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Keto Diet

Keto Diet Explained The 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 Menu So 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 diet.…

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Beleza Medspa in Killeen Texas utilizes CoolSculpting to help Army soldiers to meet body fat standards. This is a novel use of this technology which is intended for cosmetic concerns. KILLEEN, TEXAS (PRWEB) MAY 27, 2016 Beleza Medspa has initiated a new program to assist active duty soldiers with satisfying Army body fat composition regulations. This is the first time that Coolsculpting is being used for for more than just cosmetic purposes. Soldiers are normally screened at least every six months to ensure they meet the prescribed body-fat standard, measured by the circumference-based tape method. The tape-test is used when soldiers exceed weight standards. The tape-test measures the neck and waist in males to determine a body fat percentage. “The tape test is of great concern for many soldiers as it can affect their careers including promotions and retention” states Dr. Lawrence Broder MD, owner of Beleza Medspa, Austin TX. “Army weight standards have been out of date for many years and otherwise healthy, fit soldiers are being hurt by these standards” he adds. “Coolsculpting offers a way to reduce the size of fatty areas in a few months that can lead to positive outcomes on the tape test”, “as a former active duty soldier I know the anxiety that these tape tests can cause” Dr. Broder states. Coolsculpting is a non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The procedure requires no anesthesia, needles or downtime. During the painless one-hour procedure, patients can watch TV, listen to music or check email. At the conclusion of the procedure, the patient is free to resume normal activities. “Coolsculpting is the perfect, safe and effective FDA approved procedure to help these soldiers with their careers, not just for cosmetic reasons”, Dr. Broder adds. “It can treat abdomens and love handles to take inches off waists without affecting their readiness” he states, “The goal is to assist healthy soldiers with meeting outdated and inaccurate standards”. Beleza Medspa Killeen also offers DualSculpting, which allows twice the amount of Coolsculpting to be performed in half the time. Beleza will also help to reduce the coolsculpting cost by offering discounts to active duty soldiers. Beleza Medspa offers a full suite of weight control programs like the Medical Weight Loss Diet as well as body sculpting with Smartlipo Liposuction. Beleza Medspa was founded in 2007 and has offices in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Killeen Texas. Beleza Medspa is one of the largest providers of Botox, Juvederm and Smartlipo Laser liposuction in Texas and the U.S. Beleza Medspa’s office in Killeen Texas is located minutes from Fort Hood front gate, the largest U.S. Army base in the United States.…

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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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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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It is believed that the tradition of making a resolution on the eve of a new year began in the Babylonian culture. The Babylonians resolved to return borrowed farm equipment and start the new year free of debt. The tradition of making a resolution to mark the new year gained popularity in the United States in recent decades and the most popular resolution among American adults is weight loss. Because only 8% of resolutions made each year are actually achieved, there are a lot of people out there who will still be unhappy with their weight when they chime in 2014. Weight loss resolutions often fail because when it comes to fat loss and development of healthy eating habits, many people find that they do not have the tools or the knowledge needed to create long-term lifestyle changes. Luckily, this year can be different. This year you can be one of the 8% of people who turn resolutions into habits – and you don’t have to do it alone. Lose the weight Maybe you walk down the aisles of the grocery store and the labels look like gibberish. Perhaps you hit the gym but don’t see results quickly enough to motivate you to keep it up. If these scenarios sound like your resolution experiences, the Medical Weight Loss Diet is an ideal choice for you. Under the supervision of a Beleza dietician, patients lose significant weight during one 40-day cycle of the diet. The diet works because it combines a very low calorie diet with the use of a hormone – hormones which allow the body to access fat storage and use it as energy. Because a patient is using fat stores for energy, a normal metabolic rate and energy level is maintained. And, with the help of a dietician and a very low calorie diet, patients learn new eating habits and are able to better understand food labels so when the diet is over, they can keep the weight off. Get the shape you want The downside to weight loss is that weight is often lost from an area where it is wanted and remains in a location where it is unwanted.  Luckily, patients no longer have to live with it. A combination of SmartLipo Liposuction and fat transfer allows Beleza’s physician, Dr. Lawerence Broder, to take fat from a less desirable area, like the belly or love handles, and deposit it in a more desirable area, like the breasts or buttocks. The best part? SmartLipo with fat transfer is an outpatient procedure that utilizes local anesthetic and small incisions and rarely requires stitches. Most patients are back on their feet in a few hours, back to the office after a few days and back to exercise after a week. Refine your body Whether it is after weight loss or for a patient who just needs to trim a small amount of fat or a few inches from the waist, arms or legs, there are options available that allow for shape refinement. A non-invasive but permanent method of fat reduction is Coolsculpting. Because fat freezes at a higher temperature than the tissue surrounding it, Coolsculpting technology freezes fat without damaging skin, and then the frozen fat cells are naturally disposed of by the body. It is a non-invasive alternative to SmartLipo for patients that have fat to lose from areas like the belly, love handles, bra rolls, thighs and arms. Each one hour session is pain-free with no stitches, no incisions, no knives and little to no downtime. Most patients require only one session to see the results they want, but an area can be targeted more than once to see additional improvement. Venus Freeze is a treatment designed to promote skin tightening and new collagen formation using radiofrequency combined with magnetic energy. Using a series of treatments, Venus Freeze can improve skin tightness immediately and over time as collagen develops. Why make it stick this year? Weight and fat loss don’t just influence what you see when you look in the mirror; the change can make you feel better and your body function better, too. When you find yourself slipping on that diet or skipping the gym by the end of January, bring your weight loss resolutions to Beleza and make sure you’re part of the 8% who make their resolutions stick this year.…

