If you are tired of trying fad diet after fad diet, it’s time to try something that works. The DietMD program combines a medically supervised diet plan with behavior modification, addressing the psychological issues attributed to unhealthy weight gain. This helps you not just lose the weight, but to change your lifestyle and keep it off. Our physician does an evaluation to make sure you can safely lose the weight and then customizes a plan just for you, combining a low-calorie diet, exercise plan, patient coaching and if necessary, a prescription appetite suppressant. Patients on average lose about 2-3 pounds per week, without hunger.*
New patients start the program with a complete metabolic and cardiac screening. This allows us to determine the physical causes of weight gain and to develop a safe, custom program for each individual. If necessary, a prescription appetite suppressant (Phentermine) is prescribed and monitored by our physician. This allows weight loss without hunger while on a low-calorie diet. Patients utilize the bodybugg® calorie management system to track calories taken in and calories burned on a daily basis and come into the spa weekly for follow up visits. These follow up visits allow us to check program markers like weight, body fat, hydration, vital signs and include a B12 vitamin injection. During follow up visits, we also offer patient coaching; addressing the psychological issues contributing to unhealthy weight gain, discussing the previous week and identifying future goals. Once the patient’s goal is met, they are transitioned to maintain their new, healthy weight. The DietMD program works for Men and Women and is unique in that it truly gives patients the tools they need to maintain their weight loss long term.
7 Essential Tips
For Successful Dieting
- Stay Positive: One of the biggest stumbling blocks in weight loss is a poor attitude. If you see yourself as overweight, then you will be. If you think you are doomed because of your genetics, then you will never lose the weight. The more control you believe you have, the more control you will have. Be optimistic.
- Get a Partner: A friend's support can do wonders for your motivation. If you feel lonely at the gym, invite a spouse or a friend to join you. Plan regular walks with a companion. Hold each other accountable for your diet and exercise patterns.
- Eat Your Last Meal Earlier: A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that obese women eat one more meal a day than their non-obese peers and tend to eat more food later in the day.
- Set Realistic Goals: One of the biggest pitfalls to any diet is to expect dramatic results within a week, or even a month. It takes time and effort to affect your body composition. Don't be impatient. You did not get here overnight. The short term advancements and energy boosts make it worth the wait for the long term improvements.
- Weigh Yourself Often: Clinical studies show weighing daily has positive benefit. Also, remember that your weight will fluctuate a few pounds here and there naturally.
- Avoid the 3 S's: Sugar, Starches, and Sodas. Your diet may be holding you back more than you know. Refined sugars are found in places you may not think to find them. Potatoes and fruits deposit large amounts of glucose in your blood. This can spike your insulin levels. Higher insulin levels mean higher storage of fat.
- Celebrate the Little Things: Notching your belt one notch closer. Waistbands feeling looser. Appreciate the small victories in the road to weight loss. They all add up.