I would not get the nutrients my body needs if it weren’t for processed and packaged foods. And as a registered dietitian, I’m here to tell you, this is not a bad thing.
People tend to think of the terms “packaged” and “processed” and “ultra-processed” as four-letter words in the food space. In fact, when asked to define what they consider key to a healthy eating pattern, 40% of people said avoiding processed foods was a big part of it, according to a 2021 report by the International Food Information Council.
Processed and packaged foods are often vilified because we’re told to eat food closest to its natural state. But what lots of people don’t really realize is that the vast majority of what we eat is processed in some way. According to the NOVA classification, a common way to categorize processing in nutrition science, even foods that have been frozen, placed in containers, dried, cooked, vacuum-packed, washed, or had unwanted or inedible parts removed could be considered minimally processed.
Unless you go to an apple orchard, pick your apple, and eat it there, your food is likely processed. Now, there are various degrees of processing—say, a pint of berries and a bag of salad greens are less processed than prepared frozen dinners. But even the ultra-processed stuff gets an over-generalized bad rap. Ultra-processed foods are made from a series of industrial techniques and processes, such as fractioning (which separates the food into discrete parts, like sugars, oils and fats, fiber, and protein) and chemical modifications like hydrogenation, as well as the addition of additives. But that doesn't mean you should immediately write them off or ban them from your diet.
Consider this: An Oreo cookie is ultra-processed—but so is your protein powder. A can of soda is ultra-processed, but so is a container of oat milk. Fast-food burgers are ultra-processed, but so are soy-based meat products. Yet out of the above list, some of these foods often receive a “healthy” stamp of approval from varying wellness communities while others do not.
Part of this is because of the concern people have about the chemicals added in processing. Many people think that preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce are inherently scary, or that anything added into food is harmful. However, many of our foods are processed to add nutrition—not reduce it. For example, milk is often fortified with vitamin D, and breakfast cereals can have added B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, iron, and more. Wheat flour is enriched with folic acid, riboflavin, and iron. Not to mention that certain processes like pasteurization decrease microbial contamination and reduce foodborne illness. In other words, processed or even ultra-processed doesn’t have to cause mass panic. And the extent to which food is packaged or processed doesn’t necessarily negate the nutrients that it has to offer, or the amount of joy it can bring. After all, food is more than its nutritional makeup.
As a registered dietitian, I know there are many good reasons to include these types of food in your diet on the regular. For one, canned, frozen, and packaged foods tend to be more cost-effective than their “whole” counterparts—something especially important now, as food prices continue to increase and 10% of households experience food insecurity throughout the year. These types of food can be helpful for people with disabilities, since many packaged or canned foods might be easier to open or prepare, as well as to swallow and digest. Plus, many of them are just plain convenient. At the end of the day, we’re busy adults with packed schedules. Not everyone feels like or has access to making a meal from scratch. Many of us want something that saves time.
A new coalition will tackle how Arlington nonprofits and county government distribute food and support people who are food insecure.
The group held its kick-off meeting at Central Library last week, attended by 65 people. It will be focused on three areas: improving food access, increasing outreach to the community and making systemic change through policy advocacy.
The coalition “creates the infrastructure to systematically monitor the needs of Arlington’s food security system, allowing us to not only act more quickly when greater need arises, but also to identify and rectify systemic challenges earlier,” says County Board member Matt de Ferranti, who campaigned in 2018 on ending child hunger by 2022.
Although considered one of the wealthier localities in the D.C. area, several thousand Arlingtonians do not have consistent access to healthy meals and pantry and fridge staples. Arlington has historically supported these individuals through a patchwork quilt of nonprofit grocery and meal distribution programs, while county staff processed food stamp applications and Arlington Public Schools provided free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches.
That began to change when Arlington County hired a food security coordinator, Stephanie Hopkins.
“My job is to look at the bigger picture,” she tells ARLnow. “One of the things I found when I started was that there wasn’t a good centralization of resources. Arlington Food Assistance Center and smaller churches each promoted their services, while the county promoted its programs, but there wasn’t a list of everything that’s available.”
The first step, says de Ferranti, was hiring Hopkins to get a better baseline of food assistance needs in Arlington. She worked with the Urban Institute to release a study on food insecurity and stood up a task force — comprised of food pantries, community leaders, and school and county staff — to develop a strategic plan to address hunger over the next five years.
“A lot of folks worked adjacent to each other, knew each other, but had few opportunities to work together,” she said. “Through this process, they made friendships and professional relationships where now, if they need something, they call each other.”
But still, Covid and inflation have interrupted this work, de Ferranti acknowledged.
“There has been progress, with a couple of more food service sites that help children, but we have much, much more to do on the goal of ending child hunger in Arlington,” he said. “I am committed to that work and will work with APS, the School Board, and Bethany Sutton in particular on child hunger.”
The coalition is tasked with implementing the strategic plan, which was released in October 2022. By January 2024, Hopkins says she aims to have at least one new food distribution location, at least one new tool for committing resources to residents and more accurate data on meal and grocery distribution trends.
Improving access could include encouraging more organizations that conduct food rescues, particularly from retail, catering and hotels, Hopkins said, pointing to an organization that rescues food from universities and is looking to reboot a chapter at Marymount University.
“For a lot of people, they don’t have time to prepare food, so having a prepared meal is really helpful,” she said.
Improving outreach could look like training school- or nonprofit-based social workers to help families navigate food assistance applications.
Systemic change — a focus for de Ferranti — means “greater access to SNAP and other public assistance, new service delivery paths, and a much greater focus on equity,” he said.
Hopkins added that such change could also mean expanded eligibility for free school meals or free public transit for low-income people.
The work comes at a critical moment for people making ends meet with food stamps. Next month, pandemic-era emergency allotments will end, meaning families will lose extra SNAP benefits while seeing groceries cost more due to inflation.
“This is going to put more pressure on food pantries and the Dept. of Human Services call center,” Hopkins said. ”
Other key players include Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing and AHC, Inc., DHS, as well as Healthy Community Action Team Arlington, No Kid Hungry Virginia and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
“Eliminating food insecurity in Arlington will be a community-wide effort,” de Ferranti said. “I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the coalition in pursuit of more affordable and more equitable food security system.”
Credit union representatives from across Maine came together Feb. 15 in Freeport to recognize the meaningful contributions their network made in 2022 to combat hunger. At a ceremony hosted by the Maine Credit Union League, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, announced it raised $1,000,434.19 in food and cash donations last year — surpassing its million-dollar fundraising goal for the first time. The campaign also announced it provided 260 organizations with financial support to help feed Mainers in need.
“At the beginning of 2022, credit unions collectively set an ambitious goal to raise $1 million for our shared Campaign for Ending Hunger,” shared Todd Mason, president/CEO of the Maine Credit Union League. “Month after month, credit unions, their members, volunteers, and employees came together to raise critical funds to support this initiative. While the journey of raising such a significant amount in twelve months was not easy, the reward is great! Funds raised will uplift hungry Mainers in communities across our state throughout the year.”
As a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit, contributions to the Campaign are tax deductible. Dollars raised by Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger stay in Maine and support organizations such as Good Shepherd Food Bank, Full Plates Full Potential, schools, colleges, food pantries, and meal sites.
