Fitness in 12 Months

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Fitness in 12 Months

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Take All of 2016 to Get in Shape

Goetz with CaptionThe New Year is here, and arriving with it are our resolutions to get back in shape. Forget about the quick fixes, fad diets and especially getting on an extreme and unsustainable plan. These approaches will leave you malnourished, tired and in a bad mood. Not to mention that you are likely to regain any weight you lose on the short term. According to the American Heart Association, a sustainable year long program that intensifies as it progresses is a much better path to success. Take some time now to plan out your healthy year. Set attainable steps that will allow you to celebrate successes all year long and on get the path to a healthier weight and lifestyle.

A year might seem like a long time, but if you want to be healthy about your weight loss, and want to keep it off, a long term plan is the way to go. The weekly and monthly goals you set will keep you motivated and moving towards your goals. The Mayo Clinic recommends losing no more than one or two pounds a week. This may not seem like much, but it could add up to over 100 pounds in a year. And more importantly, it is a healthy and sustainable rate at which to lose weight.

Getting Started

Set your goals now and review them regularly throughout the year to make sure you remain on track. Take photos of yourself now and every couple of months to track your progress. Below are twelve additional goals you can work on throughout the year. Taking on one each month will make it more manageable, and ultimately more successful, than trying to make extreme changes to your lifestyle all at once. Work on a goal each month, then maintain the changes you have made. Exercising and eating right should start right away, but you will notice more specific goals regarding diet and exercise in the list below.

January – Increase Physical Activity: The Center for Disease Control recommends at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise each week. That can be accomplished in three 25 minute sessions. Alternately, try 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week if you want to start slow. Beginners should consider low impact exercise like walking, swimming or cycling.

February – More Fruits and Vegetables: Work in at least three servings of fruits and vegetables every day. If you already eat fruits or vegetables with every meal, substitute in another serving or two. Try restricting any snacks to fruits and vegetables.

March – Eat Breakfast Every Day: Plan to have a healthy breakfast each and every day. Depending on your lifestyle, this may require some time management. Good choices are fruits and whole grains. A healthy breakfast gets you energized, boosts your metabolism and keeps you from snacking before lunch.

April – Strength Training: You have been getting regular cardio exercise since the beginning of the year. Now it is time to start getting stronger. Add two weekly strength training sessions to your exercise routine. Weather you choose to train with or without weights, be sure to learn proper form and technique to avoid injury. This article reviews a number of strength building exercises that do not require any equipment to perform.

May – Cook Your Meals: Cooking your own meals is the best way to control calories and ensure you are eating healthy. Increase the number of meals you prepare every week while dropping some pre-packaged foods and visits to restaurants.

June – Get Outside: Incorporate healthy and active outdoor activities to your week in addition to your regular exercise sessions. Nature hikes, long walks and casual sports are just a few activities you can enjoy with friends and family.

July – Recruit a Friend: By now you should be noticing some dramatic progress. Use that progress to encourage a friend or family member to join you in your new healthy lifestyle. You will doing them a favor and gaining a partner to help you get through the rest of the year.

August – Cut Down on Salt: Many of us pour on the salt regardless of what we are eating. Salt may cause you to retain water and too much of it can negatively affect your blood pressure. Experiment with herbs and spices. There are tons of choices.

September – Eat More Whole Grains: If you haven’t already, switch from processed grain to whole grains.

October – Cut Down on Red Meat: Some of the most delicious red meats happen to be loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. When eating red meat, always choose lean cuts. Limit your red meat intake to four 4 ounce servings a week. You can also try going vegetarian or even vegan one day a week as a way to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables.

November – Eat More Seafood: This may have already occurred, but if not, add at least two servings of fish to your diet per week.

December – Reflect and Plan: If you have followed your healthy lifestyle plan all year you may have lost anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds. Use this time to reflect on your accomplishments and plan how you are going to approach the next year.

At Advance Health Services we offer a number of services to help you lose weight and get healthy, including some ways to jump start the year. Call us today to set an appointment and get on the right track early in the year.

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.

Healthy Lifestyle

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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.

