Healthy Weight Loss Strategies

What does healthy medical weight loss look like?

Healthy Medical Weight LossHealthy medical weight loss isn’t losing one hundred pounds in two weeks. You didn’t gain your weight overnight so expecting it to disappear quickly is setting yourself up for dangerous fad dieting and greater health risks.

There is no magic pill, surgery, or “new” diet that will help you reduce your weight and keep it off without dramatic, and potentially deadly, side effects. Weight loss isn’t about what you eat. It’s about how you live.

Healthy medical weight loss is a slow and steady process. You’re developing new habits and overwriting years of unhealthy choices. Do you know how long it takes to actually develop a new habit? It takes between 18 and 254 days! That’s a large margin. Be patient with yourself and keep your eye on little goals.

When you lose weight, it will be 1-2 pounds a week (or more when you first start your new lifestyle patterns). The way your clothes fit you will tell you more about your weight loss journey than the scale. Your waist, legs, arms, chest, back, and neck are all places that will show weight loss before your face. Some will lose weight in certain areas first. If you must use the scale, don’t obsess over your weight. The added stress can actually cause more trouble to your journey. Your 1-2 lb loss per week is an average. So, if you weigh yourself every day, make sure you average out your total at the end of the week. Daily tracking is a snapshot of a moment. Your body is about fuel efficiency over time.

Weight loss is made up of three areas: behavioral treatment, a healthy diet that meets a minimum caloric requirement, and physical activity.

Behavior

Behavioral treatment helps you transition into a more active and health-focused lifestyle. It helps you find patterns of behavior and figure out what causes them so you can recognize your triggers and keep them in check. Fatigue and stress are huge factors in what your body craves, so know that a healthy lifestyle includes more than just diet and exercise.

Healthy Diet

Making you get the minimum number of calories to maintain your body health is very important. Most often, we believe that our bodies can burn more calories (and our fat reserves) if we eat less and less. What actually happens is that your body switches to starvation mode and begins hoarding the fat and shutting down other parts of your body. At the same time, paying attention to how often you eat and what you put in your body is important as well. Keeping a food log really helps you out. It will show you whether you’re getting the right balance of vitamins and nutrients, but it can also show you trends you weren’t aware of. Do you end up binging on leftover donuts in the breakroom after the Tuesday morning meeting? If so, is it because you skipped breakfast during your morning rush to get everything ready for it, or because the food was there and it was easier to grab than going back to your desk? If you notice a trend like this, you can prepare ahead of time so you don’t grab the donut without making an active decision to do so. If it’s because it’s convenient, have a snack. If you’re craving sweets, make sure you have a sweet snack before the meeting. Once you know the reasons behind your decisions, it becomes easier to make conscious choices.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is a cornerstone to your weight loss journey. Food is fuel to the engine of your body and physical activity is how you make that fuel (and the fat in your body) burn. Overdoing it can cause strain and permanent injury, so make sure you start out at your current physical level. We tend to want to do the same level of intensity as we did back in our prime, but that can be detrimental to our journey. If you can’t avoid competing with the memory of more active days, consider trying a new sport, activity, or exercise you’ve never attempted before.

When your weight plateaus, it could be that your body has become efficient at your level of activity, or that something else is going on. It’s a good idea at this point to get another blood panel done to make sure there’s nothing else happening behind the scenes.

More than appearance, your weight loss will also affect things you don’t see. Here are some lab tests that may change as you move to a healthier medical weight.

Lipid Profile

Lipid blood tests are used to measure cholesterol levels and types. There are “good” and “bad” types of cholesterol. Bad levels can build in the arteries of the heart which can cause a blockage that may end in a heart attack. With weight loss, your lipid profile levels should change for the better.

Testosterone Total

Testosterone levels can be inhibited by obesity. As the body loses weight, testosterone production may return to its normal levels.

C-Reactive Protein

The C-Reactive Protein cardiac blood test shows the overall inflammation of your body and is most often used to test for heart disease. Losing weight can lower these levels.

