Jeff N. is down 55 pounds

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My name is Jeff N. In one month, I lost 30 pounds by taking the diet pill and following the meal plan provided by Elevation Medical Weight Loss. Not only did I lose the weight but it also made me have more energy and feel better about myself. I continue to follow this plan and am down a total of 55 pounds.

Thank you,
-Jeff N.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh, Weirton, & Morgantown Book an appointment using SetMore2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 458-5042  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112
5004 Mid Atlantic Dr, Morgantown, WV(304) 777-2640
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New Office Opening in Morgantown

We have some very exciting news!  We are opening a fourth office!  Our new office is located in ….

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Come see us at 5004 Mid Atlantic Dr. in Morgantown, WV.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh, Weirton, & Morgantown Book an appointment using SetMore2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 458-5042  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112
5004 Mid Atlantic Dr, Morgantown, WV(304) 777-2640
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We Are Closed For 4th of July

This is just a reminder that all of our offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.

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We will resume our regular hours on Thursday 7/5/2018 . Weirton office will be opening from 11a-5p, and North Hills (Wexford) office will be opening from 10a-4p. Our Green Tree office is open 12-6pm.

We have weight loss hours for new and returning patients by setting an appointment below. As a reminder, you do not need an appointment for weigh-ins or to receive B-12 and fat burner injections.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton Book an appointment using SetMore2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112
5004 Mid Atlantic Dr, Morgantown, WV(304) 777-2640
 ⇒ CONTACT US HERE FOR QUESTIONS/CONCERNS 

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Cliff K.’s Story

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112
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Dear Valerie,

I want to thank you and the people of Elevation. I started out weighing 383.6 lbs (11/18/2017). Since following your system, I am happy to say that as of today (5/24/2018) I weigh 328 lbs. Not only do I feel much better but I have a lot more energy.  I sleep better, focus better, and even do my sales job better. I did take off a little over a month from the program and to my surprise, I did not gain a whole lot but maintained mostly. As soon as I started back up, the pounds began to fall off again. I wonder how far down I would have been had I not taken the time off.  I can walk without straining to breathe. It was embarrassing when I would tour a customers facility and have to stop to catch my breath. No more! I fit into clothes that I have not worn in years. Again, I can’t thank you enough. I’m even sleeping better and my sleep apnea is nowhere near what it once was. People ask me how I did it and I send them to you.  Forever grateful.

Best regards,

Cliff K.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

We all know that carrying extra weight often comes with emotional baggage, which can include depression, low self-esteem, social isolation and more. This is among the many reasons many want to start a weight loss regimen. The first step is often the hardest, sometimes walking through the door looking for help is very scary.

We, at Elevation Medical Weight Loss, know that sometimes you just need a place to go where you can find non-judgemental, empathetic people who want to see you lose excess weight as much as you want to lose it.  Congratulations! You have found us and we are here to help you on your way to your goals!

To make getting started as convenient as possible, we offer both appointment and walk-in hours. If you are a walk-in patient, please expect to wait. Hopefully we can fit you in without delay, but we always prioritize our appointments first so please understand if we have to ask you to wait. *Shots and weigh-ins NEVER have to make an appointment.*

Our prescribers are usually not here every day.  We have several offices between which they have to travel.  The ONLY time you can get a refill on your medications is when a prescriber is present in the office.  There are NO exceptions.  Shots and weigh-ins are every day, and any time we are open.

Let us walk you through your first visit so you will know just what to expect.

Paperwork 🙁 Everyone’s favorite! Yes, but it’s not too much. Most of it is just consent forms. Two pages, front and back.

Photo ID – We need a photo ID on just your first visit. We will make a copy of it for your chart.

After all of the paperwork is done, you will be asked to go into the room and the first thing we do is weigh you (to get that part over with), after that is done we will ask you if you would like any injections. We offer B12, Fat Burner, Energy (with Anti-Inflammatory), B-Complex shots. These are weekly injections. You can choose to get them as you come or buy them by the package. We will take a waist measurement also. We also may take a blood pressure and heart rate. It’s very easy and only takes a minute.

