At VIVA iMED CENTER, where you are a Very Important Patient, you have the option of meeting with our board certified physician.
At VIVA iMED CENTER, our physician can customize a Weight Loss Program for those with special medical problems. Your entire 4-12 week Weight Loss Program is medically supervised. OUR GOAL IS TO ACHIEVE DESIRED WEIGHT LOSS AND MAINTAIN THIS HEALTHY WEIGHT.
Through our comprehensive 4-12 week Weight Loss Program, VIVA iMED Weight Loss, our physician can identify health issues that make it very difficult for people to lose weight such as hypothyroidism, menopause, diabetes, endocrine disruption, stress and trauma. Resetting hormonal metabolic programming enables the patient to mobilize and burn fat.
- nutritious diet plan- both short term and long term
- metabolic fat burning program- oral or by injection
- structured exercise program
- stress reduction- can include hypnosis, cognitive reprogramming, or craniosacral osteo manual therapy
- addressing underlying medical issues through testing and treatment such as bio-identical hormone therapy for menopause, adrenal-thyroid nutraceutical for debilitating fatigue, or lipotropic and glucoregulating nutraceutical for diabetes
- addressing any underlying emotional or mental issues causing overeating patterns due to stress and trauma with stress reduction and modification plan.
- By resetting hormonal metabolic cellular programming that enables one to mobilize and burn fat, with tailored plan for exercise specific to your needs, stress reduction plan and long term healthy eating diet.
- Our goal is for patient to lose excess weight and maintain a consistent long term optimal weight through lifestyle wellness program that can enhance and optimize your quality of life.
What Is Obesity?
An obese person has accumulated too much body fat which negatively impacts their health by enhancing risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, back and joint pain, GERD and digestive issues, asthma, gout, renal failure, gynecological disorders, mood disorders, sleep apnea, and lowering quality of life.
If a person’s bodyweight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight. If your BMI is 30 or over you are considered obese. “Morbid obesity” means that a person is either 50%-100% over normal weight, more than 100 pounds over normal weight, has a BMI of 40 or higher, or is sufficiently overweight to severely interfere with health or normal function.
Obesity is an explosive epidemic in the USA. In 2008, over 1.5 billion of adults were overweight with one third as obese. The USA has the highest rate of obesity at 33% of adults followed by Mexico and Canada. Obesity more than doubled in two decades in 2000 at 31% of adults compared to 1980 at 14%. Obesity in children is exploding at an alarming rate.
Why Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) over Body Mass Index (BMI)?
The BMI is a statistical measurement derived from your height and weight. Although it is considered to be a useful way to estimate healthy body weight, it does not measure the percentage of body fat. The BMI measurement can be misleading – a muscleman may have a high BMI but have much less fat than an unfit person whose BMI is lower. A Bioimpedance Analysis is superior as it measures body composition including percentage of body fat, lean mass and water distribution.
Consuming too many calories with products that have little nutritional value.
People are overeating, yet they are starving or malnourished. People are eating too many empty calories and not getting enough critical nutrients. They are eating the wrong kinds of foods: processed foods and additives from high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetener and dyes to salty chips and pretzels, sugary cakes, and processed white flour pizza rather than organic vegetables, fruits and appropriate protein and from drinking sugary drinks and diet sodas rather than drinking water.
In the USA, the consumption of calories increased from 1,542 per day for women in 1971 to 1,877 per day in 2004. The figures for men were 2,450 in 1971 and 2,618 in 2004. Most people would expect this increase in calories to consist of fat – not so! Most of the increased food consumption has consisted of refined carbohydrates. Increased consumption of sweetened drinks has contributed significantly to the raised carbohydrate intake of most young American adults over the last three decades. The consumption of fast-foods has tripled over the same period.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle.
With televisions, computers, video games, remote controls, and other modern convenience devices, the majority of people are leading a more sedentary lifestyle. The less you move around the fewer calories you burn. Physical activity has an effect on how your hormones work, and hormones have an effect on how your body deals with food. Several studies have shown that physical activity has a beneficial effect on your insulin levels – keeping them stable. Unstable insulin levels are closely associated with weight gain.
Not enough sleep.
If you do not sleep enough your risk of becoming obese doubles. The risk applies to both adults and children. If you do not sleep enough you produce Ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite. Lack of sleep also results in your body producing less Leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite.
Endocrine disruptors- are a class of chemicals that negatively impact our bodies as they disrupt our metabolism. They interfere with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding action, or elimination of natural hormones in the body responsible for development, behavior, fertility, and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism).
Herbicides, pesticides, plastics such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) and bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, household and industrial chemicals are similar to the structure of our hormones thereby interfering and disrupting endocrine function.
If our protein source such as cattle or chicken are fed antibiotics and hormones, these can be stored in our fat cells disrupting metabolism with underlying causes of obesity and cancer. Junk food which is artificial with little nutritional value such as processed carbohydrates and additives, can significantly impact metabolism and cause obesity. An example is high fructose corn syrup that is shown in epidemiological and scientific studies to interfere with lipid metabolism. Fructose is mainly metabolized in the liver, the target organ of the metabolic alterations caused by the consumption of this sugar. Fructose-containing beverages presented a pathology similar to metabolic syndrome, which in the short term causes lipid accumulation (hypertriglyceridemia) and fatty liver, and eventually leads to hypertension, resistance to insulin, diabetes and obesity.
- Obesity predominantly in the abdomen
- Inflammation that can lead to cancer
- Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
- Thyroid- Hashimoto’s Autoimmune and hypothyroidism
- Cardiovascular Disease- Stroke, Hypertension, High cholesterol
- Hormone Imbalance and gynecological disorders
- Reproductive disorders in men and women
Certain Medications, Illness, Genetics, Stress and Trauma Stress leads to cortisol and hormone imbalance causing significant weight gain. Not addressing deep trauma can be an underlying cause of obesity.
Any obese person who loses just five to ten per cent of their body weight will have significant improvement in health. Successful and permanent weight loss is best achieved as a result of increased physical activity, changing how and when you eat, and modifying long term unhealthy habits such as sedentary life style, overeating when under stress, and ingesting junk food.