Accelerated Weight Loss Specialist

Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center -  - Family Medicine

Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Fayetteville, GA

When you have a significant amount of weight to lose, or you feel the need to accelerate your weight loss, Gregory W. Valentine, MD, of Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center offers a specialized weight loss plan just for you. Located in Fayetteville, Georgia, and serving Greater Atlanta, he and his team are proud to offer the very low calorie diet (VLCD) plan, with weekly support and valuable tools to help you reach your goals. For a consultation, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Accelerated Weight Loss (VLCD) Q & A

What is the very low calorie diet program?

The very low calorie diet (VLCD) program is so much more than just a meal plan and way of eating. This accelerated weight loss strategy is specially designed by Dr. Valentine to help you lose weight fast in a healthy way, whether you have a lot of weight to lose or want to lose weight quickly for a wedding or other big event.  

The VLCD program is based on scientific research and is endorsed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Council on Sports Medicine. Aside from weight loss surgery, this method offers the quickest, most effective way to lose an average of 36-42 pounds over 12 weeks.

The VLCD program makes weight loss easy, as it eliminates the need for difficult meal planning due to the use of trusted dietary supplements and meal replacements, and focuses on changing the behaviors that led to weight gain in the first place.

At Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center, all of their most successful weight loss stories with a loss of 100 pounds or more were done using the VLCD program.

How does the VLCD program work?

When on this program, calories and carbohydrates are limited at a specific ratio so your body burns its own stored fat for energy. This method utilizes ketosis, a natural process of the body where fat is burned and is released into the bloodstream to be used as energy.  

With ongoing, weekly support from Dr. Valentine and a highly structured meal replacement plan, your body stays in this state of ketosis for up to 12 weeks. During this time, most patients see a dramatic weight loss of about 3-4 pounds a week.

Your results may vary, depending on your beginning weight and other health-related factors, such as any chronic conditions or medical problems.   

What does the VLCD program entail?

Your personalized VLCD program begins with a consultation with Dr. Valentine, which includes:

  • A detailed medical history
  • A detailed weight loss history
  • A medication history
  • A physical exam
  • Complete blood work-up
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

You meet with a certified nutrition specialist, who helps to establish a ketogenic diet that meets your dietary and weight loss needs. Without the aid of diet pills, you’re given a highly structured, customized plan for weight loss, which also includes:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Meal replacements
  • Weekly consultations
  • Weekly weigh-ins
  • Monthly lab testing
  • Ongoing education
  • Ongoing counseling and support

Finally, a key aspect of your VLCD program is 12 weekly behavioral change therapy sessions, to help you alter lifelong behaviors and increase your potential for success.

For an initial consultation and your own personalized VLCD plan, call or schedule an appointment with Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center.