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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lifestyle MD?

 

Lifestyle MD is a medically supervised weight management program designed by Dr. Namrata K. Singhi. Weight management is a complex problem that requires a variety of treatment options. No single treatment can work for all people.

Our program will provide a customized plan to help boost weight loss and a maintenance solution for each of our patients to ensure that the treatment conforms to the lifestyle, medical needs, and

weight management goals of the individual.

Depending on your specific needs and weight management goals, Dr. Singhi will customize a treatment based on one or more of the following programs:

Very Low Calorie -  A Very Low-Calorie Diet (VLCD) is a medical weight management program where patients consume 800-1100 calories per day

Low Calorie -  A Low-Calorie Diet (LCD) is a medical weight management program where patients consume 1000- 1200 calories per day.

Reduced Calorie - Reduced Calorie Diet is a weight management program where patients consume a controlled amount of calories each day

customized to each individual.

Fresh Steps Meal System - This program consists of meal replacements. The products are driven by the importance of clean ingredients but also a seamless transition to fresh grocery meals. The range of meal options and flavors allows you to eat less without compromising on taste and satiety. It not only has proven weight loss results but fosters healthy lifestyle habits while

building confidence in the Kitchen. 

What is Obesity?

 

Obesity used to be understood in fairly simple terms: excess body weight resulting from eating too much and exercising too little, due in large part to a lack of willpower or self-restraint. Fortunately for the millions of American adults who are overweight,

obesity is now regarded as a chronic medical disease with

serious health implications caused by a complex set of factors.

 

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death. Obesity affects 58 million people across the nation and its prevalence is increasing. Approximately one-third of adults are estimated to be obese. The obesity prevalence in 2017 was 40.0% among adults aged 20 to 39 years, 44.8% among adults aged 40 to 59 years, and

42.8% among adults aged 60 and older.

Why Lose Weight?

 

Even a modest weight loss of 5 to 15% of total body weight in a person who is overweight or obese, reduces the risk factors for some diseases, particularly heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Weight loss can result in lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, better mood and increased energy, improved mobility and decreased pain, more confidence, and self-esteem,

better sex life and social life.

What are the Consequences of being Overweight?

 

A person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above the healthy weight range is at increased risk for: 

  • Premature Death

  • Coronary Artery Disease 

  • Atrial fibrillation

  • Hypertension

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Stroke

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

  • Arthritis

  • Hormone Imbalance

  • Reproductive complications

  • Erectile dysfunction

What if I only need to lose 10-15 pounds?

 

Lifestyle MD is for everyone, not only for people who are extremely overweight. Dr. Singhi puts the same effort into someone who needs to lose 5 pounds as she does into someone who needs to lose 200 pounds. Her first priority is your overall health, well-being, and personal satisfaction. No two patients have the same body, therefore everyone has their own tailor-made treatment plan.

Is Lifestyle MD safe if I have diabetes or any other medical conditions?

 

Dr. Singhi recognizes and modifies her plans based on a multitude of factors, especially any medical diagnosis which needs to be monitored or addressed such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hormone dysfunctions, or any other medical problems. Please keep in mind that effective physician-supervised weight management can help alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including arthritis, diabetes, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, lower extremity edema, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, and other medical issues.

What are the contraindications to
Lifestyle MD?

 

You may NOT be a candidate if you have any of the following:

  1. Age <18

  2. Pregnancy and nursing mothers

  3. Recent heart attack or stroke

  4. Eating disorder

  5. Substance abuse

  6. Porphyria or Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency 

  7. Gallbladder Disease 

  8. Pancreatitis

  9. Chronic Liver Failure, Advanced Hepatic Disease, Cirrhosis or Acute Hepatitis

  10. Disorder of Fat Metabolism

  11. Primary Carnitine Deficiency

  12. Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase Deficiency

  13. Carnitine Translocase Deficiency

  14. Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 DM on Insulin

Will I need blood tests?

 

Yes. Each individual is required to get fasting blood work. Please do not eat or drink anything (other than plenty of water) after 10 pm on the evening prior to your lab work. Based on your lab results, our medical provider can decide which type of weight management program is right for you. We have partnered with Quest Diagnostics to offer you affordable self-pay lab pricing.

Will I need an Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG)?

 

Yes. Each individual will need a baseline EKG. Based on EKG results, our medical provider can decide which type of weight management program is right for you. We have partnered with Carolina Cardiology Associates in Fort Mill, SC to have your

EKG done at a cardiologist's office.

Do you accept health insurance?

 

No. We do not accept any health insurance. We do not submit for reimbursement to any health insurance company. 

Can I pay with my Health Savings Account (HSA)?

 

Yes. You may pay for your lab work, EKG, or weight management program with an HSA credit or debit card. 

What is Fresh Steps?

 

The Fresh Steps Meal System is anything but your typical weight loss plan.

This program is flexible and adaptable to fit your busy life. The products are driven by the importance of clean ingredients but also a seamless transition to fresh grocery meals.

The range of meal options and flavors allows you to eat less without compromising on taste and satiety. It not only has proven weight loss results but fosters healthy lifestyle habits while building confidence in the Kitchen. 

What are meal replacements?

 

We are constantly told that in order to lose weight, we need to eat less and move more. But it’s almost impossible to do this with today’s conventional food offerings.

Meal replacements work because you know exactly what kind of nutrition you are getting in each meal, making it easier to track your daily calories.

Most of the calories in meal replacements are made up of protein, good fats, and slow-digesting carbohydrates, designed with the goal of keeping you

feeling full longer with fewer calories.

Additionally, the range of meal options and flavors allows you to eat less without compromising on taste and satiety. Even better, meal replacements often cost far less than conventional food, giving you a healthier option for yourself and your wallet.

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