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Keto Diet

Keto Diet ExplainedThe preferred source of fuel for your body is sugar, aka glucose.  The main source of glucose for your body is carbohydrates which we are flooded with in the form of sugar and flour.  When you eat a slice of bread or eat some cookies, your body immediately converts those carbohydrates directly into glucose.  Some of that glucose is used to run your body, but any excess glucose is converted into fat, causing weight gain.  This is why our carbohydrate rich diets are making us continually fat.  The keto diet reverses this process and causes weight loss.The Keto Diet is designed to shift your body away from using glucose and carbohydrates as its preferred source of fuel.  The Keto Diet restricts carbohydrate intake and focuses on fats and protein.  When you eat fat instead of carbohydrates, your body is forced to start breaking down fat for a fuel source.  The liver starts to access your stored fat to break it down into ketone bodies.  These ketones can then be used as an alternate fuel source, especially by the brain.   When your body is breaking down fat to make ketones, you are in ketosis.It can take 3-4 days for your body to run out of glucose and completely shift over to ketones on the Keto Diet.  But once ketosis is achieved, your body is now running on the fat you ingest and your stored fat too.  In contrast to a carbohydrate rich diet where you were actively making fat, your body is now using fat to make energy for your body.  This is why significant weight loss can be seen with the keto diet.   The Keto diet shifts you from “fat producing” to “fat burning”.Many argue that the Keto Diet is the diet that most of us should follow long-term.  The carbohydrate rich world we live in now is not natural.  Carbohydrate rich food like breads, candy, sodas, cookies, etc., do not normally occur in nature.   Our bodies were never designed to have access to so many carbohydrate rich foods and this has led to the obesity epidemic.   Lean meats and fats as well as other low carbohydrate foods are more readily available in nature and are probably what we should be eating.  Low carbohydrate diets with most of the calories coming from fats and protein are probably what most of us should be following to prevent obesity.  The other benefit of the Keto Diet is that it help us break our food addiction, that is primarily due to carbohydrates.Keto Diet MenuSo what keto diet foods are on the keto diet menu?  The main focus of the keto diet menu is to avoid carbohydrates, especially those rich in sugar and flour.  This means no rice, no pasta, no breads, no cakes or cookies, no ice cream, no fruits, no potatoes and no candy.  So what can you eat on the keto diet?  You can eat meats, eggs, fish, vegetables that grow above ground, cheese and natural fats like butter and olive oil.The other remarkable thing about the keto diet menu is that it tends to make you less hungry.  When you eat a lot of carbohydrates, your blood sugar spikes and causes the release of insulin by your body.  Insulin causes fat storage and hunger.  When your diet focuses on fat and protein and you are in ketosis, there are no insulin surges that cause those sugar cravings.  In fact, fat and protein has also been found to make you feel fuller faster, leading to less food intake overall.  The keto diet is not only ideal for weight loss, but more importantly for weight maintenance.Contact us today for a free consultation for medical weight loss and the Ideal Protein Diet.…

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Weight Loss: Face it, You’re Addicted to Food!

