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Can Dieting Timing Impact Weight Loss?

It seems that every time a person turns around there is a new example of how best to plan your meals in order to lose weight. Where only a few years ago a mantra in the dieting game was to limit the intake of calories earlier in the day to prevent splurging, new research indicates that eating larger quantities of lunch early on in the day can assist in weight loss. This new research suggests that changing how you intake calories can be just as beneficial for losing weight as changing how many calories you consume each day. Continue reading

The Secrets of Antioxidants and You

Antioxidants and skinFree radicals, unstable molecules that can damage your skin, can damage your body. Antioxidants can help protect you from free radicals.

The human body has its own natural antioxidants to protect itself, but many different factors can affect its ability to do so. These may include genetics, age, sex, and lifestyle. Having an antioxidant plan in place can help you improve your looks and your health.


These molecules are very reactive. Their purpose is to destroy tissues, protein bonds, and cells. UV radiation, alcohol, stress, and pollution can all contribute to the production of free radicals. Interestingly enough, rigorous exercise and a poor warm up or cool down can do the same. Free radicals keep reproducing until antioxidants stop them from doing so.

Free radicals also interrupt cells’ ability to reproduce. This, in turn, can inhibit muscle growth, development of the immune system, and potentially increase the risk of injury to the body. The skin’s DNA can also be damaged, which can age the skin. It can cause the complexion to be rough or dull, and increase the risk of skin cancer.

How antioxidants work is only now beginning to be understood. Studies have shown that antioxidants can avert the rapid reproduction of free radicals before damage takes place. Your body may not be able to handle this alone, unfortunately. Most people’s eating choices do not allow for nearly enough antioxidants in their diet.


There are many types of topical antioxidant treatments that can penetrate the skin’s surface easily. Before these formulas were created, users had to resort to rubbing the serum from capsules onto their bodies. These serums were sticky, hard to absorb through the skin, and caused problems for those with sensitive skin . Manufacturers have noted that some popular vitamin based antioxidants, especially in the new, lighter forms, are most effective when combined with other ingredients. Examples include Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

These creams and serums are designed to disperse free radicals and help make the fibroblasts, which support your skin, stronger. The fibroblasts also help prevent your skin from becoming rough, aged looking, and saggy. The vitamins in the treatments may also help stimulate collagen production. Collagen breaks down as we age, and helps our skin remain healthy looking.


Eating properly is a crucial part in creating antioxidants. Vitamins C and E are not the only substances that contain antioxidants; magnesium, copper, and zinc have antioxidants as well. There are a number of foods that contain vitamin C and E, and are full of antioxidants. Whole grains, apricots, fish oils are examples of Vitamin E, while citrus fruit, strawberries, and green peppers have Vitamin C.


Antioxidants are good for the eyes and may lessen the chance of macular degeneration, as well as cataracts.


Since each person’s situation is unique, there will be different factors that decide what the best antioxidant plan is for you. Genetics, age, race and health, among others, must be taken into account when determining this. There will be many options for your diets and creams, however, and the plan will change as you age. Discuss goals for your skin and your expectations with your skin doctor to help him or her plan the right treatment for you.

Big, Beautiful—and Breaking Out

Your weight can cause problems with acne.

Being a person of generous proportions can be a wonderful thing. You never have to worry about anyone seeing your ribs, you have a healthy appetite, and, if you happen to be a woman, you have curves that other women can only dream about. Unfortunately, you tend to be worse off when it comes to acne.

Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, sees patients in all shapes and sizes. He explains that “carrying extra weight can lead to several skin conditions.” Doctor Ourian contributed to this article and goes on to say: Here are some of these conditions and what you can do about them. Your diet may be high in fact and sugar. This means an increase in the amount of sebum (oil) in your skin and it will clog your pores. This, of course, leads to breakouts. The goal is to figure out how to get your skin to shed this oil, as opposed to having it stay on your skin. Changing your diet can help; eating meals higher in fiber and protein instead of fat and sugar can help your skin clear itself up. In the meantime, wash your skin regularly and use a cleanser designed for acne control. Pay attention to ones that have no soap or oil in them, otherwise you may find yourself breaking out due to dry skin.

As a large person, you may also notice that you sweat more than your skinnier counterparts. This is mainly due to the fact that you generate more body heat than they do with a lot less effort; great on a freezing cold day, but very irritating on boiling hot ones. This sweat, coupled with the oil mentioned above, can also clog your pores and lead to acne. There a very simple way to deal with this. Again, wash your skin regularly. Removing the sweat will keep it from causing breakouts and will also keep you smelling fresh and clean.