“We recognize that food insecurity is a solvable problem,” shared Scott Johnsen, chief relationship officer at the Maine Credit Union League. “But until every Mainer has access to the healthy meals they need, our Campaign for Ending Hunger will continue raising both awareness and funds to address hunger in our state. I am deeply proud of what we accomplished last year and know we will work just as hard in the weeks and months ahead to ensure 2023 is just as successful.”
The event also included remarks from Billy Shore, founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, the parent organization for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Shore is a leading voice in the national conversation on hunger and poverty and is the author of several books on social change.
“Having Billy Shore address our credit unions at our event was a tremendous honor,” added Mason. “By sharing his story and spreading his wisdom on why it is important to bring people together to address this problem, he left us both inspired and motivated to continue our important work.”
Since the campaign’s inception in 1990, it has raised over $12.3 million to combat hunger in Maine.
The Maine Credit Union League is a nonprofit, professional trade association that exists to serve Maine’s credit unions. Founded in 1938, the League’s mission is to help credit unions succeed and Boost the financial lives of their members. As the trade association for Maine’s credit unions, the League provides advocacy, education, and other resources designed to assist credit unions in meeting the needs of their membership. For more information, visit http://www.mainecul.org.
Social media has really exposed the trauma caused by gaslighting, dismissal, and misogyny by medical professionals. Chronic illness groups are rife with posts recounting the poor treatment they suffered at the hands of doctors. Imagine presenting with extreme fatigue, intermittent balance problems, and tingling in your hands and, after a cursory exam, being told your symptoms are due to stress and to lose weight. Two years later, you are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after multiple doctor visits. This is a scenario that frequently occurs across specialties.
After my second son was born, I experienced dry mouth and eyes, joint pain, and significant fatigue. It was interfering with my ability to swallow, work, care for my kids, and function. When I saw my primary care physician, he said I was suffering from postpartum bone hunger and that everyone in Colorado had a dry mouth and eyes. That encounter stung. I doubted the validity of my symptoms and thought that maybe it was postpartum depression.
I began losing weight rapidly due to increasing abdominal pain and fear of eating as food routinely got stuck in my esophagus. Along with joint pain in my hands, I started experiencing episodes of swelling and redness. I made a follow-up appointment, and my doctor agreed to order some lab tests. All my tests were normal except for a positive ANA with a titer of 1:40, which I was told was insignificant. I reminded him that I had an extensive family history of autoimmune diseases, which he again shrugged off.
My symptoms continued to worsen, so I had a colleague order an ANA panel which showed a positive SS-A. I saw a rheumatologist who said that a positive SS-A alone is not indicative of Sjogren's. It took me 2 more years and multiple doctor visits and procedures before I was diagnosed with celiac sprue, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren's syndrome.
And 2 additional years to start to feel better. During all those years, I lost my job, my marriage began to unravel, and I suffered from depression and anxiety from the trauma I endured in the healthcare system.
My story is not an anomaly. Women's symptoms are frequently attributed to mental illness, hypochondria, or female hysteria. I was not aware of how pervasive this problem was in medicine until I developed long COVID and had social media groups to turn to when doctors dismissed me.
After I had recovered from COVID, I thought I was experiencing unrelenting panic attacks. I had almost constant palpitations, chest tightness, lightheadedness, a feeling of buzzing in my body, and horrible fatigue. This went on for about a month when I experienced presyncope at work. My medical assistant took my vital signs, my heart rate was in the 40s, and my blood pressure was 80/40. I went to the emergency department and was asked what I was thinking about. My blood pressure had come up to 100/70, but my heart rate was still in the 40s. I was told this was due to my lisinopril, and I was discharged home with a referral to a cardiologist. I still felt extremely dizzy but felt too defeated to argue.
The cardiologist was kind and listened to me. I completed a 2-week heart monitor, which showed runs of ventricular tachycardia up to 240. The cardiologist called, reviewed my results, and put me on metoprolol with no follow-up appointment.
Her note stated that my condition was likely due to stress as I had lost my mother a few months prior and had recently started a small business. I accepted this and sought therapy. As the weeks passed, my fatigue became overwhelming, like my body and brain were in quicksand. I could do very little before I had to lie down. Some mornings I was too dizzy to sit up and spent the day supine by necessity.
I began researching long COVID conditions and felt my symptoms were consistent with dysautonomia and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Small fiber neuropathy due to Sjogren's can cause dysautonomia.
I devoured podcasts and poured over posts on long COVID, ME/CFS, and dysautonomia groups on social media. I armed myself with information and treatment options that could benefit these conditions. Again, doctor after doctor dismissed me. The majority were kind. They just gaslighted me by diminishing my concerns or questioning the validity of long COVID.
I did not have the bandwidth to continue my pursuit of care. I could no longer sit on an test table waiting to have my condition invalidated. I looked for support and treatment recommendations in Facebook and Reddit groups. I found that many posters had the same experience as I did or worse in their interactions with medical professionals. Sentiments varied from rage to grief.
If you do not know the etiology of a patient's symptoms, have enough humility to admit this, validate their concerns, and refer them to a physician who may be able to help. Medical narcissism is dangerous. This routine dismissal of patients' concerns is driving them, in desperation, to seek care from predatory practitioners. Or, worse, delaying a diagnosis and causing irreparable harm. We must do better.
Lisa Baron, MD, is a family physician.
This post appeared on KevinMD.
Sculpting a lean and ripped body is an achievement desired by many. However, it's not easily achievable since it requires a combination of physical exercise, supplements, and a proper diet. It's a strenuous routine followed by deprivation, fatigue, and lethargy. By building muscle mass, consumers increase their metabolism helping the body burn calories.
Burn by Capsiplex is helpful in boosting fat metabolism, preserving muscle mass, suppressing appetite, and enabling more focus and energy. According to the manufacturer, the formula is primarily formulated to sculpt a lean, burn fat, and increase lean mass. How do the dietary capsules work? This review has more on Burn dietary supplements.
What Is Capsiplex Burn?
Capsiplex Burn is a weight loss supplement formulated to boost the metabolism and gain the ability to retain muscle mass. According to the manufacturer, a daily intake of three capsules sculpts the body lean, burns fat, and preserves muscle mass. The ingredients used in the formula suppress hunger pangs and appetite, minimizing the intake of calories and enhancing weight loss.
The dietary capsules work by cutting weight with or without a burn. According to the official website, using Capsiplex Burn enables consumers to easily achieve their weight loss goals by refueling the body for physical activity. In addition, the capsules regulate the mood, alleviate stress and boost motivation for weight loss.
How Does the Supplement Work?
Capsiplex Burn is formulated to enable consumers to undergo the cutting phase with ease. Cutting entails strict appetite control with or without a burn. While cutting weight without a burn, consumers experience low energy, hunger, and mood swings. On the other hand, cutting weight with burn complements the cutting phase by suppressing appetite and carb cravings for better fat-burning outcomes.
