Liposuction Limit?

Q:  Does each state have their own limit or law to how much Plastic Surgeons can Liposuction?

A:  Most board certified plastic surgeons, including me, follow the American Society of Plastic Surgery guidelines concerning liposuction.  These guidelines STRONGLY encourage us to remove no more than 5000 cc of fat and fluid during one liposuction procedure. All surgery comes with risk.  In addition to bleeding and infection, liposuction can result in serious electrolyte imbalances – especially when too much is removed in one setting.  Liposuction is a great tool for body contouring, but it is not a weight loss tool.

How-To: Proper Squat Technique

How-To: Proper Squat Technique

The full squat is an essential, Primal movement, and yet many folks in modern, industrialized society are unable to perform one. Kids have good squat form (just watch them at play), but their parents are stiff at the hips with rounded backs and tight knee joints. Many more have been taught – by health experts and personal trainers – that the full squat is dangerous, that it will destroy your knees with wear and tear and render you incapable of normal activity. They say a half-squat is perfectly adequate, or, better yet, get rid of the squat altogether and use the leg extension machine! Disregard these “experts.” You need to squat. You don’t need to use a ton of weight (or any!), but you do need to be mobile and flexible enough to reach a full squat below parallel.
Full squat – dangerous? Tell that to the elderly folks in Southeast Asia comfortably resting on their haunches with ease. Tell that to modern hunter-gatherers who use the full squat as their default resting position. Tell that to professional power-lifters squatting under heavy weight for dozens of years. The problem is not with the movement; it’s with our lack of flexibility and mobility. In order to be truly fit, it’s important that we relearn how to perform a proper, full squat.
How to Do the Basic Squat
1. Stand with a comfortable stance. Most will prefer their feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart with toes turned out at a slight angle.
2. Lower yourself by reaching back with your butt while maintaining a strong lower back. Keep your knees aligned with your toes and your toes on the ground.
3. Chest up, upper back tight, eyes looking forward and slightly down, head in a neutral position. Maintain a nice cohesive line along your spine.

Squatting helps keep your buttock round. If you can just get in 50 reps a day, that will help out in keeping your buttock round. Squatting is one of many exercises that conditions and shapes the buttock. You can squat standing up, against the wall for back support, or from a chair. The more reps you do the better.

The Negatives of Sugar

Why Is Sugar Bad?
One of the most obvious reasons why sugary foods and drinks are bad and can undermine your health is that they tend to be high in calories but not all that filling. That makes it easy to over-consume them, and the excess calories can cause you to gain weight. Eating high levels of sugar leaves you still hungry wanting more.
Another way that sugar negatively impacts nutrition and health is that it displaces other healthier foods. People often eat sweets instead of other foods that are more nutritious and, as a result, their overall nutrition suffers. Put another way, if you were to replace sweets with nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, you’d greatly improve the nutritional quality of your diet.
How Sugar Harms Your Health
But it’s not just the empty calories that are the problem, or even the excess calories. Because even if you’re getting all the nutrients you need and are only consuming enough calories to maintain a healthy weight, eating a lot of sugar is still bad for you. Here are 5 of the top reasons why sugar is bad:
• Sugar suppresses the immune system. When you eat a big dose of sugar, like a bottle of Coke or a candy bar, you temporarily tamp down your immune system’s ability to respond to challenges. The effect lasts for several hours, so if you eat sweets several times a day, your immune system may be perpetually operating at a distinct disadvantage.
• Sugar promotes inflammation. Inflammation, which is part of the immune response, is not always a bad thing. But eating sugar foods can fuel excessive, inappropriate inflammation that serves no useful purpose and actually promotes aging and disease.
• Sugar suppresses the release of human growth hormone. You know those ads in the magazines that show a super-buff guy, who, thanks to a radical anti-aging program, looks about 50 even though he’s approaching 70? Or a 50 year old lady that looks 30 years old. Of course, they are watching their diet and spending a few hours a week exercising. If you want to slow down the aging process, you definitely want to do what you can to naturally enhance your body’s production of human growth hormone. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar is a good way to do that. Exercising, going longer between meals, and avoiding undue stress also help.
• Sugar promotes glycation. Sugar molecules treat your body like a singles bar. Once they get into your bloodstream, they start looking around for things to hook up with, like attractive protein and fat molecules. The hook-up is known as “glycation” and like most hook-ups, the results aren’t pretty. These glycated molecules act like drunken sailors, careening around your body, breaking things and peeing where they shouldn’t. They produce toxic compounds called advanced glycation end products, or, AGEs. AGEs essentially throw the aging process into fast-forward. And much of the damage done by AGEs is irreversible. If that doesn’t motivate you to walk away from the M&Ms, I don’t know what would!
• Sugar raises insulin levels. An influx of sugar into your body will have a fairly predictable result: Your blood sugar levels will zoom up. Shortly after, your pancreas will release a bunch of insulin to help clear sugar from your blood into your cells. As blood sugar levels go down, insulin levels return to normal. But when you eat a lot of sugar, you’re constantly calling for insulin, and that can backfire in a couple of ways. Over time, it takes more and more insulin to get the job done. Eventually, your pancreas may just stop responding to the call. Congratulations, you’re now an insulin-dependent diabetic. And along the way, exposing your cells and organs to chronically high insulin levels accelerates the aging process.

If you want to slow down the aging process, do what you can to naturally enhance your body’s production of human growth hormone. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar is a good way to do that.

