Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 6

Note: this is part 5 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

Hi! I’m back to talk about clean eating, fitness, and pageant preparations. This Saturday I will be taking the stage to compete for the title of Mrs. Minnesota America and am in final push mode!

The past few months have been transformative. I have gained knowledge and acquired skills that have helped me become the best version of myself. I have been able to tap into my passion for nutrition and fitness and have loved documenting my journey!

Clean Start and Fitness

The past month with Clean Start I have been following a carb cycle of two low carb days, one high carb day, repeat. I have been able to maintain my weight and body fat goals this way. I find it easy to adjust my macros when needed by continuing to keep a detailed food journal. My calorie intake has been between 2200-2500 calories. I find my weight consistently correlates to my body fat percentage which is why I am a firm believer in using the scale for daily progress checks. This week I will tighten up my calories and carbs in order to bring my best swim suit body to the stage!

Being consistent with my workouts has played a vital role in my maintenance phase. Lifting weights elevates my metabolism and gives me the toned look I am shooting for. My go to cardio is still the stepper. I must spend a lot of time stepping because I have been nicknamed “Stepper Girl”.  While this competition requires more than looking good in a swimsuit; I believe a fit body represents discipline, vitality, and health!

Professional Skin Care

Let’s talk skin care now! I am always on the lookout for the best skin care products and have tried many over the years. Botox has been amazing for preventive care and reducing fine lines on my forehead! I have certainly enjoyed waking up with a fresh, well rested face. The correct daily skin care regimen is important to achieve optimal skin health and is also a great way to maintain and enhance the effects of my Botox. The past month I have been using PCA Skin CareTM, carried at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery. PCA Skin CareTM products have a greater amount of active ingredients than over the counter skin care which helps to improve facial skin tone and texture. These active ingredients stimulate your body’s natural collagen production creating younger looking skin. I have enjoyed using PCA Skin CareTM. I am noticing a smoother look and feel to my skin! I will keep up with this skin care regimen and look forward to trying out different PCA products!

I have had fun learning more about the exciting enhancements offered at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery! Thank you, Dr. Schneider and Amy, for supporting me through this journey. Clean Start progress checks have helped me immensely and held me accountable. I feel confident, calm, and prepared as I go into my pageant weekend. I would highly recommend Dr. Schneider and his team at Riverview to help you reach any beauty or health goal!

I will be back to let you know how it goes this weekend! Wish me luck!!

Kristi’s Story – The Clean Start Medical Weight Loss Program in Action!

Note: the following is a guest article by Riverview patient, Kristi Gavin about her experience with the Clean Start Medical Weight Loss Program.

The Clean Start Medical Weight Loss program at Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic is the best way to lose weight and KEEP it off.

I have tried several other weight loss programs in the past that had bars and shakes that the “counselors” heavily pushed during and after those programs. None of them ever taught me how to have continued success with eating REAL food and really educating me on the “bad habits” that can prevent me living a healthy lifestyle.

25 Pounds in 6 Weeks

Clean Start is a quick weight loss program, I lost just over 25 pounds in 6 weeks. It was amazing to see the weight drop off so rapidly. I ate REAL food the whole time – no shakes, bars or pre-made meals. The calorie restriction was balanced with the HCG injections and after the 6 weeks was over the maintenance is really SIMPLE.

I have always been someone who works out regularly and in my 20’s and 30’s this kept me in shape and I was able to eat what I wanted. But now that I’m in my 40’s working out alone doesn’t give me the same benefits. Since completing the Clean Start program I’m seeing my body changing in the ways I have always wanted it to, this weight loss program re-starts your metabolism so that your body is responds to diet and exercise the way it’s meant to. I feel stronger and have energy that I didn’t have before.

Twin Cities Cosmetic Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we provide cosmetic and aesthetic treatments to patients who want to look as young as they feel! If you’re looking for a surgical or non-invasive cosmetic treatment, we’ve got your covered! Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified surgeon specializing in facial plastic procedures and cosmetics. Contact us today to learn more about our wide array of aesthetic offerings. You can find us at our main clinic, located in St. Paul. We also treat patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 5

Note: this is part 5 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Hi! I’m here to give an update on Clean Start and my pageant preparations. And since the weather is finally heating up (YAY!) and beach time is right around the corner now is a great time to talk about popular ways to help you reduce stubborn body fat!

