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Weight Management

Weight Management

Today we understand that there are a number of different causes for weight gain, including poor diet, lack of exercise, hormone imbalance, or just the way foods are naturally digested in an individual’s body. Understanding the reason for weight gain is imperative for anyone wishing to lose weight. Here at the Med Spot we get to the root of the issue and develop a tailored weight loss regimen that accommodates a patient’s specific needs.

The First Step: Blood Work

We first analyze a patient’s blood to help us understand the potential reasons for weight gain. By analyzing the blood, we can see if there are any hormone imbalances that may have an effect on a person’s ability to lose weight. Imbalances in the thyroid, in insulin, or in sex hormones play a key role to problems related to metabolism. If these imbalances are elucidated then we can develop a plan for hormone replacement therapy. During the consultation for therapy, Dr. Reyes will discuss how these imbalances effect the body to help you better understand your situation and choose the best option possible.

Dr. Reyes’ Standard Diet for Weight Management

Dr. Reyes is an adamant believer in a number of diet’s that assist with weight loss, energy improvement, and general health.

Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting promotes weight loss by limiting caloric intake, encouraging the spike of growth hormone and cellular repair, dropping insulin levels, and improving function of the genes. The changes in the body that occur from fasting are directly conducive to weight loss and improved overall health.

Types of Fasting
There are many types of fasting. We have narrowed down the methods of fasting to those that we have seen the most dramatic improvements from.
These include:

1. The 5:2 Diet- This diet requires that a person only eats 500-600 calories for 2 days of the week. For the other 5 days, you can eat whatever you want.
2. The 16/8 Method- This limits the period that you eat during the day to 8 hours. For the other 16 hours you consume no calories. This is often practiced by not eating breakfast and eating only between noon and 8pm. Many believe that not eating breakfast is unhealthy. This is only true if the meals eaten are unhealthy.
3. The Eat Stop Eat Method- This requires a person fast for 24 hours weekly or bi-weekly. The 24 hour fast can be started at any time of the day— whether it be breakfast to breakfast, lunch to lunch, or dinner to dinner.

Fasting can potentially be harmful for people who are underweight, have had issues with eating disorders, have diabetes or problems related to blood sugar, are pregnant or attempting to conceive, have low blood pressure, or take certain medications. It is essential that a person interested in intermittent fasting consults a professional to find out if this can be advantageous for you.

These are just a few popular fasting methods. To better understand how fasting benefits the body and all types of fasting come to see Dr. Reyes and her team at The Med Spot for a free consultation.

Keto Diet for Weight Loss and Weight Management

The ketogenic diet requires a low intake of carbohydrates and a high consumption of fat. This diet enables the body to use fat for energy. It helps the body burn fat at a very high rate, improves brain energy, and stabilizes insulin, and improves overall metabolism.

Caloric Intake on the Keto Diet
The keto diet is so effective for weight lost that managing calories is not important. You can eat as much as you want as long as you follow the guidelines.

Other Health Benefits
New studies have shown that the ketogenic diet can also lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, various brain injuries, and acne.

More About the Keto Diet for Weight Management
To find out more about the exact methods of different types of keto diets, which foods to avoid on the diet, and how the keto diet affects metabolism and other functions in the body come to the team at the Med Spot for a free consultation.

HCG Diet for Weight Management

The hormone HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is produced at high levels during pregnancy. It is believed to improve and stabilize metabolism and assist with the loss of fat without affecting muscle mass. On the HCG diet, you must maintain an intake of 500 calories. Even though this is a very low amount for daily intake, the injected HCG hormone is believed to curb appetite. So, you should not experience hunger while on the diet. Because of the combination of HCG and the amount of calories consumed, you will lose weight at a very aggressive rate, most people reporting at least 1 to 2 pounds daily.

Do Over the Counter Forms of HCG Have the Same Effect?
Products that are not prescribed by doctors that claim to have HCG really do not. HCG must be prescribed and administered by a certified professional and it must be injected.

Am I Right For It?
The minuscule calorie intake required by the HCG diet is not suitable for anyone. To find out more about the HCG diet, the related side effects, and the recommended amount of time on it, come see Dr. Reyes at The Med Spot in Woodland Hills.

Prescription Medication for Weight Loss

Here at The Med Spot we also offer prescription medication that assist with weight loss by suppressing appetite and speeding metabolism. Blood work and consultation with the team at The Med Spot is required to be a potential candidate for these medications.

Patient Journal’s and Weekly Visits

We insist on patients having a journal to document their daily progress. It is often hard to tell day to day how much weight you are losing and what is actually having an effect on the weight loss. This can help both the patient and our team to better understand your weight loss hurdles and how nutrition affects your personal weight loss. This also helps us in suggesting alternatives to supplements a patient already takes and in exploring other possible diet strategies.

We also require patients to make weekly visits to monitor the response to the recommended protocol, check blood pressure, pulse and weight, and to pick up any pharmaceutical supplements that the patient will need for the next week. It also gives us an opportunity to discuss all other issues related to diet, supplements taken, and the patient’s daily journal.

Effective paths for weight loss can be difficult for a person who does not understand why they are gaining weight. At The Med Spot, we closely analyze and examine all the possible reasons you might be gaining weight and offer all potentialities for achieving your personal goal. Come to Dr. Reyes t in Woodland Hills to finally discover the best way for you reach your ideal weight and realize your ideal body.

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