health benefits

What??  I thought Juices were good for you?  

This is the typical response I get when I tell patients to NOT drink any juices.  

With all the Vitamixes, Nutribullets, and Ninjas available now, you can’t walk through a big box store without seeing someone demonstrate and sample some tasty, "good for you" juice.

Juices have contributed to the obesity and diabetes epidemic in the United States.  Yes! Juices…

O.K., I might have been a bit harsh about juicing but in general, the rule is  

  • eat your food, don’t drink it.

The USDA recommends 2-4 servings of fruits and 3-5 servings of vegetables daily.  This is sometimes misinterpretted by people and they go for 5-8 servings of fruits.  Why you ask.  Because fruits taste good, sweet, juicy, and yummy…and if you can get all 5-8 servings into a juice drink then even better, right?  WRONG.

Fruits are made up of mostly SUGAR.  It does not matter where the sugar comes from, fruit or cane sugar.  Your body will process it as sugar and treat it as simple calories – 4 calories per gram of sugar. Aside from the calories, simple sugar also stimulate non desirable hormonal state and promote fat storage. 

Let’s compare some of the more popular "healthy" juicessugar

The Naked Juice – per 10 ounce serving

  • Naked™ Orange Juice: 27 grams
  • Naked™ Berry Blast: 32 grams
  • Pepsi-Cola™: 34 grams
  • Naked™ Green Machine: 35 grams
  • Naked™ Mighty Mango: 35 grams

Odwalla – "the original superfood" smoothie

  • 49 grams of sugar per 15 ounces serving

Thus juicing has no place in weight management program and absolutely no place in a weight loss program.  Eat all your vegetables and then you can eat a few good fruits with it  (like the berries.)  Say no to sugar and fat.  This will help you stay lean and healthy.

Waist Training… A new twist to the old concept of "You are what you wear."  Please refer to that blog for further background (written earlier in this blog.)  This new body shaping technique is gaining interest.

Recently, Kim K. posted a selfie wearing a corsette at a work out session.  It went viral.  She and other star moms are coming out of the closet wearing waist cincing corsettes.  The term "waist training" was coined.  Can you get a 24" waist?  The answer is yes if you start early enough and are persistent enough.  If the ancient Chinese can bind feet and cause the bone to fuse into a stump (which, by the way, was thought to be beautiful in ancient time) then we CAN cinch waist. So here’s my selfie.  You be the judge.Garment

So what are the do’s and don’ts if you want to decrease your waist size.  

1. Do start earlier in waist training.  To significantly change your shape, you should begin training in your early twenties.  There are many advantages in starting early. You will get the most significant change in shape if you begin early in cinching your waist.  This will change fat deposition to other more desireable parts of your body like bust and butts, the non constricted areas.  

2. Do it long term.  What is long term? I mean for years…wearing it most days of the week.  Long term body shape training will also result in some weight loss due to decrease appetite and decrease stomach capacity.

3. Do it slowly.  Start with a corsette that is snug and once you get used to it, begin to downsize slowly while maintaining safety and comfort.  It will never be completely comfortable.  It will never be lounge wear. Just accept this and the adage of no pain, no gain somewhat can be applied here.  

4. Don’t wear it too tight where it interferes with your normal breathing.  Avoid constricting the diaphragm and your ability to breath. Again, start slow and your body will adjust to this.  

5. Don’t give up.  You can only get the result from this training if it is consistent and long term.  If you are looking for immediate results, then waist training is not for you.  Like most body changes, only vigilence and persistence will get lasting results.

Good luck.  Look for Part II of Waist Training – a personal narrative.

Considering laser liposuction?  Think it is too vain? It is true that most patients seeking laser liposuction are after a better body.  But laser liposuction is more than just about looks.  It is about the improvement in total body, mind, and health.

liposuction=healthIt is difficult to engage in meaningful research on the topic of liposuction affecting health and lifestyles.  There are so many factors that affect our health that is difficult to control. To study the effect of a single procedure can be a daunting task.  However, researchers have finally showed that liposuction resulted in health benefits.

Health Benefits

1. Reduction in Blood Fat Levels. In 2011, researchers in Kansas published results showing benefits from liposuction in a prospective study of 229 patients who underwent the liposuction procedure.  They found that among people who started out with high fat levels (triglycerides,) a three month follow up showed a 43% reduction in this level of fat (triglycerides.)  That’s about twice the reduction people usually get by taking cholesterol-lowering medications.

2. Reduction in Inflammatory Cells.  In the same study, the researchers also found a decrease in inflammatory cells by about 11%.  These cells have been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.  Thus one can deduce that the reduction of these cells may lead to a reduced risk of heart disease (cardiovascular disease.)  The study was not set out to investigate the risk of cardiovascular disease.  However, this may be an additional health benefit.

3. Healthier Lifestyle After Laser Liposuction.  Many patients who have had laser liposuction are usually motivated by their improved bodies to stay fit.  They tend to be more aware of nutrition and more likely to engage in an exercise program.

4. Improved mobility and posture resulting in higher physical activity.  Laser liposuction can reduce fat pockets in areas that may have limited someone in their mobility i.e., hips, thighs, and knees.  This reduction can result in higher physical activity and improved health.  Laser liposuction in the abdominal and mid section will improve posture and discomfort that may have come from that buldge of fat in the stomach hunching the posture forward in the seated position.  Many have reported ease in movement and comfort when driving or sitting at a desk.  These minor improvements cannot be overlook as they all contribute in the quality of life and improvement of health

5. Improved self-esteem, confidence, mood, sex, and overall happiness.  The psychological benefits from laser liposuction have not been scientifically studied.  However, in our experience of treating over 1000 patients, we have consistently seen and felt the positive psychological result of liposuction.  Patients often return "a different person."  There were patients who we had to do a bouble take.  This is not just because of the positive change in physicial outlook but a complete change in the self within.  Patients walk differently, carry themselves differently, and exudes much increased confidence and esteem.  This translates to how they are perceived by others.  Nowadays with many people in search of a new career or a new position, they are turning to laser liposuction to give them that edge not only physically but in self esteem and confidence improvement that cannot be measured in loss inches or pounds.  

I hope this has helped you to see laser liposuction’s benefit for much more than just getting into a better body.  Let me know if there is any other topics you would like to have information on.  Make a note int he comment section.  Thanks.