It Turns Out That Home Cookin’ Really is Better

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I recently stumbled across a video that immediately brought to mind a myriad of questions that get brought up by our weight loss patients. While we tend to focus on calorie counting during consultations, we often don’t have the chance to really dig into too much detail different types of foods. While there are many reasons that most of our food suggestions are “whole foods,” (by which I mean meals for which you buy ingredients and prepare yourself) the most important reason is the accuracy with which you can count calories.

As the following video, originally posted by the NY Times and author Casey Neistat, shows nutritional content labels on prepackaged foods are notoriously inaccurate. Using apps and journals is only as effective as the information that you input, so be careful as you count your calories and remember, if the nutritional content seems too good to be true, and you didn’t weigh out the ingredients yourself, there is a good chance that it is in fact not true.

 

Full credit to Author Casey Neistat and the NY Times Opdocs for the video content.

I don’t want this information to induce a calorie counting panic attack for our more meticulous patients, just be aware that if you want the tightest possible control over you Calories In/ Calories Out ratio, you will be better served making your own foods. Also, if you are trying your best and not seeing progress you might want to take a closer look at the details of the food you are consuming, you may actually be eating more than you think, and that’s not necessarily your fault.

Protein Intake and Weight Loss

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Often when we discuss diet with our patients, we may fail to talk much about protein. Depending on how you approach your weight loss, the amount of protein you need will relative to your body weight. Protein serves a variety of purposes depending on the situation, but for now we want to address how it protects muscle during the weight loss process and how this should inform your personal protein consumption.

When your body is running at a caloric deficit, it will at some point turn to amino acids to supply its caloric needs at points throughout the day. By supplying your body with amino acids in the form of protein rich foods, you can prevent your body from breaking down underused muscle into those amino acids. Several studies have shown that by increasing protein intake to double the recommended amount (for the average women ~120 grams of protein per day, men ~180 grams per day) total weight loss was the same as other dieters except they lost significantly more fat tissue and less muscle mass.

You don’t have to go crazy with protein to gain the muscle protecting benefits it provides, but now that you are aware of the effect you can use it to your advantage even to smaller degrees, Additionally, as we often mention in the clinic, weight training is hugely beneficial for fat loss but works in tandem with increased protein intake to further preserve muscle mass.  And remember, less muscle burned mean more fat burned.

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

sorry no checks

We have encountered several instances where we received personal checks as a form of payment and the check was returned unpaid due to account closing, change in account, or insufficient funds.  We realize sometimes it can be an honest mistake, but we do want to emphasize that we stopped taking checks as payment since November 2016 and there will be no exceptions.

Payment is rendered at the time of service.  We accept many forms of payment for our weight loss & hormone replacement services:  Cash, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, CareCredit, and certain FSA or HSA plan if the card is a Mastercard or VISA and scan in our machine.

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Thank you for your understanding.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

In other news, we finally have our sign up in Weirton on Three Springs Dr.  This will make it easier for you to find us. Since we have an exercise demo room in the back of the Weirton clinic, Coach Drew will soon be able to show you the best exercises to perform with free weights, barbells, and gymnastic rings for those who are interested in losing weight and toning or building muscle mass.

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Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton WV

As far as the Pittsburgh location, we are off exit 67 Green Tree, adjacent to the Anytime Fitness in the Dollar Tree plaza. We are working on making the Pittsburgh location more visible to you.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss Second Location in Weirton, WV

We are excited to announce that we are opening a second location in Weirton, WV off Three Springs Dr. exit 4.

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This week we will be assembling furniture and doing some final touching up. We are hoping to see you either this Saturday, January 28th 2017 from 3p-5p for a pre-launch.  Our official opening date is  Thursday, February 2nd 2017 at 11am.

WEIRTON HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Weirton Book an appointment using SetMore241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062
304-914-3112
WEIRTON GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-in) WEIRTON PHYSICIAN CLINIC HOURS (weight loss evaluations)
Tues & Thurs: 11am – 5pm
Fri: 10pm – 2pm
Sat: 1pm – 5pm

Fri: 11am – 1pm
Sat: 3pm – 5pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours

Baked Parmensan-Breaded Chicken with Broccolini

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Today we have a low-carbohydrate recipe for crispy baked chicken without the breading.  The outer coating consisiting of parmesan and spices will be baked and then broiled to crunchy bites.  We love to bake in colder weather to heat up the kitchen.  It’s a fairly simple recipe to make and not a lot to clean up.

So we found some broccolini at the market the other day.  Broccolini is a cross between Chinese broccoli (kai-lan) and American Broccoli.  The taste is sweeter, more tender and crisper than that of broccoli.  8 stalks of broccolini is 35 calories with 6 grams of carbs.

