Words of Encouragement

Encouragement Promotes Weight Loss

Orlando Weight Loss Program

Encouragement Promotes Weight Loss

Author: Emely Edwards

If you find it challenging to follow diets and exercise regimens, you may be lacking the proper amount of encouragement. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, staying motivated is the key to success. Exercising and dieting can be counterproductive if you do not have motivation. With the Greater Orlando weight loss program, you not only receive professional supervision, you are encouraged to stay ambitious about your goals.The most effective way to stay motivated while attempting to lose weight is through the ongoing support of others. If you surround yourself with people who have a vested interest in your success, you will triumph. At the Greater Orlando weight loss clinic, you will be given the one-on-one attention and support you need. Professionals will encourage and guide you every step of the way while gauging your success as well.

Following a personalized diet and exercise plan is also a valuable tool when it comes to receiving weight loss encouragement. Once you understand that your personal needs are important and vital to another person, you will be more determined to shed the pounds. The Greater Orlando weight loss staff will provide you with a regimen that is based on your individual goals whether they are medically-based or solely about aesthetics.

Weight loss encouragement is not only about having a personalized plan or support system. Encouragement can stem from knowledge as well. With this Orlando weight loss program, you will learn why and how fat is stored. This small bit of wisdom can take you far in your weight loss efforts. Once you understand what is happening inside your own body, you can regulate how your meals are processed.

Fast and Effective Weight Loss via Encouragement

The Greater Orlando weight loss program also teaches you how to maintain your weight loss. This may be the most essential encouragement you will receive. With nutritional counseling, you can avoid the pitfalls that many dieters face. You will also be given new ideas for staying fit and increasing your energy. When you are armed with a vast array of weight loss information, you will find the inner strength you may have lacked in the past.

With quality, professional supervision, you can easily achieve your weight loss goals. The Greater Orlando weight loss program provides you with effective long-term weight loss techniques. You will learn how to have realistic expectations so you do not get discouraged. If you want to lose weight and get fit, you may just need a bit of encouragement. The right amount of inspiration can be a springboard to permanent weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Losing Weight in Orlando with Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss

Orlando Weight Loss – Encouragement

Our program is all about YOU. We custom tailor our approach for every patient. We are pleased to offer a very flexible schedule at any one of our three locations. You can visit our Orlando Weight Loss Program in Maitland, Lake Mary or Dr. Phillips (Sandlake). Our philosophy is simple, we follow the Golden Rule. Our desire is to treat others the way that we would like to be treated. We know losing weight in Orlando can be challenging. There are many factors that contribute to this; time, motivation, hormonal changes, metabolism, lack of energy, lack of knowledge. The Greater Orlando Medical Weight loss program understands these factors and we have a comprehensive approach to overcome every single challenge.

Losing Weight in Orlando; Custom Tailored
We focus on patient results that are long term. Dr. Cruz has created a program that avoids unhealthy rapid weight loss and instead aims to achieve lifestyle changes that our patients can use forever. As you learn more about Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss and our approach, we hope that you feel confident in knowing that you are dealing with the leader in effective medical weight loss in Orlando. Our staff is incredible and attentive to the needs of our patients with out being judgmental or making you feel uncomfortable. In fact, our nurses are program graduates that understand the journey. Feel free to view the videos posted on our site, many people report that after viewing our videos, they have decided to choose Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss because of the approachable nature and down to earth personalities of our staff. We are just like you, and we treat you the way you wish to be treated. There is a great reason you are viewing this information at this moment. There is no such thing as happenstance so go with your instinct, and remember, timing is everything and NOW is YOUR time.

What to expect from Your Orlando Weight Loss Team

Our Orlando Weight Loss Clinic uses many tools to assist you towards your goals. Our nutritional guidance in not calorie restrictive, you eat regular foods and never any prepackaged meals. We focus on high protein and lower carbohydrates to assist you weight loss goals while maintaining lean muscle mass. Dr. Cruz regularly prescribes an FDA approved appetite suppressant to help curb hunger while you are achieving life-style changes. Our Orlando weight loss program also administers weekly injections of B5,B6,B12 and amino acids to provide more energy and speed up metabolism. Never HCG (hormones). Start losing weight today! Call Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss to schedule a free consultation or to make your initial appointment.

April 2012 Patient of the Month


This is my story.

At one time I weighed 180 Ibs. I needed a serious back surgery. It is so hard to care about what you are eating when you feel terrible and you can’t get around and you just hurt all the time anyway. I happen to be married to an angel. He never quit trying to think of new ideas to keep me going and not give up, always taking me special places and planning exciting things to do. But I just could not drag myself around anymore. I just wanted to lie down and DIE.

