Weight Loss Questions & Answers (FAQ)
Having treated more than 40,000 people with weight problems in his Miami, Florida office over the past 40 years, Dr. Lipman realizes that every dieter has different reasons for his/her weight gain. Each person needs a personalized weight loss plan to lose and then maintain their weight loss. This includes different food changes, eating plans and medications when needed.
A. The personalized weight loss plan is first accomplished by reviewing your past and present medical/medication history and obtaining current laboratory testing to determine if there are any metabolic problems or medications causing or contributing to your weight.
B. After determining any metabolic causes for your weight gain, you and Dr. Lipman discover together the 3 most important causes of your weight gain from a food diary you provide.
C. You and Dr. Lipman construct a personalized food plan based on what you like to eat without excluding any food group. Usually the food plan is low in high glycemic index carbs (bread, rice, pasta, potatoes) and high in lean proteins. You can chose one of the 6 diet systems based on your likes and dislikes.
Some new patients can make a few key changes in their food or beverage intake and lose all the weight they need, while others may require the assistance of weight loss medications.
You are free to return every week to the office for a weigh-in at no charge. You will be seen by Dr. Lipman every two weeks after the first visit.
Dr. Lipman offers 6 different weight loss food plans. He has published 4 eBooks on these diet plans. Each dieter can chose the plan that he or she likes best. None of the diets have special recipes, preparations, shopping or counting calories, points, carbs or anything else. All plans use unique and interactive illustrated food menus which show choices, portions, and preparations with colored images.
Dr. Lipman has designed all the food choices in pocket size, colorful meal menus – one for each meal and one for snacks. They show you numerous choices, portions and preparations. Brand and product suggestions are presented on other cards.
HCG is the hormone produced by pregnant women that mobilizes the fat to feed the fetus. Like insulin, this hormone has been produced artificially and when given to overweight men and women it produces large amounts of weight loss without hunger. It has NO side effects, so it is perfect for people with heart disease, a history of strokes, etc. It also comes with a special, option-rich food plan so you can achieve optimal weight loss. Dr. Lipman’s 800 Calorie HCG diet uses HCG injections, HCG sublingual drops or HCG sublingual pellets.
My diet plans can work for the whole family, including spouses, children (as young as 6 years old) and teens. If other members of your family need to lose weight, you are encouraged to bring them in with you on the second visit. This free family consultation will include taking an eating history, discovering their diet secrets, and providing a food plan tailored to their individual needs.
Some dieters can lose and keep their weight off by following one of Dr. Lipman’s weight loss plans – others need the help of FDA approved medications. Dr. Lipman uses many different weight loss medications depending upon the need and requirement of the dieter.
Over the past 40 years, he has treated tens of thousands of patients with the older FDA approved appetite suppressors such as Adipex, (phentermine), phendimetrazine, and Tenuate (diethyproprion). In recent years, he has treated hundreds of overweight people with the new weight loss drugs Qsymia, Belviq, Contrave, and Lomaira.
When considering a weight loss medication, Dr. Lipman first reviews your weight, medical profile, medications, laboratory tests and weight goals. He will discusses with you the efficacy and potential side effects. Safe and effective weight loss involves selecting the right medication for the right patient.
Dr. Lipman is a board certified internist and endocrinologist (the medical specialty of metabolism, thyroid and the glands) who has helped hundreds of people lose weight safely and healthily. By examining your medical history, eating habits, and blood tests, Dr. Lipman can develop a weight loss plan that fits your biological profile and supports a healthy lifestyle.
Absolutely! I have treated children as young as 6 years old all the way to men and women over 90 years old. It’s never too early or too late to achieve a healthy weight.
Of course! These are the people who need it most, but also NEED the greatest supervision. That’s why you need a board certified physician with a lot of experience. As an endocrinologist I treat diabetics, hypertensives and people with high cholesterol every day – both thin and overweight.
Most insurance does not pay for weight loss plans, therefore we do not accept or bill your insurance. We will supply you a receipt with a diagnosis in order to help you get reimbursed by your insurance. You may be able to obtain some of the laboratory tests through your insurance. If you have had an EKG and/or blood tests including a CBC, chem profile and/or a thyroid profile in the last 3 months, bring them with you and you will receive a credit. Ask about these services when making an appointment.