By using Capsiplex Burn, consumers obtain amino acids that serve as precursors for vital neurotransmitters that aid in elevating energy levels, alleviating stress, and enhancing mental clarity. As a result, the formula combats fatigue and provide motivation for physical exercise. Moreover, the nutritional supplement contains patented supplements that boost fat, carbs, and protein metabolism. Some ingredients trigger the production of thyroid hormones that aid in metabolism. Capsiplex capsules also inhibit the absorption of glucose and regulate fatty acid breakdown.
Why Take Burn by Capsiplex?
According to the creator, the dietary capsules are formulated to complement any weight loss program. Consumers can use it to trim away some pounds and tone their bodies. Some of the reasons provided on the official website include the following:
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The dietary supplement contains amino acids and natural extracts that provide positive weight loss results. The intake of three capsules daily boost metabolism and provide ideal weight loss outcomes. Here are the ingredients used in the weight loss formula:
It's a patented cayenne pepper extract that boosts metabolism, increases thermogenesis, and aids in burning calories. It's proven to actively regulate energy expenditure in the body by 6% whether one is following a restricted diet or not.
According to research, optimal intake of Capsimax increases fatty acids in the bloodstream, unlocking fat cells and preventing fat deposition. In addition, the ingredient curbs hunger, enabling consumers of the Capsiplex Burn formula to take fewer calories and achieve the fat-burning process.
It's another patented ingredient proven to aid in fat-burning and weight loss. Innoslim is extracted from mulberry, and it's a blend of Ginseng and Astragalus. The ingredient inhibits glucose absorption and reduces fat storage, enhancing sustainable weight.
Innoslim triggers adiponectin, the hormone that's produced and released by adipose fat tissue, thus enhancing the regulation of glucose levels and fatty acids breakdown. Moreover, the hormone is associated with better metabolic rates. People with obesity and type 2 diabetes have low adiponectin levels in their bloodstream. Calories that aren't absorbed in the body cells bypass fat cells and feed muscle cells.
Caffeine is naturally obtained from green tea or coffee. It supports the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which stimulate the breakdown of fat into adipose tissue. As a result, the body produces heat through thermogenesis. Caffeine also suppresses appetite, leading to low-calorie intake and weight loss.
The green tea extract is proven to raise the metabolic rate by up to 8% within 24 hours. In addition, caffeine boosts fat burning by raising the basal metabolic rate before indulging in physical or cardio workouts. Caffeine is also ideal for increasing the body's lean mass rapidly.
B vitamins play a vital role in the body and are used in various functions, including energy production, formation of red blood cells, and nerve function. The B vitamins aren't linked directly to fat burning, but vitamins B6 and B12 are vital for fat and protein metabolism. In addition, vitamin B3 aids in the production of energy from food. According to research, lower levels of B12 are associated with being overweight.
Iodine (Potassium Iodide)
Iodine is a vital element that triggers the production of thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism. Capsiplex Burn contains iodine and tyrosine to boost metabolism. According to experts, suboptimal thyroid hormonal levels lead to poor metabolic rates. The intake of Potassium Iodide supplementation enables consumers in metabolism and thyroid functions.
Chromium picolinate is a trace mineral chromium used in fat, protein, and carb metabolism. According to research, chromium Picolinate increases insulin sensitivity, which enhances glucose metabolism and eliminates excess fat, leading to weight loss. Besides enhancing insulin sensitivity, the essential compound lowers carb cravings.
L-tyrosine is an amino acid used to support mental and physical body function. It is a precursor to dopamine and other neurotransmitters that regulate mood and metabolism. L-tyrosine can help in weight loss by boosting energy levels, alleviating stress, and promoting mental clarity, which are vital in enhancing motivation for physical exercise.
In addition, tyrosine is used to make thyroid hormones accelerate metabolic rates, which supports the fat-burning process. However, prolonged caffeine intake can deplete tyrosine levels in the body, which is detrimental to the fat-burning process.
L Arginine HCL
L arginine is also an amino acid that's vital for metabolic processes. It serves as a precursor for nitric oxide production, which plays a vital role in regulating blood flow. In addition, nitric acid stimulates insulin synthesis, which regulates blood pressure and human growth hormone. L-arginine also triggers immune responses.
The ingredient supports weight loss by elevating energy levels, promoting muscle growth, alleviating inflammation, aiding calorie burn, and improving engagement in physical activities. The ingredient reduces fat mass but increases lean muscle mass.
Piperine is an alkaloid compound obtained from black pepper, and it's vital for enhancing the absorption and bioavailability of other nutrients. As a result, it optimizes the effects of other Capsiplex Burn ingredients in enhancing fat burning mechanism.
The ingredient aid in weight loss by boosting metabolism, reducing inflammation, and inhibiting the formation of new fat cells. Piperine supplementation is also associated with mild thermogenic effects, which increase calorie burn and boost metabolism.
According to the creator, Burn by Capsiplex is formulated under an FDA-approved facility, and it's GMP certified. Moreover, the manufacturer claims that the ingredients are of the highest quality. Each batch of capsules has no soy, gluten, or dairy products and is vegan-friendly.
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All packages are shipped for free, and deliveries take up to 5 business days in the US and the UK. However, international shipments take up to 14 business days. In addition, the manufacturer guarantees consumers of a secure checkout.
Consumers who aren't happy with the results can claim a full refund within 60 days of purchase and return unused bottles. A 60-day money-back ensure backs the Capsiplex Burn formula. However, the manufacturer is confident that it provides better outcomes. You can reach out for refunds and product information by sending an email to:
According to the manufacturer, the formula is easy-to-use for consumers working out or following a healthy weight-loss diet. Here's the recommended approach on how to use the dietary capsules:
According to the creator, the effects can be noticed within the first day of consumption. However, other consumers experience the effects after a week or a month. In addition, the manufacturer claims that an ideal cutting requires a regimen of 2-4 months and recommends a three-month supply of the nutritional supplement.
The formula is recommended for 18 years and older consumers who want to lose fat rapidly and reveal their muscles. However, consumers with underlying medical conditions or pregnant women should consult their doctor before using Burn capsules.
What to Expect
The manufacturer claims that consumers can achieve a perfect ultra-lean physique, and here are the expectations based on the duration of usage:
First Days: Consumers notice that their routine workout is easier and more productive despite low-calorie intake.
After a Week: One relinquishes the suffering they've been through after finding the multifold benefits of the formula during workouts
After the First Month: Consumers engage in high-energy workouts fueled by rapid fat burns. Other people begin to notice consumers' physique changes.
After Following a 3 Months Regimen: Consumers find the undeniable transformation of a toned body with muscle buildup.
Burn by Capsiplex aids in the cutting phase enabling consumers to lose weight, eliminate excess fat, and achieve a healthy weight. Here are various benefits that the supplement enables consumers to unlock:
Targets Fat Reserves: Burn Capsiplex focuses on the body's fat reserves that prevent weight loss. The formula inhibits the formation of new fat cells and ensures the excess fats are eliminated through thermogenesis and fat-burning mechanism.
Minimize Fatigue: The supplement contains B vitamins and other essential ingredients that elevate energy levels, provide motivation and reduce anxiety. The amino acids enhance optimal levels of nitric oxide that enhances vasodilation and supply of nutrients to various body tissues through the bloodstream, enabling consumers to find nourishment. During a cut, consumers have low energy, and the supplement replenishes the body tissues with essential nutrients and fuels the body.
