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Intermittent Fasting Made Simple by Medical Weight Loss Philadelphia

Because I am getting so many questions from our weight loss patients about intermittent fasting, today’s article is going to be about simplifying the whole approach to intermittent fasting. So many people coming into the office for help with weight loss are already practicing some type of intermittent fasting but they are making it very complicated. Intermittent fasting is actually very simple. The easiest form of intermittent fasting is to eat when you are hungry. You do not have to follow any type of timetable and eat 5 or 6 times a day, you just eat when your body tells you to eat. Please make sure that you discuss any type of dietary changes with your family doctor or visit us. To schedule your free weight loss consultation call us at 215-821-7336.

So let’s first start with defining what intermittent fasting is. Intermittent fasting is not really a diet, it does not tell you specifically what type of foods that you should be eating. Intermittent fasting is simply periods of eating and fasting. Basically it’s a time table or pattern of eating.

When I consult with weight loss patients and they are interested in doing some type of intermittent fasting program what I usually do is have them start out with eating 3 meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner people can snack on vegetables. Some of the questions I get from people about intermittent fasting is if they can take their vitamins and supplements while practicing intermittent fasting. In my personal experience taking your supplements and vitamins is fine while practicing intermittent fasting. As far as beverages go, I usually recommend that people stick to water.

With intermittent fasting there are two very important things that you need to remember. The first is that this is a fasting protocol. It is a series of short fasts followed by eating. The second important thing is that you have to be mindful of the type of food that you are eating.

So many people coming into the office now are practicing some type of intermittent fasting. But the problem is that they are eating tons of starchy carbohydrates like pizza, rice and potatoes. This totally defeats the purpose of intermittent fasting. Because it will force your body to produce a tremendous amount of insulin and this is commonly called insulin spikes.

The purpose of intermittent fasting is to limit the number of insulin spikes our body experiences during the day. Please remember that even though you have reduced the number of times you are eating during the day you still cannot eat whatever you want. Personally, my meals are usually made up of a large amount of vegetables, a modest amount of protein and good healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and ghee.  

I do not consider my personal diet a low carb diet because I eat at least 5 to 7 cups of vegetable a day. And vegetables can be considered a carbohydrate. Vegetables are good carbohydrates as compared to starchy carbohydrates like pizza, pasta, rice and potatoes. Our bodies require the nutrients In vegetables to maintain normal function of all the systems in our body. So regardless of any timetable or schedule that you may set for yourself; please remember that your meals have to consist of a healthy balance of vegetables, healthy protein and good healthy fats. Also please keep in mind that there are many eating timetables and protocols for intermittent fasting.  So you have to find the one that is best for you. Just because your best friend might be following a particular intermittent fasting pattern does not mean that it’s going to be good for you.

There are several different models of intermittent fasting. The most popular type is simply choosing 8 hours during the day in which you will be eating all or most of your food. There are also models in which you choose a 6 hour window and even a 4 hour window to eat most of your meals. I find that starting out with eating breakfast, lunch and dinner is the easiest and most successful model to follow when beginning intermittent fasting. After following the 3 meals a day model people usually try the 8 hour model that is so popular. 

When a person first comes to our practice and is interested in intermittent fasting we will usually have them start with eating 3 meals a day. We see how they do with that eating schedule and then we can tweak the diet as time goes on. If you are attempting to practice intermittent fasting on your own please do not be overly aggressive, start slowly. Do not go from eating five or six times a day down to just one meal a day or even worse… going days without eating. You should really be working with a health and nutrition coach and that’s why we are here for you. If you, a friend or loved one need help with improving overall health and wellness and losing weight I invite you all to call and schedule a free consultation with us. Call 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation.

Ketosis Recipes For Maximum Fat Loss by Medical Weight Loss Philadelphia

Hello everyone, in today’s article we are going to give you three great recipes for ketosis smoothies. The recipes are for our Creamy Ketosis Smoothie, our Very Berry Green Ketosis Smoothie and our Strawberry Cream Cheese Ketosis Smoothie. If this is your first time visiting our website and you would like more information on our program just call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation.

In your free weight loss consultation, we will review your medical history with you, medications you are taking, review your eating habits and exercise routines, check your blood pressure, height and weight, calculate your BMI, measure your oxygen level (oxygen saturation) of the blood, and perform a regular physical evaluation. After that we will discuss the various options for your weight-loss program. So once again, to schedule your free weight loss consultation just call us at 215-821-7336.

The ketosis diet and intermittent fasting are two of the most popular topics in the healthcare, wellness and weight loss world. And the ketogenic diet helped me when I was first diagnosed as a diabetic. These three ketosis smoothie recipes were part of my nutrition plan that helped me lower my HgbA1c from 12.4 to 5.6.

