I Exercise, Why Am I Still Fat?

Weight loss, especially if you have a great deal to lose, is a battle. You’re fighting hunger, boredom, time constraints and many other problems. It may seem like you’ll never reach your goal weight, but you can do it. All it takes is a little knowledge and a lot of self discipline. The following are some reasons you may be having difficulties I have endured and ways around them.

1) Actual Calorie Count: The link here goes to a calculator that will help you a great deal. It’s important to know as closely as possible the actual calories you’ve consumed and burned. You may find that you’re consuming more calories than you thought. This can also serve as a food diary. I’ve found that if I have to put down everything I consume, I’m a lot less likely to backslide.

2) Famine Mode: This is another reason you need to know the actual count. Our bodies are wonderfully designed, and one of the coping mechanisms in it is how to survive a famine. If you consume too little, your body will begin to burn muscle and store everything you eat as fat. It will also slow your metabolism to conserve calories. Try to keep the deficit under fifteen percent.

3) Intensity and Duration: A half hour on a stationary bicycle does not burn as many calories as the same duration on a treadmill. It provides a heart healthy cardio workout, but it’s not going to make up for the donut at breakfast.

4) Seek Help: Your doctor, nutritionist and personal trainer can help you find the right diet and exercise program to suit your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

5) Sedentary Culture: We sit a lot. Those of us with desk jobs spend hours at a time seated in front of a keyboard and monitor, then we go home and sit in front of the television set. This isn’t just bad for your weight loss program, it can cause other health problems, including blood clots in your legs. It’s a good idea to get up and walk around every once in a while as well as do our routines.

6) Slow and Steady: You didn’t gain the weight in two weeks and it’s not going to come off in two weeks. You should look to lose one to three pounds a week. It will be frustrating, especially if you weigh yourself daily. Instead, do it weekly and record your results.

7) Thrifty Gene: Some of us have a gene that will make weight gain easy and weight loss hard. That doesn’t mean we should give up and tell people that it’s just the way we are. It means we have to work harder.

8) Weights and Measures: It’s important to know what a serving size is, and then to stick to it. If you just eyeball it, you’ll probably end up with much more than one portion. A digital scale is fairly easy to read and not as complicated as earlier scales were to use. Another tip, use small plates. There is a group called the “Small Plate Movement,” which tells us that putting your food on smaller plates will trick your brain into believing it’s full where a larger plate will have blank spots and make us feel like we haven’t had enough yet.

Weight loss is never easy, but knowing the traps can help you win the struggle. It really is worth it to reach and maintain your ideal weight.

Shrimp Quesadillas

Quesadillas are the perfect quick-fix dinner. Indeed, you can have these shrimp quesadillas on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Kale makes this quesadilla recipe as nutritious as it is tasty. Kale is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, protein, and fiber. And while it can be rather rough alone, in this quesadilla recipe, kale offers a fresh and sturdy counterpart to the shrimp and cheese.

These shrimp quesadillas are great low fat party food, too. Serve them with zesty guacamole salsa, black bean dip, homemade tortilla chips, and jicama salad. And for a refreshing dessert, why not try strawberries with balsamic vinegar or chocolate strawberry tarts.

Shrimp Quesadilla Recipe

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 6 oz. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup kale, shredded into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • kosher salt or sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium (10-inch) nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a cutting board. Chop into 1/4-inch pieces.

Place kale in the same skillet and cook until wilted, about 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If you have flaked sea salt, such as Maldon sea salt or Australian pink flaked sea salt, use that. It will really enhance the kale’s sometimes bitter flavor.

Remove the kale from the skillet. Heat the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Place one tortilla in the bottom of the skillet. Top half of the tortilla with 1/4 cup of the kale, one-quarter of the shrimp pieces and 1/4 cup of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling and cook 1 minute. Using tongs, gently flip the quesadilla over and cook another minute or two, until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining three tortillas and fillings.

