Dr. Oz and the Weight Loss Supplement Scam

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Health expert and daytime talk show host, Dr. Oz, recently revealed the newest revolution in the weight loss industry, Garcinia Cambogia. Garcinia Cambogia is a nutrient rich fruit that grows in the Indonesian tropic. Scientists have discovered how to extract specific components to create a powerful fat burning herbal supplement. When extracted down to its purest form it can burn up to two to three times more fat than just diet and exercise alone! Garcinia not only burns fat but it also helps your body block new fat from forming.

In addition to all of its impressive fat burning benefits, it also suppresses your appetite by increasing serotonin levels in your brain. This is especially effective for those of us who let our emotions control our appetite. Increased serotonin levels improve our mood and sleeping patterns, both of which are extremely influential on our eating habits.

The Dr. Oz show is great for bringing publicity to new and exciting weight loss supplements. Unfortunately, online scammers see it as an opportunity to make a quick buck. Garcinia is no exception; according to foodsecurity.org the Internet is polluted with fake ineffective brands, and Garcinia Cambogia is just another example of a false advertised product that consumers buy into.

Here at Tucson Medical Weight Loss we carry our own Garcinia supplement called EndoTrim. Unlike many scams you will find online, EndoTrim contains pure Garcinia, providing the most effective weight loss results.

EndoTrim is a comprehensive endocrine and metabolic balancing formula designed to promote optimal body composition by favorably modulating the hormones insulin, leptin, and cortisol, balancing blood sugar, optimizing the lipoprotein lipase enzyme, and limiting cravings.

EndoTrim may be used for: appetite control, blood sugar support, fat loss, improving metabolism, improving muscle mass and stress control.

Come in and pick up Endotrim today at any Tucson Medical Weight Loss location!

*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Benefits of Eating Kale

What is nutritious and delicious and green all over?

Fresh Kale

Kale!  Whether it’s steamed, raw, sautéed, or juiced this leafy vegetable is the perfect way to support a healthy diet.

It is no wonder kale is the most famous vegetable in the produce section.

Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Hedi Klum swear by it. Paltrow raved to Us Weekly about its benefits, “Kale is full of calcium and antioxidants, and just about everything else – it is one of the best things you can put into your system.”

Paltrow is absolutely right! Kale is full of vitamins and minerals that provide numerous health benefits.

The Top 5 Reasons to Incorporate Kale Into Your Diet:

1. Lowers cholesterol.

To get the best cholesterol lowering benefits opt for steaming as your main cooking method.

2. Lowers the risk of 5 different types of cancer: breast, colon, bladder, ovary, and prostate.

Kale is full of the powerful antioxidants that help prevent cancer such as carotenoids and flavonoids.

3. Supports the body’s detoxification system.

One serving of kale contains 10.4 percent of your bodies daily fiber needs which helps aid our bodies natural detox process.

4. Contains high amounts of your daily vitamin needs.

Just one serving of kale can completely fulfill your body’s daily requirement for vitamins K, A, and C.

5. Has antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

All of the vitamins and minerals packed into one cup of kale amounts to just 33 calories and has zero grams of fat.

Try a delicious HCG Green Machine Smoothie!

Blend together:

  • 2 c. chopped kale
  • 1 c. spinach
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • ½ apple
  • water as desired

Enjoy!

*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue… Temptation is Near, What Will You Do!?

Whether you are spending the day with your closest friends, or going out with the love of your life, emotions are sure to take center stage this Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, for many of us, that means lowered inhibitions.  You may have already noticed, temptations are lurking around every corner, literally! From red velvet boxes of assorted chocolates to decadent red velvet cheese cakes, the grocery store aisles are decked out with temptations for everyone.

Increased emotions, lowered inhibitions, and a bevy of sweets?! Sounds like cupid has more on his agenda than just match making. This year you can put cupids sneaky ways to rest with Crave Arrest!

What is Crave Arrest?

Crave Arrest stops the real reason we are all itching to reach for that decadent dark chocolate. A little less romantic than cupid and his bow, but just as influential, are neurotransmitters called serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical responsible for our emotions and appetite. Crave Arrest helps support neurotransmitter (serotonin) production naturally which aids in controlling food cravings, mood swings, and addictions.

You can pick up your Crave Arrest at any Tucson Medical Weight Loss location! 

*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Sugar: The Sweetest Drug by Dr. Emershad

Research done at Connecticut College showed that Oreo cookies activated more pleasure receptors in the brains of rats than did morphine and cocaine. Does that make sugar a drug? In many respects it is. Over consuming sugar leads to toxicity, specifically diabetes. International data collection shows that the more sugar a country consumes, the greater the incidence of diabetes. If the sugar is in the form of soda, the incidence increases eleven-fold. Sugar can be addicting in the classic sense of craving-bingeing-withdrawal as anyone who has raided a trick-or-treat bag can tell you. Chronic consumption of sugar is a habit that is very hard to break and meets many of the psychological criteria for addiction. Some of these criteria are things like craving or a strong desire to use and use despite negative consequences. This addictive potential causes the average American adult to consume between 150-180 pounds of sugar a year and is responsible for the obesity epidemic. 80% of the 600,000 items sold in supermarkets contain added sugar. Checking the food label for added sugar is complicated by the fact that it can be listed by 56 different names including maltodextran, rice syrup, panocha, fruit juice, and dextran among many others.

