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How to Survive Thanksgiving On A Diet

As we head into the Holiday season, many of our clients have asked us how to get through Thanksgiving (and other holidays) without doing too much damage.  Whether you are on a diet or not, if you are watching what you eat, this time of the year is tough.  Between family gatherings, holiday parties, game watching parties, and all of the other reasons that people gather together this time of year, food and drink often take center stage.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying the season with some delicious food and drink, but we all know that there needs to be a balance.  My last two Thanksgivings are illustrative. Anatomy of a Bad Night Two years ago, I at arrived at my parents house ready for a fun night.  I wasn’t on a diet per se, but I wanted to be under control and not have that “I ate way too much for Thanksgiving” feeling afterwards.  As I sat watching football after dinner, bloated, a little nauseous and feeling like the real Thanksgiving turkey, I thought about all of the mistakes I had made over the course of the evening.  First of all, I came hungry.  I had decided to save all of my calories for dinner.  That set me up to feel deprived from the moment I walked in the door, and I was on a mission to fix that deprivation (even though that wasn’t a conscious thought).  I also came with no plan.  As the first plate of appetizers was passed around, I grabbed a cracker with some of my mom’s special brie and honey mixture.  A couple of...

Anti-Aging Fact Or Fiction? We Tell The Truth!

At InShapeMD Louisville our passion is “helping you manage your health” with a comprehensive plan addressing your personal health goals…whether they be weight loss, anti-aging, or nutrition in a professional, medically supervised, boutique wellness clinic setting. When it comes to our skin, there are myths and misconceptions that we just can’t seem to shake –anything with the words “oil free” and “anti-wrinkle,” for example. Today we’re setting the record straight once and for all. 1. Age is an important factor to consider when shopping for skincare products. There are so many products out there that claim to be for a specific age group, especially for “mature” women over 50 years old. The truth? Your routine should be based on how sun-damaged, oily, dry, acne-prone or sensitive your skin is. The one thing that everyone does need to incorporate into their skincare routine? A moisturizer containing SPF 30 or higher. 2. You should switch up your skincare products every few months because your skin adapts. Skincare products will never be ineffective just because of continued use. The reason why the product’s efficacy appears to lessen is because your skin may have improved since you first started using it. This just means it’s working as intended! 3. Dark spots only occur as you age. While some mature women may have more dark spots than their younger counterparts, it is only because they have been exposed to the sun for quite a few more years. Dark spots are a consequence of being directly in the sun – especially on body parts like your face, neck, décolletage and...

Vote For InShapeMD Louisville!

Vote for InShapeMD Louisville! InShapeMD Louisville has been lucky enough to be nominated for the “Best of Kentuckiana” awards sponsored by WHAS11.  Would you take a few minutes to click on the link below and go vote for InShapeMD Louisville?  We are in the “Health Club” category under Health and Fitness, and we would sure appreciate any votes that you could give us! http://whas.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Kentuckiana-2014/Ballot/HealthandFitness   InShapeMD Louisville has been helping people from Louisville and surrounding areas to look and feel their best since 2013.  Our philosophy is simple: understand our clients’ goals, provide a pathway to help them achieve those goals and support them every step of the way.  Since we opened our doors in May of 2013, we have helped over 500 clients lose over 15,000 pounds.  We have also worked with hundreds of men and women to find hormonal balance as they strive to feel their best every day.  At InShapeMD Louisville, we consider ourselves very lucky to be able to work with so many people who are actively working to improve their own...

The Do’s & Don’ts of Weight Loss Motivation

The Do’s & Don’ts of Weight Loss Motivation By: Kimberly Yates    We understand that staying motivated is hard work. Those who have gone through a weight loss experience will be the first ones to tell you the same thing. There are just those days where you wake up, you can picture achieving your goal in your head, but the motivation to get up and do it is nowhere to be found. And with today’s societal pressures, it’s easier than ever to sit back and succumb to the discouraging mindset that says, “You’ll never get to where you want to be.” Instead of giving in to that voice, fight back the negativity with positive, uplifting thoughts and actions. Consider these do’s and don’ts of Weight Loss Motivation to recharge your motivation level for the road ahead. Do: Celebrate Your Victories When starting a weight loss plan, many believe they need to work, work, work, and not until they reach their final goal, will they celebrate their achievement. One may say, “Once I lose these 50 lbs, I’m going to treat myself to a vacation!” While that is great, it is just as important to reward yourself for the first 5 lbs. you lose, and the next 10 lbs. you lose. Each milestone you make towards your final goal is still a victory. So whether it’s a spa treatment or day on the golf course, pat yourself on the back each time you succeed.   Don’t: Put Yourself Down You may think that if you tear yourself down, it will only give you the energy to build yourself back up. When...

Keeping Your Halloween Healthy

How to keep your Halloween Healthy (or at least, healthier) For most all children, Halloween is seen as one night when all the rules are off! Healthy eating habits have been put on hold and the quest for sugar overload has begun. As fun as it may sound, the aftermath is well…less appealing. Since 1980, the childhood obesity rate has tripled and studies are showing that more and more dentists are seeing preschoolers with an average of 5-10 cavitiesat a time. To take a deeper look into this issue, you’ll need to face the candy and see calories. Based on the caloric values given for popular candies, the average child’s trick-or-treat bag is filled with 3,500 to 7,000 calories of treats by the end of Halloween night. If a child were to intake all 7,000 calories, they would need to walk for approximately 44 hours to burn those calories…That is a lot of laps around the neighborhood playground. Although these numbers sound scary and you’re probably wishing those statistics are a part of a Halloween prank, the holiday should still be a fun night for you and your children to enjoy without having to worry about the effects later. There are always ways to incorporate healthy foods and even workouts into any setting.  Here are a few tips on how you and your family can take to keep Halloween healthy and still participate in all of the festivities without feeling like the weight gain and cavities are soon to follow. Fill up before you head out. Prepare a healthy dinner for your children to eat before they head out on their...
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