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What is LeanMD?
LeanMD is physician supported weight loss program that offers patients a way to lose weight safely and effectively. We understand that weight loss is not “one size fits all”, which is why we tailor every program to fit the individual needs of each patient. LeanMD is easy to learn and easy to follow making it a lifestyle change that is sustainable.
What to expect with the LeanMD Program
LeanMD is different. It’s built for you.
The LeanMD program is physician supported weight loss – we’re here for you every step of the way. You’ll learn about yourself and what works best for your unique physiology.
A 3-Phase Approach
Phase 1: Weight Loss
Duration: 2–12 months
Your LeanMD Care Team will utilize all available medical tools to help curb your appetite and optimize your metabolism. On average, patients lose 10–15 pounds in the first month and 30 pounds in three months.
You may choose one of the following options, depending on your individual needs and schedule:
A. Monthly Pre-Paid Plan
This choice requires weekly in-office visits to receive an optional lipo B12 injection and a one-month supply of prescription appetite suppressants. You will also receive additional face-to-face nutrition counseling and support during your visit.
B. Flexible Schedule with Virtual Option
This choice gives the option of alternating between in-office visits and virtual visits by telephone. You will be required to get a LeanMD Wireless e-Scale to virtually monitor weight twice per month. Any in-office visits will include an optional lipo B12 injection and a one-month supply of prescription appetite suppressants, as well as additional face-to-face nutrition counseling and support.
Phase 2: Transition
Duration: 3–5 weeks
It is imperative to go through a proper transition to stabilize your new weight after all of your hard work during the weight loss phase. With a scientific analysis of your basal metabolic rate, we will help you to taper off of any appetite suppressant medication, adjust macronutrient ratios, increase calorie intake and physical activity, and adapt to a new lifestyle.
Phase 3: Sustainable Weight Loss
Duration: 12 months
The Sustainable Loss Membership Program will provide ongoing support and guidance to ensure long-term success for our LeanMD patients.
The period immediately following weight loss is at the highest risk of relapse, so the LeanMD Care Team is prepared to partner with you and overcome the challenges involving with staying on track and maintaining your new lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Addressing Food Concerns
You will be eating real foods throughout the program. Throughout the program, you may be on a structured diet which is high in proteins and low in carbohydrates. Once your goal weight is obtained you can slowly to a well-rounded diet with moderate amounts of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. We can modify meal plans if you are vegetarian or vegan.
The amount of calories you can eat is customized based off of your body composition analysis, which measures your BMR (basal metabolic rate). BMR scientifically informs us what your individual calorie requirements are. This guides us to prescribe personalized diet plans that will be 500 calories below your BMR.
No, we do not sell foods or pre-made meals. Our program will teach you how to estimate serving sizes, as well as how you should shop for food and prepare your meals.
Questions About the Diet
You can lose an average of two to five pounds every week. Results may vary depending on your specific starting weight, medical conditions, exercise regimen, and compliance with the program.
No, supplements and medications are not mandatory. The appetite suppressants we prescribe help to curb hunger, but if you do not take the medication you can still be equally as successful.
Yes, we only utilize medications that have been demonstrated to be safe and effective when paired with a structured diet.
There is no weight loss minimum or maximum. Many individuals who join our program have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart conditions. You may still be eligible to participate in the program with minor restrictions at the medical provider’s discretion.
No, we do not bill or assist with billing insurance for the weight loss program. However, we do accept all major credit cards, personal checks, and cash.
Many individuals have difficulty maintaining their weight once it is lost. Our LeanMD program includes a transition phase in which we gradually and carefully adjust your calories and macronutrient ratios according to your specific needs. This gives your body a chance to adjust and avoid rebounding once the flow of calories increases.
In addition, the chances of sustaining your new weight long term will be vastly improved if you have support. Our program is specifically designed to provide an easy, built-in system of accountability and support, plus tools and techniques to ensure your ongoing success.
Yes, your body wasn’t designed to survive indefinitely on special foods or will power. We believe that a sustainable diet and lifestyle changes are the only way to succeed in maintaining your weight loss and your health. If you do gain weight over time, we can always restart you on the program to help you get back on track.
Can I Participate in the Program if I Have Medical Conditions Like Diabetes, Hypertension or Heart Disease?
Yes, this is one of the main reasons for enrolling in a medically directed program. Obesity and being overweight can be significant factors to a variety of medical conditions. We have the tools and procedures to ensure that your weight loss process is done safely. Many of our patients with these conditions end up with better laboratory numbers and often require less medication to control their chronic conditions.
Yes, however this will be determined by the medical provider at the time of your initial consultation.
Exercise is not a required component of the weight loss phase, but our team strongly encourages it. The weight loss in our program is mainly achieved by calorie reduction. We recommend that you engage in light physical activity over the first few months to obtain the optimal results. After you achieve your goal weight, our team can design an exercise program tailored to your interest and lifestyle if you prefer.