Affinity Health Medical Weight Loss Wellness Center

Program Steps

Success is always sequential; not simutaneous.
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  1. Getting Right Mindset
    Assess and strengthen your mental and emotional readiness to lose weight. A particular focus is put on any emotional roadblocks such as sub-clinical depression, anxiety, or seasonal affective disorder which you may not be aware of. If unaddressed, emotional issues or the wrong mindset can sabotage your weight loss goals before they even have a chance to take root. To explore with you and resolve any flawed thinking patterns that you may have about your health and weight. An example of a flawed thinking pattern is “Being heavy runs in my family and there is nothing I can do about it.”
  2. Address Health Issues
    By conducting a thorough and exhaustive review of your past and current medical history, we will be able to identify and address un-diagnosed health conditions (e.g. hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, essential fatty acid deficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc) that may be contributing to your weight gain. We'll also address any previously diagnosed but yet uncontrolled health conditions which may be contributing to your weight gain. Identify and address prescription medications or over-the-counter pills which may be contributing to your weight gain. Not identifying and correcting a physical roadblock prior to losing weight is like trying to swim with an anchor attached to your leg – you won’t get very far.
  3. Reboot Metabolism
    A comprehensive review of your previous blood work will be done along with ordering new blood work to assess the state of your metabolism. To lose weight, your metabolism must be in a balanced healthy state. Your metabolism is the sum total of how your body stores and burns energy. So many people have damaged their metabolism after many years of poor lifestyle choices and yo-yo diets. Your metabolism workup will include looking for evidence of low blood vitamins, low thyroid, low adrenal gland function, fatty acid deficiencies, low estrogen and testosterone states and much more.
  4. Food Education
    You'll be educated about basic physiology and food done in plain language, no medical jargon, so that you're not just following advice blindly but understand the "why." Most people think that they understand food, but food is much more than just fuel for the body. Food directly influences our metabolism by controlling our hormones. Everything you eat affects your blood sugar levels. Weight gain happens when blood sugar levels spike too high and dip too low. The types of food that you eat and the combination of foods that you eat together will give you very different results. For example, if you eat a meal high in refined carbs with little protein and little good fat, your body will produce a lot of the hormone called insulin in the blood quickly and this insulin spike will tell the rest of the body to store the food that you just ate as fat.
  5. Body Comp Analysis
    Our state of the art body composition analysis device will assess your body’s makeup of fat and lean muscle mass. This analysis is important as your weight loss should only be "fat" loss - not muscle loss. Your muscle mass will be monitored very closely by the team during the active phase of your weight loss. You will have a body composition analysis done over every other visit to the center during 2 week intervals. You will be encouraged to use a smart WiFi scale at your home. WiFi scales have the capability for remote monitoring of your fat percentage along with body weight.
  6. Unique Meal Plan
    Based on your blood work results and other unique health markers, you'll be provided a meal plan geared to get your body to burn excessive body fat for fuel instead of storing it. You won't be hungry on this plan. As a matter of fact, you will likely find yourself eating more often than you did before but your food combinations and portions will be different. Your meal plan will take a lower carb approach but this certainly doesn't mean no carbs. No one food group is banned. It's all about knowing how to use them and your relationship with food.
  7. Appetite Suppressants
    In certain cases, FDA approved prescription appetite suppressants are used to counteract severe food cravings. During your weight loss course, the need for appetite suppression will constantly be monitored. And if started, your important vitals such as EKG, blood pressure, and certain blood tests will be followed closely.
  8. Exercise Guidelines
    During the program an age and skill appropriate physical activity regimen will be provided. But it is important to note that weight loss is 80% what you eat and at best 20% of physical activity. The first level to getting adequate physical activity is to commit to getting a certain number of steps a day. This is why we encourage all clients to wear a pedometer. Also note that it is not safe for people who have been sedentary and/or overweight for a while to immediately start a strenuous exercise regimen; thus your unique health status will be taken into account and a proper exercise regimen prescribed. In this program you will learn the right exercises to do, and learn to avoid over-exercising which actually breaks down the body prematurely causing more harm than good.
  9. Support
    Leading studies show that weight loss is most successful when a person is accountable and supported by others. Between each of your visits to the office, we will reach out to you to see how we can help by one of the support staff. And during the program if you need to communicate with Dr. Brown, you'll have access during business hours by phone or email. Additionally, you'll have the option of enrolling in a motivational text message program where you'll receive inspirational, motivational, and educational text messages 2-3 times per week. Also, we provide ongoing support. We’ll be there for you. We know that maintaining healthy behaviors is cyclical and needs boosting from time to time.

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