Medical Weight Loss Program FAQ
- Is Doctor Aron is a medical doctor or nutritionist?
- Why is your program different than others? Why choose WeightLossNYC™?
- What is the program?
- Will I need prescription medication?
- Is it safe?
- What is the average weight I can expect to lose on your program?
- Why do I need to be under a doctor’s care in order to lose weight? Can’t I just go on one of the many diets I hear and read about that seem to produce such remarkable results?
- Why is your success rate so high in keeping weight off, once it has been reduced?
- Do I have to go to meetings?
- Is your program effective?
- I’ve wanted to lose weight for a long time. How can you help motivate me to really do it?
- Is your program right for me?
- Do I have to be extremely overweight to consider your weight loss program? What if I only need to lose 15-20 pounds?
- How long do I have to stay on this weight loss program?
- What does “Bariatric” mean?
- What is body composition analysis (BCA)?
- I have tried many different diet pills in the past. I have used a carb blockers: What is the best diet pill on the market today?
- Will I have to change my lifestyle?
- I need to lose weight quickly in preparation for an operation. Can you help?
- Is your weight loss program safe if I have diabetes or any other medical conditions?
- Do I need a referral?
- What if I cannot exercise at this time?
- Should I supplement your program with vitamins?
- Will I gain it back once I‘ve lost the weight?
- Who comes to Dr Aron’s weight loss center?
Doctor Aron is licensed physician in Internal Medicine and Bariatrics — a Medical Weight Loss specialist — and member of the Obesity Medicine Association (formerly named the American Society of Bariatric Physicians).
When it comes to weight loss, safety is the biggest concern. At our center, you are examined and monitored by our highly trained physician during every visit. Decisions made regarding your care and progress is done so with the expert knowledge of a medical professional. We are dedicated to your safety and long term success.
WeightLossNYC™ is not your typical weight loss center: You will soon come to realize there are many attributes that differentiate us from other weight loss programs. We don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach.
We Care for Patients, not Customers.
Each patient is examined by a bariatric (weight loss) physician. Each visit you will work directly with Dr Aron, a medical specialist extensively trained in obesity management. Providing individual treatment sets our program apart from advertised commercial weight loss group programs. Additionally, as a medical weight loss program, we do ongoing evaluations of your health status and decrease your medications for weight-related diseases as your health improves. We can also prescribe weight control medications, such as appetite suppressants and others, to assist with your weight loss efforts.
There is no exact answer for this question since every individual’s circumstances are unique and therefore so will be their program. Everyone has different reasons why they seek our assistance, the factors that contributed to their weight gain, the effects the excess weight has had on their medical and emotional health and the type of assistance they are seeking to help lose weight. We also realize that the easiest program to follow is the one that has been created especially for you. Therefore there is no single weight loss structure that defines our treatment protocol. Dr Aron use evidence based up-to-date medical interventions to help you gain control of your weight. Dr. Aron will also discuss an exercise program with you. There are a variety of dietary programs; some of the diets use grocery store foods, others use food supplements purchased at the center, and some use a combination of the two. All programs have been designed by leading experts in the field of obesity treatments, are clinically proven to be effective and are modified to suit each patient’s individual needs.
The only common element in all our weight loss programs is building a foundation of behavioral modification that will ultimately translate into lifestyle changes to ensure long-term weight control. If you intend on maintaining your weight loss, the first step is to understand that weight control is much more than going on a diet. All things considered, mastering weight control depends on embracing and implementing just basic principles for behavior change. From the very first day of treatment, we begin working on strategies to empower you and help you ’own’ these basic principles for behavior change in order to achieve lifelong success with weight management.
There is a wide range of appetite curbing medication designed to take the edge off your hunger. When medically indicated and as part of a carefully monitored program, Dr Aron will select the right prescription for you. Dr. Aron uses appetite suppressants to decrease your desire for food and also boost your metabolism. We do everything we can to help you to lose weight without being hungry!
Yes. Our program follows clear clinically proven guidelines. Dr. Aron’s weight loss program is not magic, it’s nutritional science that really works, providing your body with healthy nutrients and a customized program that accommodates your activity level and medical history. blood test also alerts us to any pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. A physician-supervised medical weight loss program may be the safest and wisest way to lose weight and maintain the loss. Overweight and obesity are frequently accompanied by other medical conditions which might go undetected and untreated in a non-medical weight loss program.
The methods we use are clinically proven and recommended by the Obesity Medicine Association, whose guidelines we follow:
- American Society of Bariatric Physicians™, Use of VLCDs in the Treatment of Obesity, ASBP Approved Position Statement, Nov 2010
- Very low-calorie diets. National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, National Institutes of Health. JAMA. Aug 25 1993;270(8):967-974.
