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What You can Expect from a Medical Weight Loss Program

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 03:41 PM

Lots of fad diets promise results, but what can you really expect from a medical weight loss program?When you’re looking for a way to lose weight, it is important to know what you can expect from your weight loss program when you start it, whatever that program may be.

With many fad diets, you’re given an unrealistic portrayal of what to expect from the program. Before and after shots of men and women who lost as much as 50% of their body weight in incredibly short periods of time (which is a dangerous amount of weight to lose too quickly for the vast majority of people) promise extraordinary results that simply aren’t practical for most. People who go into these diets without knowing just how unrepresentative of the program such results are get frustrated when their own progress lags too far behind these unusual cases, causing them to become demoralized and fall even further behind health and fitness goals.

So, with this in mind, what can you expect from a personalized medical weight loss program? What sets these weight loss programs apart from common fads?

Here are a few things that you can expect from a medical weight loss program that has been personalized for you:

#1: Doctor Supervision and Support

One of the primary things that separates a true medical weight loss program from a fad diet is the supervision of a trained and experienced physician. This specialist monitors the progress of your weight loss program to see if you’re meeting goals safely. With a fad diet, you might not have any support at all, let alone the ability to physically visit a real doctor.

As your weight loss plan progresses, your supervising physician can make alterations to your program to accommodate the changes in your needs that will naturally occur as you lose weight.

#2: Medical Assistance

In a medical weight loss program, your doctor or dietitian can identify nutrients that are lacking in your diet and create a meal plan as appropriate, or prescribe vitamins to make up the shortage if necessary.In a medical weight loss program, you can expect your supervising physician to prescribe dietary supplements and appetite suppressants as necessary to make sure that you can meet weight loss goals safely.

For example, if you’re suffering from an iron deficiency in your diet, your doctor can adjust your meal plan to compensate for this, or if the deficiency is particularly severe, she may prescribe an iron supplement for your diet. If you suffer from frequent pangs of hunger that lead to overeating, an appetite suppressant might be prescribed to alleviate your sensations of hunger so that you can have an easier time staying on your diet.

#3: Safe, Effective Weight Loss Strategies

In a medical weight loss program supervised by an actual doctor, you have a plan for losing weight that takes into account your body’s needs. Unlike a fad diet that uses a “one size fits all” approach, your doctor considers your physical condition when creating your personalized plan.

For example, if you have a heart condition and cannot engage in rigorous activity (lifting heavy weights, engaging in high-intensity sprints, etc.), then many common diet and exercise plans would not be safe for you because of the risk to your heart health. Your doctor can take such conditions into account when creating a personalized plan, making an activity regimen that you can engage in without putting your heart health in unnecessary risk.

Also, many fad diets encourage you to lose weight as quickly as possible. While a desirable goal, losing too much weight too quickly can actually be dangerous. Your doctor can help you set weight loss goals that are aggressive (but safe) so that you don’t cause lasting harm to your own body.

#4: Expert Advice for After You’ve Met Your Weight Loss Goals

The big failure of many fad diets is that once you’re done with your weight loss, there is no plan for afterwards. For many people, a lack of planning and support after the program is finished leads to falling back into old patterns. Worse yet, some people gain more weight than what they lost while on the diet!

By consulting with the experts in medical weight loss programs such as the ones offered by Step Ahead Wellness, you can create plans for maintaining a healthy weight, such as formulating a meal plan you can keep up at home and an exercise routine to keep your body burning excess fat.

With some post-weight loss lifestyle advice, you can keep the pounds off well after the diet is over.

Learn more about how you can benefit from a medical weight loss program that’s supervised by a real Top Doc today!

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EXERCISE OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER... WITH STEP AHEAD!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

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Our fitness director/certified fitness trainer, Noelle Lusardi, has created a 12 week summer program to get you outside!  Join our Power Walk/Yoga Stretch In The Park classes every Wednesday night from 7 to 8pm, now through August 27th.  Email Noelle directly at Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for more information.

 

Enjoy the benefits of outdoor exercise as discussed in the New York Times article below.

 

From The New York Time: The
Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

February 21,
2013 12:01 am

While the
allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is
obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to
exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent
bicycle or a track.

You stride
differently when running outdoors, for one thing. Generally, studies find,
people flex their ankles more when they run outside. They also, at least
occasionally, run downhill, a movement that isn’t easily done on a treadmill
and that stresses muscles differently than running on flat or uphill terrain.
Outdoor exercise tends, too, to be more strenuous than the indoor version. In
studies comparing the exertion of running on a treadmill and the exertion of
running outside, treadmill
runners expended less energy
to cover the same distance as those striding
across the ground outside, primarily because indoor exercisers face no wind
resistance or changes in terrain, no matter how subtle.