Cut each quesadilla into three triangles. Serve immediately with guacamole, salsa and non-fat sour cream, if desired.

Makes 4 shrimp quesadillas.

Per quesadilla: 252 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein, 54% vitamin A, 35% vitamin C, 31% calcium, 16% iron

Meatballs Recipe

Meatloaf and Meatballs are classic favorites and comfort-food picks for many people. Easy to prepare and packed with protein, they are good items to make ahead and both store well in the refrigerator or freezer. Meatloaf served steaming hot from the oven is just as delicious served cold in a sandwich. The recipe that follows is made with low-fat ingredients for a healthy weight loss program.

Meatloaf or Meatballs from the Same Basic Recipe

One easy-to-prepare recipe makes both delicious ground meat dinners. Making them at once is an excellent strategy to plan ahead for another occasion. To have enough for both variations, just double the recipe below, make half into the meatloaf shape, and the other half into golf-ball sized meatballs. It is sure to be a winning main course whenever either presentation is served!

Basic Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meat (extra lean ground beef, turkey, sausage, or pork in any combination)
  • 2 eggs (or 4 egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup salsa, optional
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, divided into half
  • crumbs made from 1 slice whole grain bread
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Preparation of Meatloaf

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir basic ingredients together saving one-half cup of tomato sauce to be added later.
  3. Spray baking dish lightly with PAM or use a large loaf pan, if desired.
  4. Form meatloaf mixture into loaf shape on baking dish or turn into loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes in center of oven.
  6. Remove from oven to spread 1/2 cup of reserved tomato sauce onto the top of the meatloaf.
  7. Return to oven.
  8. Bake 15 minutes longer.
  9. Remove and cool slightly before serving.

For Meatballs now follow the simple instructions below.

More Ingredients for Meatballs

  • Basic Ingredients listed above, plus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 2 cups of pasta sauce of choice (homemade, Paul Newman brand, Ragu, or other favorite variety)
  • 1/2 cup red wine, optional

Preparation of Meatballs

  1. Stir basic ingredients together, saving one-half cup of tomato sauce to be added to the pasta sauce while simmering.
  2. Form meatball mixture into golf-ball sized balls, and set on a plate or waxed paper.
  3. In an extra-large saute pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic on medium heat until sizzling hot, but not browned.
  4. Add the meatballs to pan, and brown over medium heat, turning once to get a well-browned color on both sides.
  5. Add reserved tomato sauce plus the 2 cups pasta sauce of choice to saute pan.
  6. Add wine, if desired.
  7. Bring sauce-covered tomatoes to a boil, and lower heat to its lowest setting.
  8. Cover pan and simmer for one-half to one hour.
  9. Serve over favorite pasta, cooked spaghetti squash, or julienne-sliced steamed vegetables.

There are many great ways to prepare low-fat ground meat, a choice that’s easy on the budget. Chili with vegetables is one that’s sure to please, and low-fat stroganoff is another appetizing way to make healthy eating easy and fun for all.

Lighten Up Favorite Holiday Recipes

The holiday season is an opportunity to reunite with family, friends and co-workers. We also are tempted to reacquaint ourselves with foods that we normally avoid throughout the year. Champagne, cheesecake, sugar cookies, eggnog, gravies, chutneys, pies and the like are all plentiful on the buffet table at holiday parties. Some people feel that at this time of year it is acceptable to throw caution to the wind and live it up. While it can be healthy to splurge on occasional indulgences, with some small and simple adjustments you can keep dieting off your New Year’s list of resolutions. This can be accomplished with just a little pre-planning and without much sacrifice.

It’s possible to enjoy the holiday season while staying on track with your health. Consider making a conscious effort to incorporate a few simple strategies and some slight cooking modifications into your lifestyle. If it’s not difficult to cut a little fat and some calories from favorite holiday dishes, what would be the reason for not trying it? Most people are concerned about gaining the “holiday five”. Some people will gain a lot more than five pounds over the holidays. Here are some practical tips to help make your holiday a little merrier while keeping yourself light.

