Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic

With two convenient locations in McKinney and Frisco, Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic can help you achieve your health and beauty goals. Stop by one of our locations where our clinic staff and physicians are dedicated to helping people lose weight.

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Don't Fall for the Diet Soda Myth

Liquid calories are a major culprit of weight gain and problems losing weight. That’s why when soda drinkers start a weight loss program, they often switch from regular to diet soda, assuming that diet soda isn’t as unhealthy and will help them reach their goals. However, emerging research suggests that this is little more than a myth. To lose weight and optimize your health, giving up soda entirely is preferable.

The Diet Soda Myth

The idea that diet soda is better for you stems from the fact that it’s a low-calorie or zero-calorie beverage. Diet soda manufacturers accomplish this by replacing real sugar with artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame. It seems like common sense that any food product that reduces calories would support a weight loss plan. But what you eat is just as important as how many calories you consume, and a product that has few to no calories isn’t automatically healthy, nor does it necessarily support weight loss.

The Research That Debunks It

Studies are ongoing about the possible adverse health effects of consuming diet soda and, more specifically, the artificial sweeteners it contains. Emerging research indicates that aspartame and sucralose can actually contribute to long-term weight gain, especially an increase in belly fat. Diet sodas may also contribute to an increased risk of the following:

  • Higher body mass index (BMI)
  • Increased waist circumference
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome

These health effects were seen in individuals who had not otherwise increased their caloric intake, according to the San Antonio Heart and Longitudinal Study of Aging. Additionally, it’s suspected that the frequent consumption of diet soda can worsen a person’s sweet tooth, rather than suppress it. It’s thought that diet soda makes people crave sugary foods even more.

Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Frisco offers an evidence-based approach to sustainable weight loss. Our program is overseen by medical doctors, and offers a comprehensive approach to better health. Call us today at (972) 762-3403 and get started working toward a healthier new you.


Good Carbs to Carve Your Abs

Every now and then, a fad diet comes along that convinces countless people to experiment with extremes in nutrition, such as the Atkins diet and its strict elimination of carbs. Medical weight loss doctors tend to agree that, for lasting weight maintenance, balance is best. A balanced approach acknowledges that not all carbs are bad, and some of them are actually necessary for maintaining bodily functions. The trick is to eat the good carbs that support your health, rather than the bad ones that don’t.

Getting to Know Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are molecules that include oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon atoms. Along with fats and proteins, carbs are among the three macronutrients people eat. There are three primary categories of carbohydrates:

  • Fiber
  • Starches
  • Sugars

Fiber is essential, even though it’s not digestible. Sugar carbohydrates are short-chain molecules such as fructose, sucrose, and glucose. Starches are long-chain molecules. During digestion, the body breaks these down into glucose.

Identifying the Types of Carbs

For the purpose of losing weight, the most important way to differentiate carbohydrates is whether they are simple or complex. Some experts prefer to use the terms “whole” or “refined” instead. Refined carbs are processed, while whole carbs are not. The problem with refined carbohydrates is that they rapidly absorb into the bloodstream, causing a spike in blood glucose levels. Once the glucose level subsides, people become hungry again, especially for sugary foods. Additionally, these refined carbs lack the essential nutrients that people need for good health.

Building Your Plate

To keep the pounds off and the doctor at bay, you’ll need to eliminate or limit the refined carbs in your diet, and instead choose healthy, whole carbs. These are broken down slowly in the body, giving you a steadier source of fuel. Unprocessed carbs are also more nutritious. Load up your plate with these food sources of whole carbs:

  • Legumes
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains

Just remember that portion control is also important for weight loss.

When you become a patient at Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic, you’ll receive personalized dietary guidance delivered by medical weight loss professionals who understand the science behind their recommendations. Get in touch today at (972) 762-3403. We look forward to helping you become our next weight loss success story in Frisco!


Breaking Free of Sugar Addiction

Having trouble losing weight? It might be due to a sugar addiction. Just like substances of abuse, it’s possible for sugar to cause changes in brain chemistry that are characteristic of addiction. You can find out more about this when you watch this video.

After explaining the role of dopamine in sugar addiction, this expert discusses the steps you need to take to beat it, including going through a sugar detox period. Despite this expert advice, it’s still difficult to lose weight by yourself. Consider talking to a medical weight loss doctor about your dilemma.

With help from the professional weight loss program at Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic, you can break free from your sugar addiction for good. Give us a call today at (972) 762-3403 to set up a consult at our weight loss clinic in Frisco.


Are Superfoods Really Super?

The term “superfood” is a non-scientific one that can refer to any food that is exceptionally healthy because it’s nutrient-dense. Specifically, a superfood may offer the following: amino acids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, enzymes, clean proteins, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. For the purpose of losing weight, superfoods really can be super. They are nutrient-dense, which is especially important when you’re reducing your caloric intake. Superfoods also tend to be low in calories, which certainly supports your medical weight loss goals.

Some examples of hard-to-find superfoods include acai berries and goji berries, but it isn’t necessary to look beyond your local supermarket to find great nutrition. Look for colorful, vibrant vegetables and fruits, including kale, cranberries, and blueberries. Garlic, tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds are also superfoods.

When you become a patient at Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic, we’ll customize your nutrition plan to suit your dietary needs and medical conditions. Call (972) 762-3403 to request information about joining our effective weight loss program in Frisco.


Reached Your Goal Weight? Here's What to Do with Unused Appetite Suppressants

When you lose weight and no longer need to take advantage of our appetite suppression program, what should you do with your unused medications? As with any kind of medicine, your appetite suppressants are only safe for use by you under the supervision of your medical weight loss program doctor. Disposing of them properly will prevent the risk of accidental or intentional misuse by someone else.

In many cities, there are medicine take-back programs that will dispose of your medication for you. The DEA sometimes holds National Prescription Drug Take-Back days, at which time you can bring your medications to them. Alternatively, flush your medications down the sink or toilet. If you put your medicines in the trash, mix them with something like coffee grounds or cat litter and place them in a sealed plastic bag in your trash.

Your team at Texas Medical Weight Loss Clinic is also available to answer your questions about medication management in our appetite suppression program in Frisco. Find out more about our weight loss program by calling (972) 762-3403.


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