With that being said here are the recipes:

Creamy Ketosis Smoothie

This recipe has nuts as an ingredient so if you are allergic to nuts do not make this recipe or just leave out the nuts.

This recipe makes 2 servings

  • Solutions 4 chocolate protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Avocado – 1 ½ – 2
  • Hemp milk – 3 ounces
  • Heavy cream – 3 ounces
  • Your choice of any Nut butter – 2 tablespoons (I like organic peanut butter or almond butter)
  • Ice cubes – 10
  • Combine all of the ingredients in your blender and enjoy!

Very Berry Green Ketosis Smoothie

  • Heavy cream – 6 ounces
  • Spinach – 1 handful
  • Berries – ¼ cup
  • Solutions 4 chocolate protein powder – 1 -2 scoops
  • You can add water, 3 – 4 ounces if you like.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in your blender and enjoy!

Strawberry Cream cheese Ketosis

  • Heavy cream – 3 ounces
  • Hemp milk – 3 ounces
  • Solutions 4 chocolate protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Cream cheese – 2 ounces
  • Strawberries – ¼ cup
  • Combine all of the ingredients in your blender and enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy these recipes and that they assist you in achieving your health, wellness and weight loss goals.

If you, a friend, loved one or coworker need help losing weight I invite you to call and schedule your free weight loss consultation. To schedule your free weight loss consultation just call us at 215-821-7336.

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Burn Belly Fat

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So many patients come into the office asking about apple cider vinegar. everyone thinks that it’s some magical elixir and there is good reason to think so; but there is quite a bit of misinformation about apple cider vinegar. So in this article I’m going to tell you some of the  major health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

People think that apple cider vinegar contains lots of vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C and that it also contains quite a bit of minerals but it does not. But it does contain a very valuable ingredient and that is acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main reason why apple cider vinegar has been shown to help health issues such as high blood pressure, lowering blood sugar levels, helping with muscle cramps and even some types of nerve pain.

Acetic acid helps improve the pH levels of the body. Many people are under the belief that everyone has an acidic pH level and this is what causes us to retain body fat and to be sick. Most people are testing their pH levels through some type of pH dipstick test, and this is not totally accurate. To truly test your pH levels properly it has to be done through a blood test. Many of the dipsticks test show people to be in an acidic state but that’s because the various systems and organs of the body each have their own pH levels. so when you are testing your saliva with a pH dipstick and it is showing that you are acidic that does not mean that your blood pH level is acidic. Your blood, saliva and urine all have different pH levels. The most common way to determine if your pH level is acidic or alkaline is just to review the symptoms you may be experiencing.

Most people have a blood pH level that is more alkaline than it is supposed to be.

And this is why the acetic acid and apple cider vinegar is so beneficial because it brings the pH level to a more normal level.  Just a slight change in your pH level can give you huge health benefits. Improving the body’s pH levels does all sorts of wonderful things like helping the transportation vitamins and minerals and supports the various enzymes and hormonal systems of the body.

Also acetic acid has almost the same pH level as your stomach and that is why apple cider vinegar is great for heartburn, indigestion GERD and acid reflux.  Especially if you are over the age of 50 apple cider vinegar is great for stomach issues. As we grow older the stomach pH level becomes more alkaline and that is why we oftentimes need help digesting foods, especially protein. And if you are on a high protein diet you want to make sure you are taking apple cider vinegar. High amounts of protein produces a waste product called guanidine and it’s a chemical that is extremely alkaline. High amounts a guanidine can cause twitching nerve pain. Apple cider vinegar / Acetic acid vinegar helps the body process and get rid of guanidine.

Another problem with the body being too alkaline is that it decreases the ability of the body to absorb and process calcium. This leads to extra calcium being deposited into the soft tissues of the body and can even cause the development of cataracts in your eyes. It can also cause an increase in arthritis as well.

Your body can also lose potassium if it is too alkaline. so you can see that if your body is too alkaline you can suffer from several significant health issues.

Apple cider vinegar can help you lose your belly fat because it increases the body’s ability to absorb sugar / glucose into the cells and use that for energy. This helps decrease the amount of insulin that needs to be produced by the body And this in turn reduces the amount of fat that is stored around the belly. In a previous article I noted that when you see people with extra belly fat it’s usually because there is too much insulin being produced by their body. And if you help decrease the amount of insulin being produced by the body it should help get rid of the belly fat. Acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar improves your body’s ability to process and use the sugar for  fuel and this reduces the need for the body to produce extra insulin.