When that is done you will be sent to the prescriber. Our prescriber will go over all of the plans with you and you and she will decide what is best for you according to what you want to lose and all the information that you give her. She will tell you exactly how to take your medications or to use your injections, whatever you choose. You will leave with paperwork and all of the necessary things you will need to start your weight loss program.

Once all of your decisions have been made you will come out to the reception area. Any program you choose, you will leave with. Payment will be required when you leave.

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We accept CREDIT/DEBIT CARD, CASH, CARE CREDIT
*We do NOT accept Checks

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Now you will be on your way to start your new adventure and we will be there for you every step of the way! We encourage you to weigh in once a week. We understand some of our patients live very far away and are unable to do that. We still would like to keep in touch with your progress and so we ask our patients who are not local to email us with their progress.

There you have it. Now you know what to expect when you come in for the first time. Now don’t be a stranger!

 

Happy Memorial Day!

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We will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday 5/28/2018 in all locations.  We hope you have a wonderful long weekend and enjoy your time with family.

We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday 5/29/2018.  Weirton office will be opening from 11a-5p, and North Hills (Wexford) office will be opening from 9a-4p.  Our Green Tree office is closed on Tuesdays.

We have weight loss hours for new and returning patients by setting an appointment below.  As a reminder, you do not need an appointment for weigh-ins or to receive B-12 and fat burner injections.

To make an appt, call or schedule an appointment online hereBook an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

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Spring Cleaning Your Health

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

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Spring means new beginnings, fresh starts and reorganizing.  When we think of spring several things usually come to mind:

  • flowers
  • warmer weather
  • being outdoors, and
  • spring cleaning -yuck!

The idea of spring cleaning is something that you either dread or very much look forward to. It also doesn’t have to apply just your home or office, it’s actually a great time for re-organizing your life.

By this time of year most of us have given up on our new year’s resolutions however, you don’t have to wait until 2019 to start back up.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a whole tear down, instead start small and work your way to the bigger things.  Decluttering is a perfect way to start.

  • Go to your closet, and throw out your “fat” clothes. Don’t give yourself a reason to get back into your old habits; if an item is more than 1 size too big you no longer have any use for it.  Thrift it or gift it!
  • Go to your pantry.  Pull out all expired foods and throw them away.  Get rid of the “junk” you bought in a moment of weakness.  Give it to someone who would enjoy it, or put it in your office break room (this works especially well for people engaged in workplace weight loss competitions).  
  • It’s time to throw out that Christmas candy. Really! You don’t need it and it’s probably getting a little gross.
  • Stress, even small amounts of it, can be very unhealthy for you and sometimes you will make poor food choices because of it.  People can feel compelled to eat when you are happy when you are sad or, most commonly, when you are stressed. Even the small things can help manage your stress level, many of us use several different social media websites which can become far more stressful than relaxing. Unfriend dramatic people on your lists. You will be surprised how enjoyable your social media time will become by comparison.
  • Turn your spring cleaning into spring training!  Why not turn your deep cleaning into a workout? Crank up the music and do squats while holding a bucket of cleaning supplies. Squat to put things into your lower cupboards. Do lunges while vacuuming or mopping.  Every little bit helps.

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Most importantly, spring is the perfect time to come out of your winter hibernation.  Dust off your walking shoes and just start moving a little at a time. Need some extra energy to get you started? Stop by our office forget a B-12 shot, if you are dieting or just not eating perfectly, the extra B-12 can make all the difference.  Any adult can get one– any time that we are open, just come right in and we will be there to help. 

Feeling Hungry? Here’s How to Make Sure Your Appetite STAYS Suppressed

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

We often receive questions or comments regarding the effectiveness of using phentermine for weight loss.  Phentermine, also known as Adipex, works very well to control hunger; however, the results are still based on you and your motivation to eat healthier and your ability to stick to the plan.

