MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS
LOSE IT, STARTING NOW
Our program is effective for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and those with thyroid imbalances. We are even able to effectively treat obese teens.
Start with us today and help your body burn fat stores, curb carbohydrate cravings, boost your natural energy, and feel better than you have in a while.
Obviously, people who take an active role in their own weight and wellness are more likely to achieve wellness than those who do not. Losing weight is not so much a matter of will power but of knowledge, structure, accountability and non-judgmental support.
Effective physician prescribed appetite suppressant medication will help curb your appetite, helping you get off to a good start to re-train your metabolism.
The medical assisted weight loss eating plan teaches your body to crave healthy, natural foods, and the nutritional supplements support your weight loss from the beginning to your maintenance phase. Our plan is customized to your individual needs and based upon your specific medical history.
We will begin your customized plan, following these basic steps:
A physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner specializing in obesity treatment provides the initial consultation. The initial consult involves a focused medical evaluation for diseases related to obesity. In addition, the medical professional will obtain a weight history, which includes past diet attempts, and may conduct a thorough psychological history.
Many patients come to the clinic with undiagnosed diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders or abnormal liver tests. Several blood tests are often drawn.
Overall, the Physician management of obesity includes:
Diet and Behavior Modifications: After the initial assessment, many of the follow-up appointments are with registered dietitians or mid-level providers who are certified in obesity management as well as exercise. Getting a handle on eating behaviors is key to making significant long-term changes. While it may be difficult to keep food logs that require writing down all food eaten, this exercise has been shown to be important for long-term success.
With all the variation in serving sizes, most individuals do not have a good understanding of how many calories are actually consumed in one day. Therefore, it is recommended that, for at least the first six to eight weeks, individuals keep a complete food log. This will also help dietitians get a better handle on areas of the diet to focus on at follow-up visits.
Dietitians also work with patients using individualized meal plans for various lifestyles and medical conditions. Many medical conditions, such as insulin resistance, can make it difficult to lose weight on traditional low-fat diets. The dietitian can work individually with the patient to find a meal plan that works for him or her. Also, dietitians teach patients how to actually make the changes such as: how to shop, cooking ideas, such as easy preparation methods or healthy recipes, and how to eat out at restaurants.
Follow-up Visits: Weekly weigh-ins are a useful tool to hold individuals accountable. Patients are frequently given a meal and exercise plan by their healthcare provider and told to return in two to three months. Getting weighed on a weekly basis (at the same time and day of the week and using the same scale) helps to keep dieters on track. Just knowing there will be a weekly weigh-in decreases caloric consumption. On the other hand, daily weigh-ins are not recommended since small, incremental changes often cause frustration and result in failure.
It is also recommended, if possible, that the weekly weigh-in occurs outside of the home. Being weighed in the presence of another person increases accountability and has been shown to decrease caloric intake per week by nearly 20 percent.
Medications (Pharmacotherapy): Medications are used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet, exercise and behavior modification
Pharmacotherapy should be reserved for patients with a BMI of 30 or greater or a BMI of 27 or greater with at least one co-morbid risk factor (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes). It is important that the patient tells his or her provider all medications they are taking, including over-the-counter medication and supplements.
Weight Maintenance: Many people can follow a diet and lose weight, the challenge, however, comes in maintaining the weight-loss. Any changes in eating and exercising behaviors must become habitual, which takes time. Most programs offer monthly visits that provide behavior modification help (strategies to help change habits) that encompass things such as: record keeping, eating behavior and associated activities, eating slowly, portion control, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water, enhancing exercise, attitudes, self-esteem and quality of life, and holiday and stress eating.
Realistic Expectations: Unrealistic goals of a comprehensive weight management program often result in failure. This method should not be expected to achieve “ideal” body weight, often set as a measure of success. A modest weight-loss can offer profound benefit in preventing or delaying the onset of co-morbid medical problems and should be viewed as a success.
This realistic goal of a 5 to 15 percent weight-loss from initial weight will keep one focused, as well as improve their quality of life and help manage any obesity co-morbid medical problems.
We also use vitamin supplements, FDA approved appetite suppressants, and fat metabolizing supplements to help you achieve your goal.