- Wadden TA. Treatment of obesity by moderate and severe caloric restriction. Results of clinical research trials. Ann Intern Med. Oct 1 1993;119(7 Pt 2):688-693.
Very rapid weight loss can be achieved when doing a physician-supervised weight loss programs, called a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) or Low Calorie Diet (LCD). Our program offers such aggressive weight loss programs. These programs are easy to follow and safe when medically supervised. Each program can obtain different results and individual weight loss results vary.
For other less aggressive weight loss programs offered through our clinic, each individual’s weight loss progress is different. Since every person’s needs and preferences are unique, programs are set up with the patient that best fits his/her lifestyle and dietary needs. There are a variety of dietary programs; some of the diets use grocery store foods, others use food supplements in combination with grocery store foods.
Why do I need to under a doctor’s care in order to lose weight? Can’t I just go on one of the many diets I hear and read about that seem to produce such remarkable results?
It is true that many published diets, especially those of the "crash" variety, result in rapid, temporary weight loss. We emphasize the word temporary. Few people can tolerate for long the boredom of foods eaten on such programs and, if they could, serious damage to their health from nutritional deficiency might result. Even a return to previous eating habits, after being on such diets, will often bring the weight right back to the original point or higher.
Our program addresses the structures of eating and habits as well as medical factors of obesity.
This is due to the basic thoroughness of the initial medical examination in diagnosing the underlying factors of the patient’s weight problem. The guidelines in nutrition and exercise that the patient receives bring more conscious thought to bear on good health and proper eating habits. As the program progresses, you will feel so much better in every way that you will have less inclination to relapse into your old eating habits.
Physiologically, no two human bodies are alike. What is proper diet and exercise for one person is not necessarily so for another. The Bariatric Weight Loss Program concentrates on the specific need for each individual patient. The Bariatric physician, unlike most other medical doctors, has received special training in nutrition as it relates to problems of the overweight. It is in these ways that the bariatric weight loss program differs from most weight control programs and insures our high success rate.
Structured dieting is only one component of the program. We provide private, one-on-one medical weight loss guidance. Our team is your personal weight-loss and wellness team until you reach your goal weight. As a weight loss team we will offer encouragement, advice and monitor your progress. When you have reached your goal weight, Dr. Aron will direct you towards structures for maintaining your weight loss.
Not only is our program effective, it is clinically research proven. You will lose weight on our program safely and consistently.
Our exclusive Behavior Education Program and one-on-one counseling have helped thousands of people done what they thought they would never do: lose weight and keep it off. Each week you'll learn new ways of thinking and behaving while developing healthy weight loss attitudes and skills. We strive to make sure that you’ll not need to join a weight loss program again.
It is if you want to lose weight. Results of 10-20 lbs per month may be achieved, though vary depending on your starting weight, which program you choose to follow, and other factors. After you lose weight by following our nutritional program, we stay on the job, with individual counseling and monitoring, to help you keep it off.
Do I have to be extremely overweight to consider your weight loss program? What if I only need to lose 15-20 pounds?
Our weight loss programs are not simply for people who are extremely overweight, but are for anyone who is unhappy or feels unhealthy due to their weight. We will tell you if you shouldn’t, or don’t need to lose weight, or if you are not the right candidate for one of our weight loss programs for any reason. Our goal is your overall health.
The length of time you may stay on the program depends on how much weight you wish to lose. As you know, weight loss is not about a "quick fix!"We will work with you to help you to achieve on-going success. You determine your participation in the program. Your target weight is your goal. What we provide is the guidance and tools to meet your needs, a medically proven structure and means to achieve your goals.
Bariatrics is a branch of medicine that deals specifically with problems of obesity, or being overweight. It is a very specialized field and only about 1% of the medical doctors in this country are qualified members of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Since obesity is a disease, it makes sense to treat it as one. In 1985, the National Institutes of Health, at its Health Consensus Development Conference on the Health Implications of Obesity, stated that obesity is a specific disease entity that should be treated and monitored medically by a trained physician
Bariatric physicians, or bariatricians, are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of overweight and obese patients and related medical conditions. These licensed physicians have received special training in Bariatric Medicine: the art and science of medical weight management. Bariatricians treat overweight and obese patients with a comprehensive program of diet and nutrition, exercise, behavioral therapy and, when necessary, the prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications. (The word bariatric stems from the Greek root baro meaning heavy or large.)
