At our clinic we take weight loss very seriously. We are committed to helping you reach your goals and achieve fantastic results. Permanent weight loss takes a commitment by you to want to change your life. At our clinic, we assist you in this endeavor by educating you about your metabolism, identifying the things that have contributed to the weight gain, and coach you every step of the way. We assist men and women in their weight loss goals. If you are a woman and you are struggling with weight gain you know that there are more variables involved with weight loss then simply calories in and calories out.
Take control of your weight.
Dr. Purcell talks about how weight loss is not necessarily the same as healthy weight loss.
Do you feel like a failure because you can't seem to control your weight? ?Are you confused by all of the ever changing diet and nutritional information available? Trendy diets are a one-size fits all approach to weight loss that doesn't address your individual needs. There are reasons why you can't control your weight and some of them may have nothing to with food. Consider the many factors that may be contributing to your weight problems and overall health:
Physiological factors: You may have other underlying medical conditions or you may be on medications that are causing you to gain weight.
Metabolic factors: Exercise is essential to controlling weight and preventing future health problems. It is also important to increase lean body mass and reduce fat mass in order to efficiently burn calories.
Behavioral factors: You may have routines and habits that are contributing to an unhealthy lifestyle and weight.
Environmental factors: Your home and work environments play important roles in your health. You may be exposed to pollutants, chemicals and radiation.
Emotional factors: Stress, anger, grief and joy are just some of the emotions that you may be expressing or hiding with food.
Nutritional factors: Your body needs to receive the proper nourishment and nutrients in order to function optimally.
Successful weight control is more than just weight loss.
It's about becoming aware of the things that are contributing to your weight problems, challenging yourself with realistic goals and maintaining the positive changes that will establish themselves as part of a healthy lifestyle.
How naturopathic medicine can help:
During the initial consult and naturopathic visit comprehensive assessments and tests (if necessary) help determine why you aren't able to lose weight. This also includes body composition analysis (to determine fat and lean mass percentage, fluid levels and general health of cells), nutritional analysis of your food intake and dietary guidelines.
As a doctor who has treated many women, I have listened to the stories of defeat that women share with me when it comes to losing weight. At Portal To Healing Naturopathic Clinic we recognize that women are faced with other hormonal variables that sometimes interfere with their weight goals. We work with you to correct those underlying hormonal imbalances that hinder efficient metabolic function. When it comes to losing weight everyone is on their own path. Some are ready to loose weight quickly and safely, while others are content to know they are making healthy choices and the weight will slowly come down over time. We have designed three different weight loss programs to offer our patients based on your goals, and how quickly you would like to see results. All of our programs are 100% doctor monitored.
Remember: It takes 21 days to form a new habit, and 21 days for your taste buds to turn over.
In 3 weeks you can dramatically change your life!
TIER 1: Educational Weight Loss
This program is designed for those who realize that by “Getting Healthy” they can reduce their overall weight by making better food choices. We access the way that you are currently eating, evaluate your laboratory tests and your metabolic rate. Based on your symptoms and the test results we develop a nutritional program for your individual needs. Then we educate you on the food plan and how to make better choices and small changes over time. The goal is to have you feel better. More balanced, better concentration, less inflammation, less emotional. Once you feel better you will begin to make better food choices and we develop nutritional programs that can be incorporated into all lifestyles through food recommendations, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and hormone balancing. An assessment of blood type, body composition analysis, food allergies, and laboratory testing will determine the smartest way for you to slowly and steadily lose weight by identifying those foods that cause inflammation and prevent you from burning your own fat. Specific supplementation based on your metabolic needs is recommended.
Average female weight loss is 1-2 lbs every 7-10 days.
Average male weight loss is 2-4 lbs every 7-10 days.