The past two weeks I have been in the maintenance phase of Clean Start. This phase started off more challenging than being in an extremely rigid eating pattern. I introduced more carbs into my diet and noticed it took about two weeks to find the right balance of macros (proteins, fats and carbs) to maintain my current body fat percentage and weight. I also had a couple of meals where I went off of clean eating. When not eating clean I noticed my skin breaking out. I also experienced an increase in sinus issues and had less energy. This is a great reminder of why it is so important to eliminate sugar from my diet. My body feels better and I am in the right mindset when eating clean. I have six weeks left before taking the stage to compete for the title of Mrs. Minnesota America and I need to be focused and in the game!

My focus for the next six weeks is to tighten up my diet again and start back up with a Clean Start carb cycle. I will eat the foods listed in my first blog and go back to high, low and no carb days. I am also excited to get outside for high intensity workouts! My favorite outdoor workout is running the steep staircase and hills in Stillwater! This creates the ultimate burn!

I have great results by eating clean and getting regular exercise. If you eat clean, exercise regularly and still struggle with stubborn fat in certain areas there are a couple non-invasive procedures that may be great options for you.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting, also called cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive FDA approved medical procedure that freezes and kills fat. CoolSculpting is not for weight loss. It is a treatment to reduce fat once a patient is at or close to their ideal body weight. What is great about this treatment is that it is customized to each patient’s body since we all store fat in different areas. Commonly treated areas include: under the chin/below the jaw line, abdomen, flanks, outer thighs, inner thighs, bra fat, upper arm and banana roll (that lovely area under the glutes).

Allergan notes patients can expect up to a 20-25 percent reduction in fat after each CoolSculpting treatment. It takes about 30-45 days on average to see results, although, for some it may take up to 90 days to see the full effect.

Each treatment takes 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the area being treated. It is possible for a patient to have multiple areas treated at once. A patient will typically need 4 treatments in each area to see desired results. Since CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure there is no down time and a patient can typically return to their normal activities immediately following treatment.

Exilis

Exilis is another procedure offered at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery. Exilis is a non-invasive fat loss and skin tightening treatment that can be used in combination with CoolSculpting. Exilis is also a good adjunct therapy after some facial surgeries and can be used to treat mild fine lines and wrinkles. For optimal results 4-6 sessions are generally needed.

CoolSculpting and Exilis are great options to look and feel amazing-  whether that is feeling more confident for a day at the beach or wanting to fit into your favorite skinny jeans for a night on the town!

Dr. Schneider is currently running a great springtime special. Save $200 on each CoolSculpting treatment when you buy 4 or more!Call Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complementary consultation and learn how you can best accomplish your body contouring goals!

Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 4

Note: this is part 4 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Hi! I’m back for more Clean Start and weight loss talk! I have learned so much throughout the past six weeks and have regained skills to live my healthiest life. By manipulating carbohydrate and caloric intake, I have now entered into a state of ketosis.  I no longer crave sugar and my body performs at an optimal level using protein as its fuel source. I have better mental focus and clarity, improved sleep and experience fewer headaches! I find my energy levels are consistent throughout the day, never hitting that mid-afternoon wall. What I have also enjoyed throughout this process is having so much endurance in my weight training and cardio workouts! As my body fat and weight have decreased, I have been able to maintain my strength and feel energized while exercising. A total win!

Clean Start Maintenance Phase

I have successfully hit my target body fat and weight goals! Over the course of 6 weeks I have reduced my body fat by 5 percent and created a new baseline weight by resetting my metabolism. I am now in the maintenance phase of Clean Start! I am excited to implement what I have learned in the past six weeks into this phase of my diet. Sometimes transitioning from a rigid diet to a lifestyle diet can be difficult. Listed below are tips and strategies I have found most effective throughout my weight loss journey and that I will continue to follow to keep my current state.

Food journal

Keeping track of all nutrition consumed is a must. Journaling your food intake can show patterns to eating and help identify where areas of improvement need to be made. Journaling emotions along with nutrition is also helpful to show any correlation between nutrition and emotional state.

Meal Prep

Prepare meals for 3-4 days and store in Tupperware containers with calories and macros (fat, protein, carbs) labeled.  This takes out the guess work and will save time and money.

