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New Directions Diet Plan
New Directions is our monitored diet plan designed to help our patients achieve permanent weight loss through lifelong changes in dietary, behavioral, and activity patterns.
At Anchorage Bariatrics, we know that drastic diets and depriving yourself of all your favorite foods is a recipe for failure. With this in mind, our program incorporates New Directions engineered meal supplements that are ketogenic, or fat burning, with traditional grocery foods. This diet is designed to provide 900 to 1200 calories a day, and when combined with increased exercise and activity, the goal is to lose two to four pounds per week.
Whether you want to lose weight before a surgery, instead of surgery, after surgery, or you just want to take control of your weight, this is a great option!
During the plan, you will be required to attend a weekly nutrition class. We have several options available throughout the week for your convenience. Our Registered Dietitian will lead the class and cover various topics, including nutrition, behavior modification, and physical activity. You will also pick out your next week’s food. The cost of this weekly visit (including the food) depends on what phase of the program you are in and how many supplements a day you are using. Feel free to come on in to our office for a copy of our fee schedule.
How do I get started?
The first step is to schedule a weight loss consultation with our clinic. Call 907-644-8446 to schedule now. You can then decide if you want to see Dr. Clark in consultation. Should you wish to proceed, we request you fill out an application and get a referral from your primary care provider, if possible. In your consultation with Dr. Clark, he will review with you all of your particular weight loss options. You will then meet for a one-on-one session with our Registered Dietitian, Erika Van Calcar. She will do an overall assessment of your current dietary habits and then determine the best plan for you moving forward in regards to your diet. These visits are typically billed to your insurance and should be covered, although you are responsible for knowing your own plan and benefits, and you are responsible for any deductible or co-pay related to your particular plan.