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Invision Health Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight can be a challenge. Obesity and weight gain increases a patient’s risk for developing serious health problems such as: type two diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, certain cancers, fatty liver disease, and kidney disease. Since there is no one size fits all approach, many people find success with medically supervised weight loss programs.
The Invision Health Functional Medicine team offers three programs that are safe, effective and affordable. All of the programs are patient specific and modified to fit each individual’s unique needs. The overall objective of participating in one of our medically supervised weight loss plans is to teach the patient how to make the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
All programs include the following:
- Comprehensive 60 – 90 minute appointment to review patient goals, health history and perform the appropriate screening to determine the best weight loss strategy for the patient. During this visit the provider also orders lab work depending on the program to determine how the body is currently functioning and identify any nutritional deficiencies or health barriers to weight loss
- Specific meal plans and guidelines tailored for individual needs are provided for each plan
- Two 30 minute to one hour follow-up appointments with your provider to review progress, any lab work that has been ordered and make modifications to the program to improve patient success
- Regular e-mails (through our patient portal) and phone calls with the provider for guidance with food choices, physical activity programs and other challenges the patient may be encountering
- Extensive tips, recipes, meal plans and educational reference material that will help with the weight loss journey
Customized Medically Supervised Plan
The medical provider will assist in identifying barriers to weight loss including hormones, physical disabilities, diet, and other factors causing the patient to store fat and slow his/her metabolism. The program may feature an elimination diet to identify food sensitivities. This plan uses a Mediterranean Diet that features whole foods with an emphasis on vegetables, certain fruits and whole grains. Healthy fats are included in the plan as well as some lean proteins. Everyone can be successful in losing weight under this plan. It is less restrictive than some programs. Weight loss progress can be slower and focuses on lifestyle changes.
Ketogenic Weight Loss Program (Up to 12 weeks)
A Ketogenic diet program features a low carbohydrate approach to losing weight. In general, the patient’s caloric in-take consists of 10% healthy carbohydrates, 20% lean protein and 70% high quality fat. The reduction in carbohydrates helps shift the body into a fat burning state to promote the production of ketones and enter a state of ketosis. When following a ketogenic diet, your brain and other organs rely on ketones as an energy source. Low carb diets such as Keto have been popular and effective for many people. A patient can safely remain on a ketogenic diet for three to six months.
HCG Weight Loss Program (three to six weeks)
HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a protein hormone naturally produced in the body that helps regulate metabolism. HCG causes the body to burn its deeply stored fat for energy—the fat found in problem areas such as: abdomen, hips, thighs and chin. In this program, HCG is paired with a specific meal plan resulting in a decrease in body weight. The three phases of the program are weight loss, stabilization and maintenance. Typical weight loss is one half to one pound per day and does not involve shakes, bars or meals. This is a great way to stop cravings which can sabotage any weight loss program. A prescription is written for HCG which is specifically compounded for our program. This program is ideal for those who want to jump start their weight loss, have an upcoming vacation or special event, or need to lose weight prior to having surgery. Participants may have as few as 15 pounds to lose. It is also appropriate for those that have significant weight loss goals.
It’s important to find the approach that best matches your situation and lifestyle. Avoid fad diets, and programs that require you to purchased expensive shakes, meals or bars. In some cases, nutritional supplements may be helpful, but they are not required under our programs. Most importantly we will work with the patient to find a safe and lifelong approach. Individual results of all programs vary. It is important to combine proper nutrition, portion size, physical activity, and stress management to get results.
***Invision Health accepts FSA and HSA cards for weight loss programs