Whys to the Aggressive Online Phase I
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 weekly and follow the protocol will see the best results. Because we are not here to weigh you in personally, we recommend you picking a certain day of the week to weigh at home - Monday is good because it keeps you accountable over the weekend, and Friday is good because you tend to stay on track all week - however, any day is fine. No matter what the scale says, record your weight! Use our weight tracking sheet or keep up with it on your own, but do write it down. If you are doing this diet with a family member or friend, we suggest weighing each other so your level of accountability is even higher. We also encourage you to write down everything you put in your mouth each day. Not only does it keep track of what you have and haven't eaten throughout the day, it also provides you with factual information should you want to look for trends in your weight loss. For example, lets say you have been following the protocol strictly and all of a sudden on your 6th week, you hit a plateau and don't lose any weight. Referencing your tracking sheet shows that while you have been eating all of your meal replacements, you have been eating mostly the same kind. It's good to have a variety of hot meals, snacks, protein bars, and liquids like soups or shakes because it limits your carbohydrate and calorie intake. After identifying this trend, you can make adjustments to you diet and get back on track the next week. You stay motivated and are less likely to quit the diet when you have the tools to provide answers that lead to better results! When you record your weight and your food intake, there is no denying the positive or negative choices you made that week!
7. The Bariatric Health & Wellness Starter Kits include everything you need to begin the diet on the right foot. They provide a good variety of popular meal replacements, a 32 oz water bottle and a 16 oz shaker cup ideal for mixing shakes, smoothies, cold and hot drinks, and soups. You will also receive a Daily Food and Weight Tracker and Meal Replacement Product List. We suggest using this list to rank the meal replacements you like best so when it comes time to reorder, you can easily recall which items were your favorite. Often times, patients and customers want to reorder a meal replacement (or a few) they have really enjoyed before their starter kit has been depleted. We think this is a great idea because having your most favorite meal replacements on hand makes it easier to stay on track and keep focused when you know you have meal replacements you enjoy eating every day. The Starter Kit has enough meal replacements for six a day for two weeks. Be sure to reorder before the end of week 2 so you don't run out of food. Please allow 1-2 days for delivery.