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WEIGHT LOSS & METABOLISM Dec 19th, 2018

  The reality show “Biggest Loser” followed up with 14 contestants who had lost a large amount of weight (128 pounds in 30 weeks) six years after the reality show ended.These contestants averaged five pounds of fat loss a week during the program but when researchers examined the contestants years...

DR. GARTNER’S TRADER JOE’S MEAL & SNACK HACKS Dec 15th, 2018

Trader Joe’s has become a mecca for shoppers who have kicked the traditional grocery store chains to the curb in search for a healthier option. The retailer, who is expanding rapidly, places a high priority on offering nutrient-rich foods and snacks to the masses. While the store is chock full...

DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS: UP AT NIGHT, UP IN WEIGHT? Dec 14th, 2018

It has long been known that shift workers have higher rates of obesity and diabetes.  Reproachers recently asked why this is.  It turns out that lack of sleep alone increases a person’s weight. We are learning that it matters not only what you eat (carbohydrates vs fats vs proteins) but...

HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES Dec 8th, 2018

Delicious food is a natural part of holiday festivities. When you make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle, holiday parties can be full of temptation to overindulge in all the wrong things. Have a plan of action prior to attending holiday gatherings to help you maintain your healthy eating...

10 QUICK HIIT EXERCISES Dec 6th, 2018

What Is HIIT? High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is short duration and high-intensity exercises that help target muscle groups while burning off excess fat.  For the most efficient training, it is best to do exercises back to back with only a short rest in between sets. What Are the Benefits of HIIT Exercises? Helps...

HOW TO PROPERLY SET WEIGHT LOSS GOALS Dec 4th, 2018

Losing weight can seem like a challenge – because it is. Changing habits is never easy; weight loss requires constant attention to prevent mindless eating, manage cravings and ensure that you don’t get off track. SMART goals can help you lose weight and keep it off. Take Up the Challenge...

5 STRESS REDUCING TIPS FOR 2018 Dec 4th, 2018

Stress does more than make your head spin. It has very real effects on your health. Stress runs down your immune system, making you vulnerable to illness and not feeling well. It zaps your energy, drives you to make poor food choices, and can contribute to overeating. You can’t stop...

DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS: GET FITTER FASTER WITH INTERVAL TRAINING Dec 3rd, 2018

Interval training is a great way to give your weight loss a boost. Weight loss is overall driven by total calories consumed in the day but exercise can help stimulate the metabolism and provide even greater results. Interval training should be done at your own level. If you have been...

ARE YOUR HORMONES KEEPING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT? Dec 3rd, 2018

Your hormones, especially insulin, plays a large role in your ability to lose weight. When they’re out of balance, all the extra willpower, deprivation, and exercise can’t help you drop pounds. At 360 Medical Weight Loss Specialists, Dr. Gartner and her staff look at how your hormones might be standing...

HOW COOLSCULPTING CAN HELP FINISH OFF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY Nov 23rd, 2018

You’ve done the work, reached your goal weight,.and are eager to enjoy the many benefits of your new and improved healthier body. But, if pesky fight deposits – around the abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere – remain, there’s a simple solution. Dr. Anne Gartner and the team at 360 Medical...

THE VSHAPE DIFFERENCE: BANISH CELLULITE AND TIGHTEN LOOSE SKIN WITHOUT SURGERY Nov 20th, 2018

Losing weight is one of the most significant moves you can make to not only change your appearance but boost your health in almost innumerable ways. The final results of your efforts leave you looking and feeling great, both inside and out. Here at 360 Medical Weight Specialists in Walnut...

UNDERSTANDING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN INSULIN AND WEIGHT GAIN Nov 6th, 2018

Over 70% of Americans are struggling with the burden of being overweight. As weight gain soars, so do health consequences, such as Type 2 diabetes. In fact, doctors diagnose nearly two million new cases of diabetes each year. When it comes to weight gain, hormones are an often-overlooked factor. Of...

8 BIG, FAT, WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS Nov 5th, 2018

Weight loss and weight maintenance tips fill our media, advertisements and social settings.  Everyone has an opinion on the latest weight loss trends and miracle cure.  Unfortunately, there is little scientific data to back up many of these claims.  Learning to navigate the information overload that is out there for...

FOODS TO IMPROVE FACIAL FEATURES Nov 1st, 2018

At 360 Medical Weight Specialists in Walnut Creek, we offer a full array of facial contouring treatments that can help you enhance your facial features to achieve the desired look you want. However, after you receive such treatments, it is important to improve other areas of your daily life to...

NUTRITIOUS HALLOWEEN: TRICKS & TREATS THAT WON’T RUIN A WAISTLINE Oct 26th, 2018

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year. There is so much to enjoy, from the wacky costumes to the spooky decorations. Of course, sweets are definitely a big part of the holiday too, but some of these treats have questionable ingredients and undesirable health consequences. It’s...