Daily Weight Check

Weighing yourself daily is an effective weight loss tool. This can create self-awareness and lead to better weight control behaviors. By monitoring body weight closely, modifications to diet can be made accordingly.

Consume Caffeine

Iced coffee is my favorite treat. A little jolt of caffeine can help push through a craving and is great before a workout. Caffeine may also help boost your metabolic rate and burn more fat.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water (around 60-70 oz. per day) can help with satiety and prevent dehydration.

Sleep 7-8 Hours

The body repairs, both physically and mentally, when at rest. Getting enough rest will also keep your cortisol levels in check which helps to regulate metabolism.

Dietary Supplements

A health/nutrition specialist can determine what supplements your body needs. I take Magnesium L-Threonate, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, CLA, Omega 3 Fish Oil and Collagen Protein Hydrolysate. I take Magnesium L-Threonate because it is the only magnesium that passes through the blood brain barrier. This helps to regulate anxious tendencies and balance cortisol.

Fasted Cardio

Perform cardiovascular exercise in a fasted state 1 or 2 times per week. Fasted cardio is a controversial issue in the fitness industry. I have always performed fasted cardio when prepping for fitness competitions and have seen great results. I will continue to do this to give me an edge.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Incorporating HIIT into your workout routine has many benefits. They include: A boost in metabolism, higher calorie burn, higher EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), preserves muscle while burning more fat and can be performed anywhere without equipment.

Committed Mind Set

Being committed to your maintenance phase is just as important as during a weight loss phase! Be passionate about your health and continue on with the same great habits you worked so hard to form!

I am amazed at how fast my body adapted with The Clean Start Weight Loss Program and how quickly I reached my target goal! This is the fastest my body has ever leaned up. I am committed to stay on track to maintain my current fitness level. I want to make sure to bring my best, both mentally and physically, to the stage when I compete for Mrs. Minnesota America this June! I will be back to give updates on my maintenance phase and pageant preparation fun!

If you are interested in starting your health journey contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery and Total Body Aesthetic. You can also follow Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery on Facebook and leave a comment under this post. Dr. Schneider and his staff are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best!

Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 2

Note: this is part 2 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1 here.

Hi! I am 2 weeks into my Mrs. Minnesota America prep and am loving the journey so far! This process is pushing me out of my comfort zone and inspiring me to try new things!

First 2 Weeks with Clean Start Weight Loss

My Clean Start carb cycling diet is off to a great start!  I stick rigidly to the diet plan and my body adjusts to fewer carbs and reduced calories. The first week is the most challenging as my body adapts. No carb days are definitely the hardest. While I do not go off the diet, there are moments I feel like giving into my cravings. So, what helps the most with cravings and moments of weakness…

Flip The Switch

The switch is flipped in my mind and I know I am 100% committed to my goal! I am ALL IN! This is the most important determinant of success! I have a clear vision of my end goal and a strong belief that it WILL happen. I find it helpful to put inspiring quotes in places I will see every day and I try to surround myself with positive people that believe in me.

Purpose

Know your purpose! My Platform as Mrs. Woodbury is to inspire people to live a healthy life, to eat clean foods and to get plenty of exercise! Seventy percent of people are overweight or obese, and I want to help change that. This is what attracts me to the Clean Start Weight Loss Program. I want to eliminate all sugars, not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to live a healthier life. I want to teach my son how to eat healthily and respect his body with proper nutrition and exercise. This purpose drives me!!

Nutrition

Journal what you eat. I keep a very detailed food journal which helps discover where I need to make changes if I am not seeing results. Here is the journal I use and a photo of a no carb day, high carb day, and a low carb day during weeks one and two. I also track water intake. My calorie range has been between 1,250-1,800- depending on the day.

Cardio/Weights

Exercise is key to getting the results I need!  The past two weeks I make sure to not miss any workouts. I do cardio 5-6 day’s/week for 30-60 minutes per session and lift weights 5 days/week. I split my weight lifting days into 3 groups:

  • Lower Body (Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes)
  • Back & Biceps
  • Shoulders, Chest & Triceps
  • Abs are incorporated every workout. When lifting, the abdominals should always be activated!

