What do Oprah Winfrey and I have in common?
Oprah might say: “not all that much.“
I doubt she knows anything about me (although Harpo Productions once contacted the Advice Sisters when my twin was still alive). But over the years, I’ve learned a few things about her. I believe we do have things in common. We are both women, of course. And both of us live a part of our lives in the public arena. To help others, we have both shared with our audiences, our personal struggles. Of course, Oprah’s audience is much larger.She’s on television, and she has more resources at her command to tackle her lifelong issues. But I have my blog and my web site, and the Internet may just possibly be the largest audience in creation! And, I have been given the chance to reprise my treatment on the Zerona Laser with Dr. Nicolas Ungaro of Better Body Solutions. While I’m referencing Oprah Winfrey,
This post is mostly about the zerona laser. Yes! Round TWO of my zerona laser treatments began yesterday!!!!
Oprah Winfrey’s struggle with weight: I presume Oprah was a chubby kid. Certainly, she has been overweight more than once in her life. I was always very thin (although, amazingly, I remember thinking I needed to lose weight). Due to medical issues, the past ten years has seen my weight, soar. I’m still not huge, but I’m certainly not fitting into anything form fitting this season. As full disclosure, I probably drink more wine than I should, and sit in front of my computer day and night. I do work out (at home) three times a week with personal trainer Carl Ditmars (he is super-fantastic–I don’t know what I do without him so check out his web site or email me for his contact information). I do my best to watch what I eat. But still, it seems to be an ongoing struggle. I didn’t want to have surgical lipo and wasn’t even sure it would be the best option. When the opportunity came to experience the Zerona Laser and blog about it, I jumped at the chance. I wonder if Oprah ever considered zerona laser treatments?
Zerona Laser 101: If you are curious about what the Zerona laser is, how it works, and who does this type of treatment, check out my original post about the Zerona Laser , and my discussion with Dr. Nicholas Ungaro of Better Body Solutions . But here’s a summary: the Zerona Laser is a new type of laser, and the treatment I’m undergoing right now is often called “lunchtime lipo.” There is no surgery involved, however. The Zerona Laser is non-invasive (as long as you don’t count the laser beams painlessly penetrating your skin as invasive). Unlike lasers from Star Wars or those that can cut through solid surfaces with heat, The Zerona Laser cannot even be felt on your skin. It is a cold laser that works on a different frequency. It was originally developed to deal with pain, but like many new inventions, the people using realized that it had beneficial side effects.
The Zerona Laser emits light at a wavelength and frequency that communicates directly with your fat cells, creating a temporary pore in cells targeted by the laser (four “pods” are focused on your area of concern. In my case, my stomach). Unlike surgical liposuction where fat cells are literally, sucked out of your body, the temporary pores made in your fat cells by the Zerona Laser “leak” fatty material out — the cells stay put. The material drained by the temporary pores in your fat cells can then be picked up by your lymphatic system, processed for removal by the body, and filtered out. You can’t see, hear or feel any of this while it’s going on, but the coolest thing is that the fat cells continue to leak that fatty material into your body for up to 24 hours after the treatment to help you lose inches.
Benefits of the Zerona Laser: Although you won’t get the dramatic results of surgical liposuction, there are lots of benefits to this laser treatment. There is no down time at all (that’s another reason the Zerona Laser is called a “lunchtime lip.” treatment. All you have to do is lie on the table and relax (I listen to my iPod and enjoy all the podcasts I haven’t had time to listen to at home). You’ll typically get two treatments of 20 minutes each (in my case, one for the right and left sides of my stomach). The typical treatment program consists of six sessions performed over the course of two weeks. For most people, weight loss and inches is the goal. Many people do these treatments to trim down before a special occasion such as a wedding day, or after having a baby, or maybe after divorce, or to look better in a competitive job market, or because they are not ready to undergo a surgical procedure, or for many other reasons. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, overweight or not. The Zerona Laser should benefit, everyone. Surgical liposuction can be scary. It can cause scarring and can be painful and dangerous. The Zerona Laser appears to be much safer and certainly a lot more pleasant.
If this is making you curious, you can see the brief video I made of the Zerona Laser in Dr. Ungaro’s office, last time.
Oh, two more things: to help make the Zerona Laser treatments more effective, you have to drink enough water to satisfy a camel (to help flush out the fatty “goo” or whatever it is that leaks out of your fat cells) and take a “cocktail” of herbal supplements that Dr. Ungaro suggests to you after carefully checking blood work, and other tests. It can be challenging to take more than a dozen pills the size of horse pills each day. Water is good for you anyway, but drinking large doses of it sends me running to the bathroom every half hour. But it’s a small challenge, not a huge one. I never take supplements or vitamins on my own, but if I’m being honest (and I am), I think I felt more energized when I took them. You also need to watch what you eat and avoid bread and other carbs. You need to limit your intake of caffeine, too (but I still need at least one cup of coffee to get moving in the morning).
Does the Zerona Laser Work: Can a machine that emits a light you can’t even see, really help you lose weight? It does sound magical and it is, sort of. And yes, it does work. But better for some people than others. Although all sorts of fantastic results have been claimed, and proven, by Dr. Unagro’s office with the Zerona Laser, the first set of treatments I had worked, but I got less than average results. Dr. Ungaro believes in this treatment so much, however, that he insisted something must be wrong. He offered to continue to work with me at no cost. How could I refuse? And, after more investigation, it appears the problem, at least in part, is that I don’t process fat very well, and I have ridiculous cortisol levels.
What is Cortisol and How Does It Impact Weight Gain/Loss? Cortisol is a hormone that helps to regulate metabolism and blood pressure. Many experts believe that high levels of cortisol can make it difficult if not impossible, to lose weight and that an excess of cortisol causes you to gain weight, especially around your abdomen, among other things. Increased stress can lead to an increase in cortisol production. And by “stress” I am including: Physical stress: overexertion, trauma, infection; Environmental stress: heat, cold, noise; Chemical stress: nutritional deficiencies, refined sugar consumption, drugs; and; Psychological stress: worry, fear; or even Imaginary stresses. As Dr. Ungaro explained it, cortisol is a throwback to our early ancestor’s who needed to store fat for survival, especially during “fight or flee” incidents. We don’t need to store up our fat anymore, but we still produce cortisol. So, when you have feel stressed out, your adrenaline levels dissipate, but your appetite is increased and your cortisol levels remain high (supposedly to replace the carbohydrate and fat supplies that were used up when you needed them). So in a modern world, your body’s need to refuel is kicked into high gear, even though you don’t need it. And, a high cortisol level stimulates additional glucose production that is converted to fat and is stored as excess fat. My cortisol tests showed that my cortisol levels were completely exhausted in the morning, but they zoomed to high heights from noon to four, and only tapered off a bit a midnight. By morning, the viscious cycle begins again. In order for the Zerona Laser to work better, I have been given some supplements that supposedly will help me to process fat more efficiently. It would also help a lot if I could find some ways to manage my personal stressors, better, but that’s another story.
So I’m back on supplements, I’m drinking water, I’m watching what I eat (more closely than I might normally if I wasn’t blogging about this) and I’m working out (Carl, my trainer, just left a few minutes ago). Instead of having lunch, which I’d really like right now, I’m blogging to all of you. I hope this time the treatment will really work amazingly well. I would love your comments and support, too. Feel free to ask me questions in the COMMENTS section of this blog. There’s a link to add one at the bottom of every blog post after my copyright schpliel. And, please follow me Twitter: http://twitter.com/advicesisters or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/alisonblackman
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