Weight loss requires diet changes and exercise and we will help you make these changes. For those of you who need additional assistance with making successful change we will evaluate to see if you are a safe candidate for supplements or prescription medication to aid in your weight loss.
We will have certain expectations of you during this weight loss program. In order for you to be successful it is important that you meet these expectations.
You will meet with a doctor every month. Accountability is the number one reason for successful weight loss and this allows us to offer you comprehensive care and keeps you accountable.
On your first visit we will do a thorough medical work up to assure there are no medical conditions preventing you from losing weight that may need treated, like thyroid disease or sleep apnea. When appropriate will do a cardiac exam and ECG to assure it is safe for you to exercise. Monthly visits with the physician after this will allow us to check your weight, discuss if you are meeting your goals for lifestyle change, check your blood pressure and do a focused physical exam to assure you are having no adverse effects if you are receiving weight loss medications. Prescriptions will not be refilled without a visit to the doctor.
You will be expected to have two meetings with our nutritionist. The first meeting will be to set a customized plan for diet changes. This visit will be 1 to 2 weeks after starting the program. At that time our nutritionist will work review your food journal and discuss your life and habits to customize a food plan that you can stick to.
The second meeting with the nutritionist will be one month after the first visit. In that meeting you will review your diet changes and you will establish a customized exercise plan.
Here is an example of your visits:
Day 1: Start Program
Day 7: 1 week after start meet with Nutritionist
Day 30: 1 month after starting follow up physician
Day 45: 6 weeks after starting have second visit with nutritionist
Day 60: 2 months after starting follow up with physician
After this you will meet monthly with the physician and you can meet with the nutritionist as you desire to or at anytime that you are not meeting your weight loss goals.
Research has shown that the number one thing that leads to success in weight loss is accountability. You must come in frequently to weigh and develop a plan in order to make necessary lasting lifestyle changes.
If you have psychological barriers to weight loss we may include a psychologist/counselor in your care. This allows you to evaluate why you eat and develop alternatives to eating out of stress, boredom, or other emotions.
We understand that weight loss is a multi-million dollar industry. Our goal is to keep this very affordable so that nothing can get in the way of you improving your health. When we can, we will bill your insurance for your visits. If you have medical issues caused by being overweight insurance may pay for your visit. If you are uninsured or insurance will not pay for your visit the charge is $80 for a physician visit and $45 for a nutrition visit if you are an established patient in our clinic. If you are a new patient to the practice your first visit with the physician will be $140 and your next visits will be $80.
We are confident that we can help you improve your overall health, your sleep, energy level, self-image, and overall wellness. If you are ready to make changes, we are here to help you succeed. The process of change is difficult but with the right resources it is very possible. This is likely the most important thing you will do for your health.