Body composition is the amount of water, lean body mass and fat in the human body. The true definition of obesity is based on the percentage of body fat. Standard height and weight charts are inadequate in assessing a patient’s percent body fat. BCA can determine how much of your body weight is fat mass, and therefore what your percent body fat is. Our highly innovative scale figures this number using bioelectrical impedance, which measures the conductivity of different body compartments using very small electrical currents. Differences in water content within fat tissue compared to lean body tissue affects the how the current is conducted. Our goal is to help you have good quality weight loss, which means, loss of body fat mass only. Rapid weight loss can result is sacrificing too much lean body mass (which may ultimately slow down your metabolism making the weight loss harder to sustain long-term). We want to help you lose weight rapidly, but not at the expense of losing lean body mass. This is why we measure your body composition at each and every visit, so we can monitor the quality of your weight loss.
If you were trying to lose weight on your own and are just using a conventional scale, you may start to lose motivation if you aren’t seeing the scale move fast enough. Weight loss progress, as measured on a conventional scale, can sometimes be erratic and unpredictable due to water fluctuations (especially in women who still are menstruating). This phenomenon can be unsettling if it were unexpected and especially if you have been following a program religiously and don’t see the anticipated loss of pounds on the scale. The benefit of having your body composition analyzed at each visit is you will know when your scale isn’t moving simply due to water retention. In actuality, you may still be losing fat mass, which means you are still improving your body composition and making progress with your weight loss.
The method that we use to obtain this information is called electrical bioimpedence. It is a non-invasive and accurate test. It does require the following preparation instructions: no alcohol consumption within 24 hours prior to your first visit, no exercise, caffeine or food within 4 hours prior to taking the test, and drink 2 to 4 glasses of water 2 hours prior to taking the test.
I have tried many different diet pills in the past. I have used a carb blockers: What is the best diet pill on the market today?
There are many diet scams out there that claim "quick and easy weight loss"... most of them don’t work, and in addition can contain harmful chemicals and mixtures of substances that could put you at serious health risks. In addition to OTC diet pills there are countless other pills which claims to have an weight loss effect that are total hype. Don’t be fooled by products claiming to be "All Natural": Herbal formulas and medicines are not regulated by the FDA and may not even contain what the labels say they do. They can also have too much of a vitamin, mineral or herb, or a dangerous combination of all three (that can be toxic to your system). More often they claim to "work miracles" that are just flat out not true.
There are no “magical” weight loss pills that will make you lose weight. Even if you lose weight initially you will gain it back, and even more because sustained weight loss requires complex approach and expert knowledge of obesity and weight loss.
You can read many more such warnings on our blog, via FDA tag.
Research shows that lifestyle changes are necessary for both weight loss AND maintenance of weight loss. We at New York Medical Weight Loss Center want you to not only take the weight off, we want you to keep it off, so yes, some lifestyle changes will need to happen. Part of your initial visit with Dr. Aron will include a thorough lifestyle assessment. She will discuss with you ways to make small changes that fit in with your busy lifestyle.
Yes. For those who require rapid weight loss, we offer a Very Low Calorie Diet which is physician-supervised and closely monitored.
Not only are our programs safe for people with diabetes, hypertension, and other medical problems - they are helpful in controlling any further complications that result from these diseases. More than this, our weight loss programs can help alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, and persistent lymphedema, lower extremity edema, hypertension, and high cholesterol..
We are a direct access facility. One of your rights in the state of NY is to be able to come to medical providers without a referral. Our program is self-pay, though you may have additional options available to you.
You can still lose nearly as much weight. In the rapid weight loss phase, the diet and medication are the most important factors. After you lose your weight and you are trying to maintain it, then some type of exercise is very important.
During your initial visit and all subsequent follow up visits you will receive a 2 week supply of necessary for your healthy weight loss vitamins. Vitamins are included in the price of visit. In some cases Dr. Aron may also suggest an additional vitamin supplement program to fit your individual needs. Swelling, water retention, moodiness, dry skin, anemia and hormonal imbalances can be traced back to a vitamin deficiency.
Our maintenance program provides you with all the knowledge and guidelines to keep the weight off for life. It designed especially for those who have reached a goal and want to maintain success. We'll remain as your support system as long as you need us.
People of all ages come when they need professional help with weight issues, particularly those requiring a change in lifestyle. Many come because they primarily want to lose weight, from just a few pounds to several hundred. Others come because they recognize the importance of normal weight, nutrition, activity and behavioral change in the management of medical problems such as coronary disease, hypertension, diabetes or the metabolic syndrome.
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