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CNN Article Supports Long Term Use of Weight Loss Medications Reduces Risk of Diabetes Heart Disease…

In our Philadelphia medical weight loss center our programs are designed to help people lose weight and also improve their overall health and wellness. Many of the people that come to  our weight loss clinic have tried every type of diet and exercise program out there and they may have lost a little bit of weight but they always seem to gain it back. Our program takes all of this into consideration and we work with the person to design the optimal plan to help them achieve their desired bodyweight.  

We design our weight loss programs taking many things into consideration such as your age, sex, level of physical fitness and of course we have to take into consideration any illnesses or diseases that you might have. All of these things are very important and that is why our program is very successful.

In addition to providing a person with a good nutrition diet plan and an exercise program we also may use weight-loss medications and appetite suppressant medications. More and more evidence is coming out that supports the use of weight loss medication. And even more evidence is being presented that supports the use of long-term use of such medications.

More than ever the medical societies in this country are realizing that many of the illnesses such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke, just to name a few, are related to a person being overweight or obese.

For many people just following a diet and exercise plan are simply not enough to help them maintain a healthy body weight. And with them being overweight comes the risk of developing many illnesses and diseases.  

We see many people coming to see us in our weight loss clinic that are following a sensible eating and exercise plan and yet they are still overweight.  They are doing everything right and yet they are still overweight. And this is the reason why we utilize weight-loss medications in our plan.  

CNN recently published an article on this very topic. In the article they interviewed top weight loss specialist who believed that long-term use of weight loss medications are needed in order for people to maintain a healthy body weight. In the article they explained that a section of the brain (the hypothalamus) controls our hunger, our appetite and our cravings.

This section of the brain is stimulated by hormones made by your stomach, intestines and fat cells. When you eat your stomach, intestines and fat cells releases specific hormones that tell your brain that you are full, and to stop eating.

But when a person is overweight or obese the nerves that connect to this section of the brain become desensitized, therefore our appetite is never controlled, we never get full. In the article these weight loss specialists stated that these nerves become desensitized and damaged, therefore a person will just continue to eat and gain weight.  

And that this is why weight loss medications are necessary; because the body has lost its ability to regulate its hunger.  

In the article the weight loss specialists state that losing just 5% to 10% of your body weight can help improve your blood pressure and reduce your triglycerides and decrease your blood sugar levels and that this can significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Just by losing 5% of your body weight you can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 50%.  

In summary more and more evidence is supporting long-term use of weight loss medications in order to help people lose weight and also reduce the risk of developing serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer.

If you would like more information on our medical weight loss programs invite you to call us and schedule your free consultation. Call now at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free medical weight loss consultation.

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor Delicious Smoothies to Burn Fat Fast

If this is your first time coming to our website and you’re looking for a Philadelphia weight loss Doctor I invite you to call us to schedule your free medical weight loss consultation. Just call us at 215-821-7336 and we will gladly schedule you for your free consultation.   

In our weight loss program to use FDA approved appetite suppressant medications, weight-loss pills and diet pills, vitamin B12  injection therapy and we coach our patients in the proper nutrition diet plan and of course exercises well.   Over the past years, the FDA has approved many more medications for the treatment of obesity and people being overweight. Weight-loss medications may include Phentermine, Adipex, Phendimetrazine, Bontril, Belviq  and Saxenda.  

All of these medications work in different ways to help eliminate appetite, hunger and cravings in order to assist people in losing weight and achieving a healthy body weight. Of course along with the weight loss medications a person needs to follow a sensible eating plan and an exercise program even if they just walk a few times a week. All of these things work synergistically and helping a patient lose weight and also hopefully improve their overall health and wellness.

That’s why we  spend quite a bit of time reviewing nutrition and exercise with patients. And of course every week or so we like to update this blog with great recipes that range from smoothies, appetizers, entrées and even desserts. With all of that being said here are  4 delicious smoothie recipes that are refreshing, nutritious and packed with fruits and vegetables.

Philadelphia Green Morning Smoothie

  • Spinach – 2 handfuls
  • Apple – 1, cored and seeded
  • Carrots – 2
  • Celery stalks – 4
  • Lemon – ¼, peeled
  • Ground ginger or ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
  • Combine all of the above ingredients into a high powered blender, blend and enjoy.

Nothing But Greens Smoothie

  • Kale – 2 – 3 handfuls
  • Apples – 2, cored and seeded
  • Celery stalks – 6
  • Just put all of these ingredients into the blender, blend and enjoy!

Super Green Smoothie

  • Spinach – 3 handfuls
  • Sprouts – 2 handfuls
  • Pineapple – ½ cup
  • Raspberries – frozen, 1 cup
  • Combine all of the ingredients into a blender, blend and enjoy!

Green Rabbit Smoothie

  • Watercress – 3 cups
  • Carrots – 2
  • Parsnips – 2
  • Celery stalks – 4
  • Cucumber – 1, peeled
  • Fresh basil – 6 sprigs
  • Simply combine everything into a high-powered blender, blend and enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy all of these recipes and if you, a friend, loved one or family member need help losing weight I invite you to call and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Just call us now at 215-821-7336 for your free consultation.

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctors Philly Ketosis Fat Bomb Smoothie

If you are looking for Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctors call us for your free consultation. Call 215-821-7336 for more information and to schedule your free consultation. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and in celebration of our Philadelphia Eagles I am giving you a super green smoothie recipe that is loaded with healthy nutrients, good healthy fats and of course it’s the color green.

