Am I going to have to buy diet replacement meals or shakes for the REBALANCE program?

NO! The diet regimen encouraged by the REBALANCE program is not actually a “diet” at all. It is a live healthy, eat healthy weight loss program that encourages patients to eat real, nutritious foods from all food groups. This may require a change in eating habits, but does not prevent patients from eating real foods obtained from their local grocer.

How long is the program?

The program is divided into three phases:

Phase I is the Acute Weight Loss Phase. This phase lasts as long as an individual patient needs to reach their weight loss goal. Healthy, maintainable weight loss is 1-3 pounds per week, so the amount of weight one needs to lose will help determine the amount of time they will spend in Phase I.

Phase II is a short term Transitional Phase. This phase is for patients that have reached their goal weight. During this phase, patients are tapering off their medications and are modifying their diet to allow for maintaining their goal weight. This phase is usually anywhere from 1-3 weeks long.

Phase III is the Long-Term Wellness Phase. During this phase, patients are participants in a long-term program to aid in keeping patients on track and making their weight loss a healthy and sustainable lifestyle change.

How is the program tailored to fit my needs?

The overall concept of the nutrition plan is applied to all patients. The difference between patient plans comes into play based on the initial metabolic assessment. Weight loss and nutrition is not “one size fits all”. Each patient will be evaluated by a medical professional on an individualized basis to determine their Resting Metabolic Rate. Based on this information, we are able to tailor a specific diet and portion control plan for each patient.

How much weight do I need to want to lose to qualify for the program?

The REBALANCE program does not have specific criteria that patients must meet in order to participate in the program. The program can be applied to all patients, no matter if the goal is to lose 5 pounds or 75 pounds. At the initial assessment, the medical practitioner will discuss and evaluate the patient’s weight loss goals to make sure they are healthy and within normal body weight parameters. We will also closely monitor our patients with weekly follow-ups to make sure every patient gets the support and tools they need to reach their goal, regardless of what that goal may be.

I have heard that the REBALANCE program provides a prescription medication. What is it?

We provide a medication called Phentermine for patients to take as an adjunct to the program if they choose and if they are good candidates. This medication is not a magic pill. It is simply an extra tool to help you in learning to eat healthier and control your portions more easily.

Do I have to take the medication to be successful?

No. Currently, anywhere from 25-30% of patients on the program are not taking the medication. These patients are all still losing weight. That is the beauty of our diet and nutrition plan. The Phentermine is merely a crutch to help you learn this new eating lifestyle. Again, it is not a magic pill, and it is definitely not the reason the program is a success. If you are hesitant about taking the medication, then try the nutrition plan first and see how it goes. You will likely find that you don’t need the medication anyway.

What’s the difference between phentermine (used in the Rebalance program) and phentramine?

Phentermine is a prescription medication approved by the FDA in 1959 for use in the short-term treatment of obesity. It is used under medical supervision, as an adjunct to diet and exercise, to aid in appetite suppression and decreased caloric intake.

Phentramine is an appetite suppressant available over the counter (OTC) without a doctor’s prescription. The main ingredients in Phentramine include herbal supplements such as Hoodia extract and Guarana extract. This product is not regulated by the FDA, and thus, does not have any safety or efficacy studies supporting the health of the product. Formulas can also vary depending on the manufacturer, so the consumer is never sure of what combination of herbs they are getting.

**It is always advisable to be under medical supervision when using weight loss supplements. Incorrect use or over use of OTC products can have severe side effects on one’s health. If you are considering starting a weight loss supplement, please speak with a SkinSpirit weight loss team member to discuss medications and methods that have been proven to be both safe and effective.

Is phentermine the same Fen-Phen?

Fen-Phen refers to the medication that was made up of a combination of Fenfluramine or Pondimin (the “Fen”) and Phentermine (the “Phen”). Both of these drugs were individually approved by the FDA for use as an appetite suppressant. However, the use of the drugs in combination therapy was never FDA approved. In 1997, only a year after the drugs had been marketed together, the FDA issued a Health Advisory listing all the heart and lung side effects brought on by the combination Fen-Phen. The drug Fenfluramine was withdrawn from the market soon after. Phentermine, however, was considered to be safe and effective when used without the dangerous Fenfluramine, and was left on the market for medically supervised use.

What are the side effects of phentermine?

When prescribed at the correct dose, side effects of phentermine tend to be mild. The most common side effects noted are:

  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Itching or dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Constipation
  • Headache, dizziness, or tremors
  • Urinary retention
  • Nausea or vomiting