As a patient, you have the peace of mind of knowing that a physician supervises your customized weight loss program and supplementation every step of the way. You can have that fit body and lose a number of those physical ailments that have been troubling you for years…high blood pressure, aching joints, lower back pain, foot pain, some diabetes, and more.
The keys to the medically assisted weight loss program is two-fold – a healthy restricted calorie eating plan that revs your metabolism, and educational support you need to achieve your goals. You CAN do this!
We will work with you to understand which foods can help you on your weight loss path, and which foods can, surprisingly, hinder you. You will learn how to eat healthily at restaurants and other people’s homes.
If you have attempted to lose weight, time and time again; if you have spent countless hours at the gym doing miles on the treadmill, and dollars on weight loss plans with no sustainability component, then take heart. The program will help you lose weight and lose it effectively. We recommend moderate exercise.
We often use the aids of FDA approved supplements- temporary tools to help you achieve your goal weight. But, above all of this, is the full understanding of the foods you eat and how they can bring you into or out of a state of weight loss and wellness, and best of all, this knowledge is something that you will have your entire life, long after you’ve graduated our program.
Some professionals in the field of nutrition believe that more than half of us eating a healthy diet and taking oral vitamin supplements are still vitamin deficient. The transformation diet incorporates advanced nutriceuticals from naturally occurring plants and animal sources.
We provide vitamin injection therapy to help your body improve the absorption of this essential micronutrient. Our other products are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances to help your body function optimally.
Most hormone replacements on the market use synthetic versions of naturally occurring substances.
Call The Wellness Center by Dr. Mignon 850-668-5500 today for a free, no obligation consultation.
1. THE PRINCIPLE OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Because we all are unique individuals, we will all have a slightly different response to an exercise program. This is another way of saying that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to exercise. Your trainer will design an exercise program specifically based on your differences and responses to exercise. Some of these differences have to do with body size and shape, genetics, past experience, chronic conditions, injuries and even gender. For example, women generally need more recovery time than men, and older athletes generally need more recovery time than younger athletes.
With this in mind, you may or may not want to follow an “off the shelf” exercise program, DVD or class and may find it helpful to work with the personal trainer to develop a customized exercise program.
2. THE PRINCIPLE OF OVERLOAD
The exercise science principle of overload states that a greater than normal stress or load on the body is required for training adaptation to take place. What this means is that in order to improve our fitness, strength or endurance, we need to increase the workload accordingly. Your trainer will lead you through this progression, safely.
In order for a muscle (including the heart) to increase strength, it must be gradually stressed by working against a load greater than it is used to. To increase endurance, muscles must work for a longer period of time than they are used to or at a higher intensity.
3. THE PRINCIPLE OF PROGRESSION
The principle of progression implies that there is an optimal level of overload that should be achieved, and an optimal time frame for this overload to occur. A gradual and systematic increase of the workload over a period of time will result in improvements in fitness without risk of injury. If overload occurs too slowly, improvement is unlikely, but overload that is increased too rapidly may result in injury or muscle damage. For example, the weekend athlete who exercises vigorously only on weekends violates the principle of progression and most likely will not see obvious fitness gains.
The Principle of Progression also stresses the need for proper rest and recovery, and your trainer will ensure that you don’t continually stress and overload your body.
4. THE PRINCIPLE OF ADAPTATION
Adaptation refers to the body’s ability to adjust to increased or decreased physical demands. Repeatedly practicing a skill or activity makes it second-nature and easier to perform. Adaptation explains why beginning exercisers are often sore after starting a new routine, but after doing the same exercise for weeks and months they have little, if any, muscle soreness.
Additionally, it makes an athlete very efficient and allows him to expend less energy doing the same movements. Your trainer understands this and will vary a workout routine so you will see continued improvement.
5. THE PRINCIPLE OF USE/DISUSE
The Principle of Use/Disuse implies that when it comes to fitness, you “use it or lose it.” This simply means that your muscles hypertrophy with use and atrophy with disuse. This also explains why we decondition or lose fitness when we stop exercise. This is why exercise is included when we talk about anti-aging.