Of the many epidemics currently impacting America, obesity is one of the most significant, because it isn’t just affecting adults. Nearly 20 percent of adolescents aged 12-19 are obese, and that statistic has tripled in the last 30 years! Since obesity also places the body at risk of serious conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea, it has never been more important for teens to receive the help they need to overcome obesity. Continue reading “OPTIFAST Could Be the Key to Your Teen’s Weight Loss” »
Just about everybody has made a New Year’s weight loss resolution at some point, but many people find those resolutions difficult to achieve, resulting in more frustration and disappointment than success. Fortunately, there is a way to pursue weight loss goals in 2017 in a realistic and rewarding way. Follow these simple steps to watch the pounds melt away over the next few months.
Get Active, and You’ll Stay Active Continue reading “Realistic, Rewarding Weight Loss Resolutions” »
With bathing suit season months away and delicious treats and savory meals at every turn, the holidays often feel like a maze of weight loss obstacles and traps. Perhaps you’re convinced that preventing holiday weight gain is about as realistic as Santa crawling down your chimney, but the truth is that there are legitimate methods to keep your weight from fluctuating this winter. Check out these tips for the help you need.
Eat Before the Party
If you’ve ever arrived starving and desperately hungry to a buffet-style party, you know the damage that can occur. Every single dish looks impossibly delicious and within 10 minutes you’ve scarfed down 1,000 calories. We’ve all done it, but by eating a healthy meal before every party and social gathering you can minimize the number of unhealthy and unnecessary calories you eat. Even a small salad, large glass of water, smoothie, or peanut butter toast can make all the difference in what you put on your plate at that party. Continue reading “These Tips will Prevent Holiday Weight Gain” »
The weight loss process has an unfortunate way of feeling completely overwhelming and impossible, but it shouldn’t have to be that way. The truth is that there are plenty of small, simple steps you can take to reach your weight loss goal. And even though you won’t find “eat chocolate cake in bed” on that list, really are easy enough to work into your regular routine without upending your sense of balance and comfort.
Losing weight is no easy task, especially if you are attempting to do it all on your own. Sometimes the best solution is to turn to an expert who can guide you through the weight loss process, provide you will all of the tools you need, and give you reliable support along the way.
Optifast is the perfect solution. It is a medically supervised weight management program that includes meal replacement shakes, lifestyle education, counseling, and personalized support as you make your way through your weight loss journey.
What is Involved in the Optifast Program? Continue reading “Fight Obesity with Optifast” »
Optifast for Teens is ideal for the adolescent with a BMI over 30 wanting to lose weight for personal and/or health reasons. Teen Optifast is similar to Optifast for adults except that the program is designed to address the unique nutritional, medical, psychological, and behavioral needs of an obese teen. The goal of the Teen Optifast program is to aid adolescents in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight by changing and adopting healthier lifelong behaviors. Continue reading “Optifast: A Weight Loss Option for Teens” »
Contrave is an FDA approved weight loss medication for obese and overweight individuals. It contains a combination of 2 drugs: bupropion and naltrexone. Bupropion is an antidepressant used to treat depression and is also used to help individuals quit smoking. Naltrexone is used to treat alcohol and narcotic dependence.
The combination of these drugs with a reduced caloric lifestyle and physical activity has been shown in studies to decrease weight loss by 4 percent after one year of use. Eligible patients should have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 (obese) or higher or a BMI of 27 (overweight) or higher with a weight related comorbidity such as high cholesterol or diabetes.
Contrave should be avoided in individuals with a history of seizures, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and eating disorders.
At Hermann Wellness we offer many weight loss and nutritional treatment options, including Contrave. Our offices are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.