Fill up on Healthy Alternatives

Fill up on fiber rich foods during the day and especially before a party. Fiber will keep you feeling full and make goodies less luring when faced with temptations at the table. Make sure to hydrate yourself with water, sparkling water or herbal tea. Hunger is often masked as dehydration and water will help keep you from overeating. It’s also a good idea to dilute alcoholic beverages with water or sparkling water in an effort to reduce calories, and to keep from relaxing your willpower.

Fill your plate with veggies and eat those as an appetizer. Always eat the healthiest foods first so you won’t overeat the richer, more fattening options. Chew each bite at least 20 times to give yourself time to recognize satiety cues, and to make sure you savor every bite. Try to sit down and focus on your meal when eating to avoid being distracted and eating on autopilot.

Stick to your exercise routine, muscle helps to burn calories. It also is great for stress relief, and the holiday often increases our stress levels. Working out will help you feel a sense of accomplishment which uplifts your mood. When you feel better about yourself you will have more strength to avoid temptations. Exercise also helps to increase our energy levels, and we all need more energy during the holidays.

A reduction of saturated fat and calories can pay off when January arrives. Invest in some health conscious cookbooks or find recipes online from sites such as CookingLight.com. Basically, there are three simple methods to revamp your recipes in making them healthier. Use less sugar, less fat, and cut down portion sizes.

Reduce Sugar with Nutritive Sweeteners

You can reduce the amount of processed sugar in a recipe by just reducing the amount, or substituting all or part of the amount, with options such as honey, agave nectar, stevia, and barley malt. Be careful of using artificial sweeteners because many people are very sensitive to the effects and can have allergic reactions.

Usually in baking recipes you can reduce the fatty ingredient by at least half. However, when reducing fat, it is important to replace it with another moist ingredient such as applesauce, olive oil, orange juice, or yogurt.

Reducing your portion size can be done while still feeling satisfied. You can add more fiber into recipes by use whole grain flours instead of white flour. Using fruit purees, such as unsweetened applesauce, in place of oil also helps to increase fiber content. Serve yourself a small sampling of choices when facing a wide range, you are apt to eat less when you put fewer options on your plate.

Balance is the Key

It is important to try to keep a balance during the holidays. Keep up with or increase your exercise routine and schedule other stress free activities such as a massage, pedicure, or listening to a relaxation CD. Allow yourself to enjoy some indulgences here and there, but watch your portions. Chew your food slowly and carefully so you don’t spend the holidays uncomfortably over filled. Making some simple adjustments in your cooking and your life will make the holiday a lot healthier, and happier, for everyone.

Strawberry Pie Recipe

Strawberry pie recipes don’t get much easier than this one. Frozen strawberries are pureed, then blended with sweetened milk, frozen margarita mix and cool whip to form the filling. Crushed pretzels, sugar, and butter make a sweet and salty crust. The combination is cool, sweet and savory all at once!

strawberries make great pies

Now, the typical frozen strawberry margarita pie has more sugar and more fat than this version. We’re saving both calories and fat here by using unsweetened frozen strawberries instead of strawberries in syrup, low-fat cool whip instead of regular cool whip, and our own homemade sweetened condensed milk. This strawberry margarita pie is just as perfectly sweet and tart as the original, just a bit lighter and healthier.

Serve this frozen strawberry pie at your 4th of July picnic, Father’s Day barbecue or any time you’re in the mood for a refreshing and easy dessert.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie Recipe

  • 1-1/4 cups finely-crushed pretzels
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated white sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus Tbsp. non-fat dry milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 16 oz. frozen unsweetened strawberries, slightly thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen concentrated margarita mix, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups light cool whip (or your favorite frozen non-dairy whipped topping)

Mix crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter together with a fork. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate or springform pan. Freeze 15 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, whisk together the non-fat dry milk, sugar and boiling water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat 30-60 seconds in the microwave until the mixture is easy to pour. Set aside.

