Have you tried lots of other diets and failed? Have you spent lots of money on grocery store or home delivery products that promise weight loss, but that number on the scale keeps creeping up instead of down? If you’re like a growing number of Americans, you’ve been trying to manage your weight by using commercial programs and products that promise the moon but just end up letting you down. They don’t change your body or your habits, so it’s almost impossible to stick to them for long.
Well, whether you have 20 lbs. to lose or 200,Physicians Weight Loss Centers can help! For the past 35 years, we have led over 1 million people - just like you - to their ultimate goal weight. We pride ourselves on finding a solution to every weight problem, no matter what the cause. And we GUARANTEE your results in WRITING.
Pre-Diet testing and metabolic measurement during your Free Consultation are the key components we use to evaluate and treat overweight and obese patients. It provides us with the scientific principles to screen for slow metabolism and construct a truly customized weight loss program for you. Our hospital-quality equipment determines the exact number of calories that you need to lose weight safely and quickly.
This measures your body's ratio of fat to muscle. Repeated BCA measurements give you a progress report, help ensure you're losing fat, not muscle, and enable your counselor to adjust your diet for optimum weight loss results!
Before you begin your program, our medical staff will do blood work and administer an EKG. This will be followed by a physical exam by our Board Certified physician who will approve your program and make sure it is safe for you, even if you have a medical condition or are taking medications. This entire process (blood work, EKG and visit with the Center Physician) is repeated at the end of your program.
Every Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Center has its own Board Certified physician and Center nurse to monitor your progress as you lose weight. They conduct the medical testing and are also available for consultation about your personal weight loss program. Your specialized weight loss counselors will provide one-on-one support, professional advice, and lend an ear to help you get over the rough spots and keep you focused on your weight loss goal.
All of our programs are designed not only to burn fat safely but also to your boost nutritional levels in order to protect your lean muscle mass, skin and hair while your food intake is being controlled for weight loss. You eat every 3 hours, so you are never hungry. We provide food lists and everything you need. There is no guess work – and there is simply no easier method available.
Our newest 24 HOUR Thermogenic products contain Rasberry Ketone, Coffee Bean Extract and other proprietary herbs and ingredients for weight loss. These "Fat Burners in a Bottle" take your energy to a new level, while helping control your appetite - Naturally! These dietary supplements are used to stimulate the body’s burning of fat. They increase the metabolism of the body’s adipose tissue, generating heat (thermogenesis), which means they help enhance your body’s ability to burn fat. They also SUPPRESS APPETITE. These dynamic fat burning products contain powerful ingredients such as Calcium Pyruvate and L-Carnitine that help to maximize your weight loss efforts.
If you are always on the go and rarely have time to cook, this is the program for you! Physicians Fast features low-carbohydrate, high protein meal replacements designed to get 3 – 5 pounds off each week! Specially formulated shakes and bars are good tasting, portable, water soluble and – most importantly – feature our custom blend of natural ingredients that will suppress your appetite, burn fat and boost your metabolism to new levels. Our most popular program, it is fast, healthy and requires minimal meal planning or portion control. Just follow the step by step instructions. It’s important to note that once you have reached your goal weight, we reintroduce food calories in a carefully structured manner called Stabilization – a full proof way to make sure you keep the weight off.* You must qualify for this program.
This aggressive program is fast, healthy, and offers 3 – 5 pounds of weight loss each week using fresh grocery store foods. Designed by our corporate dietician, this program uses food combinations to maximize the loss of those unwanted pounds of fat while making you feel full and satisfied. It has a two week jump-start, getting really quick results that help you get motivated and stay on track. We monitor you every step of the way to make sure you get maximum results for the long term. .* You must qualify for this program.
This high energy food program allows maximum flexibility through a large variety of foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Foods such as eggs, yoghurt, chicken, tuna, potatoes, corn, brown rice, steak, salad and fruit combine in a way that helps to control blood sugar levels and help you feel full and satisfied for longer periods of time. All you have to do is choose which foods you want from the list we provide. It’s that simple.
