4 Tips for Getting in Shape and Losing Weight

Personal image has always been important. Feeling confident and healthy in your own skin improves all aspects of your life, enabling you to take advantage of all the world has to offer.

Of course, being thin is a result of staying healthy. Believe it or not, looking good and feeling good are very closely linked. Staying in shape ensures a healthy, properly functioning body system, which, in turn, gives you more energy and raises your own self-confidence. Here are a few tips for getting in shape and losing weight.

1. Zerona Body Contouring

Zerona’s low level laser body contouring is an optimal accompaniment to a healthy lifestyle.

For those who are of a normal body weight, but still find that stubborn fatty areas just won’t decrease with diet and exercise, laser fat removal is a safe, non-invasive way to literally flush extra fat out of your system.

The Zerona body contouring procedure is simple, painless, and effective. This advanced technology makes use of a low-frequency Zerona laser which works at a physiological, cellular level. Without affecting any of the surrounding cells or tissues, fat cells are disrupted, and a tiny pore opens on them. The fat then drains out of the cell (which remains intact) and into interstitial space. It is then naturally flushed by way of your body’s detoxification system.

This laser fat removal procedure is FDA-approved, and produces natural results with no risk of complication or downtime.

Erchonia is a leader in medical and cosmetic laser products world-wide. As such, we want our technology to bring about only the best results for patients. Losing weight with Zerona laser therapy is safe and effective, and results will last longer and even get better when accompanied by a healthy lifestyle. Follow the remaining tips to get the most out of Zerona body sculpting.

2. Add Whole Foods, Subtract Processed Foods

Food is a wonderful thing, but many people assume that losing weight means eating less. While that might work in some cases, starvation is never a healthy means of losing weight or staying healthy. The key is to remove unhealthy components of your diet and replace them with plenty of nutrient-rich, healthful foods.

Often, food we buy contains artificial preservatives and chemicals, which aren’t exactly great for your body. Foods high in sodium and fat are not healthy either. Get into the habit of eating food that is natural, organic, and whole (i.e. not processed). These foods don’t have those extra chemicals and preservatives, making them better for your system.

Processed foods also lend to expanding waistlines, risk of heart disease, and diabetes with a lot of extra sugar, sodium, and saturated fat—causing inflammation in the body.

Add lots of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, unprocessed grains, and healthy fats found in things like almonds, olive oil, and avocados.

3. Work Outs: Your Body is Your Equipment

Before you hit the weight section of the gym, consider this: you were born with free exercise equipment. Many people assume they need to lift weights and run on treadmills for hours in packed gyms in order to stay healthy, but that’s not true.

Try doing twenty push-ups with perfect form (head, neck, and spine aligned with your rear and knees—like a plank). If you can’t quite do this yet, make it your goal.

You can also do squats and lunges to sculpt your legs, and sit-ups or crunches for your abs. The key is proper form. Be aware of each movement, and remember to breath.

Don’t forget cardio. You can achieve this a number of ways: jogging, biking, swimming, and playing sports. You should aim for about an hour of cardio, 3-5 times a week.

To keep your muscles limber, try a yoga or dance class.

4. Rest

Don’t think of rest as being lazy. Your body needs to repair itself after all that exercise. Adequate sleep—about eight hours every night—will help your system recover from workouts, helping your body maintain muscle mass. Sleep also helps to keep your metabolism up, helping you burn the calories from all that good food you have been eating.

Follow these 4 simple steps to attain and maintain a beautiful, healthy body.

Vitamin D and how it's not just a vitamin!!

posted Nov 7, 2011, 1:34 PM by Ramon Palha   [ updated Feb 23, 2013, 6:25 AM ]

High dose vitamin D supplementation suggested for obese adolescents

November 2, 2011. In a presentation at the annual meeting of Experimental Biology, University of Missouri associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology Catherine Peterson reported a benefit for a high dosage of vitamin D3 in adolescents suffering from obesity. Obese adolescents have been observed to be half as efficient as those who are nonobese in utilizing the vitamin, resulting in a higher incidence of deficiency.

For the current study, University of Missouri Adolescent Diabetes and Obesity clinic patients with vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency were randomized to receive 4,000 international units (IU) per day vitamin D3 or a placebo for six months, in addition to standard diabetes treatment. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were re-evaluated at the end of the treatment period.

