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.
Make your new year's health resolutions come true. Learn about Step Ahead Wellness Center's personalized weight loss programs created by a medical doctor, registered dietitian, and certified personal trainer.
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:
Obesity has been recognized as a disease and we are formally able to submit claims with this diagnosis code.
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.