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

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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.

School Supply Drive

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Weirton is helping to support the annual Energy Express School Supply Drive.  Energy Express is a summer reading and feeding program that is held in over 75 locations throughout West Virginia for approximately 6 weeks to strengthen children’s reading and writing skills.  This year, the Weirton site is holding a school supply drive for the children in the community.  Bags of donated school supplies can be dropped off directly at the Weirton Elementary School or to our clinic before 1 PM Friday July 21st.

Items the kids need include:

Crayons Pencils
Markers Pens
Notebooks Deodorant
Combs Loose Leaf Paper
Toothbrushes Body Wash
Hand Sanitizer Binders
Shampoo Folders

We will drop of the donated supplies to be distributed on Saturday July 22nd from 10 AM until all supplies have been distributed at the Weirton Elementary School. We would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity.

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Remy offered to share his supplies

No Checks, Please

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

sorry no checks

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.

& CASH

Thank you for your understanding.

Zuchini Noodles with Meat Sauce (247 calories per serving)

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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.

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Zucchini Noodles with Meat Sauce (247 calories per serving, 23 g of carbs)
*prep time 10 min, cook time 20 minutes*
Serves 10

Ingredient Calories Carbs
93% lean beef, 2 lb 1379 calories
Zucchini, 12 large, washed 648 calories 80 grams
Tomato sauce, canned, 28 oz 227 calories 52 grams
Tomato paste, canned, 6 oz 139  calories 32 grams
Onion, 1 medium, minced 46 calories 11 grams
Parmesan cheese, grated, 1 tsp (optional) 10 calories per serving
Water, 3/4 cup
Garlic, minced, 2 tsp
Oregano, 2 tsp 
Sugar, 2 tsp 32 calories 8 grams
Salt, 1 tsp
Basil, 2 tsp (fresh or dried)
Black pepper, ½ tsp
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Sugar, spice, and everything nice.. MaiLan thinks it would be nicer if we can put 2 lb of sugar instead of 2 tsp

INSTRUCTIONS:
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.

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2. Stir to crumble and brown the meat.

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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.

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We had every intention to use fresh tomatoes, but someone else claimed them.

4. While the meat sauce is simmering, use a vegetable spiralizer to turn the zucchini into noodles.

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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.

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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.

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5. Combine zuchinni noodles with 8 oz of meat sauce. Add on a tsp of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.  Serve and enjoy!

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Each serving is under 300 calories, which works with both the HCG and phentermine diet plan.

What Makes Our HCG Program Different Than What You Might Expect

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2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 304-2016 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

HCG injections are a popular, safe, and effective method to lose weight.  Typically, if you follow our meal plan and calorie guidance, you can expect to lose 15-35 lbs a month.  Our HCG diet program may differ from many alternatives in the Pittsburgh area in ways that make the program very flexible. Our HCG program is:

  • Accessible to almost everyone
  • Simple to follow.  No loading phase or pre-binging required
  • The program is customized for you
    • HCG can be mixed (reconstituted) with either bacteriostatic (medical-grade) water, or a combination of cyanocobalamin/Lipotrophic/Fat Burner B-12 solution to enhance efficacy and improve fat loss.
    • Titratable dosing.  During your visit, we will guide you through drawing up the HCG from the vial into small, insulin syringes for dosing.
      • Since the same 125 IU or 150 IU does not work for everyone, you have the option of increasing or decreasing your dose to maximize treatment.
        • Women tend to do better at lower doses, ranging from 100 IU – 150 IU.
        • Men tend to do well at higher doses, ranging from 150 IU – 200 IU.
  • We use the smallest injection insulin-type needles possible, 31 gauge– so that you will barely feel a pinch.
  • No limit on wearing makeup or using certain shampoos, deodorants, or lotions
  • No hidden fees or start-up costs.  Our HCG program is $195 and includes everything you need for 30 days

How to Use HCG injection syringe on the stomach

This video illustrates how to self-administer HCG diet injections for rapid fat loss at Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Pittsburgh & Weirton

Several FAQs regarding HCG injections

What does your HCG program consist of?
Our program is a 30-day diet plan geared for rapid fat loss.  The 30-day HCG program comes in a 5000 IU vial that you use 125-175 IU daily.  We do not offer drops, since in our experience the most effective HCG protocol is by injection. This injection is given using a tiny needle that goes just beneath the skin.  The needle is about as thin as a fishing line and ⅓ inch long.

I really would like to try the HCG program to jumpstart my weight loss, but I am not comfortable with needles.  How do I know that I can perform the injections myself?
The needles we use are ultra-fine insulin syringes, and so you should barely feel the injection. Above is a video to demonstrate how simple it can be for you to perform the injection.  Also, we would be more than happy to walk you through an actual demonstration with sterile water when you come by the clinic.

