Skin Rejuvenation – Get a Fresh New Look for Spring

Spring is finally here and it’s a great time for a makeover! While you’re picking out those new outfits and heading to the salon for a new hairdo, you might want to consider finishing off your new look by refreshing the appearance of your skin. We’re not talking about anything drastic, just a little skin rejuvenation.

There are two treatments you may have heard of – glycolic peels and microdermabrasion. Both are great options to enhance your skin’s appearance. Understanding how each skin rejuvenation treatment works and consulting with your physician or esthetician is the best way to decide which is the right option for you. While the two processes are very different, both provide similar results and offer exfoliating, wrinkle-reducing and blemish-fighting properties.

Glycolic Peels

A noninvasive procedure, a peel is a skin care product that is applied to the face which helps painlessly remove the uppermost layer of dead and damaged skin.  You won’t notice anything for a few days, then you will likely have the same type of peeling you’ve had in the past after a sunburn. There is a variety of over the counter products but the most effective peels are performed under the supervision of a physician or esthetician. A glycolic peel is a chemical peel that contains glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane. Typically, the ratio of glycolic acid is less than 30%. The acid bonds with dead skin cells and eliminates them when the peel is removed, revealing the smoother, brighter skin below.

Currently a popular treatment for wrinkles and acne, glycolic acid helps stimulate the growth of collagen, which is responsible for the skin’s elasticity and breaks down with aging. Because it is derived from sugar cane, a natural humectant, glycolic acid can also help hydrate the skin. A glycolic peel can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in younger looking skin. For those with acne, a glycolic peel can result in clearer and less oily skin.


Also a noninvasive procedure, microdermabrasion uses a specialized wand which is applied to the skin. This wand showers the surface of the skin with tiny crystals which polish it. Like a peel, microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, younger looking skin underneath. It also eliminates oil, dirt, and bacteria while stimulating collagen to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There are over-the-counter products made for at-home microdermabrasion treatments. Again the most effective microdermabrasion treatments are those performed by a physician or esthetician. Over-the-counter machines and kits can’t provide the depth of skin abrasion or as complete a removal of dead skin cells that professional microdermabrasion offers.

Treatment Expectations

Wondering how long these skin rejuvenation procedures take? Microdermabrasion treatments typically take 30 minutes to an hour. Your physician or esthetician will determine how many treatments are necessary to achieve your desired results and it is best to wait for 2 to 3 weeks in between treatments. It is possible to see results instantly but may take up to 5 treatments to see significant results and is typically performed every two to three weeks for best results.

Glycolic acid peels typically take 10 to 15 minutes for the peel itself and you probably won’t see results immediately. Your skin will usually look better within a week after the peel. Certain skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and red marks may take multiple peels and it is best to wait 3 to 4 weeks in between treatment. Glycolic peels are sometimes used in conjunction with microdermabrasion for enhanced results.

After-Treatment Care

Both glycolic peels and microdermabrasion reveal sensitive skin underneath the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, making your skin more sensitive to the sun and sunburn. Your face may appear more red than usual for a short time and you will need to use sunscreen with a 30 SPF or above to protect your skin after either treatment. As both are considered mild forms of facial treatments, it’s unusual for you to experience serious side effects with either procedure.

Skin Rejuvenation at Vive

If you’re considering skin rejuvenation treatments to kick off spring, the professionals at Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics can help you find the right option for your skin. In addition to a variety of microdermabrasion as well as other skin rejuvenation and aesthetic treatments, we are now offering NeoStrata Glycolic Peels. Schedule your consultation today and get ready to reveal younger, more vibrant looking skin.


How important is sleep to weight loss?

sleepHow important is sleep?

Recently, I have had some discussions with my patients about the importance of good quality sleep and weight loss. Many of us are so busy that we are up way too late working, or just trying to decompress in front of the TV. Others just have a hard time turning off our brains and actually falling asleep.

I thought I would take some time to give you some information not only about the
importance of sleep in weight loss, but also why the time you hit the sack actually

What time is most important to be asleep?

