BY JENNIFER LOCONTE
Whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds, 20 or more, the secret to weight loss remains somewhat of a mystery. It would seem that exercising more and eating less would be the answer, yet so many of us continue to try, year after year, unsuccessfully, as the numbers on the scale don’t change and might even move higher. Fad diets and crazy workouts at the gym might work temporarily, but before long, the weight comes creeping back and it’s possible to end up weighing more than before the workout started. It can be frustrating, causing anxiety and depression when diets and workouts continue to fail.
According to the CDC, more than one-third (36.5 percent) of adults living in the United States suffer from obesity as well as obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. As these numbers continue to rise, the country will continue to spend billions of dollars on medical costs from obesity.
Personally, I have been trying to lose 20 pounds for the past four years, after I had baby no. 3 at the age of 41. Now 45, losing weight has become next to impossible even though I continue to work out several times a week. A year earlier, I had been a regular member at a well-known gym that specializes in high-intensity workouts. But, after that year, I actually weighed more than when I started. I first heard about Dr. Augello’s Weight Loss Program from two parishioners at my church. A mother and daughter had signed up and were looking, frankly, fantastic.
After chatting with them about their weight loss success, I knew I needed to give it a shot. I had tried so many different diets and workout programs with limited results. What did I have to lose – hopefully those 20 pounds.
Augello, a Lehigh Valley native, has been a licensed chiropractor for the past 20 years. He is a Bethlehem Catholic alumni and a 1993 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic. He is married and has 3 sons – Frankie, 19; Marco, 17; and Dominic, 16. Dr. Augello also suffered from obesity. He said, “I was overweight, tired, sick and after being given prescriptions for a myriad of medications by my physician, I decided that I needed to make a change.” He traveled to California with a friend who is an exercise physiologist, and together they met Doctors Wallace and Linda Nelson (founders of Solutions 4 nutritional company) and Dr. Todd Singleton (a chiropractor and nutritional expert).
After studying their proven weight loss methods, Augello became a client and lost close to 40 pounds. He looked and felt better and had more energy than ever before. He then decided to open up the exact same kind of health program for folks here in the Lehigh Valley. Since 2012, Augello and his staff have helped over 1,000 clients to lose weight, including local radio celebrities, doctors, nutritionists, and he’s even helped those with type-2 diabetes get off of insulin and other medications.
Dr. Augello’s program emphasizes that before you can really lose weight, you need to get your body back to being healthy. That means turning off the fat-storing hormones and turning on the fat-burning hormones. This can only be done by cleansing the liver, cleaning out the gut and controlling hormones. What a person eats has a direct correlation to how much they weigh, and nothing tips the scales quite like sugar. Nicknamed “white death,” sugar is highly addictive and can cause severe health issues, including certain cancers. Eating refined sugar triggers the release of insulin, causing the body to produce fewer fat-burning hormones, resulting in the body storing more calories as fat. White flour, a refined carbohydrate, is also a culprit. These empty calories end up as fat. Eating processed meats, too much dairy and trans-fats can all have a negative effect, in addition to the building up of toxins in our bodies. And, of course there is caffeine, which unfortunately, stimulates cortisol (a belly fattener and muscle waster). Cleaning the gut, decreases the amount of candida (yeast) that lives there and increasing the good bacteria.
So, what can patients eat? Dr. Augello explained that on his program, eating a wide variety of foods like fresh vegetables, lean meats and shellfish, limited grains and dairy, healthy oils, raw nuts and after a short time adding fruits to the diet will jump-start the weight loss while the liver becomes clean and healthy. Patients will find that drinking half their body weight in water is also key to weight loss. In addition to a healthy menu, Dr. Augello recommends a specific brand of protein shakes, vitamins and supplements. Solutions 4 products are Japanese grade, meaning they are beyond organic, triple-tested and 100-percent pure.
The whey protein comes specifically from New Zealand, where cows graze free range. Augello says, “Whey is one of the best ways to get protein into your system and I am very particular about the type of whey I use. Solutions 4 whey protein is lactose-free, hormone-free, dairy-free and its texture is extremely fine, not grainy.” The program recommends drinking one shake per day, taking Solutions 4 vitamins and supplements, along with an unlimited amount of the foods listed above, and eating until full. The shake provides protein, probiotics and enzymes, as well as vitamins and minerals. Augello emphasizes that this is not a shake program, but a lifestyle change program.
During the journey on this “getting healthy” program, patients will also spend several days on a detoxification cleanse. Drinking a mixture of distilled water, lemon juice and pure maple syrup will allow the body to rest and heal itself, specifically the digestive system. The process will help to reboot the body and kick-start weight loss.
Food is the main component of Dr. Augello’s weight loss program, but it’s not the only one. Because it emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, weekly in-office treatments are a necessary part of becoming healthy. Unlimited use of the Vibacore (whole body vibration) helps to burn fat, build strength, improve circulation and decrease stress hormones. It has also been used for physical therapy, professional sports and rehabilitation. Spending 30 minutes in the infrared sauna, developed by NASA, can actually burn 600 calories while flushing out toxins. Niacin based body wraps will aid in detoxification, weight loss and losing inches from the body. Self-Mastery Technology audio sessions allows patients to relax while focusing their mind on tuning out unwanted habits.
The cost of Dr. Augello’s weight loss program varies depending on the length of the program choosen, prices start at $750. I signed up for the 5-week session and am currently on week 3. So far, I’ve lost 15 pounds and I am feeling great. I love the protein shakes and there are plenty of food choices for meals. Each client is given a binder that includes an in-depth analysis of the program, benefits of detoxification, how to maximize your nutritional intake, frequently asked questions, a food diary, tons of great recipes and specific menus to follow, if you choose to. I spend a little more time prepping vegetables, but it helps to have things chopped and ready to snack on versus grabbing chips and cookies from a bag or a box. I will admit that the detox cleanse was difficult, but not impossible.
In just a few weeks, my cravings for sweets has decreased drastically while my cravings for nutritious meals has increased. The in-office treatments are relaxing and spa-like, reminding me that it’s good to do something just for me. Upon completing the program, I can continue to lose weight with healthful food choices and periodically detoxing. For more information visit augellohealthandbody.com or call (484)866-0338.