What are the side effects?
HCG shots are generally very well tolerated.  During the first couple of days, a few people may experience morning nausea and irritability, similar to other methods involving calorie-restrictions; however, if you quickly consume 15-20 grams of simple carbohydrates, you will find quick relief of these symptoms.
For women who have heavier menstrual cycle, you may experience more intense symptoms associated with your flow, such as cramping and slightly heavier bleeding.  This may be alleviated by avoiding HCG use during 3-4 days of your menstrual cycle.  In fact, we recommend to abstain from HCG use during the heavier days of your cycle for the same reasons.

What are the benefits beside rapid weight loss?
Proper usage in the morning will increase your energy and suppress hunger.  This effect is maximized when you follow our simple dietary instructions of eating unprocessed foods.  You will feel “normal” while on a calorie restriction for rapid fat loss without symptoms of fatigue or starvation.

What can I do to maximize my success on the HCG program?
Besides following our basic instructions on diet and hydration, most people choose to add phentermine along with a combination of B-12 & Fat Burner/Lipotrophic shots.  The phentermine (Adipex) works synergistically with HCG to provide the best result.  We have had many clients described this particular combination as “easy”.

Will I gain the weight back after I lose it?
We are not in control of your appetite or behavior and so we can make no guarantees, however we aim to provide you with the necessary tool and guidance to keep off the weight that you lose.  We can assure you that if you are smaller frame, you will continue to lose weight eating double the calories of the prescribed HCG diet (1200-1600 calories a day), or under 2500 calories/day for the large frame bodies.  In summary, through proper counseling and guidance, you will keep the weight off and continue to lose more fat if you make an active effort in improving your health and well-being.

Losing Weight With Elevation Medical Weight Loss

It may be 2017 already, but at Elevation Weight Loss it feels like the new year doesn’t really begin until February. Especially with all the extra time we needed to lose those “holiday” pounds.

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see our list of healthy food recipes HERE

 

Here are some of the benefits of losing weight:

  1. Increased mobility.
  2. Reduced risk of injuries.
  3. Decreased difficulty getting up and down.
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  4. Waking up with more energy for the day.
  5. Feeling more satisfied with smaller portions of food.
  6. Shopping for new clothes is more enjoyable.
  7. Reduced joint and back pain.
  8. Less dependence on many daily medications (but ask your family Dr. first).

As part of opening up our second location in Weirton, we would like to take this opportunity to provide accessible weight loss services to more individuals.  If you are even slightly motivated, we can help you get to your best health for 2017.

We have a referral program where you can send a friend or family to us for both parties to receive credit toward your services.  If you have questions, ask about our referral program here.
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Lastly, we have certain hours that Dr. Cooper will be in for new patient evaluations for weight loss and medication refills.  If you make an appt, it will limit your wait time and we can get you in faster; also some additional hours may be available by appt only.  Usually our clients are accustomed to making appointments in any healthcare setting, so you can make appointments with us; however, walking in during these hours is absolutely OK.

PHYSICIAN WEIGHT LOSS HOURS
*for new clients and medication refills*

PITTSBURGH (2350 Noblestown Rd. )
FRI 3p-6p & SAT 10a-1p

WEIRTON (241 Three Springs Dr.)
FRI 11-1p & SAT 3p-5p

Just a note, we are open during regular office hours to administer weekly B-12 injections, weigh in and waist measurements.

Pittsburgh Green Tree regular office hours:
Weds-Fri 12p-6p
Sat 10a-3p.

Weirton WV regular office hours:
Tues & Thurs 11a-5p
Fri 10a-2p
Sat 1p-5p

Hope to see you soon!

New Year Weight Loss Package Specials

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

Happy New Year 2017!

We realize that your health is very important and we want to help you feel your best for 2017.  Let’s talk about how WE can help with the most common New Year’s Resolution: weight loss & maintaining your goal weight.

The most common complaints associated with any diet program are about fatigue and hunger.  Phentermine (Adipex) will minimize the discomfort associated with hunger by suppressing your appetite, so that your weight loss journey is much more comfortable. Most people will experience fatigue, since you are eating a fraction of what your typical calorie intake.  This is why we emphasize trying the B-12 injections for a few weeks to improve metabolism, fat loss, and energy.  The majority of our clients return for weekly follow-up to receive B-12 injections.  Weight loss is difficult, but we are here to make things much easier.

Several of our clients have requested that we put together packages to help them choose a program to be on.  For most individuals, there are no consequences of rapid weight loss.  You will not gain the weight back if you follow the program most days of the week. If you are unsure, when you come in for a Physician consult we will help you to determine which plan is best for you.

Here are the package options for the new year:

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If you are looking to lose 10 lbs or less a month as well as have more energy than, the diet medications paired with B-12 & Fat Burner injections is a great program for starting out.
If you are at least 75 lbs overweight and want to lose 20 lbs or more in the next 30 days, the HCG diet injection and B-12 combo shots is a excellent choice, provided that you are motivated enough to adhere to more intense meal plans/nutritional counseling.