Our most important sleep period occurs between 10pm and 2am. 10pm is such an
important time on our daily clock. Our body produces melatonin which is a sleep
initiating hormone. At around 10pm, our bodies go through a transformational phase following a rise in melatonin secretion. Melatonin continues to rise, and it is in this early phase of sleep where our body undergoes repair and restoration until it reaches a peak between 2am and 4am. Melatonin is an important anti-oxidant and it prevents cellular damage and DNA damage. Melatonin has protective effects and actually inhibits tumor growth in carcinogenesis. If we are awake past 10pm, the removal of free radicals is significantly impaired.   Also during this time, melatonin influences Human Growth Hormone (HGH) secretion;
80% is produced during this time. HGH is used to help the body burn fat, repair
collagen, regenerate lean body tissue, improve bone density and enhance
immunity. When we get to bed by 10pm, we are allowing our hormones to heal, repair and restore effectively.

How much do I really need?

Our most regenerative and deep sleep occurs between 10pm and 2am. After 2am we are in lighter sleep. If you wake up still sleepy in the morning, it is likely that you may be chronically deprived of restorative sleep in those earlier hours (10pm-2am).
Many of us feel that we function just fine on 5-6 hours of sleep. Some people even brag
about how they need such little sleep! You might feel fine for a few days, but it will catch
up with you and your body…

What do the studies say?

In a research study done at University of Chicago Medical Center on sleep deprivation,
healthy men and women with average BMIs were evaluated. Half were normal sleepers.
The other half averaged 6 ½ hours or less. Glucose testing showed that the short
sleepers were experiencing hormonal changes that could affect future body
weight and impair long-term health. To keep their blood sugar levels normal, the short
sleepers needed to make 30% more insulin. The increased insulin production
predisposed them to weight gain.
The research also showed that people that don’t sleep adequately have
physiologic abnormalities that may increase appetite and calorie intake. Sleep
deprivation was associated with reductions in leptin (the appetite suppressant)
and elevations in ghrelin (the appetite stimulant) and increased hunger and
appetite, especially an appetite for foods with high-carbohydrate contents.
Because the manifestations of fatigue, sleep and hunger are similar, we
sometimes confuse them—we tend to eat when we are actually sleepy, because
we think fatigue is a sign of hunger.

So what can you do?

It is important that if you aren’t asleep at 10pm, that you at least are relaxed both
mentally and physically at 10pm to allow the melatonin shift to happen. If you are not
relaxed and prepared for sleep, you get a second wind which is where the brain
become really active and you have a rise in energy. You may also find you get the
munchies at this time.

1. Melatonin 

If you decide to use melatonin supplements the recommendations are to
limit the amount of days you take it and to be strategic with the timing. When someone
starts taking melatonin for the first time, they experience a surge of the hormone from
the supplement —in addition to the natural nighttime secretion they’re already getting.
As a short-term fix, melatonin can be helpful for adjusting your internal clock. It’s a good
way to re-create circadian rhythms when they’ve been disrupted (think shift work and
travel). You could sabotage the effectiveness of your body’s own internal clock if you
take melatonin supplements every single night. Let me explain…
If you decide you want to take melatonin every night for the anti-oxidant and sleep
effects, you need to coincide the dosing with your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
So, if your brain was naturally secreting melatonin every evening at 7 p.m.(dusk), it may
start to think it doesn’t need to secrete it until 11 p.m., because that’s when you’ve been
taking a melatonin pill. Your body will stop the natural early evening secretion, thus
making it harder and harder to fall asleep. This is often the cause for people increasing
their melatonin dosage over time.

2. Magnesisum and Valerian Root

 If you desire to use other supplements, Magnesium and Valerian root are both good
adjuncts in the quest to fall asleep and stay asleep. Magnesium deficiency can cause
anxiety, sleep disorders, irritability, and abnormal heart rhythms. Supplementation can
improve insomnia, sleep efficiency, sleep time and sleep onset.Valerian Root helps
increase the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which brings about
relaxation and calm. Lemon Balm is another herb that has been well studied. It
encourages deeper and more restful sleep, and can reduce anxiety and boost mood.

3. Relax

TV and other screens are neuro-stimulants. Although we may think that they are a
way of relaxing, they actually stimulate brain activity and are counterproductive to
sleep.Take 15 minutes to wind down before sleep without screens. Concentrate on
breathing and relaxing the mind to help speed up the time taken to fall asleep. If you
absolutely need to be in front of a screen, use blue light blocking glasses. The amber
tint will block the blue light that makes your body think it is daytime which disrupts your
ability to fall asleep.