Your body is a machine that is efficient at whatever lifestyle you put it in. If you want to lose weight, give it the fuel, dedication, and focus it deserves to take you to the next level.


How Your Diet Can Fuel Your Day

Boost your energy:  How your diet can help you get more out of your day

Are your energy levels low? Does your busy morning come to the screeching halt of afternoon blahs? If so, you may need to boost your energy. I’m not talking about energy drinks or anything that comes in a pill form. I’m talking about a few changes to your diet that can help put more spring in your step and focus in your day. You need to change the way your mind sees the word “diet”. It’s not about deprivation and suppressing your cravings. It’s about choosing foods that have the most impact to your energy levels. Follow these guidelines and you’ll find an improvement in your overall health while boosting your body’s processes.

Nutrient-Rich Foods

Eat nutrient-dense foods to optimize your metabolism. Your brain and body require vitamins and minerals to get everything accomplished in your busy day. Much like a car running low on gas, when you run out of nutrients to break down, your body becomes tired and your thoughts, sluggish. Metabolism is the process of converting food to energy, and the more nutrients per calorie, the more you benefit from eating it. Choosing vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and lean animal proteins will give the most nutrients per calorie. Refined breads, fried and fatty foods, desserts and sweets, processed snacks and foods give a lot of calories but have little to no nutritional value.

Vitamins/Nutrients

Omega-3 fats are a high impact nutrient that improves your mood, memory, and thinking. They’re an excellent source of fat that you need to focus and improve your energy levels. You’ll want to get in at least one source of omega-3 fats a day. Fish, flax seeds, flax oil, hemp seeds, hemp oil, leafy greens, and walnuts are all excellent sources. While a fish oil supplement can help, it doesn’t replace the powerful impact of your body breaking it down itself.

Foods rich in antioxidants are essential to maintaining overall body health. Antioxidants are the clean up crew for your body. They take away damaging chemicals (some that your body makes on its own) that cause fatigue and lead to illness. Choose colorful fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods for antioxidant bursts. Berries, melons, dark leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli, collard greens, and spinach are excellent sources. Notice that leafy greens are also mentioned in the omega-3 fats above. Food rich in antioxidants are also nutrient-dense. That isn’t a coincidence. Once again, you want to eat the foods so your body can break it down and gain the most nutritional value. A bill or processed food will never give the same impact.

Don’t Starve Yourself!

Don’t skip breakfast OR snacks. Remember above where we mentioned that you need to change the way you think of the word “diet”? Breakfast jump starts your body’s processing system. It’s also a quick and easy way to get in some fresh fruit or other nutrient-rich foods first thing in the morning. If you get nauseous at the thought of food in the morning, consider a power snack for when you wake up completely. Snacking isn’t evil. But if your first instinct is to grab a bag of chips instead of a nutritious alternative, you’re not doing your energy levels any justice. If you’re hungry, your body crashes and it wants something quick and easy to process…like junk food. If you find yourself in that boat, make sure you have nutrient dense snacks to help you perk up.

Fantastic snack ideas include a container of yogurt topped with natural granola, a mix of nuts and dried fruits, whole grain crackers with baby carrots and hummus, a half cup of berries with walnuts, and more. Hummus is an excellent dip choice because it’s made of garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas). While most versions require the use of Tahini (sesame paste), there are other versions that give a rich flavor without the paste.

Hydration Matters!

Finally, what you drink has a powerful impact on your body. Keep hydrated means water. You want to drink one cup every couple of hours. An easy way to drink water on the go is by keeping a reusable bottle with you.

Alcohol intake is another thing to consider. Alcohol is a depressant that contributes to low energy. It also has the added effect of occasionally acting as a stimulant several hours later. That interrupts sleep cycles and causes fatigue. Did you know there is also a nutrient-dense option? A glass of red wine is a good choice because of its antioxidant content, but certain medications and those suffering from certain types of anxiety, high blood pressure, or dependence issues should avoid alcohol completely. Also note that red wine doesn’t replace a nutrient-rich diet. Alcohol should be an occasional indulgence.

