If you are battling weight issues and are motivated to do something about it, then it can be very tempting to try solutions on your own. But, depending on your weight loss needs, you may find it’s not as simple as cutting back on your portions and getting more exercise. And if you are battling obesity or health issues connected to weight gain, then you need results that will last.
The Center for Weight Management’s Very Low Calorie Diet Plan provides patients with a high-nutrition, calorie-controlled menu prescribed by our bariatrician.
In the very low calorie diet plan, our physician, along with a registered dietitian, work together to tightly monitor your caloric intake, ensuring that you are receiving essential nutrients while safely losing weight.
It is a highly-effective plan in which we target your specific weight-loss goals and provide the structure in which to make it happen.
Our plans follow patient-specific structures and also can help those who have undergone bariatric surgical procedures, as they look for added help to kickstart their weight loss.
If you are overweight or obese and looking to gain control over your weight, or if you are struggling with added health issues due to excess weight, then we can formulate a plan that will put you on a track to better health.
How it Works
At the Center for Weight Management we devise detailed diet plans that will not only produce results but keep you safe and committed to the weight-loss process.
A very low-calorie diet plan is not something that you should attempt on your own, as you may miss out on consuming key nutrients, which could cause more health problems than those inflicted by being overweight in the first place.
Thanks to our dietitian-controlled plans, you will not only be eating from a menu that will ensure weight loss, you will never be in danger of missing out on key nutrients.
Our very low calorie diet program can also be adapted for pre- and post-bariatric surgery patients, as well as individuals with Type-2 diabetes. Whatever your needs, we will piece together a plan that will get results.
Following the program will also put you on the path for long-term success as you learn healthy habits that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. That includes a healthy exercise regimen that will act as a compliment to what you’re eating.
Improving your diet and adding exercise are tried-and-true methods for weight loss. But eating the wrong things and working the wrong way can not only lead to further problems, they can put you off dieting and discourage any gains that you make, leading to a yo-yo pattern and a return to weight gain.
We will restrict the number of calories you ingest, but we will do it safely. Consuming fewer calories is a guaranteed route to weight loss, and you will experience real results in a short amount of time.
What it Includes
▪ Medical evaluation including EKG & lab work
▪ Individual nutrition counseling with registered dietitian
▪ Weekly group educational sessions
▪ Additional visit(s) with physician
▪ Four meals a day for the duration of the program
What Are the Results of the Very Low-Calorie Diet Program
Successful diet plans are not like cookie cutters; each one should be slightly altered depending on the patient and his or her individual needs.
However, results of the very low-calorie diet plan do produce consistent results that can be long-lasting.
A very low-calorie diet can help patients to lose around 3 to 5 pounds per week. That would make for an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks and 18-30 pounds over a 6-week period.
Weight loss of that type will not only help you to look and feel better, it could also have massive effects on your overall health, including helping you to gain control over your blood sugar and aiding those patients with Type 2 diabetes.
The very low calorie diet will teach patients to maintain an ongoing healthy lifestyle by eating necessary nutrients, changing behavior and exercising regularly. The very low calorie program incorporates grocery foods with meal replacements and protein supplements.
Who Is the Very Low-Calorie Diet Plan Designed For?
Longstreet Clinic’s very low calorie diet plan works best for individuals who have at least 40 pounds to lose and a BMI greater than 30.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of your weight derived from tissue mass (muscle, fat and bone) and height. Your BMI is calculated by your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in meters). The National Institute (NIH) determined that a BMI of 30 or higher is categorized as obese, while that of a person between 25-30 is overweight. A normal BMI is categorized as that between 18.5-20.
Maintaining a BMI of 25 or above for a length of time not only wears on your psychology, as you deal with the mental stress of being overweight, it also brings detrimental effects to your physicality, as your body works to cope with the added mass.
Being overweight causes your bodily systems to work overtime, stressing your heart, liver, lungs, brain and beyond and can eventually lead to additional problems such as Type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure, not to mention declining energy and concentration levels.
If you have a BMI of 30 or above it is imperative that you find a way to lose weight. Obesity puts an extraordinary strain on your body and will lead to what is termed in the medical industry as co-morbidities. These include increased risks of stroke, gout, phlebitis and a whole litany of cancers.
Losing weight and ending obesity will lead to reduced risk of organ damage (liver, lung, heart), as well as reduce the risk of cancers associated with obesity including:
▪ Colon and rectum
▪ Breast (after menopause)
▪ Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
If you find yourself struggling with obesity, it is never too late to do something about it and seek relief. And there are solutions at hand, no matter your situation.
Longstreet Clinic’s Center for Weight Management staff will make your health our No. 1 priority. We are dedicated to seeing you through all of your weight loss needs, but we also know that victory requires a lifelong commitment. Therefore we make a lifelong commitment to be there for you, whether that be through education, support or medical needs.
We also host support groups, as we know fellow patients and their experiences and help can be just as important as that of the medical community.
Don’t Wait, Get Started Today
Are you ready to start losing weight? Watch our online video seminar and complete the form to request more information or an in office consultation.
Our dedicated and board-certified staff are not just surgeons (in fact, even our surgeons are not just doctors dedicated to the operating room). We are an entire group of healthcare professionals dedicated to helping you find your best and healthiest self. Part of that pact means establishing lifelong relationships in order to track your success and progress.
We are pleased to provide a safe and effective medical weight loss option for all overweight individuals. If you are ready to take steps to change your life today, please call 770-534-0110, or email us.
The Longstreet Difference
We know that it is not easy to make life changes, and that is why we’re here to help give you the road map to success. We have every angle covered and will be there for you, no matter your situation.
We also keep an open dialogue with you. There are no questions we have not heard before, and we want you to ask as many as you can think of. The ultimate goal is your health and happiness, and our only goal is to help you achieve it.
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