So, you love breakfast, don’t mind taking your lunch to work or ordering a healthy meal out, but you eat with your family each evening or, maybe, you eat out in restaurants A LOT! You try to be good and watch what you eat, but you fall apart (particularly on weekends) when you’re surrounded by friends, family or co-workers in an environment that really packs on the pounds. If so, you definitely will succeed with this program which is low in fat and rich in fiber to help ease your appetite and keep your energy high so that you can make good choices. With its wide variety of foods to choose from – including burgers, pasta and popcorn! – this program is perfect for individuals who are happy with a slightly less aggressive program that teaches you how to eat to stay slim and fit with properly balanced meals. Just follow the food list or ask your counselors tohelp you choose foods from restaurant menus so that you can eat out and stay on program. This program still provides between 2 – 3 pounds of weight loss per week.
Once you have completed your medical testing, our Center Nurse or staff counselor will provide Diet Teaching, a one-on-one session designed to teach you everything you need to know about your program and answer any questions or concerns you might have. You’ll know exactly what to do to reach your goal.
Our most successful clients come in to step on the scale frequently and regularly. During Diet Teaching, your Center Nurse/counselor will explain our recommendations for visits to the center and establish a schedule that fits into your life.
Protein helps to protect muscle (lean body mass) from being depleted while you lose fat. It also aids in the growth and development of all body tissues. Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers’ high quality protein nutritional supplements combined with our diets help to provide energy, stabilize your blood sugar, and satisfy hunger. A proper ratio of protein to carbohydrates and fat is essential to get a good, rapid fat burn. It will also eliminate any salt or sugar cravings you might have. Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers’ high protein nutritional supplements are designed to quite literally “support” your food program.
Part of our goal is to supplement your diet with additional nutrients that your body needs so that it can let go of stored fat. To aid your weight loss, we may recommend that weekly Vitamin B12 injections as part of your overall program. These are delivered by intramuscular injection (in the arm). The purpose of the B12 shot is to improve ENERGY levels and reduce stress, thereby reducing stress eating and making it easier for you to remain on program. Vitamin B12 also helps the body form red blood cells, aids in normal function of all body cells and helps regulate sleep, mood, and appetite.Even though our body’s need for “stress” vitamins has increased due to our hectic lifestyle, our modern food source has been significantly depleted. To add to the problem, as you get older, your ability to absorb B12 through digestion continually decreases. In fact, many adults are unable to absorb B12 into their body at all! Injections offer a direct method of supplying your body with this much needed nutrient. Vitamin B12 injections are particularly important for vegetarians.
These group sessions are optional but encouraged because they help you develop better eating habits and ways of thinking about food. It’s important to break old eating patterns that may be contributing to your weight problem. We want to do the real work so you never, ever, ever have to do this again.
The weight loss portion of the program is an intense, focused period during which we monitor you closely and get the weight off as quickly as possible. Once we stabilize you at your goal weight, it is time to go back to eating many foods that were not on your program. Our maintenance program teaches you how to do this in a scientific manner so that you won’t put weight back on. We monitor you less intensely, but we do monitor…through your first summer vacation and first holiday season or any other event that might cause you to put a few pounds on. Accountability is absolutely essential to your long term success. Maintenance is a little like an insurance policy! Most centers have one or two year options.
If preparing your own meals and measuring portion sizes is not for you, then meal replacements can be the answer to your weight loss nutrition. Our meal replacement shakes, soups and delicious bars help you safely and efficiently lose weight. They are portable and water soluble. Our Physicians Fast program is one of the most successful meal replacement formulas in existence. It is a high quality, full-meal replacement plan that requires a food meal only at dinner. It has been proven to speed up weight loss by providing the greatest level of calorie and portion control while supplying the maximum health benefits of all the required nutrients.
For those who do not love to cook, our programs also allow the use of Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers’ Entrees which are packaged without preservatives so food tastes good and has texture. These entrees are calorie controlled, portion controlled, and nutrition controlled, so you don't need to worry about weighing, measuring, or taking the time to read labels. They are convenient to use because they are microwaveable and need no refrigeration; you can take them anywhere, anytime. Their natural ingredients include sauces and gravy, plus herbs and seasoning for great taste so you do not feel deprived.
