Testimonial: Stylist Coleen Otero’s Inspiring Journey

Meet Coleen Otero. She’s a make-up and hair stylist based right here in Central Florida. She spends her time making celebrities feel and look beautiful and her work has been featured on CBS, Bravo TV, BET and CBS.

However, recently, this mom of five decided to spend some time focusing on herself.

That’s how she found Solutions Weight Loss.

Coleen has been working with Dr. Newsome for over a year to help her find her ideal weight and restore her self-confidence and control over her body.  We helped her raise her own metabolism naturally and decide exactly what she can and cannot eat.

And to her surprise, she didn’t have to eliminate everything from her diet either.

“When he said I could eat carbs, I knew he was the one.” Says Coleen.

How is she doing now? When she first came to us, she weighed around 220 pounds with a goal of 163. Now, she is at 158 pounds.

“I crushed my goal!” says Coleen. “This is the smallest I’ve ever been.”

We couldn’t be more proud. Watch the video below to learn how she flipped the switch in her brain and made the decision to pursue her weight loss goals.

Juvederm: Embrace Your Wisdom, Not Your Wrinkles

Juvederm: Embrace Your Wisdom, Not Your Wrinkles

If there were two pieces of wisdom you’d offer your younger self they would probably be:

  1. Don’t let Amanda from the eighth grade make you feel bad about getting bangs.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day.

Unfortunately, you can’t go back in time and defend yourself from Amanda’s bullying or from the sun’s UV rays.

But now you’re wiser, and perhaps your wrinkles are showing that. While you should embrace your wisdom, you don’t need to embrace forehead wrinkles.

Juvederm is a nonsurgical and noninvasive method of getting back your youthful skin. It can take care of all the wrinkles and lines that start to take center stage on your face; no bangs necessary.

Take that, Amanda.

What happens when you age?

While aging is never something to be ashamed of, it can still be daunting. Your appearance slowly changes over time. While that is in response to life experiences, laughter, and memories, it can be a little nostalgic at best.

When you are young, your skin is firm and elastic because there is a sufficient amount of collagen present in your body. Collagen is a protein which provides strength, firmness and elasticity to your skin. It also helps in replacing the dead cells of your skin. As we grow older, the production of collagen naturally slows

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Courtney Cox has been known to make subtle changes over the years.

down. This degenerative process makes your skin lose its elasticity causing wrinkles and lines.

Also, lifestyle factors: like smoking, poor dietary habits, and excessive sun exposure cause our body’s collagen levels to fall.

Additionally, a polysaccharide called hyaluronic acid makes our skin more elastic. Similar to collagen, we lose our store of hyaluronic acid (HA) reduces as we age, which causes deep lines and sagging skin.  Hyaluronic acid has the ability to improve the appearance and texture of your skin, which is why it is also a key component involved in the Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift and other nonsurgical aesthetic procedures.

Produced by our body naturally, HA is present in large concentration in our skin, eye sockets, joints and other tissues. Hyaluronic acid helps increase moisture, it provides elasticity and above all assists in retaining collagen.

What is Juvederm and how does it work?

Juvederm is an injectable gel, or dermal filler,  that has the reputation of being a “liquid facelift”.

In fact, because the liquid is no natural for plumping sunken areas of the skin, it is the most common form of cosmetic prevention in Hollywood. According to two top Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, injectable because the transformation is subtle yet impactful enough. Most likely, any given celebrity has experience with Juvederm; they just aren’t forthright about it.

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Even Molly Sims who leads a healthy lifestyle is said to use fillers to preserve her youthful glow.

Benefits of Juvederm:

There are several dermal fillers available on the market, but Juvederm is the only FDA-approved gel known to provide great results.  Juvederm is widely used as the most preferred filler for correcting facial aging anomalies.

Some of the major benefits of Juvederm are as under:

  1. Safety:

Juvederm is safe because it contains hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in our body making it safe for any skin tone. As well as being noninvasive, the procedure typically is done under an hour. That means there is relatively no downtime needed for recovery and no risk of infection or anesthesia from surgery.

  1. Instantaneous results:

Juvederm provides instantaneous results, so you can start to see the improvement immediately after the procedure. While some minor swelling or bruising may appear around the injection sites, results are faster after use of icing. Usually about three rounds of injections will provide the most substantial amount of results.

  1. No discomfort:

While you may still feel uncomfortable with needles, Juvederm treatments are coupled with a pain reliever called lidocaine. This means the only sensation you feel during the producer is the initial prick of the needle.

  1. Smooth and natural looking results:

Most other HA fillers are made of granular gels, whereas Juvederm is a smooth gel that has even consistency. This makes Juvederm’s appearance under your skin more natural and smooth than any other HA filler. Don’t forget, the HA is working with your body’s natural chemistry.

Now keep in mind that while Juvederm helps reduce the appearance of aging, it is not a sole anti-aging force. SPF sunscreen is still your greatest protection from sun damage. Additionally, moisturize nightly to restore what your daily environmental exposures may disrupt.

Before considering Juvederm, find a trusted physician who will have a consultation before the procedure.

