Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs Helping People Shed Pounds

Shed Pounds

If you’re overweight, it’s only a matter of time before your health goes downhill. Research shows those extra pounds could lead to serious illnesses, from heart disease to cancer to diabetes and more.

But some folks are dropping the extra weight and keeping it off, thanks to medically supervised weight loss programs.

Shedding the Weight

John Blair used to be too heavy to walk comfortably around the block. But now that he’s lost 162 pounds, it’s easy.

“Well I feel great,” he said. “I feel great about it. It does have results. And that’s what’s making me feel great.”

He’s talking about the medically supervised weight loss program in which he’s participating at Virginia’s Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

Just eight months ago he tipped the scales at a staggering 526 pounds, barely able to squeeze into size 66 jeans. But now those jeans are far too baggy for him to wear.

Blair said he’s thrilled to once again be able to climb steps one foot per stair and to have enough energy to rake the yard.

He wants to lose about another 100 pounds in order to reach his goal of 250, the same weight as when he was in the military.

Supervised Success

The medically supervised weight loss program produces fast results and motivates you to stick with it.

Participants have four meal replacements a day, which means no outside foods at all. The meal replacements used by The Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute are the New Direction Weight Control System.

“They’re powders,” Blair explained. “Some of them form into soups, some are puddings, and some of them are just shakes. And then they do have bars you can substitute one a day. It’s satisfying. It really is.”

Blair is especially glad to have gotten off some of his medications and to have gotten rid of his unhealthy belly fat. After failing with other diets, he hasn’t cheated one bit on this one, not even during the holidays.

“My food was coming,” he recalled. “I knew it was coming. I didn’t have to have the ham and the yams. I didn’t have to have that.”

His supervised weight loss took place under the watchful eye of Dr. Phillip Snider, director of the Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

“We check a patient’s lab test,” he explained. “We check a person’s medication list to see if they’re on medications that may be promoting weight gain.”

“So I may suggest medication changes from that aspect,” he continued. “We also look at how their medication needs change during their weight loss because someone on insulin is going to need a much lower dose of insulin. Their blood pressure medicines may decrease.”

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