Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss:

I have tried all the diets and nothing has worked for me in the long-term. What do you differently?

Quite simply, I approach weight management as a long-term problem. That is why my programs require a minimum of a three-month commitment. However, if you have struggled with weight for years, you should realistically commit yourself to six month. Shorter time frames are just a set up to yo-yo dieting which is proven to be unhealthy. Both the body and the mind need work and that takes time. You don’t necessarily need to be in my program for longer than six months, but you do need a long-term maintenance plan that works.

Do I have to count calories with your diet program?

Sometimes. The majority of my successful patients never count calories or use any point system. You don’t need to. When clients limit themselves to the proper foods, almost everyone loses weight. Occasionally, we run into hormonal, emotional or other issues that make weight loss more stubborn, but even in those cases, it is just a matter of how fast the weight goes off.

Do you prescribe the HCG diet?

No. You can starve yourself without hCG.

I heard that phentermine was dangerous and could damage the heart.

In the mid-1990s, phentermine was used in combination another weight-loss drug called fenfluramine (the now infamous “fen-phen” cocktail). Fenfluramine was responsible for heart valve damage and was taken off the market by the FDA in the late 1990s. Phentermine has been on the market since the 1960s and has an outstanding safety profile. Most people can tolerate it well. However, patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease do require clearance from their cardiologist before I will prescribe it to them.

I heard about the “fill in the blank” diet on Dr Oz last night.

Honestly. The diet that I promote was described in detail in the late 1800s. Seriously. Before there were airplanes and automobiles, there was a diet book that showed the basic principles of losing fat. It was a bestseller in its time. We don’t need any new diets, we know how to do it. With my program, I am merely trying simplify things and provide clarity to the massive amount of misinformation and disinformation that conspire to keep you fat.