If you are the Orlando area, contact Solutions Weight Loss and get rid of your wrinkles, fine lines around the mouth and nose or those bags under the eye. Make your lips fuller or make your cheeks plumper.

You can love your wisdom and age, but you don’t have to let them show in wrinkles.

New Year, New Jean Size: Lose Weight in 2017

New Year, New Jean Size: Lose Weight in 2017

Dieting is one of those words we’d rather not say aloud. First of all, no one really cares to admit they want to lose weight. After all, your desire to lose a few pounds isn’t really anyone else’s business. Second of all, everyone has an opinion on dieting; what worked for them, or what doesn’t work, and honestly, all you care about is what will work for you.

After reaching out to experts in the field of healthy weight loss, we found a pretty common theme. The secret to lose the weight you want isn’t always a diet. It’s an adjustment whole foods and a step away from processed ones.

Lose Weight With Advice from 9 Industry Experts:

1. Rebecca Lee from RemediesForMe.com

Registered Nurse and founder of RemediesForMe.com

Some of the healthiest foods may already be those you have in your pantry. “Coconut oil also curbs your appetite due to the way MCTs are metabolized in your body [as] “a major component in coconut oil is lauric acid. Lauric acid keeps you safe from harmful and powerful microorganisms that are in the body”.

“Apple cider vinegar is a multipurpose force but for your health it packs “essential vitamins and minerals. Some of the nutrients include potassium, magnesium, fiber, amino acids, and antioxidants (cancer fighting)”. In fact, “a study…showed that subjects who took apple cider vinegar every day for 12 weeks lost weight. After a daily intake of 1 tablespoon and 2 tablespoons, subjects lost 2.6 lbs and 3.7 lbs”.

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2. Samantha Salmon of RawFoodMealPlanner.com

Owner of Earth’s Healing Café and health coach for Raw Food Meal Planner

“My favorite weight loss trend this year is the Pegan diet because it encourages the consumption of whole foods and omits harmful grains. Grains create tooth decay, mood imbalances, acid reflux and nutritional deficiencies. They are poisonous to the body after long term consumption…

I also love the new FitBit Charge 2 because of the guided breathing meditations…I wear mine all day every day. It auto tracks my sleep pattern and exercise. I use it to log my water and food intake. It’s like an accountability buddy that’s with you 24/7”.

3.Mike Kneuer of iPersonalTrainOnline.com

Certified Personal trainer, Retired Pro Physique Competitor

“The biggest thing I tell my clients looking to lose body fat is to stop drinking their calories. They are only allowed to drink water or black coffee. If they need some flavor they can add some lemons or other fruit into a diffuser, but they are not to drink fruit juice. I’ve had clients lose 10pounds in a month just by cutting out soda and sugary drinks. A 20oz Coke has 240 calories and a whooping 65g or sugar!”

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4. Scott Deuty of Weight-Loss-Over-50.com

Author of Secrets of an Over 50 Former Fat Man

“The Paleo diet does work. Getting rid of preservatives and carbs causes your body to consume its own fat for energy…the trick to [avoiding] hunger is to steer clear of high carbs and sugar. They burn fast and bypass your body’s ability to burn what you consume. Instead, you store the added fat and protein you take in rather than only using that which your body needs.

Increasing muscle definition gives the additional protein “a place to go” and benefits aerobic exercise greatly. Finally, your sluggishness will be reduced, your sleep patterns will become regular as will your bowel movements”.

5. Scott Schmaren of UltimateVisionaryMind.com

NeuroPerformanceologist, author, public speaker

“All of the trends for weight loss are not effective for long term weight loss… Why? The focus is wrong. We focus on diet and exercise as the keys to weight loss; they are not…

The key is how we see ourselves at the core of our subconscious minds. If a person has struggled with their weight for a long time then the perception in their subconscious mind is that they are overweight and that is normal and good and any attempt to lose weight is bad…That is the reason almost everyone puts the weight they lose back on and usually more. If you change the picture and perception of yourself in your subconscious mind then eating correctly and getting good exercise will make sense…That changed my life”.

6. Katrina Love of KatrinaLoveSenn.com

Author of Losing Weight is Healing Journey: A Woman’s Guide to Losing Weight Naturally

“My #1 weight loss tip for 2017 is, ‘Start your Weight Loss Healing Journey.’

On your healing journey, make the decision to change and to do something different. Stop dieting and instead learn about the miraculous nature of your body. Know that your excess weight is there for a good reason, and if you lovingly address and heal it at the root cause, your body can heal naturally…

Your body has an amazing ability to self-heal when you focus on holistically addressing the following 3 areas: healing your body, healing your mind, and healing your emotions”.

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7. Mary Caroline Craig of LiveAliveFit.com

Certified Integrative Nutrition Health and Fitness Coach

“[Eat] healthy Fat and Fiber with every meal! When you consume good fats (non-saturated) and fiber, along with protein, you stay full longer, your blood sugar remains balanced, and you don’t crave more carbs!

[Avoid] eating a ‘sugar free’, packaged food diet. These foods usually contain ‘fake’ sugars that negatively react in our brain, making us crave even more carbohydrates – and they generally aren’t vegetable carbs”.

