Is the HSHS Medical Group Weight Loss program safe?
Our protocol is safe for everyone, except those with a dysfunctional liver or kidneys. Type 1 Diabetics should only do the Alternative protocol and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should only use the program’s protein foods to supplement their diet.
Why do I have to meet with the health coach weekly?
During this time we will obtain your weight, measurements, and perform the BCA (Body Composition Analyzer). You can also purchase your food/supplements at this time. Plus, research has shown that meeting with your coach weekly greatly improves your success in reaching your goal weight and also keeping the weight off after you have completed the program. This meeting usually lasts between 10-20 minutes.
What is the BCA (Body Composition Analyzer)?
The Body Composition Analyzer uses bio-impedance technology, a state-of-the art, very accurate method of determining body mass. The device sends a mild electrical current through the body, measuring both the strength and speed of the return current. From these readings, the software calculates your body mass. The device is safe, but dieters should not use it if they are pregnant or have an implanted electrical medical device such as a pacemaker.
Does this diet provide too much protein?
This is not a “high protein diet.” The amount is not dangerous, because the amount of protein is not excessive (1/2 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass is the minimum amount required). We give only the minimum and we do this to spare the muscle. The protein is only a tool; it’s the METHOD that enables you to lose weight.
Should I exercise?
Of course! Exercise is important not only to aid weight loss, but in weight maintenance as well.
During Phase 1 we ask that you keep your activity light so that your heart rate does not become too high during exercise because you risk burning muscle mass. We recommend activities such as walking, yoga, Pilates, and light strength training at an intensity that you can still carry on a conversation. Maintaining your lean muscle mass will help you keep the weight off once you reach maintenance.
Can I drink alcohol on this program?
No. The process of burning ketones takes place in your liver. When there is alcohol in your system the liver will process that first and stop processing ketones until the alcohol is removed from your system. Alcohol also causes your blood sugar to drop. Since you already have low amounts of sugar in your system this could cause dizziness or you may even faint.