If you feel like you’ve tried everything and still see the same old number come up every time you step on the scale, perhaps it’s time to get professional help. With our customizable four-pronged approach, we can help you shed pounds with a program that is safe, healthy and medically sound.
Based on weekly visits, Dr. Casañas’ weight management program utilizes various elements that can result in a weight loss of as much as 15 to 16 pounds per week (actual patients) and on the average yields about a three to five pound weight loss without much effort. Dr. Casañas bases his long term weight management success on the implementation of the glycemic index scores and teaches his patients to eat differently for the rest of their lives. It is a permanent solution because patients get a thorough evaluation of their hormonal and metabolic status, i.e., thyroid, insulin, testosterone, growth hormone, progesterone, food allergies, amino acids (related to cravings), etc.
During their weekly visits, patients receive their lipotropic injection, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical supplies for the week, laser activation, and ear acupuncture points. The points are removed after a week on their return visit. There is ongoing constant and close physician supervision to optimize the results and minimize side effects. If, according to the individual patient’s assessment there is a need for other intervention besides the basic four step approach, then the patient is consulted and given a tally of all nutraceuticals and protocols to follow on their own.
Patients are thoroughly educated in how to shop for nutraceuticals and what to look for in labels, including the concepts of “standardized extract,” proprietary blends, active ingredients, etc. Dr. Casañas has been rendering weight management services for 15 years with an overall success rate of about 90% to 95%.
In addition, patients are responsible for maintaining a food diary when the results are suboptimal, as well as a check on their urine ketones in order to attain a level of trace ketonuria (which means that the patient is now burning up fats). Furthermore, the patient is instructed on the number of calories that are permitted each day and the proper use of snacks.
Dr. Casañas closely monitors each patient for progress and safety, using EKG, interval assessment, and other tests. Dr. Casañas will also determine the suitability of candidates for the program. Some patients choose not to do—or are not permitted to pursue— certain components of the program, and still manage to do well. Dr. Casañas also implements elimination diets to discover subtle but impactful food allergies.
Dr. Casañas aggressively pursues other deficiencies and surpluses that may be found in the realm of sexual hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and growth hormone. The most extreme cases of weight loss can occur in those patients who have either low testosterone or low growth hormone. In addition, it is well known that after a hysterectomy, the deficient production of both estrogen and progesterone can lead to significant weight gain in surgically or naturally postmenopausal women. Once the patient is assessed and repleted at an empirical dose, then they are continuously reassessed for optimal therapeutic levels and minimizing of side effects.
Patients are also recommended to undergo amino acid analysis to determine any amino acid imbalances that may contribute to particular cravings. Through a combination of Western based traditional medical training, academic training in psychology, and Eastern approaches to energetic typing, Dr. Casañas will also analyze each patient to determine his or her Metabolic Energetic Temperament.
This is an important assessment and has wide ramifications in the overall treatment of the patient not only for weight management, but also for health maintenance and age management as well. Weight loss management services can usually be reimbursed by insurance programs, depending on the patient’s overall medical condition, as well as the type or plan of insurance. For more information about our Weight Management program, please visit us on the web at www.lunasolinstitute.com or call (813) 855-6530 and talk to any of our caring and knowledgeable staff.