feb 29th, 2020

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD (pronounced na-ful-dee) is one of the most widespread and yet frequently underdiagnosed diseases in the United States and worldwide. Fatty liver disease is the number one cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S. and will soon surpass hepatitis C as the top cause...

Your Insider’s Guide to HMR Lingo Feb 15th, 2020

You may have noticed that we use a lot of abbreviations and expressions here at HMR. These language "shortcuts" help to quickly explain some important program concepts so you can easily internalize them. The goal is that they’ll become mini mantras that stick with you. Here’s your Insider’s Guide to...

Belviq Withdrawn from the US Market Due to Potential Cancer Risk Feb 14th, 2020

On February 13, 2020 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that the manufacturer of Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) voluntarily withdraw the weight-loss drug from the U.S. market because a safety clinical trial shows an increased occurrence of cancer with long term use. The drug manufacturer, Eisai has submitted...

February is National Heart Health Month Feb 1st, 2020

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them...

Resolving to Change? You May Have to Begin Again…and Again Jan 7th, 2020

“I'm going to start saving... meditating... getting more sleep... lose weight.” Each January, many of us resolve to make changes that will improve the quality of our lives in some way. And yet, the success rate of New Year's Resolutions is so low. US News and World Report suggests 80%...

HMR Ranked #1 for Fast Weight Loss for Fifth Consecutive Year Jan 7th, 2020

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the HMR program offered at Atlanta Endocrine Associates the #1 Best Fast-Weight Loss Diet for 2020. It’s the fifth consecutive year that HMR’s intensive, yet simple program has held the first-place position. More Speed, More Motivation, More Skills Fast weight loss all comes...

4 Tips for Keeping Your New Year Resolutions Jan 7th, 2020

The New Year often starts with resolutions – we resolve to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, or sleep more – but, change is hard. Where do you even begin? We’ve got you covered! Here are our favorite tips for achieving success with your goals: START SMALL: Small Changes Every...

January is Healthy Resolutions Month Jan 1st, 2020

It is a new year, and that means it's time for a new you! Most people make their midnight toast on New Year's Eve with a resolution in mind. For some people it's about better household budgeting, for others it's quitting smoking, and for even more, it's losing the weight...

How Much Weight You Can Expect to Lose in HMR if You Stay “In the Box” Oct 1st, 2019

The short answer is you can lose a lot of weight fast. Staying in the box means being fully compliant with the HMR weight loss program. And when this is done, you can expect to have consistent weight loss week after week. The weight loss numbers in the chart below...

The Myth of Slow and Steady Weight Loss Sep 1st, 2019

If you want to lose weight, and you’re thinking that “slow and steady” is the way to go, you’re not alone. When it comes to dieting, many people believe that moderation and balance is a more sustainable approach long term. However, research suggests fast, healthy weight loss can be far...

Do you have a fatty liver? Aug 6th, 2019

Do you have a fatty liver? NAFLD (pronounced na-ful-dee) or Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is the most common type of chronic liver disease and the number 2 cause for needing a liver transplant. 75 to 100 million Americans have NAFLD. It is three times more prevalent than diabetes. It’s caused by...

Why Meal Replacements Work Aug 1st, 2019

Fewer people than ever prepare their own meals at home. And in our busy lives, who can blame us? But let’s consider the consequence of convenience on our collective waistlines: One study concluded that the average restaurant meal in the U.S. had an average of 1,205 calories - for the...

The 5 Key Components of Setting SMART Goals Jul 14th, 2019

We’ve probably all said at one time or another “I want weight loss,” “I want to be more active,” or “I’d like to eat better.” So how do you get there? How do you make that thing happen? How do you achieve permanent weight loss? When you set out to...

How to Make Healthy Eating Easier Jun 3rd, 2019

How to Make Healthy Eating Easier Wouldn’t it be great if the day you started a diet, you stopped craving any other foods? The reality, however, is that we all have food temptations that ride right alongside our best intentions for weight loss. So, minimizing access to those temptations is often the...

