When you come to us for weight loss help, you expect us to help you reach your goals. We need to understand your GOALS to help us determine what APPROACH we will take to help reach those goals. Everybody has unique needs, different work and play schedules, diverse food likes and dislikes, varied financial capabilities, and unique health challenges that will impact their ability to lose weight.
Before we establish a very specific weight loss plan for you, we need to know the following GOALS:
- How much weight loss do you want to lose and how quickly?
- What financial resources do you have to help you reach your goals?
Once we understand your GOALS, we can build an APPROACH that will work for you. The approach may include:
What kind of eating plan will my health care provider prescribe?
The amount of weight a person can lose and the rate of which weight loss is largely dependent upon the kind of eating plan (iso-nutrient vs. low carbohydrate vs. high protein/high fat, modified carb drop, caloric zig-zag, etc.) your health care provider will prescribe. For example, if you are morbidly overweight and your goal is to lose 40 pounds before your high school reunion, we may establish an approach to weight loss that is very different from a weight loss plan for a diabetic person whose goal is to lose weight prior to a scheduled surgery.
“Will medications or supplements be used to assist my weight loss effort?”
Many people find that prescription medications and/or supplements help with their weight loss efforts. Some medications help to minimize hunger and carbohydrate cravings. Other medications or supplements may help boost metabolism, promote proper bowel health, aide in exercise recovery and limit muscle soreness, etc. Your health care provider will review many of the common medications and supplements that may assist you in your quest to lose weight.
Does your hormone health impact your ability to lose weight?”
While most weight loss programs focus on ‘calories in and calories out,’ our weight loss program is designed to maximize your body’s release of hormones in a way that will promote weightloss. For more information about how eating plans affect your hormones, read Dr. Willey’s book, What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked?
Are you being treated for any current health problems or are you taking medications?
Some illnesses impact a person’s ability to lose fat, gain muscle, and lose weight. Certain medications may cause a person to gaining weight or inhibit their ability to lose weight. Some medical illness resolve when weight loss occurs. Lab work may be necessary to identify how a disease is managed and whether or not more treatment is necessary. You will be asked to complete a thorough health history so your health care provider knows what illness you have or may be at risk of having, and how to address these medical needs while assisting with weight loss.