Smart Grocery Shopping

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Smart Grocery Shopping

Chris Goetz - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grocery Shopping Habits Are Changing for the Better

Goetz with CaptionEvery day more Americans are becoming aware of the effects of preservatives, GMO's, pesticides, antibiotics and other unwanted ingredients to that have made their way into the food supply over the years. Shoppers are avoiding these processed foods in favor of naturally grown, unprocessed, and often organic, foods. It is a shift that is making a significant impact on the one trillion dollar a year food industry and getting the attention of the Big Food companies that have dominated the grocery aisles for generations. Consumers are looking for natural, authentic foods and are doubtful that the big food companies can deliver.

Which isn't to say that big food is not trying. Since 2009, the top 25 US food companies have lost more than $18 billion in market share. The latest industry trend is the gobbling up of small natural and organic food and beverage companies by giants like Kraft and Campbell Soup. And retailers like Target and Walmart (the single largest food retailer in the world) are devoting more shelf space to healthier food choices.

Aside from absorbing natural food companies, some large food producers are making changes to make their existing offerings more desirable to the health conscious consumer. Kraft is removing artificial flavors and colors from its popular Mac & Cheese products, Tyson has promised to stop giving its chickens human hormones and General Mills has removed GMO's from its Cheerios line of cereals and reduced the sugar from its Yoplait yogurts by 25%. With these large companies getting into the healthy food game, it can only get better for shoppers.

Healthy Shopping on a Budget

Although, healthy competition should eventually bring prices down, right now buying healthier foods often means spending more. Here are some tips to fill up the shopping cart with healthy foods without emptying your wallet.

  • Plan Meals - Try to plan two to four weeks of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) ahead of time. This encourages nutritious eating and avoiding unhealthy snacks as well as saves time. Cooking several meals at once is more efficient than making a mess in the kitchen three times a day. When it's time for dinner, you will have a healthy and nutritious meal ready to be reheated.
  • Buy Smart - Clip coupons, take advantage of sales and buy fruits and vegetables that are in season to take a healthy bite out of your grocery bills.
  • Skip the Center Aisles - Healthy grocery shoppers have always been aware of this one. The dairy, deli, bakery and produce departments are generally positioned along the perimeter of the store. Processed foods tend to dominate the center aisles. Avoid those to avoid unhealthy choices.
  • Prepare Healthy Snacks - Cut fruits and vegetables into bite size pieces and put them in easy to take containers. Pack up snack size portions of unsalted nuts as well. Kids especially reach for ready to eat foods when they're hungry. Have healthy snacks available to keep them away from cookies and chips.

With proper planning and good shopping habits it becomes easy to avoid high fat, high salt and sugar, overly processed foods. Take some time to map out your meals and become a smart grocery shopper. It will save you money and help you eat 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.

Exercise and Mood

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Exercise and Mood

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Exercise Your Way to a Good Mood

Goetz with CaptionAt Advance Health Services we are proponents of a holistic approach to weight loss and being healthy. Recent studies are showing that there is a real connection between physical exercise and psychological well being. This is something many have always suspected. We all know runners who talk about the "high" they get from a good run, and most of us have experienced the euphoric sensation that results from a good workout. Now science is telling us that exercise can literally make us happier as well as ward off depression and anxiety. In some cases, the effect is stronger than the drugs commonly prescribed for these problems, but it is available cheaper and without the negative side effects.

While there are definite links between lower impact exercises, like yoga, and improved mental states, the recent research has found that the strongest effects come from higher impact and cardio exercises like running, cycling, swimming and demanding sports like basketball and tennis. To promote physical health doctors suggest a weekly regimen of 150 minutes of moderate exercise or half that time doing vigorous exercise. These same recommendations will provide a mental boost as well. While some prefer to exercise in a gym or at home, the same studies are also finding a psychological benefit to taking your physical activity outdoors.

Although exercise provides an immediate and measurable positive impact to one's mood, to truly benefit from the positive psychological affects of exercise requires commitment. Physical activity releases neurotransmitters in the brain like dopamine which is involved in feelings of pleasure, and serotonin which affects your mood. The strongest effects, however, are experienced by those that incorporate regular exercise into a routine that favors a generally active lifestyle. Taking things a step further, exercise can increase levels of BDNF, a protein that has been linked to fighting off neurological disease. So exercising may help you avoid Alzheimer's.

Traditional Positive Effects

There are many additional mental benefits to regular exercise that we have long taken for granted. Ancillary effects that are a bi-product of getting out of the house and being active. Meeting people is one great benefit. Running, walking and other physical activities can be shared with friends or used to make new ones. Increased energy and self confidence almost always follow a successful exercise routine. Here are some other common sense benefits to exercising regularly.