4. Limit late night snacking

Avoid a large meal at dinner and avoid foods with sugar for dinner or dessert which
are responsible for the hypoglycemic reaction in those important hours. Reduce artificial
flavors, preservatives, processed foods and caffeine which are stimulants which can
reduce melatonin and the secretion of growth hormone.

Written by Julie Heckman NP who is one of our new medical weight loss providers.  Julie is passionate about health, wellness, and healthy living. She has been working at Vive since the Fall and is a wonderful addition to our staff. 

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Weight Loss Medications – Are They the Right Choice for You?

Has your weight has gotten out of control and you’re struggling to get a handle on it? If so, you may have wondered if prescription weight loss medications could help. This is something that only your physician or bariatric specialist can determine. If they feel this type of medication is appropriate for your weight loss journey, they will explain the different options, what to expect and recommend the best choice for you.

Who Could Benefit from Weight Loss Medications?

While these medications are typically reserved for patients with a BMI over 27, in some situations they can also be used for smaller amounts of weight loss.  The best way to know if these medications can help you is to come in for a consultation.

If your BMI is 30.0 or over or if the excess weight is contributing to other health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, medication can be a safe, effective tool, that is many times underutilized. Before taking medication, our providers will factor in your all current health issues, current medications and your family medical history when deciding if weight loss medications are the right option for you.

Young children and pregnant women should not take weight loss medications. Most of these medications have only been approved by The FDA for use by adults. The prescription medication Xenical is FDA approved for children ages 12 and older. Weight loss medications should never be taken by pregnant women or those trying to get pregnant. If taken during pregnancy, these types of medications can cause harm to a fetus. Women of childbearing age should be tested before they start taking any of these medications and should be vigilant about using birth control while taking them.

Realistic Expectations

If your physician recommends medication as part of your weight loss plan, keep in mind, weight loss medications are not a magic bullet. The results from these medications are moderate. For example, according to the FDA, people taking the weight loss medication Qsymia can, on average, expect to lose 6.7 to 8.9 percent of their weight or about 7 to 9 pounds for every 100.

However, this can have a significant impact on your health as losing even 5 or 10 percent of your body weight can produce positive health benefits, including lower blood pressure, better blood sugar control, and improved blood cholesterol. Results may vary by medication and from person to person by person.

Complement to a Healthy Lifestyle

Weight loss medications don’t replace physical activity or healthy eating habits as a way to lose weight. They are meant to enhance your overall weight loss plan. Studies show that weight loss medications work best when combined with a healthy, active lifestyle.

Different Types of Weight Loss Medications

Not all weight loss medicines work the same. Some, such as Xenical, work by blocking fat absorption and can have unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects. Other medications such as Belviq, Contrave, Saxenda, and Qsymia work by suppressing your appetite. During your consultation with your physician, they will determine which type of medication would work best for your lifestyle.  

Get Started on Your Weight Loss Journey

Vive is proud partners with The Center for Medical Weight Loss, the largest network of physicians specializing in weight loss in the country. Using evidence-based weight loss programs, your success is inevitable. Dr. Pinto has been serving as the National Medical Director of The Center for Medical Weight Loss since October of 2014. He is responsible for educating and training hundreds of doctors across the country.

The only way to change your life is to change your lifestyle. Long-term success will depend on permanent changes in your day-to-day life. The hardest part, however, is the first step. Getting started on your weight loss journey must begin somewhere. Dr. Pinto’s philosophy is to give you the jumpstart you need to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. At Vive Medical Weight Loss, that first step starts at your consultation. Schedule yours today!




Dysport Injections – Kiss Frown Lines and Crow’s Feet Goodbye

Just about everyone has heard of Botox, people have been talking about it for years. While Botox use to be the only game in town when it came to injectable fillers, this is no longer the case. There are a variety of different types of dermal fillers available, including Dysport.  Developed in the 1990s in the United Kingdom, Dysport was originally designed to treat muscle spasms, primarily in the head and neck, as well as a dermal filler used on forehead creases. In 2009, Dysport was approved by the FDA for use as a dermal filler and wrinkle relaxer. Several years prior to 2009, it was already widely popular in Europe and South America.