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Weight Loss Diet

Medical Weight Loss Diet Austin How to Lose Weight? Losing weight is a challenge that takes personal motivation and hard work. For those looking for solutions on how to lose weight 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. Weight Loss Diet 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 for a weight loss diet. 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. Best Weight Loss 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.  So what is the best weight loss?  The best weight loss is ultimately the plan that works for you to keep the pounds off. Weight Loss Austin Program at Beleza Medspa…

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Beleza Medspa Austin is proud to announce the introduction of power assisted liposuction to its liposuction program. After careful evaluation of multiple technologies, Dr Broder chose power assisted liposuction as the next technology to add to his practice. “We have performed more than 500 procedures over the last several years, all using the smartlipo laser and manual suction to aspirate the fat”, Dr Broder reports. “The power assist technology amplifies my ability to sculpt and remove fat as well as making the procedure more comfortable for the patient”. MicroAire’s PAL® LipoSculptor™ is the only US-patented liposuction instrument using a reciprocating motion (rather than rotating) to facilitate the movement of the cannula within tissue. This innovation reduces the amount of manual force and physical effort required to perform lipoplasty, especially in areas with fibrous tissue. The result is a more comfortable experience for both the surgeon and the patient. “We are removing even larger amounts of fat with less effort, allowing more time to be spent on bodysculpting and skin tightening with the laser”, Dr Broder states, “Plus the power assisted liposuction technology is very safe and comfortable”. …

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Maintaining a Low-Calorie, Healthy Diet

An obese lifestyle can wreak damage on your health, appearance, and ability to enjoy everyday activities. But with the pressure of a busy lifestyle, finding time to exercise and plan nutritious meals could seem like more hassle than it’s worth. Make weight loss easier on yourself by using these exercise and nutrition tips: Finding Time for Exercise: Exercise by doing little things that add up: park in the last row of the parking lot so you can walk a little more, take the stairs, and use small hand-weights at home to do light weight training. Schedule 30 minutes of cardio into your day as if it were an appointment or meeting — that way, you’re less likely to skip it. Find a workout partner who will keep you accountable. This can be a friend, spouse, or even a personal trainer. Healthy Eating Tips: Fill half of your plate with vegetables. Make a big salad, keep frozen vegetables on hand, and visit your grocery store or farmer’s market to find new vegetables or dishes to keep things interesting. Make sure every meal has protein, fats, and complex carbs. Protein and fat keep you satiated for longer and help you build muscle, while complex carbohydrates give you energy. Don’t drink your calories. Cutting out one can of soda a day could mean losing 15 pounds in a year! At Beleza Medical Spa, we can support you through your weight-loss journey. Using the Hormone and individualized nutrition plans, we can help you reach your goals.…

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