  • Relieve stress
  • Boost energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Healthy appetite
  • Sense of motivation and achievement
  • Increased self confidence

Advance Health Services offers a variety of programs to help you loose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We always include an exercise program unless there is some medical reason not to. Call Advance Health Services today to get on a holistic health program which includes exercise and all of the positive mental effects it brings.

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.

Clean Eating

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Clean Eating

Chris Goetz - Friday, March 20, 2015

Clean Eating for Better Health

Goetz with CaptionEvery so often a new way of looking at food emerges or gains in popularity. From raw foods to low carb diets and everything in between. Many have their merits and most are based on sound science. Clean eating is founded on common sense and on the idea that what we buy at the grocery store has changed drastically over the last couple of generations. As you can imagine, that change has not been for the better.

The concept of clean eating involves cutting processed and refined foods from one's diet, and basing it instead on whole foods like fruits and vegetables, grass fed meats, fish caught in the wild, and whole grains as well as other unpackaged foods. Organic grown and bred foods are best since they are free of pesticides, hormones and the like so common in today's packaged foods. By eating mostly at home, and preparing and cooking your own meals, you remain in control of the foods you consume.

This tends to be closer to the way our parents and grandparents ate just last century when it was more common to buy ingredients and make meals from scratch. Even something like ground beef was prepared at home. If you buy a good steak and run it through a meat grinder, you're sure of what ends up on the plate.

The benefits of clean eating also make sense. Better nutrition is achieved by consuming foods that have not had their nutrients stripped from them and are not heavy in sugar, salt and fat. Those three items, in their various forms, are very popular on processed food labels. Eating the right nutrient rich foods helps to combat disease and weight gain, keeps many toxins out of the body and makes you feel healthy and energetic. Furthermore, clean eating facilitates digestion and keeps biological processes running efficiently.

Following a Few Rules Makes Clean Eating Easy

Clean eating is not difficult to accomplish. It allows for many of the foods you know and love. You simply eat healthier and more nutritious versions of those foods. One requirement is a willingness to prepare and cook meals. Clean eating does away with the convenience of prepackaged and instant foods. The following are the simple guidelines to follow for clean eating.

  • Avoid Processed Foods - that's just about anything that has a label and most restaurant foods
  • Avoid Refined Sugar - included in many processed foods, substitute natural sweeteners
  • Eat Whole Foods - foods that come directly from farms or your own back yard are good examples, organic is best
  • Eat Grass Fed Meat - and fish caught in the wild
  • Prepare and Cook Your Own Meals - it is the best way to control what you eat

Ultimately, clean eating is about eating food in it's most natural state. Cook basic ingredients like people have for millennia. It's a great way to be healthy and will help you loose weight. At AHS we encourage healthy living and healthy eating as a way to stay strong and fight disease. Our doctors and registered dietitian can help you get on a path to wellness including guidance for adapting a clean eating lifestyle.

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.

Lose Weight With a Registered Dietitian

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Lose Weight With a Registered Dietitian

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Eat What You Love and Lose Weight With a Registered Dietitian

Goetz with CaptionRegistered Dietitian is more than a title. It signifies that this professional is an expert on food and nutrition, knows all about food interactions, the chemistry involved and how a body processes different types of food. Anyone can claim they are a dietitian or nutritionist. The difference is that a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) has the education and experience needed to provide effective and medically safe nutritional counseling.

RD's and RDN's must at least hold a bachelor's degree (about half hold graduate degrees), complete a specialized curriculum on diet and nutrition, pass demanding examinations and fulfill a supervised program at a health care facility. Many take their education even further by getting certified in a specialized field like sports or pediatric nutrition

A Meal Plan You Can Live With

A Registered Dietitian can help put together a meal plan that is perfectly suited to you and your needs, whether you want to lose weight quickly and safely or have decided to eat healthier for life. By studying your medical history and eating habits your RD will know if you have any dietary habits that are stopping you from reaching your goals. He or she will determine the best nutritional path to accomplish your goals while setting appropriate, and realistic, caloric and nutrient intake levels. The primary benefit is a meal plan designed specifically for you, to help you succeed. By including foods that you already love, and introducing you to new foods you may be unfamiliar with, an RD will help insure your success.