To reiterate, all of the recipes at Elevation Medical Weight Loss are gluten-free and low-carb.  This meal will work well with both the phentermine and HCG diet, if you are a fan of chicken.

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Recipe serves 6: 2 tenderloins per serving (5 oz lean chicken total)
Prep Time: 15 minutes, cooking time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

CALORIES

CARBS

Chicken tenderloins, 2 lb (usually 12 strips) 1100 calories
Butter, 1/4 cup or half a stick of butter 407 calories
Parsley, 2 tbsp minced
 FOR THE TENDERLOIN COATING
Grated parmesan cheese, ¾ cup 323 calories 3 gram
Oregano, 1 tbsp dried
Paprika,1 tbsp
Garlic powder, 1 tsp
Salt, 1 tsp
Pepper, 1/2 tsp
Cayenne pepper, a pinch
FOR THE BROCCOLINI
Broccolini, 1.5 – 2 lb 350 calories 60 g
Vegetable/Canola oil, 2 tsp 80 calories
Oyster sauce, 1 tbsp 9 calories 2 g
Garlic, 1 tbsp minced
Total calories for 6 servings
2269 calories
65 g carb
TOTAL CALORIES PER SERVING
Recipe serves 6
378 calories 11 g carb

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Combine ingredients for the chicken tenderloin coating (Parmesan cheese, Oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper) in a bowl and stir to mix.  Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a microwave-safe shallow pan for 60-90 seconds in microwave.
  4. For the broccolini: in a large pan on medium heat, add 2 tsp of vegetable/canola oil and add in 2 lbs of broccolini with 1/2 cup of water. Stir in minced garlic and 1 tbsp oyser sauce.  Let steam for 10-12 minutes or until desired softness.dsc_4286-large
  5. Line a baking pan or sheet with aluminum foil to reduce clean up.
  6. Dip each strip of chicken tenderloin in the melted butter, then dip into the Parmesan and spices coating.  Shake off coating excess back into the bowl. Place tenderloins on baking sheet or pan.
  7. Repeat steps to coat all of the tenderloins. Sprinkle minced parsley on top.  Place pan into oven to bake at 425° F.  Bake for 15 minutes.dsc_4285-large
  8. Check on the broccolini to see if it’s cooked to your desired liking. Turn off heat and let sit.dsc_4291-large
  9. Check on the chicken tenderloin.  Chicken tenderloins does not take too long to cook, you may use a steak knife or fork to check the middle to see if it’s done.
  10. Switch the oven to high broil.  Use a pair of good mittens to move the baking rack to the very top.  Allow 1-2  inches between the chicken tenderloins and the fire for broiling.  Broil for 5-7 minutes until coating appear crispy without being burnt (black).dsc_4296-large
  11. Turn off broil and remove chicken tenderloins from oven.

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    So can I go in the oven to thaw out, mommy?
  12. Serve chicken tenderloins with broccolini (8 stalks is around 3 oz).  If you have extra calories to spare, the chicken goes very well with a few tablespoon of salsa, another recipe found HERE.dsc_4301-large

The meal is a little over 5 oz of protein, 378 calories with 11 grams of carbs. Enjoy!

New Year Weight Loss Package Specials

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Elevation Medical Weight Loss
 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Happy New Year 2017!

We realize that your health is very important and we want to help you feel your best for 2017.  Let’s talk about how WE can help with the most common New Year’s Resolution: weight loss & maintaining your goal weight.

The most common complaints associated with any diet program are about fatigue and hunger.  Phentermine (Adipex) will minimize the discomfort associated with hunger by suppressing your appetite, so that your weight loss journey is much more comfortable. Most people will experience fatigue, since you are eating a fraction of what your typical calorie intake.  This is why we emphasize trying the B-12 injections for a few weeks to improve metabolism, fat loss, and energy.  The majority of our clients return for weekly follow-up to receive B-12 injections.  Weight loss is difficult, but we are here to make things much easier.

Several of our clients have requested that we put together packages to help them choose a program to be on.  For most individuals, there are no consequences of rapid weight loss.  You will not gain the weight back if you follow the program most days of the week. If you are unsure, when you come in for a Physician consult we will help you to determine which plan is best for you.

Here are the package options for the new year:

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If you are looking to lose 10 lbs or less a month as well as have more energy than, the diet medications paired with B-12 & Fat Burner injections is a great program for starting out.
If you are at least 75 lbs overweight and want to lose 20 lbs or more in the next 30 days, the HCG diet injection and B-12 combo shots is a excellent choice, provided that you are motivated enough to adhere to more intense meal plans/nutritional counseling.

If you have questions, give us a call at (412) 304-2016, or contact us here.