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What differentiates Medical WeightLoss & Wellness, Inc. from other weight loss programs?

Medical WeightLoss & Wellness, Inc. clinics are dedicated exclusively to providing our proven and effective weight loss program to the communities we serve. Our medically supervised program consists of a dynamic combination of adherence to a ketogenic diet (real food from local grocery stores), vitamin injections, oral vitamin supplements, supportive counseling by a nurse, prescriptive therapy (optional and only if medically indicated). We not only provide our patients with a roadmap for achieving their weight loss goals, but also the much needed guidance and support required for lasting success. We are dedicated to not only helping you lose weight quickly, safely, and sensibly, but most importantly, we are committed to helping you make lifestyle changes that will result in a lifetime of health.

Weight loss is the only focus of our practice. You will always follow-up with a knowledgeable, experienced nurse. We are here to counsel, encourage, educate, challenge and coach you. This is our dream job and it shows! It is our goal to change your mindset. We want to shift you from a “diet” mentality – which implies temporary, to a “lifestyle change” – which implies permanence.

What is a “ketogenic” (keto) diet and is it healthy for me?

Absolutely! There is nothing “gimmicky” about our ketogenic (high fat, moderate protein, very low carb) way of eating. Our list of approved food items consist of lean and semi-lean proteins as well as fruits and vegetables (good carbs). This is all food you purchase at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. There are no pre-packaged meals or meal replacement shakes/bars. By eating this way we work to break the carb addiction cycle, regulate hunger hormones and improve overall health and well being.

Rather than relying on willpower, calorie counting, or extreme exercise, the ketogenic diet works because it changes the very “fuel source” your body uses to stay energized: namely, from burning glucose (carbs/sugar) to burning your own body fat for fuel. It is this process that allows most people to lose weight at a more rapid and consistent pace.

Studies have shown carbohydrate restriction can help improve these common conditions:

  • regulation of hormones
  • improved mental focus and concentration
  • stabilization of blood sugars
  • relief from symptoms of GERD/acid reflux
  • reduction of inflammation in the body
  • improvement or even reversal of many obesity related illnesses
Does MWLW accommodate dietary restrictions?

By the nature of the MWLW plan, we are gluten free. We do have alternatives for those with various food allergies. We do work with vegetarians. Our program can be altered to accommodate vegans, however their dietary choices are limited. We also require they do additional dietary tracking. Unfortunately, it is challenging to find quality protein that is also low in carbohydrates. Weight loss is typically slower, but it is possible. Our vegans must be willing to spend more time in the kitchen in order to prepare items that will fulfill MWLW nutritional requirements.

If you do have several dietary restrictions, are vegetarian or vegan, we highly recommend you schedule a free consultation with a nurse to discuss whether or not the MWLW program is a good fit for you.

How old do you have to be to participate in the MWLW program?

You must be 17 or older to participate in the MWLW program. If you are 17, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the initial visit (new start appointment).

Do I have to be overweight to participate? What if I only need to lose 10-15 lbs.?

Whether you need to lose 10 lbs. or 200 lbs., Medical WeightLoss & Wellness, Inc. can help you reach your weight loss goal. This program is not only about weight loss, more importantly, it is about learning to eat well for a lifetime of good health; weight loss just happens to be one of the benefits of healthy eating!

I am on several medications & have multiple health issues; can I still participate in this program?

There are no medications or health issues that negatively interact with the Medical WeightLoss & Wellness, Inc. way of eating. We may need to make minor adjustments based on your medical history, however, this does not exclude you from participation. When you come in for your initial appointment, the nurse practitioner will thoroughly review your medical history and discuss any concerns with you.

How often do I have to visit the MWLW clinic?

During the “active” weight loss phase, we suggest you follow-up weekly. This weekly follow-up allows for optimal results. In addition, our teaching/counseling often leads to “fine-tuning” the program according to your specific needs. Overall, weekly follow-ups are a MAJOR reason behind the success we see at MWLW. Typical follow-up appointments last anywhere from 10-15 minutes and include: weigh-in, vital signs, vitamin injection, and one-on-one counseling with a nurse.

Will I really lose weight on the MWLW program and how fast?

To achieve the very best results, adherence is crucial! 100% adherence can result in 8-20 pounds lost in the first month and 3-12 pounds per month thereafter.

Do I have to exercise on the MWLW program?

Exercise is not required. Exercise cannot make up for poor eating. 90% of weight loss is based on nutrition, not exercise. Exercise is very important for mental and physical health, but it does not result in significant weight loss.

What are the injections and medications used for and do I have to be worried they will be habit-forming?

