Weight Loss Clinics?

Updated on July 26, 2009
C.J. asks from Houston, TX
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Hey Mamas,

I am having a hard time of sticking to a diet to lose weight, I recently came across a few weight loss clincs in my area. Have any of you had any experience in with these sort of places?If so, please share

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R.W.

answers from San Antonio on

I have a friend and classmate, who is a distributor for Isagenix. It has improved her health and changed her life for the better.

A few of my classmates are VERY HAPPY with their results. Her website is: www.rosenino.isagenix.com

Good Luck.

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B.M.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi C.,

I recently came across the Weight Loss Clinic, as well. I had a couple of friends that have been on it and have had success. I took the appetite supressants, which helped me control what I ate. I did form a better eating habit. I did cut out junk and fried foods. I still eat what I want in moderation. My rule is to only eat 1300 calories per day. I drink mainly water. I lost the weight I wanted to in 1 month, and have maintained it. I also excercised at least 3 days a week to tone.

Best of Luck!

B.

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J.W.

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Losing weight and keeping it off is really hard to do without incorporating exercise. In fact, if you just lose weight without building muscle and adding tone, you will become skinny fat. Skinny fat is a term used in the fitness industry to describe people who have a normal BMI and weight but have a high body fat percentage. In other words, the scale says you are skinny but everything is jiggling :) Also, if you do resistance training (lifting weights, pilates), you will be lower your risk for osteoporosis. I am currently fighting the body fat struggle right now. I have started resistance training and everything is starting to firm up and I am still losing weight. My husband is a personal trainer and is guiding me through the exercises that I need to tone those problem areas as well as showing me how to eat better so that I am feeding the muscles. I feel so much better losing weight in this manner because I am not starving, my skin is firmer and I feel younger. If you are interested in exercise as a way of losing the weight and toning up, send me an email. Exercise and eating better is far easier than a commercial "diet".

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L.B.

answers from Houston on

I have opted for hiring a trainer at my gym. They also have a dietician that will work with you for $10 per hour. I am not sure where you live, but i belong to Lifetime gym. I figured it made more sense to learn the machines and start an exercise program rather than doing something drastic that may not work.

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B.K.

answers from Austin on

I went to a very good/reliable weight loss clinic at my doctor's office. The lessons were nice. The accountability was nice. The risks were explained. It was easy to listen to the glib explanation of hair loss and gallbladder complications. However, because the plan called for a 600 calorie daily diet, those complications were bound to happen to some members of the group. Several had their gallbladder removed. I definitely suffered hair loss and it is not like the hair just grew back when the treatment was over. I don't believe I will ever have the volume of hair I had. I lost weight but I would never restrict calories so drastically again. In the end, it was a very unhealthy way to lose weight and, of course, I did not keep it off. In 2007, my husband and I found a much healthier way to lose weight. He lost 40 pounds and I lost 20 and we have easily kept it off. I cannot speak for all clinics but just be aware of the health consequences of extreme low calorie diets.

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K.T.

answers from Houston on

HI C.,
I own a mobile weight loss clinic and we have a 100% success rate! We offer over 40 high protein meals to choose from. I weigh you weekly, measure you monthly and coach you anytime you need a little push! Our program offers 3 to 7lbs weekly weight loss and there is a beginning and an end to the program. We even tell you how to eat foods afterwards so you will not worry about gaining it back. Our program actually helps "rest" your pancreas, so no more over-producing insulin which turns into stored fat in your body. We are perfect for diabetics, those going thru lap-band or gastric bypass also. Please feel free to contact me at: K. Turner/The Clear Choice Weight Solution ###-###-####
Give me two weeks and you will be pleasantly surprised!

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A.G.

answers from Austin on

Hi, C.. I do not have any experience with the weight loss clinics, but I have life coaching experience and am in the final stages of completing my certification. I will be happy to offer you life coaching focused on your weight loss goals pro bono as I need x number of hours to recieve my certification.

Best,
Angela

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F.P.

answers from Houston on

I have fought my weight most of my life and I will tell you that diet and excercise are what works. I once lost 80 pounds by doing step aerobics four times a week and not eating after 7 pm. I also have a hard time dieting and like good food. Try to eat healthier by thinking before you eat something. Ask yourself, 1 will this help my goal or hurt it. Is it useful in building the energy I need to perform my work out and three how many hours of excercise will it take to work the calories off. Find healthy food that you like and keep it handy. I suggest taking a few hours on the weekend to shop and prepare your food for the week. Cut up fruits and vegatables for snacking. Have salad fixings close at hand. If the food is there you are more likely to eat it instead of running to a drive through. Fast food equals fat. Eat lots of beans and green vegatables. Less sugar, starch and breads and you will see the changes in no time. Keep yourself a journal and give yourself a rating each day as to how well you did. Go back and read what you did on good days and what you did on bad days. These things help. Weight centers will only screw up your system. You may loose weight but ultimately you will gain back what you lost plus some. Also, keep in mind that if you teach yourself to eat right while you are young, you will not only be healthier when you are older but you teach your kids good habits and that we have to work to reach our goals. There is no quick fix! Best of luck!

