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New Year New Body

by Linda Sechrist

To lose one pound of fat, the body must burn 3,500 calories more than it consumes. Dancing, aerobic exercises and regular strength training several days a week can burn a vast quantity of calories and increase weight loss. Adding other lifestyle modifications such as eating small-portion meals with lean protein and a rainbow of healthy vegetables also helps. In other words, forget looking for a silver bullet to weight loss and embrace a combo approach. 

Doctor-Assisted Weight Loss Programs

For many individuals, a New Year’s goal of having a healthier, trimmer and more toned body might be more reachable with the help of a doctor-supervised weight-loss program. Here in Southwest Florida, doctors of chiropractic Debra Hopp, in Cape Coral, and Christine Hoch, in Fort Myers, offer excellent dietary and behavioral modification guidance, as well as a strategy for maintaining long-term weight loss.


ChiroThin, offered by Hopp, is a natural dietary supplement containing nutritional ingredients aiding fatty acid transportation, fatty acid metabolism, blood sugar stabilization and increasing metabolism and detoxification. “The supplement allows the body to more efficiently metabolize fat and use it as energy when consuming healthy and specific amounts of anti-inflammatory foods with a low glycemic index and fewer calories. It aids the body with blood sugar stabilization, hunger and craving suppression while providing a mild detoxification. It does this with no fad diet or ‘protein only’ program. There are no meal replacement shakes or bars, or stimulants involved with ChiroThin’s nutritional support formula. You can actually lose 20 to 35 pounds in six weeks by eating real food you buy at your local grocery store,” says Hopp, who used the program to lose weight quickly and maintain the loss. “ChiroThin helped my body establish a higher metabolic rate.”

 Debra Hopp

Metabolic Weight Loss using HCG

Christine Hoch, owner of Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, uses her professional guidance, encouragement and accountability for fat loss, maintaining muscle mass and improving nutrition. While on her 30-day weight-loss phase, participants can expect to lose one-half to one pound per day. In the maintenance phase, they learn how to adapt lifestyle and dietary changes that help maintain weight loss, healthy habits and good nutrition for a lifetime.

“The program utilizes a sublingual form of the prescription hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), which is a fat mobilizer. Combined with a low-calorie diet, HCG helps burn stored central body fat from hips, waist and thighs for fuel. A body that burns fat for fuel produces ketones which produce energy and suppress the appetite,” says Hoch, who believes the program is successful because metabolic factors that interfere with weight loss—poor digestion and absorption of nutrients from foods, low vitamin D levels, and stress on the adrenal system—are honored.

“Following this program, I lost 50 pounds over the course of about three months and went from a size 14 to a size 6. At age 40, I was back to my high school size, and I did it without any blood, sweat or tears. Finally, the image in the mirror matched the image of myself in my head, and I could stop the obsessing over how my clothes fit,” enthuses Hoch.

Central body fat around internal organs puts undue pressure on the heart, acts as storage for hormones and toxins that influence glandular and hormone function, and can have a negative influence on insulin and metabolism. “This is fat that the human chorionic gonadotropin diet is superior in targeting. With my metabolic weight-loss program, you stay motivated to stick to your healthy eating plan. Caloric intake can be reduced comfortably without hunger because the body is supported by the HCG hormone which assists the body in using the stored body fat for fuel, naturally suppressing the appetite. I support my patients nutritionally, which helps improve digestion and hormone balance. This program has been a great tool in assisting patients with autoimmune disorders, diabetes, digestive disorders and other conditions to alter their diets in a healthy way that impacts their health in a positive way,” explains Hoch.

 Christine Hoch and her husband

Slimming and Cellulite Reduction Results

One of the newest innovations in spa technology for immediate results in slimming, cellulite reduction and toning is known as Cryoskin spa technology. Only a trained med spa technician such as Shelle Misiorowski, owner of Trim and Tone Med Spa, in Naples, can offer Cryoskin treatments, which destroy fat cells and increase collagen production during each session due to a thermal shock response caused by hot and cold temperatures.

“Depending on the individual, as well as their lifestyle and diet, results can last several months to several years. Results are very encouraging, and generally visible from the first session. The best results appear from 15 days to three weeks following the first session, and extend for several months afterwards,” says Misiorowski, who recently began offering clients the phototherapy technology of LifeWave SP6 complete patches that complement any weight-loss program by helping to reduce cravings and appetite.”

Misiorowski is hosting a fun, show-and-tell weight-loss party about how to reduce fat and cellulite with the technology of Cryoskin, along with the patches and a healthy lifestyle, at 6 p.m., January 21. 

 Shelle Misiorowski

Insight Hypnotherapy

For individuals that may need a little extra help with will power, Melissa Stefanski, a licensed mental health counselor and certified hypnotherapist in Fort Myers, is offering introductory classes on self-hypnosis and insight hypnotherapy. “Participants can decide if hypnotherapy will help them improve their will power and replace their unwanted habits with good habits to lose weight, exercise and resist the foods that might be interfering with their weight-loss plan. I personally know the power of hypnosis because it worked for me when I needed something to help me overcome anxiety, which plagued me for most of my life,” says Stefanski, who also offers cognitive behavioral strategies, brain entrainment and meridian tapping, which are also helpful.

Melissa Stefanski


How To Find Them:

Stefanski has scheduled a Super Slim Me Hypnosis group ($25) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., January 11. Register by phone or online.

Dr. Debra Hopp, 3321 Del Prado Blvd., Ste. 10, Cape Coral. 239-540-1300. 

Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, 12655 New Brittany Blvd., Ste. 13W, Fort Myers. 239-243-8735. 

Trim & Tone Med Spa, Marquesa Plaza, 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 16, Naples. 239-596-5522. 

Insight Hypnotherapy, 15050 Elderberry Lane, Ste. 6-3, Fort Myers. 239-980-2507 or visit 

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