Healthy Lifestyle Weight Loss Program
The physicians at Birmingham OB/GYN are committed to your health. We offer an opportunity to not only lose weight but give you tools to help you maintain that weight loss and have a healthier lifestyle. Our average weight loss in a 12 week program is 25 pounds for women and 35 pounds for men. We have a 6 week program for those clients who need to lose 10 to 15 pounds. After the weekly sessions, clients are seen once/month for a year to continue losing weight or help with maintaining your goal weight.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the program different than other programs available?
It is a medically supervised program that is safe, effective and responsible. It utilizes all real food and is adjusted to your concerns. Our focus is to maintain metabolism and teach lifestyle change. With physician approval, we can use the supplement 5-HTP and Phentermine as well as other dietary aides. As the medication and supplement are helping the person to reduce caloric intake, we will offer nutritional and exercise counseling and guidance in behavioral modification. Our goal is long term maintenance of weight loss.
What prescription is used?
If your blood pressure and EKG are normal, the physician will utilize Phentermine in the program. Phentermine has been approved by the FDA for appetite suppression and weight loss since 1959. The side effects may include insomnia, constipation, dry mouth and sometime fast heart rhythm. During the program, each person has a weekly appointment with the medical staff and is monitored closely.
What supplement is used?
We will use 5-HTP w/SRT. It is an extended release formula that is a precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is used in the brain to promote overall feelings of well being. It is also used in the GI tract to help with carbohydrate cravings and feeling satisfied.
What happens if I need to lose more than 25 – 35 pounds?
At the end of 12 weeks, each person is evaluated to analyze the success of the 12 week session. It is possible to continue with more sessions of weekly accountability for a fee if the client chooses to do so or they can begin monthly accountability.
Am I expected to exercise?
To achieve weight loss and for long-term weight maintenance, it is important to exercise and increase physical fitness levels. We will make recommendations based on your current lifestyle. It is our belief that exercise goals must be made realistic with the person’s work and time schedules as well as health factors.
Can I participate if I am already taking an anti- depressant?
Yes, if you are on an anti-depressant you may participate. Because 5-HTP w/SRT can increase serotonin levels, we advise clients who are on multiple anti-depressants to not join the program.
Can I participate if I am on other medications or have a “slow metabolism”?
Weight reduction will help control hypertension, Diabetes mellitus, and a number of other medical problems. We will review your daily medications and be sure there is no contraindications. We will also have lab work done to check for thyroid disease, diabetes, kidney function etc. This program can be successful for you no matter the medications you may take or how slow your metabolism should be. We will instill healthy lifestyle changes that improve the quality of your daily life.