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M.F.

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C., Any diet will work when you are ready. You probably, like all of us, need some emotional support. I would hesitate to pay a lot of money to a clinic for this. I recommend finding some friends you can depend on to help you while you are making eating changes. Another helpful tip is to make one change a week, i.e., eat 5 fruits a day one week, the next week stop eating after 6:00, etc. You will find the changes easier to adjust to and they will be more long-lasting. Good luck.

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B.R.

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C., please be very careful. Several years ago I went to a weight-loss clinic. They did blood tests and prescribed a couple of medications on my first visit. I asked if they had their own lab on site, because that was a really fast turn-around on the blood tests. They said no, but that they always prescribed these medications to their overweight clientele. They said that most overweight people had what they called, "sluggish thyroids". So, I started taking medication for hypo-thyroidism, a condition I did not have.

The weight came off, but my thyroid got seriously messed up. My family physician said that he could prescribe medication that would cause weight loss, but it was unconscionable, because of the harm it would do. And, the weight comes right back as soon as you stop taking the medication. Well, that's exactly what happened to me, even though I stayed on the eating plan. The clinic was closed after a few people died, (yes, that's right-they died) and my metabolism has been screwed up ever since. I was one of the lucky ones.

If you go to a weight loss clinic, be very wary if they give you any drugs. Also, any calorie-restrictive diet will take weight off. The key is to do it in a slow and healthy way, that meets all of your nutritional needs, and is something you can stick with for the rest of your life. I have a good plan that I'd be happy to tell you about, if you want to contact me.

Hope this helps,
B.

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K.C.

answers from Austin on

They are expensive and dangerous to your health and 2 yrs from now you will be chubbier than you are now. The Rotation Diet (if you are determined to diet, you might just want to make small incremental changes and add exercise) is at least healthy after the 3 days on 600 calories. Book is old, Matin Katahn.
I used to teach this subject to nurses. Don't do it. Waste of money. Look at Oprah.
Go to weight watchers if you need a group, they have a good track record.
K.

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L.T.

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Hi, About ten years ago I lost 30 lbs. on a program with this group and the weight stayed off for years until I slipped back into old eating habits. It works! It was easy to follow and easy to stay on this diet if you work or travel. Advanced Health Institute, Radhia Gleis, 1501 Koenig Lane, Austin, TX 78756. Email: [email protected]____.com, Phone number ###-###-####. New website www.advancedhealthinstitute.com Radhia is a Nutritionist and works with people who have health issues as well. I've been thinking of going back on her program again to get rid of 15 excess pounds before it gets out of control again. L.

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R.L.

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I am a certified personal trainer and I worked at a gym for the past three years. I have competed in figure competitions and am always looking for ways to be in the best condition as possible. I am not a nutritionist but I had my own personal nutritionist to gather as must information an about eating right as possible. Having said that if your looking for a clinic to go to do your research. Make sure that its a good fit for you and that they have a good track record of success. Also, know that all scientifically based diet plans work it ususually that people don't commit and follow them. I highly recommend investing in a trainer because anyone who has a diet plan of value that they are pushing will insist that exercise and diet go hand in hand. It may be a little expensive at first but once you gather the basics you can strike out on your own. Anyway if your investing in yourself it is always worth your time and money. Good luck!

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K.B.

answers from Houston on

Hi C.-

Sorry I don't have any info about weight loss clinics but wanted to say that if you haven't already tried it, I would suggest Weight Watchers Online. No meetings, just using the tools to track your "points". I've been doing it since January and have lost 50 lbs without any problem. I've even gone on vacation twice in this time and was able to pick back up right where I left off when I returned. My husband just recently joined and I have 3 neighbors who are now doing it too. Best of luck finding the plan that works for you!

K.

