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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Stacie G.’s Weight Loss Success

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
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The day I walked into Elevation Weight Loss, was the beginning of my journey to a healthier me. My wake up call came in June of 2017 when I lost my baby due to a miscarriage. We had been trying for years and it was a dream come true and then that dream was taken away from me suddenly. I was devastated. I looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize the woman that I once knew and loved. I was miserable and was tired of being overweight and wanted a new beginning.

I began walking shortly after that and had lost 27 lbs, but that was not enough. I wanted to start teaching my fitness class again but would not do that until I felt comfortable enough to get back up on that stage. Teaching was and still is a passion of mine because you get to see firsthand the transformations that take place and the inspiration that comes from one person to another. It is very rewarding!

I work hard at eating healthy and exercising, we all know that this is not an easy task. It feels amazing to look in that mirror now and see the reflection of the woman I have worked so hard to become. I am proud to say that I am teaching fitness again and the words of encouragement that I hear is my motivation to keep pushing and inspiring others to do the same.

I have lost a total of 70 pounds since I first began my weight loss journey almost a year ago. I have gone from a size 22 to a size 14. It feels INCREDIBLE and I could not have done it without the help of Elevation Weight Loss!!!

Thank You Elevation for helping me get my life back and the confidence I had been looking for for a long time.

-Stacie G.

With support from friends and family, Beth G. is doing phenomenal with her weight loss progress

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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I am a single mother of 2 grown sons that I devoted my entire life too.  They came first, along with all of their activities and such, and I put myself last.  Over time I just got used to being heavy and thought that is how my life was going to be.   I tried every diet possible and had success at times,  but it never lasted.  I also battled a few health problems and I contributed that to some of my weight gain.  But I had to finally admit to myself, I like food, and lots of it, and I had to get control.

A few of my friends were on Elevation Weight Loss program and they were having amazing results.  So I reached out to them and they told me how wonderful the program was and how amazing doctors and staff were.   I made the decision, after Christmas I would go and find out about the program for myself.  So on January 9, 2018, I drug one of my best friends with me, and we went and took the plunge and signed up for the program.  It was honestly the best decision of my life.

I have lost 50.4 pounds so far and would like to lose about 20 more.  I have amazing energy and feel absolutely wonderful.  I kicked the habit of drinking Diet Coke (which is a large feat for me) and learned to drink lots of water now, and eat the right way. The best thing of every week when I weigh in is the text messages I send to my sons telling them what I lost that week and their replies saying how proud they are of me.  It’s all worth it!  The combination of the program, exercise and phenomenal support group, I know I can reach my goal.  Thank you Elevation Weight Loss for giving me my life back!

-Beth G.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

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

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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…AND THE WINNERS ARE

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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Our April winners were picked for each office for our Buddy incentives and they are:

Green Tree office:  Natasha
Weirton office:   Tina
North Hills office:  Katelin

Congratulations ladies! Once again, they win a Free month of Meds, including shots ($192 value) and a weight scale!

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Only a couple more months left of our buddy incentive program.  Just a reminder,  bring a friend in with you to sign up for a program, each of you get $10.00 off and a free injection, PLUS you get put into our drawing for a free month of medications and shots AND a free weight scale.

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We have had great success with this program, and have enjoyed watching our patients get excited about it. It’s always better to do something with a buddy!

Stay tuned for more winners and watch out for more exciting things coming in the future!

 

Privacy Matters

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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

This week we have another article of “housekeeping” so please bear with us. We want to take this time to address how we handle the privacy of our patients so as to better protect your sensitive medical information and so that you know what to do if you have questions or concerns regarding your information.

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MaiLan and Remy take their privacy very seriously.

As it stands, we are bound by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) which puts limits in place not only on how we store and handle your information but also whom may have access to said information, but we also have our own policies in place to help provide more peace of mind to our patients.

As many of you know, when we receive a new patient we request a copy of their photo ID in order to ensure that the patient is who they say they are, we then place a copy of this ID in our patient files so that we are always able to confirm identification on follow up visits. In addition to this, we regularly search and provide updates to statewide databases in order to make sure that 1) there is no unknown medical history that could create a risk for our patients, and 2) no one is using our patients’ information to unlawfully obtain and abuse medications.

Lastly, we are not permitted, nor would we want to, discuss our patients with ANYONE outside of our medical staff and the patient themselves, not even to other physicians. If a patient and/or their primary physician (PCP) need us to communicate with a third party, we require that the patient signs a “release form” specifically indicating the scope of such communication. In fact, we will not even confirm that an individual is a patient of ours without such documentation, this is to protect your privacy. Signing such a release does not indicate anything other than your willingness to allow our prescribers to communicate with the person you identify, typically your primary physician, and does not constitute the admission that you are a patient of ours or that you received any medications from our office.

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We apologize for the dry nature of this weeks article, however questions have been asked about our policies and we want to express just how fundamentally important it is to us that our patients are protected and receive the best possible medical care.

 

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.

 

 

7 Diet Tips on Breaking the Weight Loss Plateau

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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

Whether you have been losing weight for a few months or a few years, if your weight loss has recently stalled there are some things you can try to get things moving again.  Here are a few tips on how to break the plateau and start achieving results again:

  1. Increase protein intake.  Try to aim for 75 gram of protein for women and 150 gram of protein for men.  Lean protein shakes are OK to supplement your intake.
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  2. If you haven’t already started tracking calories, start using an app like MyPlate Calorie Tracker for iPhone or Android.
  3. Get more sleep.  Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep a night, and more so if you exercise. Lack of sleep throws off hormones like cortisol which make it harder to shed stubborn fat.
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  4. Start a weight training program.  By increasing the calories you burn all day a weight lifting program may very well help you start losing again.  If you are inexperienced, you can start by doing body-weight exercises and working your way up.
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  5. Drink more water.  We recommend a gallon of water (128 oz) daily for most patients.  This is important both if you take our appetite suppressant medication or doing the HCG injections.  You are allowed to have unsweetened tea or sugar-free water flavor packets, such as Crystal Lite, or another low-calorie flavored option.
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  6. Consider adding on the B-12 and Fat Burner (Lipotropic) injections and check-in weekly for some feedback.  If you are low in Vitamin B or certain amino acids, it can cause you to stall on your progress.  Also, by visiting for weekly weigh-ins, we can provide some suggestions on how you can continue to lose.
  7. Lastly, try to have a nice meal.  Some people find that by going high calories for a day, especially after 6-8 weeks of intense calorie deficit, they will start losing again.  A reason for your plateau may very well be that your body just needs a “refeed”.

Hopefully, these 7 tips can offer some help.  Let us know what works for you!