Integra Medical Center believes in providing you with the best opportunity to achieve the body you deserve. We have incorporated several online resources which you can access at your convenience, 24/7 – AND THEY’RE ALL FREE! That’s right. Integra Medical Center’s online tools are yours, completely free of charge.
Our online support portal was created with the expert guidance of independent nutritionists, personal trainers and doctors. The days of paying $50 an hour or more for a personal trainer or a nutritionist to develop a routine for you are over. Not only do you get the same expert advice, complete with video tutorials, you can now share the knowledge of these experts with the entire family.
If you’re not ready to take control of your weight management plan, learn more about how Integra Medical Center can provide you with active weight loss support.
Food is the fuel that makes our bodies perform. The goal behind losing weight is to help your body perform better. When your body performs better, you feel better. Below, you will find the tools that can help you take charge of living a healthier life.
Weight loss is a personal endeavor that is unparalleled. Not only is your body unique in every way, but your goals are just as unique. When you create your profile, you will indicate not only your height, weight and how much you want to lose, but how active of a lifestyle you lead, how quickly you want to lose weight and any special dietary needs you may have. It doesn’t get any more personal than that!
Once you’ve completed your profile, you’ll be presented with a table that tells you the exact nutritional targets required in order for you to meet your weight loss goals for your current lifestyle. Our nutritional table provides details about the number of calories, fat, sodium, fiber, protein and much more. When completing your food journal, if your meals aren’t balanced to hit your personal nutritional targets, that section of the chart will be indicated in red to let you know what areas need improvement for optimal results.
Knowing what your daily nutritional targets are to reach your weight loss goals is only useful if you can actually see what you’re putting into your body every day. Food journaling is nothing new. In fact, it’s one of the most recommended changes by weight loss professionals. You can manually input the nutritional data yourself, or select the pre-populated nutrition information from one of the following options:
- Our Recipe Database
- Popular Restaurant Chains
- Individual Foods
One of the most difficult aspects of weight loss is learning how to prepare and cook healthier meals that will allow you to meet your daily nutritional targets for optimal results. Dr. Joel’s recipe database contains nutritional information and step-by-step instructions for more than 900 foods to date. Each of these recipes were created with taste and nutritional content in mind by expert nutritionists. You can choose by the type of entrée, the type of meal or by dietary focus. If that isn’t enough, we’ve also incorporated cooking show styled videos with a popular Pittsburgh nutritionist that teaches you how to prepare and cook these delicious, nutritionally balanced meals.
Schedule meals and snacks for up to 4 weeks in advance for you and your family. Not only does planning your meals help limit impulse shopping, now you can print your grocery list directly from our meal planner. No longer do you have to guess at how much you need of a certain product or throw away “extras” because you bought too much of something. Our meal planner tells you exactly how much you need to buy for all of the recipes listed from our database.
If your busy schedule doesn’t allow time for preparing and cooking the meals that will provide the nutritional balance your body needs, no need to fret. Integra Medical Center has you covered.
Our Fitness Center is a virtual gym consisting of a database of exercises that you can perform with little to no equipment in the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office. Each exercise is demonstrated in video by both male and female personal trainers to ensure you perform each movement under expert guidance. Realizing that everyone has different fitness levels and goals, we’ve taken the liberty of categorizing the types of exercises by type and area of the body.
- Upper Body – Includes exercise videos to build or tone your back, shoulders, biceps and triceps.
- Lower Body – Includes exercise videos to build or tone your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles and calves.
- Core Exercises – Includes exercise videos to strengthen your core muscles (abs) and improve your balance and coordination.
- Plyometric Exercises – Also known as “jump training,” plyometric exercises force muscles to exert as much energy as possible in the shortest amount of time possible.
- Stretching Exercises – Includes videos that demonstrate the proper way to stretch all of your muscle groups to help keep you loose and flexible.
The broadest definition of losing weight means burning more calories than you’re putting into your body each day. Our Food Journal provides the way to keep track of the calories you’re putting into your body each day and our Exercise Journal does the same thing, only in reverse. You can use the Exercise Journal to create a workout plan that fits your schedule and current fitness level then, once your workout is complete, you select the activities you performed and how long you performed them, and the average number of calories burned during each exercise is calculated for that day.
But that only gives you partial information about the amount of calories you’ve burned that day. One thing people often forget are the daily activities performed around the house or at the office that burn calories as well. Our Exercise Journal includes a wide range of these activities, separated by category, for you to choose from in order to give you a much more accurate view of the total calories burned in a given day.
Our online Resource Center provides one convenient location for you to find the most current information available about all aspects of your health and general wellness. You will find informative news articles from across the web that provide you with detailed information about weight loss and dieting, aging, fitness, various disorders and much more, in a language that you and your family can understand. Below is a sneak peek of some of the information readily available to you, 24/7.
- Obstacles in Weight Loss
- Belly Fat vs. Belly Flat
- Keys to Weight Loss
- Portion Distortion
- 8 Habits of Healthy Aging
- Men’s Risk Factors
- Fitness for Life
- The Reproductive Years
- Women’s Risk Factors
- Low Testosterone
The Food Journal and Exercise Journals mentioned above provide the means necessary for you to keep track of your daily nutritional balance and fitness routine. Anyone who’s ever kept a log of this type of information knows that despite the functionality of these journals, it still only scrapes the surface of the information required to get an accurate picture of your weight loss and lifestyle goals.
It should be obvious that the only way to really know if your plan to lose weight is working is to keep track of the pounds you’re dropping on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Not only can you keep track of changes in your weight, but you can also keep track of your body fat percentage and muscle percentage to give you a much more well-rounded view of your body transformation.
One of the most effective and easiest changes you can make in your quest to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle is to walk more. Taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator can exponentially improve your fitness level and burn far more calories. In fact, the benefits of this one simply change are so great that many Fortune 500 companies run lucrative contests to see what department or employee can walk the most amount of steps in a given time period. With the Pedometer Journal, you can catalog and keep track of the number of steps you take each day. Set personal goals for yourself and see how many more calories you can burn just by walking each day.
If you’ve ever been on a weight loss journey before, you already know that losing weight is only part of the journey. More than likely, you’ve lost the weight you wanted to, but still felt like certain areas of your body could use some work. Our Measurement Journal keeps track of the measurements of specific areas of your body for up to one year so that you can see how your body has transformed because of your hard work and dedication.
If you find yourself battling stubborn areas of fat that seem to give no response to changes in diet or rigorous workout routines, learn how Integra Medical Center can target and help you shed those unwanted inches.