Simply stated, we’re unique because we’re not a “weight loss clinic.” Instead, we are Rhode Island’s only medical practice focused on nutritional and obesity medicine. Our staff includes four Registered Dietitians directed by a board certified internist, and we’re the first to offer virtual nutrition counseling via video conferencing, i.e., e-Visits.
In addition, we question conventional wisdom that would lead many to believe:
- That obesity is the self-inflicted result of mindless overeating
- That the key to long term weight loss is to “eat less and move more”
- That low fat diets are essential for weight loss and the prevention of heart disease
Bottom line? We consider obesity to be a disease requiring personal, individualized assessment and treatment. Just cutting calories won’t do it.
Yes, when medically appropriate. Please note we avoid use of the term “appetite suppressants,” which implies they are akin to pseudo-opiates; that they somehow numb the pain of self-denial. Instead we prefer to call them anti-obesity medications – effective therapies that can restore balance to a dysfunctional energy balance system that results in a person retaining more calories as fat then they should.
Most certainly! Simply call and ask to speak with one of our dietitians, or make an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation. Even after you’ve decided, your inclinations may change depending on your medical and metabolic status, goals and behavioral habits. You can always change your approach. Our focus is on helping you make the right decision, then tailoring your program for long term success.
Information about Ketosis can be found here…
Because we accept reimbursement for medical and nutrition services from most insurance providers, the program is very affordable. Out of pocket costs will vary depending on co-payments required by your plan, and the number of dietitian visits allowed annually.
Yes. If you enjoy working out at your fitness facility, by all means continue to do so. For cardiovascular fitness and to increase muscle mass which helps you burn calories, aerobic and resistance training can’t be beat.
But if circumstances don’t permit going to the gym, don’t be discouraged. While aerobic and resistance training definitely are important, we also consider physical activity equally, indeed possibly more, effective in burning off calories. In particular, you’ll learn all about (and here’s a mouthful) Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, or NEAT. Whether exercise or activity, we may recommend determining your fitness capacity and coronary risk by doing an exercise stress test.
The bottom line is that successful weight loss, and particularly successful weight loss for the rest of your life, is unlikely unless you’re ready to make a transition from a sedentary lifestyle to one of increased physical activity. And wouldn’t that be “NEAT?”
Download our free booklet “Exercise, Activity and the Burning of Calories”
Not only are low carbohydrate diets safe, they may in fact be ideal for most patients with diabetes. They usually allow patients to significantly reduce – sometimes even eliminate – expensive medications, possibly even insulin.
Most diabetics already know that if they increase the carbohydrates content of their diet, their glucose levels will go up, often requiring more pills or insulin. Not surprisingly, since our program focuses on reducing dietary carbohydrates in order to burn fat, diabetics quickly enjoy lower glucose levels and a reduction in medication.
Anyone shopping for groceries lately knows that protein is expensive, while others know that an Egg McMuffin and small coffee at McDonalds runs around $5.00. Our meal replacements contain 27 grams of the finest Whey protein along with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. You can find estimated cost comparisons here.
For reimbursement, a referral from your physician may be necessary and we would be happy to assist you. Please call for information; we enjoy talking with our new clients and would be happy to show you how we can help in obtaining insurance reimbursement.
Registered dietitian (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. RDs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
For those with severe obesity, especially with associated problems such as diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or risk of heart attack or stroke, bariatric surgery may be the best long-term treatment available. But severe obesity increases surgical risk. To reduce risks and optimize recovery, preoperative weight loss is highly recommended. In addition to weight loss, just four weeks on a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce liver size and inflammation in those with fatty liver disease, a common finding in those with severe obesity.
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