Weight Loss

Weight Loss Specialist
Restricting calories and getting exercise are essential elements of weight loss, but they may not be enough to achieve success. Diverse biochemical and hormonal imbalances affect your ability to lose weight. Dr. Lynne R. Mielke and Sandi Kreizenbeck, DNP, at Optimal Health Spectrums in Pleasanton, California, can determine if you have underlying hormonal imbalances that make your body retain fat. Then they develop a natural, integrative plan to restore your balance and promote long-term weight management. If you’re ready to reach your weight loss goal, contact the office to learn how integrative medicine will support your efforts.

Weight Loss Q & A

Optimal Health Spectrums

What are the health risks of being overweight?

 When you carry extra weight, your heart works harder and your joints are over-stressed. In fact, every pound of extra weight adds four pounds of extra pressure on the knees. Fat cells produce biochemicals that affect the organs and hormones that regulate metabolism. An excessive number of fat cells leads to hormonal imbalance and can make you insulin-resistant.

All of these factors work together to promote serious health problems such as:

  • Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy complications

What are the first steps toward weight loss?

You’ll have more success with weight loss when we detect underlying problems that make it difficult to lose weight and develop a customized plan to naturally correct the problems. Problems that may be holding you back from shedding pounds include:

Hormonal imbalance

Several hormones influence your ability to lose weight, such as thyroid hormones, leptin, and insulin, and these must be balanced for successful weight loss.

Nutrient deficiencies

Your metabolism can’t work properly without a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals. People who are overweight often lack nutrients, and nutrient deficiencies may cause weight gain, creating a negative cycle that can be stopped when we test your nutritional status and recommend the appropriate supplements.

Nutritional counseling

Dr. Mielke and Nurse Practitioner Sandi teach you about proper diet and nutrition, how to plan a menu packed with healthy, organic foods, and which foods to avoid.

Genetic testing through Pathway Fit

Genetic testing performed at Optimal Health Spectrums reveals the type of diet that works best for you.

What is the HCG diet?

Everyone deserves to be healthy and happy. Being overweight is a major health problem that goes way beyond just wanting to look good. The HCG Diet (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) has become a leader in the weight loss industry and has helped millions of people achieve their weight loss and health goals. The HCG diet was pioneered in the 1950’s and has gained steady momentum ever since.   

Since the year 2000, the HCG Diet has skyrocketed in popularity. HCG weight loss has been publicized on hundreds of TV shows including Dr. Oz, Fox News, Oprah, and others on NBC and CBS. The diet is also mentioned in Kevin Trudeau’s best selling book, “The Weight Loss Cure,” which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

HCG is a safe, natural, human hormone that can be administered as part of a medically-supervised specific low-calorie diet that produces rapid, amazing weight loss without suffering.

Many people claim that the success of the HCG diet is the low-calorie intake alone. This is not true. First of all, no one would be able to maintain the low-calorie diet without the HCG hormone, or they would be miserably hungry -- which they aren’t on the HCG diet.

Second, if one were to eat such a low-calorie diet without the HCG, their metabolism would drastically slow down, which would make them tired, which they aren’t on HCG. In addition, they would immediately rebound and regain the weight after they stopped restricting calories -- which generally doesn’t happen after the HCG diet.

There are many diets on the market that can help you lose weight, but the “dirty little secret” in the diet industry is that the vast majority of patients will regain the weight that they lost when the diet is over.

The HCG diet is the only diet that has a dramatically lower rate of rebound weight gain after successful completion. After HCG, it’s possible to regain the weight if a patient intentionally eats badly, but after HCG, most patients literally don’t want to eat badly anymore. They have learned how to eat properly, they aren’t as hungry, and they’re more likely to maintain their weight within a reasonable zone, possibly from the hypothesized changes in the brain’s appetite centers that HCG may affect.

Other benefits of the diet include:

  1. The HCG Diet works quickly. The results are almost instant. It is so gratifying to step on the scale and see your weight decline daily!
  2. It is healthy. There are no pre-packaged foods full of chemicals and preservatives. This diet recommends whole, organic foods.
  3. It’s easy. The recipes are fast and easy to make and taste good.
  4. You won’t be hungry. The HCG suppresses your appetite so that you’re physically comfortable during your weight loss.
  5. You won’t be tired. The HCG helps your body burn so much fat that your metabolism doesn’t slow down, so you have plenty of energy to keep functioning in your busy life.
  6. It doesn’t require intensive exercise. Exercise is important for your overall health, but it’s a hard way to lose weight.
  7. It’s safe. HCG is a natural, bioidentical hormone, not a dangerous weight-loss drug. Appetite suppressant pills have been found to have serious health consequences, and they can have dangerous side-effects.
  8. There is less rebound weight gain. Most patients keep the weight off after the diet is over.
  9. It’s effective for almost everyone. If a person follows the recommendations, they’re almost certain to lose weight. No diet has such a high success rate.
  10. HCG helps you lose fat where you need it most, for example the hips, thighs, and abdomen.
  11. The weight loss you experience on the HCG diet is a huge factor for enhancing optimal health, and decreases your risk for many long-term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
  12. It changes your lifestyle. After you get used to eating in a healthy way on the HCG diet, you’re more likely to maintain it after the diet is over.

HCG naturally suppresses appetite and helps the body burn fat. It also helps to reset appetite-control functions in the brain for permanent weight loss. No other diet does this.

Bay Area HCG Doctor Lynne Mielke, MD and FNP Sandra Kreizenbeck use the HCG Diet to help patients learn healthier eating habits, shed significant amounts of weight, and quickly reach their weight loss goals in Alameda County and Pleasanton, California. Countless men and women have been able to achieve weight loss and feel and look healthier with a Pleasanton, California, HCG Diet Program.

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