The Process Our program consists of four parts: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Final Lifestyle programs. All are based on a cardiac lifestyle: low fat, high fiber, low protein, high complex carbohydrates. Each is balanced among 6 food groups: Proteins, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk/Dairy, Grains and Fats . . . and all food is the normal, regular, everyday food you buy in the supermarket. We don’t sell anything! We take into account your gender, age, height, weight, medical issues or pregnancy to personalize a program. We control your portions and number of servings in each of those foods groups, and we also control the amount of water you drink. Everything else that you put into your mouth counts. Despite what you may have heard or like to think, NOTHING is free; there’s no such as thing as “free” food. The amount of food you eat (the number of daily servings in each food group) will stay the same throughout the four Lifestyle programs. What changes is the selection of food as we move you from one program to the next. We will do that every time you lose 25% of the total amount of weight you need to lose — when your fat cells are shrinking and your metabolism becomes faster — adding items that are easier to burn or just adding things as you work towards earning them back. By the time you get to our Final Lifestyle, almost everything is back in your life except junk food. Additionally, with every Lifestyle program, we’ll also provide a suggested menu which is laid out for an entire week, and includes all meals and snacks. You can follow some of it, all of it, or none of it. It’s just a guideline, and we’re happy to help you plan a day or two every time we see you. Once you get to the goal weight we set, you will begin our 6 weeks FREE Stabilization Program. Each week, one food group at a time, we increase your servings over and above the amount of food you ate during the weight loss process, to figure out how much more food you can eat to stay within 3-5 lbs. of your goal. We also slowly start adding back the foods that you weren’t allowed to have during the weight loss process. During Stabilization, you will come in at least once a week; more, if you choose. Stabilization is followed by 12 weeks of FREE Maintenance service. This is when we reinforce your new eating habits — everything you learned during the weight loss and stabilization programs — and assist you in staying within 5 lbs. of your goal weight. We encourage you to come in at least once a week during this process. THE DAILIES Client meetings are by appointment (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), and all meetings are in private, one-on-one, through all stages of a client’s time with us — weight loss, stabilization and maintenance. We encourage all clients visit with us two to three times a week, be it in the office, or by phone, or a combination of the two. The more we see and engage with clients, the more we can help them to stay focused. Or, putting it another way: The more a client has contact with us, the more disciplined they are when they don’t have contact with us because they know they’re soon going to have contact with us! Additionally, the more engagement we have with a client, the more value they get for their money. Each visit begins with a weigh-in, after which we check and help plan daily food diaries, provide cooking tips and recipes, talk about any upcoming potential challenges, and offer encouragement, motivation and inspiration to stay focused. During these visits clients can speak freely, in confidence, about issues at home or at school or on the job — anything they want to share with us. We get to know our clients very well because we genuinely care about them. We understand that food is an emotional response for many, so the more we understand the circumstances or factors that affect clients’ environments, triggers and responses, the better we’re able to help them. Additionally, all clients are given my cell phone number and can call at any time for any reason.