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8. Dan DeFigio of BeatingSugarAddiction.com

Fitness and Nutrition Expert and author of bestselling Beating Sugar Addiction for Dummies

“Habits and baby steps…Humans are creatures of habit. Whatever you do most of the time, that’s what you’re like. Your behavior is not designed for drastic, immediate changes. My entire approach to coaching is to gradually replace unhealthy habits with healthier habits…Successful change needs to happen gradually, so that each new habit and lesson becomes a natural part of what you normally do. You can’t change 15 things all at once and expect to be able to maintain all those changes….When your body oxidizes stored fat for fuel, it will take it from wherever it wants to. Specific [zone-targeted] exercises or diet plans cannot target fat loss from a specific area. You can get fatter or you can get leaner, but you cannot decide where”.

9. Jamie Logie of RegainedWellness.com

Personal trainer, nutritionist, author of Regained Wellness: Healthy Eating Starter Kit

“Many people are eating paleo “ish” as they are adding in some things like rice or oatmeal. This isn’t true paleo but still a good whole foods diet. The main benefit to me is not what these ways of eating contain, it’s what they DON’T contain. They avoid processed and refined garbage, sugars, trans fats etc. As long as your diet is whole foods based your body can do its thing and weight loss becomes more attainable.

I think the #1 [weight loss] dud are juice fasts… I think cleansing and detoxification are great but they should happen on a daily basis, not a short term period. This means more high nutrient green based foods such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard etc. Then making sure you’re getting enough water in each day but adding in things like fresh squeezed lemon to help in the cleansing process.”

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10. Dorian Johnson of DorianJFitness.com

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

“Abandon the diet altogether! Diets are restrictive and people would much rather be granted the freedom to eat what they want and get results, given they know how to. People don’t like being told what to do but if you give them options, they’re more likely to comply and since your nutrition is 80% of your weight loss success, not only is it more effective at losing weight than exercise, everyone can learn how to eat healthy!”

11. Neil O’Nova of StrongerLeaner.com

Author of Seven Top- Secret Fat Burning Bio-Hacks

“My #1 pick for the top weight-loss trend of 2017 is habit hacking…Habit hacking for weight loss is all about making healthy choices easier and more automatic…
[It works because] most people rely on willpower to resist temptations and make healthy choices. Unfortunately, this strategy almost never works in the long run. Our willpower is a limited resource; just like a muscle, it gets tired the more we use it…This trend helps you focus on a few critical habits that can have a big impact on your weight…without requiring a lot of time or work on your part”.

12. Jessica Cifelli of JessInspireFit.com

“The past few years have seen a solid interest in fitness enthusiasts getting stronger, not just skinny… [we need to focus] our diets on macronutrient intake more than simply caloric intake is not only a great way to mindfully eat, but the ideal way to increase strength while losing fat concurrently…understanding the value that protein, fats and carbohydrates have in leaning out without compromising athletic performance is gaining serious ground in the industry”.

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13. Chelsey Amer of CitNutritionally.com

Registered Dietician Nutritionist and blogger for CitNutrition.com

“My favorite weight loss trend for 2017 has got to be gut health! Gut health has become sexy, hot and important for health and weight loss. Studies show that if your gut microbiome (good bacteria you should have in your intestines) is out of whack that you are more likely to suffer from depressed energy levels, hold on to extra pounds, develop chronic diseases and even mental illnesses. The standard American diet is low in fiber and high in saturated fat and added sugar, which contributes not only to weight gain but also gut dysbiosis (or an abnormal population of bacteria in your gut). If you eat high fiber foods like fruits and vegetables and whole grains, as well as fermented foods like miso, tempeh and kombucha tea you can help re-populate your gut with beneficial bacteria and also lose weight!”

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14. Gin Stephens of GinStephens.com

Author of Delay, Don’t Deny

“The best weight loss trend for 2017, bar none, is intermittent fasting. Not only is it fantastic for permanent weight loss, but it has health and longevity benefits beyond weight loss. The Nobel Prize in medicine for 2016 was related to a process called autophagy, and intermittent fasting stimulates this process…Intermittent fasting is changing lives.”

15. Rikke Norgaard of AthGene.com

“My number 1 pick for weight loss is based on my OWN body -my genetics -the one thing that will never change. We’re experiencing a trend in personalizing diets, exercise routines as well as lifestyle matters -such as sleep…Eating a higher fat diet is GOOD for me, though not necessarily so for everyone. My waistline in particular benefits from a diet high in monounsaturated fats as my body metabolize fat better vs carbohydrates that is more likely to be stored as fat.”

What’s interesting is that none of the experts really mentioned calories. However, it goes without saying that even when eating a wholesome food based diet, portion control is necessary to lose weight. For some, if calorie counting aids in your efforts to portion control, by all means, it is encouraged. The point is that eventually your “diet” will become a way of life instead of just a means to a weight-loss end.

So what are you waiting for? 2017 is your time to get your food and mind right. 2017 is the year for a new you and a new jean size.

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