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  • How Meal Replacement Helps to Manage Obesity-Related Disorders

    Obesity is linked to a number of diseases that kill millions of Americans each year including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure (hypertension), and heart failure.  

    Thankfully, obesity is a curable disease. A weight loss strategy, properly managed by a medical professional, can include a meal replacement plan that can reduce the daily intake of calories and reduce body fat and body weight of obese patients over time.

    What is Obesity?

    Obesity occurs when a person has an abundance of fat in their body.  Obesity can be measured in a number of ways including body mass index (function of your height and weight), waist circumference, leg and arm circumferences or via an electrostatic scan of the entire body.  People are considered obese when they have BMI measurements of over 30 or the results of an electrostatic scan reveal that they have more than 25% body fat.

    Currently, in the United States, obesity has reached pandemic proportions affecting approximately 40% of the population. The root causes of obesity are poor dietary choices and larger than recommended portions sizes for meals and snacks. To a lesser extent, a lack of physical exercise also plays a role.

    What is a Meal Replacement Plan?

    Meal Replacement Plan is an eating strategy consisting of alternatives to an individual’s usual eating habits.  Usually, an individual on a meal replacement plan will drink shakes and eat prepared foods with smaller portion sizes and different combinations of macronutrients than they would before they started the plan.  For the purposes of weight loss, the most effective plans are very low-calorie diet (VLCD) plans.  People following a VLCD plan eat and drink up to 60% fewer calories per day than the recommended daily calorie intake. The VLCD plan consists of prepared meals and shakes with higher protein content to reduce hunger.

    “The root causes of obesity are poor dietary choices and larger than recommended portions sizes for meals and snacks.”

    Using Meal Replacement Plans to Tackle Obesity

    Meal replacement plans provide healthy choices and smaller portion sizes to obese patients.  By doing so meal replacement plans reduce daily calories and effectively eliminate the two factors that most cause obesity.

    Medical research, in the form of clinical trials and secondary reviews, supports the use of a meal replacement plan for rapid weight loss.  Under the watchful eye of a doctor with experience in weight management, a VLCD meal replacement plan consisting of shakes and prepared meals is more effective than other weight loss methods.  In fact, VLCD plans are effective in reducing weight and keeping it off in both the short term (less than one year) and long term (greater than a year).

    By reducing body weight and most importantly body fat, people with obesity can reduce or eliminate the symptoms they experience from obesity-related diseases.  These diseases include:

    • Diabetes
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Heart disease
    • Hypertension
    • Osteoarthritis 
    • Sleep apnea and other breathing complications
    • Some cancers (uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder)

    In addition, reducing obesity reduces the risk of:

    • High blood cholesterol
    • Hirsutism (excessive hair growth)
    • Menstrual irregularities
    • Pregnancy complications
    • Some psychological disorders 
    • Stress incontinence

    In addition to all of the above benefits, reducing obesity in an individual can also reduce their exposure to social discrimination against obese persons.  Reducing the stigma and social discrimination associated with obesity can have a positive effect on a person’s quality of life.

    Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center

    Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center’s program is proven scientific medical weight loss. The program features both in-person and telehealth plans to meet your needs.

    You take control of your weight loss goals with a specialized plan that is tailored to your physique, lifestyle and food preferences. We serve adolescents, adults and families alike with full medical consultations, goal setting, individualized programs to fit your health status and needs. Dr. Amir is a Cleveland Clinic Trained and Board Certified Obesity/Weight Physician with  Advanced training from Harvard and Cornell Obesity programs with 18 years of general medical experience.

    If you are looking for a program that can be tailored to you and is based on medical science, then contact Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center today for a first consultation.

    New Direction Advanced Weight Management System

    What makes New Direction Advanced


    Supervised by a team of health care professionals, the New Direction Advanced Weight Management Program is a comprehensive program designed to help you achieve healthy weight loss. Adaptable to your personalized needs, the program has two medically supervised programs varying in treatment intensity — a Low-Calorie Diet and a Very Low-Calorie Diet.

