While there are many surgical and minimally invasive procedures that can help remove fat cells or contour the body, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight. Many of our patients are interested in reaching a healthy weight by adopting a suitable diet or through some type of supplements, but are unsure of where to start or what solution may be most effective for them. Because everyone has a unique lifestyle and body type to consider, our expert technicians offer three types of weight loss plans to help our clients reach a healthy weight.

Customized Diet Programs

Most people at some point in their lives have tried a fad diet, and these typically lead to little success. That’s because these one-size-fits-all diets don’t address your individual needs. Laser Skin & Wellness offers customized diet plans that meet your needs, using scientifically-proven diet plans that will be effective for you. Our Nutrition Educators will supervise the entire process, checking in with you throughout your weight loss journey and creating custom menus that work for your body type, lifestyle, and eating habits.

Customized diet programs can include both specific menus and weight-loss methods such as the ketogenic diet, in which the body begins burning fat rather than carbohydrates, intermittent fasting, which relies on eating only during certain hours of the day, and a gut cleanse diet, which helps your digestive system heal and checks for any food allergies or sensitivities you may not be aware of.

MIC-B Injections

It’s not uncommon for people to find that traditional dieting and exercise are not enough to meet their weight loss goals. In some cases, it can be beneficial to turn to supplementing with various injectable treatments to assist in fat breakdown and more. Our technicians can guide you to find out what the root cause of your fat retention may be, and suggest various injections to help address the issue. You may have a build up of fat in the arteries, which can be addressed through Methionine injections, for example. Or, you may also be dealing with an inefficient conversion of carbohydrates to energy, in which case Thiamine (or vitamin B1) may be a solution. Our technicians will work to understand the best plan to help you reach your healthiest self.

HCG Diet

The HCG Diet is a plan that was first developed in the 1950s, and combines a strict eating routine and diet plan with injections of HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. The plan consists of three stages:

  • Loading, a two-day period of eating high-fat, high-calorie foods
  • Weight loss, during which you restrict calories to 500 a day for 3-6 weeks
  • Maintenance, a three-week period of gradually increasing food intake.

This plan can be altered depending on the amount of weight you wish to lose.

Schedule a consultation

To determine the best weight-loss plan for you, schedule an appointment with one of our Health and Nutrition experts. Call (561) 641-9490 to learn more.

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The HCG diet is a popular weight-loss regimen that pairs altered eating habits with HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin hormone injections. The diet allows for rapid weight loss of up to a pound a day without feeling exceptionally hungry throughout the plan. HCG dieting is completed in three phases:

  1. Begin taking HCG and eat high-fat, high-calorie food for two days
  2. Continue taking HCG and limit food to 500-600 calories a day for 3-6 weeks
  3. Stop taking HCG and gradually increase food intake, avoiding sugar and starches for three weeks. 

If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may be advised to follow the diet for longer periods of time and to repeat the three-phase cycle multiple times until you have reached your weight loss goal. 

What is HCG?

HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone that is produced naturally by the body to help heal and maintain tissues. This hormone is protein-based and is typically associated with pregnancy, but has multiple restorative functions in the body. 

What should I eat on the HCG Diet?

During the second phase of the HCG diet, it’s recommended that you eat 3 meals that each contains 4 ounces of lean protein, such as chicken or fish, and a serving of non-starchy vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli or cucumber. Also, you are allowed 2 small snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon consisting of a breadstick or Melba toast or a serving of fruit, such as berries or an apple. Throughout the diet, you may also drink as much water, tea, or coffee as you wish. 

To learn more about the HCG diet, schedule a complimentary consultation with Laser Skin & Wellness. Call (561) 641-9490 or contact us online.

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Why is it so hard to lose weight after 40? Laser Skin & Wellness can help!
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It seems like every year, weight loss gets more difficult. Despite eating healthfully and exercising at the same rate you did when you were younger, it can be harder to shake excess pounds after age 40–and easier to pack them on.

While it’s easy to blame one simple factor (such as a slower metabolism), weight loss struggles after 40 involve a variety of factors–some which are within your control, and some of which are not.

The Metabolism Myth

We’ve all heard of or used the excuse of a slower metabolism to explain weight gain, but how much validity is there to this mantra?

Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explains the reality of the drop in metabolism as we age:

At age 40 to maintain your weight, that is to not gain weight, you’re going to have to eat 100 calories less a day, and that has nothing to do with anything other than the natural course of aging. That means your resting metabolic rate.

Therefore, if you are age 40+ and continue doing everything you did to maintain your weight previously, you’re probably going to slowly gain weight as you age.

Thyroid

Many people don’t realize that thyroid problems can affect a large percentage of people over 40. Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, so if you’re having trouble losing weight or are gaining rapidly, you might want to have your thyroid checked by having a blood test.

Lifestyle

Life continues to get busier and more hectic throughout young adulthood and middle age. After 40, with so much going on, it’s easy to put fitness on the back burner. Unfortunately, muscle loss can be rapid, and along with other signs of aging such as sun damage and collagen breakdown, the skin can start to sag.

Maintaining a healthy diet, fitness, and overall strength routine is essential to maintaining your overall health and weight into your 40s and beyond. At Laser Skin & Wellness, we offer custom meal plans, programs, and nutrition counseling with our Nutrition Educator.

Weight Loss Aids

One problem many people have with weight loss as they age is getting rid of stubborn trouble areas and getting a smooth, sleek physique. The good news is that there is technology available to help you reach your goals, even if you’re near your ideal weight. This treatment is a new radiofrequency treatment, called truSculptTM.

TruSculpt is a gentle, yet effective, body contouring treatment that heats fat cells without discomfort, triggering the body to banish them. Results appear gradually over a few weeks, and 2-3 treatments are typically performed.

To learn more about this treatment or to schedule your body contouring appointment, visit our Laser Skin & Wellness centers in Lake Worth or Palm Beach Gardens, Florida today or call us at (561) 641-9490.

Sources:

http://health.yahoo.net/caring/weight-loss-after-40-why-it-s-so-hard-and-what-works

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/fighting-40s-flab

*truSculpt device is manufactured by Cutera, Inc.

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Losing weight at any age is a challenge, but as you get older, you’ll start to notice that it gets a little more difficult. Exercises and diets you once did to get rid of love handles fast in your 20’s just doesn’t have the same effect that it does after 40. There is just something that gives us trouble losing weight after 40, and here are a few ways that you can combat it and look youthful, as well as healthy.

Put time into your skin at home and the spaFit woman working out with pink dumbbells

Facial skin is notorious for giving away your age, and if you want to look younger, then there are a few steps that you’ll need to take. First, you should put time in at home, as well as at spa. When you make your appointment at Laser Skin & Wellness, you’ll be able to speak with a professional about peels and skin tightening treatments that compliment your facial routine at home.

Learn about non-invasive contouring procedures to get rid of love handles

We all want to learn how to get rid of love handles fast because these can be tricky after 40. When you think of your favorite pair of jeans hugging you perfectly at a younger age, trust that it’s not impossible to regain that feeling. We offer non-invasive solutions to help compliment your efforts like exercise and diet, so you get those natural curves back.

Be realistic about weight loss results

If you have trouble losing weight after 40, be sure that you are setting realistic goals because while we would all love it, we just won’t be able to look like a Hollywood twenty-year-old. Set achievable results and know that improvements are possible, but there is no magical formula, and you’ll need to put in the work and involve the professionals.

Learn the rhythm of your body

One of the most beautiful things about aging is that you become more at home in your body and understand its rhythm. When it comes to losing weight by this time in your life, you should have any idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. Meet with a professional nutritionist if you have trouble losing weight after 40 and you want a customized diet to fit your lifestyle. This is a fantastic moment to appreciate and respect your body, so pay attention to your eating patterns, how you feel after exercising and talk to a professional about the best weight loss programs for you.

Begin with a FREE consultation

Now is the ideal time to bring in the professionals at Laser Skin & Wellness to help give your efforts at home a boost when you have trouble losing weight after 40. Our consultation is at no obligation to you because we just want you to be informed about your options so that you find the ideal solution. If you live in West Palm Beach Florida and the surrounding areas, call 561-641-9490 or fill out our convenient contact form to learn more!

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