Dr. Thaxton's Insulin Lowering Medical Diet
Dr. Thaxton's weight loss plan is direct and to the point: he provides medical weight loss services that will change your life by making you feel healthier, happier and more confident. And it's about more than just losing pounds and inches.
Dr. Thaxton creates individualized weight loss plans that work for everyone, no matter if you’re diabetic, an athlete or a vegetarian. Our plans are designed around your weight loss goals using the latest weight loss technology, science and medications. No matter how much you need to lose to be healthier, Dr. Thaxton and his team can help you get there.
We achieve success by:
- Teaching our patients a diet that will produce weight and fat loss in a healthy way.
- Creating healthy meal plans with recipes that will result in weight loss.
- Using the latest technology to get your started and monitor your progress
- Using several types of prescription diet medications, like the appetite suppressant phentermine, that treat the disease of obesity.
- Encouraging patients to use proper exercise and a physically active lifestyle to produce good health and to prevent weight re-gain.
Medical weight loss programs are not all created equally. Just because you might see the word "medical" in advertising does not mean there is a board-certified bariatric physician with more than 30 years’ experience studying weight loss running the program. There are many programs and medications available for people looking to lose weight through “medical” means. We just approach the issue differently. We offer safe and effective non-surgical medical weight loss options to our patients and Dr. Thaxton personally guides them through every step of the weight loss journey. By combining smart-healthy diets with available prescription drugs and one-on-one weight loss planning and counseling, Dr. Thaxton creates fast and effective weight loss programs that work for everyone but are customized to each person’s individual needs and goals.
Our Three-Step Program
Before you embark on your weight loss journey, Dr. Thaxton will sit down with you and discuss your health and your goals. During that consultation, he will take a full medical history and perform a routine physical examination. The Advanced Medical Weight Loss Augusta staff will also perform vital signs, critical body measurements, a comprehensive panel of blood work, and computerized body composition weight and body fat measurement. We will provide you with information about food selection and exercise to help you develop the tools you need to reach your goals. Dr. Thaxton may also prescribe a safe and effective FDA-approved appetite suppressant.
Throughout the program, we will monitor, encourage and support you in reaching your weight loss goals. Our program uses three phases to approach your weight loss:
Step 1: Active Weight Loss Phase
During the Active Weight Loss period, the goal is to help patients lose weight quickly and safely. More importantly, we focus on losing the fat and preserving the muscle. One of the reasons so many people fail to succeed long-term is that they find themselves yo-yoing. They lose weight initially which is composed of both fat and muscle, but when they inevitably regain their weight, the vast majority of the weight regain is from fat. Since muscle is the powerhouse for burning calories, this asset is lost and people struggle as their weight gain returns.
Progress is initially monitored weekly so short-term and long-term success is maximized. Once an appropriate weight loss pattern is established, visits are spaced out to every 2-4 weeks. Free weekly weigh-ins are encouraged but not required. Patients also have the opportunity to review concerns and to celebrate achievements. Real life challenges, such as hunger patterns, work schedules, and family or personal habits can be addressed at these visits, as well.
Patients are ready to transition out of the Active Weight Loss Period when they have reached their weight loss goal.
Step 2: Transitional Weight Loss Phase
Patients are ready to transition to this phase as they have reached their weight loss goal. During this phase, visits and medications are spaced to find the lowest dose of medication and the lease number of visits that keep the disease under control. Once the weight loss goal is clearly established and stable, patients are ready for the final phase of their journey.
Step 3: Maintenance/Relapse Phase
This phase is a unique part of our program and is designed to prevent weight regain or to stop it if it starts. Successful weight loss depends on lifelong management of the underlying condition. Regular visits will be reduced from monthly to every two, three, or six months depending on your individual needs. During this period, we will implement new strategies to maintain your weight loss while offering continuing education and counseling. Eventually, you will not need to return to the office. However, some patients return to us on a 6-12 months basis because they find that it helps them to maintain their weight loss. This is a very common practice when dealing other chronic diseases like hypertension, heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. Depending on your personal needs, we are always here for you.