Weight Loss for Women

Everyone knows that sometimes it’s harder for women to lose weight than their male counterparts. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard in my office “my husband can lose 10 pounds by just not eating for a few days! It takes me forever!” Well, there is a reason for this. Women are genetically programmed differently than men for childbearing, breast-feeding, and handling more stress. For these reasons, women have a completely different body type: less but more lean muscle, less visceral (fat inside your abdomen) than peripheral fat, and a slower metabolism that is more subject to hormonal changes. However, this is not all bad! Here are some tips to take advantage of these differences to shed pounds quickly, and keep them off.

Tip #1: Smaller portions make a big difference over the long haul. Imagine cutting your calorie intake in half, but not missing them at all using some simple mental tricks! Drink a full glass of water before starting your meal, replace all the plates in your house with smaller ones (put the large plates away in the garage!), only cook one portion per person of the meal you are making, and when going out to dinner always share one order (saves money too!). All these seemingly small adjustments will add up over the course of a month, three months, and year. For women, it’s the long-term calorie deficit that makes a difference in permanent weight loss. “Quick fix” diets almost never work.

Tip #2: Can’t get to gym? Make your whole day a workout! Use every opportunity you can to move around. Do walking meetings, bike to work, take the kids to the park, or put the treadmill in front of the TV. Short bursts of activity make a huge difference in calorie expenditure for women. Committing yourself to the gym is a noble goal, but very disappointing if you consistently don’t make it there. Don’t make the gym your only physical activity for the day; rather use it as a bonus when you can fit it in.

Tip #3: Use technology to your advantage. Wearable sensors are now extremely affordable and very accurate. My favorites are the Bodymedia FIT armband and the UP wristband by Jawbone. Both are fun to use and very accurate. Its all about calories in and calories out, so use these tools to give you the data you need to get motivated daily! Use the social tools to make it a fun game between your friends and family. The more people on your “team”, the more motivating it is to shed pounds.

Remember, almost every study done on women and weight loss shows us that long-term weight loss, done slowly over time is long lasting. Don’t get caught up in fad diets. Use these small, incremental changes to achieve a permanent solution.

Your Skin…

Skin care is an age-old phenomenon.  The ancient Egyptians wore cosmetics, as they believed it had magical powers.  In 1400 B.C. the Egyptians used herbs and oils to help protect their skin from the harsh sun filled environment.  Thereafter the Greeks used a similar barrier to protect athletes during the games.  Lactic Acid was developed in Ancient Egypt for skin rejuvenation and used by the nobles.  It goes without say that skin care and skin protection is just as important to us as any other facet of our health and has been integral part of our lives since the dawn of time.

First and Foremost, protect yourself from UV light!!!  A lifetime of sun exposure can cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles, age spots, and a variety of skin problems, worst of which is cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  There is about one death every hour from melanoma, the most viscous form of skin cancer.  Most of us assume that it is only important to protect ourselves during warmer days or when going to the beach or pool.  Yet the risk of UV exposure during the winter months can be equally high. 

This is especially true when hitting the slopes.  Time can fly by when we are having a great time, and when it’s cool out there; one doesn’t really pay attention to the sun.  But all that accumulated UV exposure, over the years, can be extremely detrimental.  So definitely make that bottle of SPF part of your Ski-gear. 

So how do we pick the best sunscreen?   The ideal sunscreen would completely block harmful UV rays that cause sunburn AND block those that cause damaging free radicals (what ages our skin).  It would remain effective for hours and not be harmful for the skin as it breaks down.  Finally, it would smell and feel very pleasant.    Washington DC’s, Environmental Working Group  (the EWG) has determined currently in the United States, mineral sunscreens have the best safety profile.  These products are relatively stable, do not penetrate the skin, and offer a good amount of UV protection, not available in many sunscreens sold over the counter.  Titanium and Zinc Oxide are great examples of these mineral-based sunscreens available in the US market.  Another great contender is Avobenzone, which offers wonderful UVA protection without other competing products that may disrupt natural hormones.