Suppress Hunger and Cravings: Burn capsules contain potent ingredients that support insulin sensitivity, which regulates blood sugar and manages appetite for carbs. Chromium supports healthy blood sugar and cuts the intake of calories to enable consumers to achieve their weight loss goals.
Increase Lean Muscle Mass: Burn by Capsiplex has powerful ingredients that preserve muscle mass as consumers lose weight. Consumers lose weight and increase muscle mass since the amino acids in the supplement promote muscle growth.
Boosts Motivation: the dietary capsules are used before workouts to supercharge the body. Upon absorption in the body, the ingredients in the dietary supplement burn fat, boost energy levels and refuel the body for a resilient and prolonged workout.
Sculpting a lean while burning fat and preserving muscle mass is challenging. However, with an ideal regimen, one can achieve a toned body. Burn by Capsiplex is a weight loss formula that eliminates stubborn fat and reveals lean muscle. The intake of 3 capsules daily is sufficient for fat burning mechanism and enables consumers to achieve their desired weight loss goals. Consumers can order the Burn supplement on the official website and get discounts and additional bottles for free.
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You probably already know that CBD has tons of benefits, including helping to ease stress or help you drift into a deep sleep, but did you know that CBD may also help you reach some other goals?
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five’s Full Spectrum CBD + THC Oil is a high-quality oil made from a unique strain of the hemp plant and is available in a variety of different strengths and flavors, making it easy to find the right one for your needs. It’s also third-party lab tested to ensure quality and safety.
One study showed that CBD oil increased the body’s ability to burn fat by up to 30%. five’s can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism and helping your body to burn more fat. It can also help with anxiety which can sometimes lead to overeating, and sleep which helps promote a healthy appetite.
What we love about five
five creates full spectrum CBD (and sometimes THC!) products that are always lab tested for quality assurance. While CBD oil is one of their main products, five also offers gummies, capsules, creams and even CBD-infused chocolate.
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five is backed by several positive customer reviews. Users say that the oil is effective in reducing pain, anxiety and insomnia. They also appreciate the fact that the oil is third-party lab tested for quality and safety. Overall, five’s CBD + THC oil is a high-quality product that can offer a variety of potential health benefits.
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Extract Labs’ Daily Support CBD Softgels are a great way to get your daily dose of CBD. Each softgel contains 33mg of CBD, making it easy to get the right amount of CBD each day. The softgels are also flavorless, so you won’t have to worry about the taste of CBD.
The Daily Support CBD Softgels benefit users by helping with issues like anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation. CBD has also been shown to Boost sleep quality. If you’re looking for an easy and convenient way to take CBD, then Extract Labs’ Daily Support CBD Softgels are a great option. They can also help with weight loss by reducing appetite and promoting a healthy metabolism.
What we love about Extract Labs
Extract Labs is a Colorado-based company that was founded in 2016. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality CBD products accessible to everyone. Extract Labs sources its CBD from organic hemp that is grown in the United States. All of the company’s products are third-party tested to ensure quality and potency.
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Customer reviews for Daily Support CBD by Extract Labs are excellent. The customers are saying that these softgels help with anxiety, pain and sleep. They are also very easy to take and have no taste. Overall, customers are very happy with Daily Support CBD by Extract Labs and would recommend it to others.
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Full Spectrum CBD Capsules from Cornbread Hemp are a great option for those looking for organic, GMO-free and vegan CBD capsules. Each bottle contains 30 capsules with 750mg of full spectrum CBD oil. The only downside is that they’re more expensive than some other brands. But if you’re looking for a high quality product, then these capsules are definitely worth the extra cost.
These capsules are especially good for people who have trouble taking traditional CBD oil tinctures. The capsules are easy to take and provide a consistent dose of CBD.
The CBD Capsules from Cornbread Hemp can help you with your weight loss goals by helping you to control your appetite. The capsules can also help you to reduce stress and anxiety and may also be helpful with chronic pain management.
What we love about Cornbread Hemp
Cornbread Hemp is a veteran-owned company that produces high quality CBD products. The company was founded by two Kentucky farmers who are passionate about producing the best possible CBD products. Cornbread Hemp is committed to using only organic ingredients and all of their products are GMO-free and vegan.
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Customers have some great things to say about Cornbread Hemp’s Full Spectrum CBD Capsules. They say that the capsules are easy to take and that they help with a variety of issues like stress, anxiety and pain. If you are looking for an easy way to take CBD, then these capsules from Cornbread Hemp are definitely worth considering.
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NuLeaf Naturals’ Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a whole-plant extract containing all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds found in cannabis. Unlike some CBD oils on the market, NuLeaf’s oil is free of additives, preservatives and flavors, making it a pure and natural product.
NuLeaf Naturals’ Full Spectrum CBD Oil is extracted from the highest quality hemp plants grown in Colorado. The plants are organic and non-GMO, and NuLeaf only uses the flower and stalks of the plant in their oil.
The cannabinoids in NuLeaf’s oil work together to provide a wide range of potential health benefits such as weight management. CBD has been shown to provide relief from anxiety, pain and inflammation and it can also help to Boost sleep and mood. The other cannabinoids in the oil, such as CBN and CBL, are also thought to offer their own unique benefits.
NuLeaf’s Full Spectrum CBD Oil is available in five different strengths. The oil is taken orally, and it can be added to food or beverages or taken on its own. It is also one of the most affordable CBD oils on the market, making it a great option for those on a budget.
What we love about NuLeaf Naturals
NuLeaf Naturals is a Colorado-based company that was founded in 2014. The company is dedicated to providing high-quality CBD products, and they are one of the most trusted names in the CBD industry. All of NuLeaf’s products are third-party tested for purity and potency, and their oil is tested by an independent lab. NuLeaf is also a member of the National Hemp Association and the Colorado Hemp Association.
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Customer reviews show that NuLeaf Naturals’ Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a top-quality product that provides all of the promised benefits. However, the company does not offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee, so you may want to purchase a smaller size to start with to make sure it’s the right fit for you.
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If you’re looking for a high-quality CBD oil that’s THC free, then you may want to consider Isolate CBD Oil from Medterra. This oil is 99% pure CBD and is available in a variety of strengths and sizes. It’s also flavorless and odorless, so it’s easy to take.
It’s also a great option for those who want the benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC. If you’re looking for a high-quality, THC-free CBD oil, then Isolate CBD Oil from Medterra is a great option.
Those looking to lose weight can benefit from Isolate CBD Oil from Medterra. CBD oil has been shown to boost metabolism and promote fat loss. It can also help to reduce appetite and cravings.
Those with anxiety can also benefit from Isolate CBD Oil from Medterra. CBD oil has been shown to reduce anxiety and Boost mood. It can also help to Boost sleep quality.
What we love about Medterra
One of the things that sets Medterra apart from other CBD companies is their commitment to quality. All of their products are third-party tested and certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority. This means that they meet stringent standards for safety and efficacy.
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Users are loving the product. They say that it helps with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, pain, and inflammation. They also love the fact that it’s THC free and easy to take.
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CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar 1500mg from CBDfx are a unique and potent way to get your daily dose of CBD. Made with full spectrum CBD oil and infused with apple cider vinegar, these gummies provide a powerful punch of CBD in every bite. Each gummy contains 50mg of CBD, making them perfect for those who need a higher dose of CBD to manage their symptoms.
These gummies have health benefits such as reducing anxiety and improving sleep. They can also help with weight loss by reducing appetite and boosting metabolism.
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CBDfx is a leading provider of CBD products. They offer a wide range of CBD-based products, including gummies, tinctures, vape juices, and more. Their products are made with only the highest quality ingredients and are third-party lab tested for purity and potency. CBDfx is committed to providing the best possible products and customer service.
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Customers who use CBDfx’s CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar say they’re a convenient and delicious way to get their daily dose of CBD. They also appreciate the high quality of the product.
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We looked at a variety of factors when choosing the best CBD products for weight loss.
First, we considered only products that contained CBD oil derived from hemp plants grown in the US. This ensures that the products are of the highest quality and potency.
Next, we considered only products that are third-party lab tested for purity and potency. This guarantees that the products contain the amount of CBD listed on the label and that they’re free of contaminants.
Finally, we considered only products that have positive customer reviews. This ensures that customers are happy with their purchase and that they’d recommend the product to others.
In addition to taking CBD, there are a number of other things you can do to lose weight.
First, it is important to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise.
Additionally, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep are also important for weight loss.
Finally, avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks and excessive amounts of caffeine can also help you lose weight.
CBD is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike its close relative THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. That means it won’t make you high.
CBD has been shown to have many potential health benefits, including reducing anxiety, relieving pain and improving sleep. Some people also use it to help with weight loss.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the correct dosage of CBD oil for weight loss depends on many factors, including your weight, metabolism and the severity of the condition you’re treating.
Start with a low dose of CBD and increase it gradually until you achieve the desired effect.
Research on CBD is still in its early stages, but there’s already some evidence to suggest that it may help with weight loss. In one study, overweight and obese people were given CBD daily for 12 weeks. Those who took CBD lost more weight and body fat than those who didn’t.
CBD typically takes effect within minutes to hours, depending on the method of consumption. When taken orally, CBD usually kicks in within an hour. When applied topically, it may take a few bit longer to work.
CBD can be a helpful tool for weight loss.
It can reduce appetite and boost metabolism while helping to reduce stress and anxiety — which are often triggers for overeating.
CBD is a safe and effective way to help with weight loss. However, it’s important to remember that it is just one part of a weight loss plan. A healthy diet and regular exercise are still necessary for healthy weight loss.
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LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio -- Connecting for Kids (CFK) has been assisting families and children for more than a decade. CFK’s mission is to provide education and support to families in Northeast Ohio who have concerns about their child. CFK serves all families, including those children (ages birth to 12-years-old) with and without formal diagnoses. Resources are available for many concerns including anxiety, attention issues, autism, developmental delays, epilepsy, and sensory issues.
CFK is hosting its annual Lorain County Resource Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. March 14 at Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and according to information from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) submitted by CFK representatives, developmental disabilities affect approximately one in six children (17%) aged 3–17 years.
The free resource fair features more than 70 local providers including therapists, mental health professionals, funding sources, transition services, adapted summer camps and more for those 0-22 years-old. Participants can visit with representatives from a variety of organizations to discuss services and explore program options.
In addition, with the prevalence of mental health concerns today, the fair also provides numerous resources for those experiencing anxiety, depression and behavioral problems, according to the press release.
Families who pre-register and attend the in-person fair will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. In addition, the first 100 families in attendance will receive a free stuffed animal with a disability awareness pin courtesy of Wild Republic and the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
A drive-up tent option is available in front of the Spitzer Conference Center during fair hours for families to receive a grab-and-go bag in a safe, socially distanced way.
For a complete list of participants and to register for either the in-person resource fair or to reserve a grab-and-go bag, go to connectingforkids.org/lorain-resource-fair, or call/text 440-570-5908.
City Barbeque opening: Add City Barbeque, 35495 Chester Road, to the list of new restaurants opening in the area. The official opening date is Feb. 27. City Barbeque serves beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, pulled chicken with ‘Bama sauce, smoked sausage, bone-in chicken, and St. Louis–cut ribs. All meats are smoked in on-site smokers. For more information, go to citybbq.com.
Top pizza: The new pizza shop in town was the top pizza shop at the recent North Coast Rotary Great Pizza Bake Off. White Box Pizza recently opened in the space formerly occupied by D’Tutanelli’s Pizza, 36962 Detroit Road. During the all-you-can sample event, patrons were asked to vote for their favorite pizza in a variety of categories. White Box Pizza won “Best Crust” and “People’s Choice” honors. White Box Pizza is open daily at 4 p.m. Ordering options include phone 440-766-0046, website (thewhiteboxpizza.com), or by downloading the “Toast Takeout” app on your phone. Guests can also stop by in person and order from the self-serve kiosk.
CRS board: Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS) is currently seeking a high school student from Avon High School to serve as a student representative on the CRS Board of Directors. The student should be a sophomore or junior entering the 2023-2024 academic year. The position is for a two or three-year term. The student will support and participate in special events (i.e., Charity Ball, SOUPer Bowl Food Drive, and Homeruns for Hunger), as well as promote the CRS mission and represent the agency at the high school and in the community. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/bdebtunt.
Safety Town: Set your alarms, Safety Town registration opens at 8 a.m. March 1. Safety Town is a collaboration between the Avon Parks and Recreation Department and the Avon safety forces. The program is open for Avon children entering kindergarten in the 2023-2024 school year, but is not a requirement to attend kindergarten. The week-long sessions in June take place at the Avon Board of Education office, 36600 Detroit Road. Each day will focus on a different Topic such as fire safety, riding the bus and healthy living. Space is limited. For more information, go to cityofavon.com/178/Parks-Recreation.
Knights fundraiser: The “Knights at the Races” event takes place March 25 at the Knights of Columbus Father Ragan Hall, 1783 Moore Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and races begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner and access to betting. Cash bar and additional side board betting is available, as well as purchasing a horse or race. RSVP by March 7. Mail checks (payable to Fr. Ragan Council #3269) to Father Ragan Hall, PO Box 224, Avon, OH 44011. For reservations and more information, call Pete Catanese at 440-465-4946.
Starbucks remodel: Starbucks, 35825 Detroit Road (City Center Plaza by Marc’s), is closed until early April for remodeling. I highly recommend supporting local and going to Black Key Coffee, 37063 Colorado Avenue, for your caffeine fix. There is also coffee at Peace Love and Little Donuts, 37300 Detroit Road.
Ward meetings: Mayor Greg Zilka is hosting a residents’ meeting for Wards 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. March 1 at Learwood Middle School, 340 Lear Road. Hear from city council representatives Billie Jo David (Ward 1) and Jennifer Fenderbosch (Ward 2); Fire Chief Jeremy Betsa; Police Chief Vince Molnar; Public Works Director Kevin Brubaker; and Recreation Director Erin Fach. There will also be opportunities to ask questions.
Questions for city officials can be submitted prior to the meeting. Mail questions to Mary Krupar at 150 Avon Belden Road, or email MKrupar@AvonLake.org, or place in a drop-off box located outside city hall, 150 Avon Belden Road. Deadline for questions is Feb. 27.
