Whys to Brookwood Medical Center Phase 1
1. Phase 1 is the weight reduction phase of the Bariatric weight loss program.Dr. Morgan has chosen to offer a Protein Sparing Modified Fasting (PSMF) diet for several reasons, primarily because you will mobilize and lose fat stores at a predictable and steady rate. And, you will have virtually no sensation of hunger and will conserve lean body mass. The PSMF diet is a chemically defined diet consisting of a natural protein formula (your 5-6 meal replacements a day), carefully calculated nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, electrolytes, trace elements, fiber) and fluids (96 oz/day). You have probably known someone (or even you yourself) who have lost weight and then regained it and more. The reason for this rebound phenomenon is quite clear and simple. The weight that they lost was largely (40%-50%) lean body mass and there was a natural inner drive to replenish this lean body mass. On this program there is virtually no loss of lean body mass and you will not experience a rebound phenomenon after you have attained your goal. However, all excess fat tissue must be lost, not just part of it.
Working together with our trained professionals, you will learn what you can realistically expect and set goals by which your progress is measured. During this stage, we offer in-house dispensing of appetite suppressants when medically indicated, and a vitamin regimen to compliment your weight loss program. You will meet with your specialist each week to discuss your progress, your weight loss, and plans for the upcoming days. We will also check your vital signs and make any necessary changes regarding medications, etc.
2.Water is only thing that will break down fat stores and flush them out! No pill, no shot, no cream will melt fat stores like good old fashion water. Drinking the 96 oz of water a day will make or break your weight loss each week. This can be the difference is 2lbs or 5lbs when you step on the scale! Drink your water!
3 & 4. During the first 4 days on the diet, because you are drinking a lot of water, you are losing sodium and potassium - two important electrolytes - that we need to replace. The potassium supplement will keep you from experiencing muscle cramps, and the pickles or bouillon will replace the sodium lost and keep you from having a headache. The Health Smart Dietary Supplement is a mulit-vitamin that Dr. Morgan specifically formulated for this diet. In addition to the recommended daily vitamins and nutrients, Dr. Morgan added extra amounts of vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium - all of which he considers extra important for women and individuals doing a PSMF diet.
5.The items listed on our Freebie list are relatively low in calories and do not interfere with losing fat stores. They also help to keep you satisfied on the diet, and provide a little extra food throughout the day. You can have all 5 of the freebies every day in addition to your meal replacements.
6. Accountability is the key to success! Patients who weigh in weekly and follow the protocol will see the best results. During your weekly visits, you will be monitored by one of our staff. Visits will last from just a few minutes to a half hour or longer depending on your particular needs. Your weight and blood pressure will be checked. Certain diagnostic tests will be performed as indicated (labs will drawn every 4-6 weeks or when Dr. Morgan deems them necessary). Counseling, suggestions, and discussion of any problems encountered, psychological support, and encouragement are given on a weekly basis by one of our bariatric specialists. This is also the time to pick up appetite suppressants, get B-12 or Lipotrophic injections, and notify us of any changes to medications or your medical history.