What can be done? Following simple guidelines can substantially reduce sugar intake:
1. Do not consume sugar-laden beverages such as soda, sports drinks, juices, and sweet teas.
2. Limit your consumption of processed foods. Cooking and eating cleaner reduces sugar intake and helps with weight loss.
3. Lower sugar in home cooking by using vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, cardamom, and ginger instead of sugar. In many recipes sugar can be lowered by 1/2-1/3 without significantly affecting taste.
4. Our taste buds are super-sensitized to sweet and want it all the time. To reset your taste buds, eat more pungent and bitter foods such as dark green veggies, strong cheeses, seasonings such as rosemary, basil, turmeric, cumin, cranberries, blackberries, and green apples.
5. A good goal to aim for is 25 grams of sugar or less per day.

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*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery at Red Mountain Med Spa

If you are considering gastric bypass surgery for weight loss, you should be sure you understand the long term consequences and success rates for patients who have had gastric bypass surgery.  The surgery involves bypassing the majority of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Because of this, gastric bypass patients require lifetime supplementation with vitamin B-12, calcium, and iron. Failure to take these supplements every day results in life-threatening consequences or a minimum of osteoporosis.
Weight gain does occur after gastric bypass surgery and some patients regain all the weight they lost. All patients lose some weight in the first year. Starting with year two, weight gain can begin. By year five a significant number of patients have regained weight and at year ten, even more are struggling.
When reporting the success rates for gastric bypass surgery, many studies classify success as maintaining a BMI of 35 or less. A BMI of 35 translates to a 5 ’4″ woman weighing 205 lbs. This is still classified as obesity and is not the result most patients are seeking.
Research done following bypass surgery reveals that the decrease in hormones that cause hunger lasts for a year on average. These hormones then return to pre-surgery levels and this is one of the factors leading to weight gain. Surgeons are also not trained to deal with the psycho-social factors important in obesity, so surgical patients may not get the long term support that they need.
The Bariatric Physicians and the staff at Red Mountain Med Spa have received special training in the medical and psycho-social treatment of obesity. They are available to assist patients on a regular basis. It is important to focus on every aspect of the weight loss process including food choices, exercise, and emotional eating. It is also critical for the patient to feel comfortable coming to the office when they are doing well and when they are struggling. Surgeons can often be judgmental about a patient’s weight gain. At Red Mountain, we are able to help surgical patients who have regained weight get back on track, and our successful programs have enabled patients to avoid having gastric bypass surgery to begin with.
Dr. Kathryn Emershad

*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Bon Appetite

Bon Appetite

Dr. Suzanne Bentz

Dr. Suzanne Bentz

While vacationing in Paris this summer, I was completely intrigued by what has been called the “French Paradox.” Simply stated, this is the absurd reality that French people seem to enjoy many rich, high calorie foods, but yet they do not have the high rates of Obesity that we have in the United States.

Paris is lined with stylish cafés filled with people enjoying typical French cuisine, which of all things includes French Bread and Pomme Frittes, or as we call them, French Fries! Almost every one of their entrées is covered in rich sauces, and who can pass on the tray of elegant and delectable French pastries. To top it all off, there is the French tradition of ending the meal with an assortment of rich, mellow cheeses. Did I mention the wonderful French wine served with lunch and dinner?

I wanted to cry out how unfair this was, as French people must have a secret “anti-fat weapon,” but then my more reasonable self began to make some observations. First of all, with the exception of one McDonalds, I did not see any other fast food restaurant. There were no Circle Ks or Quick Trips selling gallon sized sodas, big grab bags of chips, and giant sized candy bars. And when the French drink coffee, they sit in a café and enjoy a small cup of espresso or Café Au Lait. I did not see anyone with a Venti-sized Starbucks with caramel and whipped cream!

French people enjoy the “art” of dining. They savor their meals, instead of rushing through them. Portions are much smaller than the super-sized portions that many Americans have come to expect. French people also do not seem to be obsessed with fitness routines or working out; however, they walk more often to their workplace and to other destinations.

I am truly proud to be an American, but I want to encourage my fellow citizens to take a few food “cues” from the French. Simply stated, we should try to slow down, enjoy our meals, and bring portion sizes in reason. We should limit fast food and convenience foods to a minimum, leave the car parked, and put on those Skechers Shape-Ups and go for a walk. With just a few changes we can reverse America’s current trend towards obesity and lead healthier, more enjoyable lives.

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*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Arizona Middays Segment in December

Customized Weight Loss Programs – Dr. Bentz on Arizona Middays

If you’re tired of yo-yo dieting and you want to lose weight and keep it off, we have solutions for you! Our customized weight loss programs are provided under the care of Bariatric Specialists, people who study in obesity related diseases. Owner of Red Mountain Med Spa and Board Certified Bariatric Specialist, Dr. Suzanne Bentz will tell you more, click on the link below:

http://www.azcentral.com/video/2955427223001

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*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any weight loss program. Contact Red Mountain Weight Loss to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Arizona Middays Segment in November

How to Eliminate Fat without Surgery – Dr. Bentz on Arizona Middays

13.11.2013 If you haven’t heard the buzz about how you can shed fat without diet and exercise, you need to watch the video clip below! Dr. Bentz was featured on 12 News – Arizona Middays last week and she talked about CoolSculpting, the latest non-invasive technology that freezes stubborn fat, which then is naturally eliminated from your body. It’s FDA cleared, completely safe, with no downtime. We offer this service here! Click on the link below to watch: