Our Weight Loss Programs
Luminous Med Spa & Weight Loss designs weight loss plans specifically for each patient based on their unique physiology and lifestyle. It's important to us that our patients receive the support they need while working toward a healthier and happier lifestyle. There are several program options, please call or stop by and we can assess which program is best for you!
G-BOMBS Meal Plan
Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries & Seeds
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Michael. Dr. Fuhrman’s own hugely successful PBS television shows, 3 Steps to Incredible Health and Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution and his latest show, End Dieting Forever, bring nutritional science to homes all across America.“G-BOMBS” is an acronym that you can use to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods that you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet. These foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.
G – Greens
Raw leafy greens contain only about 100 calories per pound, and are packed with nutrients. Leafy greens contain substances that protect blood vessels, and are associated with reduced risk of diabetes. Greens are an excellent tool for weight loss, since they can be consumed in virtually unlimited quantities. Leafy greens are also the most nutrient-dense of all foods, but unfortunately are only consumed in minuscule amounts in a typical American diet. The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens, come from protein, and this plant protein is packed with beneficial phytochemicals: green vegetables are rich in folate (the natural form of folic acid), calcium, and contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Leafy greens are also rich in antioxidant pigments called carotenoids, which are known to promote healthy vision.
O – Onions
Onions, along with leeks, garlic, chives, shallots and scallions, have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as anti-diabetic and anti-cancer effects. Epidemiological studies have found that increased consumption of these specific vegetables is associated with lower risk of gastric and prostate cancers. Onions also contain high concentrations of health-promoting flavonoid antioxidants, predominantly quercetin, and red onions contain at least 25 different anthocyanins. Quercetin slows tumor development, suppresses growth and proliferation and induces cell death in colon cancer cells. Flavonoids also have anti-inflammatory effects that may contribute to cancer prevention.
B – Berries
Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are true super foods. Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients – they are among the best foods you can eat. Their vibrant colors mean that they are full of antioxidants, including flavonoids and antioxidant vitamins—berries are some of the highest antioxidant foods in existence. Berries’ plentiful antioxidant content confers both cardioprotective and anti-cancer effects, such as reducing blood pressure, reducing inflammation, preventing DNA damage, inhibiting tumor angiogenesis and stimulating of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. Berry consumption has been linked to reduced risk of diabetes, cancers and cognitive decline. Berries are an excellent food for the brain—berry consumption improves both motor coordination and memory.
B – Beans
Beans (and other legumes) are a powerhouse of superior nutrition, and the most nutrient-dense carbohydrate source. They act as an anti-diabetes and weight-loss food because they are digested slowly, having a stabilizing effect on blood sugar, which promotes satiety and helps to prevent food cravings. Plus they contain soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol levels. Beans are unique foods because they contain carbohydrates and high levels of fiber and resistant starch, that are not broken down by digestive enzymes. According to Dr. Fuhrman, eating beans, peas or lentils at least twice a week has been found to decrease colon cancer risk by 50%. Legume intake also provides significant protection against oral, larynx, pharynx, stomach and kidney cancers.
M – Mushrooms
Consuming mushrooms regularly is associated with decreased risk of breast, stomach and colorectal cancers. White, cremini, Portobello, oyster, shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms all have anti-cancer properties—some are anti-inflammatory, stimulate the immune system, prevent DNA damage, slow cancer cell growth, cause programmed cancer cell death and inhibit angiogenesis. In addition to these properties, mushrooms are unique in that they contain aromatase inhibitors—compounds that can block the production of estrogen. These compounds are thought to be largely responsible for the preventive effects of mushrooms against breast cancer. Keep in mind that mushrooms should only be eaten cooked: several raw culinary mushrooms contain a potentially carcinogenic substance called agaritine, and cooking mushrooms significantly reduces their agaritine content.
S – Seeds
Seeds and nuts contain healthy fats and are rich in a spectrum of micronutrients including phytosterols, minerals and antioxidants. Countless studies have demonstrated the cardiovascular benefits of nuts, and including nuts in the diet aids in weight maintenance and diabetes prevention. The nutritional profiles of seeds are similar to nuts when it comes to healthy fats, minerals and antioxidants, but seeds are also abundant in trace minerals, higher in protein than nuts, and each kind of seed is nutritionally unique. Flax, chia and hemp seeds are extremely rich sources of omega-3 fats. Flaxseeds are also rich in fiber and lignans, which have anti-cancer effects. Flaxseed consumption protects against heart disease. Sunflower seeds are especially rich in protein and minerals. Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron and calcium, and are a good source of zinc. Sesame seeds have the greatest amount of calcium of any food in the world, and provide abundant amounts of vitamin E. Also, black sesame seeds are extremely rich in antioxidants. The healthy fats in seeds and nuts also aid in the absorption of nutrients when eaten with vegetables.