Place sweetened milk mixture, frozen strawberries, and margarita mix in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Puree until well blended. Add cool whip and puree until smooth. Pour into prepared pie crust and freeze 4 to 6 hours or until firm.

Makes 10 servings.

Per serving: 330 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 62 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein, 4% vitamin A, 35% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 10% iron

For more cool and healthy dessert recipes, see also:

  • Carrot Cake Smoothies
  • Chocolate Strawberry Tarts
  • Lime Mousse Cool Whip Jello Recipe
  • Cool Whip Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt
  • Cool Whip Lemon Mousse
  • All-Natural Frozen Key Lime Pie
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt
  • Chocolate Raspberry Smoothies
  • Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Recipe
  • Secret Ingredient Smoothies (You’ll never guess what the secret ingredient is!)
  • Peppermint Angel Food Cake

Low-Fat Ice Cream with Strawberry Dessert Sauce

Low Fat Cream of Cauliflower Soup

As the summer begins to wind down and the number of cool evenings increases, so increases a desire to make simple fare for dinner. Here is a recipe for a cream of cauliflower soup using cauliflower florets, chicken broth and Madeira wine, and richly flavored with such seasonings as bay leaf, dried sage, and dry mustard. White pepper is added to give flavor but also to avoid speckling of the black pepper in the soup. It is monochromatically colored with bits of brown nutmeg making it a uniform fall and cream-colored soup.

Low fat 2% milk is used in the recipe, but skim milk or vegetable stock could be substituted if weight loss is desired. Just be sure to heat up the liquid prior to adding into the roux to avoid lumping. This recipe serves about 6 depending on serving size.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, separated into florets, see note
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup Madeira wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth, about 14-1/2 oz each
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter or trans fat free butter substitute
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat milk, heated until warmed
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • Pinch dried sage
  • Pinch nutmeg, plus more for garnish if desired

Procedure:

  1. In a 5-quart sauce pot, mix the cauliflower, celery, onions, Madeira wine, bay leaf and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let the vegetables simmer, covered, until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and spoon about half the cooked vegetables into a blender. Carefully pour in half the liquid. Cover the blender but allow steam to vent from the top. Begin on low and increase speed and puree the mixture until of desired consistency. Pour into a bowl or large measuring jug, and repeat with remaining cooked vegetables and pot liquid. Reserve.
  3. Rinse out the pot and dry well. Place back on burner and increase heat to medium to medium-high. Add in the canola oil and butter. Melt the butter, then add in the flour stirring well to avoid lumping. Stir and cook for about a minute. Add in the warmed milk and stir or whisk until smooth. Add in the salt, dry mustard, white pepper, sage and nutmeg. Stir until smooth.
  4. Pour in the reserved cauliflower puree and stir well. Bring the mixture up to a low boil, stirring frequently, then serve immediately.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the filled soup bowls with a little bit of ground nutmeg if desired.

Notes and Variations:

  • If fresh cauliflower isn’t available, use 1 lb. of frozen cauliflower florets.
  • Substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock if desired.

Weight Loss Options

Help – there’s so many Options!

With more of us getting fatter rather than slimmer, obesity has become a social issue as well as a burning individual concern. Marketers are taking advantage of this and if you are looking for products to help you lose weight, you are confronted with an almost overwhelming array of products and brands. How do you choose between them?

Let’s face it, there are plenty of good products and brands out there. The better question is, which brand is going to be best for you? How do you decide? Common sense tells us that not everything will work for everyone.

Manufacturers have a duty to be transparent and put out safe products: consumers like ourselves also have a duty to do our due diligence on products, especially those that we are putting into our bodies.

What is Garcinia Cambogia extract?