    New Direction Advanced Weight Management Program is a comprehensive program designed to help you achieve healthy weight loss. Adaptable to your personalized needs, the program has two medically supervised programs varying in treatment intensity — a Low-Calorie Diet and a Very Low-Calorie Diet.

    The New Direction Advanced program can help affect a number of chronic health conditions, including lower blood pressure, a reduction in blood sugar levels, lower serum cholesterol, and decreased pain in weight-bearing joints.

    By design, New Direction Advanced is a multidisciplinary program of nutrition education, behavior development, and appropriate physical activity — all provided with the support of our team — to bring about lasting lifestyle change as you progress to your weight loss goal.

    Phases of Our Weight Loss Program


    The Screening Phase consists of essential medical and laboratory tests to insure that you are able to participate and be successful in the program.


    During the Reducing Phase, you will consume great-tasting nutritional products as your primary food intake. These meal replacement products are scientifically designed to help provide you with a complete balance of the essential nutrients needed for safe and effective weight loss.


    Gradually, grocery foods will be introduced into your new daily diet and the consumption of meal replacements will decrease. Working with our team, your calorie intake will be adjusted so that you can maintain the weight you lost during the Reducing Phase.


    Under the guidance of our medical staff, you will eat grocery foods and practice newly learned lifestyle skills so that you can maintain your new body weight in addition to meeting your nutritional needs.

    New Direction Advanced is an exciting new “state of the science” weight management program that provides optimal nutrition and comprehensive support to help achieve your weight loss goals.


    • Simplified meal plans to meet your essential nutritional requirements along with a wide variety of options to satisfy your food preferences

    • Nutrition and exercise tools to provide you with practical and proven methods to achieve the benefits of a healthy weight —and keep it off

    • Our behavior education program helps provide the lifestyle skills necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life

    • A cutting-edge, personalized mobile app to easily track your progress! This HIPAA-compliant interface connects with other devices and allows you to enter meals, hydration and exercise, make appointments and stay connected to your provider via video chat


    • A wide variety of great-tasting products, including shakes, bars, snacks, soups and more

    • 100% of the daily value of vitamins and minerals

    • High-quality proteins that will help you feel fuller throughout the day

    • A unique combination of complex carbohydrates and beneficial fibers to help support healthy blood glucose levels and insulin balance

    • The nutritional balance of the products is designed to help protect lean muscle mass and burn excess body fat

    • Prebiotic and probiotic ingredients help benefit intestinal health, immunity and reduce bloating

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Most clients follow a daily meal plan of 800 calories, which typically consists of four meal replacements. Make sure you consume the prescribed number of products to ensure you have the essential nutrition needed for successful weight loss.


    This may be everyone’s top question! The answer: It depends on several factors including your current weight, program, age, gender and activity level. A loss of four to seven pounds is common in the first week or so. Ongoing weight loss will average about two to four pounds a week.


    Your body must have protein to meet its physiological needs. Without our concentrated protein, your body would break down its own tissues. That can have serious health consequences.


    Yes, but smaller amounts are sufficient. Carbohydrates help protect your body’s protein and maintain electrolyte and fluid balance. Moderate amounts of fat provide essential fatty acids, which are needed for good health.


    Ordinarily, your body uses glucose from carbohydrates for energy. When calories and carbohydrates are limited, your body burns its own stored fat for energy. The fat is released into the bloodstream and travels to the liver, where it is converted to ketones (KEE-tones). The ketones are then released back into the bloodstream, where muscles and tissues use them for energy. This process is called Ketosis (kee-TOSE-sis).


    Most clients report that their hunger diminishes or disappears within three to five days of beginning the program due to the presence of ketones and reduced food temptations. Our high protein, low-carbohydrate nutritional profile also plays a role in appetite suppression.


    Some people may experience easy-to-manage, temporary side effects as their body adjusts to the diet. They may include:

    • Dizziness. As you begin losing weight, you lose a lot of water as urine. This lowers blood volume and, hence, blood pressure. To minimize dizziness, avoid changing positions quickly.

