I want to share the exciting field of medical weight loss with you today! As an obesity medicine physician, I have access to tools and products that you can’t obtain through commercial programs or internet fad diets. I have combined these products with my “tricks of the trade” that will help you lose weight with greater ease and keep it off long term.
If you are struggling with your weight right now, you are certainly not alone. Seventy percent of the adults in the U.S. and 1 in 3 of our children are overweight or obese. If you have been playing the blame game, it’s time to stop now. Clearly, we are not all just suddenly “being bad” at the same time. There are so many factors that contribute to carrying extra pounds - from the food we have access to compared to healthier alternatives, to technology, changes in the way our genes are affected by the environment, metabolism, our poop (yes I said poop), and the way our food is processed just to name a few.
And we haven’t even addressed addiction: the heroin effect that fat, salt and sugar can have on our brains, causing us to the reject the good stuff, and crave the bad. And to make matters worse, the Internet is full of “advice” from people with political agendas or financial incentives who prey on those who struggle at their most desperate times. Although there’s not enough room here to dispel all the myths, it is my obsession to make sure that the information passed on to you through my Dr. Wendy programs are complete, accurate, and well-studied.
Well I am – let’s do this! It’s time to challenge you to be a better version of yourself: stronger, faster, healthier, and happier! All I ask for is a 28 day commitment. I know you can give me that, and believe that you are worth it. If you are anything like the folks I see in my office, you are taking care of everyone but yourself. Promise me now, for the next 28 days, you will put the focus back on you. The house cannot stand if it is missing the cornerstone and I know that is you!
A meal replacement is a protein shake or bar that is satisfying and nutritionally complete. The kit includes Dr. Wendy's favorite medical grade shakes and bars.
The Vanilla and Double Chocolate shakes have 200 calories, 27 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber
The bars are also natural and medical grade. They come a in variety of delicious flavors. These bars are quick & easy for our fast-paced lives and will tackle your cravings!
From a weight loss standpoint, fish oil has been shown to increase metabolic rate, improve fat metabolism, and decrease hunger. Additionally, it has been shown to increase muscle protein synthesis and insulin sensitivity, improve memory and depression, improve blood flow to the brain and reduce risk of dementia and stroke, reduce inflammation and joint pain, and improve cardiovascular health.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be consumed through fermented foods or supplements. Research has shown that establishing the appropriate balance of bacteria in your digestive system is linked to health and wellness. The strains in the Ultra Flora Control probiotic have been shown to help both metabolism and fat absorption.
If you struggle with your weight or live where the weather can be excessively cloudy, or worse yet both, chances are your vitamin D is low. Vitamin D has several functions in the body including promoting healthy bones and teeth, supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health, regulating insulin levels, and supporting lung function and cardiovascular health.
Epidemiologic studies have found that high consumption of plant-based foods—rich in beneficial phytonutrients, as well as essential vitamins and minerals—is associated with better health and longevity. The awesome PhytoMulti® is a proprietary blend of 13 concentrated extracts and phytonutrients with scientifically tested biological activity to support cellular health and overall wellness.
Chromium is an essential trace element involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. It increases the efficiency of insulin, and research has shown it to be very effective in reducing carbohydrate/sugar cravings and addiction. Chromium picolinate can be a wonderful supplement to help with the junk-food/sugar/carbohydrate weaning process. This can help prevent carbohydrate and sugar cravings and help you comply to the 28 Day Challenge plan.
Why? Drinking water decreases hunger, increases metabolism (especially if it is cold), improves fatigue, brain function, exercise tolerance, mood, and immune function. In any high protein diet, you are likely to get dehydrated. Getting your water in is extremely important.
Why? Folks who record their food intake lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The simple act of recording makes you aware of “slip ups” and tends to help prevent them. It also makes you aware of your eating behaviors.
Avoid “dashboard dining” by eating while having screen time (phone, TV, computer). Sit down, decompress, take a deep breath, and just focus on eating. The more screen time you have during meals, the more calories you eat. During our 28 day challenge, really focus on changing your environment.
Substantial medical evidence suggests some fascinating links between sleep and weight. That’s because lack of sleep causes levels of ghrelin, a chemical that is produced in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulates hunger, to rise, which in turn stimulates your appetite. Make sleep a priority. Getting 6-9 hours of sleep per night is optimum for weight loss.
It is really hard to lose weight if you continue to eat sugar and starchy carbohydrates (breads, rice, pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, muffins, etc.) Do you know that grain-based desserts are the number one source of calories for our children? We are truly backwards. Fortunately, you get a nice fix with the shake flavors and the delicious bars included in this kit.
Research has shown that eating small, frequent meals causes us to consume fewer total calories in a day, which helps with weight loss. In fact, a 2005 study showed that the degree of obesity decreased with increased number of meals. It also helps to increase our metabolism. Eating every three hours helps keep blood-sugar levels stable which decreases hunger, and makes you more energetic and alert throughout the day.
Despite what you may have heard, exercise isn’t critical for weight loss, although research shows that it does help maintain weight loss. This is for a couple of reasons:
1) exercise can’t affect calories as much as nutrition does (calories going in);
2) we also tend to get hungrier when we exercise and eat more than we have burned off, particularly if we exercise vigorously.
But, just because exercise doesn’t necessarily affect weight loss dramatically doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. In fact, quite the contrary. Continued exercise is the glue that holds the various aspects of healthy living together. People who exercise sleep better, feel better, and crave more wholesome foods.
Exercise also helps to:
•Reduce blood pressure
•Increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL)
•Decrease triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood that in high levels can increase the risk of heart disease)
•Improve insulin resistance
•Reduce abdominal obesity
•Improve thrombosis (in other words, it helps prevent blood-clot formation)
If you are already exercising, keep going! If not, start with walking, with the goal of increasing your steps to 10,000 per day. As you are probably aware, steps are measured on most electronic watches, smart phones and other wearables such as Fit Bits. Once you get to 10,000, see if you can push it up a bit. It is called The 28 day challenge- so take this time to challenge yourself in every way possible!