Weight Loss Diet Failures. The number of weight loss diets, supplements and extreme weight loss shows out there is dizzying.  All of these will work to some degree or other. The problems is that they are all of a temporary nature.  When the weight loss diet is over, we go back to our usual ways, and viola, we have gained all the weight back!  So what is really going on here? Food Addiction. Just like anything else that rewards our brain with pleasure, food is also prone to addictive behavior.  Look at the definition of addiction: compulsive engagement in rewarding behavior, despite adverse consequences.  Sound familiar?  Plain and simple, we need food to fuel and support our bodies.  When we allow our eating to be taken over by emotions and reward, the true purpose of eating becomes incredibly distorted.  This is compounded by the food industry which deliberately manipulates the nature of the food we eat to emphasize taste and reward and fuel addiction.Two other signs of addiction include tolerance and withdrawal.  Do you find yourself needing ever increasing amounts of food to feel satisfied?  Or does it have to be even sweeter or saltier?  That is tolerance.   When you deprive yourself of your favorite foods or limit the amount, do you experience strong cravings?  This is withdrawal.  As you can see, food addiction is real and probably is the most common and damaging addiction out there.Breaking the Food Addiction Cycle. The first part of dealing with any addiction is becoming aware of it and understanding you have this problem.  The other big part is to be 100% motivated to rid yourself of it.  If you have come to these conclusions on your own, then breaking your food addiction is very much possible.Think about other addictions.   Recovery and treatment usually first requires going cold turkey.  You must stop the rewarding behavior and deal with the withdrawal.  This is much more complex with food addiction as we must eat to live!  The good thing is that we don’t have to stop eating foods, only the foods that propel food addiction. Sugar, Flour and Insulin Resistance. The most rewarding food substances to our brains are simple carbohydrates like sugar and flour.  Simple carbohydrates light up reward centers in our brain.  They also induce the release of insulin.  Insulin clears sugar from our blood and stores it as fat.  Insulin also stimulates our appetites.  So when our diet is high in sugar and flour our insulin levels are constantly increased.  This leads to fat formation as well the appetite to feed those fat cells.  You actually become a fat factory!  So you are addicted to these substances that make you fat and hungrier!When you cut sugar and flour from your diet, your body will look for other sources of blood sugar.  It will break down fat to do this.  If you replace the simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates (fruits & vegetables) and fat and protein, the body will  use these for fuel and support.  So the fat cycle is reversed, and fat is being broken down and insulin levels are suppressed.  This is how the food addiction is relatively easily broken.  Removing addictive sugar and flour from our diets and replacing them with fat and protein.  Eventually your appetite and cravings will wane and the addiction will subside.  Medical Weight Loss Diet and Food Addiction As many of us know, it is very hard to beat an addiction by yourself.  Our very successful Medical Weight Loss Program can help you with food addiction.  We call it our ‘Nutritional Boot Camp”or ‘Food Addiction Rehab’.   Under our close supervision, we will help you cut the calories, make better food choices, and start losing the weight!  If you realize you are addicted and want to beat it, the Medical Weight Loss Program is the perfect way to achieve your goals, quickly and safely.…

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Looking for help with weight loss?We are all bombarded with books and commercials for new diets and weight loss programs. Celebrities tout the benefits of the latest diet that allows you to eat anything.  Fad diets come and go. How you choose the right diet?  The first problem is that most of these programs are temporary and unsustainable.  Anyone can eat diet food for a month and lose some weight.   Unless fundamental changes are made in your approach to food, the extra weight will return.  An effective weight loss program will actually teach you about nutritionNutrition and Medical Weight LossHuman nutrition is the provision to obtain the essential nutrients necessary to support life and health.  Notice there is nothing here about tasting good and feeling good.  When we eat, we should be looking for foods high in nutrients that support our bodies.   Before all we had all our modern conveniences, we had to spend a great deal of our time gathering and preparing food.  Due to the effort and time this took,  we focused on foods that provided the most nutrients.   Foods that tasted good were a luxury.  Today, this balance is upside down.  Factory farming and the corporate takeover of our food supply has allowed nutrient poor but highly palatable foods to become the norm.  Corporations have figured out that fat, salt and sugar are the key ingredients to human food cravings.  They have deliberately manipulated our food supply to promote these ingredients over all other nutrients.  As a result, we are pushed a steady diet of processed foods that are cheap and taste good while providing very little in real nutrition.  This has led to the phenomenon of the malnourished obese.  Government subsidies for these food industries has made matters worse, as the price of these nutrient poor foods is kept artificially low.Not only have corporations figured out what foods we crave, but they have also mastered the art of selling it to us.  Television is awash in commercials pushing these nutrient poor foods in carefully crafted commercials.  The indoctrination begins with our children who are pushed sugar in cereals, candy and soda.  So not only are we provided with foods we cannot turn down, we are almost tricked into craving them more!Food Addiction and Medical Weight LossSo what are we really dealing with here?  Its an addiction of food.   We have been trained to seek out these tasty and satisfying foods whenever we are hungry, our ‘fix’.  Just like an addict, many of our social events, sporting events provide an atmosphere of promoting overeating of these nutrient poor foods.   Treating an addiction requires more than a one month diet.Medical Weight Loss Austin TXThe key to losing weight is more than 95% with your diet.   Every pound of extra fat contains 3500 calories. Most of us need around 2000 calories a day to function.  To lose weight, you have to consume less than your body needs each day.  You can do this on your own, but it is very difficult and dangerous. A medical weight loss program does this under a supervision of a physician and a nutritionist. The goal is to have you lose the weight needed and then provide you the skills necessary to keep it off. Breaking the food addiction is possible, but not easy.  It will require complete avoidance of these foods for a period as we reset your appetite and cravings.  We will teach you about nutrient rich foods and eating smaller portions.  Most of us have never been taught about nutrition and this knowledge will help you succeed.  We call this our ‘nutritional boot camp’ as we help you get the weight off, break the food addiction and teach you the nutritional skills for a healthy life.  Learn more and book a free consultation here.How about weight loss pills?…