When I feel depleted it can be hard to find the motivation to make it through a workout. I listen to music that pumps me up and keeps me going.  I never felt more depleted than when I was giving birth to Ethan, if Eye of the Tiger can get me through that, it can certainly get me through to the end of a workout! That is one of my go-to songs.

My 2 Week Results with Clean Start

It is so exciting seeing results and knowing my hard work is paying off! My starting body fat percentage was 18.7% and it is now at 15.4%. That is a 3.3% body fat loss in 2 weeks!! I encourage everyone to eat clean this week and to get an extra work out! And if you need that extra push, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery! Dr. Schneider offers an array of procedures and services including, a MIC B injection that boosts energy and burns fat to assist with weight loss and can be used weekly!

I am so happy I decided to take this journey! I learn something each and every day to help me become a better version of myself! Bring on the next two weeks…

Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 1

Note: this is part 1 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant.

Hi! I’m Jessica! A 36-year-old wife and mother to a very on the go 3-year-old boy. I’m a fitness enthusiast and nutrition nut who enjoys traveling to all places tropical and loves a challenge! I have competed in figure competitions in the past and am currently preparing to compete in the Mrs. MN America Pageant in June 2019! As I prepare for my pageant I will be following a carb cycling diet and eliminating all sugars to get my body healthy and pageant ready! I will be documenting my journey here!

Clean Start Weight Loss

I met Dr. Schneider at his private practice, Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery & Total Body Aesthetics, and was impressed with the services he and his staff offer. I have seen Dr. Schneider for Botox and am now excited to incorporate his Clean Start Weight Loss Program into my diet! Dr. Schneider has a passion for helping people reach their weight loss goals through a customized weight loss treatment plan.

What is Carb Cycling?

Carb cycling is an eating plan that manipulates caloric intake by alternating high-carb, low-carb, and no carb days. There are many variations to this approach. You can adjust your carb intake to fit your specific needs depending on what your goals are. My goal is to reduce body fat. I am currently at 18.7%. I will start with a carb cycle of:

  • High carb
  • Low carb
  • No carb
  • Repeat

My biggest workout days (HIIT and lower body weight training) will be on high carb days and fasted steady state cardio will be on my no carb days. This way my body is getting the nutrition it needs, when it needs it most!

What Foods & Drinks Can You Consume on this Diet?

All clean, one ingredient foods. No sugar and no dairy. Here is a list of foods and beverages that are in my typical diet and I stick to mostly organic:

Chicken breast, extra lean turkey burger, eggs, egg whites, tilapia, asparagus, spinach, bell peppers, onions, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit, rolled oats, brown rice, puffed rice, puffed kamut, sweet potato, peanut butter (no sugar added), avocado, almonds, walnuts, olive oil, egg white protein powder.

Beverages: Coffee (I love iced coffee and drink lots of it), unsweetened tea, unsweetened almond milk and of course, lots and lots of water.  For a sweetener, I use stevia.

I’m off to my first week of carb cycling. The first 2 weeks are usually the hardest as my body adapts to fewer carbs! Here I go……!!

If you would like to know how you can tailor a diet specifically to your body and achieve the weight loss you want while reducing appetite cravings contact Dr. Schneider at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery and Total Body Aesthetics!

Medical Weight Loss + CoolSculpting = A Match Made in Heaven

It can be difficult to find the right combination of treatments to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. In this article, we are going to talk about how you can combine CoolSculpting and medically supervised weight loss to effectively achieve your weight loss goals!

Medical Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, there are no shortage of diets to choose from. But with so many options it can be difficult to figure out which diets are legitimate and useful. Medical weight loss is different from the innumerable diets you can find on the internet. With a medical weight loss program, you work directly with a licensed physician who specializes in weight loss.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure in which unwanted body fat is frozen off. The procedure is performed by a licensed medical professional. The biggest benefit of CoolSculpting is that it allows you to get rid of excess fat in problem areas like the tummy and thighs. For some people, no amount of diet and exercise can get these areas where they need to be. That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. CoolSculpting shouldn’t be used as a substitute for diet and exercise. Rather, it should be coupled with a weight loss program to help remove fat from problem areas around the body.

Make an Appointment Today!

