Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
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Eloise Pabst was running out of time. As a result of excessive weight, she was an insulin-dependent diabetic, and her sugars were out of control. Not only was she suffering from high triglycerides and taking three blood-pressure medications, she was enduring chronic back problems, and she couldn't walk long distances. According to her interview on WTNH's Connecticut Style, Pabst's doctor recommended Medical Weight Loss Centers as a last-ditch effort to help her regain her health. The medical staff guided her through their program and helped her lose an impressive 100 pounds in eight months. As noted by physician assistant Monika Fuller in that same news story, Pabst's blood sugars are now stabilized, and she is completely insulin-free. Her triglycerides are normal, and she's cut her blood-pressure medication and reduced her thyroid meds by half. Of her life-changing journey, Pabst said, "Everything is spelled out for you. You know what to eat, they provide the proteins for you … It's very easy. You're constantly eating every two to three hours."
Pabst's story is no different from those of many of the patients at the center—including its own associate medical director, Andy Rodican, PA-C. Rodican himself struggled with diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea before suffering a heart attack in 2002 at the age of 46. He recognized that obesity was the root of his problems, and he now uses what he's learned both personally and as a graduate of the physician associate program at Yale University's School of Medicine to help other people reach their goals. He and his team are specially trained in bariatric medicine. They steer clients toward protein-filled low-calorie and very-low-calorie diets and away from bad carbohydrates.
Kym Garbatini has spent more than 30 years helping everyone from teenagers to heart-attack victims begin living healthier lifestyles by teaching them valuable weight-management skills. At Medical Weight Loss Solutions, the nutritional and medical staff works with Dr. Frank Mongillo, who specializes in internal medicine, and Dr. Deborah Schroter, who provides cognitive behavioral therapy, to help patients lose weight.
Before creating their medically supervised plans, the doctors perform preliminary blood work, EKG scans, and other diagnostic tests. Armed with this knowledge, they recommend a dietary plan designed to help patients safely lose weight and keep it off over time.
They also encourage patients to use their onsite fitness studio, with certified fitness staff who create customized workouts to complement weight loss plans. Plus, the physicians can inject metabolism-boosting LipoFast shots. Additionally, their center features a food market stocked with various weight-loss products, everything from nutritious meals to vitamin supplements. The food market is open to the public, geared toward anyone who wants to maintain weight loss or sports nutrition.
Dr. Fausto Petruzziello and Nikit Shah, PAC, couldn’t ignore their patients’ expanding waistlines any longer. While practicing medicine at CareMedica, they realized that optimal health relied heavily on whether or not a person weighed in at a healthy number. So, together they founded WeightMedica in 2007, a branch of their original practice. They oversee weight-loss programs that begin with a physical to ensure a patient’s candidacy, checking their blood, charting an EKG, and handing out carnival prizes to those whose weight was guessed incorrectly. Then, patients meet regularly with the staff to record their progress, receive nutritional tips, and—in some cases—receive Lipofast injections, which expedite fat loss.
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