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Healthy Lifestyle

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Living Healthy After Weight Loss

Obesity has become a large and very serious problem in the US. It is believed that by 2020 more than half of all Americans will be overweight. This is not something that dieting will be able to fix. Americans need to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle.

At Advance Health Services we offer a number of weight loss programs that can help patients loose weight quickly and get a jumpstart on a healthy lifestyle. But no diet will be effective if the underlying unhealthy habits are not addressed. As many as ninety-five percent of those that loose weight rapidly through dieting gain the weight back.

It does not have to be difficult. By working slowly and incorporating changes one at a time, you increase your chances success. Below are some guidelines to follow to start living a lifestyle where you are more conscious of the health impact of your daily choices.

Move More - A sedentary, inactive lifestyle is the quickest path to weight gain and disease. There are many ways to include more physical activity into your day. Try squeezing in micro workouts throughout your day. In a few minutes you can do a couple of sets of calisthenics like squats or pushup. These exercises strengthen muscles and get the blood pumping but wont make you break a sweat in the middle of the work day. Walk anywhere you need to go that's less than a mile away and use stairs when you are going up two or three flights. Carrying a pedometer will let you keep track of how much you're moving each day.

Shop Smart - The best way to avoid high fat, high sugar, high salt snacks is to not bring them into the house in the first place. Buy foods that you know are good for you. They should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, low fat proteins and whole grains. Pack your own lunch and snacks to avoid temptations.

Plan and Document - A meal plan is a great way to get control over what you eat. Once or twice a month take some time to plan your meals. This will, of course, tie in with your grocery shopping. Logging what you eat will allow you to get a feel for how you are doing. A food log makes it easy to see where your weaknesses may lie.

Drink Black Coffee - The coffee drinks many of us have grown to love since Starbucks appeared on the scene are really little more than dessert in a cup. Instead of indulging in the those sugary, rich, whipped cream topped drinks, pour yourself a good old cup of black coffee. Add a bit of skim milk and sugar if you must. Most black coffee drinkers will tell you it's a taste that is easy to acquire.

Spend Time with Healthy People - You don't want to cut off your long time friends and acquaintances, but if most of your socializing involves sitting around having beers and snacks, you should probably try to add some more active friends to your circle. Foster relationships with people that like to get outdoors and walk, ride bike or take part in other physical activities.

Making the change to a healthier lifestyle does not have to be difficult and intimidating. Try adopting one of these changes every week or two, then stick with them. The most important aspect to success is consistency. Before you know it, healthy habits will be coming to you naturally. At Advance Health Services we can help you get on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Call us today to schedule your first consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution

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Weight Loss New Year's Resolution

Chris Goetz - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Make This the New Year You Succeed at Your Weight Loss Resolutions


Goetz with CaptionNew Year's Resolutions are a long standing tradition, and why not? The beginning of a New Year brings with it the prospect of a fresh start, new possibilities and opportunities. Unfortunately there also seems to be a tradition of dropping resolutions a week or two into the New Year and falling back into old habits. Take advantage of the coming New Year to improve your health and move toward your ideal, healthy weight. Taking some time to plan ahead will help you avoid pitfalls and greatly increase your chance of success.

Start by being realistic. Avoid setting intimidating or unattainable goals for yourself. They are the surest path to failure. If you know you need to lose 50 pounds eventually, make it your goal to lose 8 pound a month. This way the coming year can be full of smaller accomplishments instead of one far off target. Then reward yourself for each milestone. Every month you achieve your goal treat yourself to something you like, but which does not contradict your resolution. If there is a month when you don't quite make it, resolve to work harder the next month.

Similarly, a resolution to completely cut out your favorite food is doomed to fail. Instead, decide to have it only once a month, or maybe at the start of each season. Set a date when you will have that decadent meal again. It will be something to look forward to, and you will have a sense of having earned it when it arrives.

Planning Now Will Ensure a Timely Start!

Start a plan in December. Write an outline of your plan. Be clear about your goals and timeline. Make a list of the benefits of keeping your resolution and refer to it often. Create an exercise schedule you will be able to stick with. It is also important to include ways to deal with temptation in your plan. Think about what you will do when you feel like skipping a workout or indulging in an unhealthy meal. Write down the negative consequences of these small lapses. If possible your plan should include a partner, preferably someone who has similar goals. Look out for each other and be ready with encouragement to keep each other going.

Do not beat yourself up for any lapse or failure. If you find you have run out of steam by February, just recommit and start over. Maybe set up smaller and shorter goals that you can tackle more easily. Research has shown that repeating an activity for 21 days will make it into a habit. Repeat it for six months and it will be part of your personality. Keep at it and it will slowly start to become easier.

At Advance Health Services we have safe and effective medical weight loss programs, including HCG injections that will help you get a jump start on getting healthy. An initial weight loss boost is a great way to start. You can also consult with our on staff registered nutritionist for help in putting together a meal and supplement plan to get you healthy and feeling great. We also offer ancillary treatments such as Lipo-Light to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Call us today. The best time to start planning your New Year's resolution is now.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Weight Loss and Chiropractic

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Weight Loss and Chiropractic

Chris Goetz - Monday, August 25, 2014

Lose Weight and Keep it Off with the Help of Chiropractic

Goetz with CaptionFor many, weight loss becomes a lifelong struggle. Beyond the negative effects to one's health that can result from repeatedly losing and regaining weight, obesity leads to an increased risk of developing life threatening illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. To be truly successful weight loss should be tied to a holistic approach and a healthy lifestyle. One that includes physical activity, nutritional awareness and usually modified behavior. Chiropractic care can play an effective role in holistic health and weight loss.

