Weight Loss Programs | Pocket Profits While Helping Your Patients

As a chiropractor, it’s a sure bet that many of your patients need to lose weight. Adding weight loss programs to your list of services could fill a vital role for your patients, while enabling you to diversify your cash services and add a second stream of income.

Before you settle on a weight loss program, we believe there are a couple of things that will be instrumental to both you and your patients’ success.

First off, create a positive, supportive environment. Fear tactics rarely work. You know all the reasons your patients should lose weight. Most likely they do too.

Patients who’ve had long standing problems controlling their weight know better than anyone else why they should lose weight. Bombarding them with negative messages will only dish up more of what they’ve come to expect and avoid.

We also believe it’s important to recognize that different body types have different needs.That’s not to say that the universal principals of weight loss (less calories consumed = pounds lost) don’t apply — but how a person gets there might.

If you’re a tall and lanky person who eats to live, rather than one who lives to eat, it may be hard for you to understand a 300 pound patient who feels hungry all day long, or the foodie that craves constant variety. That’s okay. But you may need to invest a little time and research to get informed about types of challenges these patients will face when trying to lose weight.

It might also be appropriate to offer a couple of different weight loss plans. It would probably be unrealistic (and unsafe) to take a person who is accustomed to eating 3000 calories per day and send him/her out the door with a bottle of HCG drops and a 500 calorie eating plan.

Weight-loss plan options

This is where it starts to get overwhelming. There are nearly as many how-to books and programs on dieting as there are dieters.

In our opinion, a good weight loss program, is one that is sustainable, It involves changing one’s outlook and lifestyle. It means making small changes over time that become part of a daily routine. The hows and whys may vary from person to person.

In the next few months we will begin our own weight loss program. From our research and practical experience, we’ve found three small healthy meals plus two snacks a day works well for most people. We will ask our patients to limit carbs and to eat protein at each meal. We will encourage them to drink large amounts of water, and eat the recommended 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables every day.

The lower carbohydrates will help keep our patients blood sugar steady and reduce cravings, while the protein helps them feel full. For convenience’s sake, we will encourage them to make one to two of their daily meals or snacks a small protein shake.

Our program is not revolutionary, but it is based on sound medical science. It can also be easily adapted to account for food sensitivities and eating preferences.

Here are a few books we found particularly helpful while developing our program:

From a practice standpoint, we will be able to include our nutritional products as part of our weight loss program. We will supply our patients with protein powders and high quality multi-vitamins as part of their weight loss package. We will also educate our patients on the benefits of other vitamins that may help them achieve their individual health goals.

Vibration exercise therapy would also be a great addition to your program. Vibrational exercise is a great way to increase your patients strength and get them started in an exercise program.

When you create your own weight loss program, plan for your patients to have ongoing contact with you, or if you’re short on time, a nutritionist. Studies have shown this is an essential element in your patient’s continued success. Check in visits can be short (10 minutes) and will serve to keep your patients motivated.

If you delegate this task to a nutritionist, we recommend that you arrange to meet with your patient at periodic milestones. In many cases it is the relationship they have built with you, their chiropractor, that has inspired them to take action. Therefore it’s important to continue to reinforce this relationship.

In between office visits, direct your patients to SparkPeople.com a free website devoted to helping people lose weight. On this site, they can register for access to a nutrition tracker, a fitness tracker and a weight tracker. There are also forums available.

To sum up, a weight loss program can be a great way to help your patients feel better and get fit while adding a sizable boost to your bottom line.

If you have your own weight loss program in place we’d love to hear from you. Tell us (and your fellow chiropractors) what works for you and what doesn’t.

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