For as long as I can remember I always had a weight problem. My eating habits were atrocious, but during my high school and college years I was able to control my weight with physical activities and exercise. It wasn’t until 2009 that I lost complete control. After breaking my right ankle I was forced into countless surgeries. I eventually developed severe arthritis and with the loss of mobility, I found myself in a depressive state. My physical activities dwindled to nonexistent and needless to say it affected me greatly. I no longer had a way to control my awful eating routines, and by 2010 I had gained over 100 lbs.
Through the years, I’ve always struggled with my weight. There was a point in my life that I thought that having a few extra pounds was “normal.” I have always been a picky eater and not too much of a big eater during dinner or lunch so I thought I was fine. This was until two and a half years ago when I was at my lowest point. The stresses on my personal life and at work made me gain 35 pounds in only one mere month.
Losing weight has never been easier than it had been using the plan that was provided by Dr. Chhabra. The staff had been excellent and has always been there to answer any questions or concerns that I had and kept me motivated throughout the process. The shakes and bars were surprisingly good and also very filling. After several years of trying unsuccessful diets I have finally found the answer to my weight loss. Thank you for all your help and guidance.
Hi, I am Michelle. I joined the Institute for Weight Management on March 2010. I have lost 84 lbs. since then. I am so happy with my progress and intend to continue the program. My lifestyle has changed completely since I started. I stick to my diet and have been walking every day! I come for weekly weigh ins and enjoy my visit with the doctor and find it very helpful to talk with her and the staff.
I chose to start the OPTIFAST “diet” on Dec. 4, 2011 after celebrating my 30th birthday and realizing I was at the heaviest I have ever been. I can honestly say this was the best decision I have ever made. The first two weeks were difficult but I found maintaining a schedule of my meals (I only ate the meal/ snack bars and the shakes) and exercise helped a great deal in keeping me motivated. Now, 9 months later, I have lost 75.5 pounds and have never felt better!
Richard came to see us in May of 2012 when he was referred by his primary care doctor for weight management. At that point he suffered from excruciating knee and back pain (having undergone 12 back surgeries) and was walking with a cane. He could hardly move around without being in a lot of pain. He was started on a partial Optifast diet which he followed very well.
I started coming to see Dr. Chhabra in July. I weighed close to 185 lbs. and was very uncomfortable with myself. I started losing weight almost immediately. I eat regular food and just follow Dr. Chhabra’s meal plan and advice. 3 months later, I have lost 25 lbs. I feel great and I know I […]
I was referred to Dr. Chhabra’s office by my lung doctor as I was recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. My lung doctor told me that if I lost some weight, I could get “rid” of the sleep apnea and I may not need to use my CPAP machine at night. I had tried numerous options on my own but none really worked. I began the Optifast diet in February and I started seeing results almost immediately. I lost 3-5 pounds almost every week!! After 3 weeks, My wife Gloria also joined the program. That helped a lot because now we were both doing it together. Both of us have lost over 60 pounds(total) and we are still losing!!
Hi, my name is Karen. I am currently using the Optifast weight loss system and I am proud to tell you that I have lost 30 pounds already! I started using the shakes and bars exclusively and lost 8 pounds the first week! I know – it’s so exciting, isn’t it??!! The weight came off pretty consistently although not at the same rate. By the New Year, I had lost about 25 pounds. It wasn’t easy, nor was it impossible.
The before picture is me in March 2010. I weighed 25 pounds more back then. I had bursitis – hip pain just walking up the stairs or going for a stroll – and ended up in physical therapy. That’s when I began seeing Dr. Chhabra. She started changing my eating habits, one habit at a time, and pretty soon I was making life-style changes as well. I began with weekly water exercises at the Y and soon I was swimming and walking every day.