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The Weight Management Clinic at TTU-NMHI

Programs & Services

The Weight Management Clinic at TTU-NMHI provides comprehensive lifestyle-focused weight loss programs and individually tailored nutrition plans to help prevent or improve a range of health issues (for example diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity). Our healthcare team includes medical, nutrition, exercise and behavioral health experts to guide your health plan. We also offer "state of the science" testing for body fat, muscle mass, and metabolic rate (calorie needs).

 

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Weight Management Programs

LIFESTYLE & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT GROUP (12 Weeks):

This program is ideal for those who need to lose a moderate amount of weight. We recognize that managing your weight is not simply about finding the right diet. Your entire lifestyle contributes to your overall health and weight loss success and we understand just what it takes to help you find the right plan for your busy life. We take a whole person approach to weight management that helps you identify and deal differently with longstanding barriers that may have thrown you off track in the past. Healthy weight management is about adopting an overall health and self-care strategy while learning to adjust and plan for life's bumps along the way.

Program includes: 

1. Initial Nutrition consultation with Registered Dietitian (25 minutes)

2. Body Composition test (BIA) before and after the program.

3. 12 weekly group educational support sessions lasting approximately 50 minutes.


Group Agenda:

5:30pm: Check in (private weighing & brief conversations as needed with group leader(s)

6:00pm: Discussion
    20 minute interactive presentation/discussion on healthy lifestyle topics
    20 minute roundtable discussion of challenges and successes that week

We will work with you to identify challenges, solve weekly barriers, celebrate and build upon your success and help you to see how every aspect of your life can influence your health plan. Some examples of topics we will cover include work, family and social commitments; medical issues; stress management; sleep; social support nutrition, physical activity and a wide range of other healthy lifestyle topics.


Total Program Cost Pay in Full $295

Payment Plan $200 at sign up; $105 at week 4 = $305

Extended Program: Once enrolled in this program, you will be eligible to continue with 12 additional group sessions: Cost$200. (Requires completion of 12-week group program)  


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TTU OPTIFAST® TOTAL MEAL REPLACEMENT PROGRAM (30 Weeks):

THE SCIENCE-BASED PROGRAM THAT DELIVERS WEIGHT LOSS FOR HEALTH GAINS

Patients who actively participant in the standard 26-week OPTIFAST® program* typically lose approximately 50 lbs.

Weight loss with the OPTIFAST® program can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and waist size.

*results vary among individuals.

This program is designed for those with a significant amount of weight to lose. Based on the science-based proven Optifast® programs, the experts at Texas Tech have developed a comprehensive weight management approach designed to improve your health and help you to lose weight quickly and efficiently. Often described as a "vacation from food" the diet starts with 12-weeks of complete meal replacement using Optifast products (shakes, bars, soups) that transitions to self-prepared 'everyday' meals, in conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support. Meal replacement provides a predictable number of calories for more consistent weight loss. OPTIFAST® includes 100% of the recommended daily value for at least 24 vitamins and minerals in 5 daily servings and is an excellent source of protein and calcium.

Weekly lifestyle focused educational lessons (group/individual) help to teach and motivate you to change your overall lifestyle as it contributes to health and weight. To further enhance your efforts we provide personalized individual behavioral assessment and health coaching to identify and solve long-standing barriers to weight loss success and support you in making this a change that will last.

Optifast clinic runs on Mondays from 5-7:30 pm. You typically spend 1 hour.

Appointment times vary by program phase.

Program includes:

  • Body fat measurement before and after the program.
  • Certain Laboratory tests (blood work) may be included based on need at no extra charge
  • Communication with your healthcare providers
  • Individual behavioral assessment
  • 30 weekly (group or individual) educational support sessions (45 minutes).
  • 5 individual 30-min health coaching sessions
  • 1:1 registered dietitian visit (at conclusion of total meal replacement phase).
  • Detailed lifestyle curriculum book

Total Program Cost- Pay in full option: $1995

Payment Plan option: $750 at sign up; $750 at week 4; = $515 at week 8; =$2015* Total

*Meal replacements purchased separately (cost per meal replacement $3.50 shakes, $4.00 bars)


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TEMPO PROGRAM (16 WEEKS) - Individual Appointments – In and Out in under 30 minutes

Are you too busy to figure out how to eat healthy? Want to spend less time at the clinic?

Then this program is for you!

With decades of experience and science (both behavioral and nutritional) used in developing it, TEMPO is efficient and effective and ideal for folks who want to lose a little or a lot without all the hassle.

