Patient Results


 

Jennifer

8 months pregnant and I'm still 10-12 pounds lower than before

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

My husband and I moved from an apartment, where we were walking, to a house. Over about a year we both had gained about 20 lbs! The second half of the year, during football season, is where he/we did a lot of entertaining and sitting both Sat and Sunday. Then came his birthday, then Thanksgiving,  then Christmas,  then New Year’s Day… and we forgot to WALK!! We we’re both overweight and not even intimate anymore. Plus I was 40 and we were trying for a baby which seemed impossible.

Then I saw Dr. Gail Altschuler. She coached me through how much protein to eat and when. That coupled with a little medication really helped take focus off the next meal, and motivated me to get back to walking. I used the MyTraxx App to see how far and long. I would walk a square around the neighborhood for 30 or 40 minutes. Starting with a simple loop then extending it by a block on each side. It’s great to have the protein handy at all times so you don’t overeat or get that hungry feeling. Being hungry is not what you want.

My husband started very soon after me because he saw my early success!

He lost 20 and I lost 15. We were more intimate, and I actually got pregnant!

Even though I’m almost 5 months pregnant, I’m still 10-12 pounds lower than what I was when I saw Dr. Gail Altschuler for the first time!

I still follow the protein recommendations as best I can. Waking up to a double serving is extremely filling and satisfying, your body needs it!! Bars at 3 pm are great too!

Thank you Dr. Atschuler and team!!

 

Pattie

I have a new awareness in my food and life choices

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

Before coming to see Dr. Gail Altschuler I felt like I was stuck and out of options. I knew that a ‘typical’ diet would not work for me.

I really felt out of control.

I had known Dr. Gail Altschuler for a while and I knew that her approach was exactly what would work for me. Her coaching and support is like nothing I’d ever experienced. Hers is not the ‘typical’ diet language. It’s an empowering conversation that I have found nowhere else.

Through inquiry she helps guide me through a self discovery process that allows me to take ownership. Instead of feeling like I am depriving or denying myself, I really feel like I am gifting myself instead.

I have now come to a place of new awareness when it comes to my choices in food and life in general.

You really can’t get that anywhere else but with Dr. Gail Altschuler.

 

Brian

In three months time, I've lost 30 lbs.

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I was in denial about my weight. I would eat anything I desired without thoughts about consequence on appearance or health. Far too often I found myself using food to soothe bad feelings.

I have tried other programs in the past, always finding them lacking in one way or another- either the program was far too restrictive, or too unstructured. I would without fail come to resent the plan, ultimately leading to failure. Once I put the weight I lost back on (and usually it was about 8-10 pounds) I would quit and go back to old eating habits.

Once I met Dr. Gail Altschuler and my food intake was optimized, and after about one week’s time, I was able to feel quite comfortable with the plan. I did not feel any deprivation with this plan since her approach is to get in all the proper nutrition in a balanced way. I have never been more satiated with such small amounts of food. Further, I have not had the cravings for bad foods that I have found myself having each and every other time I have tried to lose weight. The weekly visits (I am on the in-person plan) keep me honest and on track (though I think that with the ease of the plan I would remain on track regardless now) and the food selections she has included make this process a piece of cake (no pun…). I like the one on one interaction too…

I look at myself now and am in disbelief that after only three month’s time I am nearing my first goal having lost over 30 pounds.

I am as active as before but do not feel any aches and pains in my joints as I did before and find that to be one of the most surprising feelings. I am able to run on a treadmill for 35-40 minutes at a much greater pace than before, and once done, do not feel as worked as I did before starting with Dr. Gail Altschuler.

The idea of being at 175 pounds before seemed quite out of reach for me, but now, it seems a likely and reachable goal.

 

Marie B.

I have been on the program for 12 weeks and lost 20 pounds

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I am 76 years old.  I knew I was carrying too much weight and had tried all the popular diets and had lost 5-10 pounds at least 20 times. My physician suggested I see Dr. Altschuler.

I have been on the program for 12 weeks and lost 20 pounds. 

It was not easy, but it was not impossible either.

Dr. Altschuler has helped me tweak my eating habits and taught me three important principles:  Staying ahead of my hunger, drinking water and keeping track of what I put in my mouth.

Using these simple principles I have been able to keep up my energy, lose weight and not feel hungry.

 

Pam

I'm down 35 pounds after 5 months

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I don’t know how many of you are like me, but I’m sure I’m not alone in losing the same 20 pounds over and over again. Over the years I’ve had some success with Weight Watchers and more recently using My Fitness Pal the app, but after I became a little more comfortable by losing some weight, I always gained it back and then in time, gained even more weight.

When I came to Dr. Gail Altschuler on a recommendation from a friend, I was determined to break that pattern.

As of now, I’m down 35 pounds after 5 months and I’ve been taking off a pound or two a week, sometimes nothing one week and then 2 ½ or 3 pounds the next week.

What I’m learning from Dr. Gail Altschuler’s approach is how to re-think the way I view my food. I started out trying to get in the groove of a new program and then over the weeks to learn about what eating healthy really means.

