Step 1: Calculate your BMI. OPTIFAST is designed for those with a BMI of greater than 30.
Step 2: Make an appointment to come and speak to our team about the OPTIFAST program.
Step 3: Determine if you will complete the partial or full program. (link above)
Step 4: Get started.
In addition to the above services which may be covered by many private insurance plans, we provide additional services such as Dietitian Services and Psychotherapist Services ( binge eating and emotional eating therapy). The frequency of these appointments can vary depending on your personal needs. Physicians services are covered by OHIP.
Maintaining weight loss is an important component of weight management. We offer a variety of options that suit your unique situation. Please contact us for details.
The Aurora Bariatric Clinic is now offering group classes for weight management. Our program is a combination of group nutrition education classes and exercises classes. It also includes Craving Change which is a workshop designed to help you understand your relationship with food and overcome cravings and emotional eating.
The nutrition classes and Craving Change are run by the registered dietitian. She can help you increase your nutrition knowledge and suggest techniques for overcoming problematic eating. The exercise component of the program is run by a kinesiologist. She will be teaching proper exercise technique and the skills you need to kickstart your exercise regimen at home or at the gym. We have a fitness studio on site equipped with exercise balls, mats, weights and resistance bands. Just bring a water bottle!
Group sessions allow for shorter wait times and more time with our healthcare team. That means you will have more time to learn the techniques and background knowledge you need to make long-term lifestyle changes. A group setting also allows you to meet and interact with other patients just like you; building a strong support system and an opportunity to learn from others and share your experiences. If you are shy, don’t worry! You will never be expected to share personal information with the group or pressured to participate in discussions if you don’t want to.
Our next group sessions begin the week of March 12, 2018. The time slots available are: Tuesdays 10:30 or 4:00; Wednesdays 4:00 pm; Thursdays 11:00 or 2:00. Each session is 1 hour. The program runs for 16 weeks and you will be required to come in on a weekly basis. This program is covered by OHIP. There is a small fee of $15.00 to purchase a workbook.
Exercise is a key component of weight loss and maintenance of weight loss. Being active regularly can help increase metabolism (how much energy you burn per day) which can make it easier to keep weight off. It also increases strength and muscle mass. Regular exercise can promote increased stamina, mobility, flexibility and energy levels, which make activities of daily living easier and improve quality of life. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress levels and improve mood. If you would like to increase your physical activity level, our new trainer can help you get started!
ABC is excited to announce the newest component of the weight management program: exercise prescription. We now have an experienced trainer on our team who will be actively involved in the your weight loss journey.
Our trainer, Andrew will be conducting fitness assessments for all current weight management patients. During this 1 hour appointment, he will assess your current abilities, limitations, readiness to change and goals to help determine the suitable exercises for you. This session is covered by OHIP.
We will also be offering weekly group fitness classes in our fitness studio, covered by OHIP. These classes offer fun exercise routines designed to help you learn proper exercise technique while burning calories. The trainer will offer modifications if you have injuries or limitations that make certain exercises difficult to do.
Additional services include personal training and body composition analysis which will help determine the amount of body fat, muscle and water. This is a great way to become more aware of what changes are taking place in your body and track your progress. The idea is to see an increase in lean muscle and decrease in body fat while you lose weight.
Call us or drop in to book your fitness assessment today! If you are interested in group fitness classes, talk to one of our receptionists to find out about the times we offer. See you in the fitness studio!