PREVENT HAIR LOSS WHILE LOSING WEIGHT Oct 25th, 2018

Congratulations on your decision to lose weight! You’re about to make some significant changes in your life that will benefit you in untold ways, and almost all of them for the better. While your goal is to lose weight, you don’t necessarily want to sacrifice anything else along the way,...

WHAT ARE THE FACTORS THAT IMPACT WEIGHT GAIN? Oct 18th, 2018

We all want to feel comfortable but most importantly, to live a long healthy life. However, carrying around too much weight really does feel uncomfortable. It reduces your confidence and can also hurt your health. In most cases, an increase in body weight is a result of an imbalance between...

HOW TO AVOID HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN Oct 15th, 2018

Each fall and winter holiday season brings with it the usual flood of recipes, specialty food products, and parties overflowing with food and drink. Along with all that food comes holiday weight gain, or at least the threat of it. Holiday weight gain has become so common that many people...

WHY CRASH DIETING IS BAD Oct 5th, 2018

Whether you’re trying to stick to your New Years’ resolution, look fabulous at a class reunion or turn heads at the beach, there’s always a new, popular fad diet promising to deliver quick results for your weight loss goals.  Although it may be tempting to give these diets a chance,...

DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS: IS THERE SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT ABDOMINAL FAT? Sep 27th, 2018

Where your fat is located matters to your health.  In our clinic, we discuss visceral fat as the fat surrounding our organs. This fat can be very toxic to our bodies and releases its own hormones that cause the cycle of weight gain and insulin resistance to continue.  This fat...

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LOSS? Sep 25th, 2018

Close to 200 million people in the United States are overweight or obese. Being overweight can impact how you feel about yourself. Many people feel less confident, and more self-conscious when they are carrying extra weight. The consequences of being overweight, however, are more than skin deep. It can lead...

NO MORE EXCUSES: WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGES YOU CAN OVERCOME Sep 20th, 2018

Weight loss does take work, no question about it. But it’s work that’s worth it in the long run. You’ll feel healthier, improve your self-esteem, be able to do activities you never thought possible, and reduce the risk of chronic disease. When you’re making healthy changes, it’s easy to have...

HOW SPICY FOODS INCREASE METABOLISM Sep 1st, 2018

Why Do Spicy Foods Matter? Capsaicin is the ingredient in hot foods, like peppers, that gives them their kick. The higher the level of capsaicin, the more “fiery” a spicy food is. These high levels can result in increased metabolism. Why? Capsaicin is thermogenic, which causes the body’s temperature to increase. Your...

BUILDING MUSCLE STRENGTH FOR WOMEN Aug 14th, 2018

Many women are concerned that if they start a strength-building exercise regimen they will “bulk up.” Quite the contrary, many women, especially after the age of 35, actually find it difficult to maintain muscle, let alone gain muscle. However, with the right combination of efforts, you can actually maintain a “feminine” form while still...

FOUR REASONS TO CONSIDER SKIN TIGHTENING TREATMENTS Jul 26th, 2018

If you’re a Walnut Creek-area resident considering vShape Ultra, it’s likely because you’ve heard good things about skin tightening treatments. But you might be on the fence about such treatment. You might be looking for a good reason to undergo skin tightening. Here are four good reasons: Skin tightening can...

HOW CAN YOU ACHIEVE LONG TERM WEIGHT LOSS? Jul 20th, 2018

Weight loss continues to be a fraught issue. With so many diet plans promising magic results, it can be hard to understand which will give you the best results and do so in a healthy manner that allows you to keep the weight off. Fad diets only achieve temporary results,...

CAN YOU GET RID OF CELLULITE? Jul 20th, 2018

At 360 Medical Weight Specialists, we help a lot of patients with a range of aesthetic issues. One of the most common complaints we hear from our Walnut Creek-area patients is associated with cellulite. People want to know: are there any cellulite treatments available for me? Fortunately, the answer to...

HOW TO AVOID CANCER: REDUCING YOUR RISK FOR 9 DIFFERENT CANCERS Jun 22nd, 2018

One of the greatest benefits of weight loss is to reduce your risk of cancer.  Obesity has been linked to many disease states and this includes cancer. Our diet and lifestyle effects not only our risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and dementia but also for breast cancer, ovarian cancer,...

KEEPING YOUR SKIN SAFE AND HEALTHY May 9th, 2018

Your skin plays an extremely important role in your life. It protects you from the elements, it helps regulate your body temperature, and it plays a crucial role in preventing dehydration, among many other things. Your skin is also one of the first things other people notice about you, so...

HOW DOES RADIO FREQUENCY FACIAL TIGHTENING WORK? Apr 27th, 2018

Loose, sagging skin is a common aesthetic concern many people experience at some point in their lives. Sometimes loose skin is the natural result of age. Sometimes, it’s an unfortunate side effect of the generally positive fact of losing a great deal of weight. Either way, it can make you...