Who Can Benefit from the Program?
This program is designed to help men and women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Women need to be at least 30 pounds overweight to qualify, and men need to be at least 40 pounds overweight. Anyone with a BMI under 25, women who are pregnant, people under 18 years of age or over 70 years of age, or persons who are not medically eligible may not participate.
What Results Can I Expect to See?
Excess body weight is associated with various diseases, and as a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy. Did you know that increased insulin levels make you hungry and prevent you from breaking down fat? Carbohydrates affect insulin levels, but our program provides perfectly balanced nutrition while teaching patients how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Effects of the program you may benefit from:
How Does the Program Work?
Obesity is a chronic disease. Like other diseases, obesity requires comprehensive treatment, including a compassionate support system and personalized education to make lasting lifestyle changes. Our medically supervised program treats the Obesity Disease with evidence-based medicine, including a comprehensive multi-component plan monitoring your progress through monthly check-ups and periodic lab testing. This lets you see real results and be encouraged to reach your health goals!
The program has four phases:
- Phase One: Screening – A comprehensive preliminary medical evaluation to determine if the program is appropriate for you, including a physical examination and health history, blood work, EKG, behavioral assessment, and diet readiness questionnaire.
- Phase Two: Reducing – Depending on your weight loss needs, we will establish a plan through a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) or a Low Calorie Diet (LCD). In this phase, the primary goal is reversing the body’s tendency to store fat and training the body to burn fat instead. We provide nutritionally complete meals with 100% of your daily recommended intake for vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Meal options include shakes, soups, puddings, and bars. During this phase, patients are required to attend weekly support meetings, as well as medical visits and lab evaluations every four weeks. Average weight loss with the VLDC program is about 3-5 pounds per week. Average weight loss with the LCD program is 2-3 pounds per week.
- Phase Three: Adapting – Once you are within ten pounds of your weight loss goal, our health coach and medical provider will help you integrate groceries back into your diet, one meal at a time. This phase is critical to long-term success, because this is where new healthy habits are formed to avoid future weight gain. Participants continue weekly support/educational meetings and see our provider once every four weeks. Weekly sessions provide support and tools regarding:
- Making satisfying AND healthy nutritional choices
- Developing effective strategies for eating out
- Learning to modify your favorite recipes
- Developing new long-term eating habits
- Improving your relationship with food
- Learning safe and effective exercise techniques
- Applying simple exercises that are easy to fit into your day
- Dealing with stress, boredom, anger, and other feelings without turning to food
- Distinguishing between biological, psychological, and emotional hunger
- Focusing on solutions and the future
- Phase Four: Sustaining – In this phase, the most important phase, participants start using the tools using the habits learned in the Reducing and Adapting phases to maintain long term health. The health coach is available on a regular basis, plus you are encouraged to attend class/support sessions per your needs, as research shows this can be key to long-term success.
What Does it Cost to Participate?
- Weekly Membership – Each participant pays a membership of $12 per week. This membership includes access to our support classes, which are offered on the first, second, and third Tuesdays of each month. This fee also includes your weigh-ins and blood pressure checks, and access to phone support with our nursing staff as needed.
- Meal Replacements – Depending on which diet plan you select, you will need 3-4 boxes of meal replacement products per week. Costs vary by product ($10.25 to $19.25 per box), but an approximate amount to budget around would be $70-80 per week.
- Medical Monitoring – Each month, participants have one visit with the medical provider and routine lab work that are subject to insurance. Depending on the patient’s health coverage, out-of-pocket costs will vary. Cash labs are also available at lab fair prices subject to patient preference.
How Can I Learn More?
We recommend that anyone interested in improving their quality of life through weight loss should attend one of our free, no-obligation orientation sessions. These meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month, and last about 30-45 minutes with opportunities to ask questions and try samples of the products.
Or Contact Us for More Information:
Julie Kanady, APRN