Aimee M.’s Weight Loss Story

Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh, Weirton, & MorgantownBook an appointment using SetMoreGreen Tree: 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh (412) 458-5042  
North Hills: 1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh (412) 847-8083
South Hills: 5301 Grove Rd., Pittsburgh (412) 819-4614
Weirton: 241 Three Springs Dr. (304) 914-3112
Morgantown: 5004 Mid Atlantic Dr. (304) 777-2640
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As a child of the clean your plate generation I have always had trouble pushing the plate away.  I didn’t want to waste food and would stuff myself until I was full, not comfortable.  When we went out to eat I always ordered the richest item on the menu.  My diet consisted of pasta, bread, sweets, and sweet tea was my only beverage.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like healthy food, I just didn’t eat that way.

As a result, I have always been one of those people who fights their weight.  To make matters worse my doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroidism and asthma, so my body wasn’t going to make the fight any easier.  I was continuously starving myself to lose a couple pounds just to gain it back a week later.  There isn’t a fad diet or exercise program I didn’t try and fail.  At one point I even had liposuction which was miserable and expensive.  Everywhere we went I was comparing myself to other women, wishing I had their bodies or looked like them.  I hated the way I looked and felt so I ate to feel better, which only made me feel worse.

When I started the program on 4/12/2018 I was a size 12/14 with a 37″ waist and weighed 170 pounds, at 5’2″ I was overweight, unhealthy and unhappy.  My life has changed dramatically in the past 3 months.  I started the program with the appetite suppressants and HCG shots for the first month.  The second month I was taking the appetite suppressants and now I’m only taking a weekly B-12 shot.  I have learned to eat smaller portions of healthier foods and I’m drinking lots of water.

On my last check in on 7/10/2018; I say with extreme pleasure I am down 30 pounds, weighing in at 140 pounds with a 28″ waist and wearing a size 7.  I go to the gym 4 days a week and without all the extra weight I can work out without using my inhaler.  I smile all the time and don’t compare myself to anybody.  I feel beautiful in my own skin which is something I haven’t felt since junior high.  My husband who has always been supportive and loving has seen the difference in my attitude and is so proud of my accomplishments. I have so much more energy and want to go out and do things.  I am confident at my new healthy weight and happy to have found this life-changing program.

For anybody considering this option I can honestly say, if you follow the plan and stick with it, IT WILL WORK!

Thank you Elevation Medical Weight Loss for helping to make me a better version of myself.

Aimee M.

New Weight Loss Office Now Open in the South Hills

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We have some very exciting news!  We are opening our new (fifth!) office location in Pittsburgh’s South Hills!  Our new office is located in the Shoppes at Caste Village plaza in Whitehall.

We are accepting new and returning patient appointments starting this Friday, 11/16/2018.  B-12 shots will be available a couple days earlier starting this Wednesday, 11/14/2018.  If you’ve been waiting for us to make it to the area, make sure to come and see us by scheduling below:

Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh, Weirton, & MorgantownBook an appointment using SetMoreGreen Tree: 2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh (412) 458-5042  
North Hills: 1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh (412) 847-8083
South Hills: 5301 Grove Rd., Pittsburgh (412) 819-4614
Weirton: 241 Three Springs Dr. (304) 914-3112
Morgantown: 5004 Mid Atlantic Dr. (304) 777-2640
 ⇒ CONTACT US HERE FOR QUESTIONS/CONCERNS 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Health

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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. 

How to Beat the Winter Blues

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 
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.

Karen’s Weight Loss Story

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.

The Many Health Benefits of B Vitamin Injections and How They Can Accelerate Your Weight Loss

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Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

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Many people have asked why it is that we carry B vitamin injections, and even more why we carry so many different “types” of B vitamin injections. In this post we want to address the benefits of Vitamin B12 supplementation, as well as the variations of B Vitamin injections that we carry.

Firstly, we highly recommend that anyone on a low calorie diet should supplement additional vitamin B-12 into their regimens. Vitamin B-12 is involved in a wide range of bodily functions, and most importantly for our purposes energy production. This means that is one is deficient in B12, they are likely to feel more tired and less likely to have the necessary control to make the kind of hard choices necessary to reach their health and fitness goals.

Beyond the basic B12 injection and its many beneficial effects, we offer several different types of B vitamin injections, specifically formulated with additional supplements to meet you individual goals. The most popular variation that we offer is the “Fat Burner” shot, which includes a standard dose of B12 as well as a collection of amino acids that both help to increase the efficiency of your fat loss by encouraging blood flow to fat deposits, as well as mitigate any of the potential side effects that accompany any weight loss program (ie, diminishing hair and nail quality, jitteriness or restlessness, etc.).

Our second most popular option after the “Fat Burner” lipotrophic injection is the “Energy/Anti-Inflammatory” injection. This particular injection is geared toward either those who are very active, resulting in regular soreness and achiness, or those with chronic pain or soreness due to injuries or other health issues. In addition to an extra large dose of B12 (there is currently no known hazardous limit to B12 supplementation) this injection includes an amino acid blend that helps to bring down general inflammation, and thus reduce soreness and pain. Using this shot weekly can help to increase your energy in the gym, as well as increase recovery time after intense workouts.

Our last injection is typically reserved for those who have begun an exercise routine, since it must be used in conjunction with one of our B12 injections due to being a “complex” containing all the necessary B vitamins except for B12. Patients report significant joint pain relief, as well as increased exercise endurance and recovery when using this injection weekly.

In summary, we recommend trying a course of the B-12 metabolism injection + fat burner lipotrophic injection once a week for 4 weeks to enhance weight loss when you are taking phentermine and or using the HCG diet shots.  The B-12 metabolism + fat burner injection is administered as 2 separate injections on the arm, or we can combine them for you for 1 injection on the hip or gluteal region.

If you are suffering from joint pain, knee pain, back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and or have intense work-out regimes, we recommend the energy anti-inflammatory + super B-complex injections weekly, which is administered as one injection into the hip or gluteal region.  You may be surprised at the results after the first week or two.

Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton

To make an appt, call us or schedule an appointment online here
Book an appointment using SetMoreElevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh & Weirton
2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

In other news, we finally have our sign up in Weirton on Three Springs Dr.  This will make it easier for you to find us. Since we have an exercise demo room in the back of the Weirton clinic, Coach Drew will soon be able to show you the best exercises to perform with free weights, barbells, and gymnastic rings for those who are interested in losing weight and toning or building muscle mass.

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Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton WV

As far as the Pittsburgh location, we are off exit 67 Green Tree, adjacent to the Anytime Fitness in the Dollar Tree plaza. We are working on making the Pittsburgh location more visible to you.

Catch us at the Pittsburgh Fitness Expo

We’re excited to announce that we will be at the Pittsburgh Fitness Expo this Friday 5/27/2016 at 4-10P and Saturday 5/28/2016 9A-5P at booth #408

We will be offering

  • B-12 Vitamin shots
  • B-12 Energy Blend shots
  • B-12 Fat Burner Blend shots

as well as HCG and Sermorelin diet shots on site with a physician evaluation.

*we have some extra VIP tickets to give away, contact Coach Drew at 412-304-2016 or coachdrew@elevationweightloss.com for details. First come, first serve as we have a limited supply.

Hope to see you soon 🙂