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.
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.
Starting this week, we will send you text message reminders to follow-up for your weigh-in and medication refills. Sometimes we all just need a bit of a reminder, and with your busy lifestyle we figured that you can do without an extra phone call.
Until now we have offered through our website the opportunity to book appointments for our various B-12 injections. We have done this in an effort to better accommodate those with less flexible schedules, however we have found it to cause more confusion than good so we have decided to remove the option from our appointment scheduler.
Don’t worry, this change will not limit the times during which you can come in for B-12 injections but rather you may still come in at any time during which we have regular hours. If our open sign is on, you can come on in for shots.
So to further clarify, no appointments need to be (no can be) made for B-12 injections, appointments are available only for new fills or refills on prescription medications, and only required during non-walk in Physician hours.
It’s been awhile since we had a recipe posting, but we’ve been saving this savory low-carb, recipe for Spring. We use a vegetable spiralizer (found in local home goods store or on Amazon). A vegetable spiralizer is definitely a safer alternative for your fingers to a mandolin slicer. If you don’t have the tools, you can chop the zucchini into thin slices with a knife and still serve a great meal.
Zucchini Noodles with Meat Sauce (247 calories per serving, 23 g of carbs) *prep time 10 min, cook time 20 minutes* Serves 10
93% lean beef, 2 lb
Zucchini, 12 large, washed
Tomato sauce, canned, 28 oz
Tomato paste, canned, 6 oz
Onion, 1 medium, minced
Parmesan cheese, grated, 1 tsp (optional)
10 calories per serving
Water, 3/4 cup
Garlic, minced, 2 tsp
Oregano, 2 tsp
Sugar, 2 tsp
Salt, 1 tsp
Basil, 2 tsp (fresh or dried)
Black pepper, ½ tsp
1. Combine ground beef, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, sugar, salt, black pepper, and 1/4 cup of water in a large saucepan on medium heat.
2. Stir to crumble and brown the meat.
3. Stir crushed tomato, tomato paste, and 1/2 cup of water into the pan until a rolling boil. Simmer on low and stir occasionally for another 5-10 minutes.
4. While the meat sauce is simmering, use a vegetable spiralizer to turn the zucchini into noodles.
5. One zucchini (33 calories, 6 g carbs) will yield about 2 cups of zucchini noodles. A serving is 3 cups of zucchini noodles. Spiralize the zucchini into desired thinness. You may want to request for help from an experienced taste tester.
4. In a large microwave-safe bowl or plate, microwave the zucchini for 2-3 minutes on high for every 3 cups you plan to serve.
5. Combine zuchinni noodles with 8 oz of meat sauce. Add on a tsp of grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Each serving is under 300 calories, which works with both the HCG and phentermine diet plan.
Starting around the age of 30, most men see a constant drop in testosterone levels resulting in reduced energy, motivation, muscle tone and size, leanness, as well as libido. Not only do many men see a decrease in usable testosterone, but years of being overweight combined with environmental factors such as diet and activity level cause many men to “aromatize” testosterone, essentially converting the male hormone, testosterone, into the female hormone estrogen.
By utilizing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) we can work with you to find the right hormone balance to optimize the beneficial, youthful effects of such a balance. TRT incorporates administration of testosterone in order to assist a man’s body when it can’t sufficiently produce its own. In addition to the testosterone itself, estrogen blockers are used to avoid excess aromatization so that you don’t experience side effects related to high estrogen, such as fatigue, insomnia, water retention, bloating, or erection issues.
For anyone concerned about future fertility, it is a concern with exogenous testosterone usage however our program incorporates the use of HCG, which in addition to its weight loss benefits also mimics a hormone that encourages your body to continue producing its own testosterone, as well as preserve sperm count and quality. HCG has been long used in fertility treatments due to this function, you are not expected to follow our HCG rapid weight loss diet while in the TRT program.
You may be a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy if you have these symptoms:
Difficulty losing weight
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Reduced sex drive & spontaneous morning erections
Increased joint/muscle pain
Testes decreasing in size
Low sperm count or infertility
Decrease muscle mass and strength
Increase body fat & waist size
Our balanced TRT program minimizes side effects while giving you the most benefit from restored testosterone levels you’ve once had. For more information see our post here. You can also make an appointment below