Then there’s caffeine. Caffeine can’t stave off sleep for an extended period of time. It’s also not the energy boost you think it is. Regular coffee drinkers who feel a “boost” in the morning are actually counteracting the withdrawal effects of caffeine deprivation through the night. If you have to drink your caffeine, that’s fine, but consider adding an apple or apple juice to your morning routine since apples will wake up you faster and more thoroughly than coffee can.

Don’t try to make dramatic changes overnight. If you try to do a complete diet overhaul, you’ll fall back on destructive habits and feel like you’ve failed. Start small. Make sure you have at least nutrient-dense snacks a day. Then move to breakfast. Then your other meals. Before you know it, you’ll see a dramatic change in your energy levels that also benefit your overall health.


The Common Thread in Weight Loss | Weight Loss Strategies Denver

Weight Loss Strategies DenverThe Common Threads in Weight Loss

It’s no surprise that weight loss is a billion dollar industry. We want to look and feel our best, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to that. But where do we start? Everyone has an opinion about which diet or health plan will work best. You have more choices than ever before: low-fat, low-carb, Mediterranean, Paleo, high-protein, low-sugar, etc. Add in the occasional self-conflicting research, and you may be wondering why you should try any of it. To make matters worse, not all diets are equal. Your friend may swear by low-carb diets, but it might not work for you at all.

Take a deep breath and realize one very important fact: your dietary needs are unique to you. Whether you follow a bandwagon diet or choose your own adventure of proteins, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and starches, make sure you follow these guidelines.

Eat Your Nutrients 

Macronutrient balance is necessary to maintaining long term weight loss and body function. They keep chronic diseases at bay and help you stay healthy. For adults, this means that, in terms of daily calorie consumption, carbohydrates should make up 45-65%, protein should be 10-35%, and fat should be 20-35%. Remember, the goal isn’t quick weight loss that breaks down your body. The goal is focused, healthy weight loss that can be maintained without causing damage to the body in the process.

Note: There are some diets that restrict macronutrients below these thresholds. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you must meet your nutrient requirements.

Making smart, healthy choices are also key to success here: lean proteins over fatty ones, complex carbs over simple carbs, etc.

Common Threads

Your body is as unique as your fingerprint. It needs to be fueled and maintained by proper diet and exercise. With all these options available, how do you know where to start? Let’s start with the commonalities among the success stories. The law of averages states that a particular outcome or event is inevitable or certain simply because it is statistically possible. All of the popular diets have three things in common.

Eat your vegetables. Every single success story involved vegetables as a key part of your diet. Some suggested dark, leafy greens. Others suggested root vegetables as core content. Either way, put vegetables in your diet. Vegetables range from sweet to savory, and some will change based on the way you cook them. You can adapt ANY specific diet recipes to your personal menu. The point is to find food that inspires your palate while maintaining your health.

Avoid added sugars. We’re not talking about naturally occurring sugars, like those in fruit. We mean sugars that are added to foods. Here’s a list of common sugar add-ons:

  • agave nectar
  • brown sugar
  • cane crystals
  • cane sugar
  • corn sweetener
  • corn syrup
  • crystalline fructose
  • dextrose
  • evaporated cane juice
  • fructose
  • fruit juice concentrates
  • glucosehigh-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt sugar
  • malt syrup
  • maltose
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • raw sugar
  • sucrose

These added sugars will sabotage your weight loss more often than anything else. One easy ways to avoid them is to personally sweeten your foods. If you want fruit yogurt, buy a plain one and add the fruit yourself. If you add honey to your food, or any other sweetener mentioned above, you’ll likely use far less than the manufacturer would.

Avoid refined grains. Refined grains are milled grains that remove the dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins that are necessary to your health and wellness. Refined grains are usually “enriched”, which means that certain B vitamins and iron are added back in after processing. Fiber, however, isn’t.

