Natural Weight Loss Solutions in Atlanta, Ga.
truggling with weight loss? Tired of trying the latest fad diets with no success? If extra weight is robbing you of energy and causing poor quality of life, then the Progressive Medical Center approach to weight loss can help you, where other methods have failed. We don’t promote fad diets, harmful supplements, or unrealistic calorie-restriction diets because research shows that 65% of dieters gain all the weight back plus some and only 5% of crash dieters keep the weight off.
Lose Weight and Keep it Off: A Natural, Holistic, Effective Approach to Weight Loss
We are interested in balancing all the systems in the body to optimize your metabolism. As we restore health to the body, extra weight seems to naturally fall away. With skyrocketing rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure, your efforts to maintain a healthy weight are an investment with a lifetime of payoff.
Weight gain can be caused by many things:
Poor food choices
Lack of exercise
Unhealthy gastrointestinal tract
The reasons why a person struggles to lose weight can be different, from one person to the next. We use a comprehensive approach to address the underlying causes of weight gain, cravings, and weight loss resistance. We will design a specialized program for you that will replenish your body’s nutrition, balance your hormones, and optimize your metabolism so you can burn fuel more efficiently. We will coach you on what is a truly healthy diet and help you kick-start your exercise routine.
Diagnostic Testing for Weight Loss
Not all people experience weight gain for the same reasons. That’s why we run sophisticated diagnostic testing to help us understand your unique biochemistry. Comprehensive laboratory evaluations at the cellular and metabolic level allow us to see inside the body- more so than other common laboratory tests. Your test results will help us discover the major blockages to weight loss or the reasons for cravings in your particular case.
Then we can tailor a treatment plan specifically to what your body needs for weight loss and overall health. The test results, in conjunction with details of your case history, help your practitioner design an effective, customized treatment that will get you feeling and looking great!
Some of the areas we think are important in optimizing a person’s metabolism are:
Toxicity & Detoxification
Balance Hormones to Encourage Weight Loss
Excessive stress can tell the body to store fat- especially around the abdomen. In addition to belly fat, stress hormones can cause fatigue, cravings, insomnia, poor coping skills, and irritability. Hormonal imbalance, especially hypothyroidism, can lead to weight gain, slow metabolism, depression, and fatigue. We will measure and balance your stress hormones and thyroid hormones as a foundational step in your wellness program. Brain chemistry can also be imbalanced in people with cravings and balancing your neurotransmitters can remove cravings and lead to a greater sense of well-being.
“Take Out the Trash” for Increased Weight Loss
Toxins are everywhere; in our food, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Over time toxins accumulate in our bodies resulting in sluggish metabolism and a weakened immune system. Research is showing us more and more that toxins in our environment are stored in fat, perhaps as the body’s way to sequester and protect us from those toxins. We are commonly exposed to pesticides, plastics, lead, mercury, medications, and even chemicals that were banned years ago but still can be found in the food chain, like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).
Practitioners at Progressive Medical Center are experts on supporting the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. In addition to nutritional support, Progressive offers several detoxification methods that work to cleanse the body from the inside out. We also encourage all of our patients to utilize our on-site, complimentary Far Infrared Sauna to clear unwanted toxins from the body and for ongoing health benefits. A 30 minute session in the infrared sauna burns 600 calories.
Optimize GI Health for Increased Weight Loss
We also investigate the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to help improve your ability to efficiently burn fuel and reduce weight gain related to inflammation. So much of a person’s overall health and metabolism is tied to a properly functioning gut. The GI tract is where we break down food into much smaller molecules, that are then absorbed and used by the body to make energy, repair tissue, and clear toxins.
If there is irritation or inflammation in the gut due to poor diet, this can tell the whole body to go on “red alert,” making it difficult to lose weight. Food allergies commonly cause weight loss resistance and inflammation in the gut. Simple testing can tell you if certain foods are hurting or helping you in your weight loss goals. Finally, the balance of good bugs and bad bugs in the intestines is critical for our immune system, nourishment, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Nutrition Counseling and Healthy Food Choices
The foods you eat greatly affect your metabolism, energy levels, digestive function and overall feeling of wellness. Everyone has different fuel requirements based on body composition, age, height, weight, activity level, and overall health. Therefore, each nutritional consultation you have will be individualized to fit your specific needs. Food is your body’s fuel, and you cannot maintain a healthy, active lifestyle for very long without eating the right combination of foods that your body requires.
But what is the optimum healthy diet? You might be surprised to find out what exactly is a healthy diet! Progressive Medical Center practitioners have science-based and health-based recommendations about healthy food choices that may not match up with advice you’ve heard in magazines or on TV. When you balance your body’s needs for fuel and nutrition, your cravings diminish and your body lets go of extra fat storage.
Progressive Medical Center has two experienced registered dieticians who will work to find the correct combination of foods that will make you look and feel your best; Dawn Reppuci and Nicki Strovinskas. With a decade of experience in exercise science and nutritional science, Dawn is here to motivate, educate, and provide you with the ammunition you need to make wise dietary decisions that will ensure a life of wellness and vitality. Nikki has two and a half years of experience in public health with an emphasis in nutrition for women, infants and children. Nicki recently became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Complimentary visits with our registered dieticians are offered to all Progressive Medical patients.
Nutritional Supplements to Help Shed Excess Pounds
In addition to a healthy diet, your doctor may design a customized supplementation regimen to jumpstart your weight loss experience. Progressive Medical Center uses nutritional supplements to promote weight loss by restoring health of the GI tract, balancing hormones, and helping the body clear out harmful toxins. These are safe, natural, high-quality products that do not present the negative side effects of conventional weight loss medications. Progressive Medical Center offers only the finest research-based nutraceuticals and supplements available.
These are available at our on-site nutraceutical supplement store, NutraCare. Learn more about our newest formula, Progressive Lean X and other supportive supplements.
Smart Work-Outs to Boost Your Metabolism
Did you know that by gaining ten pounds of lean muscle mass, you could burn an extra 3,500 calories a week? That’s an extra pound of fat lost while you go about your regular daily activities. Aside from boosting the metabolism so that we burn fat even when sedentary, exercise increases the production of endorphins (“happy” chemicals in our brain), increases stamina throughout the day, improves circulation, and even slows the aging process!
Here to tailor an exercise program around your weight loss needs and to motivate you along the way is FitPro Consulting CEO and Founder and resident Personal Trainer, Taras Howell! With over fifteen years of experience training people at every level of fitness, Taras understands the physical, mental, and emotional hurdles that generally keep people from reaching their full fitness potential.
Taras teaches his clients how to eat and exercise in a way that will boost their metabolism and ensure they’re burning calories long after they finish working out, with increased energy to keep the weight off for good. We also have a private gym on site where you and Taras can work together to achieve your ideal weight.
Contact Us to Set up Your Appointment Now!
If you’ve struggled with weight loss for years, let us help you get on the road to success! Our comprehensive approach includes healthy food choices, a tailored exercise program, detoxification, hormonal balance, nutritional supplements, and GI health. As we restore health to the body, extra weight naturally falls away. Your customized treatment will save you money in medical bills and diets in the long-term and you will have more energy, a better quality of life, and reduce your risk for developing diabetes or high blood pressure in the future.