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we offer a wide range of cosmetic services (both surgical and non-invasive) to our patients. Dr. Daniel Schneider is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing care to patients throughout Minnesota for years. Contact our team of cosmetic experts today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Our primary clinic is located in St. Paul, but we serve patients in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

New Year, New You – Tips for Losing Weight

Happy New Year! Losing weight is one of the most common New Years Resolutions. Unfortunately, not many people are able to achieve this resolution. Losing weight is difficult, but we’re here to offer some hints for making it easier. In this article, we are going to offer a few tips for achieving your weight loss goals in 2019!

Get a Clean Start with Medically Supervised Weight Loss

The Clean Start Weight Loss Program helps you lose weight, reset your metabolism, and control your appetite. This medically supervised weight loss program is different from other diets in that you work hand-in-hand with a physician who specializes in weight loss.

Freeze Away Fat with CoolSculpting

As the body ages, it gets harder and harder to keep weight off of certain areas. If you’ve tried diet and exercise but just can’t seem to lose the weight from around your stomach, CoolSculpting can help! CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that freezes unwanted fat away. The procedure is quick, painless, and effective!

Start Now

Take action now! There’s no time like the present to get going on your weight loss journey. Putting things off will only make it more likely that you won’t take any action at all. Contact a weight loss specialist to discuss your options.

Weight Loss Clinic in St. Paul, MN

If you are searching for a weight loss specialist in the Twin Cities, you’ve come to the right place! At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we provide a wide range of cosmetic procedures to patients of all ages. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon serving St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities area. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide at Riverview Facial Plastic and to set up your appointment with our team.

The Many Benefits of the Clean Start Weight Loss Program

We have helped many patients lose weight with the Clean Start Weight Loss Program, but many people don’t even know what this program is or how it’s beneficial. In this article, we are going to explain the clean start weight loss program and how it can help you lose unwanted fat.

How Clean Start is Different

The Clean Start Weight Loss Program is different from most other diets in that it is medically supervised. Throughout the process, you will have the help and guidance of a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in weight loss. Clean Start is also highly customizable based on the needs of the patient. Your medical professional will examine the full extent of your current situation and make recommendations the fit your unique needs.

How the Program Works

The Clean Start Weight Loss Program is a comprehensive package that includes dieting, exercise, and hormone injections administered by a medical professional. The goal is to reset your metabolism and help your body shed unwanted fat.

Benefits of the Program

Here are just a few of the many benefits of the Clean Start Weight Loss Program:

  • You can eat real food – no packaged meals!
  • You have the help of a medical professional every step of the way
  • You get long-term weight loss
  • Your metabolism gets reset

Medically Supervised Weight Loss Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we provide a wide array of cosmetic treatment options to patients. From non-invasive procedures like Botox, to facelifts and rhinoplasties – we are your go-to resource for plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing a range of procedures. We can help guide you through your options and choose the best procedure for your needs. Contact us today at our cosmetic clinic – located in St. Paul – and set up your appointment with Dr. Schneider and his team!

Cosmetic Treatments to Help Get Rid of the “Dad Bod”

We work with many male patients in their 30s-40s who want to get rid of their “dad bod” but don’t know how. In this article, we are going to talk about a few cosmetic treatments we offer that can help you get rid of your “dad bod.”

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a fantastic way to reduce unwanted fat in problem areas (such as around the abdomen). As the body ages, it can be difficult to keep fat off of these areas – even if you are dieting and exercising regularly. CoolSculpting can be a great supplement to diet and exercise that can allow you to achieve your cosmetic goals.

hCG Medical Weight Loss

If you are looking to lose weight but just can’t seem to achieve your goals with regular diet and exercise, an hCG medically supervised weight loss program may be the solution for you. This program involves strictly supervised hCG injections, along with a regimented diet and exercise routine. It has been proven to help patients lose weight and keep it off – with some of our patients losing up to 30 lbs. in 40 days! hCG can be a great tool for getting back in shape and getting rid of your “dad bod.”

Cosmetic Clinic in St. Paul, MN

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, it’s our goal to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals. Whether you’re trying to reduce facial wrinkles, you’re unhappy with your weight, or you want to revitalize your appearance – we have surgical and non-invasive solutions for you! Dr. Daniel Schneider is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who dedicates his practice to treating patients in the Twin Cities metro area. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reach your cosmetic goals. Schedule an appointment at our St. Paul cosmetic clinic.