If It's Not My Thyroid Then What Is It? Jun 1st, 2019

Fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, poor concentration, memory issues, sweating, heart palpitations – your internet search says these are all symptoms of thyroid disease…but what happens when thyroid blood tests are actually normal? Should the doctor prescribe thyroid hormone to improve symptoms despite lack of evidence of a thyroid disorder?...

How to Stay Motivated through the Tough Times May 1st, 2019

Sometimes, you’re on a roll with your diet and exercise/weight loss, but other times… not so much. How do you stay motivated at times like that? How do you stay committed? How do you maintain a sense of control when you don’t see the weight loss you were hoping for...

New Meds on the Block Apr 18th, 2019

GLP-1 agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors are among the newest diabetes medications and they do more than just lower blood sugar.   If you have diabetes you are not alone. Type 2 diabetes is one of the top health issues in the United States today. 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with...

About the HMR Program for Weight Management™ Apr 10th, 2019

Lose weight fast and build healthier routines that last with HMR® (Health Management Resources), a clinically proven diet and lifestyle-change program specially designed to help people who want to lose a lot of weight.   More than just a diet, all-inclusive HMR plans also provide the education, support, and accountability...

Is Your Allergy Medication Making You Gain Weight? Mar 19th, 2019

Allergy season is here. We are experiencing record pollen counts this year and you may be experiencing symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Many people treat seasonal allergies with over-the-counter antihistamines, but did you know that these medications could be making you gain weight?  Studies have shown that...

7 Ways to Get Physical Activity Mar 18th, 2019

Physical activity, also known as “exercise” is something that’s easy to miss if any roadblock comes in the way. Everyone knows the health benefits of regular physical activity but making it a daily habit can be a challenge. Find different types of physical activity so that there is always something...

# 1 Again! Jan 2nd, 2019

HMR Named No.1 for Fast Weight Loss for 4th Consecutive Year U.S. News & World Report has ranked the HMR program offered at Atlanta Endocrine Associates the #1 Best Fast-Weight Loss Diet for 2019. (41 different diet plans were evaluated.) It’s the fourth consecutive year that HMR’s intensive, yet simple...

How to Outsmart Food Triggers and Traps Jan 1st, 2019

Let’s face it, changing your eating habits is difficult. And we live in an environment that’s filled with temptations! If you want to have a successful weight loss program, it is important to learn how to outsmart food triggers and traps. If you want to make positive changes that last,...

Decision-Free Meal Replacement Diet Kickstarts Stagnant Weight Loss Dec 28th, 2018

A new study known as the OPTIWIN study found that a decision-free weight loss meal replacement program was an effective intervention providing the current standard-of-care behavior and lifestyle treatment for obesity. A weight-loss program using total meal replacement improved response rate by 60% compared to a standard food-based diet. The...

HMR® at Home Dec 27th, 2018

HMR at Home is a weight loss and lifestyle-change program intended to help you lose weight quickly and keep it off by developing healthy habits that. There are 2 diet plans with weekly group phone coaching and digital coaching through the HMR app. The Digital Healthy Solutions Plan is the...

Mindfulness-Based Eating Helps People Lose Weight Dec 20th, 2018

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that mindfulness-based eating helps people lose weight.  The study found that people in an intensive weight loss program who received training on mindfulness-based eating strategies lost more weight than those who did not receive the training. The...

HMR® Digital Weight Loss Plan and Phone Coaching Now Available Dec 12th, 2018

Just in time for January weight-loss resolutions, we are making our intensive “in-person” diet and lifestyle change program available as a digital option, allowing even more people to participate. Using the program developed by HMR, people can now lose weight in person, or on their own from the comfort of...

Yo-Yo Dieting Linked to Increased Risk for Early Death Dec 9th, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that yo-yo dieting, or weight cycling, is associated with an increased risk of premature death. The study found that as weight fluctuation increased, the overall risk of death was also increased.  You can read the study...

Take Control of Your Hunger Hormones to Lose Weight Fast Sep 25th, 2018

Overeating is not due to lack of will power or personal weakness. Overeating is caused by out of control hunger hormones. Trying to control your hunger can be a lot like trying to control your breathing. Yes, you can slow your breathing for a while, but eventually, your biological drive...