Then I met a wonderful group of young ladies at:


With their great encouragement and smiles and cheering me on each week, and the constant support of my special Angel, I have managed to make it thru a horrific back surgery. The best news is I now have met my goal weight of 139 Ibs. and I am thrilled. The injections and supplements have kept the cravings under control even when I went thru the steroid injections. Please believe me, If I can loose weight with this program.


I will continue with the maintenance program. I know I will always need guidance so that I don’t slip back into the terrible way Americans have developed their eating habits. It’s really sad to see what they are doing to themselves.

Wake up America!! That stuff you are putting in your mouth is going to destroy you!!

Central Florida needs to break the obesity cycle – article from the Orlando Sentinel


obesity_definitionAn article from this weekends Orlando Sentinel shared the opinion of the paper along with highlighting some initiatives in Central Florida that were enjoying success in the change movement. The write up cites choice making as the answer to change. We agree the correct choices are helpful, but what if people don’t know the correct choices or if there is other circumstances that have complicated the lives of so many facing obesity. Generally speaking, we think this article is a over simplification of the obesity epidemic in Central Florida – however, we are pleased that the message is being delivered and that local governments are willing to play a role in creating and providing weight loss encouragement to the citizens living in the area. The actual results will be the only matrix by which the success of these government programs. We have all seen so much waste and lip service from government that it is easy to be skeptical.

The courage and commitment we see here at GO on a daily basis reflects a general sentiment of change in the community and our patients are great examples for their families, co-workers and friends and with that – we say – “GREAT JOB!” and we recognize and applaud you! Your commitment and hard work are truly inspiring and this is what keeps us working hard everyday – for YOU!

Anyway, the article is a thought provoking look at obesity from the context of health, expense and ideas…. enough so we wanted to re post the article here on our site.

Here is the Article from the Orlando Sentinel published on Sunday May 19th, 2013 :

Not so long ago, about one in every 10 adult Floridians was obese.

Today, if you line up four Floridians, one of them will be obese.

The good news? At least we’re not Mississippi, where every third person has a body mass index of 30 or higher — the definition of

The body mass index is a critical measure of the relationship between weight and height, a ratio that’s getting more out of whack every year.

And it doesn’t look good for young people, either. More than 10 percent of adolescents and children between 2 and 5 are obese.

The rates have been accelerating like a runaway train, and today not a single state in the nation has an obesity rate of less than 20 percent of its population.

If you’re a lean, mean exercise machine, suppress the urge to crack a joke or sniff your disdain for fatties.

This is your problem, too.

Everyone suffers from the obesity epidemic, whether it’s the couch potato who ends up with chronic heart disease or the triathlete whose insurance premiums go up to pay for those illnesses.

One study estimated that health-care costs for obese people are 42 percent higher than for people of normal weight, and that the burden of treating obesity has increased to nearly 10 percent of all medical spending. Possibly as much as $150 billion per year.

That’s a staggering amount of money to pay for an out-of-control problem.

But not everyone is standing by while the nation gets super-sized.

In Eatonville, Mayor Bruce Mount is leading twice-weekly walks through the city. Residents like 74-year-old walker Jurlean Tompkins are seeing results. So is Tompkins’ doctor, who has been able to cut back her diabetes medication. Diabetes is rampant in Eatonville, where an estimated 25 percent of the population suffers from the disease, nearly triple the national average.

Eatonville is part of an axis of cities promoting healthier living, along with Winter Park and Maitland. The cities are working through the Healthy Central Florida partnership to encourage lifestyles that steer people clear of obesity.

Similar initiatives should be taking root in communities throughout Central Florida. Like the tri-city mayors, elected officials are in the unique position of not only setting an example but also setting up programs to help their constituents and, in the process, help their communities become better places to live.

Individuals, too, need to accept more personal responsibility for their health, and set better examples for their children. Because no matter how many programs are launched or how many medical advances are made, our nation can’t turn back the tide of obesity if people aren’t willing to make better choices.

July 2013 Updates, News and Events

Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss Newsletter July 2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Friends, Happy Fourth of July! Have a Safe and FUN Fourth! This month we wanted to share a testimonial from one of our patient of the month – Debi Olsen. We hope you find her words and encouraging, we are so happy for you Debi!

Have you ever hit a “low” in your life?

Well, I sure did. I had such devastation in my life, losing my father suddenly and then losing my champion show dog. That sent me in a whirl-wind downward spiral, and that is when I turned to food for comfort. I went on a vacation to the mountains last summer and could not finish the hike to the waterfall, so I told my husband and friends to go on and I’ll wait for them. I sat there for a few minutes gathered myself and then I got up to continue on by myself. That is when an angel sent a family to me just as I was ready to collapse from exhaustion, her and her family walked with me the last 100 yards to the waterfall. That is when I decided that I needed to make THE change.