After taking phentermine for several months, you may notice that the appetite suppressant effect does not seem as strong as it was for the first few weeks.  This diminishing effect is due to your body becoming acclimated to the medication.  So the question is: How do you make the appetite suppressant keep working for longer?

Here are some suggestions– based on your doctor’s approval:

  • Ask your doctor if you should take the whole tablet of phentermine in one dose rather than half a tablet twice a day.
  • Take the medication later during the day, 2 hrs before you are likely to be hungry, however not too late during the day which may inhibit sleep.
  • Consider doing weight lifting exercises instead of cardio. Cardio tends to stimulate appetite while weight lifting help suppresses appetite for many people.DSC_0843
  • Add on the B-12 and fat burner injections if you have not already done so. The B-12 and other components can make it easier for you to maintain your diet
  • Keep snacks away and do not have things around the house (or office!) that you really enjoy eating.
  • Drink more water. A gallon a day is best. When you find yourself hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 30 minutes to see if you are actually thirsty instead of hungry.
  • Consider consolidating your meals into a 6 hr window during the day, like during 2p-8p. This known as intermittent fasting and when used properly can be very effective for helping certain people regulate or “reset” their appetite.
  • Consider trying the other manufacturer/brand of phentermine.  Different companies use different dyes or binding agents as part of the inactive ingredients that may work better for certain individuals.  The pills look slightly different from each other, but the active ingredient is still entirely phentermine 37.5 mg.
  • Get more sleep. A lack of good sleep increases the release of a stress hormone, known as cortisol, that will cause you to eat more. Also, it’s hard to eat when you are asleep so it’s a win-win.
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  • Take at least a 1-week break from phentermine (and other stimulants, such as caffeine, if you can handle it).  This allows your body to reset so the medication is new to you again.

These are just a few strategies to help you get the most out of the medication and better take control of your eating habits. Hopefully, something here will help you on your way to a healthier you.

 

 

Bloating and Water Retention

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

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Did you ever wake up and feel like you were bloated or retaining water? The first things to consider is whether or not you’ve had too much salt.  Excess salt can make your body, which in turn can raise your blood pressure.  The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys, and brain. Over the long term, this can lead to any number of conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and kidney disease, not to mention, obesity.

Many think that if you don’t literally put salt on something, that it is healthy to eat. What you may not know, is that many of the foods and drinks already have a high sodium (salt) content. Certain “hyper-palatable ” (fancy word for processed and tasty) foods that you might not even think of as “salty” can be loaded with sugar AND sodium. Some possible issues to address when you are are eating and drinking things that leave you bloated or swollen.

Not drinking enough water

More than likely, you are drinking too little water. When you’re dehydrated, your blood vessels enlarge, leading to a swollen stomach, face, and even hands and ankles. To avoid waking up as a human balloon, drink a tall glass of water at night before you hop into bed, and kick off your day with some water (preferably with lemon).

You are consuming too much artificial sweetener

The reason artificial sweeteners don’t have any (significant) calories is because 1) they actually taste sweeter than regular sugar but more importantly 2) they can specifically bypass absorption in your small intestine and instead go straight to your colon, where they ferment with the gut bacteria — leaving you with gas and a bloated tummy.

Eating too fast

If you’re the kind of person who speeds through meals, you might be dealing with a swollen abdomen from time to time, due both to overeating and swallowing more air with your food as you chomp down. Take your full lunch hour to chew slowly and actually enjoy that sandwich of yours.

Drinking Alcohol

Going hard on alcohol can also be a culprit for various swollen body parts. Drinking a lot of alcohol, especially the heavier options such as beer and wine, are very similar to eating a large, rich meal. This makes you and your stomach feel very full. Excessive amounts of alcohol also tear up the lining of your stomach, which leads to inflammation, then bloating.

