Articles and Links


Empowerment through education is one of the essential missions of our practice, and that includes encouraging patients to learn as much as they can about the components of healthy nutrition and lifestyle. From trustworthy websites, to useful articles, to healthy recipes, to Tips from Dr. Jenny, we’ve collected some of our favorite resources here to help you on your journey. Whether you’re wanting to learn more about the science of nutrition, obesity or looking for inspiration for a new fitness activity, we’ve got you covered.

Helpful Definitions

BMI stands for “body mass index,” which is a number calculated like this: your weight (in pounds) divided by your height (in inches) squared. BMI is just a way of stating the relationship between your height and weight that makes it useful for comparison and screening. A BMI of 25-30 indicates overweight, while a BMI of 30 or higher indicates obesity.
A body composition test that works by sending a small electrical signal through the body, enabling the amount of fat, muscle, and other lean tissue to be measured.
A unit of measure for the amount of energy released when the body breaks down food. All of your calories come from carbohydrates, fats and protein.

Not all calories have the same metabolic impact on the human body. No matter which nutritional approach you utilize, in order to lose weight, you must create a calorie deficit. A fundamental strategy for doing this is either through consuming fewer calories or burning more through physical activity.

Carbohydrates, or carbs, may contain sugars,  starches, and fiber but not carbs are created equally.  Along with proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of three main nutrients found in foods and drinks. While some foods are ALL carbohydrate, like jelly beans, and some foods have virtually NO carbohydrates, like fish and other meats, many plant based foods like vegetables have a mix of carbs and other nutrients.

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, commonly referred to as DEXA or DXA, is a quick and pain-free body scan that provides doctors with an in-depth analysis of your fat tissue, lean mass and bone density.

Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when there is too much sugar in the bloodstream due to problems with the hormone insulin, which helps cells convert sugar into energy. In type 2 diabetes, cells stop responding properly to insulin and the body can’t keep blood sugar at normal levels. Type 2 diabetes can be generally be prevented by eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.  If a patient does develop Type 2 Diabetes, Dr. Jenny’s program is often able to reverse it.

Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. Medical evidence points to obesity, especially too much fat in the abdomen and around the organs, called visceral fat, as a major cause. Insulin resistance promotes inflammation and leads to many other chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of health conditions, including high blood pressure, extra abdominal fat, elevated triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol and high blood sugars, that together raise your risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious health problems.

Defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher. Obesity was first declared to be a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013 yet remains the ONLY disease for which coverage can be excluded by insurance companies.  This is discrimination.

Defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 30 kg/m2.

A type of fat that lies deep within your abdominal walls and surrounds your organs. Too much visceral fat can lead to serious health issues such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.