At least half of all the grains eaten should be whole grains. If you still use refined grains, such as flour, make sure it says “enriched” on the label to ensure a healthy alternative.

A lifestyle change won’t happen overnight. Start with one goal in your diet. It could be as simple as eating vegetables every night with dinner. Don’t wait. Start today!


The Link Between Your Medical History & Weight Loss

Denver Weight Loss GuideWhy your medical history is crucial to your weight loss journey  |  Denver Weight Loss Guide

Your medical history is crucial to your weight loss journey. It’s a key factor in how your body processes food and creates energy. It’s a road map of adaptability and survival that a medical weight loss team can use to create a successful weight loss journey.

Did you know that high blood pressure, lack of sleep, and type 2 diabetes can all affect your weight loss journey?

There is a direct correlation between high blood pressure and weight gain. Most of the time, however, high blood pressure isn’t noticed until it’s too late. Did you know that one of its symptoms is fatigue? While it’s completely normal to be tired now and again, a constant, chronic fatigue can be a symptom of high blood pressure. This symptom can make it difficult to get moving, create forgetfulness, and cause dietary problems.  If you notice chronic fatigue, vision problems, chest pain, lightheadedness or shortness of breath, you should see a healthcare professional immediately. Treatment for high blood pressure can cause some restrictions to your exercise regimen. Some beta-blockers such as Tenormin, Lopressor, and Inderal can cause weight gain by slowing caloric burning and causing fatigue. Talk with your medical weight loss team about these concerns, and be prepared to adapt your routine to match your treatment.

Sleep is also a factor in how you lose weight.

Did you know that lack of sleep can make you gain weight? Sleep loss affects the regulation of your appetite by decreasing leptin, the satiety peptide, and increasing ghrelin, the hunger stimulant peptide. If that wasn’t enough, it can also stimulate cravings for high-carbohydrate, high-fat foods. Getting the proper amount of sleep is a key factor in your body health and weight loss. If you’re unsure about your sleep patterns, keep a sleep and food journal for a month. When you wake up, write down how long you slept and how you feel. It can be as simple or as detailed as you like. Track your food intake during the day and see if there is a connection between poor sleep and overeating. You may be surprised by the results. Some sleep aides can make you feel groggy or unmotivated. Keep in mind that it takes time for your body to adapt to a new medication and sleep cycle. Keep in touch with your medical team to ensure your health needs are being met.

Diabetes Can Affect Weight Loss

People who have Type 2 Diabetes face a tough battle with weight, as most of the drugs on the market can make weight loss a struggle. Type 2 Diabetes drugs such as Diabinese, Insulase, Actos, and Prandin stimulate insulin production or activity. This lowers the blood sugar and may increase the appetite. Be aware of these symptoms, and if you notice an increase in your weight and appetite, contact your doctor. The largest weight gain will usually occur in the first three months, but your team can build a plan to help combat the side effects.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health matters and your weight loss journey. Medications and treatments are necessary for your health, but you don’t have to go it alone. Your medical situation is unique, so why shouldn’t your weight loss strategy be the same? Let our team of medical professionals put you on the right path.


How Do You Know What is Actually Going On With Your Health?

Weight Loss in DenverDo you actually know what’s going on in your body? 

The Key To Weight Loss in Denver

Comprehensive blood tests are your roadmap for managing your health.

Have you ever had a service light come on in your vehicle? While those indicators may seem helpful, in some cases, they only appear when it’s too late. This is especially true for overheating and oil. That’s why you take your vehicle in for regular maintenance and 15-27 point inspection. It gives your mechanic a chance to find a problem before it becomes a dangerous situation to your vehicle’s health. Wouldn’t it be great if your body had the same kind of inspection?

What if I told you that it does? Comprehensive blood tests are your roadmap for managing your health. The same way that a vehicle inspection can point out a valve leak, your blood tests can show misfires in your body and places where things aren’t working the way they should. In addition, it can also show you what changes to your lifestyle are actually working. Here are some tests we recommend.