The same dynamic has been shown
to apply to cycling
, where wind drag can result in much greater energy
demands during 25 miles of outdoor cycling than the same distance on a
stationary bike. That means if you have limited time and want to burn as many
calories as possible, you should hit the road instead of the gym.

But
there seem to be other, more ineffable advantages to getting outside to work
out. In a number of
recent studies,
volunteers have been asked to go for two walks for the same
time or distance — one inside, usually on a treadmill or around a track, the
other outdoors. In virtually all of the studies, the volunteers reported
enjoying the outside activity more and, on subsequent psychological tests,
scored significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and
self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue after they walked
outside.

Of course,
those studies were small-scale, short-term — only two walks — and squishy in
their scientific parameters, relying heavily on subjective responses. But a study last year of older
adults
found, objectively, that those who exercised outside exercised
longer and more often than those working out indoors. Specifically, the
researchers asked men and women 66 or older about their exercise habits and
then fitted them all with electronic gadgets that measured their activity
levels for a week. The gadgets and the survey showed that the volunteers who
exercised outside, usually by walking, were significantly more physically
active than those who exercised indoors, completing, on average, about 30
minutes more exercise each week than those who walked or otheStudies haven’t
yet established why, physiologically, exercising outside might improve
dispositions or inspire greater commitment to an exercise program. A few small studies have found
that people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress,
after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside. There’s speculation,
too, that exposure to direct sunlight, known to affect mood, plays a role.

But the
take-away seems to be that moving their routines outside could help reluctant
or inconsistent exercisers. “If outdoor activity encourages more activity, then
it is a good thing,” says Jacqueline Kerr, a professor at the University of
California, San Diego, who led the study of older adults. After all, “despite
the fitness industry boom,” she continues, “we are not seeing changes in
national physical activity levels, so gyms are not the answer.”

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Happy Monday!

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Jun 02, 2014 @ 10:41 AM
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TODAY IS "GIVE-AWAY" WEDNESDAY AT STEP AHEAD!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 01:12 PM

Wednesday is “GIVE-AWAY” DAY at Step Ahead!

    

 

Come in for a weigh-in, personal training session, or check
in with the Doctor and Registered Dietitian and leave with these

 

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Each medium-sized apple -- approximately 3 inches in diameter -- contains 95 calories. Roughly 87 percent of these calories come from carbohydrates, and the carbs found in apples help you metabolize fats, allow your nervous system to function and help your muscle tissue hold onto its protein stores. Each medium apple also contains 4.4 grams of dietary fiber, a nondigestable carbohydrate that fights chronic diseases -- including diverticular disease and type-2 diabetes -- and helps keep you regular. The fiber in one apple contributes 18 percent toward the recommended daily fiber intake for women and 12 percent for men.

Call Erica at 908-440-2235 to schedule your appointment. 

 Don’t delay… offer is good for today only and while supplies last.

We hope to see you today!!

 

For more information on all the weight loss programs we
offer, visit us at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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ALL CALORIES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL! Quality Counts!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

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ALL CALORIES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!

One of the most dangerous lies of mainstream weight-loss advice
is the notion that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, and if the number of
calories you consume is fewer than the number you burn, you will lose weight.

Many struggle with their weight, even as they follow this
advice. They count calories and exercise, yet the numbers on the scale never
budge. Or even worse: the numbers grow higher.

The laws of physics correctly say that if you burn more calories
than you consume you will eventually lose weight. This is a scientific fact,
but hidden in this fact is your metabolic rate is not a static number and the
food you eat as well as other factors can cause your metabolism to fluctuate
throughout the day and over longer periods of time.

These and other factors make accurately determining your
calories burned very difficult.

When combined with overly optimistic and often incorrect
calories consumed as well as thyroid and hormone issues, it easy to see why so
many people calculate calories needed to lose weight wrongly.

 Fat Storage is a Complex Metabolic Process

The idea that you will successfully lose weight if you eat less
and exercise more is continually disproved, but is still often repeated as
truth.

Fat storage–how much is stored, where it is stored, and how much
is used as fuel for the body–is determined by the actions of a variety of
enzymes and hormones. How your body processes the nutrients that become fat is
based on genetics and the foods you choose.

You can see evidence of this fact in the people around you: A
pregnant woman’s hips and thighs increase in size, even if she’s usually slender.
One person is thin and struggles to gain weight, while another person is
overweight in spite of hours in the gym and skipped meals.

The foods you eat, especially those that elevate blood sugar
levels, have a tremendous impact on how much fat is burned and how much is
stored. This is why low-carb diets are so effective. These diets eliminate the
foods that spike your blood sugar and promote the release of fat-storing
insulin.