The meeting for Wards 3 and 4 will be held at 7 p.m. March 8 at Troy Intermediate School, 237 Belmar Blvd.
Train show: All aboard! The National Model Railroad Association Mid-Central Region Division 4 will host a free model train display at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 5. The “Cleveland, Sandusky and Southern Railroad” exhibit offers information regarding different elements of the hobby, running the trains, what railroads the group likes to model, how they do scenery, the modern electronics of model railroading, how to make a model train run well, and much more train information.
Steering wheel locks available: Due to an increase in the thefts of Hyundai vehicles, free steering wheel locks are available from Hyundai at the North Ridgeville Police Department, 7307 Avon Belden Road, for anyone who lives in the city (proof is needed).
If you own or lease a Hyundai vehicle that was produced prior to November 2021 that has a key ignition, it may not have the necessary engine immobilizer that deters vehicle thieves. All Hyundai vehicles produced on or after November 2021 have these immobilizers installed.
Dr. Seuss party: Celebrate all things Dr. Seuss from 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 4 at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road. Join Bill Morgan from SignStage for a special signing story time of “Green Eggs and Ham.” Pre-registration is required, go to lorainpubliclibrary.org.
Books needed: The Friends of the North Ridgeville Branch Library are currently accepting book donations for the next book sale. The group especially need children’s books, adult fiction paperbacks and hardbacks. Drop off your gently used books at the library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, during regular library hours.
Coffee chat: Join Mayor Kevin Corcoran for his monthly Coffee & Conversation from 6 to 7 p.m. March 9 at the senior center, 7327 Avon Belden Road.
Fish Fry season: ‘Tis the season to check out some delicious local fish fries, as well as restaurants offering seafood specials during Lent.
Smokin’ Mary’s, 34173 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, is adding additional fish items to the menu including fish tacos.
North Ridgeville V.F.W. 9871 fish frys are back again and take place every Friday during Lent for carry-out only from 4 to 7 p.m. at 6805 Lear Nagle Road. The menu includes perch, shrimp and perogies. For more information, call 440-327-4068.
St. Joseph Parish and School will host Friday fish frys now through March 31 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 32929 Lake Road, Avon Lake. Menu items include cod, shrimp, walleye, salmon, and perch. Dine-in or drive-thru is available. Order online in advance, go to stjosephavonlake.org/fishfry.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will host a one-night only Fish Fry from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the school gymnasium, 2640 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon. Dinners available include perch, shrimp, and walleye. Dine-in or carry-out is available.
St. Teresa of Avila Parish offers a dine-in and drive-thru Fish Fry on Fridays through April 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 1878 Abbe Road, Sheffield Village. Menu items include perch, shrimp, mac and cheese, pizza, and perogies.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church offers weekly fish frys every Friday through April 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 719 Harris Road, Sheffield Lake. To place a carry-out order, call 440-949-8491.
Democratic Women’s Club: The Lorain County Democratic Women’s (LCDW’s) Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 7 at Rosebud Hall, 4493 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain. For more information, go to LCDWOhio.com.
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Fitness and nutrition gurus like to make weight loss sound easy. But in reality, it’s often incredibly tough to incorporate the necessary changes for weight loss into modern everyday life and to actually see the results you’re looking for. So, what do you do when the strategies you try don’t seem to be working? Prescription weight loss is an option that can create real results.
In this article, we take a look at two online prescription weight loss programs. We compare Found and Calibrate to let you in on how they work and to show you which one might be the better choice for you.
We’ve done all the research you’ll need to compare the two prescription weight loss programs, but if you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of the biggest takeaways. Read on for more information!
This chart directly compares these two online programs to help you choose which is best for your weight loss journey.
Sometimes, we have processes in our bodies that are counteracting our best weight loss efforts. All the willpower and lifestyle changes may not be enough if your body is working against you. Eating healthier and exercising more works for many people, but for others, the situation is more complex.
In general, weight loss is challenging for everyone because it can be impacted by many different things. This can include your hormones, genetics, metabolism, neurobiology, and more. Outside of this, medications and certain conditions can also pose challenges. At the very least, these can make weight loss a real uphill battle, and at worst, they can make it feel near impossible.
This is where prescription weight loss comes in. It works to address certain biological components that are playing a role in your weight and can help you address these issues to get results.
Nonetheless, the exact factors that are addressed differ by the weight loss program. In this comparison, the Found program considers your genes, any unbalanced hormones, and other individual factors. The Calibrate program focuses on GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) hormones.
Found is a direct-to-consumer platform that focuses on holistically supporting your weight loss journey by using information from your genetics, personal biology, gut health, and even the environment. Eliminating the one-size-fits-all “eat less, move more” approach, Found takes an integrated strategy that focuses on the individual rather than forcing all members to follow the same path.
By focusing on treating underlying medical issues that may contribute to weight gain rather than blaming it on a person’s lack of motivation or attention to diet and/or exercise, Found
Found offers a few different plans for weight loss, their Wellness Path, which includes 1:1 coaching, and their most common route, the Rx Path, which includes prescription weight loss medication prescribed by a Found healthcare practitioner. Based on the patient’s history, BMI, comorbidities, and activity level Found determines an appropriate course of treatment.
With Found, you can finally move your focus away from short-term weight loss and toward long-term, sustainable weight management. To read more about their Wellness Path (sans medication), check out our Found review.
One of the ways Found personalizes your weight care journey is by prescribing off-label medication. Through their Prescription Program, Found offers 13 drug options. The medication is customized to your specific circumstances and demands, which could include taking prescription medications to regulate hormones, control blood sugar, or manage how your brain senses rewards, for example.
When a doctor prescribes medication “off-label,” this simply means that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has originally approved it to treat a condition different than your condition. Found helps specifically address your individual biological demands and lifestyle variables with this approach.
Bupropion, for example, prescribed by Found, is approved to treat depression and smoking cessation, but studies show that when used with other drugs, it can aid in weight loss. It activates noradrenaline, dopamine, and (to a lesser extent) serotonin receptors. This increases your energy, lowers your appetite, and improves your mood. In one trial, 12 of 18 bupropion subjects (67%) dropped more than 5% of their baseline body weight, compared to 2 of 13 placebo subjects.
Metformin, another medicine accessible at Found, is FDA-approved for treating diabetes, but it has also been shown to help people who are overweight or obese and have insulin resistance lose weight, according to one study.
This is an excellent illustration of how Found uses a broader range of dosage options to tailor-match to your individual needs.
Found’s Rx Path is appropriate for anyone with a BMI of ≥30 (or ≥27 with certain comorbidities). A board-certified medical expert will analyze your information and advise you on which medications may be appropriate for you.
Prescription medication is not appropriate for everyone; consequently, certain pre-existing conditions, medical history, health data, or conflicting drugs may prevent weight loss medication from working safely and efficiently, and you may be ineligible for Found’s Rx program.