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Looking for a Weight Loss Clinic in Austin? Are you in shape for 2018? If not, there is still time to get the body you want before another year passes by. The answer is simple. Go to the people you already trust for your aesthetic needs – Beleza Medical Spa. Beleza offers the Austin weight loss program known as Medical Weight Loss, and under the supervision of Beleza staff, patients lose significant weight in one 40-day cycle on the program. Once considered a fad diet, the Medical Weight Loss Diet has, through the test of time, proven to be an ideal option for individuals who want to lose weight quickly without negative side effects like muscle loss, extreme weakness and hunger and the fear of damaging normal metabolic rates. It seems too good to be true, but the proof is in our patients! It works simply, and it starts with a commitment. Because the basis of the program is a very low-calorie diet, the ideal Austin weight loss patient would be someone who is ready to break the food addiction and commit to a long-term healthier relationship with food.  No weight loss pills needed!Austin Weight Loss Clinic Austin TX So you have a commitment and you’re ready for a change. The next step is the medical weight loss diet. Administered in a cream form and combined with a very low-calorie diet, the medical weight loss program allows patients to operate at a normal energy level despite a drastic reduction in caloric consumption in both men and women. The argument for some Austin weight loss seekers is that anyone would lose weight on a 500-calorie-a-day diet. It’s true! But along with a minimal fat loss, you’ll lose muscle, energy, and health.Weight Loss Austin Fad diets are risky and supplements that are not approved by a doctor are not a good choice. Beleza’s physician supervised Weight Loss Austin Clinic is not too good to be true, because it works time and again for our Austin weight loss patients. Learn more about the program and get a free consultation at the Medical Weight Loss Clinic.Austin Weight Loss Round Rock Beleza Medspa has been helping Round Rock Weight Loss patients for more than 10 years.  We have successfully helped hundreds of patients lose thousands of pounds.  Visit our Austin Weight Loss Round Rock location to start your weight loss journey.…

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Need Help to Lose the Muffin Top?* We have all heard of them, but what is a muffin top?  The Muffin Top is that annoying back fat that overhangs the waistline of your pants.  It resembles the contents of a muffin spilling out of the muffin holder, hence the term ‘the muffin top.’  It is usually worsened by low-waist, tight fitting jeans.  So now that we know how to describe it, how do we lose muffin top?  A Muffin Top   The fat contained in the muffin top encompasses the abdominal and flank regions of the body.  Obesity is the major factor causing the excessive fat in these areas.  We need to deal with obesity overall to decrease the fat.  However, even without obesity, some patients continue to have muffin tops.  One of the reasons for this is the muffin top fat is generally resistant to weight loss.  Fat around the waistline tends to be insulin resistant and leads to a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.  So not only is a muffin top difficult to lose but it harmful to your health.  Many try muffin top exercises to target this fat.  However, muffin top exercises are rarely effective due to the highly resistant nature of the muffin top fat. Luckily, we now have many options to deal with this fat.  The gold standard for removal of the muffin top is liposuction.  Liposuction is now routinely performed safely, in-office under local anesthesia.  Liposuction allows for fat removal as well as body sculpting.  Application of technology like Smartlipo laser liposuction and Vaser ultrasonic liposelection can provide even better results.  Patients are back on their feet immediately and experience decreased recovery. For those who desire something  noninvasive or who don’t want any recovery, there are new procedures like Coolsculpting.  Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a non-invasive fat reducing treatment.  In a comfortable one hour session, Coolsculpting carefully freezes the fat cells in the muffin top.  Over the next several months, the fat cells die and the muffin top begins to melt away.   There is no down time and Coolsculpting can be repeated until the desired effect is achieved. So if you want to do something about that muffin top now, Beleza Medspa can help you.  We have a  weight loss program utilizing the Medical Weight Loss Diet to deal with obesity.  We are also experts at smartlipo laser liposuction as well as Coolscultping.  Contact us for your free consultation to lose the muffin top! …

