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Summer Vacations and Your Weight Loss Goals... How To Stay On Track!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 04:51 PM

It’s summer!  Time for family fun, catching lightning bugs, staying up late and vacations!  Vacations are a wonderful way to take time out for yourself and recharge from your hectic
life. But how will you stay on track with your weight loss journey being away?

While it can be overwhelming and scary, if you plan ahead and stay organized it is possible to stay on track with your health and fitness goals while on vacation.  Here are 5 simple tips to maintain your weight loss:

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1) Focus on your goal: Re-evaluate your weight loss goal before you leave.  Place stickie notes with your goal in your wallet, on your phone and in your bathroom mirror to remind you that you are moving in that direction.

2) Stay active: Enjoy evening walks watching the sun go down or early morning walks while the sun is rising, bike rides, swimming or even taking public transportation. There are lots of ways to burn calories and keep your fitness level consistent while enjoying vacation.

3) Pack snacks: Remember, when you’re sitting around at the airport or a long car ride, healthy food may be hard to come by. Plan ahead and pack food that fits your dietary and weight loss plan.  Leave the licorise behind and pack fresh fruit nd nuts instead.  Don’t forget to get
plenty of water and stay hydrated!

4) Reward yourself with a special activity instead of food:Fun and unusualexperiences will give you a dopamine lift that elevates your mood.
Vacation activity rewards can include a shopping spree, a massage, or something
else that makes you feel refreshed and rewarded. Maybe it’s paddleboarding or
kayaking.  Plus, feeling good makes it so
much easier to stick to your weight loss goals.

5) Indulge with some treats, but
don’t over do it:
Vacation is a huge reward in
itself, but exotic flavors and old favorites (like a good ol’ trip to the ice
cream parlor) are part of what makes life sweet. Share treats with your loved
ones, but plan ahead to burn those calories so you can do so guilt free and
stay on track with your weight loss journey! 
A good idea is to walk to/from the ice cream parlor. 

These are just a few of the ways you
can plan ahead and stay active while enjoying vacation. When you get back,
you’ll have lots of energy and you’ll be thankful you’re still on track with
your weight loss goal. And you will reconnect with yourself, your family &
friends in a healthy, positive way.  So
get out there and enjoy the dog days of summer! 

Lose weight and gain confidence with a personalizedprogram and the ongoing support of Step Ahead's expert team, including a physician, certified fitness trainer, and certified nutritionist. We now accept health insurance!

Get Started Today!

 Sincerely,
Dr. Deborah Neiman MD

49 U.S. Highway 202
Far Hills, NJ  07931
908-470-2235
www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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Exercise to Beat Depression

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 12:10 PM

We all know the benefits of exercise for weight loss and physical health, but did you know exercise is also beneficial for mental health?  Exercise not only battles the bulge, it also battles the blues. Exercise “addicts” will agree that they feel mentally/emotionally stronger, happier and have a clear head upon completing a workout.  Scientific studies back this up by showing that people who Exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression.
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What Are the Psychological Benefits of Exercise With Depression?
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as "euphoric." That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.  You don’t have to run to experience this “runner’s high.”  Just completing a challenging workout will give you the same feeling of euphoria.  Not to get too scientifc, but endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same
ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation
of these receptors by the body's endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.


Regular exercise has been proven to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve slepp

Exercise also has these added health benefits:

  • Strenthens your heart
  • Increases energy level
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves muscle tone and strength
  • Strengthens and builds bones
  • Reduces body fat
  • Makes you look fit and healthy


Is Exercise a Treatment for Clinical Depression?
Research has shown that exercise is an effective but often underused treatment for mild to moderate depression.  Many professional trainers encourage clients to stick with their exercise routine to help fight feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression.

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Are there Types of Exercises That Are Better for Depression?

It appears that any form of exercise can help depression.  Some examples of moderate exercise include biking, dancing, gardening, golf (walking instead of using a cart), jogging, walking, low-impact aerobics and yoga.  Doing housework such as vacuuming, mopping floors and washing your car are also great ways to get your exercise in while getting chores done at the same time.
Because strong social support is important for those with depression, joining a group exercise class may be beneficial. Or you can exercise with a close friend or your partner. In doing so, you will benefit from the physical activity and emotional comfort, knowing that others are supportive of you.  Hiring a personal trainer is another great way to get the emotional and social support you need to look and feel great on the inside and out!

Lose weight and gain confidence with a personalizedprogram and the ongoing support of Step Ahead's expert team, including a physician, certified fitness trainer, and certified nutritionist. We now accept health insurance!

Get Started Today!


Sincerely,

 Dr. Deborah Neiman MD, Sari Greaves, RDN & Noelle Lusardi, CPT


49 U.S. Highway 202
 Far Hills, NJ  07931
908-470-2235

 

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Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program Covered by Insurance

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 01:48 PM

Winter Woe: Your body's chemical switch has flipped to storing more fat.

Fix-it trick: To maintain your weight loss this winter, you must keep moving!  When University of Colorado researchers studied a group of 12 women and six men in both summer and winter, they discovered that their production of ATLPL, a chemical that promotes fat storage, almost doubled during the winter and dropped during the summer. But you're not doomed to don fat pants all season, scientists say. Exercise may increase SMLPL, the muscle enzyme that promotes the burning of fat, to offset the pudge-promoting effects of ATLPL. "We found that people who are normally physically active are more protected from weight gain," says study author Robert E. Eckel, MD. Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days, whether it's Spinning, snowshoeing, or building a snowman.

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Due to the many exciting changes in the treatment of weight loss in the past year we are now able to offer Step Ahead Wellness Center Weight Loss programs through your insurance coverage*. We are now able to do this due to 2 important changes:

  1. Obesity has been recognized as a disease and we are formally able to submit claims with this diagnosis code.

  2. Changes in health insurance delivery have amended most insurance policies to cover some aspect of weight loss programs for those who qualify.

Because of these changes, the doctor related office visits for weight loss supervision, if applicable, will be able to be submitted through your current insurance program.** There will be some minor administrative fees if you are receiving appetite suppressants or other supplements but we will be able to submit the visits for you.If you are participating in the OPTIFAST Program, the meal replacements (bars, shakes and soups) are not covered under insurance and will still be offered at the same price (you will only be paying for the goods).Also, consultations with our dietitian will also be able to be covered under most insurance programs.

We are very excited about these changes and hope to be able to bring our established, supportive and successful program to many individuals with less out of pocket expense. At the same time, many of our programs will help you qualify for discounts in your out of pocket costs for health insurance(there are many incentives to reduce costs with lifestyle modifications).In the next month, please visit our website for updates relating to changes in programs we are offering. There have also been new appetite suppressants that have been approved in the past few months that we are also rolling out with great enthusiasm. 

We look forward to working with you and to continue our team approach to helping you make a healthier and happier start to the new year. 

*please check with our office prior, we participate with MOST insurance programs.

**  please check with your insurance provider to make sure you do have coverage for weight loss related programs.

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