If that’s the case or if you’re looking for a more cost-efficient model, Found’s wellness path is available for anyone, regardless of BMI. This is a weight loss program that’s tailored specifically to you and your needs, where you’ll work 1:1 with your coach to create better habits and long-term changes to help you reach your goals. It offers personalized nutrition plans, recipes, movement and workout plans, and more.
|Found Weight Loss Plan||Price|
|Wellness Path (no prescriptions)||$49/mo|
|Rx Path 6-month commitment||$99/mo|
|Rx Path 3-month commitment||$129/mo|
|Rx Path monthly (no commitment)||$149/mo|
Calibrate is a medical metabolic health company that focuses on the interconnectivity of our biology, environment, and dietary choices to provide a whole-body reset to encourage weight loss. The program approaches your weight and health in a more systematic and multidimensional manner by considering how food affects our hormone systems and metabolism, as well as how just reducing calories is frequently unsustainable.
Calibrate’s program combines doctor-prescribed, FDA-approved medication with 1:1 accountability coaching and tracking to drive sustainable weight loss, reprogram old behaviors, and “reboot” overall metabolic health.
Calibrate’s One-Year Metabolic Reset uses FDA-approved GLP-1s (glucagon-like peptide-1s), which imitate the effect of a hormone that’s already naturally in your body. Calibrate doctors prescribe a variety of GLP-1 medications, all of which are not stimulants, non-habit forming, and are clinically proven to be one of the most effective medications for long-term results.
GLP-1s help to suppress hunger by directly influencing brain areas such as the hypothalamus, decreasing your motivation to eat while increasing your energy expenditure. These medications also impede the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine. As a result, you may feel full faster and for a longer period of time, causing you to eat less.
GLP-1s prescribed can include:
Calibrate is intended for adults between the ages of 18 to 64 who have a BMI of at least 30 and above (or 27 and above, in combination with metabolic conditions, such as pre-diabetes, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea or PCOS.).
Additionally, at present, you need to be covered by a commercial health insurance plan (except Kaiser) to join Calibrate.
Those that should not try Calibrate’s program are those that are pregnant or breastfeeding, those with an active substance abuse problem, an active eating disorder, cancer, recent bariatric surgery, active gallbladder disease, a history of pancreatitis in the past six months, or those with a history of medullary thyroid cancer (MEN syndrome).
|Calibrate Weight Loss Plan||Price|
|One-time Metabolic Health Assessment||$250|
|One-Year Metabolic Reset (monthly payments)||$138/mo ($1,656 total)|
|One-Year Metabolic Reset (one-time payment)||$1,649|
The cost of prescriptions and lab tests are not included in the Calibrate membership cost, but they work with your insurance to get them covered. Calibrate states that medication should be capped at $25 or less each month after deductibles are met.Source: Calibrate
|Pros of Calibrate membership||Cons of Calibrate membership|
Found and Calibrate both offer online weight loss programs, so you can gain access to medical weight loss with prescription support, without the hassles and extra costs of visiting in person. You still get the personalized, one-on-one support of medical professionals.
We signed up for both Found and Calibrate to help you understand what questions you’ll be asked and to help you decide which program might be best for you.
The Found sign-up process starts off with 25 questions. They first ask basics including your name, DOB, gender identity, sex at birth, and whether or not you are pregnant. They then move on to your history with weight loss, asking which ways you’ve tried to lose weight in the past, how long you’ve been trying to lose weight, what your weight loss motivations are, your height and weight, and your goal weight.
Their final questions are asked to determine if the prescription medication can help unblock what’s been preventing you from lasting weight loss. These include questions about genetics (if anyone in your family has struggled with weight loss), any conditions or medical conditions that you might have, certain medications you might be taking, and if you’ve had any organ transplants or issues in the past.
All of the questions are used in creating your own personalized plan through Found. If you are eligible for their prescription plan, you’ll receive a final medication chosen for you based on your answers and price/month options in which to follow through with your plan. This includes a one-month, six-month, or three-month plan.
I did notice that I was offered this medication with no ability to get the actual name of the prescription unless I followed through with the payment and waited until my initial consultation with my board-certified medical provider for additional details. After only 25 questions online, I would have preferred to have a 1:1 meeting with my Found board-certified medical provider before paying for the entire subscription.
They do offer a 90-day money-back guarantee, but you must have weighed in 9+ weeks, communicated with your coach for 11+ weeks, and submitted 1+ follow-up form, among other requirements, within those 90 days in order to qualify to receive your refund.
If I were to have continued with this sign-up, the medication would’ve been shipped to my house and I would have met with my personal coach to set the foundation for my weight loss path. We would have worked together over text in combination with my medication to set new goals, create new habits, track progress, and provide encouragement, along with sharing meal plans, guides, and more.
Calibrate’s quiz to determine eligibility for their year-long program starts with what state you’re located in, your DOB, your sex at birth, any certain pre-existing conditions, your height & weight, your goals, how familiar you are with GLP-1 medications, and your insurance.
The next few steps let you know that Calibrate will navigate your insurance so that you don’t have to do it on your own. Calibrate’s medication coverage ensure lets you sign up with confidence, knowing that you’ll get low-cost GLP-1 coverage OR be eligible for a refund.
If you’re eligible, you’ll get to the plan page (shown below), which is fully transparent about the medications offered, what you’ll be paying, and what your subscription will include.
Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll complete a comprehensive survey that a Calibrate doctor will review along with your full medical history. Then, you’ll upload results after either a) getting new lab work done, or b) uploading recent results. And finally, you’ll schedule your 45-minute video appointment with a Calibrate doctor and your first accountability coaching session.
Both Found and Calibrate offer doctor-based, from-home prescription weight loss programs. They can both guide you in losing long-term weight through personalized prescription medication, coaching, and encouragement, without the need to visit a doctor in person. For this reason, either one is a great choice if you’re struggling to lose weight and you fit the qualifications.
As far as choosing the right prescriptions for you, Found’s medications are more on the traditional side, while Calibrate offers GLP-1 medications. Found has more prescriptions to try if you’ve never experienced traditional weight loss medication, and they offer a personalized experience in finding the right match for you. We would recommend Calibrate’s prescription medication if you’ve tried traditional weight loss medications in the past and are looking for this metabolic reset direction.
Head to head, we prefer Found because of how customizable it is, the flexible pricing structure, and because you can make as much or as little of a time (and money) commitment as you choose, by allowing options ranging from month to month or up to 6 months at a time. They also offer the flexibility of a non-prescription plan (their Wellness Plan), which costs less and still offers 1:1 coaching. Overall, Found’s program offers a lot more flexibility.
Calibrate’s One-Year Metabolic Reset requires staying in the program for a full year and forking over $1,600. While sustainable results generally take that long, not everyone can afford that price tag. That said, if you’re ready to make the investment in both time and price, Calibrate does offer an amazingly supportive community and many impressive results – including an eye-catching 10% weight loss ensure (!). They offer a very premium service, but it’s not as approachable as Found.
Have you or someone you know tried Calibrate or Found for prescription weight loss medication? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re starting your journey towards fitness and conscious, healthy living, there is one person you should know about — author, celebrity health coach and functional medicine expert Vijay Thakkar.
Thakkar’s fitness philosophy has three fundamental pillars — regular workouts, food and nutrition, and rest and recovery. Founder of 48 Fitness in Mumbai, he published his first book, Eating Less is Making You Fat: How to Lose Weight Without Starving (Hachette India), in January. The 392-page book is a guide to getting started on a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, and also has a foreword by Hrithik Roshan.
