Weight Loss Programs
Things to Keep in Mind
The Medical Program
Whether you have 20 pounds to lose or 100, Smart for Life™ is committed to helping you achieve success. Our Medical Weight Loss Program provides clients with support and expert guidance because we know that working together with a doctor will help you achieve results faster and with more success. Along the way, our on-staff physician will monitor your progress. If you have any health conditions or medications that require close attention, our Smart for Life™ staff and Medical Director are available to you.
Benefits of the Smart Medical Program:
- Your own medical weight loss doctor who will help you reach your goal
- Metabolic monitoring and correcting by your Smart for Life™ physician
- Physical exam
- BMI analysis
- Educational audio and video
- Program handbook review (yours to keep)
- Goal setting
- Motivational and phone support
- Weekly accountability and personalized counseling
- Online recipes, motivational cards, support system and diet resources
Our experts in our Centers throughout Canada are available to monitor and motivate you as you follow the Smart for Life Program.Our physician’s sole focus is helping you attain your goals and to lead a healthier lifestyle. Each physician has years of experience in the medical field and constantly continues their medical education on subjects pertaining to health and weight loss.Rest assured, the Smart for Life™ Program is medically sound and offers a healthy way for you to lose the weight and keep it off.
Before beginning the Smart for Life™ Program, your medical history will be thoroughly reviewed and during your weight loss journey you will be regularly monitored. Over 25% of the population suffers from a metabolic or hormonal condition, many remain undiagnosed. Our physicians are able to identify if this type of condition has prevented you from losing weight and treat it at no extra charge, resulting in you reaching your weight loss goals! As a client, you will also receive all the vitamins and supplements needed to keep you healthy.
You’ll become familiar with our Support Team and the Physician in your Center. They’ll be able to offer you advice and suggestions to help you face just about any challenge that may occur. You will receive on-going education regarding nutrition, weight loss, emotional eating and how to turn your weight loss into a Smart for Life Lifestyle to keep that weight off for life.
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You must eat all 6-meal replacements throughout the day. Start with your first within an hour of waking up, and always just one serving at a time with water, preferably ever 2 – 3 hours, or whenever you feel hungry. For all of you night owls, save 1 cookie serving for after dinner. Heat up your cookie serving (no more than 10 seconds in the microwave) to bring out the full flavor.
Keep in mind that 1 shake replaces 2 cookie servings and 1 soup replaces 1 cookie serving. Also, remember that 1 pudding, 1 muffin or 1 bagel replaces 1 cookie serving, 1 protein bar replaces two cookies.
Drink at least 64 ounces of sugar-free; calorie-free liquids (i.e., eight 8 ounce servings) preferably water.
Your dinner meal consists of 10 – 12 ounces of lean protein with up to 5 servings of non-starchy vegetables. If needed, you may only split the protein into a small lunch and small dinner. Be consistent with your daily routine to control your daily hunger. Vegetables are to be eaten only at dinner (no salad at lunch).
Include at least 2 and preferably up to 5 servings of vegetables in your dinner meal. Break up your servings by having a small salad first and then more vegetables with your protein or have one large salad topped with lean protein. Vegetables may be fresh, frozen or canned and eaten raw, steamed, roasted, grilled, sauteed, boiled or baked. Smart for Life offers a myriad of marinades, dressings, and dips however, it is perfectly acceptable to use other salad dressings and condiments as long as it doesn’t consist of more then 40 calories (i.e. 4 tablespoons of 10 calorie per tablespoon dressing). **Use salt substitute when seasoning
Foods may be baked, steamed, broiled, poached, grilled and sauteed in non-stick spray. While on the program no fats, oils, or frying is permitted.
Frozen dinners may be used as a dinner replacement, but should be limited to no more than 3 per week due to high sodium content. When selecting a frozen dinner, follow the nutritional guidelines below:
- 600 calories or less
- Minimum 40 grams of protein (if not at least 40 grams, add extra protein)
- 6 grams of fat or less
- 40 grams of carbs or less
- Rice and pasta dishes are allowed for frozen meals
After Dinner you may add on of the following:
- Up to 2 individual servings of sugar-free Jello™
- 1 sugar-free popsicle
- 1 dill pickle
Do Not Injest the Following Items:
- Fruit or Fruit Juice (Lemon & Lime Included)
- Pasta, Bread, Rice or Potatoes
- Alcoholic Beverages (Completely Forbidden)
Use the Following Substitutions:
- Smart for Life Zilch™ Coffee Creamer. Standard Coffee Creamer & Milk will cause hunger
- Suger Substitutes ONLY. No sugar or honey in any form.
- Use Breath Strips or Breathe Spray. Gum or Mints will cause hunger.
Avoid any personal trigger foods and shelf-stable foods (foods that are prepared with preservatives and do not require refrigeration).
It is recommended to take one multivitamin a day.
*If you are 6’2″, increase your daily cookies to 7 per day and if you are 6’4″ in height increase your daily cookies to 8 per day.
Things to Keep in Mind
Why Isn’t Fruit Part of the Program? After all, we’ve been taught that fruit is a healthy food. And yes, we agree that fruit is full of healthy vitamins and minerals. But it is also full of natural sugar – the number one cause of hunger. Therefore fruits are absolutely off limits. One multivitamin a day will provide the vitamins you need, while the cookies and salads are filled with fiber. Once you’ve hit your target weight, and are simply doing maintenance you can eat fruit again.
Losing weight does give you reason to celebrate but there is no quicker way to sabotage your efforts than with alcohol. Alcohol slows down the fat burning process. The calories you consume when drinking alcohol are not stored in your body; they are quickly transformed into a type of fuel that your body burns quickly. As a result, all of your dieting goes toward burning the alcohol calories first, not the fat you are trying hard to eliminate. Left alone, alcohol calories are carried off and stored in your body as fat. That’s why alcohol is known as a “straight-to-the-stomach” beverage; the calories always seem to be stored in the belly first.
Water is a natural appetite suppressant and the key to the metabolism of fat. Why? Because your kidneys rely on a certain level of water to function properly and when they are dehydrated, a big portion of the kidneys’ workload is dumped onto the liver. Problem is, when the liver is forced to help the kidneys out, it cannot put all its efforts into turning fat to energy. As a result, the liver metabolizes less and less fat, and you lose less and less weight. If the body does not get adequate water, it goes into a “survival mode”. When this happens, your body prepares for an “emergency situation” by storing or retaining water – from anywhere it can, resulting in bloating. To put it simply, when you’re dehydrated, your metabolism slows and so does your weight loss.