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During your initial consultation, you will be able to determine which plan would be most conducive to your lifestyle. There are no contracts or sign up fees and patients may change programs as needed.
How it Works
Our 4 Phase Approach
For best results, the patient needs to commit to all four phases of the Weigh to Wellness program. Think of the program as one long stretch of highway where the road conditions and driving rules change along the way, but the road keeps on going. There’s a definite starting point, but an ambiguous “finish line” because weight management is a life-long process.
Patients are medically screened to see if it is safe for them to participate in the Weigh to Wellness programs. The screening process includes a physical examination, review of medical history, EKG and laboratory testing.
Patients begin to learn and practice weight management skills with the help of the Weigh to Wellness staff. This stage the patient experiences active weight loss.
Once the program participant reaches their goal weight, the journey doesn’t end there. This phase varies for each patient depending on if they are using their own foods or using protein supplements during the reducing phase. If using all protein supplements, patients will gradually transition back into eating grocery meals. If the patient was not using protein supplements then they will gradually increase caloric intake.
Once the patient reaches their goal weight, the journey doesn’t end there. It is important that the patient stay engaged in a structured weight maintenance program with tools designed to help them prevent relapse and weight regain. The S.T.A.R. (STEPS TO AVOID REGAINING) Maintenance Plan is a creative, supportive weight management plan and it is FREE for your lifetime.
Very Low Calorie Diet
A Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) program is a ketogenic weight loss program for patients who are moderately to morbidly obese.Candidates for the program typically have a BMI over 30 or over 27 with comorbidities, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.
In general, a VLCD is appropriate for women approximately 40 pounds or more overweight and men approximately 50 pounds or more overweight. As part of the VLCD protocol, carbohydrates are restricted to approximately 60-70 grams per day to produce mild ketosis, whereby the body converts fat into fuel. Patients experience weight loss of 3-5 lbs per week. Meal replacements are utilized as the sole source of nutrition during active weight loss.
Low Calorie Diet
A Low Calorie Diet (LCD) program is a non-ketogenic program for individuals with less than 40 pounds to lose or for those who are unable to commit to a VLCD program. It is medically supervised. Patients experience weight loss of 2-3 lbs per week. A LCD can incorporate grocery foods with meal replacement products or protein supplements.
A registered dietitian will work individually with you to assess your nutritional needs. A personalized meal plan will be designed for you to help establish realistic goals.Patients will receive ongoing encouragement and support in 15-30 minute sessions until your goals are met.
Lipotropics is just a fancy word for three amino acids that are essential for the health of your liver. Your liver is the organ responsible for removing fat and toxins from your body, so if it is healthier, it will work better for you. B12 gives you a huge energy boost, which helps you to burn calories. The vitamin cocktail included in the B12 and Lipotropic shots are compounds that enhance liver function and increase the flow of fats and bile from the liver and gallbladder. By definition, a lipotropic substance decreases the deposit, or speeds up the removal of fat (lipo = fat, tropic = stimulate) within the liver. The key amino acids used to make these shots are: Vitamin B12, Choline, Methione, and Inositol.Vitamin B12 is essential for helping to form new, healthy cells in the body. It alsoboosts energy, helping to increase activity levels. Choline supports the health of the liver in its processing and excretion of chemical waste products within the body. Moreover, it is required for the transport and metabolism of fats and cholesterol within the body, which is important for the healthy support of the endocrine, cardiovascular and hepatic systems. Methione is one of the sulfur-containing amino acids (cysteine & cystine are others) and is important for many bodily functions. It acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver and the body, is helpful in relieving or preventing fatigue and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release. Patients with a Sulfa allergy should not take this injection. Inositol, a nutrient belonging to the B vitamin complex, is closely associated with choline. It aids in the metabolism of fats and helps reduce blood cholesterol. Inositol participates in action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite.
For our patients who qualify, we dispense FDA approved appetite suppressants. However, accountability and motivation are two facets of weight loss that are critical to your success. Although we do believe that appetite suppressants may be a helpful tool when following one of our prescribed diet plans, a complete lifestyle change including exercise and healthier decisions is the ultimate key to successful weight loss.