Healthy eating is the core of our weight management program. We will work with you to create a realistic, healthy meal plan.
The New Direction program is a medically supervised very low calorie diet (VLCD) which utilizes meal replacement products to meet an individual's nutritional needs.
Prescription appetite suppressants and other weight loss medications can be useful for weight loss. These are prescribed on an individual basis if recommended by the doctor.
The InBody® Body Composition report uses bioelectrical impedence analysis to provide an accurate assessment of the body's composition of muscle mass, fat mass and basal metabolic rate.
Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle and maintaining weight. We design an exercise plan that fits your current interest and fitness level.
We know that keeping weight off can be the most challenging part of the journey. We want to support you through life’s many changes with our maintenance program.
At Healthy Weight 4 Me, we provide the 4 key elements that give you the best opportunity to maintain a healthy weight long term when other efforts have failed. Our team of professionals combines nutrition education, behavior modification, exercise instruction, and support for a comprehensive, proven approach to weight loss.
Which plan is right for you?
On your initial visit, we conduct an in-depth nutritional and exercise questionnaire, a behavioral interview, and a personal and family medical history. Dr. Shield’s completes a physical exam which helps determine which program is best for you. Labs and EKG are performed, unless these tests have been recently done and are available for us to review.
New Direction Weight Management System
One of the programs we offer is the New Direction® Weight Control System- a successful, scientifically-evaluated program that has been in use since 1989. The New Direction program is a medically supervised very low calorie diet (VLCD) which utilizes meal replacement products to meet an individual's nutritional needs. No food is consumed during the initial phase of rapid weight loss, although this can be modified to incorporate one meal when necessary.
This program is appropriate for women who have at least 40 pounds to lose; men who have at least 50 pounds to lose. The average weight loss is 3-5 pounds weekly. The New Direction weight program contains complete nutrition with no need for any vitamin or mineral supplements. This program has fewer side-effects than a food-based VLCD with greater long-term weight loss.
To qualify, you must be at least 18 years of age with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or a BMI of 27 or greater with co-existing weight-related medical problems.
Individualized Reduced Calorie Meal Plan
The Low Calorie Diet (LCD) is a reduced calorie meal plan that will help you achieve your weight loss and healthy eating goals. We will help you structure well balanced meals and healthy snacks from grocery store food. The meal plan will be tailored to your lifestyle, budget, and cooking abilities.
Medically Monitored Low Carbohydrate Diet
The ketogenic diet has been increasing in popularity and can be a very effective weight loss plan. If appropriate for you, we can work with you to create a heart healthy, anti-inflammatory low carbohydrate meal plan for rapid weight loss.
Sustaining Weight Loss
We know that keeping off weight can be the most challenging part of the journey. We encourage monthly or bimonthly visits during weight maintenance to help prevent relapse and weight regain. We want to support you through life’s many changes.
Individualized Exercise Plans
Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle and maintaining weight. You will meet with our exercise physiologist to help you design an exercise plan that fits your current interest and fitness level.
Weight Gain Consult
We also offer medical nutrition consults for individuals who want to gain weight or improve lean muscle mass. We can create a healthy eating plan to optimize healthy weight gain. The InBody Body Composition analysis is used to analyze skeletal muscle verse fat mass gained.
You can achieve a healthy body weight without prescription diet medications. However, prescription appetite suppressants and other weight loss medications can be useful during weight loss and maintenance. These medications are prescribed on an individual basis. We do have an affordable, on site pharmacy for those patients needing appetite suppressants.
InBody Body Composition
The InBody® is the new standard for body composition testing with its full body analysis endorsed by the Biggest Losers Report. Researchers have demonstrated that this test can provide an accurate and clinically useful assessment of body composition. With InBody® you can rest assured that your weight loss is targeting harmful body fat and not lean muscle. Muscle development in the arms, legs, and trunk can also be evaluated. Nutritional recommendations are tailored to your metabolic needs.
Many weight loss clinics offer weight loss injections such as vitamin B12 and lipotropic injections. However, there is no science to confirm that they are critical for weight loss. These can be offered if desired or needed on a Vitamin B12 prescription basis.