I talked it over with my loving husband and explained how I was feeling and that I needed to change things for the better. I was active to a small degree, but when it came to eating I was lost. I started my Journey with Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss clinic in August 2012 and have not looked back. I was taught to eat the right foods and I also started a more productive workout regimen. I have lost a total of 90 lbs in 43 weeks. I am almost to my goal and I can’t believe it!!

I cannot explain how truly amazing I feel at this time, but can tell you the smile on my face has only gotten bigger. I have done 3 5K’s and have more scheduled. I’ve gotten stronger physically and mentally. When I started off I was excited that I was doing it for me, but as my goal gets closer I hope that my story has also inspired my family and friends to do something good for them. I tell everyone that I’m not on a “diet” but I’m on a new journey for living. I have a motto that I tell myself every morning when I get up: “No pain, no gain. Believe in yourself and “YOU” will achieve it.” -Debi Olsen ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We have a new contest for July! If you lose weight for 4 consecutive weeks, you will be a winner and receive a token to win a prize or discount on your visit! It could be one of the following: * Discount for your visit or a FREE visit * FREE products * FREE supplements * Extra B6 and/or B12 Inquire Today! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Healthier Way to Grill July 2013 From the Desk of Dr. Cruz

Proudly Serving Central Florida for over 14 years

Hopefully many of you will be enjoying the inevitable Fourth of July Bar B Q! Many times we refer to WebMd for weight loss tips and ideas. This month is ” A healthier Way to Grill”. This article highlights general healthy tips for grilling and is a useful guide. You may need to adjust the recipes depending on what phase you are in. Enjoy!

Dr. Cruz

A Healthier Way to Grill 6 ways to avoid the pitfalls of barbecuing WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Column

What’s the word on grilling: Is it a good thing or a bad thing? After all, one of the golden rules of eating healthy at restaurants is to choose “grilled” foods over “fried” choices. That’s because grilled food is generally a healthier choice — there’s no batter coating or dripping grease.Besides, there’s something about the act of grilling that just makes food look and taste fantastic. Is it the smoky flavor, the fun flavors of marinades, the grill lines that form on the food, or the fresh taste that comes from cooking something over high heat for a short amount of time? Try all of the above!

I hate to burst your “isn’t-grilling-fun?” bubble, but the way I see it, there are two nutritional downsides to grilling.

* Many Americans end up eating very high-fat meats and sausages when they fire up the barbie — pumping yet more calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol into their diets. * Then there’s the matter of a couple of potentially cancer-causing compounds: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). PAHs form when fat from the meat drips onto the hot coals or grill element. They’re then deposited on the food courtesy of flame-ups and rising smoke. Unfortunately, that yummy charring that forms on meat can contain PAHs as well. HCAs, meanwhile, are produced when red meat, poultry and fish meet high-heat cooking, like grilling or broiling.

But don’t despair, grill lovers — a new, healthy way to grill is possible!

6 Keys to Healthy Grilling Follow these tips, and you can grill without guilt.

1. Grill Fruits and Vegetables

Grilling fruits and vegetables is a great idea, whether or not you’re grilling meat or fish to go with them. We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables, and this is an appealing way to serve them. I probably don’t need to remind you that eating fruits and vegetables benefits the body in so many ways — reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, obesity, and some types of cancer. But here’s the best part: PAHs and HCAs don’t form on grilled fruits and vegetables. Plus, if you are having grilled meat, it’s a great idea to get antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in the same meal. Some fruits and vegetables that are great to grill: * Tomatoes * Onions * Bell peppers * Zucchini * Eggplant * Endive * Pineapple * Mango * Apple * Pear

2. Grill Smart, Grill Lean

When you’re grilling meat, limit the amount of fat that drips on the coals by starting with lean cuts trimmed of visible fat and skin. If you put a very lean cut of beef or pork, or skinless chicken, onto the grill, you’re off to a healthy start. (Following Tip No. 3 can help make most lean cuts more tender and tasty, too.)

3. Marinate, Marinate, Marinate

You’ve gotta love the idea of infusing flavor into meats, fruits, and vegetables by soaking them in a tasty marinade. Some favorite marinade ingredients include wines, vinegars, lemon or lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, garlic, onions, herbs, and spices. Use fat-free or low-fat marinades on your grilled meats, fish, and poultry to limit the fat that drips on the coals. The simple act of marinating before grilling has been shown to reduce the formation of HCAs by as much as 92% to 99% in some studies.

Keep these marinating tips in mind:

* When choosing bottled marinades or making your own, look for products or recipes that contain olive or canola oil (and that only use a little oil). * Refrigerate any foods that are marinating longer than 1/2 hour. * Don’t baste your food during grilling with the liquid the meat was marinating in (this passes raw meat juices to your cooked meat). Before you add the meat, set aside some of your marinade for this purpose. * Meats and poultry should marinate at least 1-2 hours; fish and vegetables generally only need to marinate for an hour.

