A few years ago I went to a Quick Weight Loss Clinic franchise. They call it a clinic and the workers even wear white coats, but I don’t think they have any medical training. They were constantly running ads for “weight loss counselors.” They are basically sales people.
I tried a new doctor’s office yesterday. I’m in the market for a new primary care physician. They also have a weight loss program. It is almost identical to the Quick Weight Loss plan.
Only it’s even stricter. No fruits. No dairy. No sugar or grains at all. No starch at all. Lean protein only. Very limited fat.
Protein shakes, protein bars, protein puddings, etc. are strongly encouraged – BUT only the ones they sell there. There’s also a long list of recommended supplements that they want you to buy there. And none of these things are covered by insurance.
They also wanted to put me on Phentermine, even after I explained it has caused my blood pressure to rise in the past. (“But with this diet and our supplements, you’ll be losing weight so quickly the blood pressure will be controlled.”)
Everyone on staff is on the diet.
Surprisingly, they were very nice!
I wouldn’t be if I only ate chicken breast, lettuce and protein bars for months on end.
It’s not forever, though! Once you lose all of your weight, you can slowly add fruit and some dairy products back in! Sugar and grain are gone forever, though.
I have 100 pounds to lose. That’s a long time on such a restrictive diet.
I have no doubt people lose weight on it.
But it isn’t for me.
I’d rather make small changes and lose weight more slowly.
I’ve tried the all or nothing approach. It led to an eating disorder. I binged and purged for six months. I was able to stop purging, but the binge habits gave me a run for my money for years (and still cause me to struggle occasionally).
Quick weight loss is not my goal.
Lasting weight loss is.