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Sand Institute is here to help you reach your weight and health goals, whatever they may be.

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Los Angeles

(310) 340-0171

Paramount

(562) 774-2306

Comprehensive Approach

Medical Issues

We help identify and correct underlying medical conditions that may be affecting your weight. Using FDA-approved appetite suppressant medication can help you gain control over your appetite.

Diet

We offer a variety of diet choices to meet all nutrition and lifestyle needs. Your diet selection is made based on your goals and current health.

Activity

Increasing activity becomes easier as your weight goes down. Our programs don’t expect you to start exercising immediately. We slowly incorporate activity into your daily routine.

Behavior

Your weight can be affected by stress, boredom, anger, and a host of other emotions. We work to teach you skills to adjust your behavior and deal with common life situations without resorting to eating.

Support

Our team is here to provide you the support you need to succeed. We will guide and teach you how to create a lifestyle and environment that is consistent with your health goals.

Program Options

  • Full Meal Replacement

    Full Meal Replacement

    • Full meal replacement programs are the fastest and safest ways to lose weight.
    • These programs substitute conventional foods with OPTIFAST milkshakes, soups, and bars.
    • All full meal replacement programs have nutritionally complete foods with carefully controlled levels of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
    • Programs last between 18 and 20 weeks, where patients can expect to lose an average of 52 pounds.

    Benefits of a Full Meal Replacement

    • Rapid weight loss
    • High protein intake that increases feelings of satisfaction
    • Frequent meals so you don’t feel hungry
    • Helps you reset food behaviors
    • Provides complete nutrition to help you stay healthy throughout your weight loss
  • Partial Meal Replacement

    Partial Meal Replacement

    • Partial meal replacement programs substitute only some of your conventional foods with OPTIFAST milkshakes, soups, and bars.
    • This process allows you easily control your nutrition while still eating healthy, low-calorie meals with your family.
    • PMR programs can continue for whatever length of time is necessary for you to meet your healthy goal weight.

    Benefits of a Partial Meal Replacement

    • Steady weight loss
    • High protein intake increases feelings of satisfaction and fullness
    • Helps making healthy choices easier
    • Works well for people with children or a busy lifestyle
    • Allows you to incorporate skills such as meal planning and preparation into your daily life
  • Conventional Food Programs

    Conventional Food Programs

    • Conventional food programs best fit patients with a small amount of weight to lose and who wish to begin implementing lifestyle changes.
    • Our team of weight loss and nutrition experts teach you how to make appropriate food selections and new methods of preparations that help you discover a new way of eating.
    • Conventional food programs focus on lifestyle changes that increase protein intake and eliminate refined grains and sugar.

    Benefits of Conventional Food Programs

    • Provides predictable weight loss, and helps with weight loss maintenance
    • Easily incorporated into any lifestyle
    • Can be implemented with all members of your household for a healthier home
    • Satisfying food selections with portion control
    • Reduces chances of regaining weight when used following full or partial meal replacement programs
  • Weight Loss Medications

    Weight Loss Medications

    • New medications have been FDA approved in recent years that increase your options to facilitate your weight loss process.
    • Weight loss medications are modestly effective when used alone, but patients can see dramatic results when they are paired with a comprehensive weight loss program.
    • Weight loss medications are not suitable for everyone and should only be used under the guidance of a trained professional.

    Weight Loss Medications Used:

    • Phentermine (Adipex-P, Suprenza) – An appetite suppressant that decreases hunger and increases feelings of fullness
    • Tenuate (diethylpropion) – FDA approved for short-term treatment of obesity or those with weight loss issues
    • Qsymia – A new medication that is used for long-term weight loss
    • Should not be used by women of childbearing age
    • Belviq (lorcaserin HCL) – Affects the chemicals in the brain involved in appetite
    • Belviq is used in a twelve-week trial and discontinued if certain weight loss goals aren’t met
    • Contrave (Bupropion/naltrexone) – Useful for suppressing appetite and controlling food cravings
    • Used for overweight people with risk factors for obesity-related illnesses
  • Bariatric Surgery

    Bariatric Surgery

    • For some patients, bariatric surgery is the best method available to help them lose a dramatic amount of weight.
    • At the Sand Institute, we work closely with a number of bariatric surgeons.
    • We provide pre-surgical programs for increased surgical safety as well as post-surgical nutrition and lifestyle education.
    • Weight loss surgery is not a guarantee of long-term success. Our team helps you following surgery to lose the weight and keep it off.
    • Additionally, we help you create programs that ensure you maintain healthy weight loss with the proper nutrients and lifestyle changes.

    Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

    • A support system to help you throughout your weight loss
    • Food and lifestyle education to help you achieve your long-term goals
    • Nutritional deficiency testing and supplementation for healthy weight loss

Get In Touch

Sand Institute is here to help you reach your weight and health goals, whatever they may be.
Contact Us

Los Angeles Office
1964 Westwood Blvd., Suite 125
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: 310-340-0171

Directions to LA Office

Paramount Office
16415 Colorado Ave., Suite 212
Paramount, CA 90723
Tel: 562-774-2306

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