Mistaken Identity

Many people think that Botox and Dysport are the same – and there are similarities between the two products. Both are made from a neurotoxic protein called botulinum Type A, which is produced by the bacteria clostridium difficile. This protein blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. It was traditionally used to treat involuntary muscle spasms such as cerebral palsy and other motor disorders.

Botox and Dysport use botulinum Type A to relax muscle tissue, which reduces fine lines, creases, and wrinkles. Introduction of this protein stimulates the body to produce antibodies that combat it.

Benefits of Dysport

Dysport effectively reduces frown lines. It helps diminish the appearance of these unsightly lines by reducing muscle contraction in the brow and forehead area. It works beneath the skin to block the signal from the nerve to the muscle, and in turn, improve moderate to severe frown lines. It has also shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet.

Dysport results tend to be evident quicker than those produced by Botox, usually within just 1–3 days after treatment and can last up to 4 months. One injection into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, allowing the rest of your face to move naturally. Because it has a lower protein concentration than Botox, it spreads more evenly. This may produce softer, more natural-looking results. Dysport is sometimes recommended as an alternative for patients that are no longer seeing results after prolonged Botox use.

One of the best benefits of Dysport is that it is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure with virtually no downtime. Just like with any injectable, there’s no need to go under the knife to achieve a fresh, younger-looking appearance. Treatments normally take about 10 minutes and patients typically return to their normal activities immediately. It is recommended that patients don’t lie down for four hours after receiving injections.

Ready for a Fresh New Look?

To decide if Dysport is right for you, consult with Dr. Pinto at Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics. During your consultation, he can assess your needs, explain your options, and decide if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

At Vive, our philosophy on facial aesthetics is to enhance one’s natural beauty while refreshing the soul. Dr. Pinto has extensive training in aesthetic medicine. His hallmark is his ability to elicit natural results while correcting the areas of concern.

If you’re interested in learning more about Dysport and whether or not it’s the right choice for you, don’t wait, set up your complimentary consultation today!

Oops! There is also one other Dysport benefit we forgot to mention. Dysport Days at Vive! Check out our upcoming Dysport Days and make your appointments now! Spots are limited and filling up quickly!


Double Chin Removal or Reduction – Non Surgical Solutions to Consider

There is a variety of reasons for developing a double chin – age, excess weight, poor posture and heredity. No matter what the reason, a double chin can detract from your appearance and may even affect your self-esteem. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery isn’t the only option for double chin removal or reduction.

Be Proactive

If the cause of your double chin is excess weight, following a healthy weight loss plan is probably all you’ll need for effective double chin removal or reduction. Poor posture and aging can also play a part in developing a double chin. Correcting your posture and doing neck exercises to strengthen the platysma muscle can be helpful in the reduction of a double chin.

If this physical trait runs in your family, these methods may help slow down or prevent the onset of this undesired feature. However, when that dreaded double chin persists even after successfully reducing your weight or is simply the inevitable result of aging or heredity, there are other non-surgical solutions.


Have you finally reached your weight loss goal, but the double chin is still there? This is often the result of stubborn fat cells. While it has been successfully used on excess fat in other areas of the body, CoolSculpting can be a great non-surgical option for double chin removal or reduction.

Combined with CoolSculpting technology, the CoolMini applicator was designed to effectively reduce fat under the chin and contour the neck. Using controlled cooling, Coolsculpting targets and kills stubborn fat cells. In the weeks following treatment, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates dead cells. The treated fat cells are gone for good and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help ensure long-lasting results. With this non-invasive fat reduction treatment, you can see results in 1-2 visits and it requires no needles, surgery or downtime.


Coolsculpting is just one option dealing with a double chin. There is also Kybella, which offers another non-surgical solution for reducing or eliminating a double chin. An injectable treatment, Kybella is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella destroys the fat cells preventing them from continuing to store or accumulate fat. With just a series of small injections administered by a trained and licensed practitioner, it is possible for you to achieve the profile you always wanted.

Kybella doesn’t require any general anesthesia and there is virtually no down time. Patients receiving treatment typically return to their normal daily activities immediately. The treatment results are permanent. Once your prescribed treatment is completed, there’s no reason to have it done again.

