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But What About July 5th?

Here’s a few tips so that come July 5th, you are not regretting choices made at that July 4th BBQ…

Before entering a BBQ or party, take a few seconds to focus upon what you want – probably to enjoy yourself and go home full of good memories, not potato salad. Remind yourself that you are there to have fun with friends and family, not eat and drink things you will regret tomorrow. Put into your mind the foods you will enjoy – veggies and lean proteins, and assume the belief that things like mayo and cake are simply décor, toxic to eat, and easy to avoid.

During grazing time (you know social time when appetizers, chips, munchies tempt) nibble on apple or veggies. And keep your hands occupied with a glass of bubbly water – any time you feel your hand straying to the guacamole and chips, take a sip.

BYOeverything! Unless a host would be hurt, bring your own healthy snacks. Remove skins from your portion of healthily marinated chicken for the grill – and make sure the grill-master does not layer it with 600-calorie sauce. Bring a package of low-calorie frozen fruit pops to share.

Watch your alcohol – not only will tipsiness make you more likely to eat things you will regret, but it has tons of calories, and it can dehydrate, which is often mistaken for hunger, causing you to eat more.

That being said, drink a lot of water to make you feel full and to keep you hydrated and healthy. To help you feel festive and part of the celebrations, add a bit of lime, or a drop of food-grade essential oil (like grapefruit), and serve it in a wine or margarita glass on the rocks.

Don’t deprive yourself – pick your one favorite item and enjoy that. For example, if you love burgers, make a small, bun-less burger with healthy sides and toppings.

And most importantly – forget the food factor and focus on the fun – play with the kids, socialize, become the event recorder and shoot photos or video, get a Frisbee circle going, challenge your friends to bocce ball, horseshoes, or croquet, and get in the pool! You’ll burn calories, rather than consume them, and go home full of memories, not potato salad.

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We wish you a happy and healthy Independence Day!

A Dietary Twist on Great Moments in American History

As the Independence Day holiday draws near, here’s a small celebration of our history with thoughts on how it can inspire us.

In the early 1800’s, Johnny Appleseed planted thousands of apple trees in the American East.  He was certainly onto something – during a time when the average male life expectancy was around 35 years, he lived to be 70.  An apple a day really does keep the doctor away.  This is the perfect time of year to appreciate the apple – carry one around with you always to prevent that low blood sugar crash which can lead to a junk food attack, at the 4th of July BBQ, enjoy an apple as a side to that sensible portion of ribs instead of Aunt Paula’s 500-calerie-a-fork-full macaroni salad, and swap out a raw apple for that apple pie and ice cream (yes, that’s hard one, but you can do it!)

In 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong took that famous first step onto the moon.  Your first step into a new healthier lifestyle may not have such an impact on the world, but to your life, the benefits are likely to be astronomical.  Take that first step now.

On a cold December night in 1776, George Washington and his army crossed the ice-filled Delaware River.  His troops burned around 55 calories for each five minutes of rowing.  It was the turning point in the war for independence.  And hitting the rowing machine at the gym can be the turning point in your war for independence from fat, bad health, bad cholesterol numbers, cardiovascular illness, and more.  Get on that rower and reenact this great moment from our history – do it for America!

In his 1961 inaugural address, John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  Choosing to live healthily and at a sensible weight is something you can definitely do for your country.  And by doing the patriotic thing and being lean and healthy, you are also doing something for yourself.

Unexpected Benefits to Weight Loss

We’ve heard the benefits of losing weight: improve our current and future health, feel better about ourselves, enjoy life more – there’s a good long list, and any are reason enough to come in and get a free consultation with Dr. Syverain’s staff.  But there are other reasons to lose weight of which you may not be aware.

Weight loss benefits you may not know about:

  • Save money.  Think of the cost of obesity caused illness – the loss of work as well as the medical bills.  It’s easier and cheaper to clothe a healthy-weight person.  And carrots cost less than orange-dyed, cheesy puffs – health-wise, environmentally, and dollar-wise.
  • Decrease joint pain – WebMD reports that one-third of Americans suffer from joint pain.  Think added weight can cause pain in your joints?  You bet!  Carry around a couple of dumbbells for a while and when you put them down, feel the relief in your joints.  Less weight, less grind, less pain!
  • Improve sleep quality – sleep apnea and other sleep problems can be affected by weight.  A little weight loss can bring about a better night’s sleep, which in turn may make losing weight easier.
  • Don’t forget! A 2012 study at University College London showed that the obese lose memory and thinking skills faster than people living at a healthy weight.  In this case, lose it (weight), to keep it (mental strength).
  • Protect our children. One in three American children is obese.  What better way to lead by example, and show our children how to eat and exercise healthily, than to be lean and healthy ourselves?
  • Photos!  Albums, memories, social media, re-pinning, going viral – your image is out there for you and the world to see.  Enjoy knowing your image is one of health.
  • Success at work.  Well, it’s not right, but we are judged by how we look and what people see us eat. This is hard on us socially, but it can have a big impact at work – whether we like it or not, our co-workers and boss are judging us by our image and our dietary choices – salad bar vs. fast food burger and fries.

Do you know of other benefits?  Please comment and share your experience and knowledge with others.

The Importance of Medical Supervision

Dr. Milliard Syverain has been practicing General Medicine for almost two decades in Northern California. Since 2002, Dr. Syverain and his staff of experienced medical providers have specialized in weight loss management. His extensive background in Internal Medicine, Bariatric Medicine and Pharmacology qualifies him to provide safe and effective weight management therapy and counseling.

The programs at LaBelle Weightloss Center focus on full mind and body health during the weight loss process, as well as after.  The3-Step Nutritional Program consists of dietary counseling, exercise and medications. It is designed to fit your individual needs and medical conditions.

Weight loss has become a primary concern for the American public and the medical establishment alike. There are literally thousands of weight loss programs, diet plans, weight loss supplements, and medications on the market and many have proven to be fraudulent, ineffective, or even dangerous. Like any medication, there are side effects and health concerns that you need to be aware of before taking any supplement, especially when changing diet and exercise routines. Above all, you need a licensed physician who knows your specific health needs before taking any weight loss supplements, appetite suppressants, or enrolling into a diet plan. Under the supervision of Dr. Syverain and his trained staff of medical weight loss experts, a healthy diet is within your grasp.


HCG injections & HCG Drops

HCG — Human Chorionic Gonadotropin — is the latest weight loss aid, which mobilizes the body’s fat storage to be used as energy. It is believed that HCG may decrease or prevent hunger cravings and spare lean muscle when a patient is on a very low calorie diet.

At LaBelle Weightloss Center we provide both injections and sublingual drops. Please ask our medical provider or staff for more information.

Welcome! New LaBelle Weightloss Center Website & Blog

We’ve just launched a new site with some features we hope will give you good information, support during your weight loss journey, and for our patients, easy access to account information.

In the Patient Resources section, you will find on-line medical history, easy e-mail communication with your doctor, check test results, refill a prescription, pay your bills, and more. Enter here.

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