A.Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers® offers you a wide range of weight loss programs tailored to fit any lifestyle. Our six specially designed weight loss and nutrition systems have been specifically created to help you start losing pounds and inches right away. Each diet is nutritionally designed by our licensed dietitian to help you get the proper amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Our exclusive, highly specialized food menus are designed with years of experience to help maximize weight loss and nutrition and help give you the healthiest, best looking body ever.
A.We have both kinds of programs; those based on many of your favorite grocery store foods as well as our VERY popular Physicians Fast Meal Replacement program for those who prefer not to worry about portions or cooking during the day. No calorie counting is required…ever.
A. Absolutely not. Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers do not prescribe any medication whatsoever. We use only natural, healthy ingredients to get you to your weight goal as quickly as possible. Pills cannot address the underlying physical and behavioral aspects of the weight loss process to help you keep the weight off.
A. The most up-to-date medical services that have been proven over 35 years to get you maximum success. These are described in detail on the page titled “Programs & Services”.
A. At your initial consultation we will be able to let you know which plan is best suited for you and how long that it will take to reach your goal weight. The decision on which program to utilize is made based on your age, medical condition(s), Body Mass Index level. We also take into consideration your desire to be more or less aggressive. The physician's goal is to find the program and plan that will work the best and be the most effective based on your individual needs.
A. This depends entirely on your personal needs, how much weight you need to lose, and the variety of services you choose to include in your overall program. The FREE CONSULTATION is designed to allow us to understand your health and weight history as well as your goals and current lifestyle (do you cook, do you travel, are you a vegetarian?), and to perform the metabolic testing necessary to make a professional recommendation. When we make that recommendation, you’ll be shown exactly what the plan of action looks like and how much it will cost. Keep in mind that you have been spending a lot of money putting weight on, and that those expenses will decrease significantly during the weight loss portion of the program. Think about what you spend in just one week on junk food, take-out, snacks, alcohol or diet foods that have promised you weight loss without delivering it! Getting off the diet yo-yo will save you lots!
We have many payment options, including zero percent financing, that make our programs extremely affordable.
A. Insurance companies vary considerably in terms of the services they cover and the amount of reimbursement they provide for covered service. Because of the complexity and expense related to insurance reimbursement, we do not accept any insurance reimbursement at our clinics. We will, however, supply you with all the necessary documentation to file claims with your insurance provider, flexible spending accounts (FSAs) or health finance accounts (HFAs) administrator and your tax preparer.
A. Yes! Almost universally, these accounts will reimburse 100% of our services. We are happy to provide you with all necessary documentation.
A. We want to see you often and provide you all the guidance you need to replace your current eating habits with new healthy ones. We have convenient hours so that you can stop in before or after work, or on weekends. All our counseling is done one-on-one, so you will get to know your counselors well. They will guide you on the recommendations for center appointments and work with your schedule.
A. Absolutely not! Weight loss is not about being hungry. It is about giving your body the nutrition it needs so that cravings disappear. Most of our programs suggest you eat 5 – 8 times per day. We have numerous chocolate items that are high protein and designed to be used in conjunction with your program. Again, we want to take out of your hands those foods that are making you gain weight and substitute them with foods that help you take it off.
A. Absolutely not! The power of our 35 years of experience is that we know how to boost your nutrition and get your body to use it…so that you feel less bloated, your energy comes up and you sleep better. We have many clients who tell us they haven’t felt this good in years….after only a few days!
A. This is a very serious question. And we provide serious weight management that only a physician can deliver with a support system that will not let you down. Following the weight loss portion of your program, you will move to the maintenance portion of your program. We increase your calorie levels to the exact amount your body needs to remain at goal weight…and then we teach you how to stay there. We continue to monitor and guide you, making sure you do not gain weight as you go on your first summer vacation or through your first holiday season. We are with you every day, every step of the way.
A. Call now and have a receptionist book your consultation this week!
*Clients must qualify for programs delivering 3 – 5 pounds of weight loss per week.