Garcinia is the scientific name for a particular kind of tropical flowering evergreen tree. There are many species of garcinia, one of which is garcinia cambogia. The more popular name of the tree and its fruit is Malabar Tamarind. The fruit is usually about the size of an orange and looks a bit like a small pumpkin. Tamarind is part of the same family of plants as the mangosteen so you may come across that name as well in your researches.

Extract. According to the online free dictionary, an extract is a “concentrated preparation of the essential constituents of a food …” or “a solution of plant or animal tissue containing the active principle”. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/extract  Common examples of extracts are beef extract and vanilla extract.

Taking the vanilla example, pure vanilla extract is a concentrated preparation of the parts of the vanilla bean that give the bean its unique flavour and smell.

In a similar way, pure garcinia cambogia extract  is a concentrated preparation of the parts of the garcinia cambogia fruit that make it a good appetite suppressant and fat burner.

How does it work?

First of all, it makes us feel less hungry. This logically means that we don’t need to eat so much to feel full and so we end up eating less and consequently losing weight.

Equally logically, to get the maximum benefit from this feature, we may need to start paying more attention to our actual feelings of hunger. How often do we eat because it is ‘the time’ to eat? Or because we are with friends who are eating?

If you have been concerned about your weight for some time, you will probably be familiar with the idea of emotional eating. This usually means that we have a tendency to eat when we are stressed, like when we feel lonely or isolated or bored or … If we can start to become more aware of what is driving us to the ice-cream or the chips in specific situations, we can train our bodies to notice when we are really hungry and not just eating out of habit or for emotional reasons.

It’s as if our bodies had a natural ‘off switch’ for hunger that over the years has been overridden by eating habits that have not served us as well as they might. Garcinia Cambogia taken over time resets the off switch so that we need less food to satisfy us.

Interestingly, pure garcinia cambogia extract has also been found to improve a person’s mood. When we feel in a better mood, we are less likely to have to turn to the false satisfaction of emotional eating.

Secondly, it helps our bodies to burn fat. This can show up in different ways: either on the scales or when we take our body measurements. Sometimes fat burning shows up first in improved body measurements before it shows up on the scales.

Is Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract A Good Choice For You?

There are good reasons to shop for Garcinia Cambogia at the MRL site.

Just for the record, are there times when this would not be a good choice?

Yes, of course.

Like any other supplement or medication, this supplement interacts with other things. (After all, it wouldn’t work unless it did interact with the parts of your system that produce fat, would it?).

If you are taking other medications, you should definitely check with your doctor or qualified health provider to make sure that any new product you are considering adding to your diet is compatible with what you are already taking. People with chronic illnesses should also check, particularly if you have or suspect you may have diabetes.

Also, it’s not a good idea to start children on this product without first consulting a medical practitioner. We still have a lot to learn about children’s development. Healthy eating together with encouraging them to be as physically active as possible is still the best choice for your child.

Weight Loss Programs that Won’t Cost You a Cent

More and more people nowadays want to lose weight and they take the help of different programs that are offered by specialists and gyms. But, the fees that the gyms charge is so high that the middle class people cannot afford such programs and hence, they do not find ways that can help them to lose weight without losing their hard earned money.

Going to the gym or a spa or a fitness center is not the only way to lose weight. There are many other ways that will help you in nearly the same way while still taking care of your wallet. Just visit a local bookstore and you will come across different books that are offering you all the same advice that the trainers in the gym tell you while applying the program to lose weight.

Here are my reviews on some of these books which I have found to be interesting.

The book “Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet” that is written by Dr. Heller advises us to go for a low carbohydrate diet. It also tells that eating meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy and grain products, etc do not contribute to the obesity of a person. However, the book also tells us that taking too much of carbohydrate will result in obesity and failure of the weight loss program.

One of the most popular books that offer weight loss advice is the book titles “Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” which has been written by Dr. Atkins. Dr. Atkins advices us to try and limit the intake of carbohydrates and increase the intake of protein rich foods and he says that this will result in weight loss.

