“All it takes is a little hard work and dedication.” I’m sure someone has said this to you at some point in your life. And sure, yes, it can apply to a great many things: learning the guitar, mastering painting, becoming an Olympic athlete. But apparently, it’s not the case when it comes to weight loss. According to HealthDay, a new study shows that weight-loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise when it comes to shedding unwanted pounds.
The study analyzed nearly 800 people who’d either undergone weight-loss surgery or tried nonsurgical weight-loss treatments, and found that weight-loss surgery patients lost significantly more weight than the nonsurgical patients (an average of 57 pounds more) and reported greater reduction in medication use along with greater improvements in quality of life. Also, those who went under the knife had a WAY higher remission rate of type 2 diabetes—22 times higher (!!!), to be exact.
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Today, the new Optimal Health and Sport Clubs officially opens its newest downtown location at the former Broad Street Fitness (1315 Walnut Street) in the Philadelphia Building in the heart of the Gayborhood. The doors open today with a grand opening event planned for March 8 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.).
The new full-service facility boasts a personal training program and a weight loss management and preventative care program with the Rossi Wellness Center, as well as studio sessions – everything from yoga and Tai Chi to Zumba, spinning and other high-energy group classes.
“Optimal Sport 1315 will cater to the LGBT community a couple of ways,” says Jeffrey Shablin, CEO. “First, we have established the Optimal Community Fund where new members can choose the charity of their choice. Two dollars from their membership enrollment fee will go to two different charities each quarter – one of which will always be for the benefit of the LGBT community.” He says the management team of Optimal is also active with several organizations, including Sapphire Fund and Mazzoni Center.
Jo-Ellen Marks, Optimal’s program development and special projects manager, tells us how we can get in shape for summer in three ways:
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