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Best Austin Weight Loss Diet*

Are you looking for a Austin Weight Loss Clinic? A new year brings new resolutions.  Many of us want and need to lose weight.  However, this is very difficult to do on your own.  Weight Loss Clinics exist to assist with this undertaking.Weight Loss Diet Weight loss is 95%+ diet.  Exercise is for weight maintenance not weight loss.  In fact, patients who exercise and try to lose weight, end up gaining weight.  So changing your diet is the key to weight loss.  No permanent change in diet, no permanent change in weight.  The weight loss diet cannot be temporary.  It must be a fundamental change in the way you eat and your approach to food.  This is the hard part.  You must undo years of bad eating and the influences of the big food companies.  It is not easy, but it is very doable!Best Weight Loss What is the best weight loss diet?  Knowledge!  The more you understand about what food is and how it affects you, the more weight you will lose.  Beleza Medspa’s Medical Weight Loss Program does just that.  The first fact to understand is that every pound of fat you need to lose contains 3500 calories.  So if you need to lose 10 pounds, you must be negative 35,000 calories to do so.   Even if your calorie intake is perfectly matched to what your body needs everyday, you will never lose a pound.  You must go through a period of calorie restriction to lose the weight and reset your metabolism.  Once you get to where you need to be, the calorie restriction can be eased. The other important weight loss concept to understand is what food is.  Food consists of 3 main nutrients, carbohydrates, protein and fats.  Food is there simply to fuel your body.  Understanding how these nutrients fuel your body is critical.  If you are obese,  you have plenty of stored fat to run your body.  So during a restricted calorie diet, our goal is to use your stored fat for fuel to promote weight loss.  It is also important to uncouple your eating from bad habits, boredom and depression.  Food does not help these things.  Eating to try to help these things will make you fat.Keto Diet Once you lose the weight, we want to keep it off.  This is where your knowledge of the main food nutrients comes in.  Most of us become obese by eating too many carbohydrates.  When you eat too many carbs, your body not only doesn’t burn your fat stores, it make more fat!  So ultimately to keep the weight off, your diet must be heavy on fats and protein, and low on carbohydrates.  This will shift your body into burning fat and maintaining your weight.  This is also known as the Keto Diet.Austin Weight Loss Clinic Beleza’s physician-supervised Medical Weight Loss Diet program is designed to provide you with real, sustainable weight loss.  In a 6 week program, you will safely lose significant weight.  More importantly, you will be equipped with the nutritional skills and knowledge to keep the weight off and help those around you.  It takes commitment, but once you get going you will never look back.  Let us help you get started with a free consultation.

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Weight Loss Austin

Medical Weight Loss Austin Losing weight is a challenge that takes personal motivation and hard work. For those looking for solutions for weight loss in Austin, there are several different avenues that can be pursued. From working with a personal trainer to modifying one’s diet to incorporate healthier eating habits, losing weight is made easier by embracing several different lifestyle changes. Use the following simple keys to make the weight loss in Austin journey as easy as possible.Following an Exercise Routine Exercise plays a crucial role in the weight loss journey, burning calories that could otherwise remain unused. There are a wide assortment of different exercise options available to Austin residents, including many outdoor activities, such as hiking and cycling. Pursuing one of the exercise regimes and making regular activity a priority will help anyone looking to lose weight.When looking to lose weight, personal trainers can be useful for helping to develop specialized exercise routines. Many people also choose to partner with a friend or exercise buddy, who can help provide support and keep them accountable for decisions they make. Many studies have suggested that the support and encouragement of others can have a drastic impact on the success of one’s long term weight management attempts.Dietary Changes and Modifications An exercise routine that does not incorporate dietary adjustments is less likely to promote weight loss. Those who eat large amounts of fats and sugars will want to eradicate unhealthy foods from their diet, instead choosing fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Whole grains also make a healthy addition to the human diet, along with providing fiber that helps keep the body feeling full longer.For those who do not feel comfortable making dietary changes on their own, it may be smart to work with a dietician. Dietary professionals can help advise individuals who are looking to lose weight, taking allergies, dietary restrictions, and other factors into consideration. Other resources that can be consulted include textbooks and health publications, which can provide insight that will guide one’s health decisions in the right direction.Individuals who are looking for weight loss in Austin techniques have a myriad of resources and tools available to them. While losing weight can be a trying process, taking advantage of these tools can help keep dieters on the right track. The ultimate results of a weight loss journey will make the effort of exercising and following a healthy diet well worth the investment.Weight Loss Austin Program at Beleza Medspa…

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How to Lose Weight & Keep it Off!

