weight loss

Losing Weight The Healthy Way

Trying to lose weight quickly can turn out to be a frustrating experience. In many cases, the unwanted pounds, shed through starvation or by buying into diets based more on fad than fact, reappear soon after they disappear.

 

On the other hand, losing weight by participating in a program based on medical knowledge, using products developed by physicians and supervised by an experienced doctor can be a fulfilling and life-changing experience. Just ask Yvonne Gregory, an active 58-year-old who dropped nearly 30 pounds with the help of the Center for Medical Weight Loss in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. On her own, her efforts to slim down certainly would have been more difficult and might have added to her medical problems – lactose intolerance and a hiatal hernia. Under the guiding hand of Dr. Loren Frankel, Yvonne was able to enhance her lifestyle, improve her self-image and probably say goodbye to those extra pounds forever.

Like all other patients of the Center for Medical Weight Loss, Yvonne's customized program started with a complete body composition profile. Dr. Frankel used a body composition analyzer to determine exactly how much of Yvonne's weight was made up of fat, water and muscle. Using this information, the analyzer determines an individual's resting metabolism – how many calories a person can consume each day to remain at a specific body weight – and, therefore, how many calories, combined with exercise, will be necessary for a person to lose weight.

With this information in hand, Dr. Frankel can produce a customized plan for each of her patients. The six- or eight-week programs might include nothing but shakes and energy bars; shakes and bars combined with a light dinner; or appetite suppressants and supplements that increase the patient's metabolism rate. Dr. Frankel sees each patient every week to monitor their weight loss and possible changes in health and to make sure they are using the proper medications. She said in some cases, diabetics who go through the program are able to stop taking insulin completely, and often patients are able to discontinue cholesterol or antihypertensive medications.

Dr. Frankel's main concern is that her patients reach their target weight safely.

"The shakes and bars we use were medically designed to be safe substitutes for meals," she explained. "Other products on the market do not always provide the necessary nutrients patients need when certain foods are eliminated from their diet."

"Other plans leave almost too much choice to the patient, and they don't necessarily learn about good nutrition," she added. "We want everything balanced for safe weight loss. Even when patients complete their program, we encourage them to keep coming in."

Dr. Frankel pointed out that personal motivation is a key factor in her patients' success.

"Patients like Yvonne who are super disciplined will achieve good results. It is hard to lose weight, so you have to have a good mind-set," said. "The first few days are hard, but then you aren't hungry anymore and you start dropping the weight, which is good motivation. Everyone needs some degree of motivation."

Changing your health for the better is a huge achievement. But for Yvonne, the icing on the cake was her high school reunion in California, held just after she completed her weight-loss program. When she headed to the West Coast, she was the same size as when she was a high school senior.

"I plan on staying on the shakes and bars forever," she said. "It is nutritionally balanced so you don't have to worry about not getting the important vitamins. This has been a wonderful thing for me."

Pricing:
Your initial consultation starts with a Body Composition Analysis:
Our state of the art scale calculates how many calories your body burns daily. The scale's analysis can also tell you what percentage of your body is made up of fat, water, and muscle. These levels are monitored to ensure that your weight loss proceeds in a healthy manner. Based on this we develop a personalized meal plan for your specific needs to produce optimal success in weight loss. Appetite suppressant medication helps reduce hunger while cutting calories.  You are far more likely to stick to your prescribed calorie count when you are not hungry.
1st months prescription = $125
Every following prescription = $90
Meal replacement products take the guesswork out of portion control.  We offer 3 different packages to meet your specific needs.  Our shakes, bars, soups, and chips taste great and are the perfect way to control your caloric intake while ensuring all your nutritional needs are met. - $179 per package
DHEA helps your body reduce visceral (belly) fat. - $35 per bottle
Capsiate Nature is an all-natural metabolism booster that helps reset yur metabolism to get it burning the most calories possible.  This is the perfect tool to reset a sluggish metabolism. - $90 per bottle
Diucaps help with "head hunger".  You will have more control over urges for sweets, night time snacks, binge eating, and self-soothing with comfort foods. - $25 per bottle
B-12 and Lipo-B injections give you more energy and help your body to excrete fat more easily. - $20 each OR
Save some money with a package:
5 injections = $55
8 injections = $79
10 injections = $85
Everyone's weight loss journey is different.  It is our goal to customize an individual plan that meets your specific needs.  Once you have achieved your goal weight, we will work with you to develop a reliable maintenance plan.