Our weight loss patients start with an appointment with the doctor or one of our PAs for a check up to determine the underlying causes of their weight gain. The program is set up in six week blocks which include all supplemental weight loss food needed and weekly weigh ins and support meetings.
A very low calorie diet—like the one used in the Nouriche VLCD—will jump start your weight loss and lead you on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Research shows, however, that losing weight by diet alone doesn’t work, at least not in the long run. To manage your weight for a lifetime, you need to make permanent changes in your eating and exercise habits and the role food plays in your life. The Nouriche VLCD offers weekly group meetings that provide you with the support and skills needed to help you manage your weight. These meetings are offered during all four phases of the Nouriche.
PHASE I: SCREENING
Congratulations—you’ve completed the screening phase and are on your way to a new healthier you!
PHASE 2: REDUCING
During this time of rapid weight loss, Nouriche products will be your only food. These products are nutritionally complete, but they supply fewer calories than your body needs to function. Other needed calories come from your body’s fat stores.
PHASE 3: ADAPTING
During this phase, you will gradually decrease the use of the Nouriche products and begin to add more food to your daily diet. The calories you consume will be adjusted so that you stop losing, but continue to manage your weight.
PHASE 4: SUSTAINING
In the Sustaining Phase of the program, you’ll be eating regular foods and practicing your new lifestyle and weight management skills under the guidance of the Nouriche support staff. You’ll continue to work with a dietitian to adjust your calories and meal plan, so you can maintain your new body weight and meet your nutritional needs. During the Sustaining Phase, it’s important to continue attending your classes.
A combination of regular activity, sensible eating and support from others can help you maintain your weight loss.
To qualify for the program, participants must commit to all four phases of the Nouriche VLCD. Think of the program as one long stretch of highway where the road conditions and driving rules change along the way, but the road keeps on going. There’s a definite starting point, but an ambiguous “finish line” because weight management is a life-long process.
A MEDICALLY SUPERVISED DIET LIKE THE— ONE USED IN THE NOURICHE WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC—WILL JUMP START YOUR WEIGHT LOSS AND LEAD YOU ON THE ROAD TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
- Medical monitoring is helps to ensure that you remain in good health as you lose weight. We check your physical response to the program and can adjust your plan as necessary.
- Monitoring consists of a number of tests and examinations that are performed regularly.
- While we mainly perform these tests for patient safety, they also have great motivational value. If you can see your health improving as you lose weight, it is much easier to stick with the program long term!