Another book titled “Choose to lose” written by Dr. Goor wants us to trim down on our fat intake. This book gives a person a table of the amount of fat he can take. There is no restriction on carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, protein rich foods, etc.

“The Dash Diet” is a book that advice persons on a diet to restrict their intake of fat as well as protein but increase the intake of carbohydrates which are very essential to power the body.
Another weight loss book that is titled as “Eat More, Weigh Less” and has been written by Dr. Ornish advises us to stop the fat intake as much as possible. Another important point about this book is that it restricts an individual from eating seafood, which is allowed by most of the weight loss books.

“Eat Right for Your Type” is an interesting book because it advices people to get on a diet after checking their blood group. People of blood group O are advised to eat plenty of meat. But, it is to be noted that no research believes that the blood group of people has anything to do with his weight or his diet schedule.

Mesotherapy: Miracle Weight Loss?

Mesotherapy is one of the latest weight loss crazes to hit medical centers. It involves injecting small amounts of vitamins and / or medications into the middle layer of skin in order to reduce fat and cellulite. The supplements and herbs help remove fat from fat cells and thus aid in taking fat and cellulite out of the system. The procedure is named after the middle layer of skin, also known as the mesoderm, in which these vitamins are injected.

When used to rejuvenate the face, this particular process is known as meso-facelift. It can also enhance weight loss and eliminate the fat under the chin and the fat pad under the eyelids. It may assist with problems not related to weight, such as hair loss. Furthermore, mesotherapy can also be used to alleviate neck and back pain, known as meso-pain management.

Mesotherapy can be used in various places on the body. It can be administered almost every spot that has cellulite. This includes but is not limited to the waist, the arms, the back, the hips and the legs. All of these areas can be targeted in one session if the patient desires.

Mesotherapy started in France with a doctor named Michel Pistor. The procedure has been used in France for over fifty years. Mesotherapy was officially noted and recognized by the French Academy of Medicine in 1987. The trend spread all over the world, leading to the creation of the International Society of Mesotherapy, touching fourteen different European and South American countries. Reportedly over fifteen thousand currently practicing doctors use mesotherapy.

Mesotherapy has even been the topic of news reports and programs such as 20/20. The popular ABC Newsmagazine profiled mesotherapy last summer. The highly popular television series showed both sides of the issue, discussing whether or not the technique was safe.

Dr. Robert Partovy has run the San Fernando Medical Center for two years. He has been a practicing family physician for six years, since 1998. He specializes in medical weight loss, both for obese and overweight cases and personal weight loss goals. He tends to treat adults, but also has teenage clients. He can recommend courses of treatment and create personalized weight loss plans for his patients.

Dr. Partovy strongly supports mesotherapy. He first learned of it after attending two seminars which focused on mesotherapy. He believes this new therapy enhances weight loss when used accordingly and in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise.

The doctor recommends it for adults, meaning those persons age sixteen and over, and not for children. At the risk of sounding like one of those commercials for new prescription drugs: Mesotherapy is also not recommended for pregnant women or people with a history of blood clots, strokes or certain types of cancer.

According to Dr. Partovy, mesotherapy is a good alternative to liposuction. “Mesotherapy is non-invasive. It is a non-surgical procedure for the reduction of fat and cellulite.” Dr. Partovy’s office can treat patients to various forms of mesotherapy, including the mesolift, which he deems a great alternative to a face lift.

Wondering how hard mesotherapy will hit your wallet? The cost of mesotherapy is said to be comparable to the cost of liposuction. One session may cost hundreds of dollars. It depends on how often a patient goes for injections, what his or her condition is, what his or her goals are, and what doctor(s) are doing the procedure.

Mesotherapy is an outpatient procedure. Many people are rushed for time and think that they haven’t the time to see the doctor for a consultation, much less an actual medical procedure. The good news is that each session takes a matter of minutes to complete. Patients can be completely awake while having mesotherapy. It requires no anesthesia.

