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 can help clarify the road ahead.

At Tandem Clinic, our experienced naturopathic physicians create custom diet and lifestyle plans 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 management programs:

 

Available Programs

6-Week Customized Weight Management Program:

  • Initial visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors:
    • Comprehensive medical history & physical exam
    • Starting weight & measurements
    • Nutritional assessment
    • Specific recommendations of vitamin, mineral, amino acid & anti-oxidant support as needed
    • Customized diet & lifestyle plan
  • Weekly Visits:
    • 5 x 15 minute follow-up visits
    • Health & progress tracking
    • Weight & measurements
    • Metabolic Boost vitamin injection for energy & metabolism (if indicated)
    • Week 6 program performance review

 

Supervised Metabolic Weight Loss

We offer 23 or 40-day medically supervised rapid weight loss programs 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*

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.

This program is for you if:

  • You are ready to make significant lifestyle changes that include daily exercise, consuming more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats while 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*

Supervised Metabolic Weight Management Program:

  • Initial visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors:
    • Comprehensive medical history to determine eligibility
    • Initial weight & measurements
    • hCG prescription*
    • hCG diet & meal plan
  • Weekly Visits:
    • 5 x 15 minute follow-up visits
    • Health & progress tracking
    • Weight & measurements
    • Urine analysis
    • Metabolic Boost vitamin injection (if indicated)
    • Final week program performance review


*Results will depend on your adherence to the program and whether any underlying health issues are present. Your doctor will discuss any relevant history at your initial visit to determine your eligibility for this program. 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. Alaina Overton focuses in skin health & cosmetic dermatology. She has a passion for women's health, focusing on hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, digestive issues, weight management, anxiety & depression. Dr. Overton also has a special interest in nutrition & IV nutrient therapy as well as celiac & gluten sensitivity. Services include annual health checks, laboratory & diagnostic testing, comprehensive health assessments and personalized health care programs.
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