Closed for Thanksgiving 2018

This is just a quick reminder that all of our offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day

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so that we can spend time with our family and friends.   We will resume our normal hours on Friday 11/23/2018.  We at Elevation Medical Weight Loss want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and hope to see you soon!

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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Giving Back to Our Community

Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh, Weirton, & Morgantown Book an appointment using SetMore2350 Noblestown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (412) 458-5042  
1130 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 847-8083
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112
5004 Mid Atlantic Dr, Morgantown, WV(304) 777-2640
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We would like to take a moment to thank our community for providing us the opportunity to reach out to others and make positive changes in their lives. In an effort to give back, we would like to support our community by starting a program that will donate to various local charities every month.

If you have a positive experience with our services, please share your feedback to our Google Review or Facebook Review Page.

For September and October 2018, we will donate $3 for each review in support of:
Brooke County Animal Shelter   The money will go to buy supplies for the shelter so our fur friends can be comfortable
Hancock County “Shop with a Cop” Program Police officers take children who are in need to buy coats and necessities

Weirton Review Link
Morgantown Review Link
Green Tree Review Link
North Hills Review Link

We hope that we have the support from you to continue this charitable program indefinitely!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Hours

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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.

WEIRTON HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Weirton 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062
304-914-3112
WEIRTON GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-ins) WEIRTON PHYSICIAN HOURS (weight loss consults & medication refills)
Mon- Thurs: 11am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 2pm
Sat: 11am – 5pm
Tues: 12pm – 3pm
Fri: 10am – 1pm

Sat: 3pm – 5pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours
**Please note that medications cannot be dispensed during general office hours, but only during physician hours**
PITTSBURGH HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh
 2350 Noblestown Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
 412-304-2016
PITTSBURGH GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-ins) PITTSBURGH PHYSICIAN HOURS (weight loss consults & medication refills)
Mon : 10am – 4pm
Tues: CLOSED
Weds – Fri: 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm
Weds: 11am – 2pm
Fri: 3pm – 6pm

Sat: 10am – 1pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours

**Please note that medications cannot be dispensed during general office hours, but only during physician hours**

You can schedule an appointment in Pittsburgh or Weirton by clicking below

Book an appointment using SetMore

or contact us HERE
Please allow up to 24 hours for response.

How 15 Minutes of Walking a Day Can Change Your Life

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

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We all know how important exercise is and the impact it has on our mental, physical and emotional health.  So often we at Elevation Medical Weight Loss hear that people can’t exercise for one reason or another.  Some think they are too large, too old, too feeble, the list goes on and on…excuses, excuses. Thankfully, there is something most of us can do and we do it every day, without even thinking…WALKING.

Did you know that walking at least 15 minutes every day can add up to 7 years to your life?  We suggest if you are able to do more, challenge yourself with a vigorous walk whenever you can.  If you have trouble physically walking for a while, just getting up and moving can make a difference!

Here are some benefits of walking every day:

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  • Walking boosts your mood.  Walking just 12 minutes results in increase attentiveness
  • Walking can improve cognitive performance
  • Walking can lower your blood pressure
  • Walking can help prevent or control diabetes.  Women, in particular, who walk at least 30 minutes daily decrease their risk of diabetes by 30%.
  • Walking has proven to be effective at shrinking dangerous abdominal fat linked to diabetes.
  • Walking can help reduce pain and improve mobility

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When you are walking, here are some tips to make the most out of your stroll:

  • Swing your arms. Bend at 90 degrees and pump from shoulders. This allows for a quicker pace and provides a workout for your upper body.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  Look for flexible soles and stiff heels, or any cushioned, lightweight, and low-heeled shoe.  Try to avoid stiff-soled shoes that don’t bend.
  • Make sure your posture is correct.
  • Pick the right pace.  To burn more calories, you should be walking at least 3-5 mph.  Take smaller, faster steps to speed up.
  • Try small hills, up and down steps for a more fat-blasting workout!

The smallest of things can help you walk more.  If you have to take public transit, get off before your destination and walk the rest of the way.  If you can, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk after lunch instead of sitting and chatting with co-workers. Walk your dog or a friend’s dog.  Put your phone in the next room so that you have to get up to answer it.  Same with the remote, put it by the TV.

The benefits of walking daily are astronomical, as it positively effects both your mental and physical state, leaving your mind and body happier and much healthier.

So grab your sneakers and your music and start moving those legs! Your body will thank you!

