• Better Than Butter: Smart Substitutions to Try

    Americans eat more butter than ever before. Like other indulgences, butter can be part of a meal plan in limited amounts, but if you’re trying to lose weight , it’s best to find healthier substitutions. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from when you’re following a medical weight loss program in Mt. Kisco or the surrounding Westchester County. Baking recipes tend to be forgiving when it comes to substitutions, so try low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt instead of butter. You could also swap out butter in favor of applesauce, avocado, buttermilk, or pumpkin puree. Experiment with making your own fruit purees. You could use prune puree in darkly colored baked goods, such as brownies or gingerbread.

    To support your weight loss, you’re probably consuming more vegetables. You can drizzle a little olive oil on sautéed vegetables. Use flavorful spices like turmeric and garlic powder to compensate for the absence of the butter flavor. In lieu of buttering your toast, spread on a little avocado. Add some reduced-salt chicken stock to mashed potatoes. Given the stronger flavor of the chicken stock, you probably won’t even notice the lack of butter.

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  • Getting Ready for Day One on OPTIFAST®

    Some weight loss programs suggest making small changes that add up over time, while others propose more restrictive, but short-term dietary changes that give patients a jump start on their weight loss. If making small changes hasn’t worked for you, then perhaps OPTIFAST® will. OPTIFAST ® is a program offered by some weight loss doctors, including Dr. Briones, who serves Mt. Kisco and the surrounding Westchester County. Because OPTIFAST® requires significant, albeit short-term changes, it also requires a longer preparation period than most diets. kitchen - junk

    Schedule a health evaluation.

    OPTIFAST® is a medically supervised weight loss program. It isn’t possible to purchase the meal replacement products at a store. Your doctor must determine that OPTIFAST® is right for you before you can get started. First, you’ll have a thorough health evaluation. Your doctor will check your body mass index (BMI), health history, metabolism, and heart health. Based on the results, your doctor will determine how many OPTIFAST® products you should consume each day you’re on the diet.

    Clear out your kitchen.

    Since OPTIFAST® requires you to only consume a certain number of meal replacement products each day, you might find it helpful to clear out your kitchen before your first day on the program. It’ll be easier to avoid temptation if the only edibles in your home are OPTIFAST® products.

    Adjust your schedule.

    It won’t be possible to join friends for brunch or have a romantic dinner at a restaurant with your significant other. Check your calendar for the coming weeks, and reschedule any outings as needed. Some dieters decide to start OPTIFAST® during a time of the year when they’re typically under less stress, such as after the end of year holidays.

    Understand what to expect on OPTIFAST®.

    Your weight loss doctor will thoroughly educate you about the OPTIFAST® diet. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. For most patients, OPTIFAST® lasts 26 weeks. Individual results vary, but most people who stick with the program can expect to lose an average of 50 pounds. Your doctor will closely monitor your health the entire time. This program consists of three phases. On day one, you’ll start with the Active Weight Loss Phase. This is when you’ll consume OPTIFAST® products for all your meals. Then, you’ll enter the Transition Program, during which you’ll gradually transition to preparing approved recipes . The third phase is the Long-Term Weight Management Phase.

  • Focusing on Lipo-Light

    Patients in Mt. Kisco and the surrounding Westchester County have seen great results with Lipo-Light. Dr. Briones can use this innovative technology to gently and effectively help patients lose weight from problem areas . These include the pockets of fat around the waist, hips, arms, and thighs. Lipo-Light isn’t intended as a stand-alone weight loss program. Diet and exercise are still essential for getting within your healthy weight range. However, Lipo-Light can address the problem areas that can stubbornly resist your efforts at fat loss.

    Arguably, one of the most exciting aspects of Lipo-Light is that it’s noninvasive. Unlike conventional liposuction, which is a surgical procedure, Lipo-Light uses gentle heat and LED light to destroy the fat. Once the fat is liquefied, the body naturally eliminates it. The result is a sculpted, lean silhouette, which you can maintain with the right meal plan and exercise program. With Lipo-Light, you can see dramatic improvements without having to go through a lengthy recovery period.

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