If you have questions, give us a call at (412) 304-2016, or contact us here.

 

Holiday Hours 2016

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We are opening normal hours Weds-Fri 12p- 6p.  Dr. Cooper will be in on Weds. 2p-4p and Fri. 2p-6p for new patient evaluations and refill on diet medications.  We are closed on Sat. 12/24/2016 for Christmas Eve.

Our hours during the week of New Years are normal.  Weds-Fri 12p- 6p, and Sat. 10a-3p.

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We hope you have wonderful and fun Holiday Season!

Now Accepting CareCredit

To make an appt, call us at (412) 304-2016 or schedule an appointment online here.

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

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Over the past few months, we have had several requests to take CareCredit as a form of payment.  So now we do!

Since we are a private-pay medical weight loss clinic, CareCredit can help you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses not covered by insurance.

CareCredit basics:

  • A credit account where there is zero-interest on shorter term financing (6, 12, or 18 months) on purchases of $200 or more.
  • Accepted at many healthcare offices for elective medical or surgical  services, such as medical weight loss, LASIK, or dental procedures.
  • Applying takes minutes and credit decision is instant. Then you can start using CareCredit right away.
  • For more information about CareCredit, click here.

Shrimp Cocktail (269 calories per serving)

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

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OUR OFFICE WILL OPEN WEDS. 12-6P
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AND RESUME ON FRI. 12-6P & SAT. 10A-3P

Here is a delicious and simple shrimp cocktail recipe that takes little to no effort to prepare.  After trying it, you may wonder why you would ever buy packaged or frozen shrimp cocktail again. We used large shrimp (21-26 shrimp per pound), deveined, with shell on.  We have made this recipe several ways, and the taste does not change if you cook with the shell off; however,  since the completely peeled shrimp is cooks more quickly, you have to cook it about 1-2 minute less.

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2 lb of large deveined, shell on shrimp.  Rosemary sprigs, bay leaves, whole peppercorn, celery seed, salt, lemon wedges and lemon peel.

Low Calorie Shrimp Cocktail (269 calories per serving)
Recipe serves 4          Prep time: 15 minutes    Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredient

Calories Carbs

For the shrimp:

Large shrimp, deveined, 2 lb

960 calories
Water, 4 cups
Salt, 2 tbsp
Lemon juice, ½ lemon (2 tbsp)
Lemon peel, from 1 lemon
Thyme, 8-10 sprigs or 1 tsp
Black peppercorn, whole, 2 tsp
Bay leaves, 3-4 whole leaves
Celery seed, ½ tsp
Ice, 1 pitcher (½ gallon)

For the cocktail sauce:

Ketchup, ½ cup

116 calories

30 g carbs

Horseradish sauce, 2 tbsp
Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp
Lemon juice, ½ tsp
Old Bay seasoning**, a dash (1/8  tsp)
Cayenne pepper, sprinkle as needed
RECIPE SERVES 4 269 calories

8 g carbs

Old Bay seasoning can be substituted by mixing equal portions of celery salt, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

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Lemon juice and lemon zest helps freshen up seafood and shellfish.  Essentially, it reduces the amine compound that is responsible for the “fishy smell” in seafood (trimethylamine and dimethylamine)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large pot, pour 4 cups of water and add 2 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp lemon juice, lemon peel, thyme, black peppercorn, bay leaves, celery seed.  Turn the heat to high or medium high.

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This mixture smells wonderful

2.  In about 4-5 minutes when the water reaches a gentle boil, add the shrimp and stir every 45-60 seconds, submerging the shrimp.  After 3-5 minutes when the water almost begins to boil with small bubbles rising, all of the shrimp should be a light pink.  Stir again.  Turn off the heat when you see a couple of bubbles rising, before the water boils. Cover the pot and let sit for 5-6 minutes.

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You want the shrimp to be just done.  Turn off the heat when the water is almost coming to a boil by watching for small rolling bubbles. If you have a food thermometer, the water temperature should be around 185 degrees F.

3.  Prepare the cocktail sauce by combining the ketchup, horseradish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, & Cayenne pepper. Mix evenly and place in the fridge for serving later.

4.  The shrimp should be thoroughly cooked by now.  You may try one to test. The next step is to add in the 1/2 gallon of ice to the shrimp, stir. Cover with a lid for another 4-5 minutes.

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The ice helps cool the water to allow the shrimp to soak up more flavoring without getting overcooked

5.  Have a large colander ready in the sink.  Pour the ice and shrimp into the colander to strain.

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Shrimp with shell on

6.  If you cooked deveined, shell-on shrimp, you will need some time to peel them, leaving the tail behind.  Peeling the shrimp should take around 6-10 minutes.

7.  Serve immediately with cocktail sauce, or refrigerate and serve within 3-5 days.

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This recipe serves 4, but we won’t say anything if it all goes to one person.  Happy Thanksgiving!