 

 

 

 

Additional Office Days for Weigh-ins & B-12 Injections

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By popular request, we are adding on another day of office hours for weigh-ins and B-12 injections to both of our clinic locations.

Weirton will be open on Wednesday, and Green Tree will be opening on Monday effective this week.

WEIRTON HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Weirton 
241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062
304-914-3112
WEIRTON GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-in) WEIRTON PHYSICIAN CLINIC HOURS (weight loss evaluations)
Mon: CLOSED
Tues – Thurs: 11am – 5pm
Fri: 10pm – 2pm
Sat: 1pm – 5pm

Tues: 12pm – 3pm
Fri: 11am – 1pm

Sat: 3pm – 5pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours

PITTSBURGH HOURS & INFO
Elevation Medical Weight Loss of Pittsburgh
 2350 Noblestown Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
 412-304-2016
PITTSBURGH GENERAL OFFICE HOURS (shots and weigh-in) PITTSBURGH PHYSICIAN CLINIC HOURS (weight loss evaluations)
Mon : 10am – 4pm
Tues: CLOSED
Weds – Fri: 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 3pm
Weds: 11am – 2pm
Fri: 3pm – 6pm

Sat: 10am – 1pm
Walk-ins are always welcome during these hours

You can schedule an appointment in Pittsburgh or Weirton by clicking below

Book an appointment using SetMore

or contact us HERE
Please allow up to 24 hours for response.

There’s No Shame in the Gain

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

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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.

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Behavioral Medicine reports that you’re most tempted to stray from a healthy eating plan when:

  • It’s late at night
  • You’re tired
  • 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!

It Turns Out That Home Cookin’ Really is Better

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241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

I recently stumbled across a video that immediately brought to mind a myriad of questions that get brought up by our weight loss patients. While we tend to focus on calorie counting during consultations, we often don’t have the chance to really dig into too much detail different types of foods. While there are many reasons that most of our food suggestions are “whole foods,” (by which I mean meals for which you buy ingredients and prepare yourself) the most important reason is the accuracy with which you can count calories.

As the following video, originally posted by the NY Times and author Casey Neistat, shows nutritional content labels on prepackaged foods are notoriously inaccurate. Using apps and journals is only as effective as the information that you input, so be careful as you count your calories and remember, if the nutritional content seems too good to be true, and you didn’t weigh out the ingredients yourself, there is a good chance that it is in fact not true.

 

Full credit to Author Casey Neistat and the NY Times Opdocs for the video content.

I don’t want this information to induce a calorie counting panic attack for our more meticulous patients, just be aware that if you want the tightest possible control over you Calories In/ Calories Out ratio, you will be better served making your own foods. Also, if you are trying your best and not seeing progress you might want to take a closer look at the details of the food you are consuming, you may actually be eating more than you think, and that’s not necessarily your fault.

Protein Intake and Weight Loss

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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.

Happy Father’s Day

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

We wanted to wish you all a Happy Father’s Day as we welcome our own new addition to the Elevation family.

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Remy is almost a week old 🙂

 

Obviously, Dr. Cooper will be out of the office on maternity leave until mid July, we will however have prescribers available in her place to assist existing and new patients with their weight loss until she returns.

Tracking For Now and Later

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241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

When most people first come to see us, their introduction included several urgings as to the importance of tracking calories.  We know that this advice will sometimes fall on deaf ears, but we wanted to take time to reiterate the importance of tracking calories when attempting to lose weight through diet.

Whether you are using appetite suppressants, HCG, or just plain old dieting, you will find that errors in estimating calories can add up throughout the day to a surprising degree. If you doubt this, test yourself on a variety of everyday foods and compare this to what you can find on any number of calorie counter websites. Even if you do well in this controlled setting, I would be cautious to trust your instincts in the real world, especially if these instincts have already played a role in your weight gain.

Also keep in mind that with lower calorie diets, such as those used with HCG or by certain individuals with slower base metabolisms,  the margin for error is far smaller. Overestimating by 50 calories per meal make a much bigger difference for someone eating 800 calories a day than someone eating 1600.

Finally, we want to encourage you to begin tracking calories not just for now but also for the future. We have found that the best way to prevent post-diet weight rebounds is by spending adequate time tracking your calories when attempting to eat at “weight maintenance” diet. By getting feedback through your tracker you can better train your body to feel satisfied with the appropriate amount of food for you to avoid subsequent weight gain.

A free app we recommend to track is MyPlate Calorie Counter from Livestrong.

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MaiLan tracked this as 1 cupcake 🙂