To summarize everything apple cider vinegar helps your body use sugar / glucose for fuel, helps improve insulin sensitivity, helps decrease your belly fat, Helps improve the ability of a body to absorb calcium and helps with arthritis and other  health issues that may develop as we grow older. it also helps with nerve pain, stomach issues such as acid reflux and GERD. And again it indirectly helps the body burn belly fat.

Personally I add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to 10 ounces of water and I drink this 2 times a day.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

If you, a friend, loved one or co-worker need help losing weight or improving your overall health and wellness I invite you to call and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Just call us at 215-821-7336 and Lisa will gladly schedule your free weight loss consultation.

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor Intermittent Fasting Burn Fat Lose Weight

Hello and today I am going to go  over a very hot topic in the diet and fitness world and that is intermittent fasting.  

I have to state that if you are considering or have any interest in intermittent fasting you must discuss it with your family medical doctor or your weight loss Doctor and get their approval before beginning such a program. This article is not medical advice and not to be followed as any type of medical advice or recommendations.  Before beginning any type of nutrition, diet and exercise plan you must discuss it with your doctor first. Especially if you’re diabetic you must clear this type of program with your doctor.

If this is your first time visiting our site and you would like more information on our weight loss program just call us and schedule your free consultation. Call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation now.

Not only is intermittent fasting getting quite a bit of attention in the diet and fitness world but is also getting a lot of attention in the news and social media.  And many of our patients have lots of questions about intermittent fasting. Just to clear up some confusion intermittent fasting is not necessarily a diet. What intermittent fasting is is a method, a system telling you when and how often you should be eating. It doesn’t really get into the type of food that you should be eating, the number of calories you should be eating throughout the day and how much protein, vegetables and good healthy fats during the day that you should eat in a day. Again intermittent fasting is more about when you should be eating during the day and how frequently you should be eating. So the next question is why he is intermittent fasting so popular? It’s popular because when combined with the proper nutrition plan it can be a very effective way to help you lose weight and help improve your overall health and wellness. The reason why intermittent fasting is popular is that it helps  control 2 very important chemicals or hormones when it comes to losing weight. And those hormones are growth hormone and insulin. Now usually when everyone thinks of growth hormone they think about athletes and possibly steroids. But your body produces its own growth hormone. It’s one of the major hormones in the body when it comes to losing weight and developing nice lean muscle. Most people associate growth hormone with being the anti-aging hormone. So growth hormone is important across it helps you build muscle and helps burn body.

The other hormone affected by intermittent fasting is insulin. Now everyone has heard about insulin and usually only think of insulin we think of diabetes. And this is true diabetics usually do have problems with insulin and insulin resistance. But insulin also controls how much fat we store on our body. If insulin is in your body, floating around in your bloodstream is impossible for your body to burn fat. Insulin basically tells your body to store fat. So with the insulin levels are high in your body it does not matter what you are eating, the calories from the food are going to be stored as body fat. Even if you are eating a delicious grilled chicken with some steamed vegetables when the insulin levels are high all of those calories are going to be stored as body fat.

Insulin actually works against growth hormone and will prevent your body from burning fat and building lean healthy muscle. So now you know that if you see someone with a very large stomach they probably have a problem with insulin.

It’s a complicated process in the body.  Insulin is produced by the pancreas. When everything is normal the cells in your body are receptive to the insulin that is being produced by the pancreas and everything is fine. But when people start over eating problems start to show their ugly head. Because a person is constantly eating, especially your sugar and carbohydrate foods and beverages your body, your pancreas produces more insulin to help control this. The issue is that the body is producing so much insulin the cells become resistant to it.  And because the cells are resistant to insulin the pancreas produces more and more insulin.

When the pancreas is producing more insulin than the body needs the cells of the body actually become resistant to the insulin.  And what happens is there is a low amount of insulin in the cells of the body but there is a tremendously high amount of insulin floating around in the bloodstream. This high amount of insulin in your body causes everything that you are eating to be stored as body fat. This is one of the main precursors to diabetes or being what they call prediabetic. And if you do not get this under control you are on your way to having full-blown diabetes.

Intermittent fasting can help with this because it decreases the number of times that you are eating during the day. Every time you eat something your body usually converts part of that food into sugar or glucose; and this in turn elevates insulin levels. So the theory is that if you decrease the number of times you are going to eat during the day you decrease the number of insulin spikes throughout your day.

Intermittent fasting can be practiced several different ways. Usually if someone is beginning with intermittent fasting we usually suggest that they start with 3 meals a day. Usually that would mean that you are eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. You are eating three times a day with no snacking in between. In my opinion this is probably one of the best ways to start with intermittent fasting.  For most of us this sounds familiar because we have been eating breakfast, lunch and dinner and probably enjoying one or two snacks in between. If you need a snack in between these three meals I would suggest that you eat vegetables.

