Drink more water

If you’re looking to slim down...

Start drinking more water.

That’s right… According to research published in Annals of Family Medicine, water intake may play a key role in how heavy you are.1

In the study, researchers recorded the height, weight, and hydration level of participants.

What they found was incredible –

The less-hydrated people were 1.59 times more likely to be obese than people who drank enough water!

While scientists aren’t sure exactly how water intake affects weight...

They think it may simply make you feel more full during the day, and less likely to overeat.

But there’s one thing the scientists are certain about – Swapping sugary drinks for water is always a good idea.2

I gave up canned sodas years ago… and have more energy, and a smaller belly because of it!

My go-to healthy drink is soda water with ice and lemon… but every so often, I like to switch it up.

And lately, one of my favorites is this Cranberry Lime Sparkler.

It’s packed with polyphenols and vitamin C – so it’s not only delicious, it’s also great for you.

Ingredients serve 4.
½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice (NOT cranberry cocktail – 100% Cranberry juice)
2 tablespoons granulated stevia (or more, to taste)*
¼ cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries
Juice of 2 limes
4 cups sparkling water
Fresh mint, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

*Stevia is the only no-calorie sweetener I like, but feel free to use whatever works best for you and your can also use a little honey if you’d prefer. Liquid stevia also works – just add 4-5 drops.

In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry juice, stevia and whole cranberries, and bring to a simmer until stevia is completely dissolved – about 3 minutes. Taste, and adjust sweetness accordingly – it should only be slightly sweet. Let cool completely, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to make your sparkler. Whisk lime juice into the cranberry mixture, and divide between 4 glasses (or pour into a pitcher!) Top with ice, and divide the sparkling water between the 4 glasses. Garnish with mint and lime.

This cranberry lime sparkler is a tasty way to stay hydrated... and keep slim and trim, too!

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think. For your health

Dr. Cary Nelson, MD

Alex Gometz, DPT, CIC

Sports Injury prevention medicine, concussion management and rehabilitation.

Many clients ask me about caffeine and how it can sometimes be a barrier to fat reduction. Coffee is such a routine part of lives and many folks believe they cannot live without it, but you would be surprised. But first, why should you cut back or eliminate it altogether? Let's start by looking at a blatant fact: coffee is a toxin. I think most people know this, but they prefer to ignore it because of the great boost it provides. But when you think about the strong effects caffeine can have on your body (ie. waking you up early in the morning or keeping you up at night, when you naturally would be tired or even exhausted), it definitely shakes you up. As a toxin, it can be stored in your fat cells, especially if your metabolic system is not optimal. Once stored there, it can be quite difficult to remove, even with diet and exercise.

Our fat reduction services utilize LED lights to target specific areas of fat cells and shrinks them, however some clients who drink excessive caffeine, may not get optimum results because they are refilling the fat cells with the toxins from the caffeine.

Consider reducing caffeine, switching to decaf or trying green tea instead. After a few weeks, see how you feel. Your body will thank you! For more information on how caffeine and stress can impact your fat reduction program, check out this great article.

If you haven't started your fat reduction program with Venus NY Body Shaping, give us a call or book your consultation today. You have nothing to lose, but fat!

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Did you know that stress can get in the way of fat reduction?

Here at Venus NY Body Shaping, our best clients are the most informed. That's why we recently started a blog to provide the best tips to shaping your body quickly and effectively. Part of our program includes stress relief, which has been proven to assist with body shaping. When clients come here for their fat reduction sessions, they sometimes need to slow down the pace of their busy day and allow their bodies the chance to rest and relax. As opposed to other approaches that may not be the healthy way to lose fat, our methods take many contributing factors into account. When you arrive at your appointment, the first thing you do is relax, lay down, put your phone on silent and listen to something relaxing. (We provide many choices.)

A significant differentiator with our approach is that it truly is relaxing and effective at the same time! So keep in mind, as you go about your hectic day, take time to breathe deeply, feel your muscles relax and de-stress. It can make a big difference in your fat reduction efforts. If you choose, to start our program, feel confident that you can achieve you goals and walk away with some extra tools and tricks to keep your awesome results for the long-term.

Feel free to email with questions or comments.

Cheers to your beautiful body,

Venus NY Body Shaping

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Did you know that your metabolism may be preventing you from losing fat?

Every new client that arrives to Venus NY Body Shaping has a unique body and a different starting point. It's important to know where you are and where you want to go. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, your metabolism might be getting in the way of your fat reduction goals: frequent headaches, digestion problems, steady weight gain without over-eating, problems sleeping, and mood swings.

Some things you can do right away to start improving your metabolism include: eating healthy and fresh foods that are unprocessed, eating more frequently and smaller portions, taking probiotics with your first meal of the day (daily for 30 days), stop or reduce the consumption of caffeine, soda, and artificial sweeteners. and increase consumption of water. We recommend drinking half your body's weight in ounces daily.

It's easier to maintain a healthy and beautiful body when your metabolism is helping you, not hurting you. For more great tips, please subscribe to my blog below. Any questions or feedback? Email me at [email protected]


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5 reasons to start walking today: Fall is the best time to start walking

1. It’s not too hot and not too cold. Just right. The temperature is not going to stay this perfect for long, so get out and enjoy it!

2. You’ll forget about it if you don’t start immediately. If you start today, you just might keep it up and make it a habit. Don’t put off to tomorrow, what you could do today. Did you know that 30 minutes of walking per day can improve your quality of life?

3. Walking relieves stress. It could also be the only time in your day that you are not rushing to get somewhere else or do something. When you are walking, you goal is not to get to a specific appointment or do anything at all, except for walk. This is time you can reflect, clear your mind, stretch out your arms and legs…breathe purposefully.

4. Walking can improve relationships. If you can arrange daily walking with a friend or relative, it could be the only time in your busy day, that you take time to connect with an important relationship.

5. Walking burns fat. You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want to tighten, tone and slim your healthy body. You don’t need to do any crazy exercises to maintain or improve your body. Lose that unnecessary cellulite. Reduce fat. Tighten those legs and abs. You got this one!

Go now. Go walk!


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Inspiration For Your Body.

Happy Hello!

I'm starting a regular newsletter to inspire you to maintain your fabulous and healthy body.

This week, I came across a great recap of the value of nuts in your diet. I personally love nuts and find them a great buddy to curb my hunger during the day. I just feel healthier when I eat nuts. Check out this fun slideshow on the benefits of each type of nut and get inspired to incorporate some in your meal plan for today.

As always, please reply if you have a great idea that inspires your body to be the best it can be. I'll be sure to share it in my next blog update.

Thanks for reading and keep up your excellent care of your top asset: Your Body!


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