Here are answers to some common questions we receive at The Hernried Center.
Our program will help you overcome the many physical and psychological factors that have made and kept you overweight. While you’re losing weight, you’ll receive professional help and be held accountable for your actions. Clinical studies have shown that accountability and behavioral counseling are effective tools in weight loss and they are the cornerstones of The Hernried Center in Sacramento’s program.
Two principles we strongly believe at The Hernried Center are: it takes time to learn, and you must be tolerant of the mistakes you make along the way. Our maintenance step is based on over 33 years of experience. Although you’re learning while losing weight, the experience comes in the maintenance step. We want our patients to stay connected as they adjust to life in a new, lower-weight body. Common challenges are compliance with nutrition and calorie guidelines, maintaining exercise, practicing new behaviors around eating, and interacting with people and situations in a new and different way. These behaviors must be practiced simultaneously, which can cause stress, panic or feelings of failure. Maintenance clients require consistent, frequent contact with the behavioral staff. It takes time to replace emotional responses to old behaviors and focus on facts.
A minimum twelve months of weight management also ensures that the client will experience familiar eating situations — such as vacations, holidays and life stress — with support, accountability and planning, rather than resorting to old behaviors that result in weight gain. We know that weight regain is a possibility for any dieter. Facing this while under the care of the The Hernried Center staff can turn a small weight gain into a learning situation to avoid future regain.
Just like our medically supervised diet, bariatric surgery is not a cure for obesity. It is an effective tool for the severely obese, however, surgery does not create long-term behavioral change. After an initial honeymoon period, the hunger and emotional longing for food returns. Without acquiring effective lifestyle skills, there can be significant regain. In addition, there are significant medical risks associated with surgery, such as nutritional deficiencies and surgical complications like intestinal obstructions, bleeding, and even death.
For those who have decided to have surgery, The Hernried Center offers the support necessary to increase their chance for long-term success. Our medically supervised diet allows you to achieve the pre-surgical weight loss that is often mandatory. In addition, our education and behavioral health program provide the skills necessary to make gastric bypass work for you over the long haul.
It’s not unusual for us to see people who have regained weight after gastric bypass. Our program is appropriate for them as well. We can help them lose weight in a nutritionally safe manner and help them change behaviors to allow for long-term weight loss.
*Disclaimer: Individual weight loss results may vary. Diligently following your program will increase your chance of success. All Hernried Center programs are run by licensed medical professionals, but this website does not constitute medical advice.