If you are successful with just eating your three meals a day and you are losing weight and feel really good most people would continue and keep this regimen.

If you want to step up a notch with intermittent fasting then you would limit your eating to just 8 hours during the day. And if you are eating during only 8 hours of the day you would be fasting approximately 16 hours of the day. For example if you’re going to have your first meal at 11 AM you should be finished eating by 7 PM.  You can still enjoy your normal breakfast, lunch and dinner with this schedule.

Most people have great success with this routine of only eating during 8 hours of the day and they find that it is an easy lifestyle to adjust to.

Some people might decide to take intermittent fasting a step further and they go to a time schedule of just eating during 4 hours of the day. This is something that I do not think is necessary for most people and would not recommend it for most people. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to maintain this program. Again this schedule of only eating during  a 4 hours during the day is something that I do not recommend for most people. And if you were considering doing this type of routine you definitely have to speak with your medical doctor and get clearance to do it.

We hope that you enjoy this article. If you, a friend, loved one or coworker need help losing weight or help improving your health and wellness I invite you to call and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Just call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation now.

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Medical Weight Loss in Philadelphia Recipe to Successful Weight Loss

Today we’re giving you 4 awesome smoothie recipes. These recipes are from some of our Superstar weight loss patients. We asked 4 people to experiment and make a great tasting smoothie using wheatgrass as one of the ingredients and our Solutions 4 Protein Powder. Wheatgrass is super nutritious and easy to find at most local health food stores.

If this is your first time visiting our website and you would like more information on our Philadelphia weight loss program I invite you to call and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Just call us at 215-821-7336 and Lisa will gladly schedule your free weight loss consultation.

Adding one of these smoothies into your daily diet will give you loads of healthy nutrition, help with appetite control, improve overall health and wellness and help you reach your weight loss goals.

I want to thank Lora, Kira, Kim and Tamika for sharing these recipes with us.

Here are the recipes:

Lora’s Smoothie

  • apple – 1, cored and seeded
  • wheatgrass – 1 handful
  • spinach – 1 handful
  • Our Solutions 4 protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Unsweetened non-dairy beverage – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • Combine in a blender and enjoy.

Kira’s Smoothie

  • pear – 1, cored and seeded
  • wheatgrass – 1 handful
  • kale – 1 handful
  • Unsweetened non-dairy beverage – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • Our Solutions 4 protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Combine in a blender and enjoy.

Kim’s Paleo Smoothie

  • berries – 1/2 cup
  • spinach – 1 handful
  • Our Solutions 4 protein powder – 2 scoops
  • bok choy – 1 handful
  • arugula – 1 handful
  • wheatgrass – 1 handful
  • Unsweetened non-dairy beverage – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • Combine in a blender and enjoy.

Tamika’s Paleo Smoothie Mega Mash

  • raspberries  – 1/2 cup
  • strawberries  – 1/2 cup
  • wheatgrass – 1 handful
  • bok choy – 1 handful
  • greek yogurt – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • chia seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Unsweetened non-dairy beverage – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • Our Solutions 4 protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Combine in a blender and enjoy.

Hopefully you all will enjoy these recipes as much as I do.

I just want to touch the topic of exercise and weight loss. There are a multitude of exercises and exercise routines that a person can do to lose weight, build muscle, increase endurance and improve your cardiovascular health. Each type of exercise will give a certain result.

For example if someone would practice an exercise routine of consistently  lifting heavy weights they would develop big thick muscles. Conversely, if your focus is on aerobic exercise, for example walking this would help you burn calories, burn body fat and improve your cardiovascular health.

We also have to take into consideration other things such as: age, sex and level of physical fitness. We have many couples coming to us together for assistance in losing weight and so many times we hear the same story.

That the female is doing the same type of weight lifting routine as the male and also following the same type of diet and drinking a lots of protein drinks with big scoops of peanut butter. The man is losing weight but the woman is just getting heavier and more bulky. One of the main reasons that the man is losing weight while the woman is getting heavier is that men have testosterone.

This is the reason why men always seem to lose weight more quickly than ladies. So if you are a woman and reading this article and you are doing the same type of exercises and following the same type of diet as your male significant other, you are probably not losing as much weight as he is and now you know the reason why. Woman have to workout smarter not necessarily harder.

If you need help losing weight just call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation.

In addition to our medical supervised prescription weight loss program we also have shakes and other nutritional protocols to help you lose weight and improve your overall health and wellness.