Afraid of needles? You do not have to be. The needles used in mesotherapy are approximately 0.4 cm to 0.6 cm in size – nicely put by one website as “the size of a eyelash.”

Worried about how hard the therapy will hit you afterwards? Dr. Partovy states that clients can go back to their normal routine and go back to work the day after having the procedure done. Within twenty-four hours, he says, the average patient has bounced right back. Afterwards, the majority of patients have little to no brusing and minimal pain.

Weight Loss Program Warnings

Red Flags for Weight Loss Claims

Many weight loss programs promise unattainable goals or can sacrifice your general health. With millions of Americans struggling to loss weight every year, the weight loss industry is infested with predators. Though weight loss is obtainable, safety when choosing weight loss plans should be paramount. Summer weight loss provides the highest peaks in profits next to holiday weight loss. This season, keep yourself informed. When choosing a weight loss product, keep in mind several warning signs and protect yourself.

Warning Signs:
Be careful of weight loss programs, drugs, or supplements, which lack any proven scientific data and results. If a medication will not give you a list of all their ingredients, don’t waste time or your money.

Avoid weight loss programs, which are sold on the internet only, and don’t provide adequate consultations or information.

If a weight loss programs or obesity medications do not suggest in print to seek medical supervision, they may be weary of outside discouragement. Confident companies will encourage supervision and healthy advice from weight loss specialist or physicians.

If a weight loss program is using words such as “miraculous”, “instant”, “immediate”, or “drastic” you may want to stay away. Healthy weight loss programs provide truthful and realistic goals. Proper programs encourage a steady pace that gives small increments of healthy results. Yo-Yo weights and crash diets are neither healthy nor provide long-term results. The Federal Trade Commissions “7 Red Flags” campaign advises; any program, which causes more than 2 pounds per week, per month, needs approached with great caution.

Never enter into contracts beyond month to month.. Products that want to bill you monthly or force a yearly contract may not always be confident that a user will be happy with results beyond 30 days.

Look for money back guarantees so you can take the product to a medical professional before solidifying the sale.

Many supplements, herbs, and vitamins can wreak havoc on your organs. Used with prescription drugs, some may be deadly. Because a weight loss pill is marked natural does not mean it is more effective or safer then prescriptions.

Products, which contain ingredients not tested by the FDA, may cause long term or future damage. If you want to try these products, give yourself at least 6 months to 1 year after the product hits the market, to see if any health issues are reported.

Never use weight loss products prescribed to another individual. Many times, products may be specialized to their medical history and will not take into account you own health issues.

Any drugs that claim you will reach weight loss goals without any exercise or change in eating routines should be avoided. No permanent or safe weight loss is achievable without adequate life style changes.

If you choose a plan, read all the term and conditions before beginning Look for any hidden cost and be sure to know what they expect of you financially and personally.

Find out more about weight loss programs on the FDA’s website.

To Do:
Protect yourself and read all available information on a weight loss programs or diets before beginning. If information is scarce, consider that a red flag.

Always speak to a doctor for advice before beginning.

Always have supervision throughout your weight loss efforts. Monitor blood pressure, heart rates, and any disorders/illnesses.

Have a doctor check you for underlying conditions that may cause your obesity or any weight issues. These conditions can be controlled, thereby contributing to weight loss from the source, removing the need for radical weight loss drugs.

Begin an exercise program that is within your abilities and safe for any injuries and illnesses. Remember no exercise is equal.

Begin researching and changing your diet along with weight loss programs. Find ways to eat what you love in a healthy way.

If your weight gain has underlying emotional issues, seek professional help in that area as well. Most states have free or low cost mental health programs with discretion.

Find a weight loss buddy where you live. You can also join online forums to find weight loss friends. Try Google’s list of online weight loss support groups or find one in your area.

You can join online weight loss clubs or forums to share stories, gauge progress, and find new recipes and tips.

Be safe, smart, and be comfortable with your body at each stage.
As with all consumer products, remember, if it looks to good to be true…it probably is!