I was turning 50 and knew that it was harder to loose weight when you are older. I saw an advertisement for PWLC. I suggested to my husband to join as an anniversary present for both of us. It was easy for me to stick with the program. The products were tasty and filling. I even lost my craving for sweets since I was eating so drastically different than before. The products satisfied any sweet tooth that I would have had. I am now 55, and have kept off the weight I lost. PWLC provided information to help guide me along the way. They were always available for any questions or concerns.
My name is Teddy Kovacs. I came to PWLC in March of 2013. I was severely obese, and I knew that I needed to make a change if I hoped to live a long, enjoyable, or even an average life. After deciding to join and begin the program, I knew I was going to go through a complete lifestyle change. The idea of a lifestyle change seemed daunting. I had tried diet plans before, and they were hard. They all left me hungry and unfulfilled. Joining the program turned out to be one of the best choices of my life, and it was one of the easiest changes I've ever made with a weight loss system. After just the first meal of the plan, breakfast on March 11, 2013, I knew my professional snacking life was over. I was STUFFED. Lunch was the same. By dinner, I recall struggling to make it through the meal.
Research has shown that raspberry ketone can help in your weight-loss efforts, especially when paired with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet of healthy and whole foods.
Raspberry ketone is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries. This compound regulates adiponectin, a protein used by the body to regulate metabolism. Raspberry ketone causes the fat within your cells to get broken up more effectively, helping your body burn fat faster. The recommended dose is 100mg per day. To get the same benefit from the whole fruit, you'd have to consume 90 pounds of raspberries.PWLC has a new Raspberry Ketone Energy Shot for weight loss! This isn't your average energy shot. Raspberry ketone is the key ingredient. These energy shots contain REAL, not synthetic, raspberry ketone to help burn fat, along with 17 other quality, healthy ingredients that give you energy and appetite control.This 3-in-1 energy shot burns fat, controls appetite, and boosts energy!
Of course, healthy eating has to be the basis of any weight loss plan, but this is a great tool in helping you to lose weight or maintain your healthy weight.
What is raspberry ketone? Raspberry ketone is an aromatic component present in raspberries and other fruits. It can also be produced synthetically in a lab. Why has raspberry ketone been targeted for weight loss? Scientists had previously shown that pungent compounds with similar chemical structures, such as capsaicin and synephrine, had lipolytic activity - causing fat breakdown - in rats fed a high-fat diet and in in vitro fat cells.
What did scientists do in the lab? In one experiment, to test the effect on obesity, mice were fed a high-fat diet plus raspberry ketone for about 10 weeks. Other experiments were carried out in vitro (in test tubes, petri dishes, etc.).
What did scientists learn about fat cells? Researchers observed that, compared to controls, raspberry ketone decreased the amount of fat in the liver and visceral adipose (abdominal fat) tissues of mice. It also significantly increased norepinephrine-induced lipolysis (the decomposition of fat) in some rat fat cells.
Researchers also tested in vitro fat cells with raspberry ketone and found that they showed greater evidence of breakdown when compared to controls.
They concluded that raspberry ketone prevents and improves obesity and fatty liver in certain animal models. While the exact mechanism has not been thoroughly understood, these effects appear to stem from the action of raspberry ketone in altering the lipid metabolism, or more specifically, in increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis in white adipocytes (fat cells).
Scientists speculate that raspberry ketone stimulates the energy metabolism via a mechanism similar to that of capsaicin. Capsaicin, a compound found in chili peppers, has been looked at in humans for weight loss.
In another study, the effect of raspberry ketone on energy metabolism was examined by measuring metabolic markers in brown fat tissue, a special kind of fat that generates heat in a process called thermogenesis. These results reportedly indicate that raspberry ketone activates the brown fat thermogenesis and enhances energy metabolism. In any case, more detailed studies are called for to determine a mechanism for raspberry ketone.
What do the animal data on raspberry ketone mean for humans? Mice and rats are the most widely used animal models in biomedical research. It is important to note that besides being non-human mammals, these animals are housed under standard laboratory conditions, and the use of overweight and unstimulated animals as standard controls may bias the measured experimental outcomes.
Animal models and test tube experiments are important parts of scientific discovery and innovation, especially at early stages. Positive early results in the lab can be promising, but these do not always mean the same outcomes will occur in humans.
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