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Common Medication Making You Gain Weight?
by LionelBissoon

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Last week I saw a patient who was having difficulty with losing weight. The young woman was in her thirties with little to no medical problems. The patient was very frustrated and wanted to start a treatment course of Mesotherapy to help facilitate her weight loss.

NOTE: Mesotherapy is a medical specialty which has gained popularity for treating weight gain and cellulite.

She has been steadily gaining weigh over the last three years. She knew of no reason why she was gaining weight and could not understand why this was happening. She was involved in a regular exercise program three to four times a week and was eating what she considered to be healthy. Her diet consisted primarily of protein and vegetables.

At the end of the visit and deciding she was a candidate for Mesotherapy, the patient casually mentioned she had a history of migraine headaches and she wanted to know if Mesotherapy would make her headaches worse.

I inquired about her headaches and how she was treating them. Her doctor put her on a course of Inderal 20mg once a day, which she has been taking for about three years. She was very happy with the success of the Inderal and even went as far as doubling her dose daily.

Suddenly the whole picture started to make sense. Three years ago she started taking Inderal, a medication which belongs in a class of drugs known as beta blockers. Beta blockers are routinely used to treat patients after heart attacks, high blood pressure, stage fright and apparently as prevention for migraine headaches.

Medications in this class block the beta receptor on the heart, which slows down the heart rate and decreases blood pressure. When prescribing these medications physicians tend to ignore the presence of Beta receptors on fat cells. The beta receptors on fat cells mediate the breakdown of fat. Once someone takes a beta blocker it indiscriminately blocks the beta receptor in the heart and on fat cells. This is the reason why patients taking this class of drugs find it extremely difficult to lose weight.

If you are taking a medication for high blood pressure or any cardiac disease you should look up the class of medication to see if it is a beta blocker. If it is, you may want to ask your doctor if it is possible to safely switch to another class of medications.

I have seen patients who were taken off beta blockers suddenly they started losing weight with diet and exercise, which was previously difficult to shed.

Pioneering the use of Mesotherapy in the U.S. to combat cellulite, Dr. Lionel Bissoon has helped thousands of women experience cellulite-free legs and buttocks. Complete with case studies, before-and-after photos and straightforward advice, his new book, The Cellulite Cure, offers hope to cottage cheese thighs everywhere. For more information, go to

September 4, 2008


The Summer of Slim: Hair, Fashion & Makeup Tips
by JohnMc

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He’s baaaaack! Christopher Hopkins, a.k.a. Oprah’s Makeover Guy, is here with a few cool hair, makeup and fashion tips to help you look and feel slimmer this summer.

The author of Staging Your Comeback can help you stage your beauty revival so you can enjoy The Summer of Slim.

"Remember round adds pounds… anything round, a neckline, a hair shape, a round-toed shoe or polka dots, will add visual pounds wherever it is placed," he says.

"Diagonals slenderize (V-necks, pointed shoes, a surplice wrap dress or blouse, a tapered and inverted bob like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes. Horizontals add heft: Avoid horizontal lines in belts, contrasting top and bottoms, a blunt bob, and horizontal stripes."

Hopkins says clothes are more flattering this summer. Take the bloussant, for instance. says, "Comfortable and light, this dress is exactly what you will want to be wearing this summer. Square neckline with elbow length sleeves. Shoulders have pleats giving them volume, very trendy, and very flattering (it makes your waist look smaller). Sleeves have button up cuffs on the bottom. Loose blousy top. Elastic waist also adds to the blousy effect, and would also look great with a wide belt.

"If you are not too broad at the shoulders, you can wear it off the shoulder," Hopkins advises. "You can really look sexy while still covering your heavier area."

Wide-leg pants are also in. Hopkins says the best part is that wide-leg pants don't discriminate. Whether you're tall or short, curvaceous or petite, wide-leg pants will flatter your figure.

"They're particularly great for balancing full hips and wide waistlines," Hopkins says. "The shorter your legs, the more heel height is needed to balance the figure-shortening line."

Good news ladies. There's no need to avoid the beach.

"Cover-ups are your best friend," Hopkins notes. "They help you get to and from places gracefully.

"Got fuller hips? Wear a sarong that covers you from the shoulders to the knees and tie at the waist.

"You'll feel good walking around. So invest in one and showcase yourself."

What to avoid?

"If you are dressing to be slender, avoid capri pants -- they make you look shorter and fatter," Hopkins says.

When asked for tips on a super-fast makeover that will get you out the door looking great, Hopkins laughs and says, "Sunglasses and a hat!"

But then he's quick to add that three minutes spent on makeup can make a big difference.

Hopkins' Makeup Application Tips

* The four basic makeup items are foundation, bronzer, mascara and lip-gloss.

* Lip-gloss looks great, but will not last all day. Carry extra to reapply as often as needed.

* Use a powder foundation to even out the skin tone.

* Always use a makeup sponge when applying foundation.

* A bronzing powder can help add contours to the face, such as adding depth around the eyes and cheekbones.

* Roll mascara on to curl eyelashes, and add some lip-gloss as well.

* If your eyes are wide set, bring the eye shadow inward. The same idea applies when applying eyeliner. Use the eyeliner on the inside of the eyes, and bring eyelashes forward and eyebrows in.

* To accentuate the eyes, use eyeliner on the outer corners. Bring eyelashes out by applying to the outer lashes. Also, expand the brows outward.

So, you've done your makeup and picked the right fashions... how should wear your hair?

"Diagonal lines slenderize," Hopkins says, adding that "there really are no 'new' hairstyles... there never is.

"The inverted bob and asymmetrical bangs are two looks that work for many women. You should go for angles that are more vertical than horizontal.

"And always remember that round hair makes you look rounder. And although many models sport long curly hair, it's not realistic for the busy woman."

Hopkins tabs the Victoria Beckham bob ("which is great because it's asymmetrical") as the most popular 'do of summer because it's standard and flattering and current.

Entrepreneur, author, makeover artist and entertainer, Christopher Hopkins has inspired, educated and entertained audiences around the world. Through his television and radio appearances hundreds of thousands have used his straightforward advice to look their absolute best. His unique talents and on-air charisma won him repeat appearances on national talk shows including HGTV and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

June 23, 2008


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