4. Cut Down on Grilling Time

Grill smaller portions of meat, poultry, and fish so they cook faster and spend less time on the grill. Another trick is to precook the meat, fish, and poultry in the oven or microwave, then finish cooking on the grill.

5. Flip It — Flip It Good

Flipping food frequently may help prevent the formation of HCAs, according to recent research using hamburger patties. To turn meat without piercing it (which releases juices that drip onto the coals), use tongs or spatulas instead of a fork.

6. Skewer It

A fun way to cut down on grilling time is to thread small pieces of meat or fish on a skewer. Scallops and shrimp are naturals for skewers, too. I like to alternate pieces of meat, chicken, or seafood with bell pepper and onion pieces, zucchini slices, cherry tomatoes, and/or small mushrooms. Don’t have skewers? No problemo. I love to use branches of rosemary as my skewers. They infuse a hint of rosemary into the food as it cooks — not to mention the beautiful presentation it makes.

Fire Up the Barbie

Now that you’ve learned some healthy grilling secrets, here are three lightened-up recipes to try.

Patient of the Month – Renne’s Story – Orlando Weight Loss Success

Great Work Renne, we are so proud of you!

Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss helped me to lose the weight I could not lose on my own. Before starting the program I had spent years feeling helpless and out-of-control.I now look forward to seeing Terri and Madeline each week, as they are my own personal cheerleading team.I’m so excited to have not only enough energy to get through life but to get involved and enjoy life.

I was so excited when I was offered a sit-down, office job almost ten years ago.What I didn’t realize was my eating habits should have changed to support my new, sedentary lifestyle.I continued to rationalize as the pounds came on, and I would avoid cameras, scales, and mirrors.My energy was depleted, and I started to realize I didn’t have the energy to do even the simple tasks of daily life, much less to have hobbies or interests.I’d order a large pizza on Sundays and eat the whole thing by myself while watching TV.My dog and I both gained weight because I wasn’t getting out much.

Last October, I caught a cold that wouldn’t go away.I had four trips to the doctor and tried a variety of medication.The last trip was the day after Christmas, when I saw that I weighed 222 pounds.I wanted to cry.How did I get this bad?This wasn’t the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life.That was when I found Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss.I was a little skeptical at first.I had tried and failed Medifast, Weight Watchers, and making changes on my own.Could they really help?Could I stay motivated?How would this time be different?

This time IT was different.The support from Terri and Madeline has been phenomenal, and the approach was easy to follow. They’ve been so helpful and supportive throughout this journey. I’ve lost over 80 pounds in eight months, and my dog is looking healthy too!I love having energy to go places and do things I’ve started cooking and trying new foods, running, learning Korean (my godson is Korean), and I just enrolled in swimming lessons!

Karen’s success story

My weight has yo-yoed up and down since I was in college. I gained the usual college 15 and extra weight with the birth of each of my three children which remained attached to me for the following 20 plus years. I have been on every weight loss program out there at one time or another. I would be fairly successful on some of these programs but always gained the weight back, plus a few extra pounds, very quickly.
I am now working for a company that has a health initiative every year around this time. My blood work last year showed high cholesterol and high blood pressure for the first time. I knew that I had to do something about the extra weight I had put on. I talked to Dr. Cruz, my primary care physician, that day, about his weight loss program and signed up for a consultation that week. I began the program and was coached weekly by the terrific ladies at Dr. Cruz’s office. Terri, Madeline and Brenda have become friends who I look forward to seeing every week.
It is now a year later. I am 50lbs. lighter even after three cruises and the holiday season. I lost weight and body fat every week on the program until I reached my goal. I never felt hungry and the program helped me lose my sweet tooth and dependency on carbs. Now when I am hungry I reach for my proteins and have a fruit as a snack. The supplements are great too…I took all the recommended supplements and swear by the Nopalina! I recommend the yogurt/pudding! It’s delicious and is now a favorite snack of mine. When I reached my goal weight, which I have never done on another program. I started on maintenance and began adding a few carbs back into my diet but found that they are no longer what I crave. I continued to lose about five more pounds even after starting maintenance.
I now know that what I learned from Dr. Cruz and his staff is a new way of life. I am so pleased with my new body and have much more confidence in my personal and professional life…not to mention the really cute clothes I can wear now. I have so much more energy and feel better than I ever had. I suffer from some intestinal problems and they have all but disappeared. I know that I have motivated my own children and some go-workers to also take stock of their health.
This week as I prepare to pack my suitcase for yet another cruise I am not worried about the buffet lines and the endless meals as I know what choices to make. And being able to pack the gown my daughter wore to her High School Homecoming dance is just a bonus.
Thank you Dr. Cruz, Terri, Madeline, and Brenda for believing in me and motivating me through the last year!!
Karen M