An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity is a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment and medical care. From self-consciousness to physical limitations, many people feel that their size is keeping them from being the person they truly are. People who are overweight are also at higher risk for developing serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, arthritis, and gallbladder disease. Is your body weight in the healthy range? If you are unsure, use the CDC's Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. If your weight is outside the healthy range, ask your doctor for a referral to our clinic. Our exceptional Weight Management staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive, convenient, and effective care. We provide dietary counseling, pharmacotherapy, exercise promotion, and behavior change support.
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Your medical provider will consider medical issues and personal lifestyle choices when developing your customized meal plan for weight loss. All nutrition sessions teach patients to make healthier choices regarding foods, portion sizes, and meal prepping for weight loss. Ideal weight loss for any weight loss plan is 1-2 pounds per week. This allows the patient to maintain weight loss over time. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to evaluate progress, provide support and additional counseling, or to modify the weight loss plan.
Physical activity is an important part of our weight management program. It speeds weight loss and weight gains, prevents significant loss of muscle (lean body mass), and increases metabolism. More importantly, physical activity helps you maintain weight loss over time. Studies show that even a little bit of exercise makes a big difference. Our staff provides ideas and opportunities that promote daily exercise. We will analyze your biometrics and lifestyle to make a plan that will work for you.
In some cases our medical provider will recommend a weight loss diet in combination with a medication and weight loss supplements to help you reach your weight goals. These medications can help reduce appetite or block fat absorption. They MUST be combined with one of the eating plans or they will not be effective. Under the physician’s care, the patient will eventually stop the medication, as the FDA has not approved any weight loss medications for indefinite use.
Diets are based on individual needs and are recommended at the provider's discretion. They may be used alone or in combination. Diet needs may change as your needs change.
Portion control means choosing a healthy amount of a certain food. Portion control helps you get the benefits of the nutrients in the food without overeating. Portion control is important because it helps you:
Digest food easier
Stay energized throughout the day
Control blood sugar levels
Often what one may view as a single portion is actually multiple servings. A serving size is a standardized, measured amount of food, such as the amount used for Nutrition Facts labels. Learning to distinguish serving size from portion size helps correct portions. The amount of certain foods and the amount of calories you need to eat depends on your age, sex, level of physical activity, and overall health. Eating foods from a variety of foods provides your body with the fuel and nutrients it needs. The provider will help you determine you daily caloric intake, serving sizes, and portions based on your individual needs.
Calorie intake is broken down by food type. This diet plan allows for 50% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from fat, and 20% from protein. The provider determines the appropriate caloric intake for weight loss, and then educates the patient on how to achieve this goal. The patient will be given written materials to reinforce the counseling session with the dietitian. Typical weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week.
Intermittent fasting is an eating plan that switches between fasting and eating on a regular schedule. Research shows that intermittent fasting is a way to manage your weight and prevent or even reverse some forms of disease. 16:8
This diet provides 800-1400 calories per day. Each day, patients replace 1-2 meals, eats a balanced dinner, 2 healthy snacks, and drinks 2 quarts of water (or other fluids that do not have calories). Bars and shakes are available as snacks and meal replacements. This diet will jump start your weight loss. Is a short-term approach and may be combined with another meal plan.
This diet consists mostly lean protein (such as poultry, fish, and lean beef). Carbohydrates (breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruit, and most vegetables) are pretty much eliminated to result in faster weight loss. This is a short-term approach.
Meals on this diet are in the form of broth or shakes. Patient typically drink 5 shakes per day. This diet eliminates food choices completely. For some patients, this diet is easier because there are no food choices to make. The liquid diet is a complete, nutritionally sound meal plan. The patient will transition back to whole foods over a prescribed period of time. Short term use only.
In some cases our medical provider will recommend a nutrition plan in combination with a medication to help you reach your weight goals. These medications can help reduce appetite or block fat absorption. They MUST be combined with one of the eating plans or they will not be effective. Under the physician’s care, the patient will eventually stop the medication, as the FDA has not approved any weight loss medications for indefinite use.
Other medications prescribed at the providers discretion