So just call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation.

5 Belly Blasting Smoothies For Fast Weight Loss by Medical Weight Loss in Philadelphia

If this is your first time visiting our website I invite you call and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Just call us now at 215-821-7336 and Lisa will gladly schedule your free weight loss consultation.

Today we are giving you 5 great smoothie recipes to help you lose weight and improve your overall health and wellness.

I would like to thank all of our patients for referring their family and friends to us. We deeply appreciate that you trust us with your personal and health and wellness as well as the health and wellness of your loved ones.I also want to congratulate all of our patients that have been coming in during these hot summer days and have continued to lose weight, even while going on vacation and spending time at the beach.

I want to give all of you a big thank you and tell you that we really do appreciate you.

Veggie Fruit Special Smoothie

  • carrots – 3
  • orange – 1, peeled
  • kale – 2 handfuls
  • Our Solutions 4 vanilla protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Blend and enjoy.

Peaches and Green Smoothie

  • carrots – 3
  • frozen peaches – 1/2 cup
  • kale – 2 handfuls
  • Our Solutions 4 vanilla protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Blend and enjoy.

Very Berry Smoothie

  • carrots – 3
  • strawberries – 1/2 cup
  • spinach – 2 handfuls
  • Our Solutions 4 vanilla protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Blend and enjoy!

Joyce’s Smoothie

  • carrots – 3
  • celery – 5 stalks
  • spinach – 1 handful
  • kale – 1 handful
  • pear – 1 small, cored and seeded
  • Our Solutions 4 vanilla protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Blend and enjoy.

Veggie Max Smoothie

  • carrots – 3
  • celery – 4 stalks
  • bok choy – handful
  • arugula – 1 handful
  • spinach – 1 handful
  • Our Solutions 4 vanilla protein powder – 2 scoops
  • Blend and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy these recipes.

If you, a friend, loved on or coworker need help losing weight call us and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Call us at 215-821-7336 and schedule your free consult now.

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor 7 Smoothies to a Skinnier You

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor

Philadelphia Weight Loss Doctor

Today we are posting 7 delicious smoothie recipes to help curb your appetite and help you lose weight. For more information on our weight loss program call Lisa and schedule a free weight loss consultation, call 215-821-7336 and schedule your free weight loss consultation now.

These smoothies are low in carbohydrates and sugar and have healthy nutrients to nourish the body.  Combined with our medical weight loss program these smoothies should help eliminate your appetite and help you lose weight. Recipes like these are also good for promoting better overall health and wellness.

Here are the recipes:

Vanilla Berry Smoothie

  • kale – 1 handful
  • berries – 1/2 cup
  • greek yogurt – 1 cup
  • Solutions 4 – vanilla protein powder  – 1 scoop
  • Blend and enjoy!

Creamy Banana Smoothie

  • spinach – 1 handful
  • greek yogurt – 1 cup
  • banana – 1 small
  • Solutions 4 – vanilla protein powder  – 1 scoop
  • Blend and enjoy!

Doc’s Favorite Smoothie

  • kale – 1 handful
  • banana – 1 small
  • avocado – 1 small, peeled
  • Non dairy beverage – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • greek yogurt – 1 cup
  • Solutions 4 – vanilla protein powder  – 1 scoop
  • Blend and enjoy!  

Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

  • sugar free coconut milk – 1/2 to 1 cup
  • avocado – 1/2 small, peeled
  • cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
  • chia seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Solutions 4 – vanilla protein powder  – 1 scoop
  • ice cubes
  • Blend and enjoy!   

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

  • avocado – 1 small, peeled
  • Non dairy beverage – sugar free coconut or almond milk – 1 cup
  • chia seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – 1 to 2 teaspoons
  • ice cubes
  • Blend and enjoy!

Creamy Blueberry Smoothie

  • avocado – 1 small, peeled
  • Non dairy beverage – sugar free coconut or almond milk – 1 cup
  • blueberries – 1/2 cup
  • Solutions 4 – vanilla protein powder  – 1 scoop
  • ice cubes
  • Blend and enjoy!

Cocoa Yogurt and Banana Smoothie

  • Non dairy beverage – sugar free coconut or almond milk – 1 cup
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – 1 to 2 teaspoons
  • Greek yogurt – 1 cup
  • banana – 1 small
  • Solutions 4 – chocolate protein powder  – 1 scoop
  • Ghee – 2 teaspoons  
  • Ice cubes
  • Blend and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy these recipes. If you and friend, loved one or co-worker need help losing weight call us and schedule your free weight loss consultation. Call 215-821-7336 and schedule your free consultation now.