Prescription Weight Loss Clinic®
Our 3 STEPS TO SUCCESS Weight Loss Program!
Prescription Weight Loss Clinic® provides a THREE STEP weight loss program that is effective and well tolerated by most patients. The director of our program is William Blackshear, M.D., “Dr. Bill” is Board Certified in Obesity (Bariatic) Medicine and in General and Vascular Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a Founding Member and Past President of the Florida Association for Nutritional Support.
The 3 STEPS of our program are:
STEP 1: Weight Reduction — LOSE
The sole focus of STEP 1 is to LOSE excess weight as quickly and effectively as possible. A very low calorie ketogenic diet (VLCKD) combined with moderate daily exercise will result in significant weight reduction in virtually all patients who adhere to the prescribed program. Prescription appetite suppressant medication dispensed from our office, wherever state low permits, helps patients to remain comfortable while on the diet. Medications used are either diethylpropion or phentermine, both FDA approved. Phendimetrazine is an option for office dispensing in some states. Ancillary medications are also dispensed as needed to deal with specific issues which may arise during the weight reduction program in some patients. Optional metabolic support injections of vitamins and minerals are available as desired.
Initial evaluation includes:
- Body composition analysis
- Complete history and physical examination
- Blood test panel
- First week’s medication
- Thorough program and dietary instruction in the VLCKD
- Metabolic support injection
- Starter kit with supplies and tools to use in the program
Weekly followup / refill visits include:
- Body composition analysis
- Blood pressure check
- Assessment of progress & planning for the next week.
- Metabolic Support Injection
- Next week’s medication
Fees for each Step of the program may be obtained directly from your closest Prescription Weight Loss Clinic® office. Regular moderate exercise throughout STEP 1 will insure continued progress. Patients remain in STEP 1 until they reach their goal weight and then enter STEP 2. Here the focus shifts to learning an individualized, long term weight management plan.
STEP 2: Calorie Management — LEARN
During this short STEP, detailed instruction helps patients LEARN a lifetime Weight Management plan specifically tailored to their caloric needs and dietary preferences. The VLCKD is changed to a Calorie Management program. Appetite suppressants are weaned. Exercise continues to be a useful tool to manage and control weight. Weekly visits are still required in STEP 2 and all of the procedures done during STEP 1 followup visits are still performed, including the injections. The initial Step 2 counseling visit, includes a tapering dose of medication and resource materials to use in dietary planning. Subsequent visits follow progress as medication is tapered and a more normal dietary pattern is introduced. When patients demonstrate a stable weight and fat mass off medication, they move to STEP 3.
STEP 3: Weight Management — IMPLEMENT
After demonstrating weight and fat mass stability over 3-4 weeks, patients move to the Weight Management STEP to demonstrate that they can successfully IMPLEMENT the principles learned in STEP 2 over the long term. Biweekly followup visits initially quickly change to monthly as weight and fat mass continue to remain stable. Metabolic Support Injections and all of the procedures done during STEP 2 followup visits are still performed.