My Kolkata caught up with the author and fitness guru to get answers to all the questions that one wanting to get on the health train might have. Edited excerpts follow…
My Kolkata: Diets have always been popular. What prompted you to demystify diets?
Vijay Thakkar: My inspiration came from personal experience and failure to lose weight with diets that didn’t work for me. When I started 48 Fitness, my fitness club brand, in 2013, I came across many members who fell prey to similar fad diets and ideas about eating less and consuming a low-calorie diet to lose weight. Most of them, without exception, regained weight because these are not sustainable and spoiled their metabolism and body. So when I witnessed myths and bad science being promoted to a large set of gullible people, I started penning down my research with my book to bring the facts out to them. With this book, I wanted to challenge commonly held beliefs about dieting and help people better understand the science behind weight loss and healthy eating without starving.
What, according to you, is a balanced diet that can help control weight?
In my view, a balanced diet that can help control weight should emphasise whole, unprocessed food with a wholesome nutrient matrix to supply you the right type of calories for weight control. It should include the following:
Stress is a common lifestyle side-effect these days — how does one control that in order to achieve a balanced life?
In my opinion, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. The first would be avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Along with that, practising mindfulness and deep breathing exercises along with working out is a good start. Prioritising self-care and leisure activities such as playing sports, swimming, outdoor biking, walking in nature, among other things also help in a big way.
It is also important to manage stress effectively with techniques such as meditation, yoga and even group therapy. Also, getting adequate sleep is essential. So the key to managing stress, in the long run, is addressing the root cause of stress, rather than just its symptoms, for improved well-being.
You talk about how stress affects hormones in one’s body, making it more difficult to lose weight — can you elaborate on this?
Chronic stress affects hormones in the body, making it harder to lose weight. It changes the levels of cortisol, insulin, ghrelin and leptin in the body which can have varying effects from increased belly fat and slower metabolism to unhealthy food cravings and a risk of type 2 diabetes.
The word ‘metabolism’ is used increasingly nowadays in conversations. What is the true meaning of this word and how does it affect weight loss?
Metabolism is the body’s internal process by which it converts food into energy. It involves a complex network of hormones and enzymes that control the speed at which the body burns calories, which in turn plays a crucial role in weight loss. Simply put, faster metabolism results in burning more calories, while slower metabolism burns fewer calories.
In the book, I explain that various factors — genetics, age, muscle mass, hormones, lifestyle — affect metabolism and one must pay attention to it. Optimising metabolism with boosting strategies like strength training, protein-rich foods, ets can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
‘Calories’ is another word that is thrown around a lot when talking about diets. Is measuring calories the right way to go about your diet? What are calorie-deficit diets and it is something one should try?
There are better ways to determine a healthy diet than measuring calories. In my book, I argue that counting calories can lead to an obsession with specific foods and numbers, builds a toxic relationship with exercise, and counting calories doesn’t take into account the quality of the food being consumed.
A calorie-deficit diet is one in which, “theoretically”, calories consumed is less than calories burned. These can result in weight loss in the short run, however, the data and literature on this subject have confirmed that it is not a sustainable weight management tool.
It’s more important to listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full, and choose foods that support overall health and well-being. Individuals can sustainably achieve a healthy weight without counting calories by focusing on eating a balanced diet.
Intermittent fasting is also a trend that seems to have caught up, is it advisable?
Intermittent fasting (IF) offers flexibility to allow it to become a lifestyle rather than a seasonal pursuit and I believe that IF is a potent tool for healthy living and can lead to weight loss. Many approaches, from daily fasting to weekly, can be adapted to suit an individual’s lifestyle habits so evaluate the approach that most suits your requirements and can easily be sustained and adopted as a lifestyle.
If done for the wrong reasons, IF can backfire and cause things like overeating, or muscle loss and an imbalance of hormones that regulate hunger, fullness, and metabolism, making it harder to lose weight or causing weight gain in the long run.
While IF may be appropriate for some people under certain circumstances, it is essential to consider individual needs and goals when determining the best approach to weight management.
With so much information out there on the internet and social media, how difficult is it to separate fact from fad?
In the world of weight loss, separating facts from fads can be pretty tricky. Many weight loss fads and diets are based on incomplete or outdated information, which can be harmful or ineffective in the long run. So I always warn dieters against adopting quick fixes and miracle diets and instead going for a sustainable approach to weight loss, which requires an understanding of the biology of weight reduction. So, seek sources based on scientific research and be way of overly simplified or sensationalised information.
Does eating right help with acne and hormone-related issues? If yes, how so?
Yes, eating a nutritious, balanced diet can significantly impact various aspects of health, including skin health, hormonal balance, and menstrual health.
A diet high in processed foods and sugar can lead to inflammation and breakouts and disrupt the delicate balance of hormones. Whereas a diet rich in fibre, healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, fruits, millets, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, meat, seafood, pulses, grains and legumes can help promote clear skin, and healthy hormone regulation.
PCOS is a common ailment for women these days. What kind of dietary and lifestyle changes would you recommend?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is related to stress and having a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats, which can disrupt hormones and contribute to developing PCOS and even cause heavy or irregular menstrual cycles. Some dietary and lifestyle changes can help women support their hormonal health and manage their symptoms. Eat a nutrient-rich diet, limit sugar and processed foods to regulate hormones in the body and slow down or even reverse the development of PCOS. It’s also important to manage stress and incorporate physical activity. Stress management techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing are crucial and physical activity improves insulin sensitivity, regulates hormones, and promotes overall health.
How important is meal planning to maintaining a healthy diet?
In my view, it is imperative. Emphasis should be put on taking the time to plan and prepare meals, especially fermented foods, in advance.
Meal planning does not have to be complicated or time-consuming and that simple steps like making a grocery list, prepping ingredients in advance, and having healthy snacks on hand such as whole fruits, nuts, sprouted bhel and boiled eggs can make a big difference in maintaining a healthy diet.
How does one control sugar and junk food cravings?
Controlling cravings initially takes strategy, time and effort. You can break the cycle of cravings by making dietary and lifestyle changes, and developing a healthier relationship with food.
Incorporate leafy greens, protein-rich foods, and healthy fats in your food and stay hydrated as dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger. Lack of sleep can contribute to cravings and a drop in fitness as well. And also, reduce exposure to junk food by avoiding it in the home, workplace, and when eating out.
Do you think mental health plays a part in weight gain and loss?
Mental health plays a significant role in how an individual gains or loses weight. Stress, anxiety, and negative body image can affect one’s relationship with food, leading to unhealthy eating habits and weight gain. Bad mental health days can also cause cravings.
Practising mindfulness along with improving body image through self-care and self-compassion are important practices.
By addressing mental health concerns,and seeking support from loved ones and professionals, you can develop a beneficial relationship with food.
Since your book mentions a four step formula, without going into much detail, what are four simple things someone should remember when looking to manage their weight?
Based on my extensive research and more than a decade of practice in functional medicine, I believe these four steps can help anyone Boost their health, regulate their hormones, and maintain a healthy weight.
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