Losing weight often requires more than exercise and eating right. For many people, diet and exercise aren't enough to overcome the behavioral, hormonal, and metabolic obstacles that lead to weight gain. Medical weight loss can help facilitate long-term results by identifying and treating the root causes of weight gain, such as a slower metabolism or excessive food cravings, through natural and prescription methods.
Dr. Jeffrey B. Brown, the head of Affinity Health Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center, creates custom weight-loss plans with his team of experts that counteract these root causes. Composed of three steps—active weight loss, a transitional phase that incorporates regular exercise, and maintenance—the multi-tiered plans typically last a calendar year, and include ongoing one-on-one meetings with a physician that help clients stay motivated and keep the weight off.
Clarence Duhart, owner and head trainer at CD Fit, believes that with the right support and motivation, everyone can achieve their fitness goals. That’s why he and his crew of trainers strive to make everyone feel like they’re part of a team, motivating them to work together in group activities and to inspire and encourage one another as they tackle his 60-minute high-intensity boot camps. Along with creating an atmosphere of camaraderie, the workouts are designed to combat boredom and challenge participants of all levels. No routine is the same, and each class combines a variety of fitness modalities. During any given session, clients could expect to do exercises lifted from yoga and intense cardio, strength, core, and plyometric training—think push-ups and running, and jumping jacks and weight lifting. The experienced trainers think beyond the daily sessions, and interact with their patrons via phone calls, emails, social media, and telepathy.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. St. Surin-Lord has learned much since her days as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Fellow during medical school. Now, after years of dermatology training at Howard University and completing a surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, she applies her encyclopedic knowledge of skin conditions to treat concerns that range from pimples to cancer. She extends this cosmetic expertise to patients in the form of dermal fillers, laser hair removal, and pigment alterations and also shares it with other dermatologists as a professor at Howard University.
Even if you're not in the NFL, there are grueling workouts to be had at FedExField. Certified fitness trainers from Livn’ Fit Hard Body Boot Camp host rigorous boot camps on the Redskins' turf, leading groups through a gamut of agility, calisthenic, and circuit-training exercises that are designed to burn calories efficiently. Each boot camper also receives a personalized meal plan that pays homage to Albert Einstein, who theorized that man could achieve relative fitness by expending more calories than he consumes.
Dana Smith, a specialist in Thai yoga massage, reiki, and intuitive counseling, added one more entry to her resumé in 2003—owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga. Dana, who is registered with the National Yoga Alliance, works with an expansive list of specialist instructors to lead classes for all skill levels. They skillfully reveal the poses of styles such as flow yoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga, as well as YogAbs and power flow, which focus on strengthening the core and detoxifying the body. Dana also offers various wellness services such as reiki, Thai yoga bodywork, and life coaching.
If it hadn’t been for her fascination with oral health, Dr. Aatifa Khan says she would have been a schoolteacher. Although she’s devoted herself to the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, her love of education lingers, which she demonstrates by instructing patients in everything from basic brushing to using natural, household ingredients such as honey, clove oil, and sea salt to alleviate gum pain. That holistic, eco-friendly approach pervades her practice, where she shuns metal amalgams for tooth-colored resin, uses organic products during many of her treatments, and maintains records digitally rather than by carving patient updates into trees.