A Metabolic Chemistry Panel that includes lipids (cholesterol & triglycerides)

This basic metabolic panel (BMP) is frequently ordered to give a snapshot of a person’s metabolism, including kidney health, blood glucose levels, and electrolyte and acid/base balance. The following tests are included in the BMP:

  • Glucose: Energy for the body
  • Calcium: Essential for more than bone health. It is a key ingredient in the proper function of muscles, nerves, and the heart.
  • Sodium: Vital to normal body processes, including muscle and nerve function
  • Potassium: Vital to brain, muscle (to include the heart), and cell metabolism
  • Carbon Dioxide: Helps maintain the body’s acid-base balance (pH)
  • Chloride: Regulates the amount of fluid in the body and maintains the pH balance
  • Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): This is a waste product filtered out of the blood by the kidneys.
  • Creatine: This is a waste product produced by the muscles. Note that both the BUN and Creatine are a measure of kidney function.

With the addition of the lipids, cholesterol and triglycerides, you have a complete picture of your metabolic function.

A Complete Blood Count (CBC)

This test is used as a broad screening test. It’s a general health status test that can help diagnose various conditions like anemia, inflammation, infection, bleeding disorders, leukemia, and more. It can also be used to measure the effectiveness of treatments. There are three types of cells that are measured:

  • White Blood Cell (WBC) Count: This is a snapshot measure of how your body is defending itself. An elevated count could show an inflammation or infection presence in your body. A severely low count could be dietary deficiencies, lymphoma, bone marrow damage or more. There are far more things this will measure, but you see the point.
  • Red Blood Cell (RBC) Count: This shows how many red blood cells you have in your body. A low result could be chronic diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and more. A high result could be dehydration, a tumor, genetic causes, and more. Note that nutritional deficiencies can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s health related, other times it involves a poor diet.
  • Platelet Count: This is a key test that helps your health team determine anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, cirrhosis, sepsis, and more.

25-Hydroxy Vitamin D

This test determines Vitamin D deficiencies. This is a key factor in determining whether or not a person is getting enough Vitamin D or enough exposure to sunlight.

Hemoglobin A1c (glycated hemoglobin)

This is a key test in screening for and diagnosing diabetes and prediabetes.

hsCRP (high sensitivity or Cardiac CRP)

If combined with a lipid profile or other cardiac risk markers, this test can be used to evaluate an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Homocysteine

This test can be used in multiple ways. The most common uses are for B12 or folate deficiencies. It can also be used as part of a heart health screen.

Insulin

This test deals with the pancreas, and while you may immediately associate it with diabetes, there are many other health considerations in an insulin test. It can diagnose the cause of hypoglycemia, identify insulin resistance, monitor those with type 2 diabetes, and measure several disorders.

Thyroid markers

The thyroid is key to controlling the body’s metabolism. A measure of the thyroid hormones can determine metabolic health.

Hormones

Hormones are the regulators of the body. They are chemical messengers that control most major bodily functions. This can be anything from hunger, emotion, mood, and reproduction. A hormone test is a comprehensive snapshot of overall body health compared to those of your own age group. We’ve talked about hormones and how they affect weight loss before.

These tests are a necessary snapshot of your body’s functions, and shouldn’t be ignored. Your blood tests can determine what strategies of weight loss will work for you. Working with a fantastic medical weight loss team who understands that and is willing to adapt to your needs is important.


Why Blood is Our Best Friend in Weight Loss | Denver Area Weight Loss Consulting

How Blood Holds The Key To Weight Loss  |  Denver Area Weight Loss Consulting

Denver Area Weight Loss ConsultingObesity is a growing concern with North America. Traditional weight loss methods such as diet and exercise are not making enough of a difference to help fight the spread of obesity, so scientists have taken it upon themselves to come up with new way to tackle the problem.

The new solution lies within our blood. Or rather, within the information that our blood can tell doctors and research professionals.

Part of the problem of obesity is obviously overeating- but overeating can lead to more than just the bloating of the stomach and intestines. It also leads to bloating within our bodies, especially in the case of frequent overeating and snacking. The excess fats and sugar in our food makes its way into our bloodstream, where it bloats the arteries.