Look for an SPF of about 30-50.  There is no evidence that shows higher than SPF 50 products have more of a benefit and in fact are very misleading.  The SPF only is an indicator of UVB protection, not really UVA.  This means that a person wearing an SPF of say, 80 may be tempted to stay in the sun longer because she is not burning, all the while she is getting an increased dose of the very harmful UVA light.  The Beautologie Be-blocked sunscreen provides the perfect blend of mineral blockers,  Avobenzone and goes on smoothly without a greasy feel. 

In addition to finding that perfect sunscreen we need to use common sense.  Seek shade, especially when the sun is at its strongest, between 10:00 am and 4 pm.  Also wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, full-length pants and wide brimmed hats.  Avoid tanning beds, which concentrate the UV light onto the body.  We all need and love the sun, but remember what they say about too much of a good thing.

What about skin care and skin treatment products?
Unfortunately we live in a world of quick fixes and large retailers who sell us brand name products, that over promise and under deliver.  Are these over the counter products sold to us at department stores and pharmacies really worth all the money and the hype? Do they really work? The answer is maybe, BUT not nearly as much as they promise.  They are not prescription products and therefore will never be as effective as medication.  The problem is that they are marketed as almost prescription products but are usually substandard.  Most consumers buy these overly expensive quick fixes in a bottle; and just use them once or twice.  After seeing no satisfying results they are left to sit on the vanity, never to be used again.

The truth is, you will probably never really find an over the counter face-lift-in- a bottle.  Of course the other big issue with OTC regimens is, whom do you go to for advice on what to pick?  Where do you go if you have problems or reactions with them?  The best solution for someone looking to truly improve the appearance of his or her skin is to seek an expert, your physician.  Unlike physician prescribed creams, cosmetics do not change or affect the skins structure or function.  Cosmetic makers can sell products without FDA approval.  Fortunately there are proven medical & pharmaceutical grade skin care regimens that have shown time and time again to dramatically reverse the signs of aging.  Consulting your physician about what products would best suit you individual needs will most likely lead you on a path of turning back the clock and maintaining very healthy skin.

There is so much more to maintaining that beautiful healthy glow.  Do not smoke!!! Smoking narrows blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, which leads to less oxygen and nutrients being delivered to the skin.  Tobacco and nicotine also damages collagen and elastin, the components that give your skin its elasticity and overall fullness.  Eat a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.  What you eat affects every organ in your body.  Your skin, being largest organ, depends greatly on what you eat.  Manage stress! Uncontrolled amounts of stress can lead to acne breakouts and other skin problems.  We know stress raises cortisol levels in the body, which can impede wound healing and affect the skin general. 

As we can see there is so much that our skin depends on.  It is, again the largest organ in our body.  We have to take care of it with all the tools in our box.  If you have any concerns about keeping you skin healthy and reversing damaged skin call us at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center 661.327.3800 or visit beautologie.com 

Milan R. Shah M.D.  Laser and Aesthetic Medicine
Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

Sweeten up your Valentines Day with Beautologie

February is just one of those months that’s chock full of good things. First off, there’s Valentine’s Day and really, who doesn’t love a Valentine’s Day card, whether you are 5 or 55? Maybe it’s the flowers or chocolate that you look forward to every year. Then, there’s the Tax Refund Check. Ok, maybe you won’t actually get yours until March or April, but usually by February, you have met with your accountant and you know that a refund is on its way. The big question then, is how to spend it wisely?

Some may go out and buy a new pair of shoes, flat screen TV, or even a great handbag. All fun choices, but are they wise choices? What kind of return do you actually get on a pair of stilettos? At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we think one of the wisest ways to spend your tax return is with us.

Think about it. Investing your money in a mommy makeover transformation, facial rejuvenation surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, chin augmentation or a neck lift is the kind of investment in yourself that yields results that will last a lifetime. Botox®, fillers, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are not frivolous indulgences. They’re treatments that can literally take years off your face by removing the fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles that make you look and feel older than you are. In the competitive marketplace that is life these days, looking and feeling your best can give you a much needed leg up over your competition and help you land that new job, new deal or new date. Sometimes it even brings back the old you, and that’s an investment we are proud to help with.

So this year, why not think about living with that old TV for a while, and invest your money in you? To find out more about all of the refreshing, rejuvenation options, both surgical and non-surgical, at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, call us today at: 844-BEAUTOLOGIE (844) 232-8865, or visit Beautologie.com.