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Weight Loss Center, Health Coach, or Club?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Knowledge Bites | Comments Off on Weight Loss Center, Health Coach, or Club?

Atlanta: Weight Loss Health Centers countrywide are giving way to the flexibility and convenience of weight loss health clubs, and especially to the individual one-to-one path guidance of Professional Health Coaches, specializing in weight-loss. The latter, more personal attention reflects our active lifestyles and the phenomenal ability of cell phones and IT devices to keep us all in touch wherever we are.


Nowhere is the adaptation to the new realities of the way we live and do business more evident than in the Atlanta area. Here Medical weight loss has come to mean at its best the personal attention of a Professional Certified Health Coach working upstream from doctors’ offices, referred by a doctor, working to guide clients and patients through habit change “For Life.”


Everyone knows, especially health professionals, that diets, medicines – pills and/or shots – are not going to work in the absence of lifestyle changes. Working with people to change their habits is the role of a Professional Health Coach. Increasingly doctors are committing to wellness and health care, rather than the sick care total focus that patient loads have been dictating. That is why now over 20,000 doctors have recommended our program.


Our Professional Certified Health Coaches are getting their referrals from cardiologists, internists, endocrinologists, chiropractors, nutritionists, bariatric surgeons, and other Health Professionals. Health Coaches’ have the unique ability and training to economically work with clients and patients over an extended period of time, usually with no additional cost to the client or patient.


Atlanta area Health Coaches have established client concentrations in Vinings, Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Cartersville, and Woodstock. They cover the Georgia counties of Cobb, Cherokee, and Bartow. We are in Dallas in Paulding County and in a growing number of other metropolitan Atlanta area communities, including Fulton, Gwinnett, and Forsyth counties. Ask about coaches where you live. Click on ‘Get Your Coach!’ or ‘Lose Weight Now!’ for an introduction to a coach convenient to you.

Big Boned?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Knowledge Bites | Comments Off on Big Boned?

Many people are mistakenly not concerned about the weight they’re carrying because they’re “big boned.” Or they set an insufficient weight loss goal  because, “I’m big boned.” Here is some information you should know about being “big boned.”
The additional bone size in an adult (bone alone) adds 3 lbs., at most, to someone’s weight, but it adds tons to their risk of disease.
Studies show there is a correlation between being ‘big boned’ and insulin resistance. Any increased amount of insulin in the system, along with promoting fat storage and blocking fat burning, acts as a growth factor on bone.
Heightened insulin resistance is a factor for developing heart disease. It occurs when the body makes insulin, but can’t use it effectively to break down blood sugar. Our Western Diet has our insulin pumps working overtime, and this starts with poor childhood diets. Overload children on sugars and carbs and you produce big bones.
Now you know being big boned is not an excuse for carrying extra weight. On the contrary, it’s a reason for weight management with a diet ensuring balanced blood sugar – starting with America’s children. We have a program for teens. Please ask about it.

There is a much stronger relationship between wrist bone circumference in children and the level of insulin in the blood than the relationship between BMI and insulin levels. That’s taking nothing away from the relevance of BMI. It just highlights an even more cautionary, significant measure: being big boned.

Being big boned does not support carrying more weight. In fact, being big boned is all the more reason for carrying less weight. It’s probably a visual clue to heightened insulin resistance and heart disease risk.


Body Mass Index (BMI)

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Knowledge Bites | 2 comments

The Body Mass Index chart (see below) is widely used because it’s easy to use. It does not measure body fat. It simply places someone on a chart based on height and weight. It is used by the CDC, the World Health Organization, the NIH, and many others, including the medical underwriters at insurance companies.  We recognize that there are other ratios gaining popularity, such as the the Hip to Waist Ratio, but we too primarily use BMI for its simplicity and because so many others do.

While we encourage initial weight-loss goal establishment based on the BMI chart, we consider a waist to height comparison the best, focusing on waist measurement and considering hip size. Start with the chart and end with the visual. What is the waist size, and is it slimming?

Tall people are not just scaled up short people and vice-versa and muscle weighs more than fat, etc. Our recommendation is, “Get to your ideal weight as shown on the BMI chart or a flat stomach, whichever comes first.” We always make common sense adjustments, particularly with clients and patients such as: athletes, children, the elderly, and the infirm.

Overweight and Obese are not pejorative words, they are medical terms; however, there is controversy surrounding their measurement. Anyone seeking optimal health should not use that controversy to avoid aggressive goal setting and a nutritionally balanced, calorie restricted eating plan for weight loss, nor should they use the disagreement to prematurely begin a maintenance program still carrying excess visceral, stomach fat.


Direction determines Destination

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Knowledge Bites | Comments Off on Direction determines Destination

No one gets to the place where he or she no longer needs wise counsel. Nobody.

You will never get to the place where you don’t need wise counsel. You always only know what you know.

The older we get, the higher the stakes are for many of our decisions – particularly those regarding our health. If you know you need to make a change or you have been told to change by your doctor, then choose your path guide thoughtfully.


Take a lesson from the top athletes you know. They all have their team coaches and individual coaches.


All of us are borrowing from someone else’s map – sometimes on purpose, too often unintentionally. If you don’t have your own plan, you are part of someone else’s. Who are your influences? Are they further down the road than you are? Are their lives and lifestyles what you vision? What would you pay for a peek at the map of the successful? How about FREE?  That’s what we charge.


