Hiram Medical Weight Loss
Drs Weight Loss Woodstock

  We Know You Can Do It !
     Because we have helped so many people, we have an advantage. We have seen all kinds of people, starting at many different places weight-wise, and with all kinds of variety in the kind of eating they would 'normally' do, all kinds of people LOSE SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT. And although there are exceptions, we strongly believe there is a plan that can work for you! You CAN do it! 
   So even though your personal experiences (thus far) may have left you frustrated, and so you may have your doubts, we have seen too much success to think that YOU are the exception! We know you can do it!
   Often we know what to do, but the pressures of time and the demands of our daily routines can bend us back around to where we started. This is where a plan that is not only right nutritionally, but right for your REALITY is crucial. 
   Let's make a plan you can stick to! 

When Your Body 
WANTS to Burn Fat
   Instead of trying to FORCE our bodies into weight loss with all kinds of fad diets and radical plans, what would your body say if you just asked it, "When will you burn this extra fat?"
   The answer is your weight loss secret.
   Our bodies are able to store extra caloric energy in the form of fat. Meaning: If there is more 'food energy' than the body needs at the time, it will put it away for use later in the form of fat. On the other hand it will naturally use that fat for energy when there is not enough caloric, or 'food energy' available, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
   The conditions that give your body permission to naturally burn fat for fuel has a lot to do with HOW LONG the body has been out of caloric energy. In other words, how much time has passed without eating? The body switches ON fat-burning after about 8-9 hours without food or other caloric intake.
   So after 8-9 hours the body says, "I guess I'm not going to be fed", and it switches to the alternative, stored fuel that is fat. Its that simple!

Let's Talk About
   Is any one else out there stressed, or is it just me? The constant barrage of incoming big news of disasters, both natural or man-made, or texts from family and others with personal messages both happy and tragic. 
   And then there's the daily commute... It gets to be a lot to handle.
   Stress has always been part of the human experience, and the innate response to stress is also part of our makeup. The famous "Fight or Flight" response to stress activates all the body systems for battle and survival; and the response works, because - well, here we are! However the problem lies with how the body changes if that alarm is constantly being sounded.
   Buildup of the stress hormone CORTISOL is responsible for many of the physical changes assocuiated with prolonged exposure to stress. These include weight gain, hypertension, and mood changes.
   To help offset elevated cortisol, try to keep eating a protein and vegetable diet, and not overdoing it on carbs and sugar (although your body IS asking for it). Add 'good fats' and dark chocolate to satisfy some of these cravings. 
   Of course exercise will help, especially if you take it outdoors. There is also a documented increased relaxation response to being in natural settings like wooded areas.
   So get outside for a walk, bring some dark chocolate, and leave the phone in the car.

The Right Combination
   If you ever had a bad sinus infection, you know it really is not pleasant. If you then required antibiotics, or even if it was just Tylenol Sinus that you may have taken, and got relief, that all happened for a reason.
   What I mean is that medicine today is life-changing, and without it, our lives would be much shorter, and more miserable. But it works because of this reason: That on the whole, our bodies will respond in repeatable and predictable ways; if we poke a receptor here, or trigger an enzyme there, (and that is what medicine does) the body responds in a certain way. As long as these 'medicines' are given in the right combination, the body will respond in the way that we want.
   Our program uses medication, supplements, and nutritional planning (nutrition includes, carb/protein balance, calories, timing and supplements) in combinations to produce a certain response in you. This is what makes it a medically supervised program, one built around you, vs. a random diet off the internet.This is why the total PLAN is important, not just taking the medication, and sometimes not just eating 'right', but the right combination of all of these things. 
   The goal is to get a certain response from the body, and that is for it to burn more fat than it stores. That is weight loss. When we find the right combination for YOU, then you have a process for reaching and maintaining your healthy weight.
   Let's find the right combination for you!

What Are Lipovite Injections?
  Lipovite injections is a specially compounded combination of several Amino Acids and B- vitamins; all used by the body in different stages of fat metabolism. One of the main components is called CHOLINE. Choline has several important functions in the body beyond fat-burning that include the creation of neurotransmitters in the brain; "Choline is a member of the vitamin B-complex family and it is naturally produced by the body to burn fat".**
    A recent (2014) study of the effects of Choline on body mass concluded "In conclusion, choline supplementation could rapidly reduce body mass without any side effects on biochemical levels..."**
Another key study revealed that as Estrogen levels in women (and men) naturally decreases over time, starting at about age 35, absorption of Choline is dramatically reduced. "A 2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicates that only 2% of postmenopausal women consume the recommended intake of this nutrient"***, which also indicates the need for supplementation with time.
   These are some of the reasons we like Lipovite!