Double Chin Removal or Reduction

Now that you know you don’t have to go under the knife to achieve your desired results, it’s time to consult with your physician or medical professional.  Whether you need a medical weight loss plan to address your double chin or you are trying to decide if Coolsculpting or Kybella could be the right treatment for you, Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is the place to go. It is the first medical practice in the area specializing in weight loss and aesthetic medicine. Dr. Pinto and his highly qualified staff can help determine the best option for you. What are you waiting for? Schedule your consultation today and get rid of that annoying double chin!


CoolSculpting Q & A – Find Out What It’s All About

Everyone is talking about CoolSculpting. Even actress Debra Messing is sharing her experience and showing off her results.  It is unlikely that you haven’t a least heard of this revolutionary treatment, but unless you have met with a medical professional for a consultation about CoolSculpting, you probably have some questions.

What Is CoolSculpting?

The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists both dieting and exercise

How Cool is the Treatment?

Once you and your physician have determined which area to treat, controlled cooling is delivered via an applicator to freeze the targeted fat. You may feel intense cold initially, but this will gradually subside as the targeted area numbs. Most CoolSculpting applicators use a vacuum to draw fatty tissue into the applicator cup, so you may also feel some pulling, tugging, and/or mild discomfort.

How Long is a Treatment?

Depending on the number of areas being treated, the length of your treatment may vary. The latest technology of CoolSculpting can treat a patient in 35-60 minutes. Some providers have multiple CoolSculpting systems and applicators, allowing a patient to have multiple areas treated at once.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the thighs, abdomen, flank and the submental area below the chin. There are different applicators, each designed for specific areas to provide the best results.

How Many Treatments are Necessary?

The type of results you get from your initial Coolsculpting treatment will help determine how many treatments are needed to achieve your desired results. A single treatment typically reduces the amount of fat in the area by 20 to 25 percent. For greater results, two or more treatments in the same area will probably be needed. You may begin to see results as early as 3 weeks after your treatment. The final results of a treatment usually take 8 to 12 weeks. Your physician may recommend waiting to see the final results of your initial treatment before receiving additional treatments.

Can I Multitask During Treatment?

Yes! Bring a book, check your email, watch a movie on your mobile device or just sit back and relax. It might be the perfect time to catch a quick power nap!

Will There be Downtime?

Because CoolSculpting is a completely non-surgical procedure, the is virtually no downtime. You will be able to return to your normal activities after treatment. Some people even go for a treatment on their lunch hour and immediately return to work afterward.

Are There Any Side Effects?

While there are no serious side effects, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity following your treatment. When the submental area is treated, you may feel fullness in the back of the throat. These are all temporary and typically disappear within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, consult with your physician before treatment. They will review your medical history and determine if  CoolSculpting is right for you.

Who is a Good Candidate?

CoolSculpting was designed for people who have specific areas of stubborn fat that diet and exercise have not resolved. The treatment is not a weight loss solution for those who suffer from obesity. CoolSculpting can be a great non-surgical option for people that want to eliminate annoying bulges and skip the liposuction.

Are the Results Permanent?

With CoolSculpting, the treated fat cells are gone for good, but if you overeat, your remaining fat cells can become enlarged. It is still necessary to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine after the procedure. Eat well-balanced, sensibly-sized meals that leave you satisfied, not stuffed. Be sure to include some sort of exercise in your daily routine.

Learn More About Coolsculpting

Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is a unique medical practice and a CoolSculpting provider. It is the first medical practice in the area specializing in weight loss and aesthetic medicine. Schedule your consultation today and let us help you decide if CoolSculpting is the right option for you.

Weight Loss – Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

You know what they say about best-laid plans – they often go awry. This is typically true of our efforts to stick to a weight loss plan during the holidays. Then January rolls around and we find ourselves with a few extra pounds, a bit of regret and a brand new weight loss resolution.

Getting your weight loss plan back on track after the holidays may not be as hard as you think. You’ve already developed good habits, by following your plan before the holidays. Now you just have to leave the holiday transgressions behind and focus on the healthy routine that will keep you moving toward your ultimate goal. Here are some tips to get you back on track.

