Any time of year is a good time to begin losing weight, but did you know that certain times of year can work better than others? As spring approaches, it might surprise you to learn that it’s the best time to jumpstart your weight loss journey. Here’s what to know about making springtime work in your favor and how we can help at Laser Skin & Wellness.

Warmer Temperatures Means Less Hunger

There tends to be a small correlation with colder temperatures and hunger cues. This can be attributed to the body managing its temperature – digestion takes up energy and thus generates heat which can be ideal in winter, but not so ideal in the summer. It’s likely that your body will slow down its hunger cravings as the temperatures become warm, making it easier to eat less.

You’ll Burn More Calories in Warmer Weather

It’s easier to burn calories while exercising in warm temperatures versus cold ones. That’s because your body works harder to stay cool in hot weather, increasing its energy expenditure. Just make sure not to overdo it when you do intensive exercise in hot weather.

Spring Brings Better Mood

Winter can be long and hard for many people, and spring is usually a welcome change. During the winter, it’s normal to crave heavy, fatty foods in order to cope with the colder temperatures and reduced sunlight. In the spring, you’ll likely enjoy a more positive outlook and be less hard on yourself, making it easier to stick to your weight loss plan.

Vitamin D Helps

It’s thought that there’s a link between vitamin D, obesity, and insulin resistance. This means that people of a heavier weight may have lower levels of vitamin D and vice versa. With springtime comes ample amounts of vitamin D in the form of sunlight, reinforcing your outdoor activities.

Healthier Food Comes Easier

Our favorite fall and winter foods tend to be the most calorically dense. Although we should all enjoy our seasonal favorites, it’s easier to find lighter foods like fresh fruits and veggies, grilled dishes, and cold salads at spring events and gatherings. This can help you feel more confident going into family gatherings and outings with friends.

Warm Weather Drinks Are Lighter

Although sipping hot, sugary beverages is one of the delights of fall and winter, they can add up. Spring brings lighter drinks like iced tea and infused water to curb your cravings but without the calories. If you’re looking for something other than water to cool off and quench your thirst, you have plenty of healthy options.

Schedule a Consultation

At Laser Skin & Wellness, we offer a variety of medical weight loss services to help you achieve your goals. To learn more and meet with our providers, contact our Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens locations by calling or filling out our online contact form.

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Hormone replacement therapy or supplementation has a long history, and hormone replacement has been demonstrated to have many benefits. For women, hormone replacement, when given at the proper time, using the proper hormones and dosing levels, and when monitored properly, can reduce risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and even some cancers.
Because hormone replacement has become controversial since the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative study (WHI), many women have been afraid of hormone replacement and many doctors reluctant to prescribe it. However, with new information and worldwide data supporting the safety and efficacy of hormone replacement when given properly and monitored properly.

What is pellet hormone therapy?

Pelleted hormone therapy has a long history of use in men, and has become increasingly popular for women. Pellet hormone therapy involves inserting a tiny hormone containing pellet (about the size of a grain of rice) under the skin, usually in the buttocks region, every few months. The pellet releases the hormone slowly throughout that time providing continuous blood levels of the hormone. 
The most common hormones found in pellets are testosterone and estradiol, the “male” and “female” hormones, respectively. Monitoring of blood levels and hormone metabolites is an important part of therapy, and additional supplements or prescriptions may be needed to provide the proper hormonal support.

What is the procedure like?

After baseline evaluation including laboratory hormone levels and a full history and physical exam and evaluation of previous hormone replacement dosages (when appropriate), a starting dose is calculated. Ideally, this dosage should be at or just below the calculated dose so that normal levels are not exceeded.
Once the evaluation is complete, the pellets are available, and dosing is confirmed, an office visit for sterile pellet placement is scheduled. Typically, the pellets are inserted under the fat in the buttocks near the hip bones. This process is performed by first cleansing the skin, then numbing the skin and tissue under the skin and making a very small nick in the skin. A sterile hollow needle (trocar), large enough to fit the pellet through, is then placed through the skin and into the underlying fat pad, and the pellets inserted through the needle. The device is then withdrawn leaving the pellets about an inch under the skin.
The skin is closed with a steri-strip surgical tape and covered with sterile gauze which remains in place for 1-2 days.  Heavy exercise should be avoided for 72 hours following pellet placement, but normal activity is fine.  

Are there any downsides to pellet hormone therapy?

While pelleted hormone therapy can be very satisfying for many women, it is not for everyone. It is absolutely necessary to have a full evaluation and understanding of an individual’s response to hormone therapy.
We begin with a carefully planned and monitored regimen in order to achieve optimal results. Often, the unsatisfying results occur because the dosage was started at an excessively high level and not tailored to the individual. Our philosophy of “start low, go slow” with close monitoring of symptoms and hormone levels tends to create greater patient satisfaction and emphasize safety and tolerability.
Most women do well with placement every 3 months, although some are able to go longer as they metabolize the hormones more slowly. Creating a regimen that is specific to each patient is the primary objective in offering successful pellet hormone therapy.
Dr. Kiley is accepting appointments for new and ongoing hormone replacement therapy consultations including pelleted hormone therapy. This therapy can be helpful when traditional hormone replacement therapy fails to provide satisfactory relief or creates difficulties with consistent use due to inconvenience.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information regarding pelleted hormone replacement therapy, please call the office at 561-701-2841.
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