When attempting to lose weight turn to a Registered Dietitian for a meal plan and diet advice tailored to you. Even if you are starting an established weight loss program, consult with an RD for counseling on what you will eat and what meal substitutions you can safely make. The HSG diet offered at Advance Health Services is an excellent example. This diet uses human hormone injections that allow one to go on an extremely low calorie diet without risking the usual associated dangers like muscle loss.  A Registered Dietitian will prepare a meal plan that ensures you are getting balanced meals with the right amount of nutrients every day. Furthermore, Registered Dietitians stay abreast of the latest diets and dietary supplements and are able to provide guidance on what really works and what is just another weight loss fad.

Educator, Motivator and Guide

Aside from counseling on food choice, a Registered Dietitian can act as an educator and motivator. While working closely with an RD you will learn about nutrition, specifically in relation to your own body, and you can expect to discover some delicious foods you may have passed on in the past. Your RD will motivate and guide you to success by teaching you how to shop for groceries, eat mindfully and keep a food journal so you can review what you have been eating and its effects on you. A Registered Dietitian can help you overcome challenges and make sure you get back on course if you slip.

Beyond all of that you can turn to your Registered Dietitian for guidance on handling food allergies or sensitivities and to determine if your diet might interfere with any medication you may be taking. Remember that a Registered Dietitian is a food expert. Consulting with an RD before starting a weight loss program can help insure success. At Advance Health Services we have Registered Dietitians waiting to help you reach your weight loss and healthy eating goals  Contact us for a free evaluation.

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 Devices

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Weight Loss Devices

Chris Goetz - Monday, March 17, 2014

New Weight Loss Devices Deliver Fast Results Without Surgery

Goetz with CaptionRight now there are a variety of new weight loss devices on the market that promise rapid weight loss with no surgery. And there are more coming. New ideas are being tested and patents are being applied for. At the same time, people in other parts of the world, where restrictions are more lax, are using new technologies that will not be available in the US for years, if at all. Demand for these technologies is high because most people do not want to risk surgery and diet and exercise is a challenge to many.

Unfortunately, the traditional medical community is sometimes slow to adopt new ideas or technologies, especially if they seem too good to be true.  Not to mention, the medical community has the bottom line to think about. Surgery and pharmaceuticals are highly profitable, after all. At Advance Health Services we make it a priority to research and invest in the latest and most promising weight loss technologies.

Gastric bypass and gastric banding are the most popular weight loss operations performed. Both result in dramatic weight loss, as much as 80 percent of excess weight for some people. But they carry all of the discomfort and risk of any major surgery. Meanwhile, the fatality rate of gastric banding surgery is one in 1,000 while for gastric bypass it is three times that. Although more than 20 million people in the US are candidates for surgical weight loss procedures, only about 200,000 of these operations are performed each year. That is only one percent of candidates opting to have surgery. The fact is most are going to avoid it if at all possible.

Many effective weight loss technologies stem from simple, common sense concepts. But companies developing technologies that work internally must account for the high acid content of the stomach. Such devices must be precisely engineered and made out of high grade materials if they are going to be effective.

Among the popular new devices, or those expected to come to market soon are the Abiliti made by a company named IntraPace. The Abiliti can be described as a sort of gastric pacemaker. The device delivers waves of electricity to the stomach wall causing contractions that create a feeling of being full. Allergan, and some other companies, offer a balloon like device that restricts the space in the stomach. The ballon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth and is inflated once in place. The ballon causes the patient to feel fuller quicker and encourages smaller, less frequent meals. Allergan is currently selling their ballon in parts of Europe and is waiting for FDA approval in the US. A Boston company called Gelesis has come up with a substance that is ingested in a capsule and which swells in the stomach into a heavy slushy material, also creating a feeling of fullness. Later the material shrinks again and is excreted by the body.

The leader among completely non-invasive weight loss devices is the Lipo Light. It works with low doses of laser light targeted directly at problem spots in the body. The low level laser disrupts the fat cell membranes, making them more permeable. At that point, triglycerides can pass through the permeable fat cell walls, reducing the size of those fat cells. The procedure is simple, painless and can result in inches being shed from the waist and other areas. Advance Health Services is happy to offer the Lipo Light to our patients. Call today to setup your consultation.

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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.