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Introducing CoolSculpting at Victory Weight Loss and Wellness

We are very excited to introduce CoolSculpting as a new service to our clients! CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that helps you lose stubborn fat! The CoolSculpting procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look great from every angle.

Please join us for two CoolSculpting Cool Events on September 1st.  Our first event will run from 11:30AM to 12:30PM and our second will run from 5:30PM to 6:30PM. Attendees will receive a live demonstration, free consultation and special discounts! You can also register to win a FREE CoolSculpting treatment!  Contact Victory Weight Loss and Wellness today to RSVP!  513-936-3065

 

Coolsculpting Event

For more information about CoolSculpting, check out the CoolSculpting section of our website.

 

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Weight Loss Checklist

We’re now halfway through the the new year, can you believe it? How are you doing with that resolution to lose weight and get healthy? We’re here to help you get back on the path to a healthier you! Check out these tips to help you start and stick with a weight loss program for the rest 2016!

It’s important to understand a proper weight loss programs requires a lifestyle change.  Your weight loss success will depend largely on you and whether or not you’re truly ready to dive in.  The Mayo Clinic offers these 6 questions to ask yourself before starting a weight loss program.

1. Are you motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes?

Successful weight loss depends on permanent lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods and including physical activity in your daily routine. That could represent a significant departure from your current lifestyle. Be honest. Knowing that you need to make changes in your life and actually doing it are two different things. You might need to overhaul your diet so that you’re eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, for example. You’ll also need to find time for physical activity, ideally at least 30 to 45 minutes — or more — nearly every day of the week. Whether your motivation for undertaking these changes is better health, improved appearance or simply feeling better about yourself, find your motivation and focus on it.

2. Have you addressed the big distractions in your life?

If you’re dealing with major life events, such as marital problems, job stress, illness or financial worries, you might not want to add the challenge of overhauling your eating and exercise habits. Instead, consider giving your life a chance to calm down before you launch your weight-loss program.

3. Do you have a realistic picture of how much weight you’ll lose and how quickly?

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process. Start by making sure your weight-loss goal is safe and realistic — such as losing 10 percent of your current weight. Then aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until you reach your goal. This means burning 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day — through diet, exercise or both.  You might lose weight more quickly if you change your habits significantly. Be careful, though. Radical changes that aren’t sustainable aren’t likely to be effective over the long term.

4. Have you resolved any emotional issues connected to your weight?

Emotions and food are often intertwined. Anger, stress, grief and boredom can trigger emotional eating. If you have a history of an eating disorder, weight loss can be even trickier. To prepare for the challenges, identify any emotional issues related to food. Talk to your doctor or a mental health provider, if needed.

5. Do you have support and accountability?

Any weight-loss program can be difficult. You might face moments of temptation or become disheartened. Having someone in your corner to offer encouragement can help. If you don’t have friends or loved ones you can rely on for positive help, consider joining a weight-loss support group. If you want to keep your weight-loss efforts private, be prepared to be accountable to yourself with regular weigh-ins and a log of your diet and activity. You might also want to consider joining an online program or using a certified health coach.

6. Have you embraced the weight loss challenge?

If you don’t have a positive attitude about losing weight, you might not be ready — and if you dread what lies ahead, you might be more likely to find excuses to veer off course. Instead, try to embrace the vision of your new lifestyle and remain positive. Focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re more active or when you weigh less. Picture yourself celebrating every success along the way, whether it’s enjoying a new food, finishing another exercise session or losing your first few pounds.

 

Ready to start your weight loss journey?

At Victory Weight Loss and Wellness, our physician-supervised weight loss programs are customized for your individual goals and situation.  Our programs are safe and effective, and our experienced team will be with you every step of the way.  If you’re ready to start the journey to a new you, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source: MayoClinic.org

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Is Your Thyroid Dysfunctional?

A small, butterfly-shaped gland situated in the front of the neck, the thyroid is a little organ with a very big job: It primarily produces hormones that regulate body metabolism — energy produced through the food you eat. These hormones act as messengers that tell your tissues when to burn energy and how to develop.

Two hormones that emanate from the brain — thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), made in the hypothalamus, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), produced by the pituitary gland — control the thyroid gland’s release of its two main hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothryonine (T3).

T4, the most abundant and long-lasting thyroid hormone, is used as a precursor to make T3, which is the more potent thyroid hormone. It has a shorter half-life and the majority is produced from T4 within peripheral tissues. Reverse triiodothyronine (rT3) is an inactive isomer (a compound sharing a similar molecular formula but differing in structure) of T3, which blocks the effect of T3 at the receptor site.