The healthiest way to handle all of these skin problems is to lose the weight one way or another. Along with the previously mentioned change in your diet, an exercise program is a great way to burn those calories. You don’t have to do anything overly strenuous to begin with. A walk around the block is the perfect beginning. As you notice your stamina improving, gradually work your way up to more strenuous activity. And do your exercise with a friend or at the very least an iPod, to keep yourself motivated. The best bonus of all is that not only will you notice a change in your skin, but a change in your overall health as well. You will find yourself with more energy and, in the long run, a longer life span. Of course, before you start any type of exercise or diet regime, check with your doctor to make sure it will work for you. At Epione we offer nutritional counseling and a weight loss program for our patients. The weight loss will result in clearer skin and an even more wonderful you.

Carbs and Acne

“Your carbohydrate intake can affect your acne, whether you are a 17 year old girl or a 55 year old woman, “ says Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “Normally we think of carbohydrates as a category of foods for our diet, or the main ingredient of our favorite comfort foods. Everything done well is done in moderation, however, and carbs are no exception.” Yes, the idea of an elderly woman still having trouble with acne may strike most as odd, but it happens, and it is just as irritating at retirement as it was at puberty.

“Yes, “ continues Doctor Ourian, “I’ve written before about certain foods causing acne as being a myth. Specifically, people are often told to stay aware from certain types of food such as chocolate or junk food. Greasy food may not be good for your waistline or overall health but it, like the other foods mentioned, is not a cause of acne.”

“I stand behind what I said earlier but there is a school of thought that the glycemic levels of food may impact the acnes of some patients, “ states Doctor Ourian. “In this article we will discuss carbohydrates and acne in this article, as well as how the GI (glycemic index) comes into play.”

The way carbohydrates work is that they provide quick fuel for the body. You would eat, say, an apple, and your body would break it down into its components, one of which would be carbohydrates. The carbs would then travel throughout the body and give your cells the energy they need to function. The problem comes when you eat carbs that are high on the glycemic index scale. These tend to increase the insulin in your body, which increases the oil and sebum in your skin. The oils and sebum are food for the bacteria that naturally live in your pores; if there is more, then the bacteria will increase. This results in clogged pores and, of course, acne. But there is a way to avoid this.

The GI index was created by a doctor who wanted to help diabetics find carbohydrates that didn’t greatly upset their blood sugar. Notice that when you eat a bowl of sugary cereal, for instance, your body will have a lot of energy, but then suddenly crash around lunch. This is due to the refined sugar in the cereal, which tends to be absorbed quickly. The GI index ranks foods according to their impact on blood sugar levels. The lower the impact, the less insulin has to be used to use the carbohydrate. If a person with acne chooses low GI carbs to eat instead of high GI, they will be better able to manage their insulin level, and as a result, their acne as well.

Examples of low GI foods include things like plain wheat flour muffins or coconut flour pancakes. Lest you think that every low GI food has to be made from scratch or with unusual ingredients, Coca Cola and V8 Splash smoothies also count on the list. These items might surprise the average diner, but they do count.

Done correctly, low carb dieting can help anyone with acne problems, and will also help create a healthy diet.

Healthy Eating tips for Fantastic Skin, Hair and Eyes

Healthy foods can help with much more than a tiny waistline. Below we will highlight certain foods that will not only help you stay trim, but will keep your hair, skin and eyes looking fabulous.

Dying to get super shiny hair? Don’t want to pay all that money to get hot oil treatments? Eating foods that are rich in iron with give you not only shiny hair, but healthy looking skin as well. Shellfish, breakfast cereals and lentils are all a good source of iron. Vitamin E is also essential in getting that desired shine. By including sunflower seeds, olives and papaya in your diet, you’ll be sure to have the shiniest hair in the office.

Who doesn’t want healthier looking skin? Avocados are a great source of essential oils and B vitamins that will help nourish your skin. Got leftover avocados from dinner? Use them to make a great facial mask. Mangoes can also be extremely helpful in obtaining that fresh look. Rich in anti-oxidants, mangoes will help fight off free radicals – one of the primary causes of premature aging.

We all know the cucumber trick to get rid of those pesky bags under the eyes. Did you know that those bags under your eyes can be caused by a deficiency in essential vitamins and proteins? Eating foods like carrots, that are rich in beta carotene, will be excellent for the skin and eyes, and fruits that are rich in Vitamin C will strengthen the blood vessels and clear up your skin. Consider adding oranges, strawberries and even cashews to your diet to increase your intake of Vitamin C.