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Diet for Medical Weight Loss

Our Medical Weight Loss Program is a low glycemic index meal plan intended for short-term use. The diet will stimulate ketosis, a metabolic state that helps your body burn fat. Ketosis takes a few days to develop as your body uses up stored carbohydrates. As part of the Medical Weight Loss Program, our team will check your urine weekly to make sure you are in ketosis.

The program's diet emphasizes:

  • Staying well hydrated. You should drink 64 to 80 ounces of water daily.
  • Eating the appropriate foods in the right sequence. For example, you will eat a certain way for the first four days of the program until your body enters ketosis, then you will add back certain food groups on day five and beyond.
  • Eating the amount of calories determined by your weight loss team.
  • Monitoring your carbohydrate intake.

During this program, you will see a nurse or nurse practitioner weekly to keep you accountable and provide support as you work toward your goals. There may be some challenging days ahead, but keep in mind that sticking to your diet will help you reach the goals that you have set for yourself.

Once you learn healthy eating and exercise habits and reach your initial goals, you will have the tools necessary to maintain a healthy weight on your own.

Potential Side Effects of Medical Weight Loss Diet

A medical weight loss diet can have some side effects. They are not usually harmful. However, it’s important to report these or other side effects if they become bothersome. Please inform us if suggested treatments do not resolve problems. Potential side effects include:

  • Fatigue: This is common when starting any low-calorie diet. It will improve as your body adjusts to the meal plan. If possible, get extra rest during the first week of the program.
  • Insomnia: You may have difficulty sleeping, especially during the first week. You may try diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or melatonin as directed by your care provider.
  • Headache: Headaches may occur on any low-calorie diet until your body adjusts. Rest or over-the-counter pain relievers will help relieve symptoms.
  • Constipation: A fiber supplement may be necessary during the first four days and as needed thereafter, avoid fiber gummies, flavored chewables or fiber bars. Your nurse or nurse practitioner can provide recommendations. You may need an over-the-counter laxative if the fiber supplement does not help, and you have not had a bowel movement in two to three days.
  • Dehydration: Make sure you are drinking 64 to 80 ounces of water daily. Quick weight loss and reduced carbohydrate intake results in rapid fluid loss, typically within the first week of starting the diet. Drinking your water and decaffeinated, unsweetened beverages will keep you from experiencing dehydration.

For more information, please complete this contact form and we will get in touch with you right away. Or, give us a call at 864-560-7070 (Spartanburg office) or 864-315-3773 (Pelham office).

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