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

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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!

Elevation Medical Weight Loss Third Location in the North Hills

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We are excited to announce that we are now open in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  Our third clinic is located in Ross Township, about 10 minutes south of Wexford, PA.

NORTH HILLS HOURS & INFO 
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of North HillsBook an appointment using SetMore1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-847-8083
NORTH HILLS GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-in) NORTH HILLS PHYSICIAN CLINIC HOURS (weight loss consults)
Tues: 9am – 4pm
Weds: 10am – 6pm
Thurs – Fri: 10am – 4pm
Tues: 9am – 12pm
Weds: 3pm – 6pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours

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Stay Healthy this Winter

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

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Immunity is winter’s magic word.  When temperatures drop and windows and doors stay shut, viruses can fester.  If your immune system is down, you’re more likely to catch the latest bug which means less energy and generally feeling awful.  Winter germs are lurking everywhere so use some of these useful tips to avoid illness this winter.

-Getting the flu shot before the winter season starts can reduce your risk of illness by 50-60%. Family physicians, health departments, and even your local pharmacies offer them, often for free.
-Research has shown vitamin C to be one of the most powerful immune boosting vitamins available. This water-soluble vitamin can be found in oranges, orange juice, broccoli and in other fruits and vegetables as well as in high-quality multi-vitamins. Chewable or liquid vitamin C is also available in most health food stores. Ester C (a unique form of vitamin C that is buffered with calcium to increase absorption) is also available in several multi-vitamins or as a single supplement.

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-Buy plenty of hand sanitizer.  Using sanitizer can reduce your exposure to germs immensely.  Try to find one that has at least 60% alcohol, or make your own by using this recipe:

  • 3 oz. filtered water
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil

Mix ingredients in a 4 oz spray dispenser and shake gently. Spray into hands 3-5 sprays and massage for 5-10 seconds.

-Drink lots and lots of water. Eight to 10 glasses a day is recommended, especially during the winter (though our doctor would prefer you drink more like 15 glasses). You’ll feel loads better when you are hydrated and if you have already gotten a cold, keeping hydrated has been shown to be an important part of the illness battle.

-Avoid overdoing it on refined flours or sugars. Too much white sugar and flour will not only contribute to weight gain, but can also crash your immune system.

-Staying active will help promote bone and muscle health, control weight, and improve sleep patterns, leading to an overall healthier lifestyle throughout the year. And the stronger you are in general, the stronger your body will be to fight off illnesses – or recover in case you get sick despite your best efforts to avoid it.

-Wash hands…..a LOT.

– And get plenty of sleep!

How to Beat the Winter Blues

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

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Freezing temperatures? Gray skies? Crabby mood? Sound familiar? It may be gloomy on the outside, but it doesn’t have to be so on the inside.

It may be hard to be positive when it’s so dark and depressing outside, but it’s important to keep your mood under control because it can help you avoid everything from depression to weight gain.

Here are some tips to help battle the Winter Blues:

TAKE VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS

Sunlight can be in short supply during the winter months and your body doesn’t store vitamin D very well. Getting out in the sun, even in the winter-light, itself can improve your mood.  Grab your shades and enjoy what warmth ypu can, but it doesn’t hurt to supplement some vitamin D3 to make up the difference.

ADD VITAMIN B-12

Winter can make you feel sluggish and tired. Take an oral supplement of Vitamin B12, or better yet one of our time-released Vitamin B12 injections. It’s just the boost your body needs!

NUTRITION

Try to resist fatty, sugary comfort foods.  Highly refined carbs and sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels, which can leave you feeling cranky.  Some “comfort food” like stews and cooked veggie, however, can double as a healthy pick-me-up, especially if they contain mood-boosting nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, complex carbs, protein and B vitamins.  Good nutrition makes a positive difference to your mental health.

EXERCISE

We all feel like hibernating in our house in the winter, but that will only add to your winter blues.  It always seems like we carry around a couple of extra pounds in the winter time because we are less active.  During winter, not only does our energy output and fat decrease, we also have an increased desire to eat.  It’s an emotional need we have to feel warm and nourished.  Exercise will help you burn off extra calories and make you feel less hungry in the long run.

SCHEDULE FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Skiing, sledding, and walking are great sources of exercise and can be done with family and friends!

The bottom line is that you do not want to succumb to the winter blues. Move, talk, socialize, and most important, don’t get caught in the eating trap with comfort food.

One Day or Day One…You Decide …And Bring a Buddy!

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

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Every January most of us resolve to start the new year by changing ourselves for the better in some way.  The number one New Year’s resolution is…you guessed it…to get in shape and/or lose weight.  69% of us make that same resolution every year. How many times have you made that promise to yourself,?