How Much Sugar is Safe?
Now that I’ve scared the living jelly beans out of you, let me put all that in perspective. A small serving of sugar or the occasional sweet treat is not going to instantly translate into a new wrinkle or trigger multiple organ failure. The little horror show I’ve described above is what happens when your diet is chronically high in sugar. What counts as high? The World Health Organization suggests that you keep your sugar intake to no more than 10% of total calories. For most people, that’s about 50 grams of sugar, or the amount in one 20 ounce bottle of soda (or about 28 small Swedish fish). If you’re overweight or have any other risk factors for heart disease or diabetes, it might be wise to keep it to something closer to 5%.

How to Have Your Cake
There’s also one circumstance in which the negative effects of sugar are somewhat mitigated: right after a vigorous workout. Strenuous exercise creates a situation in which sugar is very efficiently metabolized—assuming that you’re not diabetic, of course. Instead of hanging around in your blood stream looking for trouble, sugar consumed after you exercise is taken up very quickly by your just-worked muscles. Plus, exercise sensitizes your cells to the effects of insulin, the exact opposite of the desensitizing effect that chronic sugar intake has. So in other words it would be a good idea to go for a 10 to 15 minute walk before eating a snickers bar.
In fact, consuming some simple sugars after a work-out, along with some protein, is a good way to enhance your recovery. In a perfect world, of course, you’d choose natural, nutrient-dense sources of sugar like fresh fruit. But, if you’re looking for a way to enjoy a little treat without feeling too guilty about it, use it as your reward after a good work-out.

The Effects of Leaning Wall Push-Ups

Leaning wall push-ups are easy to do. It requires little physical effort and you can do them just about anywhere. Even better, leaning wall push-ups add muscle tone to your upper and lower body. You use your own body weight to perform the static exercise, and you can increase and decrease the degree of difficulty. You can do leaning wall push-ups as a complete workout or do them to warm up for more rigorous exercise or running.
Leaning wall push-ups are much easier than regular push-ups. Instead of getting down on the floor in a horizontal position and balancing your body with your hands and feet, wall push-ups allow you to stand straight up. Face the wall and extend your arms. Place your palms against the wall and keep a shoulder width apart and flat on the floor. Beginners can stand close to the wall — 2 feet is a good starting distance. Bend your elbows and bring your face close to the wall before pushing back to the original standing position. You can do 10 repetitions to begin and increase as you gain strength.

Standing 2 feet against a wall and doing leaning push-ups is a good way for beginners. As you continue the exercise, move farther away from the wall. The added distance takes weight from your lower body and shifts it to the upper body. The weight transfer works your arms, shoulder and chest harder, building added strength and better muscle definition. Doing leaning wall push-ups from 3 or more feet away also strengthens your biceps, triceps, forearms, wrists and hands.
Keeping your legs straight during leaning wall push-ups works the muscles in the upper body. Bend your knees while keeping your feet flat on the ground to work your legs. Bending your knees helps stretch and tone the calves. Place one leg in front of the other while doing leaning wall push-ups for more intense stretching. Start by putting your left leg forward, and you can feel the stretch while approaching and pushing back off the wall. Do the same exercise with your right leg. Working the legs with leaning wall push-ups is an effective exercise before running or jogging.

Snack of the Month

Looking for a light full tasty snack? Try Power Crunch ! Power Crunch comes in 6 delicious flavors: Triple Chocolate, French Vanilla Crème, Peanut Butter Crème, Peanut Butter Fudge, Cookies & Crème, and Wildberry. This is a yummy guiltless snack.
The power Crunch Bars are made of 13 to 15 grams of hydrolyzed whey protein which improves the absorption of the protein within the body. With its wafer cookies and low sugar of only 1 to 5 grams you will think you’re eating real cookies.

FACT: A 2 piece Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pack has 25g carbs, 21g of sugar, and only 5g of protein while the Power Crunch Bar Peanut Butter Fudge has 10g carbs, only 5g of sugar, and 13g of protein.
So start making healthier snack decisions and grab a Power Crunch Bar the next time you’re hungry!

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Dr. Jimerson : Peanut Butter Crunch
Geeta: Cookies N Cream
Monica: Cookies N Cream
Kevin: Peanut Butter Fudge
Valerie: Peanut Butter Crunch

Weight Loss with Apple Cider Vinegar

Weight Loss with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has become recognized by many as a powerful health tonic these days. It dates back to the late centuries as a home remedy. It is comprised of vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids. There are two basic kinds of apples cider vinegars. There is commercially produced vinegar that is found in the cooking aisle of supermarkets, and there is natural, raw, and sometimes organic, vinegar that is found in health food stores. In terms of health benefits, it is better to use the raw apple cider vinegar.
WEIGHT LOSS is one of the most common reasons people use apple cider vinegar. It is believed that the acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with food s that eaten in a way that helps boost iron absorption and acts as an appetite suppressant. When iron is absorbed at a high rate, oxygen is used rather quickly, which gives you a higher metabolic rate. A higher metabolic rate increases weight loss as a result of more calories being burned.


SUGGESTED USE: According to the investigation in Vermont by Dr. D.C. Jarvis, M.D., take 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of purified or distilled water before each meal. You can also add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the mix for taste.
Whichever way you take it, don’t expect a rapid weight loss, the weight will be lost gradually, as it should be to allow the body’s fat cells to adjust to their new size.

The Importance of Drinking Water

Water assists in weight loss
Water prevents premature aging
Water moisturizes skin and makes it more radiant
Water prevents arthritis and joint pain
Water helps remove toxins from the body
Water helps reduce cholesterol which reduces the chances of heart disease
Water suppresses your appetite
Water helps tone muscles
Water prevents constipation and is necessary for proper digestion
Water is necessary for proper liver function
Water reduces the risk of cancer