More On My Conspiracy Theory
   I have come to believe that medications such as appetite suppressants are, for some, a necessity, and here is the reason why, simply stated, from a recent article:
"food companies have invested heavily in designing products that use sugar to bypass our natural appetite control mechanisms, and in packaging and promoting these products to break down what remains of our defences, including through the use of subliminal scents. They employ an army of food scientists and psychologists to trick us into eating more than we need"

Not only is food designed and manufactured so it triggers responses (see above) that we eat more, WHAT we are eating has shifted greatly in the past years as well. In noting that people in 1976 ate somewhat more, but were overall a great deal LESS overweight, looking closer they found:
"Yes, we ate more in 1976, but differently. Today, we buy half as much fresh milk per person, but five times more yoghurt, three times more ice cream and - wait for it - 39 times as many dairy desserts. We buy half as many eggs as in 1976, but a third more breakfast cereals and twice the cereal snacks; half the total potatoes, but three times the crisps. While our direct purchases of sugar have sharply declined, the sugar we consume in drinks and confectionery is likely to have rocketed"

The fight is real.


Not Just One Thing

I am always scanning news feeds for new studies and information on weight loss and metabolism. It seems though, that there are often contradictory positions and conclusions on the data, resulting in less clarity on the matter, not more.

This is one reason it can be so difficult to just go out, eat better, and start to see big weight loss. Although that is an absolutely important starting point, as you may have guessed, things are not that easy. Eating better is not the same as eating to lose weight. And even though it is the starting foundation, there are many more factors at play. That is one reason these different studies seem to say different things.

As you take control over the basics of what and when you are eating, and your body responds (it will respond), your core physiology will change as well as your weight. In fact it would be hard to change your weight significantly without cranking up your physiology. But beyond how you eat are all those other factors, hormones, vitamins and minerals, inflammation and functional nutrients, to name a few.

This is why, depending on where you are in your process, we will recommend different supplements. These are the other things, like your Vitamin D levels and internal ecology, that play a role in your metabolism and body functions. Isn't what we want a "healthy" weight? If so, we need to look at these other ingredients of health, so your weight really becomes a reflection of your overall function and metabolism, not just eating less.

Give your body what it needs to run well, and it will respond!

Once Upon A Time...
Once upon a time people grew, gathered or hunted their own food. It was, what we would today call, local. It didn’t come from far away, being harvested, washed, refrigerated and shipped thousands of miles over several days or weeks. It was taken off of this tree here, or pulled from the ground over there. This food was different in many ways. One big difference was not just in how ALIVE the food was, but also what came along with it.

Many of us are hearing more and more about these things called PROBIOTICS. As strange as it may seem, we are part of the larger environment and living world. A reminder of just how connected we were (are) to this greater, living environment are the ‘friendly’ bacteria inside us. Though it may seem somewhat disturbing to think of things living INSIDE us, it is a natural and necessary part of our health and wellness. Scientists say there are more individual bacteria in our digestive tract than there are cells that make up our entire body!

So due to not getting the same exposure to these helpful bacteria, and in fact because some of the things we consume actually harm them, a probiotic supplement is a good idea. We want to replenish and support this inner ecosystem so we can enjoy the effects of them such as improved immune function, vitamin generation, improved digestion, and other benefits.

There are many probiotic supplements available, in general I like to recommend a living, ‘active’ culture. These would be found in a refrigerated section of a vitamin or health/food store that carries supplements. Although there is much research into what effects different types of bacteria have, for now start with a ‘multi-strain’ supplement’, one with a few types of the little critters. This would be in contrast to a single strain of (commonly) lactobacillus, for example. Sometimes they come with a ‘pre-biotic’ to give it a nutritional start, but taking the probiotic with a neutral plant fiber supplement such as psyllium is a good idea too.

Establishing wellness and a healthy weight depends on our bodies functioning at a higher level. Addressing all the body’s needs with nutrition and supplementing where there are gaps is the starting point.

Metabolic Factors
Metabolism is one of those words we use a lot but may be tough to define. A quick Google search gives us this: 
"Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism... Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients..."*
  Wow- all chemical reactions covers a lot of ground! What this means is that if we are to successfully influence our metabolism we may have to consider more than how many calories we can burn at the gym. In fact, to successfully direct our metabolism in a way that we would like, we need to approach it from a few different angles.
   The approaches (spoiler alert: No big news coming) that count the most for what we are after, weight loss, are diet and exercise. But that in itself tells us very little, to do the job right we have to get much more specific; And before we consider exercise at all, we have to have the nutritional foundation in place.
   So, the nutritional foundations of metabolic influence can be divided into just a few areas:
1) Eating Frequency- Managing blood sugar and making sure there is "gas in the tank".
2) Maintain Protein - Yep once again, protein does a few things, like being a higher thermogenic food, keeps blood sugar level, maintains muscle, and supplies amino acids.
3) Functional Supplements - All the stuff we no longer get from food must be supplemented, either because these are lacking in the diet in adequate amounts, or are not being absorbed. There are a few key supplements that play into your metabolic processes. If any one is lacking it could block vital pathways from running right.
4) Decrease Sugar - This can be a tough one since it comes at us in so many ways, some of them sneaky. Any overload of sugar all at once gets turned into fat.
    For many aspects of our lives and health we seek a "HOLISTIC" or whole person approach. Weight loss is an area that is so individual that these many and varied METABOLIC FACTORS should be considered, even if at times they seem unrelated or 'not a problem'. 
   If your weight loss is not what you think it should be, let's start with looking at these basic Metabolic Factors!