Lose the Guilt

What’s done is done. You slipped up. Beating yourself up over it won’t help move you forward. It’s time to forgive yourself, skip the guilt and make a fresh start. Not only will a self-imposed guilt trip hold you back, it could also lead to more unhealthy eating.

Clean House

It’s time to get rid of all the holiday leftovers. The candy, the cookies, and any other unhealthy temptation. If you are having an issue with throwing away perfectly good food, either give it away or throw it away. Better it ends up in the garbage than on your hips or around your waist.

Cut Out the Cocktails

Eggnog, champagne, and hot toddies – cocktails are part of holiday indulgence. Unfortunately, they are loaded with calories and a large part of the post celebration bloat. You will probably find you can easily drop a pound or two just by giving up the cocktails.

Reevaluate Your Goals

Overindulging during the holidays can push your original weight loss goal a little further out of reach. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by a goal you can’t achieve and give up. Make a new, attainable goal. Successfully reaching this new goal will motivate you to work toward the next one. Setting smaller, more realistic goals will help you reach your ultimate goal one step at a time.  

Get Back on Track

There are just a couple more things you need to do to get back on track after the holidays. Reward yourself with the healthy, calorie-conscious meal you like the most from your weight loss plan. Also, get your exercise routine back in the groove. Put on some great music, turn up the volume and tackle your favorite work out. Start the New Year with a clean slate and skip the guilt-ridden resolution.

Need a Little Help? Consider Supervised Weight Loss

If you’re dealing with more than just those few holiday pounds and continue to struggle with weight loss issues, it might be time to consult with a professional weight loss doctor. At Vive Medical Weight Loss, your journey begins with your consultation. Dr. Pinto’s philosophy is to give you the jumpstart you need to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight.

Vive is proud partners with THE CENTER FOR MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS, the largest network of physicians specializing in weight loss in the country. Using evidence-based weight loss programs, your success is inevitable. Ready to get started on your medical weight loss program? Schedule your consultation today!


Weight Loss Tips – Successfully Navigating Holiday Temptation

Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday parties are in full swing and Christmas is just days away. This can be a tough time of year for those who are trying to lose weight. We get it, there is very little joy in dieting during the holidays. If you’ve been struggling and sometimes giving in when it comes to holiday temptation, these weight loss tips can help you finish out the holidays strong and avoid the extra weight gain.

Commit to a Calorie Limit

It’s natural to indulge during the holidays but remember moderation is key. Don’t let overeating and food hangovers put a damper on your holiday spirit. Before each holiday gathering set a limit on your calorie intake. Consider traditional dishes and holiday favorites and research their calorie content. Armed with that information, make a plan and do your best to stick to it. If you veer off course, don’t be too hard on yourself. Having a guideline to follow will naturally encourage you to curb your impulse to overindulge.  

Focus on Your Favorites

Once you’ve set a calorie limit, be fussy about your food choices. Search out those foods you don’t normally get during the year, the ones you look forward to during the holidays. Bypass the store-bought cookies and cake. Save those calories for a slightly smaller piece of your mom’s homemade pie. When it comes time for the main course, stick with smaller portions, especially with the mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits. This way you can strike a balance between sticking to your weight loss plan and enjoying the holiday.

Boost your Willpower

There are a few weight loss tips that can help jumpstart your willpower. Before heading out for the next holiday get together, have a healthy, low-calorie snack and a large glass of water. This will make you feel fuller and you won’t make a dash for the buffet table as soon as you arrive.

Keep Alcohol to a Minimum

Of course, skipping the alcohol altogether is the wisest choice when dieting. If you want to celebrate with a cocktail, chose a lower calorie option. Stay away from the eggnog! It can contain up to 3 times the amount of calories than a small glass of white wine or champagne. A couple of cocktails can also weaken your resolve. Stop at one and switch back to water. This will limit your calorie intake and keep you from overeating.

Beware of the Buffet

Holiday gatherings often include a buffet, which can be intimidating if you’re trying to lose weight. While it may sound silly, you can cut down on calories by not rushing to be the first in line. Approach the buffet table with a plan. Survey the options before getting in the buffet line. This will keep you from making hasty and calorie-laden decisions. Also, once most of the guests have made their way through the buffet line, it will be visually less appealing and you won’t be as anxious to try everything.