This Super Bowl Sunday is special to me for 2 reasons; one is that our Eagles are in it and even more important is that I married my wife 30 years ago on Super Bowl Sunday. Hopefully the Eagles can give us a Super Bowl victory as a 30th Wedding Anniversary gift.

This recipe will give you a very large smoothie that you can put in a travel mug and drink it all day for continuous energy. Or you can divide it between 2 servings. This recipe is low carb and has lots of good healthy fat. I like to make this early in the morning and take it with me to the office. I keep it in the refrigerator and drink it in between patients.

Here is the recipe:


  • 2 Avocado
  • 2 handful of sprouts
  • 2 handfuls of greens
  • 2 tbsp organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Optional stevia to taste

Combine all of the ingredients into a blender, blend and enjoy. The Smoothie will have a very thick and creamy consistency.

The avocados and full fat coconut milk have lots of good healthy fat that should help you eliminate your appetite. In another article on this blog that I posted some time ago I wrote that there is a section in the colon that is called the brake and that when good healthy fats pass over this section the body releases hormones that should help control your appetite for as much as 3 hours. That’s why this smoothie should be part of your diet program.

During the week when I am in the office seeing patients I have this smoothie for one or even two of my meals. In today’s world it seems that most of us do not have time to sit down and enjoy a good healthy meal. So smoothies go a long way in providing your body with all the vitamins and nutrients that it needs. Smoothies are not as enjoyable as sitting down and having a nice meal with your family but they do the job of giving your body what it needs nutritionally. If you are short on time to enjoy healthy meals and if you do not have enough time to prepare good healthy meals, smoothies like this should be part of your Nutrition program.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe. If you, a friend, family member or loved one needs help losing weight, I invite you to call us and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Call us now at 215-821-7336.

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctors Fat Burning Exercise Plan

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor

If you are searching for Philadelphia weight loss Doctor I welcome you to call and schedule your complementary weight loss consultation. Call 215-821-7336 and schedule your session now. Dr. Mermelstein has developed medication protocols that have assisted people losing weight and breaking through their weight loss plateaus. In our weight loss program we utilize FDA approved weight loss pills, appetite suppressant medications such as Phentermine, Phendimetrazine, Adipex and Bontril along with vitamin B-12 injection therapy and of course clinically sound nutrition and exercise protocols.

In today’s article I’m going to review with you some of the best choices in the exercise routines that are focused on burning body fat and losing inches. Most people do not realize that certain type of exercises yield certain results.

If you are weight training and lifting heavy weights that will usually develop thick dense musculature and possibly cause a gain in body weight. And the amount of muscle that you may gain from this type of exercise routine is dependent upon whether you are a male or female, your age and hormone levels.

A young man of 20 years old is going to get different types of results compared to a more mature man of 55. The younger man because he has an abundance of hormones is going to develop muscle more quickly. The more mature man will still develop muscles but if his diet is not 100% perfect he will probably develop more of a bulky type of look.

This is why as we get older we need to change our exercise programs to accommodate the decrease in hormonal levels. I like to say that as we get older we must work out smarter to achieve our desired results.

And let’s not forget that since heavy weight training is breaking down muscle you will need to increase your calories and amounts of protein that you are eating to build the muscles backup. This of course is going to make you more hungry. For females it’s even more important to do the right type of exercise routines.

You can see that there are many things that need to be taken into consideration when designing an exercise program for a person. Many people are trying to burn body fat, lose pounds and inches and build muscle at the same time. Sadly, as we get older this is almost impossible to do.

That is why in our Philadelphia weight loss clinic we like to focus on first burning body fat, losing pounds and inches.

We have different phases; phase 1 is for burning body fat and losing weight. Phase 2 is for toning the body. In phase 1 we focused on losing pounds and inches by performing mostly low intensity exercises such as walking outside, on a treadmill or in your local mall at a somewhat brisk pace. You may also write a bike, either outside or a stationary bike in the comfort of your own home while watching television or at your gym. You can also follow along with a cardio class, and low intensity Zumba class or even a dance class. Just as long as you are moving your body at a brisk pace you are fine. With low intensity exercise usually during the first 30 minutes you are building up good heart health cardiovascular health and burning up the sugar that is in your bloodstream from all the food that you have been eating. Finally, at minute 31 you should start burning your own body fat.

That is why we usually suggest that people have a goal of increasing the amount of time that they are performing low intensity cardio to 60 minutes. When people start out with us they may only be able to walk for 10 – 15 minutes and that’s it they are finished. That is perfectly fine. You have to accept yourself as you are and be happy with what you are able to accomplish in regards to exercise. If you can only do 10 – 15 minutes of cardio vascular exercise today, except that, be happy and in two weeks try to increase the time that you are walking to 20 minutes. And just repeat this gradual increase over time.

You are trying to make yourself healthy by losing weight so accept the fact that this is going to be a journey and then it’s going to take time and it requires persistence, dedication and repetition. Be honest with yourself and set realistic goals. For some reason many people set these outrageous goals and then when they don’t achieve them they become discouraged and they stop eating well and exercising.

Let’s be kind to ourselves and let set small goals and over the course of time these tiny baby steps become giant steps. And of course the more days of the week that you perform some type of cardiovascular exercise the more conducive it is to achieving your weight loss goals. It is usually recommended that people perform some type of cardiovascular exercise at least 3 – 4 times a week.

In review in order to focus on losing weight, losing pounds and inches it is usually recommended that you perform some type of low intensity cardiovascular physical activity. Then for phase 2 we can begin the exercise routines that are designed specifically for toning your musculature. And that is another article so stay tuned.

Remember to schedule your complementary weight loss consultation call now 215-821-7336.