Stopped in your tracks because the terrain is unfamiliar? Pull over and ask for directions. Direction determines destination. Asking isn’t a reflection of lack of wisdom. It is wisdom. Our Health Coaches know the path and the bricks and mortar that make it solid.


Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Knowledge Bites | Comments Off on Calcium

A huge study in the British Medical Journal, and another study by the Women’s Health Institute suggest the common practice of doctors regularly imploring women over age 50 to take  more calcium to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures may not do much good and can actually cause other health problems. So before you start supplementing with calcium do more research and remember: natural should always be your goal.
It’s about the balance of all the minerals not just calcium. If you are worried about frail bones and teeth, alkalize. What do you think happens when you drink all that pure acid soda, coffee, sugar and junk food? The body has to neutralize all that acid. Guess how it does that? Through your mineral reserves. Guess where you have mineral reserves? YES!!! Bones and teeth!

Meal Replacements & Organic & Grocery Store Processed Foods

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Knowledge Bites | Comments Off on Meal Replacements & Organic & Grocery Store Processed Foods

If you’ve been reading and hearing a lot about organic foods and processed foods, you may be wondering where Meal Replacements like we use fit in with your healthy eating plan. Meal Replacements are not organic – does that mean they’re not healthy? Will eating organic make you lose more weight?

Read on for some clarity on the issue.

First things first
Compared to the health risks of eating non-organic foods or avoiding meal replacements, the risks of obesity are far more serious. Going organic is a great way to fine-tune your meal plan once you’re at a healthy weight, but getting to that healthy weight should be your priority.

Plus, if you’re eating organic food while you’re still overweight you may be wasting your money: If you are obese, the metabolic and oxidative stress on your body is likely to counteract any benefit you’ll get from eating organic foods.

Likewise, just as there are good calories and bad calories,
good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, healthy fats and bad
fats, there are typical grocery store processed foods and a good version.
The good version is those that are healthy, fortified meal replacements.

It depends on the processing plan. The rap on grocery store processed foods
is the added salt, fat, sugar, and other massive amounts of
excitotoxic food additives, such as MSG. Our meal
replacements are quite different and should not be categorized
with grocery store processed foods.

Our meal replacements are not designed or processed with the
same Plan as those foods/poisons. The meal replacements we use
are fortified and formulated to be nutritionally dense, low calorie,
blood sugar balancing, low-glycemic, calcium proper, fiber rich,
and much, much more by doctors for doctors and lay people to
overcome the ravages of the Western Diet and lifestyle. They
are formulated for Health.

Healthy Meal Replacements

Although our Meal Replacements are not organic, the  5 & 1 Plan we use is the perfect prescription for safe weight loss. And the fast results mean that you will spend less time and money reaching your weight-loss goal.

A lot of the “processing” that goes into our meals is to your advantage. Fortifying them with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber is what makes them so nutritious and so filling, and ensures that you get the same “nutritional footprint” in every meal, whatever form or flavor you choose.

Our meals are manufactured to save you hours in the kitchen preparing and packaging healthy meals in appropriate portions. And, of course, while you’re on the 5 & 1 Plan, you’re retraining your body and your appetite to crave healthy fuel in normal portions. You can always look for and choose organic produce and lean proteins for your Lean & Green Meal each day.

What a doctor says

Mark Nelson, M.D., a New York cardiologist and one of our company’s coaches, has this to say:

“These are the healthiest meal replacements in the United States. There is simply no question about that. They are balanced carbohydrate and soy [protein], and soy is one of the healthiest proteins there is.

“[They are] anti-inflammatory. There are enough vitamins and minerals for everyone. They are portion-controlled; they are pharmaceutical grade. These meals are not made by food giants; they are made by an independent manufacturing facility that is FDA-inspected.”

The meal replacements and the 5 & 1 Plan protocol
are tools used in Step 2 of a 6 step Path to a Longer,
Healthier Life. Our meal replacements bear no
comparison to Grocery Store Processed Foods and should
not be targeted along with them.

Now you know

The unfortunate comparison of our meal replacements sabotages the most effective
tool there is for people to start getting their weight under
control. Help us educate and spread the word that there are good processed foods.
It’s those meal replacements we use in our weight loss training.
Contact us for complete content and nutrition details.

The right food at the right time

The advantage of our meal replacement program
is that it’s success early in Step 2 of our program leads
to critical teachable moments. If whole foods worked in
any significant way to get to that point, we would use them.

Our goal is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. Our meal
replacements, which bear no nutritional resemblance to
grocery store ‘processed foods,’ have been shown to be
twice as effective as the whole foods diet recommended
by the American Diabetes Association. It’s results like that
that we prefer to coach.
It’s helpful to remember that being overweight or obese is a medical issue that can become serious if left unmanaged. Our program using meal replacements is the perfect nutritional prescription for fast weight loss.

Because our protocol works so quickly, you can reach your goal faster than you can with other weight-loss plans.

Once you reach your healthy weight goal and resume eating a wider selection of vegetables, fruits, dairy, and whole grains, you can benefit from organic choices as part of your ongoing healthy meal plan.