Questions About New York Medical Weight Loss Program

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Why is your program different than others? Why choose New York Medical Weight Loss Center?

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.

New York Medical Weight Loss Center 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 evaluated individually and personalized programs are tailored specifically for your lifestyle and dietary needs. You will also receive one-on-one time with a specialist extensively trained in obesity management to counsel and coach you to help you overcome any behavioral challenges with which you are struggling. Being able to provide such a personal level of care sets our program apart from other canned commercial based weight loss 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.

We approach each patient individually and do a careful initial assessment that determines your specific needs. This is something a book or program may not be able to do. Our weight loss process is not just” going on a diet”. Yes, attention to what you put on your plate is obviously significant, but more importantly is to learn how to make a meaningful lifestyle change - one that isn’t based on being told what to eat, but being taught the how and why of good nutrition.

What is the program?

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 plan that defines our treatment protocol. Dr Aron use evidence based up-to-date medical interventions to structure a plan 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 treatment plans 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.

Will I need prescription medication?

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!

Is it safe?

Absolutely! Our program is not a fad diet or a cult-like program. There is no starving yourself, no exercising excessively, and no yo-yo effect. 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. The 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.

What is the average weight I can expect to lose on your program?

Depending on which program you choose, you can expect to lose 8-25 pounds each month. The first month you will see very quick results. The following months, we help you to maintain a steady weight loss, usually of 2-3 pounds per week.

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 doctors offer such aggressive weight loss programs. These programs are easy to follow. The average weight loss achieved in a VLCD is approximately 12-25 pounds in the first month, or 3-4 dress sizes. Patients often lose in excess of 50 lbs over a 12 week program. We have seen weight loss results that well exceed this amount because the more weight you have to lose the faster it will come off.

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. Each program can obtain different results and the number of pounds lost is variable. In general, patients can lose 2-3 lbs per week and over a 12-week program, this can translate into 2-3 sizes.

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.

Why is your success rate so high in keeping weight off, once it has been reduced?

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.

Do I have to go to meetings?

The eating plan is only one component of the program. We provide private, one-on-one consultations. Dr Aron acts as your own personal weight-loss and wellness coach until you reach your goal weight. As a weight loss coach she offer encouragement, advice and monitor your progress. When you have reached your goal weight, Dr. Aron will introduce the Lifestyle Program that will ensure you maintain your weight loss forever.

Is your program effective?

Not only is our program effective, it is clinically research proven. You will lose weight on our program safely and consistently.

I’ve wanted to lose weight for a long time. How can you help motivate me to really do it?

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 never again have to join a weight loss program.

Is your program right for me?

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.

How long do I have to stay on this weight loss program?

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.

What does Bariatric mean?

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.)

What is body composition analysis (BCA)?

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: : HCG, Hoodia, Leptoprin, Relacore, Xenadrine. I have used a carb blockers: CarboExpel, CortiSlim, & Fat burners : Anorex, Xerisan ASA. 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 “ diet pills" mentioned above there are a variety of other pills which claims to have an weight loss effect : Solidax, Kava-Herbal diet pill, Fat Absorber TDSL, Diet Pill, Dietrine Carb Blocker, Thermolean. Don’t be fooled by products claiming to be "All Natural" - Herbal formulas and medicines are not regulated by the FDA/Government 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.

Medications such as, Meridia, has been reported to cause increased blood pressure in some patients. Alli previously known as Xenical currently is available over the counter. They are used together with a reduced-calorie diet. Currently we don’t use Meridia or Xenical in our practice because we have better results with more effective appetite suppressants.

Will I have to change my lifestyle?

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.

I need to lose weight quickly in preparation for an operation. Can you help?

Yes. For those who require rapid weight loss, we offer a Very Low Calorie Diet which is physician-supervised and closely monitored.

Is your weight loss program safe if I have diabetes or any other medical conditions?

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..

Do I need a referral?

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. However, although everyone has access to this specialized medical care, insurance coverage is not a guarantee. We recommend you check with your insurance plan about coverage for medical weight loss, but encourage you to pursue reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses for the professional services regardless of what you learn. You never know- sometime patients get reimbursed even when they were told otherwise by their insurance company- we’ve seen it all!

What if I cannot exercise at this time?

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.

Should I supplement your program with vitamins?

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.

Will I gain it back once I've lost the weight?

No. Our Lifestyle 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.

How long has Doctor Aron has been practicing medicine?

Dr. Aron has been practicing medicine as an MD since 1989, in 2000; she received her license to practice medicine in NY, and became a diplomat in internal medicine in 2000. She is a medical doctor (MD) with significant experience in the area of weight loss.

ASBPIs Doctor Aron is a medical doctor or nutritionist?

Doctor Aron is licensed physician in Internal Medicine and a medical weight loss specialist and member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Who comes to Dr Aron’s weight loss center?

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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Phone: 718-491-5525
Address: New York Medical Weight Loss Center, 7032 4th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11209

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