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General weight Loss FAQ's

Your body and metabolism are as unique as you are. The mission of IHP is to bring your body to its optimum wellness through the right balance of nutrition, exercise, education, behavior modification, and, if medically necessary, the ethical use of medication. Using the most up-to-date, medically sound advice and guidance, we'll be by your side supporting your journey to successful weight management and lifelong wellness. Weight loss is not a finite program; it is a way of life.

Is obesity a medical condition?

Yes, and it is now considered an epidemic. The statistics are startling. Obesity is fast becoming our nation’s leading cause of preventable death, claiming nearly 300,000 lives each year! Over 60% of the adult population is overweight. Excessive body weight leads to an increased risk of cancers, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, sleep apnea, gall bladder disease, stroke, osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints), gout, and multiple other medical complications. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have health problems. The good news is that even moderate weight loss can help to improve your health and well-being.

Are prescription weight loss medications safe?

Prescription medications are safe when used appropriately to help curb appetite and lessen thoughts of food; however, not all patients are candidates for them. A careful history and physical must be performed before medications are prescribed, and only patients with an elevated body mass index should take them. Being overweight is usually considered to be more dangerous than the potentially harmful side effects of the medications. Potential side effects must be closely monitored by a trained physician or Nurse Practitioner.

Medications are sometimes used for maintenance patients, again, with the clinic following the patient regularly. Patients must be careful to select a clinic that has specific expertise in managing weight loss as well as diseases such as high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and diabetes, in conjunction with their Primary Care Provider. There are very strict laws and guidelines regulating the prescribing of controlled substances. However, many clinics simply ignore these guidelines, which are clearly in place to protect patients from harm.

Once I lose weight, will I gain it all back again?

Herein lies the key to a successful Weight Management Program. If you have lost weight and regained it, you know that it is easier to take the weight off than to keep it off. Unfortunately, the vast majority (80%) of weight loss patients regain all or most of their weight if they do not follow a maintenance program for at least one year. Research shows that patients who participate in a formal maintenance program for at least six months are more likely to maintain their weight loss than those who go it alone. These same researchers found that longer contact with a weight loss support program further improves success.

During the maintenance phase, we emphasize the importance of portion control, proper food choices, exercise, and follow-up visits, which keep the patient accountable and committed to a healthy lifestyle. The length of the maintenance phase is usually determined by the severity of the patient’s obesity. Six months is usually the minimum maintenance time recommended. One year is the norm. A lifetime program is recommended for the morbidly obese. We offer individual, group, and online weight maintenance programs to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Do soy protein isolates used in meal replacements cause feminizing effects on men or promote female cancers in women?

The soy isolates used in Ideal Protein contain less than 0.15% Isoflavones, which for all intents and purposes means NONE. This means the omelet, oatmeal, puddings, soups, pancakes, and any drinks containing soy have none of these chemicals in them. The only products that contain very small amounts are the puffs, bars, chili, spaghetti, and nuts (Francis Chenard, Chief Chemist and V-P of R&D, Pharmalab).