Size Matters

Instead of grabbing a dinner plate, get a dessert plate. Smaller in size, it will fill up faster. If you only allow yourself to fill your plate once, you will be pickier about your choices and you will eat less. Finger foods may appear small and portion controlled, but without the plate as a gauge, it can be easy to lose track of just how much you’ve eaten.

Weight Loss Tips and More

No matter what time of year, these weight loss tips can be helpful if you’re just starting or are already following a weight loss program. If you’ve been struggling with your weight or it has begun to affect your health and you haven’t had any weight loss success on your own, it might be time to consult with your doctor. Self-supervised weight loss plans don’t work for everyone. Your doctor can determine if a medical weight loss plan is right for you.

Long-term success will depend on permanent changes in your day-to-day life. The hardest part, however, is the first step. Getting started on your weight loss journey must begin somewhere. At Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics, that first step starts at your consultation. Dr. Pinto’s philosophy is to give you the jumpstart you need to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. After all, isn’t that what you want? Why wait? Finish out the holidays armed for success.


Medical Weight Loss and the Health Impacts of Obesity

Food is a big part of holiday season celebrations. It leaves many of us a few pounds over weight, struggling to get into our favorite jeans and anticipating a diet or exercise in the New Year. For those who suffer from obesity, the holiday season can be treacherous. The temptation to overindulge for people who are already carrying around a significant amount of excess weight can result in a variety of health issues. Many of these issues can become life-threatening if the weight problem is not addressed. But losing weight, especially large amounts, isn’t easy. Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control. It is medically recognized as a disease.  If your weight is out of control and you’ve tried unsuccessfully to lose it on your own, it might be time to consider consulting a medical weight-loss doctor.

Increased Health Risks

Those who are significantly overweight or obese face a much greater risk of serious health issues. These issues include the nation’s leading causes of death—heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers—as well as less common ailments such as gout and gallstones. Obesity can also impact the health of your joints and limit your mobility. Sleep apnea and impaired breathing can also be the result of obesity, causing a lack of sleep. This not only compounds other health issues but causes the body to produce certain hormones that both stimulate appetite and increase the uptake of fat into fat storage deposits.

Obesity not only causes physical health issues, it has been established that there is a strong link between the disease and depression. The stigma attached to the disease and the physical discomfort of obesity can lead to depression which in some cases can lead to even more excessive eating.

The Benefits of Medical Weight Loss

Consulting with a medical weight loss doctor is a great first step in overcoming obesity. They are trained to treat the disease while monitoring any other health issues you have. They will tailor a weight loss plan to your specific condition.

With a medically supervised program, you have a certified medical professional evaluate your current physical condition, the typical food choices you make each day and your activity level. Your doctor will then create a custom plan and help you find ways to stick to it. This can prevent you from trying potentially dangerous fad diets, over the counter ‘“miracle” diet supplements or setting unrealistic weight loss goals. Fad diets may produce some results but can deprive you of vital nutrition. They also are almost impossible to stick with for the long haul. Over the counter supplements usually fail to produce any significant results and can contain ingredients you could be allergic to or that will not interact well with other medications you’re taking. When it comes to weight loss goals, setting the bar too high can mean setting yourself up for failure. Failure can cause many people to give up. Realistic goals and gradual weight loss will help avoid failure and are a much healthier path to achieving your goal.

Many of the medical issues associated with obesity will change in their level of severity as you lose weight and your medications may need to be adjusted. For example, if you have diabetes as a result of obesity, as your weight decreases the amount of insulin necessary to regulate your blood sugar may decrease as well. Your medical weight loss doctor will be able to monitor any other medical conditions you have or medications you take.

Medical Weight Loss at Vive

Did you know that losing just 10% of your body weight can decrease your risk of heart attack or stroke, potentially reverse of Type 2 diabetes and reduce joint pain? It can also improve your sleep quality, energy level, and mobility.

At Vive Medical Weight Loss, your journey will begin with your consultation. Dr. Pinto’s philosophy is to give you the jumpstart you need to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight.

Vive is proud partners with THE CENTER FOR MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS, the largest network of physicians specializing in weight loss in the country. Using evidence-based weight loss programs, your success is inevitable. Ready to get started on your medical weight loss program? Schedule your consultation today!