The fact that she’s a doctor and can put her perspective on things from a physician’s viewpoint is very impactful. Each time I meet with her I get some more tips or ways of thinking that help me.

This program is working for me and I have also seen a huge difference in my lab results from my recent physical that just motivate me even more!

 

George

I have learned to understand my body and its needs

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

For the majority of my life I was an athlete competing in all active sports. As I got older and more comfortable in life I stopped focusing on myself and more on business. Over the last 8 years I slowly increased my weight and decreased my activity. When I finally became sick and tired of being sick and tired and weighing 333 lbs, I reached out to Dr. Gail Altschuler. I knew I had to change my life and this was my remedy.

I am very proud to say with the guidance of Dr. Gail Altschuler and her great support staff, especially Nicole for her caring and kindness, I weighed in this morning at 275 lbs.

I have learned to understand my body and its needs.

I am very active and have more energy for my favorite activity, hiking and spending time with my favorite person, my daughter Lauren.

Thank you for helping me get my life back and the skills and motivation to continue this journey.

 

Tina

Controlling my hunger has changed my life

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I called Dr. Gail Altschuler at the suggestion of my primary care physician. You see I’m a cancer survivor and the treatments had to be controlled with steroids. After cancer, I was on these steroids for two years, this created weight mostly in my mid section. I had worked diligently with a trainer to get my strength back, however the weight wasn’t coming off. Working on my body for 9 months, and still not seeing significant results, that’s when I knew I needed help.

Dr. Gail Altschuler understands the medical issues I’ve had and how that could challenge my ability to lose weight.

She helped me understand how to control my hunger and that has changed my life.

She is always available to help answer questions and provide the knowledge that was specific to my unique situation. I’m feeling better than I have in years and I owe is all to Dr. Gail Altschuler’s guidance.

Thanks for giving me back my life!

 

Nicole

I feel better than I have in a long time

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I have struggled with weight issues since I was very young. I have also tried it all. I have lost weight and gained it back more times than I care to admit. I have studied weight loss, health and wellness subjects to the point where it seems insane that I should still have a weight problem!

In 2012 I started working for Dr. Gail Altschuler. I have to say that working with and for her has completely changed my life and my health. Every day she teaches me something new!

About 4 months ago I finally got to the point where I knew I was ready to completely commit to all I have learned from Dr. Gail Altschuler and apply it fully to my life. I really started working the program that she recommended for me; I reread my binder and checked in with her daily. I also made time to sit down with her regularly to go over how I was doing. With such a flood of information available on weight loss, it becomes hard to sort it out and know what would work best for me. I can’t say enough about how valuable that time is with her. At every appointment she suggests small tweaks that kept me moving forward toward my goal.

I have found it very valuable to be on the other side of the desk and experience Dr. Gail Altschuler as our patients do. She is excellent at what she does, and I completely credit her for propelling me forward to where I am today.

I am about 10-15 lbs away from my goal weight, I feel better than I have in a long time.

I finally feel like I understand my body and how it works. With that knowledge on my side I know I can finally be where I want to be on this weight loss journey that I have been on for so long!

 

Jean

I was able to let go of a self-defeating behavior

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I have struggled with my weight going up and down all my life. I could never keep the weight off for any length of time. I got to the point where I learned what I needed to eat but still drank wine and tried to manage my weight drinking all of those sugar calories. I realized I could not keep my weight down drinking wine.

It took me a year of struggling to give up wine. I had heard of Dr. Gail Altschuler when she first went into the weight loss field. Many years later, I saw the sign on her office door, “Weight Loss,” and decided to talk to her about my weight and how I knew I needed to abstain from alcohol in order to finally be successful managing my weight.

It was at that first meeting with Dr. Gail Altschuler that I felt she heard and understood me regarding the trials and tribulations of losing and regaining weight my whole life. I told her I knew the next task was to give up alcohol. She gave me an emphatic “Yes you do!”

It was at that moment of feeling heard and seen by Dr. Gail Altschuler that I was able to let go of a self-defeating behavior. That day was December 17, 2015, and I have not touched alcohol again.

I started Dr. Gail Altschuler’s 12 week Weight Loss Program having the opportunity to meet with her each week to discuss and work out a food plan that I adhere to over one year later. I find using her food supplements so helpful. The oatmeal, pudding, hot chocolate and pretzels I eat every day and feel very satisfied due to the high protein and low sugar content. They are a regular part of my way of eating each day.

 

Beth

I have the tools for keeping the weight off


My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

Growing up I was called “String Bean”. Once I was married and had my first daughter at 20 my body changed. I enjoyed exercising but found myself really tired with a newborn. I became a yo-yo dieter. I knew what to do eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of rest, but it never happened.  At 22, I had my next daughter and the pattern continued. Not exercising enough for the food I was consuming.

Dr. Gail Altschuler and her staff Nicole and Heather have been giving me the tools for keeping the weight off and feeling good and not denying myself.

It’s not always easy but knowing I have their support keeps me motivated to make better choices, not just with food but with everyday commitments and stresses.

I am so grateful I met Dr. Gail Altschuler. She has helped me turn my life around.