    Don’t use whirlpools, saunas or steam baths.

    Drink plenty of water.

    • Mild Fatigue, Dry Skin, Sensitivity to Cold. Can be treated easily with extra rest, lotions, and extra clothing.

    • ‘Fruity’ Breath. Ketosis may temporarily give your breath a fruity odor. You may use a mouthwash.

    • Gallstones. Tell your counselor about any symptoms or history of gallstones; you may require additional tests or treatment while on the program.

    • Gastrointestinal Upset. Changing from solid food to a liquid diet may cause constipation or diarrhea. Over-the-counter medications are available for either condition. In addition, your medical team can add a fiber product to your meal plan to help relieve constipation.

    • Hair Loss. A small percentage of patients may experience minimal hair loss three to six months into the diet. New hair grows in just as the old hair is lost.

    • Leg Cramps. Drinking more fluids or increasing electrolytes can often relieve occasional or mild leg cramps. Your physician should evaluate any leg pain you are experiencing.

    • Menstrual Irregularities. Dietary changes may cause delayed or missed periods. Women who miss a period or have a late period must be tested for pregnancy.

    See your physician or personal physician about any symptoms that persist or concern you.

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    1250 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Suite 700

    Hallandale, FL 33009

    Protein Your Key to Effective Weight Loss

    High-Quality Protein Plays a Critical Role

    Food provides calories—the fuel that keeps your body functioning. Your body uses these calories to meet its metabolic needs. When you use more calories than you consume, you lose weight.

    But did you know that your need for high-quality protein becomes more important as you reduce your calorie intake for weight loss?

    What is Protein?

    The word “protein” is derived from a Greek word meaning “of first importance.” A daily supply of protein is necessary to support the body and promote or maintain many metabolic functions.

    In addition to helping with weight loss, protein helps:

    • Build and repair body tissues including muscle, major organs, and collagen
    • Keep hair, skin, bones, and nails healthy
    • Regulate body processes including digestion and metabolism
    • Form hormones, enzymes, and immune system antibodies to help your body function properly

    Providing your body with adequate protein throughout the day as part of a balanced diet allows you to maintain good health while you lose weight!

    In Healthy Weight Loss

    In fact, depending on your target weight*, you’ll need a minimum of 87 grams of protein each day to help you lose body fat—not muscle. Our program will help you consume fewer calories, increase your “calorie burning” activities, and get the high-quality protein you need to improve your weight loss results.

    Traditional sources of protein like meat and dairy tend to add unhealthy amounts of calories, fat and

    cholesterol to your diet. Now you can get the daily protein you need with our nutritional supplements.

    They’re high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol, and taste delicious!

    The Importance of Protein Quality

    Proteins are very important molecules in our cells. They are involved in virtually all cell functions.

    Lose Weight with Our Delicious Protein Products

    Our meal replacement and protein supplements offer an outstanding nutritional profile that features high-quality protein in many foods and flavors. This combination of nutrition, variety and taste is the key to your success!

    Enjoy these supplements with our comprehensive program and meal plans to:

    • Help your body burn fat instead of muscle for healthier weight loss

    • Support your natural metabolism so you’ll lose weight quicker

    • Curb your hunger between meals and avoid “snacking temptation”

    • Maintain the energy you need for daily physical activity

    • Enjoy convenient, portion-controlled nutrition

    Try all of our delicious, easy-to-prepare protein meal replacements and supplements for a combination of nutrition, variety and flavor that will help you achieve weight loss success!

    • Nutrition bars

    • Pudding shakes

    • Thick shakes

    • Hot cocoas

    • Gourmet coffee

    • Exotic fruit drinks

    • Hearty soups

    • Gourmet entrees

    • Breakfast items

    • Soups

    • Puddings

    • Healthy snacks

    For additional information contact:

    1250 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Suite 700

    Hallandale, FL 33009