The Source of Calories Matters

Does it make a difference if you take in 100 calories from a
cupcake or the same amount of calories from chicken breast? Research shows that
the answer is a resounding “yes”.

All carbohydrates convert to glucose (sugar), but some are more
easily digested. This means that, compared to other carbohydrates, they elevate
blood sugar levels higher and for longer periods of time.

Foods like wheat and other grains, sugar, starches, and
dehydrated fruits are the easiest to digest and boost your blood sugar levels
sky-high. Insulin comes in to bring down those levels by storing the sugars as
fatty acids in your fat cells.

Fructose, the sugar contained in table sugar, high fructose corn
syrup, and agave nectar, travels straight to the fat cells. It is much better
at adding to body fat than either glucose or starchy foods.

In spite of its repetition by nutritionists and doctors
everywhere, a low-calorie diet and physical activity do not guarantee weight
loss. All calories are not created equal. Certain foods, like wheat and
starches, stimulate insulin production that leads to fat storage. Sugars not
only stimulate insulin, but also go straight into your fat cells. Remove these
foods from your diet and replace them with high-quality nutrients found in
animal proteins, vegetables, and fruits for the most effective way to lose
excess pounds. To get started, the next time you go grocery shopping purchase
as many whole foods as possible and start reducing your purchase of processed
foods.

 

For more fitness information contact our fitness director/certified fitness trainer, Noelle Lusardi, at Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

 

 

Resources:

Taubes, Gary. Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the
Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. New York: Knopf,
2007. Print.

Corbett Dooren, Jennifer. “Not All Calories Equal, Study Shows.”
WSJ Health and Wellness. Wall Street Journal, 26 June 2012. Web. 3 July 2012.

Hallfrisch, J. “Metabolic Effects of Dietary Fructose.” The
FASEB Journal 4.9 (1990): 2652-660. Print.

 

 

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POWER WALK/YOGA STRETCH CLASSES IN THE PARK START JUNE 4... call today to reserve your spot!

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Join us every Wednesday evening this summer for an hour of movement that will restore, rejuvenate, strengthen and energize you... after a long day at work or home with the kids/family.

Email our fitness director Noelle Lusardi at Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for more info or to sign up!

We look forward to walking and stretching with you!

 

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POWER WALK/YOGA STRETCH CLASS IN THE PARK CLASSES BEGIN JUNE 4... Call today to sign up!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Join us every Wednesday night this summer for our Power Walk/Yoga Stretch Classes In The Park! 

Registration is OPEN!  And we look forward to walking with you!!!

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Give The Gift of Fitness This Mother's Day!

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 01:44 PM

 

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This Mother's Day, skip the flowers and give your mom something she really needs—the
gift of good health.

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No, you don't have to buy her a treadmill. There are many other things you can
do to give your mom a boost in terms of her physical (or mental) well-being.
Most moms will truly appreciate that your Mother's Day gift is aimed at keeping
her happy, healthy, and in your life for a long time. In case you are drawing a
blank, Step Ahead came up with a great gift for every mom.

Step Ahead
Gift card towards any program.  

*Offer includes a
body composition analysis on our Tanita scale.

* 30 minute personal
training session.

  *Step by Step guide on how to
reach your health goals

 

E-mail
us to receive an e-gift card sent directly to your e-mail or pick up your
custom gift card in our office!

Phone:
908-470-2235

E-mail:
drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

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This Mother's Day, skip the flowers and give your mom something she really needs—the gift of good health.

No, you don't have to buy her a treadmill. There are many other things you can do to give your mom a boost in terms of her physical (or mental) well-being. Most moms will truly appreciate that your Mother's Day gift is aimed at keeping her happy, healthy, and in your life for a long time. In case you are drawing a blank, Step Ahead came up with a great gift for every mom.

 

Step Ahead Gift card towards any program.  

*Offer includes a body composition analysis on our Tanita scale.

* 30 minute personal training session.

  *Step by Step guide on how to reach your health goals


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E-mail us to receive an e-gift card sent directly to your e-mail or pick up your custom gift card in our office!

Phone: 908-470-2235

E-mail: drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

 

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TODAY IS "GIVE-AWAY" WEDNESDAY AT STEP AHEAD!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

Wednesday is “GIVE-AWAY” DAY at Step Ahead!

 

 

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Come in for a weigh-in, personal training session, or check
in with the Doctor and Registered Dietitian and leave with these

Step Ahead Customized 100 calorie packs.
Enjoy only 65 calories of veggie sticks and 35 calories of popcorn for a delicious 100 calorie snack!


Call Erica at 908-440-2235 to schedule your appointment. 

 Don’t delay… offer is good for today only and while supplies last.

We hope to see you today!!

 

For more information on all the weight loss programs we
offer, visit us at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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