In the early phases we do most of the thinking about food for you. Using the Optifast® product line we give you a highly structured eating plan that mixes both real food and the use of shakes, bars, and soups to replace some of your meals. For the meals where you eat regular foods we tell you exactly what and when to eat. You select from a specific list of mix and match food choices that will guarantee an optimal nutritional intake for best possible results. Over time we give you more choices, teach you how to plan your own meals to make sure your "food quality of life" is maintained over the longer term. We make adjustments along the way to make the plan fit your needs and make sure you don't feel hungry or deprived. We also help you figure out what has and will get in the way of your success and provide motivational (Health Coaching) support to keep you on the path.

How it works:

Phase 1 – Structure for success (4 weeks): During this phase we give you a highly structured set of eating and meal replacement instructions and we limit food choices to simplify your food life. The idea is not to confuse you with too much planning or organizing. We just want to get that weight loss going while letting you continue to enjoy some food.

Phase 2 - Learning the ropes (6 weeks): This phase is still very structured but we start to add a few food options to get you started on food planning and also learning about your food triggers and cravings. Your food choices are still structured but the options increase a little. You also have 'planned days off' during this phase. In addition, we want to help you to figure out a physical activity strategy that fits your likes and life. We also work with you to help you figure out the things that have caused you to not be successful in the past (stress, busy schedules, motivation) and form a plan for motivating you past these obstacles.

Phase 3 – Making it last (6 weeks): During this phase we develop a highly personalized plan based on what we have learned in phase 1 & 2. We work with you to decide how often or infrequently you want to come to the clinic, we decide on the best long-term nutrition plan for you (you can continue to use meal replacements or go to all food), we identify long term physical activity goals. In this phase we can also replace in-person visits with telephone coaching.

Program includes:

  • Body fat measurement before and after the program.
  • Certain Laboratory tests (blood work) may be included based on need at no extra charge
  • Communication with your healthcare providers
  • 16 week individual counselling sessions (in and out in under 30 minutes).
  • Detailed educational handouts.

Total Program Cost- Pay in full option: $1185

Payment Plan option: $475 at sign up; $400 at week 4; = $330 at week 8; =$1205* Total

*Meal replacements purchased separately (cost per meal replacement $3.50 shakes, $4.00 bars)


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U-TURN DIET (12 – Week Individual Program)

Exclusive, one on one nutrition counseling with Dr. Nik Dhurandhar, an internationally known obesity expert with 35 years of experience in counseling over 15,000 people for weight loss. This highly individualized, evidence-based, scientific weight management program provides a comprehensive personally tailored care plan.

A diet need not be tasteless or leave you feeling hungry. Your diet plan is created based on:

  • Your current and past health conditions
  • Likes, dislikes, lifestyle, food preferences
  • Daily energy requirement and activity level

Dr. Dhurandhar works with your medical care provider, if he/she wishes to consider additional treatment modalities for you such as obesity medications or surgery.

The overall emphasis is to work with you in your weight management effort, by suggesting a lifestyle intervention that is developed specifically for you!

Brief description of the treatment process:

Dr. Dhurandhar understands that like any other chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure, obesity is a serious medical condition and not a character flaw. Diabetes management is not limited to only reducing blood sugar, but involves proactive and reactive care of multiple organs that may be affected, such as eyes, kidneys, and skin with diabetes. Similarly, weight loss is only one aspect of obesity management. With this in mind, Dr. Dhurandhar coordinates obesity management treatment with each patient's medical care provider. The nutritional counseling in his weight management program follows the CAP-Lifestyle intervention plan (Compatibility based, Allocation focused Progress)

Compatibility-based: For weight loss, people are often expected to follow behaviors that may be ideal from a scientific perspective, but may not suit all individuals. Instead of expecting all to conform to such behaviors, Dr. Dhurandhar considers each person's ability to comply with recommendations with an eye toward sustainability of a treatment outcome. In collaboration with you, he will design a plan that is compatible with your situation. This plan is constructed by a thorough assessment of an individual's physical and mental health, lifestyle, dietary and other preferences, allergies, and culture. If your medical care provider indicates additional conditions such as high cholesterol that would benefit from nutritional adjustment, your diet plan is modified accordingly.

Allocation-focused: We know that to lose weight we need to eat fewer calories than we need. In principle, this can be accomplished by eating less and moving more. However, often diet guidelines stop at describing foods that are good, and that should be limited or avoided, without providing specific quantities. Such an approach does not answer the most common questions, "what exactly should I eat and how much?" and "what physical activity and how much should I engage in". With your input, Dr. Dhurandhar constructs a specific diet plan, complete with meal timings, and quantities of food and various options/food choices that will include your food preferences and meet your lifestyle needs. Note that this is not a pre-prepared diet plan, but completely customized to meet each individual's needs. Similarly, suggestions for physical activity and other lifestyle changes are developed based on personal attitudes, preferences, and health conditions.

