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Obesity is a complex disease, with a complex interplay between genetics, nutrition, hormones, stress, exercise, and various other factors that make treating obesity complex. There is NO one size fits all approach for weight loss, but the most important thing is to engage in a sustainable weight loss program rather than choosing restrictive diets or detox programs that aren't sustainable. Here are some ways we can help you lose weight:
In a world where almost every-other-person is a certified health coach or providing nutrition advice from a blog they read online and everyone is looking for the supplement to help them get healthier than ever, nutrition can become quite confusing and overwhelming.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the authority on providing clients the evidence-based Medical Nutrition Therapy necessary to build a solid foundation and maintain sustainable lifestyle change. Their education and training and ability to compassionately translate the science of nutrition into real-life application while coordinating care plans with your medical team is what makes them the most qualified to speak to specific nutrition needs and nutraceutical recommendations. Dietitians take evidence-based principles and package them up into practical every-day strategies that are simple, sustainable, and sensible. No fad-diets, restriction, miracle pills, potions, or powders necessary! Dietitians take the nutrition prescription provided by the care team and create individualized care plans, complete with practical tips and implementation strategies.
Our mental health specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists) offer individual and group sessions to help with habit building, self-empowerment, and behavior change. We work with individuals who are seeking to make a behavior change (e.g., weight loss), but might be feeling stuck. Using behavioral science principles, we help individuals clarify their core values, identify barriers to change, and devise practical and realistic goals. This approach is supportive and meets patients “where they are at,” while encouraging and inspiring them to reach towards their highest potential.
We offer unique evidence-based weight loss program that utilizes the latest groundbreaking weight loss medications in combination with guideline directed nutrition and lifestyle changes. The weight loss medication that is right for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your past medical history, and your weight loss goals and preferences.
At your first appointment, Dr. Belardo will complete a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of your past medical history, which may require ordering blood work or other diagnostic tests.
After your comprehensive evaluation, at your next follow up appointment, Dr. Belardo will discuss your test results, and explain which weight loss medications may be right for you, depending on your medical history, goals and preferences.
If you are started on GLP-1 medical therapy (Ozempic or Wegovy), or GLP-1/GIP medical therapy (Mounjaro) you will have an appointment (virtual or in office) with Dr. Belardo every 4 weeks during dose titration.
These weekly injectable weight loss medications are the most effective medications for weight loss in history. They are safe and effective when used appropriately and when patients are monitored accordingly.
The medications are started at the lowest introduction dose, and the dose is increased every 4 weeks, until the patient reaches their goal dose.
Every 4 weeks at your appointment with Dr. Belardo, you will review your current weight loss progress, as well as any side effects or concerns you have about your medication. Depending on your individual progress and tolerance to the medication, your dose may be adjusted accordingly (reduced, kept the same, or increased) to help optimize your success, while minimizing side effects
Once you have reached your goal dose of weight loss medication, appointment intervals may be spaced out every 3 months, but this will depend on your personal medical history and needs.