–  Eating processed foods

Although tasty, TV dinners, canned soup or vegetables, condiments, and sauces can cause bloating. These are among the “hyper-palatable” food I mentioned earlier that contain a high amount of sodium and cause the body to retain more water.  This often happens because our bodies are trying to dilute salt to maintain a balance of electrolytes.

Eating fast food

Just like other processed foods, fast food options tend to be loaded with sodium.  That’s how they manage to be so fast. They are preserved and it allows you to get your food in a very short amount of time. Many times, the food is already made or processed and that is why it takes such a short amount of time.

Carbs, carbs…and more carbs

Pasta, bagels, cereal, rice and other foods that have a high amount of carbohydrates tend to cause your body to store three times more water compared to protein.  Instead of loading up on carbs, add more lean proteins like chicken breast or salmon.

Carbonated drinks

Pop, fizzy water or other carbonated beverages can also cause excessive bloating. If you’re hooked on your daily Diet Coke, you may also want to leave the can open before drinking it, or gently shake it to let out some carbonation. Adding ice can also cut carbonation.

It seems like there is nothing left to eat. Not true. Low salt foods or salt substitute spices are in many things. There are actually foods that help you get rid of your bloating and swollen.  

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So, what relieves bloating? Eating vegetables cooked versus raw actually reduces the amount of gas your body produces while digesting. The process of cooking breaks down some of the tough fibers so your body doesn’t have to.  Studies have found that garlic stimulates digestion. It is also considered an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial food that can help our bodies break down foods that lead to gas. Drinking water will help you flush excess salt in your body while keeping things moving. The more water you drink, the better.

Studies have found, also, that drinking ginger, peppermint or fennel tea helps reduce bloating as well. You can take these in herbal supplement forms, but it is best to consult a doctor before you do.

Fresh chicken and salmon are also great for digestion, not to mention, less sodium.

And let’s not forget exercise. Getting your heart rate up can help flush out the toxins in your body that have been stagnant for a while. Yoga is a good place to start, as it’s known to deflate many different swollen parts of your body, including your feet, legs, and abdomen.

Even if certain foods don’t have a lot of calories, check out the sodium content and be aware that your body may be storing all of that fluid, which, in turn, will make you feel bloated, and weigh more. If you are seeing slower results than you like, following these tips may make the difference for you. You don’t have to eat perfectly to benefit from a better understanding of “healthy eating”, being aware of the effects of excess sodium can help you moderate your eating where needed to avoid them.

Bring a Buddy!

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

diet buddies

Our “Bring a Buddy” incentive program was a huge success in January! Thank you to all who participated.  We had two winners from our two locations, Green Tree and Weirton. They were Kristen from Steubenville and Jennifer from Pittsburgh.  Congratulations to the both of them!

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Don’t forget, our incentive program is still going on through February and March!

Here is a reminder of some of the details:

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • Anyone, whether current or new patients, may apply.
  • If you are a returning patient, you must be due for a refill on your medications.
  • BOTH buddies must physically be present and be seen together (don’t worry, your buddy doesn’t have to see your weight)
  • You BOTH must get a prescription for medications, HCG or sermorelin.

YOUR INCENTIVES:

  • Each buddy will get $10.00 off of their medications.
  • Each buddy will receive a complimentary B12 metabolism injection.
  • You will each get put into a drawing to win credit for a free month of medications and B12 & Fat Burner injections (1 of each injection per week for 4 weeks). PLUS you get a weight scale like the ones in our office! (over $220 value for the entire prize).*

*There will be 1 winner from each clinic location (Weirton & Green Tree in Pittsburgh).  There will be drawings on the last day of January, February, and March.  The winners’ first names will be posted on the website and Facebook page.  All offices will be included in this incentive program. No cash or cash equivalent will be substituted for the end of month awards.  If you do not want the injections, there will be no credit or cash given. You can not “give” or “transfer” them to someone else.

Good luck!