Thyroid Supplements Can Do More Harm Than Good Aug 24th, 2018

I have seen many patients who take thyroid supplements with the good intention of improving the functioning of their thyroid gland and overall health. Unfortunately, thyroid supplements can have the opposite effect.There are two types of ingredients in thyroid supplements. The first are ingredients that contain iodine. The ingredients listed...

How a Diabetes Medication Became a Weight Loss Medication Jul 16th, 2018

Liraglutide Injection (Saxenda) is the newest weight loss medication on the market today. But this “new” medication has an old history. Liraglutide has been sold under the name Victoza for the treatment of type 2 diabetes for many years. Liraglutide is a synthetic version of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)....

A Diet Plan to Lose Weight Fast Jun 27th, 2018

I am pleased to announce that the HMR Program for Weight Management has been chosen by Reader’s Digest as the top diet plan for fast weight loss.Health Management Resources (HMR) made the top of the list of best diet plans because you can lose up to 66 pounds in 26 weeks...

Consumer Marketing and Obesity Jun 21st, 2018

A new study by the Hudson Institute has evaluated the links between obesity and consumer marketing. The study was the first to investigate the differences in attitudes towards eating, healthy living habits, mindsets, and food buying behaviors in people with obesity and those with normal weight.Important findings of the study:62%...

What Are Anti-Obesity Medications and How Do They Work? May 31st, 2018

The magic pill has been the Holy Grail since oral medications were first invented. Imagine taking one pill and waking up the next day completely cured of whatever ails you. While many pills do, in fact, perform small feats of magic in helping us manage medical issues, the overnight sensation...

Very Low-Calorie Diets Can Reverse Diabetes May 27th, 2018

I recently presented research at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Boston, Massachusetts demonstrating the benefits of very low-calorie diets (VLCDs).  VLCDs have made a resurgence in the past few years. This is because they can be as effective as gastric bypass surgery for...

Obesity Pharmacotherapy and Alice and Wonderland: Which Cake Will Make You Smaller? May 25th, 2018

At the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Boston, Dr. W. Timothy Garvey spoke on strategies for using weight loss medications. Dr. Garvey discussed 4 general principles: Why use weight loss medications? When should weight loss medications be prescribed? What are the therapeutic targets of...

Which HMR diet program is right for you? May 12th, 2018

At Atlanta Endocrine Associates and the HMR Weight Loss Program we are here to help you attain your weight loss goals. But we know that everyone is an individual and what works for one person, may not work for another. HMR has multiple diet options to suit your needs and...

Top Five Reasons Most Diets Fail Apr 17th, 2018

If weight loss was as simple as cutting back on high-calorie foods, more dieters would find success at keeping weight off. Most plans take an approach to dieting that fails to address issues vital to losing weight permanently. Top Five Reasons Most Diets Fail The average person who goes on...

Sweet Tooth Gene Linked to Lower Body Fat Apr 13th, 2018

Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom recently conducted a study looking at sugar cravings and the hormones that are associated with body fat. They analyzed health records, blood samples and genetic information for 450,000 people in the UK. The researchers found that people with a...

What is the best diet for weight loss? Apr 11th, 2018

There is intense debate about what diet is the most effective for weight loss — high protein, low fat or a balanced approach. In fact, there are now dozens if not hundreds of popular diets which are all based on varying amounts and percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fat. We...

New Research Questions Traditional Treatments for Thyroid Disorders Apr 10th, 2018

Yet another study has found that treating thyroid disorders is not as straightforward as once thought. The latest research by Joseph Meyerovitch, MD, of Schneider Medical Center, Ramat Hasharon, Israel has shown that treating borderline low thyroid levels is associated with increased risk for death in people over the age...

Medical Treatment for Food Addiction Apr 6th, 2018

Several recent studies have elucidated the connection between food addiction and obesity (although normal weight people can also struggle with food addiction). Brain imaging and other studies show the effect of compulsive overeating and reward centers of the brain. The same brain centers that are triggered by cocaine and heroin...