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Strength Training 101

Much has been written about the benefits of cardiovascular training. Until recently, however, little attention has been given to strength training, an important component of a balanced fitness program. You do not need to be a body builder to benefit from strength training. A well-designed strength-training program can provide the following benefits: Increased strength of bones, muscles and connective tissue (the tendons and ligaments), decreasing the risk of injury. Increased Muscle Mass Most adults lose about one-half pound of muscle per year after the age of 20. This is largely due to decreased activity. Muscle tissue is partly responsible for … Continue reading  

Pilates Primer

He Says Pilates, She Says … The Method? Would an exercise technique by any other name still be as effective? Because of trademark restrictions (which have several organizations embroiled in lawsuits with the owners of the term), some studios refer to their Pilates-like technique as ‘the method,’ or even the phrase the ‘p word.’ This squabble over terminology shouldn’t keep you from finding a reputable, qualified instructor. You can access a comprehensive list of Pilates studios by calling Pilates, Inc., at 800-474-5283, or the PhysicalMind Institute, which refers to its technique as The Method, at 800-505-1990. Are you wondering what … Continue reading  

How Women Build Muscle

There are more myths and misconceptions about strength training than any other area of fitness. While research continues to uncover more and more reasons why working out with weights is good for you, many women continue to avoid resistance training for fear of developing muscles of herculean proportions. Other women have tried it and been less than thrilled with the results. Don’t worry, people say. Women can’t build muscle like men. They don’t have enough testosterone. This is, in fact, only partly true. Many women, believing they wouldn’t build muscle, hit the gym with a vengeance and then wondered why, … Continue reading  

Gastric Surgery for Severe Obesity

Severe obesity is a chronic condition that is very difficult to treat. Surgery to promote weight loss by restricting food intake or interrupting digestive processes is an option for severely obese people. A body mass index (BMI) above 40 — which means about 100 pounds of overweight for men and about 80 pounds for women — indicates that a person is severely obese and therefore a candidate for surgery. Surgery also may be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 who suffer from life-threatening cardiopulmonary problems (for example, severe sleep apnea or obesity-related heart disease) or … Continue reading  

Expensive diet pill leads to very mild weight loss

Long-term Weight Loss With Sibutramine (Meridia 10mg ~ $130/month) Four years of Meridia (Cost $6,300.00) leads to an average of 8.4 lb weight loss. Alfred Wirth, MD, Jutta Krause Context Treatment of obesity requires long-term therapy, which can be hampered by difficulties in achieving patient compliance. The effectiveness of sibutramine hydrochloride in treating obesity has been shown in randomized controlled trials. Objective To compare the effectiveness of 2 distinct sibutramine regimens with each other and with placebo for weight reduction among obese persons. Design Randomized, double-blind, parallel-group placebo-controlled trial from April 1997 to September 1998. Setting One hundred eight private … Continue reading  

How bad are your wrinkles?

How to judge the amount of aging in the face and neck Plastic surgeons have always had difficulty in defining the amount of aging in the face. Intuitively we were always able to document mild to severe changes, but we had trouble putting a quantitative value on these subjective judgments. Recently researchers completed some very elegant studies using casts of the wrinkles and creases and correlating these with a series of photographs. They were able to develop a high degree of correlation between the subjective impressions in the photographs and the objective measurements of the wrinkle casts. We can now … Continue reading  

The Removal of Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants

Due to public concern about the perceived health risks of silicone-gel breast implants, a number of women continue to seek implant-removal surgery. When a woman decides to have her silicone-gel implants surgically removed or replaced with saline-filled implants, she may also opt for removal of the scar tissue barrier or “capsule” that naturally forms around the implants when they are inserted. This procedure is called a capsulectomy. Position statement: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) believes that women should understand the risks and benefits of implant removal and capsulectomy. The most current research available indicates that for most women, … Continue reading  

How to do the Top Abdominal Exercises Correctly

Bicycle Maneuver: Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Put your hands beside your head. Bring knees up to about 45-degree angle and slowly go through a bicycle pedal motion. Touch your left elbow to your right knee, then your right elbow to your left knee. Keep even relaxed breathing throughout. Captain’s Chair: Stabilize your upper body by gripping the handholds and lightly pressing your lower back against the back pad. The starting position begins with you holding your body up and legs dangling below. Now slowly lift your knees in toward your chest. … Continue reading  

Top 10 Ways to Jump-Start Weight Loss

Top 10 Ways to Jump-Start Weight Loss by Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N. Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast. Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being. And yes, that definitely includes bread and pasta. Eat unprocessed foods. Ninety percent of what you eat should be food that could have been hunted, caught, gathered from the ground or plucked from a tree. Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don’t eat that portion during your evening meal. Best choices are oatmeal, sweet potatoes and beans. Don’t overdo fruit: two a day maximum, and only the low-sugar, high-fiber variety. … Continue reading  

Strength Training For Wellness

While virtually everyone is aware of the benefits of aerobic exercise, there still seems to be a lot of confusion about the subject of weight training and its place in an overall wellness program. Maybe it’s some residual confusion left over from the “Pumping Iron” days when weight training was something done only by bodybuilders and the Muscle Beach crowd. Who knows. Whatever the reason, it’s time to put some of the myths about weight training to rest. We now know that weight training, far from being just a vanity pursuit, is a critical part of health and wellness and … Continue reading  

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Dr. Max Gouverne, MD
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5642 Esplanade Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78414

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