 

Jennifer

I was obese, now I'm a size 7/8

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

My name is Jennifer and I am a mother of three boys ages 15, 7 and 2. I am 5’8.5 and most of my life I was thin, could eat whatever I wanted and a size 7/8 until I had my first son in late 1998 at age 21. When I was pregnant my hormones went haywire, I ate very poorly and everything I used to be able to eat didn’t fall off, it stuck to me and I gained 90 pounds, kept it on and kept gaining. I began having back problems, foot problems such as fallen arches and heel spurs and was 257 pounds and up to a size 20/22. My main focus was on my first son, not me, so I wasn’t really paying attention to the weight until one day it hit me and I was like whoa I have to change this. I, as many people, tried different diets and gyms and like most everybody gave up quickly and did not have the strength and will power to stick with it.

I came upon Dr. Gail Altschuler in early 2005 from a recommendation from my OBGYN that she heard amazing things about her and her program so I decided to give it a shot too. Dr. Gail Altschuler helped me change my life tremendously and gave me the proper daily tools to lose over 100 pounds and keep it off. I then got pregnant again with my 2nd son in early 2006 and gained 80 pounds during that pregnancy as it was too hard to stick with a diet plan during pregnancy. It was my plan to start right back with Dr. Gail Altschuler as soon as I had him and that I did and I lost it all again plus some. I maintained that weight for almost 5 years and then got pregnant again with my 3rd and final son and gained 65 pounds and again had the same plan. I got right back on it again and lost it all.

I have been working with Dr. Gail Altschuler for 8 years now and lost weight 3 times totaling almost 300 pounds.

Since losing all the weight and being done having kids for good, this year I have had a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation and everything together has been life changing and I have all my self esteem back!!! Dr. Gail Altschuler supported me to the fullest and kept in contact with me closely for all these years and was always available by phone even if I couldn’t get in for an office visit which I appreciate very much. What I like best about the program is that it can be tailored to any individual and their specific dietary or health related needs. It’s very flexible and worth it.

I can’t say enough about how this program has changed me and gave me the tools to do this for the rest of my life. Remember, food and self control is all in your mind and only YOU have the power to do something about it.

 

Terri

I've lsot 40 lbs and am much more mobile and healthy

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

A few years ago I decided I wanted to lose weight and get healthier and more mobile. I didn’t like the way I looked or the way I felt. I especially didn’t like feeling less able to physically play with my grandkids and one knee was very painful when walking. After I met with Dr. Gail Altschuler for a free consultation I knew that if I was committed to making lifestyle changes I could achieve my goal. I like the fact that she was in family practice before specializing in bariatrics. I know she has the “whole picture” in the forefront and isn’t just focused on the scale.

One of my favorite sayings is “Success is the quality of your journey.” I’d tried many diets and weight loss programs through the years and am a “slow loser”.

Although not at weight goal yet, I’ve lost 40 lbs. and am much more mobile and healthy. I can even climb the monkey bars with the grandkids.

My knee pain is mostly non-existent and I have more energy. With Dr. Gail Altschuler’s support and expertise I’m accomplishing my goals. And I’m doing this while dealing with multiple stressful situations the past 3 years – my husband’s illness and death, a head injury, my brother’s illness and death, and a best friend of 50 years illness and death.

Dr. Gail Altschuler personalizes the program rather than having a “cookbook” approach. She keeps it real for me. She helps me plan for upcoming events and encourages me to enjoy food with friends in a balanced way. I don’t feel deprived and I didn’t gain any weight during the holidays the past few years! Some of the recipes she has are now my “go to’s” for dinners with friends. They’re not only healthy but delicious and I’m often asked to share them.

She keeps me focused on what I’ve accomplished and what my goal is – to be healthy and feel good about myself. She often asks “How can I support you?” or “What do you need from me?” I feel like she’s on this journey with me and enjoys my success as much as I do.

 

Bonnie

I"ve reduced my blood pressue medication by half

 

My Weight Loss & Wellness Success:

I’ve been on a diet most of my life. None of them worked long term; yes I lost weight, but could not sustain the restrictions and labeling food good or bad. I needed something different, something sustainable, and some way of eating that did not leave me feeling deprived. I needed to end yo yo dieting! I just could not go back to Weight Watchers again and sit with some of the same people I did 10 years ago!

Working with Dr. Gail Altschuler works, I’m not labeling foods good or bad. The protein shakes and hot chocolate are excellent. I like that I am eating real food, not pre packaged (yes some of the programs I did I ate only their food) when I switched back to real food, well that was the part that is just not sustainable. I eat healthy and enjoy a treat once in a while.

I am keeping the weight off. I’ve reduced my blood pressure medication by half, and my goal is to get off the pressure medicine entirely.

With Dr. Gail Altschuler, I have set reasonable goals, goals which are achievable. She is incredibly supportive; she has walked the journey and speaks from experience. I’m amazed at her insight, and her ability to communicate ideas which I use not only in my approach to eating, but also in my life.

I am now down 2 sizes which puts a smile on my face and I feel physically better than I have in years! The support received from Dr. Gail Altschuler and her staff is just amazing! I am so thankful I found her. I had no idea I could go through life not hungry!!

 

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