Humans Don’t Hibernate…

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As the summer is winding down, it’s common for us who live in a four season climate to subtly change our lifestyles in negative ways, sometimes regressing to the point of starting over. Whether its reducing our physical activity due to less enjoyable weather, or eating more in response to the chilly temperatures; these behaviors feel natural but contribute to the all-to-common cyclical nature of weight loss/gain. While they may feel natural, it is important to remember that we are not bears, and therefore do not require preparations for hibernation.

There are some things we can do to counter these tendencies however; such as recommitting to calorie counting, or finding new ways to exercise indoors (wherever your schedule permits). Also keep in mind that certain types of foods will have different effects on your appetite, which becomes increasingly important as the seasons are accompanied by certain stables like pies, cookies, cakes, and other assorted sweets. It’s the sugar in these foods that creates the terrible feedback loop of insulin spikes and crashes and their associated cravings. Additionally much of this food is lacking in sufficient amounts of protein to satisfy you appetite.

Now may also be the perfect time to find a gym or start a new exercise routine, finding ways to stay active and engaged with fitness will no doubt help you stave off the consequences of having less time to walk or play outdoors.

Whatever you do, I implore you to take in mind what your goals are for yourself, and if you’ve already made progress hold on to it and don’t let the change of seasons throw you off track. There is no need to wait until the New Year to recommit to getting healthy, keep focused year round; count your calories, move as much as possible, and always remember that weight loss is a marathon rather than a sprint,  just keep plodding forward and you will get there.

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After drinking all the milk, Remy hibernates

Happy Holidays!

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

Thank you for joining us in the our pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
We wish you a happy holiday season and a bright 2017.

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-Dr. Cooper, Coach Drew, and MaiLan

Sermorelin Age-Management Injections

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 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Sermorelin Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of Increased HGH Production via Sermorelin?

·         Increased structural integrity on the bones with improved calcium retention
·         Improved quality of sleep predicated by increased REM Sleep
·         Boosted immune health
·         Higher levels of stamina
·         Improved muscular strength
·         Thicker, fuller hair
·         Enhanced emotional health with increased vitality and energy
·         Improved cardiac function
·         Speedier physical rehabilitation from surgery and injury
·         Increased metabolism which burns adipose fat
·         Smoother, tighter skin
·         Increased muscle mass
·         Enhanced libido and restored sexual ability
·         Improved cognition
·         Enhanced renal function

With Sermorelin Acetate Therapy, it is possible to restore youthful vitality and alleviate the effects of the aging process that result from Human Growth Hormone Deficiency. Sermorelin is a safe and effective hormone substitute which has the capability to naturally stimulate the Human Pituitary Gland in order to encourage the secretion of our own internal stores of Human Growth Hormone.  To learn more about this anti-aging treatment, please visit our sermorelin page here. 

600 Calorie Meal Plan

Typically the lowest calorie diets we prescribe on the HCG rapid weight loss program is 600 calories/day.  This very low calorie diet is usually reserved for individuals with less active lifestyles who are targeting 0.5-2 lbs of weight loss a day.  We also recommend trying to eat very few carbohydrates, ideally we would have you consume less than 30 grams of carbs daily to maximize your results.

While it is possible to eat 600 calories a day on phentermine alone, we find that with few exceptions such a low calorie diet has too many negative side effects to be done without the help of HCG.  By practice, the HCG shots encourages lipolysis (fat loss) without compromising muscle mass.  Also, HCG is generally better tolerated by clients who are sensitive to stimulants such as phentermine or who are otherwise disqualified from the use of stimulant medication.

As seen below, our suggested plan allows for 2 meals a day.  You may start each day with breakfast, skip lunch, then have dinner; or however you prefer to arrange your 2 meals.  The majority of our clients have busy schedules, so we find that skipping a meal makes it much easier for a busy person to plan out their meals; not to mention how difficult it can be to find good meals options when away from the kitchen.  Do be sure to include 32 oz of water with each of your meals to target at least a gallon of water a day.

600 Calories Per Day Meal Plan for HCG program: click here to download PDF

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Before going on any diet or meal plan, please consult with us or with your personal physician for a general health clearance.  To make an appointment with us, click here.

Troubleshooting Side Effects of a New Diet: Low Blood Sugar

For those who are not used to eating a low-carb diet consisting of 50 or fewer grams of carbs a day, you may occasionally experience hypoglycemia, or known as low blood sugar.  Whenever this happens, it may be a little bit alarming if you haven’t experienced these low blood sugar symptoms in the past:

The first step to dealing with low blood sugar is to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low sugar):

Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar

Sweatiness
Clammy Skin
Nausea (sick to your stomach)
Shaking, jittery, or nervous
Unsteady, difficult to walk
Feeling “off”, but not a cold
Heart may beat fast
Feel like you are going to “pass out”
Feeling “sick in your stomach”

Remember that phentermine and/or HCG work very well to suppress your appetite, so if you’re used to eating every 4 hours, and suddenly you take phentermine and don’t eat for 8 hours stretches, you may be more susceptible to some unwanted side effects like feeling jittery, nauseated, or get sweaty since your body isn’t accustomed to fasting for longer than a certain amount of time.

However, if you’re used to regularly going 6-8 hours without eating a meal, you may not get these symptoms at all because you have trained your body to even out blood sugar spikes and falls over long stretches, that means you are quite the expert at regulating your own blood sugar level and won’t have any side effects.

What do you do when you think your blood sugar is running low?

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Quick Treatment of Low Blood Sugar

A cookie
A handful of candy
A small cup of juice
A few big gulp of regular soda
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Pictured here is MaiLan helping us get our blood sugar levels back up.  No, not really, all that candy is for her.

Basically, eat anything with sugar to quickly get rid of your hypoglycemia.  The recommend  intake is 20-40 grams of simple carbohydrate.  The fastest acting simple carbohydrates are sweet drinks, like lemonade or juices with sugar added, or even regular soda.   Other options are just anything you can quickly grab in the pantry, such as crackers, candy, or a cookie.  Often, sugary beverages or snacks will take roughly 15 minutes to work to correct your blood sugar issue.

Having low blood sugar is quite an annoyance, but at least it’s a decently fun problem to fix.  Remember to recognize early symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as feeling jittery, shaky, nauseated, or sweaty, and consume a small bit of sweet food/beverages to rapidly bring your sugar level to normal.