in-cen-tive: a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something.
Everyone has some kind of incentive to lose weight. Maybe it is your high school reunion coming up, a piece of clothing you have been longing to fit into, or maybe it is just to get healthier and live longer. Whatever your incentive is, we at Elevation Medical Weight Loss would like to help you achieve it in any way that we can.
One of our latest incentives is our Elevation Medical Weight Loss t-shirt.
If you have lost 50 lbs or more using our Elevation Medical Weight Loss plan, we would like to give you one of our Elevation t-shirts. This is just a small token of our appreciation and our recognition of your impressive achievement. These shirts are exclusive to our 50+ pound members.
If you have lost 50+ lbs and would like a shirt, please speak to one of our Elevation Medical Weight Loss staff, and we will be glad to get you one!
We would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving this holiday season.
We will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving 11/23/2017 in both Pittsburgh and Weirton. We will resume normal appointment and walk-in weight loss consults on Friday 11/24/2017 and Saturday 11/25/2017.
After this Thanksgiving week, we will be opening every Monday in Weirton for weight loss follow-ups and B-12 injections.
I wanted to share with you my weight loss story which would have never been possible without you and your amazing staff at Elevation Weight Loss of Weirton.
I came to you on a Friday afternoon in March of 2017 (the 10th). I was so discouraged after having tried everything from Weight Watchers to a personal nutritionist and trainer and spending an amount of money that I do not care to remember. My weight on March 10, 2017 was 206 pounds. I was exhausted all of the time, depressed, and very uncomfortable.
On previous programs, I would loose a little bit of weight, even up to 30 /35 pounds and then quicker than I lost the weight, it would come right back.
I decided after speaking with a few people that your program might be a final chance for me. I was embarrassed with my situation, as a teacher and educated woman, that I could not conquer this weight issue on my own.
I can honestly say that you and your staff made me feel so comfortable and listened to my story with so much compassion and understanding.
I started with the HCG Diet injections. Within the first weeks I was seeing weight loss. After two months on injections, I switched to the Diet Medication and I continued to see the pounds drop.
I additionally came in for the B12 injections to help with my inflammation and this was finally a program that was successful for me.
The nutritional guidance that Dr. Cooper and her staff gave to me was invaluable. Combining the programs medication, nutritional program and the exercise guidance, I was finally in control of my weight. By mid April I had lost 25 pounds and was down to 178. By June I was 160 pounds and today I am maintaining at 3 pounds below my goal weight at 142 pounds. 64 pounds and nine (9) inches less in my waist later plus six (6) months of hard work, dedication and amazing support and I feel fantastic.
I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be back in control of my life. I recently traveled to Barcelona, Spain and walked an average of 25 miles each day. I bicycled along the Mediterranean for two (2) hours and never was even out of breath or tired. I am enjoying shopping for clothes again and I have regained my confidence.
Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that you have done for me and my family. I cannot ever thank you enough. I continue to visit Elevation for B 12 shots to be sure that I am staying on my maintenance program. I cannot stress enough that it was a challenge, however, one that was well worth achieving.
If anyone is in the situation that I was in March, I would encourage them to come to Elevation and Dr. Cooper and trust in this program.
Summer is coming to an end and cooler weather is just around the corner. With the temperature drop usually comes less outdoor activities and the inevitable cold and flu season. Here are some tips for enjoying a happy and healthy fall this year. Pumpkins, for instance, are good for more than just carving as they are jam-packed with immune-boosting vitamin A, and are a low-calorie and low carb snack. They can be roasted, mashed, turned into soup and baked. Fall veggies, like fiber packed beets and vitamin packed Brussel sprouts, can also add a healthy bump to your diet.
Avoid the Pumpkin Spice Latte trap! You know it’s fall when Pumpkin spice drinks make its debut. Although they may make you get into the fall spirit, they are sky-high in sugar and fat, which adds up to hundreds of calories. Make drinks healthier by choosing non-fat milk instead of whole, no whipped cream, and ask for less syrup. Cinnamon is great fall spice and a better substitute for sweetener.
Get a flu shot! The flu shot can cut your risk of getting the flu by up to 60 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These natural immune boosters can help you stave off the virus as well as recover more quickly if you do get sick.
Even if everyone around you is sniffling, you should still take steps to protect yourself. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly. get plenty of rest, and eat a healthy diet.
Fall also means Halloween, which means candy. The best advice for buying Halloween candy is to buy candy that you do not like. Sounds simple, but it will work.
Even though there is less sunlight, try to keep the same routine. Your body will thank you.
These are just a few of the things you can do to stay healthy during this jam packed season, but same as the rest of the year we can’t overstate the positive effects of a properly balanced diet and regular exercise.
If there is one subject that any weight loss organization doesn’t want to talk about, it’s gaining weight. It’s an unfortunate reality for some of us, and it’s not one we are proud of. Why is it that we feel like a complete failure when we gain a pound or two? Most of the time, we know why it happens: i.e., the 2 pieces of pizza we ate, the 2 glasses of wine, the ice cream we devoured. We know when we are doing it that it is wrong, at the time, we don’t care. It’s afterward that we feel the guilt. For that moment, we give up what we want the most, for what we want at that minute.
