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Transition to Health Transition to Health

1075 Hadley Ave. N. Suite 106 Oakdale, MN 55128

Debi Rene Weiss, LAc., Dipl.Ac., R.N., MaOM

Acupuncturist, Medical Herbalist, Holistic Nurse

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Have you been struggling with your weight?

Healthy bodies are neither overweight, nor underweight. A healthy body is metabolically balanced and naturally maintains its ideal weight. All weight conditions are best approached holistically within the context of one’s lifestyle.  


The Ideal Weight Lifestyle program at Transition to Health is designed to correct, balance and strengthen metabolism, thereby restoring health and vitality.


Debi Weiss LAc., RN is a certified healthcare provider and educator of Metagenics FirstLine Therapy as well as Dr. Diana Schwarzbein’s Principle Program. From this post-graduate education and 40 years of nutrition study, Debi developed the Ideal Weight Lifestyle Program, a therapeutic lifestyle program integrating the depth of western scientific research and the evidence-based success of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The Ideal Weight Lifestyle Program differs from popular weight loss programs because:


•It is medically directed and managed based upon individual health concerns and goals. We will collaborate with your primary physician as weight loss often requires adjusting, lowering doses, or eliminating medication over time.


•Weight loss is determined and guided by body composition, not weight alone. The goal of the Ideal Weight Lifestyle program is to lose excess body fat while increasing lean muscle mass.  


•The Zone diet and nutrition plan is hormonally balanced, stabilizes blood sugars and corrects body pH. The Zone diet includes all food groups – real, unprocessed food. This nutrition plan is utilized by the Joslin Center for Diabetes at Harvard University clinics.


•Gentle herbal cleansing and detoxification assists the body to metabolize fat loss. As fat tissue is broken down and toxins are released, it is crucial that the body can eliminate this residue. Detoxing also helps prevent weight loss plateaus. This is a very gentle detox, not to be confused with many of the extreme methods commonly advertised.  


•Acupuncture combined with microcurrent therapy targets fat loss, improves digestive metabolism, quiets intestinal inflammation and reduces cravings. The elegant use of microcurrent, not to be confused with TENS or electric stimulation therapy, is a unique component in the Ideal Weight Lifestyle program.


•Nutritional supplementation is minimal, succinct and NIH endorsed. The Ideal Weight Lifestyle program believes that we ARE what we eat and even in this 24/7 world, it IS possible to make life-enhancing choices.


•Incorporates self-hypnosis for emotional, behavioral, stress reduction and motivational support. Patients in the program have consistently praised the benefit this brings in changing unhealthy habits.  


•Emphasizes both aerobic and resistance exercise (movement and strength) to burn calories, increase stamina and tone muscle. These recommendations fit the guidelines of the NIH.

What is body composition?

Generally speaking, body composition refers to the ratio of body fat to lean (muscle) tissue. As the body's fat-to-lean ratio increases, so do health risks. Unhealthy body composition often leads to obesity and is associated with many chronic pain, chronic disease and critical heatlh conditions including:


•Heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides/cholesterol

•Metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes

•Inflammatory conditions

•Back, joint and muscle pain


•Sleep apnea


•Menstrual imbalance

How do you measure body composition?

Body composition cannot be measured on the bathroom scale or determined from the much-used Body Mass Index (BMI) charts because neither of these tools can measure and determine the fat-to-lean ratio. The two most accurate ways to measure body composition is the Waist-to-Hip ratio (WHR) and the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). Both of these methods are utilized at Transition to Health.

Why is body composition the basis of the Ideal Weight Lifestyle program?

Responsible medicine needs to look at the effects of both body fat and lean muscle tissue. Science now understands that body fat is, in fact, metabolic tissue. This means that fat doesn't just hang around in places we wish it didn't, but that fat cells are active. Body fat produces inflammatory chemicals and hormones that can, at a minimum, aggravate existing diseases or health conditions. Increased body fat stresses the circulatory systems of blood and lymph. Body fat also puts pressure on vital internal organs, compromising their function.


Lean muscle tissue is also active, but in a very different way. Nourishing and building lean muscle directly supports our metabolism and health.


Most diet/nutritional programs do not pay attention to body composition. It is not good enough to simply recommend weight loss and not know whether fat, muscle or both are being lost. The relationship between altered body composition and chronic health issues is so strong that in 1995 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened an Expert Panel to encourage programs to specifically address improving body composition.

What kinds of exercise do you recommend?

Our recommendations depend upon your current activity level. We always recommend a combination of aerobic movement and strength training. Both forms of exercise are vital for a healthy metabolism. Many people underestimate strength training, but building muscle is what creates the furnace of metabolism AND protects our skeletal structure.


Secondly, we recommend that these activities become a regular part of your lifestyle. Numerous studies now show that the intensity of exercise is not as important as regular exercise. Exercise needs to become a lifelong habit. That is why it is important to choose activities that are enjoyable. A daily brisk walk combined with light strength training every other day can reap significant health benefits.


We also refer to personal trainers for folks who need those specific services.

How does acupuncture and microcurrent help weight loss?

Acupuncture is a very gentle yet profound approach to impact our bodily functions and homeostasis.


The 1997 National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus on Acupuncture states “numerous studies demonstrate that acupuncture causes multiple biological responses . . .  Acupuncture may activate the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects. There is also evidence of alterations in immune functions produced by acupuncture.”


A significant focus of the Ideal Weight Lifestyle program is improvement of digestive function and hormone balance. Acupuncture affects these systems directly.


Microcurrent (frequency specific microcurrent) enhances cellular energy and function.  The combination of acupuncture and microcurrent provides a safe and effective approach in correcting the body’s optimal function and homeostasis.