What is Weight Loss Medicine?
Weight loss medicine at Smile and Body is a one-on-one program that is individualized to each person’s needs and medical issues. Individualized programs may include nutrition counseling, behavior modification, exercise coaching and medication administration to assist in weight loss. Our goal is to provide you with the tools needed to lose weight, feel your best, and enhance your health.
How do I get started?
Contact Smile and Body either by telephone or email to set up your free consultation. During your initial consultation we will discuss your health history, family history, medication list, and set your weight loss goals. Based on this information and blood work, we will formulate a plan that is best for you.
When should I start?
Most patients start one week after their initial consultation or after an event or holiday they have been planning.
How long should I expect to stay in this program?
Weight loss management is about losing the weight to become a healthier individual and reducing your risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, etc. Since each patient is different, the acute weight loss phase is also different. Our goal is to help you obtain your goal AND keep the weight off. Once you reach your target weight, monthly monitoring up to every 3 months is recommended to keep you on track.
How often do I need to come to the office?
During the initial acute phase of weight loss weekly visits are mandatory. During these visits you will see the physician, have your blood pressure checked, have measurements and body composition analysis completed, and receive a vitamin injection.
What about exercise?
During the initial few weeks of weight loss exercise is not recommended. However, if you are already in the routine of exercising, you are encouraged to continue your routine and adapt to your changing body. Once you are familiar with the program and your body has adapted to healthy eating, exercise will be introduced.
Will I be tired and hungry while I’m on this program?
Most patients say they feel great once they start the program. Hunger disappears and energy levels rise. The first few days are the most difficult as your mind and body adjust to this change in lifestyle.
What do I do if I don’t feel well on the program?
Side effects although rare may occur while on this program. If you feel unwell or have any questions regarding the program, please notify us as soon as possible. Discussing any issues as they arise usually enables to provide you with easy solutions to guarantee your success with this program.
How much does this program cost?
The cost of the program varies for individuals depending on their medical needs and weight loss goals. To schedule an appointment for your free consultation, please contact Smile and Body by email or telephone.
What about confidentiality?
It is understandable that occasionally patients do not want anyone to know they are participating in a diet program. At Smile and Body, your participation is kept confidential unless you tell us otherwise.