The researchers observed significantly higher vitamin D levels in subjects who received vitamin D compared to those who received the placebo. "Obese adolescents face an increased risk for deficiency because they tend to absorb vitamin D in their fat stores, which prevents it from being utilized in their blood," explained Dr Peterson, who is the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University's College of Human Environmental Sciences. "We found that a daily dose of 4,000 IUs of vitamin D3, the maximum intake level set by the Institute of Medicine, is both safe and effective at improving vitamin D status in obese adolescents."

"If obese adolescents only consumed the recommended 600 IUs, they would be in trouble," she noted. "It takes 4,000 IUs to raise their vitamin D status within a sufficient range. This is much higher than the currently recommended daily amount for this age group. This indicates that physicians need to carefully evaluate the vitamin D status in their overweight and obese patients."

New Beauty Wonders - Self Magazine August 2011

posted Aug 9, 2011, 11:04 PM by Yuriy Kudinov   [ updated Aug 24, 2011, 5:58 PM by Ramon Palha ]

A ferocious fat-cell fighter 
Finding it tougher to lose those love handles with each passing year? Ask your doctor about Zerona, a cold laser that targets and shrinks fat cells. It's like lipo-laser but without the suctioning or knife. Instead, the laser creates a temporary hole in fat cells, causing what's inside to leak out. Fat cells get smaller, and your body does, too. You'll need six 40-minute sessions, each spaced a day apart. Total cost: about $2,500--expensive, yes, but there's no bruising, pain or recovery time, so you can get shrunk on your lunch hour. One self editor tried it and lost 9 inches overall! 

Zerona: Commitment to Research

posted Aug 9, 2011, 11:02 PM by Yuriy Kudinov

Since 1996 Erchonia, the manufacturer of the Zerona has been committed to fully elucidating the medical utility of low-level laser therapy through rigorous clinical study.

The Zerona proudly has been examined extensively from in vitro and ex-vivo analyses to in vivo clinical investigations. 

Presently, Erchonia remains steadfast to unlocking the potential benefits of the Zerona by exploring subtle changes within adipocyte function that could modulate DNA expression, protein and hormone synthesis, ultimately affecting the endocrine and immune systems. 

As you will quickly learn, the Zerona was built on a solid foundation of histological and clinical evidence and should reassure you and your clinic that the Zerona will provide patients with a reliable, safe, and effective non-invasive slimming of the waist, hips, and thighs.  

Cold Laser & Low Level Treatment Technology

posted Aug 9, 2011, 10:58 PM by Yuriy Kudinov   [ updated Aug 9, 2011, 11:01 PM ]

The following is another example of scientific proof of the Erchonia lasers effect on adipocytes. All of the SEM, TEM, MRI and all other research of this website was done using an Erchonia laser.

The research represented below was done in the US using an Erchonia laser and shows time released photography of one fat cell and its contents being emptied. Please note the cell is still alive. Erchonia only uses its own research to prove its patent pending applications.

Zerona is the first non-invasive body contouring procedure to effectively remove excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgical methods. Zerona utilizes the same cold laser technology developed by Erchonia, which has been shown to emulsify fat and allow it to move to interstitial space. Although this technology was originally utilized to help assist tumescent liposuction procedures, it was found that the cold laser treatment alone helped patients to reduce inches from their waist, hip and thighs.

Prior to laser exposure, fat cells have a regular, cluster shape, as seen in Figure 4. Within minutes of low level laser exposure, fat cells begin to develop transitory pores as indicated by arrows in Figures 6-9. This pore allows the evacuation of the cell’s contents into extracellular space (see Figure 7). Once the contents of the fat cell have been emptied (Fig. 10), they are released into interstitial space where it can be passed through the body during its normal course of detoxification.

The cold laser technology behind the Zerona procedure was shown to exclusively release the cellular contents of fat cells while leaving the capillaries and other cells within the interstitial space intact. The release of the fat cell contents is the result of the disruption of the cell’s membrane. This membrane disruption, called a transitory pore, is the result of low-level laser stimulation.

Through a double blind, randomized, multi-site and placebo-controlled study, the Zerona procedure is proven to be an effective non-invasive cold laser weight loss and body contouring procedure. On average, patients lost on average 3.64 inches from the circumference of their waist, hip and thighs, whereas the placebo group only lost an average of a half of an inch.

The Zerona cold lasers provide patients with a safer alternative to surgical procedures, which can result in bruising, swelling, and damage to other tissues. There is no need to wear compression garments or bandages with Zerona and since there is no pain, there is no need for anesthesia. Unlike other non-invasive approaches, Zerona low-level lasers do not rely on heating tissue, which can cause discomfort. There is no downtime, so patients can resume their normal activities immediately.

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