HCG Diet Austin TX

HCG Diet Austin TX

Dr. Broder: Hello, I’m Dr. Lawrence Broder, MD, medical director of Beleza Medical Spa in Austin, Texas. I’m here today to talk to you briefly about the HCG Medical Weight Loss Diet. I guess if you’re watching this video, you have some weight to lose. You’re wondering how this diet will help you lose that weight. We all know there are millions of diets out there. Most of those diets, whether they’re food supplements or medications, will help you lose some weight initially. The problem is that there is no long-term weight loss. We want you to lose weight and keep it off. I see patients every day asking me, “Doctor, I work out. I go to the gym every day. I eat right. I’m not losing weight.” The problem is, is to understand the dynamics of weight loss and weight gain. You have to understand, one pound of fat equals 3500 calories. Let’s say you have 20 extra pounds on your body. That 20 pounds equals 70,000 calories. That means you have to be negative 70,000 calories to lose that 20 pounds. Not only do you have to eat well, you have to be negative in caloric intake to somehow to lose that weight. We can say, “Maybe I can exercise that off, maybe I can burn those calories off my body.” That’s another problem. The problem with exercise, that if the average person walks a mile, they burn about 100 calories. If you want to burn off a pound of fat, you have to walk 35 miles. I bet that at the end of that 35-mile walk you’re going to be hungry and you’ll probably eat more than 3500 calories. Plus the appetite stimulation continues, and you tend to compensate for your exercise. Exercise is not a answer to initial weight gain. It is extremely important for your health and your longevity. It is unbelievably important for your maintenance of weight loss. In initial weight loss, it has a role along with diet. Diet is probably more than 80 to 85 percent of initial weight loss. Exercise during that initial weight loss by watching your diet will make you lose more weight than if you didn’t exercise alone. What are we basically looking at here? The thing we have to really feel and look at in ourselves is that we are addicted to food. We are addicted to food for many reasons. The food industry, due to government subsidies, has made food so cheap that we spend a smaller percentage of our income on food now than our parents did. We eat out more. We see more commercials. We are given foods that are less nutritious and we eat larger portions. It just takes 100 calories a day over a month to gain one pound a month. You can imagine over the years, how much fat you can gain. That’s why we’re here talking about this right now. Unless we break this food addiction, you can lose weight initially but you won’t keep it off. This is where the hCG diet Austin comes in. The hCG diet Austin was proposed in the 1950s by a doctor in Italy. It had a resurgence in the ‘70s and now it is popular again. It is very controversial in the medical literature. There are studies that support it. There are studies that don’t support it. The diet is coupled with a hormone. That is the hGC, human chorionic gonadotropin. It is made by the placenta of pregnant women. The theory is that in pregnant women, the hCG along with maybe other substances released by the placenta, allows the fetus to access the fat stores of the mother. Even if the mother is not taking in enough calories, the fetus can access her fat stores to keep energy coming in to the fetus to continue growth. That’s how this diet works. The other part of the diet, you have to remember with hCG is the very low calorie diet, which is 500 calories a day. To give you some perspective, you probably need 2000 to 2500 calories, depending on your activity level and your sex, just to meet your basic daily core of needs. This is 500 calories. It’s almost a starvation diet. Then you’d ask, “Why don’t I just go on a 500 calorie a day starvation diet and I’ll lose weight?” You will lose weight, but you’ll lose it in ways you don’t want to. The body is designed through evolution to save its fat stores until we have food again. You will breakdown your protein, your muscle. Your blood sugar will drop and you will feel terrible and you will not be able to function. This is where the hCG comes in. The hCG appears to allow you to access your fat stores and to keep your blood sugar levels up so you can function and you feel good. It also allows you to access the fat in the areas around your body, specifically the abdomen and the thighs, and lose inches. You feel good, you lose weight and you lose inches with the hCG diet. hCG is FDA approved for ovulation induction in infertile women. It is not an FDA-approved indication. This is an off-label use. The good thing is that we use a dose that is one fiftieth of that dose. I have searched far and wide and have not found any side effects or any reason that you have to worry about the hCG. The dangerous part of the hCG program is the diet. To do a 500-calorie diet on your own is very dangerous. We do a physical that I supervise. We draw blood work and we follow you. You need this because it is very dangerous to be on a 500-calorie diet by yourself. With proper physician monitoring, it is very safe. The diet is very strict. Look at it as a ‘nutritional bootcamp’!  It teaches you to eat very small portions. It teaches you the good things to eat, the protein, the vegetables, the fruits. You can lose one to two pounds a day sometimes. The good thing is at the end of the diet you have learned how to eat and you have learned to break the food addiction. This is like going cold turkey from smoking, except that the hCG is a crutch that helps you go cold turkey. Then at the end of the diet, you have learned that you can eat less and survive and lose weight and feel good. That’s the important part. We are not looking for you to put the weight on again to go back to your normal. We want you to learn that you can eat those smaller portions and eat a healthier diet and lose weight too, and feel good. We use an topical cream form of hCG. There is also the injections. That’s how it was first used. The topical form is just as safe and effective, and avoids daily injections of medications. It is probably the diet that really breaks your food addiction and teaches you how to keep it off. The hCG, along with the diet, helps you get through it. It is a four to six-week program. We include various things in the diet like a digital scale, books, videos to teach you how to eat better. We have a nutritionist. We have other counseling. We want you to succeed. We want you to lose weight. We want you to have the ability at the end of the diet to have more muscle mass, to have less fat and to have the tools to continue on the rest of your life. It’s almost a bad thing to call it a diet. We want to change your life. You have to change your lifestyle. You have to change the way you eat. You must start to exercise when you lose the weight. We have personal trainers to help you with that, too. It is the lifestyle change that will keep you from gaining the weight. It will make you feel better, give you more energy and lead a happier life. I encourage you to make a consultation with me, Dr. Lawrence Broder, at BelezaMedicalSpa.com, 512-246-2639. Or e-mail us at info@belezamedicalspa.com. Thank you.

