Two out of every three American adults are overweight, one in three is obese, and obesity rates are soaring in our children as well. It’s important to remember that obesity is much more than a cosmetic issue. If you’re carrying around extra pounds, you’re walking a dangerous tightrope toward heart disease, diabetes, and myriad other health concerns.
Most physicians fail to stress the importance of natural weight loss as a medical therapy that can lower blood pressure, control blood sugar, relieve pain in arthritic joints, and improve the course of scores of medical conditions. After all, it’s easier to pull out the prescription pad than to take the time to guide patients through the necessary lifestyle changes.
Conventional doctors also tend to overlook the fact that, although excess weight is most often a consequence of poor eating habits and too little exercise, a number of underlying medical conditions may also contribute to the problem. These include hormone imbalances, sleep apnea, anxiety, stress, and mood issues, as well as insulin and other medications.
At Whitaker Wellness, we stress the importance of natural weight loss, explore every individual’s contributing causes, and design a personalized program that will help you lose weight and keep it off. We recognize that most any diet can help you shed a few pounds over the short term, but the weight invariably comes back when you return to your “normal” lifestyle. In fact, 90 percent of those who lose weight regain it within five years. As a result, they may end up in a cycle of chronic or “yo-yo” dieting, which slows down metabolism and makes weight control all the more difficult.
That’s why the Whitaker Wellness approach is different. Over the past 30-plus years, we’ve developed very effective treatment programs for helping patients achieving rapid and enduring weight loss.
We Look for Underlying Conditions That Cause Weight Gain
Your Whitaker Wellness physician will begin by testing for undiscovered health problems that may have made it difficult for you to lose weight in the past. Your complete blood workup will include a full hormone panel. If your thyroid hormone levels are in the low-normal range—a level conventional physicians would consider to be fine—but you still have symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, we’ll give you a therapeutic trial of natural (not synthetic) thyroid. Thyroid supplementation can jump start metabolism and dramatically improve chances of success.
Sleep apnea is another overlooked cause of weight gain, and the Whitaker Wellness Institute offers an easy, reliable, at-home overnight test for this very common condition. Once sleep apnea is treated, energy rebounds and health—and weight control—often return. Your current medication regimen will also be thoroughly reviewed, and drugs that are linked with weight gain will, in most cases, be replaced with safe, effective natural therapies.
Supplements, Not Drugs
As evidenced by the recalls of a number of weight loss medications and supplements that were spiked with drugs in recent years, it’s evident that the pharmaceutical approach is not the way to go. Although achieving and maintaining weight loss without regular exercise and attention to diet is next to impossible, your physician at the clinic will also prescribe safe, proven nutritional supplements and medical foods that help control appetite and boost the effects of a healthy lifestyle regimen.
During our Back to Health Program you will learn about carbohydrates, fats, and protein and how they affect appetite and weight. You’ll be taught which foods help burn fat and reduce cravings, and which ones you need to avoid. Instruction includes group lectures, nutritional discussions, and a trip to a local health food store, as well as individual consultations.
Exercise is also emphasized as a therapy for burning calories and building lean muscle, which is important for long-term weight control because it increases overall metabolic rate. Our exercise physiologist will give you specific instructions on how to exercise safely and when to exercise for maximum fat-burning benefit. We will help you stay on track by tailoring a strengthening and aerobic exercise program to fit your lifestyle so you can stick with it when you return home.
Mini-Fast and Fasting Programs
Many patients also benefit from our mini-fast with exercise program, which involves exercising in the morning and skipping breakfast. The mini-fast/exercise combination is an exceptionally powerful protocol for achieving enduring weight loss. Another unique weight loss program offered at Whitaker Wellness is medically supervised fasting. Abstaining from food for several days is an excellent therapy not only for weight loss but for hypertension, diabetes, and other conditions.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)
Your Whitaker Wellness physician may also refer you to our TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Program. We recognize that implementing and, above all, sticking with a diet and exercise program is extremely difficult. TLC is designed to dramatically improve your chances of success.
You will meet with your TLC Educator, who will help pinpoint past problems you’ve had with weight control. You will also be given an individualized diet and exercise program, along with workbooks, recipes, meal plans, tracking charts, and other tools for staying on track. We can even help you sign up for a program where meals are delivered to your home, if desired.
You’ll find that the one-on-one counseling and encouragement you’ll receive from your TLC Educator during follow-up sessions (by telephone, if necessary) will make all the difference in the world. The Whitaker Wellness TLC Program has an excellent track record of success, not just for helping patients lose weight but also for reversing disease and improving virtually every aspect of health.
Click on the links below to read about how the safe, natural therapies offered at the Whitaker Wellness Institute have helped others achieve permanent weight loss and gain newfound health.
- “Eat to Live Rather Than Live to Eat”
- “My Clothes Are Fitting Better Than Ever”
- “You Look So Much Healthier”
- 30 Pounds in Three Months Without Really Trying
- Clinical Results of the Mini-Fast With Exercise Program
- Feeling Great, Unbelievable Weight Loss
- Focus on Portion Sizes
- From a Size 12 to a Size 6
- Heart Health Returns
- I Have No Doubt I Will Reach My Weight Loss Goal
- Ken Lost 165 Pounds and 20 Inches
- Lost 80 Pounds
- Terrific Results
- Thyroid and TLC
- Lost 25 Pounds-and No Longer has Diabetes or Chronic Pain
- Healthier, Livelier, and Much More Energetic
Click the links below to read more about the Whitaker Wellness Institute’s natural and successful approaches to permanent weight loss.
- Could It Be Your Thyroid?
- How to Lose Belly Fat
- Lose Weight With the Mini-Fast and Exercise Program
- Lose Weight and Regenerate
- Rejuvenate and Lose Weight With Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes
- The Carbohydrate Conundrum
- Wading Through the Diet Maze
- Weight Loss Supplements: What Works
- Weight Loss: A Total Commitment to Health
One-Stop Shop for Wellness and Natural Weight Loss Treatments
Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”
To learn more about the Whitaker Wellness Institute’s safe and effective natural weight loss treatments, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (866) 944-8253.
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