Our office specializes in medical (non-surgical) weight loss and weight management programs under physician supervision. Although we give you guidelines for healthy eating and provide practical options, we are NOT dieticians. Dr. Garza believes in the philosophy: “everything in moderation.” We recognize every patient’s unique lifestyle and eating patterns that can be road blocks. We provide information about meal planning and nutrition that are used in conjunction with the following medical weighScreen Shot 2016-05-21 at 11.37.34 PMt loss tools.

Body Composition: We utilize the most advanced method providing comprehensive muscle and fat diagnosis that are essential in monitoring health (InBody 570). Patients receive a comprehensive, easy-to-read results sheet (similar to this example).

Metabolism Testing: We perform an in-office (respiratory) metabolism test that measures resting metabolic rate and calculates individual nutritional requirements (protein, carbohydrates, fat) based on a person’s metabolism.

Prescription Medications: In a medically supervised environment, prescription medications may be an option. The majority of FDA-approved weight loss medications are DEA regulated and can be safe, effective tools when used appropriately. Besides phentermine (brand Adipex) and other stimulant appetite suppressants (Bontril/phendimetrazine, benzphetamine, and diethylpropion), there are four newer medications (Qsymia, Belviq, Contrave, and Saxenda) that have been FDA-approved for weight loss within the last five years. We are happy to discuss whether you are a candidate for any of these medications.

Vitamin B12/Lipotropic Injections: in-office Vitamin B12 injections containing natural amino acids that function to burn fat, boost metabolism, and provide energy.

HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin): We support a modified HCG protocol (500 to 750 calories) with the option of adding a prescription appetite suppressant. We have had excellent results with prescription HCG (injections or cream) that is affordable. Any of our medical providers can discuss this with you if you are interested in HCG and rapid weight loss (maintainable if the HCG protocol is followed) that is predominantly fat, not muscle. We prescribe HCG cream or HCG injections (preferred). Either form costs approximately $55-$59 for 3 weeks of HCG or $99 for 6 weeks of HCG. We do not charge any additional HCG protocol fees.

WE ARE NOW HAPPY TO OFFER OPTIFAST. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT MEDICAL ASSOCIATES IS ONE OF TWO MEDICAL FACILITIES IN THE PLANO-FRISCO AREA TO OFFER THIS MEAL REPLACEMENT DIET:

The OPTIFAST Program is a medically supervised weight management program that closely monitors and assesses progress towards better health and emotional well-being. The program, which usually lasts 26 weeks, utilizes a full meal replacement plan that transitions to self-prepared ‘everyday’ meals, in conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support.

Optimal Overall Health and Wellness: Specialized testing may be discussed with you depending on your previous weight loss attempts, medical history, and symptoms. These include but are not limited to: thyroid health (including T3/T4), hormone levels (estrogen, testosterone), and vitamin levels (Vit B12, Vit D). We aim for optimization of your overall health as an adjunct with weight management. In addition, we offer comprehensive wellness tests (iron, cortisol, sugar/HbA1c, insulin, liver enzymes, kidney function, auto-immune disorders, inflammatory markers, MTHFR, etc.) so you can be aware of any potential medical issues.

Male Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT): our providers have had many years of experience with testosterone management through our private practice. In addition, Dr. Garza has worked extensively as the DFW area medical director for a large testosterone management company. Our male hormone protocols may include testosterone (self or office injections or transdermal gel/cream; we do not offer pellets), HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin which stimulates testosterone production, prevents testicular atrophy, and maintains fertility), and an estrogen aromatase inhibitor. Regular blood work is required (we provide extremely reasonable out of pocket/self-pay lab prices performed in-office). We do not charge any monthly fees for testosterone management.

WE DO NOT OFFER FEMALE HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY. We recommend HerKare (multiple locations in the DFW area).

Food Allergy & Food Sensitivity Testing: People may experience food sensitivities/allergies with common, everyday food (not just the lactose/dairy, wheat, gluten, and nuts that are better known for high reactivity). Fatigue, headaches, abdominal distention/bloating, heartburn/GERD, joint pain, and problems losing weight are just some of the manifestations of food insensitivity/intolerance or food allergies. Insurance is contacted to determine coverage, and the two available tests (one blood test and one skin test) are available in office.

Surgical Programs: Although Dr. Garza has extensive experience working with bariatric surgeons, the vast majority of Dr. Garza’s patients are managed medically/non-surgically. For bariatric surgery questions or insurance requirements, or if you want to attend an educational bariatric surgery seminar, please contact the staff of Dr Stephen Hamn or Dr. Allan Joseph Cribbins at the Texas Center for Obesity Surgery: www.yournewhealth.net.