When our bloodstream becomes bloated, our health can be jeopardized. Excess fat and sugar within the blood can cause insulin resistance, oxidative stress, inflammation, and platelet activation, all of which increase the risk for heart attacks, diabetes, and stroke. A bloated blood stream can also aid in weight gain.

Postprandial is a term that means “after eating a meal”. Postprandial lipema (too much fat in the blood after a meal) and postprandial hyperglycemia (too much glucose after a meal) have been pinpointed as culprits in the obesity epidemic. Once the blood is overloaded with fat and glucose, the patient will stay in a postprandial state for the remainder of the day. Persistent cases of postprandial lipema and hyperglycemia can result in a diagnosis of a postprandial disorder. Restricting certain foods or food groups may not always correct these disorders, and in these such cases, other forms of treatment are necessary. The treatment of these disorders is essentially to reduce the amount of fat in the bloodstream, and return the bloodstream to a healthy fat level.

Patients are encouraged to turn to diets that are low in saturated and omega-6 fats, while consuming complex carbohydrates and fiber, and naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids.

There are four essential steps to treating postprandial disorders. 

1. Reduce calorie intake, focusing on saturated fats, omega-6 fatty acids, and simple sugars.

2. Block glucose absorption

3. Inhibit lipase, alpha-amylase, and alpha-glucosidase enzymes to reduce the amount of fat and carbohydrates that are absorbed.

4. Modulate hormones and enzymes in the liver, blood, and adipose tissues to induce a healthy metabolism and remove excess fats and glucose from the bloodstream.

Everyone is different and every strategy needs to be adjusted for you specifically.  That’s why it is good to work with a medical weight loss team that knows you and is committed to working alongside you for real results. Our blood may be the answer to the obesity epidemic- we just have to know what to look for and what to do with the information we receive.


What’s The Connection Between Hormones & Weight Loss?

Hormones & Weight Loss:   What the Pros Are Saying

Denver Hormone Therapy Experts Weigh In

Denver Hormone Therapy ExpertsIt seems every day now that a new diet is introduced to the market. Many people are turning to extreme dieting and exercising to answer their weight loss prayers and aren’t seeing results. They should know, however, there are real solutions out there. Top medical professionals believe that hormones do indeed affect weight loss, and that a combination of monitored weight loss medication, such as Phentermine, and proper hormonal balance is the solution many wish they would have found years ago.

The Problematic Hormones:

Insulin: The glucose regulator. However, if your body isn’t regulating glucose the way it should be (due to extra fat around your organs) your body will have to work twice as hard just to keep the excess sugar from your blood. And when it can’t? The extra sugar will be stored as fat.

Leptin:  Leptin helps the brain know when you’re full. Because many things in our diet contain fructose, your body will store the fructose as fat and as a result produce too much leptin. Leptin resistant bodies will not be able to properly tell when you are full and when you are just “fake full,” which will quickly lead to weight gain.

Cortisol: Yes, stress levels really are a huge factor in weight loss. Your stress hormone, or Cortisol, is supposed to be a response to fear, or stress. When we are constantly put into stressful situations, your body begins to miscommunicate and produce too much Cortisol. Again, a hormone your body doesn’t need needs to be stored somewhere, namely as fat around your organs.

Estrogen: Even though both men and women have Estrogen, women really struggle with the hormone when it comes to weight loss. Because estrogen is responsible for developing the female make up, any sort of imbalance will slow down your metabolism and your body will end up storing more fat than it needs to.

Unfortunately, the perfect weight loss equation isn’t the same for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t always possible to lose weight by counting calories or even surgery. Sometimes, weight loss struggles stem much deeper, and it’s likely that those reasons have to do with hormone imbalance.

The good news is that there are top of the line teams comprised of nurses, doctors and PA’s, and coaches and consultants, who you can entrust to help you stay on track with your goals. With proper knowledge about hormone imbalance and the right team behind you, you can be on the road to a healthier life in no time at all.