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What are the Risks and Side Effects of Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a very safe procedures.  It was FDA-approved for fat reduction in September of 2010 and has been safely used in Europe for approximately 5 years.  The reason why it is so safe is that the cold exposure is not to such an extreme that it immediately kills fat cells;  rather, the cold exposure initiates natural programmed fat cell destruction, which is why it takes 2 months to see the results.  The exposed fat cells naturally degrade and the byproducts excreted by your body.  The only contraindications to undergoing Coolsculpting is if you have rare conditions of cold-intolerance.

Coolsculpting may be slightly uncomfortable during the first few minutes of treatment, but it is more of a strange suction and cold feeling than pain and gradually turns into a barely noticeable numbness.  This strange feeling is greatest with the largest treatment head/applicator, and less with the small and medium applicators.  Immediately after Coolsculpting, the treated area may have mild to moderate tingling, numbness, and soreness.  Mild bruising is sometimes seen, but is uncommon.  The soreness may last for 2-3 days and feels like the muscle soreness you get after a round of intense exercise.  The tingling and numbness feels just like the sensation your skin has after intense cold exposure.  It lessens over time and is usually limited to 2-3 weeks.  Coolsculpting is not known to cause long-term nerve damage.

With standard settings, Coolsculpting should cause little bruising or pain.  Sometimes the suction is increased in thinner patients to get proper exposure of the fatty area to the cold applicator.  The higher suction could increase the chance of bruising, though it is still usually minimal and limited.  The temperature is currently not altered in the current model of Coolsculpting.

So there are no needles, no incisions and no heat used with Coolsculpting.  There are no scars and no recovery.  The side effects are very tolerable and transient.  Coolsculpting offers a very safe, painless and effective method to reduce fat in multiple body areas.  Come in for your free consultation to start your treatments now!

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Smartlipo laser Liposuction: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/smartlipo-liposuction-austin/

HCG Medical Weight Loss: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/hcg-diet-austin-tx/

Venus Freeze: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/venus-freeze-skin-tightening/

Zerona Laser: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/zerona-low-level-laser/

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What are Liposuction Alternatives?

There are a dizzying array of procedures to remove fat and contour your body these days.  It is not only confusing for the patient but for the doctor too!   We do know that liposuction is the gold standard for removing fat.  At the end of the procedure you will see the fat in the canisters and the results will follow shortly.  Liposuction is surgery and a minimally invasive procedure.  The tumescent technique (under local anesthesia)  liposuction with microcanulas is safe, easy and has a quick recovery with the most impressive results but it is still liposuction. Most patients go through it just fine and are amazed at how it was so different than what they thought it would be like. It is essentially painless and easy to undergo with patients returning to work in just 2 days.   The additions of lasers like Smartlipo have even improved results further.  The heat from the Smartlipo laser can be used to smooth out the fat and induce skin tightening.   I have performed this procedure on many patients who would be traditionally treated by tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).  We have seen remarkable results in terms of tightening loose skin and avoiding the cost, incision and recovery of a tummy tuck.

However there are many patients who would prefer to do something less invasive but still improve their body contour.  The good thing is that non invasive procedures are becoming more effective,  Of course, none of these procedures are for weight loss.  If you are obese, a medical weight loss program would be your best bet before doing any of these.

ZERONA is an FDA cleared alternative to liposuction, which reduces inches with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. Patients are losing between 3.6 to 5.5 inches and many are seeing even greater results when combined with a sensible diet and exercise program.  Zerona is the perfect way to lose stubborn body fat from: neck, love handles, arms, hips, back/bra‐line, thighs, tummy/waistline and knees in this fast pace world we live in. After just six 40 minute Zerona treatments you will see inches melt away. And best of all there is no recovery or downtime so you can resume all your normal activities immediately after each treatment.

CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the unique, FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body.Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break.  After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional Coolsculpting appointments if you and your doctor deem it necessary.

HCG Diet Medical Weight loss works through use of a hormone that is naturally produced in the body, and a very low calorie diet (VLCD). The hormone has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions.  It is the pregnancy hormone that almost completely controls metabolic functions, and allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a “fail-safe” mechanism when energy is needed immediately. For weight loss, we use small amounts of this hormone to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using it in this way does NOT mimic pregnancy; in fact, it can be safely used by both adult men and women.   The combination of the HCG and VLCD allows you to lose a remarkable amount of weight in a short time safely.  I look at this as a nutritional ‘boot camp’ that will teach you how to eat properly and keep the weight off.  We are looking to change your life and how you approach food, not just another ‘diet’.

So I have tried to discuss some of the current alternatives to liposuction.  I advise you to do your research and come in for a free consultation to help you decide whats best for you.

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Coolsculpting: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/coolsculpting-austin/

Smartlipo laser Liposuction: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/smartlipo-liposuction-austin/

HCG Medical Weight Loss:http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/hcg-diet-austin-tx/

Venus Freeze: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/venus-freeze-skin-tightening/

Zerona Laser: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/zerona-low-level-laser/