If 2018 is the year that you want to lose weight and get healthier, we at Elevation Medical Weight Loss are here for you! We are excited to announce that we have some incentive programs in store for you to make it just a little easier for your journey to a healthier you.  We know it can be hard sometimes to lose weight and the right support system can make a world of difference.  To help you strengthen and grow your own support system, we are offering a “Bring a Buddy” plan for you with some exciting incentives.  Here is what you need to do:

  • Be a former or a new patient, it does not matter.
  • If you are a former patient, you have to be ready for a refill on your meds or HCG.
  • Both people must physically be present and seen together for the appointment.
  • Bring a buddy with you, you both must get a prescription for meds, HCG, or sermorelin

YOUR INCENTIVES:

  • Each person will get $10.00 off of their medications
  • Each person will get a complimentary B-12 metabolism injection
  • Both of your names will get entered into a drawing at the end of the month to win a free weight scale (the same model as our in-office scale) and a credit toward a month of medications and B-12 and fat burner shots ($183 value).*

*There will be 3 winners 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.

One day or day one?  We will decide…This is your DAY ONE!  Make it count…with your buddy!    

Karen’s Weight Loss Story

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241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

Growing up I was always naturally athletic, and never really struggled with my weight.  When I had my first child, however, everything changed.  I was young and wanted to make sure my baby was healthy, so I ate whatever my body craved, which also led to a 65-pound weight gain.  Throughout the next 30 years (and another baby) I struggled with increasing weight gain. As a mother, I sacrificed a lot for my children and family, and unfortunately, my weight was one of them.

Not long ago, my husband decided that he wanted to lose weight so that he could play with our new grandbabies and I witnessed him lose over 100 pounds with the help of Elevation Medical Weight Loss.  After seeing his results, I felt I owed it to myself to try to get on a plan that would assist me in my new outlook on a healthier, happier life with my husband. Currently, I have lost over 80 pounds and feel better than I have in decades.  Although I was extremely happy with my weight loss, it also left me with a substantial amount of excess skin.  The skin became so much of a hindrance to me that I had no other choice but to have a procedure to have it removed.

Before coming to the Elevation I felt stuck.  I dreaded traveling far due to the constant fear of not fitting on a plane seat.  Even though I know it was not the case, I felt like every other traveler was watching me and waiting to watch the spectacle of me trying to squeeze into a seat designed for a person half my size. Even if I avoided flying, I was never comfortable and lost all joy in traveling. I was always “on edge” thinking people were looking at me.  Now I can fly without hesitation and get to watch my grandchildren experience the world without worrying about “Nana’s problem” getting in the way.

Since my procedure, I feel I can now follow the doctor’s advice and start exercising.  Although I do not enjoy it, I feel it has really changed the way I feel.  I am starting to feel more confident in my own body again and play with my grandkids in ways that might have put me at risk for serious injury prior to my losing the weight.

I’ve tried to lose weight before with limited success, but having my new-found motivation, and the information that Elevation has provided me with has really simplified the whole process and has made all the difference. I still have a lot of work ahead of me to keep the weight off and live a healthier lifestyle, but I’ve been able to learn so much already about how different foods affect my body and what kind of diet makes it easier to maintain my new weight.  Elevation has provided me with the tools to continue my maintenance.

Thank you so much for the Elevation Medical Weight Loss staff and doctor for helping me reach my goals, and set new ones. I feel like I have many more fulfilling years left to spend with my family.

Holiday Hours 2017

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

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We will have the following changes to our hours during the holiday season. All of our offices will be CLOSED on Monday, December 25th 2017 and Monday, January 1st 2018 for Christmas Day and New Years Day.  Besides that, our normal office hours will be:

PITTSBURGH/GREEN TREE HOURS & INFO
 2350 Noblestown Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
 412-304-2016
PITTSBURGH GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-ins) **PITTSBURGH PHYSICIAN HOURS** (weight loss consults & medication refills)
Monday  – 10am – 4pm
Tues: CLOSED
Weds – Fri: 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm
Weds: 10am – 1pm
Fri: 3pm –6pm

Sat: 9am –1pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours

**Please note that medications cannot be dispensed during general office hours, but only during physician hours**

and for Weirton:

WEIRTON HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Weirton 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062
304-914-3112
WEIRTON GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-ins) **WEIRTON PHYSICIAN HOURS** (weight loss consults & medication refills)
Mon- Thurs: 11am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 2pm
Sat: 11am – 5pm
Tues: 2pm – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 1pm

Sat: 2pm – 5pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours
**Please note that medications cannot be dispensed during general office hours, but only during physician hours**
Our team at Elevation Medical Weight Loss wishes you a wonderful and happy holiday season!
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