What is a PROBIOTIC?

You may be hearing more and more about the "friendly" bacteria that make their home in our digestive tract (ew!).
These little guys are supposed to be there and play a major role in a whole range of good things, from immune response to vitamin production.
  Often we cannot support these little guys through our regular nutition, so you can supplement so you have enough of the right kind of these bacteria. That is what a PROBIOTIC supplement is. It is similar to eating Activia yogurt, which has active cultures, which means you are getting some of those friendly microbes in each spoonful.
  In addition it is being shown that these different populations can also help regulate our weight. A recent study shows a link between antibiotic use (kills off the friendlies) and weight gain in children. "Shifts in the microbiome may change how food is broken down in our bodies, how food is absorbed and how many calories are released from foods."*

* http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/frequent-antibiotics-may-make-children-fatter/?_r=0

Why Protein Helps Weight Loss
One of your objectives in establishing your weight loss lifestyle is switching the basic fuel mixture going into your body. Many of us rely heavily on carbs, even ‘good’ carbs as a percentage of our total daily nutrient intake. It is good to remember that essentially carbs are long chains of sugars, whereas the more ‘refined’ the carb, the closer to only sugar components. The far end of this spectrum being sugars in their almost pure state, like fructose. Any excess of these carbs from what the body needs at that time, has the potential of being turned to fat.

Proteins are molecularly nothing like sugars, and take more processing by the body to be turned into usable fuel. This is just one of the things about protein that make it a superior, ‘slow-burning’ fuel for weight loss and control of your metabolism. Many people get concerned that the amount of protein a day can be excessive and somehow bulk you up instead of promoting weight loss. Here is how to figure it:

For weight loss: HALF of your body weight gives you your target of GRAMs of protein a day. 
                                                        (180 pounds=90 grams/protein a day)

For muscle growth and increased bulk: One gram of protein PER POUND of body weight 
                                                        (180 pounds=180 grams/protein a day)

Could It Be Hormones?
There is a good deal of data connecting hormones and weight gain / loss. More specifically, hormones in women may influence parts of the brain differently than in men. (Just ask my wife how men's brains are different...) A recent study points to 
"part of the brain that has a significant influence on how we use the calories that we eat is wired differently in males and females,"*
  Although we do NOT give hormones, the Amino Acids in Lipovite (or Lipodrops) are what you may not be absorbing due to changing hormones. This study shows how new information keeps coming on how complex the biochemical mechanisms invoved in weight loss really are.
  At the end of the day even as we discover new mechanisms and interactions, today- for you and me, we need to use what is available to us right now, to influence our fat metabolism (burning fat for energy), and take control over how it performs.
  1) Structuring your eating frequency as well as carb/protein balance is your best bet in influencing your BASE metabolism, 2) Lipotropics and B-12 are how to get what your body needs for FAT metabolism, without taking hormones.


Read This Before You Exercise
 Does this sound familiar: 'I'm at the gym all the time, but I don't see much changing"...
  The latest research confirms that , "people who start exercising to lose weight see a halt in progress -or sometimes even a reversal -after a few months.*".
  What happens is our bodies adapt to the demand on the body and the effect is lost. To overcome this requires 2 strategies: 1) Keep changing up and intensifying the exercise to keep it a bit beyond the reach of your current capacity. 2) Have in place the nutritional platform to help feed your exercise. Having it timed right into your day along with the timing of your meals & snacks is also key.
  Even on a good day though, exercise can only account for 10-15% of your weight loss, the rest is all about the nutritional plan! If you are not sure about yours- please ask us!


Bye - Bye BMI
A new study confirms what many have known all along- that the pesky BMI chart that can cause so much distress (obese!!!) is not an accurate indicator of overall health. "The study was based on the analysis between the BMI and several health markers, including blood pressure and glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, using data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey."*

  We do use the BMI chart as a general gauge of a person's starting point and weight loss progress. However, in our consultations with you we almost never recommend aiming for the "normal" BMI, because for most people it is really too extreme. I usually suggest a range between 26 and 29 BMI which is still considered 'overweight'; but I believe it is a more comfortable goal for most people, and is a target that can also be more realistically maintained.

  In the end the majority of people want what they call a "healthy weight", and to be at a place where they feel more comfortable in their clothes and in the mirror. Your 'ideal' weight is personal, and we are here to help you reach that goal!


Light and Heavy
Along the lines of more 'Too-much-information' a NEW study has formed a connection between having a lit home at night, and being obese. 
"Obesity rates may surge in places where artificial lights blaze all night compared to communities where people tend to live in darkness after the sun goes down" *
  Hmmm- I'm not sure many Americans live in communities that are dark at sundown. Are we just up all night eating potato chips??? (well, maybe not every night...). What does this study mean in any of our daily lives?
  Well I'm not really sure what this shows, partly because of all the other lifestyle variables surrounding the areas with no night-time lights; but it does remind us of the power of our biological rhythms. No matter what we are doing at what hours- our metabolism is always linked to light/dark - day/night cycles. 

   Fire your metabolism by eating only during
DAYLIGHT HOURS, only because that's 
the time of day your body wants to do it!