As you age, you are more likely to experience thyroid dysfunction. It is estimated that 3% to 8% of the general population suffers from sub-clinical hypothyroidism or mild thyroid failure1— a condition where the thyroid does not produce adequate amounts of the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) to suit individual needs. The majority of those afflicted with sub-clinical hypothyroidism tend to have high-normal serum TSH values and low-normal free T4 and free T3 levels.

Since thyroid levels may not appear obviously out of range, this type of thyroid dysfunction can be quite difficult to diagnose. For practitioners who rely solely on a TSH measurement, often considered the gold-standard for assessing thyroid status, making an accurate diagnosis can be even more challenging. Unfortunately, a patient who has been experiencing symptoms of sub-clinical hypothyroidism and has undergone repeated blood testing may never receive proper treatment because many physicians will view the patient’s blood levels as “normal.”

Normal is NOT Optimal

Laboratory reference ranges are a set of values that have been assigned to specific biochemical measurements within a given medium (blood, saliva, tissue) in the body. These intervals were established from population studies conducted by laboratories many decades ago and have not been upgraded since.2 In fact, it is very likely that the selection criteria did not exclude those with sub-clinical disease.

The problem with relying solely on the TSH test for diagnosis of sub-clinical hypothyroidism is that by the time it becomes relevant, the disease already could be ravaging the tissues, leading to substantial destruction and dysfunction. A combination of blood testing and symptom recognition could have identified the condition early on, thus preventing significant damage. Diagnosing thyroid dysfunction should not be limited to examining just TSH levels, but should also include free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies — TPO and antithyroglobulin (TgAb).

Approximately 80% of those suffering from sub-clinical hypothyroidism will test positive for thyroid antibodies3 — proteins that stimulate an inflammatory immune response and cell destruction. Recent studies have shown a greater presence of thyroid antibodies in those with a TSH level between 3.0 and 5.0, and a trending shift toward developing overt clinical hypothyroid disease.4 People with the lowest incidence of thyroid disease/autoimmune thyroiditis had an average, optimal TSH of 1.18µIU/mL.5 There is a major discrepancy between an “optimal” TSH level of 1.0 and a “normal” TSH that falls somewhere between 0.45 and 4.0 µIU/mL. You’re not crazy: You feel sick because your thyroid levels are not optimal for what your body needs!

What can I do?

If you suspect you are suffering from sub-clinical hypothyroidism, monitoring your health is essential. First, keep track of your symptoms: Be especially aware of how you have been feeling and take your basal body temperature each morning. An initial indicator of an under-active thyroid is a lower body temperature.6 Document this information in a journal if you tend to forget. Schedule an appointment with Victory Weight Loss & Wellness to share this information with your practitioner.

Common symptoms of sub-clinical hypothyroidism include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling Cold
  • Headache
  • Weight Gain
  • Dry Skin/Coarse Hair
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Muscle and Joint Discomfort

Second, take a blood test to measure your levels of thyroid hormones and antibodies — a full-spectrum panel that includes TSH, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. As mentioned previously, the goal is not to be “normal” but to be “optimal.” A TSH level between 1.0 and 2.0 µIU/L is IDEAL and has a lower association with disease risk. Corresponding optimal free T4 and free T3 levels should be situated within the upper-third of the reference interval. Ideal reverse T3 values should be <20 ng/dL or <200 pg/mL. A negative to low-level presence of antibodies is also ideal.

Managing Sub-clinical Hypothyroidism

After a thorough evaluation of your chief complaints and objective data, including labs, Victory Weight Loss & Wellness may suggest various treatment options. In cases where medication or prescription-strength resolutions are warranted, we may opt for a bioidentical glandular T3/T4 combination called Nature-Throid or Armour Thyroid. Using one of these compounded formulas is the most effective way to optimize both T4 and T3. Keep in mind, however, there are unique situations where you may respond better to the traditional thyroid medications: Levothyroxine (Synthroid/T4) or Liothyronine (Cytomel/T3). With either option, be sure to keep track of any changes in symptoms and continue monitoring your thyroid levels so dosing can be adjusted if needed.

At Victory Weight Loss & Wellness we focus on the whole you, and helping you achieve and live a healthy lifestyle.  If you believe you may be experiencing an issue with your thyroid contact our office today.  We have several options available including modern thyroid function testing and natural thyroid replacement to help you get back to living the life you want.

 

References

  1. Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). Mar 2014;29(1):20–29.
  2. Am J Clin Pathol. 2010;133(2):179.
  3. Mayo Clin Proc. 2009 Jan; 84(1):65–71.
  4. Subclinical Hypothyroidism. http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/subclinical-hypothyroidism. Published 2015. Accessed May 19, 2015.
  5. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Sep;90(9):5483-8.
  6. P R Health Sci J. 2006 Mar;25(1):23-9.