We use the FDA-approved appetite suppressant Phendimetrazine. Phendimetrazine is one of the appetite suppressants recommended by the National Institute of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Medications are for short-term, supervised use. If prescribed as part of your program, this medication will help to curb your hunger and cravings, allowing you to better adhere to the program. For those patients for whom Phendimetrazine is not indicated, we will recommend a more natural supplement that will aid in appetite control.

Currently, all prescription medications to treat obesity are controlled substances, meaning health care practitioners need to follow particular restrictions when prescribing them. Although abuse and dependence are not common with non-amphetamine appetite-suppressant medications (such as Phendimetrazine), caution is taken with individuals who have a history of alcohol or other drug abuse.

Our injections are a unique combination of vitamins and amino acids that aid in fat utilization, fat breakdown, and prevention of fat storage. They also help enhance metabolic function and boost immunity. There is nothing contained within the injection that you do not already have in your body. Our injections are preservative free.

Remember, medication is completely optional for this program and is not indicated for all patients.

Can anyone take the appetite suppressant Phendimetrazine?

No, this medication is not indicated for every patient. Contraindications are not limited to but include the following: Glaucoma, concerning or abnormal EKG, valvular heart disease such as mitral valve prolapse/regurgitation, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmia, concurrent use of MAOI medication, systolic blood pressure >145, diastolic blood pressure >95, age <17 or >70 years old, history of pulmonary hypertension, documented prior cardiovascular or neurologic adverse reactions to an appetite suppressant medication, concurrent use of other stimulants (i.e. used to treat ADD/ADHD), pregnancy or planning pregnancy, breast feeding, history of substance abuse, history of anorexia or bulimia.

What does the vitamin injection do for me? Can’t I just take them orally?

You can, however many nutrients are simply not effectively absorbed by the GI tract when taken orally

What does my “New Start” appointment include?

Your first appointment (“New Start”) will take 90 minutes. It consists of a history and physical by a licensed Nurse Practitioner. You will receive explicit MWLW diet teaching by a nurse. You will have labs drawn (CBC, CMP, TSH, lipid panel) as well as an EKG, blood pressure check and waist measurement. You will have your weight taken on our state of the art Tanita scale, which will provide a print out of your weight, fat %, fat mass, total body water, and body mass index. You will also receive a vitamin injection, required dietary supplements (one month supply of calcium pyruvate and our pharmaceutical-grade multivitamin), and appetite suppressant (prescriptive or non-prescriptive).

Should I tell my healthcare providers I am doing this program?

We always encourage close communication and full disclosure with your healthcare providers.

Once I reach my weight loss goal, will I regain weight after completion of your program?

Our hope is you have gained insight into healthy eating once you have participated in our program. Have faith! This program will also help you modify the behavior that caused you to gain weight in the first place. Remember, once you have broke the carbohydrate addiction cycle you will have less cravings for the same foods you did prior to starting with MWLW. In summary, we build upon the keto foundation we trained you with and transition to a low-carb lifestyle. We will add healthy carbohydrate choices. We also HIGHLY encourage you to come in for your FREE monthly follow-up visits (includes your weigh-in and vitamin injection).

Do I have to sign a contract or pay in advance?

No. Patients of Medical WeightLoss & Wellness, Inc. never have to sign a contract or pay in advance. We are confident in our program and do not feel the need to require a contract.

Is your program covered by insurance?

Unfortunately weight loss programs are not covered by private insurance. We do not submit claims to insurance. For your convenience we accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Our program is accepted by flexible spending accounts (FSA) and/or health savings accounts (HSA). We will be happy to supply you with a letter of medical necessity and receipts required for reimbursement.

What is the cost of the program?

Please refer to the cost section of our web site by clicking here. There are no hidden costs or fees.

How can I get started?

We see new patients on various days and times throughout the week. Please contact us for further details. We look forward to hearing from you!

“They Are Genuine in Their Excitement for You”

“When I started my journey, I was very skeptical about this program. I quickly changed how I felt about it. At that time, I was taking (5) shots of insulin for a total of 320 units per day. My Hemoglobin A1C was 9!! My blood pressure was so high that I was taking 4 different meds, 3 times a day. Today, I’m down 76 lbs, take ½ pill for my high blood pressure, my Hemoglobin A1C is 6 (I’m only .3% away from being NON DIABETIC), I only take 30 units of insulin, and most importantly, I no longer have STAGE 3 CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE!!! I could NOT have done this without the incredible support of EVERYONE at MWLW. They are genuine in their excitement for you and so supportive, and the RN’s are awesome!!”

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