Progress monitoring: Dr. Dhurandhar understands that weight loss counseling should not end with providing one-time instructions for diet and activity. Careful progress monitoring and course correction of the treatment is needed based on an individual's response. Also, one diet does not work in the long run. A change in prescribed diet at appropriate intervals avoids monotony and increases compliance.

Program Includes:

  • BIA Body Composition for determining body fat and muscle mass (before and after 12 weeks)
  • Communication between NMHI and your own healthcare provider
  • Total of 5 1:1 visits
  • 50-minute Initial assessment and consultation
  • 25-minute lifestyle planning and counselling visit
  • Two 25-minute follow-up consultations week 4 week 8.
  • 25 min end of program review appointment (week 12).
  • Weekly access to the Lifestyle & Weight Management group

Total Program Cost- Pay in full option: $895

Payment Plan option: $655 at sign up; $250 at week 4 = $905 total

Extended program options: After completion of your Individual 12-week program, you will be eligible to continue with individual appointments or additional group sessions as follows:

  1. Single 1 hour appointment: Schedule at any time you need a boost! Cost $165.
  2. Single 30 min appointment: Schedule at any time you need a boost! Cost $95.
  3. Extended Individual Program: 12-week package of five 30 minute appointments, includes 1 BIA test at the end of 12 weeks (weekly group sessions included). Cost $425
  4. 12 additional group sessions: Cost $175.

 

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Additional NMHI Services

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Body Composition Testing:

Bod Pod: Single Test $70

The BOD POD® Gold Standard Body Composition Tracking System uses cutting edge, scientifically validated technology (whole-body densitometry) to determine body composition (fat and fat free mass). The test is based on the amount of air your body displaces while in the Bod Pod®. A full test requires only about 15 minutes, and provides highly accurate, safe, comfortable, and fast test results. While in a private room, this test will require you to wear a one or 2-piece Lycra®/spandex-type swim suit or single layer compression shorts without padding and sports bra and swim cap (cap provided) while you sit comfortably inside a large egg-shaped chamber.


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Bioelectrical Impedance: Single Test $35

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology is a scientifically validated method that measures your body fat and fat free mass by sending a very low, safe, electrical signal (that you cannot feel) through your body. When you stand on our scale and hold the hand grips. The electrical signal passes quickly through water that is present in hydrated muscle tissue and slower in fat tissue. Using this information scientifically validated equations are used to calculate body composition measurements. It takes just a few minutes and only requires you to be barefoot and stand on a scale (fully clothed).


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Note: People with an electronic medical implant, such as a pacemaker, and pregnant women should not use this method.

 

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Metabolic Testing:

Indirect Calorimeter: Single test $70

Indirect calorimetry is among the most scientifically accurate methods available for measuring resting energy expenditure (the number of calories the body burns to maintain essential functions such as heart rate, brain activity and breathing). This information is used to inform us about the number of calories you may need to take in each day. Indirect calorimetry measurement determines the amount of oxygen consumed and the amount of carbon dioxide eliminated by your body while you are lying still under a comfortable clear hood on a bed in a quiet, private room for approximately 15-20 minutes (fully clothed). This information is used to calculate your resting energy expenditure.


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MedGem® Metabolic Test: Single test $35

The MedGem® device is a simplified version of indirect calorimetry and is used for measuring resting energy expenditure (the number of calories you burn at rest which is the number of calories the body burns to maintain essential functions such as heart rate, brain activity and breathing) quickly (approximately 10 minutes) and conveniently. It is used to inform us about the number of calories you may need to take in each day.


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Individual Nutrition Consultations:

Initial Nutrition Consult: Single (50 minute) Session $120

You will learn about many strategies for optimal nutritional health as you meet with your highly trained nutrition professional. All plans are personalized and individually tailored to your specific preferences, medical needs and lifestyle. The consultation includes nutrition and diet history, detailed nutrition planning and recommendations and a wide range of educational resources.

  • Service includes one BIA Body Composition for determining body fat and muscle mass


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Follow-up Nutrition Consult: Single (25 minute) Session $60 (requires initial consult prior to purchase)

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Bundled Service Packages:

Platinum:$245 - Bod Pod, Indirect Calorimeter, Nutrition Consult (50 min), Nutrition (25 min) Follow up appointment.


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White Gold$200 - BIA, MedGem®, Nutrition Consult (50 mins), Nutrition (25 min) Follow up appointment.


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Contact us to get more information from one of our clinical staff who can help you choose the right program for you. 

 

Contact NMHI

Phone: (806) 742-NMHI (6644)

Email:nmhi@ttu.edu