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug free way to heal the body, reduce pain and increase strength. It has additional benefits like improving mobility and posture as well as increasing nerve function. Glancing at this short list chiropractic's contribution to weight loss should be obvious. Simply stated, chiropractic care promotes overall health and personal well-being. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, chiropractic care facilitates communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This allows all parts of the body to function properly and encourages holistic health.

In relation to weight loss, chiropractic care eases pressure on the spinal cord and increases overall flexibility. These are important elements to achieve maximum results from exercise. The aligning of the spine achieved through chiropractic manipulation helps the body absorb nutrients that will be needed during weight loss. As one continues to lose weight, their center of gravity adjusts, applying more pressure on different parts of the body. Continued chiropractic adjustments will strengthen the body's core, encouraging balance. On a practical level, stiffness and soreness from increased exercise can be alleviated through chiropractic care.

Weight Loss Programs Give You a Running Start

The ultimate goal should be a lifestyle change, but that does not diminish the desire many have for fast results, and there is no denying the psychological boost that comes from rapid weight loss. With so many choices available, it is important to choose a system that is safe and that will not result in relapse. At Advance Health Services we offer a number of highly effective weight loss systems, like the popular Lipo Lite and HCG injections. We have found that these programs provide an initial boost that encourage patients to stick with their weight loss efforts. These programs yield impressive results and can be used as part of a holistic approach that includes nutritional counseling, increased physical activity and chiropractic care.

The most recent addition to our weight loss system offerings at Advance Health Services, Elite Fit Forever, has quickly become a favorite among our weight loss patients due to its effectiveness and ease of use. Developed right here in South Florida, Elite Fit Forever is a three phase system that is tailored to the patient’s needs. It is designed to reset your metabolism and change your approach to nutrition and overall wellness. Elite Fit Forever has provided excellent results in our office and fits perfectly within the holistic approach we encourage.

Your next step should be to call Advance Health Services today. We will help you achieve rapid initial weight loss followed by a lifetime of increased health, energy and confidence. All with the help of chiropractic care. The best time to start is now.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

HCG Medical Weight Loss

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HCG Medical Weight Loss

Chris Goetz - Friday, February 07, 2014

How You Can Lose Weight Rapidly with HCG

Goetz with CaptionThe HCG weight loss plan, developed in the 1950's by Dr. Albert Simeons, has recently gained in popularity due to its ease of use and the dramatic weight loss results it provides. This amazing plan requires no exercise and can result in the loss of up to a pound a day. Daily doses of the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin hormone (HCG) make it possible to follow a low calorie diet without experiencing hunger, weakness or, most importantly, the muscle loss normally associated with low caloric intake. At Advance Health Services we are happy to offer prescription

HCG injections and diet counseling for our patients. We provide HCG injections because studies have shown that the more inexpensive oral drops and sprays available at stores are ineffective. The oral forms of HCG are broken down by the acids in the stomach and are severely diluted by the time they reach the bloodstream where this completely natural human hormone works its magic. 

Study Shows Fat Loss Instead of Muscle Loss 

Dr Simeons was studying pregnant women in India who were, by circumstance, on low calorie diets. He found that instead of losing muscle tissue as would be expected, these women were losing from the fat reserves in their bodies. His studies found that the HCG hormone, produced by all women during pregnancy made this possible. It turns out that one of the functions of the HCG hormone is to protect the mother's body during pregnancy. Dr Simeon's went on to test his theory on young men with pituitary problems. When low doses of HCG were combined with a low calorie diet, the result was the same: loss of fat tissue instead of muscle.

Now, when we say low calorie diet, we are talking about very low. Five hundred calories for most people. Of course, anyone can lose weight by consuming so few calories, but not without extreme hunger, fatigue and dangerous muscle loss. That is where the HCG hormone comes in. The effect of the hormone is to reduce your hunger to such a degree that you can function normally and comfortably while eating very little. Furthermore, HCG will allow you to feel energized throughout the day, and, as mentioned before, causes the body to burn fat instead of muscle tissue. 

The regimen is simple. You will receive one injection of the HCG hormone each day for as long as eight weeks. The length of the treatment plan depends on the amount of weight loss desired. Aside from that you will stick to a low calorie diet with some restrictions. Here is an overview of the variety of foods you will be eating, but your doctor will go over the diet with you in detail. 

  • Two meals a day, lunch and dinner
  • Grilled or broiled lean meats, chicken and fish
  • Every meal includes a serving of vegetable and fruit
  • All of the water coffee and tea you desire
  • Breadsticks and Melba toast
  • No butter or oils

There are restrictions, but you will find plenty of variety and won't find yourself repeating the same meals. This diet is also low on carbohydrates. If you consume plenty of carbohydrates now, it is a good idea to gradually reduce your intake before starting the diet. You will miss them less once they are reduced.

Heavy Exercise Is Not Recommended 

The HCG plan actually restricts exercise. It is always a good idea to keep active, but, while on the plan, exercise should be kept light. Walking, biking and equivalent activities are the most you should do. Any heavy workout routines will need to be put on hold. This is due to the low carbohydrate content of the diet you will be following and the body's use of carbs when physically active.

Your doctor at Advance Health Services will perform a physical evaluation before you begin the HCG plan and closely monitor your weight loss and caloric intake during. You will receive personalized guidance on all aspects of the plan including nutrition and physical activity. Call Advance Health Services today to experience the easy, rapid and natural HCG weight loss system. You are only weeks away from being slimmer and healthier.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.