In 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) classified obesity as a disease. The latest statistics reveal three of every four Americans (75%) are overweight or obese. Being overweight (BMI over 25) has a 50% chance of reducing your life expectancy. Being obese (BMI over 30) has a 100% chance of reducing your life expectancy.
Our program has three phases: active weight loss, transition and maintenance phase. By breaking down our process, we are able to focus in on each essential part of the weight loss journey to assist you in losing and keeping off the weight.
ACTIVE WEIGHT LOSS
Active weight loss phase begins with a trained medical professional completing a physical and medical history analysis. This allows customization of the weight loss experience and creation of a personal strategy; this includes an evaluation of which, if any, medications should be administered. Each person is different, so we believe that each program should be different.
Once a personalized strategy is established, check-in meetings are set up to evaluate personal progress. These quick meetings are continued until the goal weight loss is reached.
We know that losing weight isn’t easy and it normally requires an entire lifestyle shift. To assist in this, we setup a one-on-one meeting with each patient to thoroughly educate them on psychology, nutrition, behavior, and metabolism.
Once the goal weight is achieved, meetings are decreased. These meetings are used more to monitor weight loss and decide long-term progress. During this phase, we monitor using the long term safety plan, CAP.
The goal is maintained and the weight is kept off. Patients are encouraged to keep doing what they are doing. Our goal is to stay in the control area.
Action range means that it’s time for some added attention. There may need to be extra time for a few days dedicated to lose any gained weight. When in the action range, we want to move as quickly as possible to reach control range again to avoid Panic Weight.
If a significant amount of weight is gained again, we call this panic range. At this time, we recommend returning that week to the program for treatment again. We will work with you again to re-establish goals and return to active weight loss.
During maintenance phase, the number of in office visits significantly decreases and medication doses may lessen or stop. Because weight loss is a lifelong journey, we do not consider it to be over at the maintenance phase, but it is the responsibility of the individual to largely control their day-to-day lives and set personal goals to keep off the weight. We continue to monitor using CAP and ask that our clients contact our staff immediately if the panic range is reached.