• Top 11 Questions Weight Loss Patients Ask

    by Myrtle Goore, MD
    on Aug 23rd, 2016

1. How Fast Will I Lose Weight?

An average weight loss is 2 lb/week. Your personal progress depends upon the program you choose and your activity. As you lose weight we recalculate your nutritional needs so that you continue to lose the fat. Just as importantly, we aim to help you keep the weight off. With the lifestyle changes taught in the classes, weight loss is much more lasting. 

2. Tell me about a typical visit at Advanced Physician Weight Management.

At each visit your vital signs and weight will be measured. Periodically your bio-impedance body composition is re-measured to insure that your weightloss is primarily fat while maintaining your lean body mass. We provide small group classes weekly to address challenges such as cravings, night eating, motivation, eating out, different types of physical activity and how to keep the weight off. Also, knowledge is the basis for all self-improvement so we keep you abreast of the latest research and developments in nutrition, activity and help you wade through all the myths and fads concerning obesity and weight loss.

3. Are There Materials That I Receive?

On your first medical visit you receive a notebook with a reference manual, a small food diary and a reference book for most foods and beverages. During the weekly classes the topics covered will have take-home handouts and tips. Everything will fit in the APWM Notebook provided. At each periodic physician visit you will receive a copy of your updated bio-impedance body composition and a graph of your weight loss progress.

4. Will I Have To Change Doctors?

You should continue to see all your physicians you see now. You do not have to change doctors. We accept referrals from many physicians in the area. If you are referred by a doctor, with your permission, we will provide your doctor updates on your progress.

5. Are There Group Classes?

Small nutrition and exercise group classes lead by professionals are offered so that you gain maximum benefit from the APWM Program. Interaction with class members helps to motivate you and very helpful tips and experiences are shared each week.

6. Are medications required for weightloss?

As a comprehensive Bariatric program, we have nutritional supplements of the highest quality and appetite suppressants available on site. In developing your individualized program we may suggest inclusion of some of these if needed to assist with your weight loss. Most of our clients lose weight without appetite suppressants, however.

7. Do you offer Meal replacements?

Yes, we have a variety of meal replacements in the form of shakes, protein bars, chips, soups, etc. The Protein-Sparing-Modified-Fast or Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) is a full meal replacement plan which should only be attempted under the direction of a physician. You may want a Low Calorie Diet (LCD) which uses only partial meal replacements or Grocery Food Diet (GFD) which uses only occasional meal supplements. We individualize your program and you can switch to a different meal plan as your weight loss progresses.

8. What if I have medical problems like Diabetes or high cholesterol?

Having been in medical practice for over 37 years we are qualified to manage these and other medical problems. Weight loss and lifestyle improvements often allow you to decrease, eliminate or never start medications. We ask our diabetics to check their blood sugars regularly.

9. What happens when I reach my goal weight?

You can choose to enter the weight Maintenance Program which continues the body composition follow-up on a less frequent basis. We follow up on any abnormal laboratory tests as needed. This is the way many clients keep their motivation high and keep the weight down.

10. Does your program help with BY-Pass or Lap-Band surgery?

Yes. Our program is ideally suited for both before and after these procedures. Before surgery you need to get used to getting a healthy diet in much less volume of food and after surgery your nutrition will change drastically so you B12, calcium, Protein, iron levels must be maintained. Muscle wasting which causes the sagging skin can be minimized by proper nutrition and exercise before and after the surgery.

11.What does the program cost?

Most insurance companies will cover the medical parts of the program such as the medical examinations and laboratory with your usual co-pay required for those services. The classes, nutritional supplements and medications generally are not covered and the cost would depend upon your choices as the program is very individualized.

We highly recommend calling the customer service representative with your insurance plan and ask about "weight management services" or "health maintenance programs". At our Free Consultation Meeting we detail the charges of the components so you can make an informed decision.

Author Myrtle Goore, MD

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