Medically Supervised Weight Loss
Questions and Answers:
What diet plans are available?
There are three basic diet plans:
- The Customizable Diet Plan: Dr. Twigg develops this plan specifically based on your current health status, body composition including your body fat levels and other factors. With this plan, she will design this for weight loss of ½ pound to 2 pounds per week. This will be based on many factors. With this plan, Dr. Twigg uses calories and macronutrients to get your body into proper balance to lose weight and feel great. Daily supplements are also provided for additional support. You choose your foods you eat and learn as you go, that way you can easily maintain your loss once you hit your goals. Dr. Twigg may make adjustments to your diet as needed and as weight loss goals are met. She will meet with you for an appointment 2-3 times per month on this plan to help keep you on track with your goals. This plan comes in 1 month and 3 month plans.
- Dr. Twigg’s 30 day hCG diet: This diet is designed for those who need to lose less than 15 pounds, would like to do so fairly quickly, and have no major health concerns. This is a very low calorie diet during the active phase (days 3-30) using the natural hormone human chorionic gonadotropin. This hCG will help preserve muscle while on the very low calorie diet while improving appetite control and improving release of abnormal fat stores. This helps you maintain metabolism. Dietary supplements are also provided during your Active Phase using our pharmaceutical grade line Uscriptives. After completion of the Active Phase, a Maintenance Phase continues for 3 weeks, adding back additional calories, fats, and additional complex carbohydrates. Phase IV is a between cycle phase and is a time to begin adding all of your healthy regular diet back in moderation.
- Dr. Twigg’s 50 day hCG diet: This diet is designed for those who need to lose 15 pounds or more, would like to do so fairly quickly, and have no major health concerns. This is a very low calorie diet during the active phase (days 3-50) using the natural hormone human chorionic gonadotropin. This hCG will help preserve muscle while on the very low calorie diet while improving appetite control and improving release of abnormal fat stores. This helps you maintain metabolism. Dietary supplements are also provided during your Active Phase using our pharmaceutical grade line Uscriptives. After completion of the Active Phase, a Maintenance Phase continues for 3 weeks, adding back additional calories, fats, and additional complex carbohydrates. Phase IV is a between cycle phase and is a time to begin adding all of your healthy regular diet back in moderation.
Do I need to exercise on these diets?
Everyone, whether trying to lose weight or not, needs to exercise for health. This is the perfect time to start and research shows those who lose weight will tend to keep it off if they are exercising. Building muscle is a key component to maintaining metabolism. If you are losing muscle, which we typically do as we age, then your metabolism is slowing down, you are burning less calories every minute, every hour, every day. You don’t need a gym membership to exercise, but if you need this for motivation, then spend the money and go every morning before you start your day. One hour or more is the goal. I recommend doing 3-5 days of strength training exercises to build and maintain muscle with aerobic exercise the remainder of the days.
How often do I need to come in?
Most patients do the best when weighing in every 7-14 days during active weight loss times. During the Maintenance Phase of hCG and Phase IV (between phases), appointments are continued every other week.
Will I have to eat certain foods on this diet or buy specific foods you provide?
You will need to buy all your own selections from a regular grocery store as long as they fall within your specific diet/food plan. There are no preset meals to purchase. You will want a wide selection of foods on any diet. Dr. Twigg will provide you with a list of foods to choose from as a guide, but you will decide each day’s meals.
I need to lose 50 lbs. How long will that take?
This is a difficult question to answer. Men tend to lose weight more quickly than women because of a higher metabolic rate due to higher muscle mass. Much of weight loss is accuracy in calories and what specifically you are eating. Most people think they eat 40% less calories than they actually do. With the hCG diet Active Phase, women tend to lose ½-¾ pound per day (men lose up to 1 pound daily). This is a very strict regimen for 50 days with very low calories, 3 weeks of Maintenance phase and 4 weeks of Phase IV (inbetween phase) before restarting an Active Phase hCG cycle. So you would need to do at least two Active Phases to achieve your weight loss you desire. These require 6-7 weeks between the Active Cycles. With a more customized weight loss plan developed specifically for you, you can expect to lose ½ lb - 2 pounds weekly.
I don’t want a fad diet, but want to lose my weight faster than ½ - 2 pounds each week. What can I do?
None of these diets are “fad” diets. Each of them use real food that you make yourself. HCG diets use a natural hormone to aid in appetite control and help improve fat loss over muscle loss while on low caloric intake diets. This does require dedication and if you are one who wants an easy diet to follow, this one is it. It is healthy, low fat, teaches you to eat vegetables, fruits, and low fat proteins without basting in oils. It then progresses after the Active Phase to a Maintenance Phase, adding in additional protein, healthy complex carbohydrates through vegetable sources, fruits, a small amount of added fats, but stays away from simple sugars and carbohydrates that are often problematic for many. By this time, your cravings for sugar have gone away and you feel good eating this way. Why? Empty calories are a large part of the typical American diet. These empty calories provide little nutrition. Eating non-processed fresh foods full of healthy vegetables, fruits, and low-fat proteins fuels our cells, brains, vital organs with healthy, vitamin-rich foods. You are no longer starving them with calorically dense foods with very little nutrition.
I have trouble with my appetite control when I diet? Can you help with this?
Dr. Twigg will review your history, perform a physical, then discuss options for appetite control, if needed. HCG diets can have this already built into the program due to the hCG effect. Additionally, supplements that come with each program can aid with this as well. But many different medications may help with appetite suppression, if needed. Some may not need this at all once the diet is adjusted. Oftentimes, correcting the macronutrients in someone’s diet improves appetite significantly. In other words, the proportions of protein, fat, and carbohydrate have to be correct. In addition, the carbohydrates most of us eat are not the good ones. When we talk about carbohydrates to most people, everyone pictures potatoes, rice, corn chips, cake, etc. Yes, these are carbohydrates, but not great to choose on a regular basis. These are the ones we need to eat very little of if at all. The carbohydrates that need to come to mind and be used for everyone are a variety of vegetables, fruits daily (berries are the best ones to choose but many others too) and limited grains. Minimal fats should be used. Bake and grill foods. Add in natural fresh herbs for flavor, not heavy sauces. In addition, you’d be amazed at all the calories you save and never miss while eating healthier.
I have kids. I’ll have to cook two different meals.
Dr. Twigg gets this question all the time. Why should you cook differently. You want them to be healthy too, so cook them healthy meals. OK, so maybe add a couple extra special things for them. But, really, why should they be eating junk? We’ve gotten programmed to think we need box meals or take-out food. If you prepare healthy food, then that’s what they will crave and desire and expect. Healthy food can taste really good and it should.
Do I really have time to do this?
Yes, you do. You are worth it. You are worth taking 15 minutes to prepare food in the morning. You are worth making time to food prep, exercise 1 hour, and making your health and wellness a priority. Make the time each day for just you.
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