Weight Management Clinic in Grand Rapids MI

If you've been gaining weight and feeling too sluggish to exercise lately, you may have desperately googled, "best diet pills to lose weight fast," or, "how to lose weight in a month." This sporadic approach is bound to backfire. Why? Because it doesn't address your long term, whole health. It doesn't nurture all of you.

Dr. Naeem's team at Grand Rapids Men's Clinic is devoted to your whole health. We understand that your weight management is intricately connected to your heart, brain, and digestive health - so we treat them all to make your weight loss safe, sustainable, and even enjoyable. No shaming or tough guy coaching - just compassionate partnership.

Instead of focusing on the symptom - weight gain - we combine conventional medical principles with regenerative medicine to target the underlying causes of your access weight. Our men's health specialists will help you recharge your energy and revive your libido while preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

By accessing your unique needs we craft a custom, supervised weight management plan for the one-of-a-kind ecosystem that is you. How? With our three-pronged approach that synergizes: nutritional therapy, hormone balancing, and supervised exercise regimens.

At Grand Rapids Men's Clinic, you'll discover the perfect navigation partner for your first-class itinerary to a vibrant, youthful lifestyle. Give us a call at (616) 426-6163 or contact us here.

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How do I know which diet is right for me?

Sure, your primary goal is to lose weight. But under our supervision, you'll also be losing the causes behind your excess fat. We're trained, well informed, and ready to address conditions that often accompany that excess fat, like:

  • decreased libido
  • gastrointestinal conditions
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • low energy/fatigue
  • pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • food allergies
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • celiac disease

As you approach middle age, you need to be more aware of the subtle (and not so subtle) changes occurring in your body. We help you develop that awareness by assessing:

Your Dietary Health

We go way beyond calorie tracking or handing you a low-calorie food list. We test for food sensitivities like gluten or dairy intolerance and allergies that may be impeding weight loss while triggering chronic headaches, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, and fibromyalgia.

Over 30% of American diets fall short of nutrients. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can make you crave bad fats, sugar, and excessive carbs - the worst things you can eat when you're trying to get fit. We'll perform a nutrition assessment to test your levels of:

  • magnesium: controls your blood sugar, regulates the nervous system, can boost metabolism
  • zinc: regulates your senses of taste and smell, which affect your appetite
  • iron: helps your body create energy from nutrients
  • B vitamins 1-12: helps your body metabolize carbs, proteins, and fats and to use the energy stored in food
  • vitamin A: provides antioxidants, which are plentiful in healthy, low-fat foods
  • vitamin C: helps to metabolize fat
  • vitamin D: a deficiency can cause depression, destroying your motivation to work out; 80% of Americans have low levels
  • omega-3 fatty acids: help cool inflammation and control blood sugar levels; 9 out of 10 people are deficient

Your Hormonal Health

We'll assess your base hormone levels to determine which imbalances may be sabotaging your weight loss. Your hormones regulate your metabolism, heart rate, growth, and even mood - that's why imbalanced levels can wreak havoc on your weight loss plans.

We'll order a blood panel to determine your levels of:

  • thyroid: low levels can cause you to gain weight even if your diet hasn't changed
  • cortisol: an excess diverts your pregnenolone from producing other needed hormones
  • estrogen: a deficiency may cause your body to use starches and blood sugar less effectively, increasing hard-to-lose fat storage
  • testosterone: regulates fat distribution; low levels increase body fat, especially in the midsection
  • progesterone: supports thyroid, increasing body temperature and metabolism; low progesterone levels encourage weight gain

Your Goals and Challenges

When you describe your symptoms and goals we will really listen. Together, we'll create a road map, including all of the hurdles and obstructions that may lie en route to your health destination.

We'll chart gradual victories and setbacks, tweaking the itinerary as needed. You'll start with small steps, then work your way up to bigger victories. Our skilled, dedicated weight management specialists will support you all the way through your journey.

Once all levels and goals are identified in the context of your general health, genetics, medical history, and lifestyle, we will deliver nutritional therapy, hormone replacement therapy, and an exercise regimen that your body can successfully sustain in the long-term.

Nutrition Therapy

There are so many diets trending out there: Keto can put your body into ketosis; Autoimmune Protocol Diet can resolve inflammation and leaky gut; intermittent fasting can generate more energy with weight loss. Your whole health specialist will determine which diet is sustainable for your optimal metabolism and lifestyle - and, for how long.

Every life stage, body type, and metabolic rate requires a different dieting approach which must synergize with your lifestyle choices so you can lose weight and prevent disease. We will craft a realistic and reasonable plan that will bolster your stress resistance and combat your inflammation on the cellular level.

