Weight Management

Supervised Weight Management

Achieving a healthy weight can be a difficult and frustrating process. With so many similar diet and exercise options to choose from, finding one that will be helpful and safe for your goal can be overwhelming. Wherever you are in your weight management journey, a consultation with one of our Naturopathic physicians can help clarify the road ahead. At Tandem Clinic, our experienced naturopathic physicians will create a custom diet and lifestyle plan to help you not only achieve a healthy weight, but maintain that weight for good. Weekly visits with your doctor will ensure you stay on track and meet your health goals. We offer 2 types of weight loss programs:  

Our 6-Week Customized Weight Management Program includes:

  • Initial visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors:
    • Comprehensive medical and weight loss history
    • Weight & measurements
    • Pre-program body composition analysis
    • Nutritional assessment
    • Laboratory & diagnostic screening tests*
    • Specific recommendations of vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and anti-oxidant supplementation
    • Dietary plan with grocery list & 1-week meal plan
  • 5 x 15 minute follow-up consultations which include:
    • Health & progress tracking
    • Weight & measurements
    • Metabolic Boost Vitamin Shot
    • Post-program performance review

 

Supervised Metabolic Weight Loss

We offer a medically supervised rapid weight loss program for patients who want to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. The program involves daily injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the pregnancy hormone, paired with a very strict diet.

Patients who have completed our program have lost an average of 0.5 – 1 pounds per day. Typically we see weight loss of a pound a day in men, and half a pound a day in women. Results will depend on your adherence to the program and whether any underlying health issues are present.

This program is for you if:

  • You are ready to make significant lifestyle changes
    • Including daily exercise
    • Consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats
    • Avoiding refined food products, sugar and white flour
  • You must be ready and willing to address emotional triggers to unhealthy eating, emotional eating and food addiction cycles

This program is not right for you if:

  • You are not ready to commit to a strict calorie-reduced diet
  • You prefer a less structured program or prefer more gradual weight loss
  • You are not able to commit to weekly in-clinic visits
  • You are pregnant
  • You are or have breastfed a child in the last year
  • You have a current or previous medical history that would prevent you from participating in this program*

* Your doctor will discuss any relevant history at your initial visit to determine your eligibility

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:

The program is typically twenty-six days in length but can extend up to forty-six days for patients needing to lose more than 30 pounds. hCG is said to help burn ‘mobile fat’, the fat stored around the hips, thighs, belly and upper arms, while leaving so-called ‘structural fat’ the fat that protects organs, untouched.

While maintaining a reduced-calorie diet with no fat intake, the body is forced to go after ‘mobile fat’ to burn for energy. Because hCG is an anabolic hormone by nature, it is said to prevent the muscle wasting that would normally occur during a low calorie diet.

Although hCG is not currently recognized by Health Canada as a weight loss tool, it has been shown to produce this result for many patients, reducing the feelings of hunger, weakness and irritability normally associated with a low calorie diet. You must see your doctor for weekly visits to monitor your progress, and ensure you are staying healthy and feeling well.

 

The Supervised Metabolic Weight Management Program includes:

  • Initial visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors which includes:
    • Comprehensive medical history to determine eligibility
    • Initial weight & measurements
    • Pre-program body composition analysis
    • hCG prescription*
    • hCG diet & meal plan
  • 5 x 15 minute follow-up consultations
    • Health & progress tracking
    • Weight & measurements
    • Urine analysis
    • Metabolic Boost Vitamin Shot
    • Post-program performance review with final weight & measurements

*Prescription cost not included in program, it is usually around $100. Contact your medical insurance provider to determine if your medical plan will cover your prescription, most plans will.

Meet the Naturopathic Doctor

Our weight management programs are offered by Dr. Alaina Overton, ND.

Dr. Overton focuses in skin health, medical aesthetics and anti-aging medicine. In addition, she has a passion for fertility, women's health and thyroid health, and has a special interest in nutrition & IV nutrient therapy. Services include annual health checks, laboratory & diagnostic testing, comprehensive health assessments and personalized health care programs. Read More.