Medical Weight Loss at Beleza Medspa Austin Losing weight is probably the most difficult challenge many of us will face in life.   The evidence is clear that obesity is detrimental to your health and will shorten your life.  We all know that we need to eat less and better foods, but why is it so hard to accomplish this?  Why is it so hard to keep it off if we do lose the weight?  Well, we are up against our evolution, poor eating habits passed down from our families, a food system that turns out cheap nutritionally deficient foods, and a culture of eating out and overeating as well as a lack of physical activity.Why we eat. The process of eating when you get down to it, is designed to provide the nutrients necessary to maintain your physiology.   The systems that control feeding were developed during our evolution.  They were developed when food was scarce and energy had to be expended to find it.   There were no processed foods and most food sources were not calorically dense.  As a result, our bodies are designed to hold onto all calories when there is an excess of food available.  Unfortunately for us now, there is virtually an infinite supply of calories available at all times.  even worse, no calories have to be used to find it! (drive-thru).What is nutrition? Most of us never really learn about proper nutrition and eating.   We are taught by our families to eat what tastes good when we are hungry and to eat as much as possible.   Most of us do not know what our bodies need nor what really is in the food we are eating.   Furthermore, we have linked our eating to dealing with stress, boredom and depression as well as a social activity.  In actuality, our bodies have specific needs for nutrients that must be met.  We need to understand what these nutrients are and where we can find them.  We need to learn to ‘eat to live’ and not ‘live to eat’.  If we can approach food and eating with this knowledge, weight loss and a healthy life will follow.Bad food. Somewhere in the 80s, our food system was hijacked by corporate America.  Nutritional knowledge was thrown out the window and push was made to produce cheap foods.  Driven by government subsidies and corporate farming practices, corn, potatoes, soy and flour became the staples of the American diet.  Nutrient poor corn is now infused throughout our food supply as corn syrup and animal feed.  It is calorie dense and so cheap that it has spawned the entire fast food industry.  Your drive thru meal with corn fed beef, corn syrup laced soda and fried potatoes is the result.  Our supermarkets abound with cheap, nutritionally deficient, processed ‘foods’.  U.S. taxpayers spend billions of dollars a year to subsidize these cheap foods that are literally killing us.  Did you ever wonder why it is so much cheaper to buy an entire fast food meal than to make a salad?Advertising To make matters worse, coupled with our evolution and bad food supply, are societal pressures.   We are constantly bombarded by advertising for bad foods and eating out.  This starts in childhood with cereals, candy and fast food and continues into adulthood.   We now eat out more than ever and a recent study of restaurant menus found that more than 96% of them were unhealthy!   Portion sizes are out of control and most appetizers have more calories than most of us need in an entire day!  Our culture has also emphasized overeating and drinking when we socialize and during all events like sports, concerts and parties.   Feel bored or stressed?   Eat or drink something to make you feel better!No exercise. The final straw to this mess, is our lack of physical activity.  Most of us do not have jobs that require any physical activity.   We do not spend any calories to find our food anymore and most avoid physical activity altogether. With our unchecked intake of calories and with no ability to burn them, no wonder we are all getting fat!How to lose weight and keep it off! So what can we do to save our lives?  It is not easy as most of these habits are lifelong and cultural. 1. We need to understand our evolutionary physiology.  We must choose foods that are nutritionally dense (usually calorie poor), and eat smaller meals more frequently.  This works with our physiology to maintain our weight. 2. We must learn how to eat.  You must know what protein, carbohydrates and fats are.  Which foods contain them and how much of each you need.  You can then make the food choices necessary to give your body what it needs.  Shop on the perimeter of the supermarket and buy food at local farmers markets. 3. Stay away from processed foods.  They are almost all bad!  Eat mostly things that are grown.   Shield your children from TV and advertising and teach them about good foods and how to eat. 4. Eat out as little as possible!  Eat appetizers!  Make your…

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