Laura Giacobbe's own before and after photos act as a testament to the promise she makes to clients. Before becoming a fitness and nutrition specialist and personal trainer, she carried extra pounds herself. Today she's trim and healthy—the same transformation she inspires in her clients. Her weight-loss programs combine realistic meal plans with exercise at partner business Power & Fitness Health Club, as well as education on healthy living.
The board-certified physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss develop individualized fitness plans focused on nutrition, physical activity, life style, and medication. Patients begin the quest with a one-on-one consultation with a doctor, discussing their overall health and medication history to devise a weight-loss plan and to make sure their kidneys haven't been stolen. This is followed by a body-composition exam, in which the physician breaks down the percentage of muscle, fat, and water comingling in the human subject and records his or her resting metabolism rate and blood pressure. The preliminary visit concludes with a pair of injections to boost the body's B-12 level and fat-burning ability. The nonsurgical program caters to each patient's metabolism and potential hormonal disorders and sends patients on a path to a slimmer self with minimal rope-climbing burns and a comprehensive weight-loss plan based on the exam's results.
The health experts at Five Star Wellness aim to bring the mind, body, and spirit back into balance through a variety of holistic-minded treatments ranging from organic facials to ear candling. Colon hydrotherapy is an office specialty, and all therapists hold certification through the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-Act). Utilizing FDA-approved equipment, the process sends filtered, temperature-controlled water through the large intestine, where it breaks down and flushes away any accumulation of waste or swallowed pride to improve immune- and digestive-system function. An alternate method of detoxification, ionic detox footbaths use positively charged ions to draw negatively charged toxins out through the feet, helping clear the system of heavy metals, cellular debris, and other substances often blamed for throwing the body out of balance.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Some goals are more easily realized with group support. Ladies Lifestyle Fitness Club pivots on this idea, specializing in social, comprehensive health packages aimed at mature women. As encouraging as they are challenging, workout options include personal training and small-group sessions. Customized, weekly meal plans help participants fuel up in a smart way, while the club magazine, newsletter, and ebooks foster a sense of community and keep members motivated after hours.
Medi-Weightloss Clinics has helped thousands of patients across the United States lose a total of 2.2 million pounds with its physician-supervised weight-loss program. Designed by experts in medicine, nutrition, fitness, and education, the program transitions its participants into healthier lifestyles with a three-phase approach, which includes an initial weight-loss phase, a short-term maintenance phase, and a final wellness phase. The clinic's signature patient website provides special tools that allow clients to track their progress, seek out individual counseling, and receive step-by-step care and motivation. After completion of the program, Medi-Weightloss Clinics offers continued support to help participants maintain their svelte physiques for the long haul without preserving themselves in amber.