What’s really holding you back from losing weight?

What’s really holding you back from losing weight?  Denver Medical Weight Loss Experts Share Their Insights

When you walk in our doors, you’re surrounded by people who have felt similar things to you:  something has held them back from losing weight.  We’ve all felt frustrated from time to time about our weight loss not going as fast as we’d like.  But, the truth is, there’s a lot that goes into weight loss and there really can be a variety of things that might be holding you back.

  1. Mindset.  Positive attitudes go a long way when you’re doing any sort of weight loss plan.  You have to shift your focus from quick, lightning results, to steady, health-focused results.  You may have setbacks, which is completely normal.  But whenever we have setbacks or things go a little slower than we’d hoped, we can find ourselves thinking all is lost!  No!  This is normal.  You just have to shift your mindset to give yourself a little bit of grace and keep pushing ahead.
  2. Skipping Meals.  We know…it seems a little opposite of what conventional thought tells you, but skipping meals is actually hurting your metabolic rate more than helping it.  At the beginning you may feel like you’re eating all the time, even when you’re not hungry.  The difference is that you’ll be eating foods that will keep your metabolism firing regularly, rather than stopping and starting at different points in the day.
  3. Putting Life On Hold.  You don’t necessarily have to restrict your entire lifestyle to change your diet, but many feel they have to set hard boundaries.  The truth is that family will come into town and want to eat out, or you’ll have to travel for work, or some other situation will come up where you are in a situation of temptation or difficulty.  But, there ARE ways to eat out and stick with your nutrition plans.  There ARE ways to handle the temptations of the birthday treats brought into your break room.  We’re not asking you to escape everyday life in order to eat healthy, but it will take a few extra seconds to figure out how you will respond.  Our goal is not make you put your life on hold, but to really be able to live your life the way you dream of.
  4. Isolation.  If you’re trying to lose significant weight on your own, we know you’ll struggle…a lot!  Accountability and encouragement are two key parts to losing weight.  You simply need other people cheering you on and helping your strategize the next phase of your weight loss.
  5. Hormones.  Your hormones play a huge role in how your body will react to nutrition changes or exercise.  Hormonal imbalances often “trick” your body into thinking certain things, which cause the body to continue to store fat.  We often see people who have tried all sorts of things and are eating well and exercising, but STILL haven’t lost the weight they need.  When we look at their hormone levels, often we see that there is something off there that is blocking them from being fully successful.  When we get the hormones treated, we can have more effective weight loss.

We all have different things that hold us back.  For you, it might be one of these things we listed out; for others it might be all.  That’s why a custom plan that has a comprehensive approach is key for successful weight loss.  You’re unique.  Shouldn’t your weight loss strategy be unique as well?


What’s So Bad About Fad Diets?

Why fad diets are not doing you any favors

Oh, fad diets! We have people asking us about these all the time, and every few years it’s a different one (hence the “fad”).  Fad diets are trendy because this famous person is doing it, or that famous person is doing it, or there’s gobs of advertising dollars behind it to shove it in your face.  The reality is that fad diets often have some element of truth behind them, but they go to extremes and really aren’t good for your weight loss in the long run.

What makes a fad diet?

Fad diets are often known for restricting or eliminating certain foods or food groups, and often make claims for significant weight loss in short periods of time.  For example, “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” made claims for specific food requirements and claimed to help people lose up to 5 pounds in the first two weeks.  Other fad diets make similar, if not more outrageous claims.  Eventually people fizzle out on these plans and you hear less and less of them.  But, rest assured, there WILL always be a new fad diet to consider.

So, why are fad diets not doing you any favors?

Fad diets sound amazing, right?  But, we know that anything in life worth having comes with a little bit of hard work.  And so, we’ve found that a comprehensive plan toward weight loss works better and really needs to be focused on your specific health concerns and goals.

