Behavioral Medicine

Studies show that diet alone, exercise alone, diet together with exercise, or diets with appetite-suppressants usually result in minimal weight loss with rapid weight regain.

When a behavior modification component is combined with any of these weight loss strategies, the results are far better. The term behavior modification might be a redundant term, since successful weight loss behavior modification aims at reducing caloric intake, increasing physical activity, and expanding your nutrition knowledge and food choices indefinitely. Although some patients can accomplish this independently most patients cannot, and it is those individuals who will benefit from such a behavior program.

Behavior modification means just what it says: changing one or more of your behavioral patterns. This may mean choosing an egg white omelet with fresh fruit instead of bacon, eggs and buttered toast for breakfast. Behavior modification also includes executing environmental control, which may be to completely avoid a “trigger food” which you cannot stop eating, such as potato chips, nuts or ice cream. Learning the caloric value of various foods, planning eating strategies for vacations or during stressful periods in your life, etc. will contribute significantly to your weight loss and maintenance. Successful behavior modification requires time and patience and is a critical component to long-term success.

Dr.Glen Farkas M.D, and Dr. Sohail Nasim, M.D. in conjunction with Affinity Psychological Services, provide a realistic approach to treating obesity that combines medications with lifestyle changes, education, and nutrition. Dr. Farkas and Dr.Nasim, M.D. and Dr. Tanferani and associates have built their careers around successful and long term weight loss and are considered leading experts in their respective fields. Everyone at Pacific Rejuvenation Medical are advocates for better health. The main thrust of our cutting edge behavioral weight loss program is the educational component. Our Holistic approach utilizes Psychologists, Hypno-Therapist, Acupuncturist, and Massage therapist who specialize in obesity and weight loss. Psychologists, Psychological Interns and counselors are available to conduct individual therapy.

The clinical treatment team is a talented group of leaders who guide patients in a supportive and helpful environment where they discuss individual struggles having to do with disordered eating, stress, and other situations that promote emotional eating. Individual therapy also includes advanced sessions on behavior modification where patients learn the fundamentals of successful long-term weight control through behavior modification. Patients will also continue to learn techniques for stressful situations, like holidays and other times where overeating is common.

Patients also may attend a series of nutrition-related lectures to further build on their knowledge and success:

  • Failure Syndrome and Recovery
  • Anger Management Exercise
  • Nutrition Cancer and You
  • Compulsive/Emotional Overeating
  • Meal Analyzing

In summary, the bio-behavioral modification program offers a complete spectrum of proven techniques for successful weight loss and weight management. The behavioral program is continuously modified to continue to provide cutting edge tools and strategies necessary to build a healthy life-style encouraging long-term weight management. Dr. Farkas and Nasim and Dr. Tanferani, Ph.D. encourage you to begin the first day of the rest of your life in the body you deserve to have. Call us today to get the information to JOIN US ON YOUR JOURNEY TO A HEALTHY BODY.