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Summer Recipes for Fast Weight Loss

Thank you for visiting our site today.  I have 4 tasty and nutritious smoothie recipes for you today. They should satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite and cravings.

Here are the recipes:

Doc’s Keto Cinnamon Roll Smoothie – this is one of my favorite recipes.

  • Almond milk – 1 cup
  • Avocado – ½ of a small avocado
  • Cinnamon – ½ TSP
  • Vanilla extract – 1 TSP
  • Low carb and low sugar Vanilla Protein Powder – 1 scoop
  • Ice cubes
  • Combine everything in your blender. Blend and enjoy

Lisa’s Banana Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

  • Spinach – 1 Cup
  • Kale – 1 Cup
  • Blueberries – 1/4 cup
  • Small banana – ½
  • Almond butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Combine everything in your blender. Blend and enjoy

Lean and Green Keto Smoothie Recipe

  • Sugar free Almond milk – 1 cup
  • Kale – 1 Cup
  • Bibb lettuce – 1 cup
  • Green apple – 1 cored and seeded
  • MCT oil – ½ TBSP
  • Combine everything in your blender. Blend and enjoy

Lisa’s Avocado Berry Smoothie Recipe

  • Kale – 1 cup
  • Arugula – 1 cup
  • Boysenberries – ¼ cup
  • Avocado – 1 small
  • Sugar free Almond Milk – ½ cup
  • Combine everything in your blender. Blend and enjoy

We hope you enjoy these recipes. If you are looking for weight loss doctors in Philadelphia and would like  more information about our program call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation. We do our best to make our program simple, effective and affordable.

Medical Weight Loss in Philadelphia

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At our medical weight loss center in Philadelphia, Dr. Mermelstein and his staff of nurse practitioners and physician assistants help people achieve their weight loss goals. Dr. Mermelstein may use FDA approved weight loss medications, various vitamin injection therapies such as vitamin B 12 and other lipotropic injections also known as the Lipo-Shot. When combined with a proper nutrition plan and some type of physical activity most patients do extremely well and achieve their weight loss goals. In our program Dr. Kenny also spends time educating people on the proper type of diet that he believes to be best for them.

Some of the medications that Dr. Mermelstein may prescribe for a weight-loss patient are:


  • Phentermine – Adipex,
  • Phendimetrazine – Bontril
  • Belviq
  • Plenity
  • Saxenda
  • Qsymia

Each of these medications work in their own way to help facilitate the weight loss process for people. Phentermine, for example, is one of the oldest weight-loss medications to be prescribed by physicians for patients.

Phentermine helps by giving people a feeling of satiety or being full and not hungry. Phentermine also helps stimulate the body processes that break down fat.

When our patients combine taking phentermine with the diet plan that we give them most people are very successful and lose weight.

If a person also adds some type of physical activity even if it is just walking during the day it provides an extra boost to their losing weight. Even our patients that are not able to exercise much at all because of back injuries, leg injuries or some other type of health issue usually do well as long as they follow the diet plan we give them.

When you come to your office you will fill out a questionnaire telling us about your medical history, any health issues that you may have such as hypothyroidism, PCOS, diabetes and high blood pressure. We also ask that you tell us the medications that you are presently taking. After that you will see the doctor – medical provider and they will review your medical history and medications then perform an evaluation that includes measuring your height and weight, calculating your BMI, taking your blood pressure, pulse and physical assessment.

The doctor will also discuss your goals and after all of that will make the recommendations for the plan that he believes will be best for you. This may include the weight loss appetite suppressant medications. Then you will sit with Dr. Kenny and discuss diet/nutrition and physical activity recommendations. Dr. Kenny has lost 80 lbs on this plan and he has kept it off.

Usually patients are seen once a month unless they need to be seen more frequently because of other health issues they may have.

People are with us for as long as they need to be. Some patients may come to see us for a month or two while others may be with us longer because of the amount of weight that they need to lose. As long as a person needs us, we are here for them.

For your free weight loss consultation call us at 215-821-7336 and we will happily schedule your consultation.

4 Reasons for Stomach Bloating and Belly Fat by Medical Weight Loss in Philadelphia

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In or Philadelphia Medical Weight Loss Center people come to us for all different reasons. Most people who come to us need help with losing weight while others may want to lose weight but they also want to improve their overall health and wellness. One of the main complaints that we usually hear from almost everyone is that their stomach is always bloated and / or they just cannot get rid of their belly fat. There are many different reasons why a person may be bloated or not able to get rid of their belly fat and today I am going to discuss a few of them.

Reason Number 1:

One of the most common reasons for having difficult to lose belly fat is that there is too much insulin in the body.When your insulin level is high your body is in fat storage mode. Most of the calories that you are eating during this time or going to be stored as body fat. You start developing abdominal fat also known as visceral fat. This can also lead to your  liver getting fatty and can eventually cause fat to develop around other organs and into our stomachs and causing distended belly. This can also cause a sagging stomach as well. And of course let’s not forget the love handles and back fat. Eating too much high-sugar fruits, starchy carbohydrates, candies and beverages containing sugar can all increase your insulin level and cause you to gain fat.

Reason Number 2:

High cortisol levels can also increase your belly fat. cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands and is considered to be a stress hormone. When you are physically and mentally over stressed your body produces more cortisol and cortisol in turn increase insulin production. And we know that high levels of insulin increases stomach fat. Cortisol turns protein into glucose which causes a spike in insulin production. Because cortisol increases your blood sugar and your insulin you eventually develop a insulin resistance and your body cannot properly control blood sugar; now you can possibly develop Diabetes. So your body is now producing high levels of insulin but it’s not effective in lower blood sugar levels.

Reason Number 3:

Another reason for stomach bloating is that you are consuming too many sugar alcohols such as erythritol. Sugar alcohol can cause stomach bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Personally, I cannot consume large amounts of erythritol. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes I was trying to restrict my sugars and starchy carbohydrates. For my birthday, my wonderful wife made me a sugar-free, low carb cheesecake and she used erythritol. When I took my first bite it was absolutely delicious and suffice to say it was my birthday so I indulged a bit too much and I paid the price later.

My stomach was a mess, nothing but pain and gas. I learned this lesson the hard way. If you are maintaining a restricted carbohydrate diet, you have to be careful of overconsumption sugar alcohols. There are other sugar substitutes that you can use. I now use monk fruit and monk fruit extract. If you do use sugar alcohols please use small quantities.

Reason Number 4:

Finally you may just be overeating or eating too many times during the day. When you eat it takes about 4 – 5  hours for the food that you are eating to be processed and go through your stomach. It takes about 5-6 hours for the food to go through your small intestine and then it can take anywhere from 10 hours to 30 hours to go through your large intestine depending on what you ate.

So when you are eating something every hour you could be overloading your system. You have to give your body time to digest all of the food that you were eating. And when you are eating take your time you don’t want to shovel everything and anything into your body as fast as you can. Be mindful of the foods you are eating and the quantity of food that you are eating.

If you would like more information on our Philadelphia medical weight loss program just call us at 215-821-7336 and we will be glad to answer any of your questions. You can also call and schedule a free weight loss consultation.