Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weight Loss Game Changer: HCG

Weight Loss Game Changer: HCG
We all hate diets!  I believe that for many of us, our addiction to food is as powerful of a disease as alcohol and other drugs and I believe that recovery requires confronting and dealing with the addiction to food.  I have a personal history of compulsive overeating.  I have spent my entire adult life on one yoyo diet after another, losing a few pounds here and there and quickly gaining it all back plus a few more.  Now I have discovered HCG and lost and kept off my weight.  
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My first thoughts about the hCG Diet were pure skepticism. But I was desperate, and unwilling to accept that I had no options. I really trusted my instructors at my aesthetics certification course.  I believed what they said and really wanted to make a strong effort to utilize the benfits of the HCG diet to help me lose weight.  I was also concerned that if I lose the weight, would I be able to maintain my weight loss long term and achieve a healthy metabolism?  
What really does makes HCG a real game changer is that YES, it really does change your metabolism. At least it did for me. And I have heard the same thing from others. It IS called the weight loss cure, and I do believe that for certain people in can be just that. (For more information on this read Dr Simeons’ original manuscript “Pounds and Inches” and Linda Prinsters’ book, ‘HCG Weight Loss Cure Guide’).
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I stayed on the diet for the full 6 weeks and lost 24 pounds. I did a second round and lost another 11 pounds.  I was amazed that I was barely hungry, that I felt great, and that I lost weight in all the right places. One of the benefits of HCG is that you lose ‘abnormal fat’ rather than ‘structural fat’. I didn’t really believe this would happen, however, I was pleasantly blown away when my ‘love handles’ disappeared as well as the fat around my armpits, areas where I had never lost weight before.  For the first time in my entire life, I actually could zip a pair of regular boots around my calves.  I dropped to below my lowest ever weight and size, smaller than when I graduated high school.  
More importantly, I am maintaining it, even though I eat 1500-1700 calories a day, and some days upwards of 2000 calories. Keep in mind, that before embarking on the HCG diet protocol, I was gaining weight when I even approached the 1200 calorie mark, despite eating a very low carb, gluten and sugar free diet. This is a good indicator that my metabolism not only hasn’t been ruined by the hCG diet, but has actually improved.
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I still hate diets. I would NOT have been able to stay on the HCG protocol but the results are so fast and rewarding.  Anyone can do anything for 4 to 6 weeks!  I believe that to truly transform your weight and your relationship to your body, you have to dig in and do the work, learn to love your body as it is, confront your food addiction, and learn to feed yourself with what you truly want, not just food.
However, I believe that the HCG protocol is not your typical diet. If you are willing to deal with your food and body issues, and do some core level healing along the way,  HCG really can be a cure for dieting. Because of the way it heals your metabolism it can give you a second chance and a clean slate to start over with.

Do I still have to work really hard at keeping my body at a good weight, remember to loving myself and my body, and continue to be deliberate in my food choices? You betcha! More than ever! But one thing I can tell you for certain that it is a lot more fun and rewarding working at eating well at 145 lbs instead of 180 lbs!  I am still working and I always know that HCG will provide the results I want if I just put a little effort to it.  
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Call us today to schedule your free weight loss consult.  Why wait?  In 30 days, you could be 20-30 pounds lighter.  417-335-3040

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Liquid Facelift - Total Facial Restoration Without Surgery

Four components of the facial structure change as one ages: the skin, muscle, bone, and fat. Loss of elasticity in the skin and soft tissues, a loss of volume, reabsorbing of the bone and gravity are all signs of aging. A variety of techniques are available to help with the aging process.

Injectables can address:
  • Lost fullness
  • Expression lines
  • Flattened or hollowed features
  • Scars and skin irregularities

Recommended Treatment to Restore Volume:

Varying degrees of wrinkles and folds and different areas of the face can be addressed with the use of injectables in a liquid facelift procedure. Restoring facial volume and filling fine lines and wrinkles can be addressed by using dermal fillers. Expression-related creases are caused my muscle contractions; however, with the use of neurotoxins such as Botox or Dysport these expression lines can be softened. 

How a Total Face Correction or Liquid Face Lift is done:

After an examination, we will draw up a treatment plan designed specifically for signs of aging and one’s personal goals. Temporary fillers such as hyaluronic acid-based (Belotero and Juvéderm), as well as longer-lasting injectables like Bellafill are all candidates that we may use. Botox/Xeomin is often used in conjunction with fillers to relax facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles and furrows. Injecting fillers at varying depths to fill creases creates a more youthful contours and appearance. Depending on the number of injections sites and the injectables used treatment can take as little as 1 hour. Belotero and Juvéderm fill lips and creases.  Bellafill is used to create new curves or fill deep crevices in facelift procedures, restoring the natural bone and fat structure appearance.

What to expect from Total Face Correction or Liquid Face Lift:

Injectable liquid facelift results are usually visible instantly. Sessions are spaced about 3 months apart. Some of the initial plumping may  be due to overfilling or swelling. It is common for multiple injection sites, but swelling and bruising may be experienced the first few days after treatment. To minimize swelling, patients leave with a pack of ice and are advised not to exercise for the first few hours to prevent an increase in heart rate or blood pressure. Patients should avoid vitamin E, anti-inflammatories, herbal supplements and other medications that promote bruising.

How long results last:

Liquid facelift procedures utilizing fillers generally last four months to two years. As a general principle, it is always easier to maintain results with maintenance visits as opposed to waiting until all the filler has worn off. The period of time between treatments of fillers depends on which fillers are chosen as well as each individual’s unique metabolism. As a loose general rule, a maintenance visit every 6 months is sufficient for most people for a small touch up. Depending on region of the face, maintenance might be different. For example, fillers around the eyes tend to last significantly longer than fillers in the lips.  When corrected with Bellafill, which is a long-term filler, the results may last as long as 10 years or more. 

Call Bella Medici Medical Spa today at 417-335-3040 to schedule your free consultation to discuss a liquid facelift.