Fad Diets Are Short-Term

Most fad diets will focus on the short term results of their program.  Mainly because their way of living is not sustainable, or because they know that most people will fizzle out after a few weeks anyway.  Unless you have a long term focus and a team to help you stay accountable to your program, odds are, you will fall off a program.  That’s why the support you get from a weight loss team is so crucial.

Missing Key Nutrients

Often fad diets will eliminate key food groups or foods that are actually really healthy for you.  We’ve all heard the wacky diets where you eat only two or three foods and nothing else.  The problem is that you can’t get all of your nutrients from just a handful of foods.  Instead, you need to be focusing on a comprehensive approach with whole foods (less processed) that will help you set your body’s metabolic rate to a healthy spot.  Fad diets can actually do you more harm than good if you are depleting your body of valuable nutrients you get from key foods and food groups.

They Make Assumptions

Fad diets make blanket assumptions that this one food type is bad for ALL people.  That’s simply not how we work.  A body that is dealing with hormonal imbalance may need certain food types or not need others.  While someone dealing with diabetes may need the opposite plan.  Fad diets sound pretty and fun, but they don’t take into account YOUR specific situation.

Here’s the skinny…

If a diet sounds too good to be true, odds are it is.  We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, and often slow and steady wins the race in weight loss.  For results that last a lifetime, you need to focus on not only resetting your metabolism, but resetting your mindset and approach toward food.  That simply doesn’t happen in two weeks or with a fad diet!


What Does COMPREHENSIVE Weight Loss Actually Look Like?

The first thing we think about with losing weight is blood, right?  Odds are, you think of starving yourself and only eating ‘rabbit food’, going to the gym, boring old protein shakes, or running.  You probably don’t think immediately about your blood, but we’re such big believers in that life-giving red stuff that that’s where we start.  Bloodwork is the foundation of our practice.

Blood Is The Map

Your blood can tell a lot about you.  We can find out medically why you either can’t lose weight or keep gaining weight.  Your blood will tell us about  all sorts of things like how your body uses the  nutrients you eat. It will tell us about your  hormone levels, how well your thyroid is or is not functioning, and what your vitamin D levels are, just to name a few things we look at.  Once we have all of this good information, we will have a roadmap showing us which biomarkers to focus on as we create a weight loss plan.  However, without doing bloodwork, we are ‘flying blind’ as they say, simply guessing and doing a trial-based approach to weight loss.  Your time and your life are too precious to just guess at!

Blood Revels Other Issues

You may have underlying issues like hormone imbalances, insulin resistance of PCOS, , digestive issues, and more.  Your bloodwork will give our medical team insights into your unique makeup.  If you do have any underlying condition, we can address it, as well as factor it into our planEach person is unique, and when you have other medical factors in play, it CAN affect weight loss!

Regular Tests

When you’re doing medical weight loss, it’s important to run blood work at various point within the timeline.  We’ve seen clients that were type 2 Diabetic when we started that nine months into the process no longer fell into that diagnosis.  When you’re cleaning up your diet and losing weight, your body WILL change.  This means your blood work will show different things as we move through the process.  Just as the original blood work gave us a roadmap to show us where the main areas of concern were, updated tests will help us have a good measuring stick to measure progress that you may not be able to see in the fit of a pair of jeans.

Types of Blood Tests

Not all blood tests need to be done every single time, but they do provide different insights.  When we first start working with a patient, we may recommend a comprehensive blood workup so that we know the full picture.  However, we always craft a plan that is unique to each patient.

Here is a list of some of the tests we look at, this isn’t all, but it is a good start:

  • A Metabolic Chemistry Panel that includes lipids (cholesterol & triglycerides)
  • A Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D
  • Hemoglobin A1c
  • hsCRP (high sensitivity or Cardiac CRP)
  • Homocysteine
  • Insulin
  • Four different thyroid markers
  • Hormones

Your blood does a lot for you, but it can tell a lot about you too.  Blood is where we start and where we continue to look to see how our patients are progressing and improving.  Blood tests are  a vital part of a comprehensive weight loss plan.