For example, if your tests detect insulin resistance, we'll replace the starchy foods in your diet with omega-rich high fiber foods and vitamin supplements to reverse it.

If your cortisol levels are off the charts, we'll prescribe soothing foods (bananas, pears, green tea, dark chocolate) and stress management (yoga, tai chi), along with a strict sleep schedule.

If your estrogen's extremely low and constantly stimulating your appetite, we'll provide a list of foods, supplements, and botanicals to balance levels and curb cravings (seeds, soy, yams, etc).

If you want to know how to treat low testosterone, we may suggest quitting alcohol and taking botanicals like ashwagandha or supplements like zinc to help shed that tire around your waist.

If you test positive for gluten or dairy sensitivity, we'll teach you how to remove these endocrine disruptors from your diet and replace them with tasty, nutritious alternatives. We may also prescribe the right probiotics to balance your unique gut biome imbalance.

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HCG Diet with Supplementation

For those patients you are prepared to pursue dramatic weight loss, we combine and low-calorie diet with human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) injections to shed 1 - 1.5 pounds per day.

HCG is a hormone that can curb your appetite, break down excess fat stores, and cause your body to rely on excess fat stores for energy, providing the additional nutrition that is no longer provided by this diet. HCG shots are injected subcutaneously, usually in the hip, outer upper arm, thigh, and abdomen.

You'll be allowed to consume between 500 and 1,000 calories, and will need to restrict your consumption of: fatty seafood, milk, butter, bread, sugar, and oil.

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BHRT for Weight Loss

Hormones are chemical messengers that control your metabolism, so imbalanced levels can easily hamper your weight loss efforts. Dr. Naeem assesses your baseline levels, then rebalances them with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

"Bioidentical" means molecularly identical to the body's natural hormones. Unlike conventional hormone replacement, BHRT delivers hormones produced from natural plant sources like yams and soybeans, which match human hormones molecule by molecule, alleviating the risks and side effects of synthetic chemical hormones.

Bioidentical hormones are:

  • customized to the unique needs of each patient
  • delivered in lower doses, special combinations, and various forms
  • prescribed by your Dr. Cabrera and made by a compounding pharmacy
  • allergen-free and tolerated better by most of our patients

BHRT will be delivered in one of the following forms that are optimal for your metabolism:

Injections

Injecting hormones provides direct absorption into the bloodstream, so you can guarantee 100% absorption of your custom dose. This delivery method is easy to monitor and allows you to adjust your levels throughout your treatment program.

We deliver hormones into a muscle like the gluteus maximus, ensuring the testosterone is transported efficiently and quickly throughout the body. Injections, on average, are administered every two weeks. They usually alleviate symptoms quickly and effectively - you'll start feeling more energetic almost immediately.

Topical creams or gels

Creams and gels are minimally-invasive, immediately absorbed, and easy to adjust. However, absorbency differs from patient to patient, so it may take a while to figure out how much you're actually getting. You can apply them to your arms or shoulders, but not near your abdomen or breasts.

This transdermal delivery avoids the first- pass through the liver. As long as you continue to apply the product every day, your levels should remain stable and your symptoms will alleviate.

Your hormone-balancing success rate will depend on:

  • your hormone baseline levels (which can change daily and must be monitored)
  • your weight
  • your genetic predispositions
  • your general health
  • your exercise routine (the more cardiac output, the more hormones required)

Dr. Naeem will routinely monitor your levels, adjusting the dose and frequency as needed. He'll also pay close attention to your symptoms, which can tell us just as much as your blood levels.

Exercise for Weight Loss

Before beginning any regimen, your whole health anti-aging specialist will diligently assess your body weight, body mass index, and body fat percentage. Your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels must be tested, and your goals discussed, before an exercise regimen is prescribed and monitored.

Your age, body composition, and general health will help determine which type, amount and degree of physical activity are sustainable. Whether it's 20 minutes of stretching or two hours of running, your body will lead us to the optimal fat-burning, stress-relieving, endorphin-releasing regimen. We'll help you dispose of old habits and adopt new ones that will sustain your weight loss and life joy.

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Why struggle with low energy, rollercoaster weight loss, and sporadic exercise routines that aren't sustainable? Dr. Naeem understands that each man's body is a unique ecosystem that requires customized balancing and nurturing. He goes beyond mens' weight loss tips to treat the whole you. For a discrete consultation with a Grand Rapids Men's Clinic specialist, call us at (616) 426-6163 or contact us here.