TIER 2: Ultralite Program
We offer the innovative, Ultra Lite weight loss program for those interested in a healthy weight loss solution. The program was voted the #1 weight loss program in 2005 and 2006 by readers of Slimming Magazine. Developed by a naturopathic doctor in Australia, Ultra Lite has been in use overseas for almost 15 years with over 1,000,000 people achieving success. The program is available only through health care practitioners. The great news is that when this program is followed the results speak for themselves. Without the use of drugs or stimulants, Ultra Lite offers an average weight loss of 2-4 pounds per week. This program shifts your metabolism from creating energy from sugar and carbohydrates to creating energy from fat. This means that you will actually be re-wiring your own metabolism to burn your own fat stores. How you determine that you are in “fat burning mode” is by measuring your urine daily. It requires following a specific food plan and measuring carbohydrate and protein intake for the entire length of time you are working towards your target weight.
The Ultra Lite program ensures the four components of a successful weight loss program. These components are:
1) Weight lost during the program is from fat (not muscle).
2) Food purchased and eaten is normal and easy to access. Also, a thorough understanding of the "good, the bad and the ugly" so unhealthy and sabotaging eating habits don't return.
3) Food allergies and sensitivities are identified so the offending food can be eliminated or reduced to avoid inflammation and the regaining of lost weight.
4) Pinpointing any of 14 conditions such as thyroid dysfunction, or other hormonal disorders that if not addressed can prevent successful weight loss over time.
You will be given all the resources needed including recipes and food lists to properly combine protein and carbohydrates to promote optimal fat burning. This will promote a fat burning metabolism which we will have you verify daily with a simple home test. The program is well structured, easy to administer and eliminates guesswork.
**Participants consume four tasty packets (these come in a variety of flavors) which provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The nutrients are balanced to support your success on the program. Some people with certain medical conditions will need one or two additional nutrients which will be recommended.
**You'll need to consume 8 glasses of water daily.
**There are weekly appointments where you are weighed and measured, food consumption is reviewed to see if your protein and carbohydrate ratio needs adjusting and any questions are answered. This program is in between the other two programs because it is more intense than Tier 1 and less intense than Tier 3. You will steadily lose weight every week and we measure for both pounds and inches on a weekly basis. Testing includes, blood type assessment, laboratory testing, body composition analysis and body measurements. Specific supplementation is recommended.
Average female weight loss is 1-2 lbs/week over 50 years old.
Average female weight loss is 2-3 lbs/week under 50 years old.
Average male weight loss is 3-5 lbs/week.
**This is a monthly program with the cost covering everything you'll need to be successful. Once your target weight is reached you will be placed on a well-balanced maintenance program with periodic check-ups to help you maintain Weight Loss.
This is a program also known as Medical Weight Loss. It allows you to rapidly lose a specific amount of weight in a 30 day period. It is also the most intensive. You can safely and effectively lose up to 10% of your body weight on this program, and some can achieve 30 pounds of weight loss in 30 days. A very specific diet must be followed for the 4 weeks along with injections of HCG, a hormone that women produce during pregnancy. This program dramatically shifts your metabolism towards burning your own fat and allows you to create energy from the fat that you are melting away. HCG assists in controlling all cravings when you are on this low calorie diet. Vitamin injections are given to assist with energy and promote fat burning. HCG is completely safe for women of all ages. Following the 4 weeks of injections, you are then transitioned to a stabilization food plan for 3 weeks where your weight loss is stabilized, to be followed by a maintenance food plan which will allow you to maintain the weight you have lost while eating a healthy, whole food diet. Unlike other weight loss programs all of your weight is lost in the first three weeks of this program. This means that your results are immediate.
You will achieve Fantastic results with this weight loss program!
Testing includes; laboratory testing and body composition analysis.
Average female weight loss is 5-8 lbs/week.
Average male weight loss is 6-9 lbs/week.
Note: This weight loss program is reserved for those who have upended their metabolisms with fad dieting, disordered eating, and hormone imbalances. This program will re-set your metabolism and you will lose weight even if you have been unsuccessful in the past.
What is disordered eating? It is a term we use for people who have destructive thought patters around body image or food. Disordered eating comes into play in our subconscious when we sabotage our dieting efforts. Disordered eating can include:
"It felt so easy, it seemed like it couldn't be true. As the weight kept coming off every few days it worked as inspiration. Coming up on my last couple of days I am now looking forward to the next phase. I never seemed to be hungry and the energy was high. I went to spin class 3 times a week. My clothes are fitting nicely and have gone from Size 10 tight to Size 8 comfortably."