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N.H.

answers from Houston on

Michael Thurmond's Six Week Body Makeover is a good alternative to a clinic. It allows you to choose meal plans & exercise plans for your specific body type. If you just really want to goto a clinic, some hospitals do offer a weightloss program, medically supervised which work really well in that they teach you what & how to eat in addition to usually being run by actual medical personel as opposed to 'weightloss clinics' which probably are run by 'trained staff' but probably know very little about body type & what a person needs to eat, especially if you have an issue like me of hypothyroid issue or some other medical issue. I went to the L.A. Weightloss center. I don't know if it's still around, it didn't seem to be around for very long but it worked very well for me. I lost 18 lbs & it teaches you how much you need to eat & in what configurations (what to eat together), preparing your own meals, in addition to exercise which of course helps the wt loss. The only thing I didn't like about it was they seemed to be only 'trained staff' & not medically trained nurses or the like. I kept explaining abt my thyroid condition that it takes longer for me to lose the weight but they seemed to get really impatient w/me regardless of them knowing that, plus, they required pmt upfront but they let me do half & half since I explained I wouldn't be able to afford the couple of hundred they charged up front. They only charged $5 per wk & depending on how much you want to lose is how much they charge you. They do seem to pressure you to buy their protein bars, shakes, products which they "require" for your diet plan. Personally I could do w/o those, they weren't all that tasty & they were very expensive. They also were supposed to give me an addition 2 months (may've been lesser time, I can't remember now) but they refused b/c I wouldn't buy their products so basically they violated their own contract they required me to sign. Luckily we moved here & at the time there wasn't an LA Weightloss til later so I used that as an excuse to get out of things. Now, I DID also visit the Medically Managed Weight Loss program (that was the name of it) which was similar, it was a private type facility but I didn't like their plan which consisted of VERY weird things to eat & thought after reviewing their program, I'd end up starving the weight off. They'd only allow like 1 piece of wheat bread w/only 1 tbl spoon of peanut butter on it for breakfast, etc. NOT for me but the price was about the same as LA Wtloss. What I would suggest is take your pick & visit your choices of programs in person...those types of places seem to refuse to give you info over the phone but they do usually have free consultations. You don't have to buy into a certain program if you don't feel comfortable. Don't feel intimidated or bullied by the consultants. They're goal is usually to make a sale in most cases & they'll say or do anything to keep you there. I just say something like "well, I will definitly consider this program after going over my finances, if I choose this program, I'll give you a call" & that usually takes care of it. NOW a third option I've found is places like the clinics that provide liposculpture procedures, they usually have weight loss programs you can ck into w/o having to use the lipo procedures too. Dr. Bergeron at www.texassmartliposuction.com in Katy-Houston offers it, if you live in the San Antonio area, Dr. Melanie Carreon at www.doctorcarreon.com does as well. The Hotze clinic in Katy does as well. There area a few clinics out there that do offer these types of programs, you can also always do a general search for "weight loss programs" or "weight loss clinics" for your area. No matter which you choose, my opinion is that the programs which TEACH you what & how to eat work best & have the most permanent results rather than those whose goals are simply to get the weight off you in the quickest manner (hince the peanut butter bread) which firstly, is not very healthy, and secondly, probably would make you feel sick, weak, or not keep the weight off once you start fixing your own foods. Hope these suggestions help & best of luck!! Believe me, I KNOW how hard it is to lose wt & keep it off.

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M.T.

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C.,

I started using a weight loss patch and without changing anything I've already lost 6 lbs and now back into my jeans that I wore before I got pregnant. My mom has been using them since August and has lost 55lbs and gone from a size 22 down to a 14/16. I've liked it so much that I now am a distributor so I get it half price. It also gives you energy, helps you sleep better (even though I have a 15 week old that still wakes up at night I wake up ready to go), it also suppresses your appetite, curves cravings, and helps to build muscle mass while maintaining the muscle you have. I've been to a similar camp and did it for 6 months and did great but as soon as I was done and started backing off on the number of days I worked out, I went from 5 to 3 days a week, I started slowly putting on pounds again. I was so mad but with my son in baseball between practices, games, work and home life I had to cut my workouts to 3 to 4 days a week but still worked out the same amount of time and stuck with the eating schedule and still I put on weight. With the patch I can eat what I want but I notice that I don't eat as much anymore. The other day I went and got a burger and instead of eating the burger, fries and what my son didn't eat after about 2/3 of the burger and I didn't want anything else. The burger didn't even taste as good as it usually does. If you want to know more about it let me know. Here's my website www.nexagenusa.com/startthepatch I use the Next Patch right now but just because I had several boxes. I prefer the Power Patch. You get faster results. Oh by the way it's all natural. Either way good luck on your weight loss.

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K.T.

answers from Austin on

Hi C.,

I have a solution to permanent weight loss. Please see my business listing in Mamasource. You can email me for any questions.

I work with women and families to live healthy and happy lives.

Please email me at [email protected]____.com

Good luck to you!
K.

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C.B.

answers from Austin on

Weight Watchers works, has a balanced and healthy system, and isn't too expensive. Good luck!

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