Now we are in no way telling you that it’s ‘ok’ to gain, that is definitely not part of our program, we are just letting you know that if it happens, how to deal with it. Consistent gains are not what we are referring to. We are talking about mere “snaccidents”, not full binges.
Behavioral Medicine reports that you’re most tempted to stray from a healthy eating plan when:
It’s late at night
Alcohol is involved
You’re hanging out with friends.
Sound familiar? It may be impossible to completely avoid these things, but it’s good to be aware. Also, just because a food is considered “healthy”, it doesn’t mean you can eat an unhealthy amount of it.
Do you feel like you are angry at yourself for being “weak” and caving to your cravings? Do you feel like you have failed yet again? -Accept it. You did it, own it. Don’t beat yourself up, but rather just move on. You are human. You make mistakes. Yes, we all do. Failure? Not so much. Quit being so hard on yourself.
Pick yourself up and let us help you get back on track! You can’t change the past. Focus on what is within your control–today and the future. With our help, you can do it. The key is accountability.
If you haven’t seen us in months, and don’t want to come back because you have gained, please do. Come back, you could use our help now more than ever. No judgement…just get back on track. You’ll be glad you did! Our goal has always been to help you reach yours!
I started this journey on a whim on May 1st, 2017 weighing 235 pounds. What killed me the most is that I weighed more than when I was pregnant with my twins 19 years ago, and they weighed 7 lbs 5 oz each. I had a hysterectomy in 2005 after which my weight just continued to increase. I have never dieted nor exercised more than walking on a trail. I have a very happy marriage and my husband has never complained about my weight, but I just became comfortable with being so overweight. To celebrate almost any occasion we would go out to dinner, which was a large part of the problem.
I was very nervous going into my first appointment at the Elevation Medical Weight Loss clinic but the doctor was very understanding and gave me a plan. This has became more than a just diet, but a new way of life. I now look at EVERY single label, whereas before I never even glanced at food labels. I couldn’t believe the amount of calories and carbs in some of the drinks and foods I was consuming every day.
At my first appointment I rattled off a goal weight number, which I never really expected to see. Now, here I am on Sept 21st, 2017, just 4 and 1/2 months later and I have reached my goal weight of 180 pounds. I have lost 7 inches from around my waist, and can now fit into regular size clothing instead of plus size. When I take selfies with my friends, I can hold the phone down instead of way up in the air to get a slimmer angle. I can now walk flights of stairs that before left me completely out of breath, I even stepped outside of my comfort zone and started beat boxing with friends and actually love doing it! If I can do this and make it work, anyone can. I not only did this for myself but for our 4 sons, since I have found that a healthy mom is a happy mom. We still celebrate by going out to dinner, only now I am much more conscious of my choices and my order has far fewer calories and carbs.
When you decide to live a healthier lifestyle and talk to us about wanting to lose weight, we discuss the nutritional aspect of the types of foods in order to help you choose a weight loss program to fit your goals. We further recommend that you set a plan for your meals as a way to more easily stay on task and get to your goals.
One aspect of dieting that we would like to emphasize is setting aside a day to plan ahead for your week’s meals. This includes getting groceries for the week (preferably) from the list of foods that we recommend), prepping the necessary items to make the meals, and cooking ALL of the food needed for the week. If you have 12 containers, you can lay it all out and partition each meal in each container. Since we often recommend eating 2 large meals a day, you can plan ahead for the other 6 days of the week.
The 9 days meal plan that we prescribed consists of larger meal portions. Depending on if you are taking the diet medications (phentermine, or Adipex) for weight loss, your caloric goal may be 800-1300 calories a day split into 2 large meals. If you are on the HCG injection rapid weight loss program, your calorie goal may be around 600 calories a day, which is also split into 2 large meals. Even at 300 calories per meal, the meal consists of a larger serving of meats (4 oz of chicken, 10 oz of vegetables, and 2 large glass of water) to keep you full since you will be eating leaner cuts of meats and fill the tank with plenty of vegetables and water.
So what does meal prepping look like? It takes effort, but you get what you put into it– in the end, it helps you get a step closer to your goal.
Have all the ingredients laid out
Lots of lean meats and tons of vegetables
Have all your ingredients laid out — lots of lean meats and tons of vegetables.
Green, leafy vegetables like collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens are low calorie and taste great.
Preparing all the asparagus and broccoli in aluminum foil for grilling.
Summer squash makes another flavorful side dish. It will serve as a rice/potato/bread substitute.
Roasting sliced tomatoes on a pan and simmering thinly cut beef.
Setting shrimp on the skewers and have chicken tenderloins marinated and ready to grill with several lean burgers.
Shrimp and chicken take no time on the grill.
Overall, the entire process of getting groceries, prepping food, cooking, storing, and cleaning up took 6 hours to make 14 meals for 1 person. But this small sacrifice means that you are done for the week and one step closer to being a better you.