Welcome To Our Weight Loss Clinic
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs
Our weight loss clinic offers a medically supervised weight loss program that is tailored just for you!
We get to the bottom of WHY you have gained weight and look for the root cause of what is making it so hard to lose so that you can live a happier and healthier life!
Our program is unique in that we also look for underlying conditions that are contributing to weight gain and get those addressed to help you succeed with your weight loss and health goals!
Our Approach to Weight Loss
Weight loss isn’t just about looking better. It’s about quality of life and enjoying the benefits of good health and longevity. Our Vitality Diet will certainly help you to shed unwanted pounds, but the reality is that if your systems are not functioning properly, you can easily run into some roadblocks.
We believe in methods that are not only effective but also healthy and safe. Losing weight doesn’t have to be a battle!
The underlying causes of weight gain, or the inability to lose weight, can vary from person to person. We use scientific data from your individualized lab results and medical history to customize your program and eliminate obstacles that are beyond your control. By addressing these underlying conditions, it is a lot easier to lose weight and keep it off!
Why Come to Renewed Vitality for Weight Loss?
We want you to rest assured that Renewed Vitality will work with you to develop the best diet program for you, based on your individual needs, helping you to achieve tremendous results in the quickest time and safest manner.
Dr. Spurlock and his nurse practitioner Roxana Cocos are both experienced in effective medical weight loss methods and are prominent specialists in HCG dieting.
The Vitality diet combines the use of hormone-balancing, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), and a short-term, low-calorie diet. This 6-week process encourages quick weight loss. The Vitality Diet is one of the most comprehensive and effective diets on the market.
Additionally, our program is unique because:
- We effectively address any underlying causes of weight gain to remove any impediments to losing weight and keeping it off.
- Our consultations and lab results give you a starting point for better overall health and less risk for major disease.
- Quick, low-cost meal preparation with cooking classes and the Vitality cookbook.
- Continued and sustainable weight loss through hormone balancing.
- We offer cooking classes!
Wellness Check and Lab Work Included
Our weight loss program includes two hour-long visits with a highly trained nurse practitioner. At the first appointment, we will meet with you and go over your medical history and health goals. We will also write a lab order that includes a Complete Blood Panel, a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, and a COMPLETE Thyroid panel.
At your second appointment, we will have the results of your lab tests and can go over them with you. Additionally, this is when you will receive your prescription for your HCG injections, the Weight Loss handbook, and the Vitality Diet cookbook. NP Roxana can also give you information on the Cranberry Flush, the Liver Detox, and Slim Shot injections. The Flush, Detox, and Slim Shot injections are optional for our program.
Imbalances or deficiencies in hormones can play a big part in weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight. You may notice that the way your body carries fat is changing. For example, you might be carrying more weight in your midsection than you used to. Or, you may notice that you can’t seem to gain any muscle mass and even that your skin is starting to change appearance. These can all be due to hormonal imbalances.
If you are interested in combining your Diet protocols with a detailed comprehensive lab evaluation that can give you an overall look at your hormone help. Oftentimes, there are other underlying conditions that may prevent from you losing weight optimally. If you are interested in having your hormones and other health markers tested, please advise our new patient coordinator of this when you make your appointment and she will go over those protocols and fees with you.
Specific medical conditions that we look for that can cause weight gain and/or make losing weight almost impossible can include:
- Low functioning thyroid – the thyroid gland acts as the “gas pedal” for energy and if it’s not functioning as it should, your metabolism is going to be slow no matter how much you diet or exercise. In addition to weight gain, you will likely experience a host of other symptoms including fatigue, lack of motivation, constipation, dry skin, unwanted hair loss, and more.
- Insulin Resistance – this occurs when your cells in the muscles, fat, and liver start “resisting” the signal that the hormone is trying to send out which is to use the insulin to move glucose from your blood and put it in the cells. A common indicator of insulin resistance is a waist size 35 inches or greater for women, and 40 inches or greater for men, however, we always test your insulin levels as part of our routine lab work.
- Metabolic syndrome, aka “Syndrome X.” – A person has Metabolic Syndrome when they have high triglyceride (cholesterol) levels, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
- Chronic Stress – stress affects the body in many different ways, including an elevated fight/flight response which causes high cortisol levels and can cause you to pack on weight. Conversely, depleted or low cortisol levels can contribute to a slow metabolism.
- Sleep deprivation
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS – is a hormone condition that affects women who are in their reproductive years. Insulin resistance is the underlying cause, but other hormonal imbalances occur such as having too much testosterone, infertility, and irregular or absent periods.
- Candida (yeast) overgrowth – Candida is a formidable yeast overgrowth that occurs in the gut and wreaks havoc on your body. Symptoms can include vaginal or oral infections, but too much candida in the body can also cause gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, brain fog, and strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Candida is an opportunistic fungus that has the ability to morph to its environment which can make it hard to eliminate without medical supervision.
Thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland in the front of the neck and regulated by the pituitary gland. It is often referred to as the master hormone. It is a metabolic hormone that regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. It is also a detox hormone and helps remove toxins such as metals and chemicals, increases fat breakdown, improves hair growth and eyebrows, and reduces cholesterol levels and body weight.
At Renewed Vitality, we test six types of thyroid function. Rather than using the very wide “normal” reference range, we look at a range designed for optimal health and take all of your symptoms into consideration as well.
DHEA is an adrenal hormone that also functions as a precursor hormone which means that other hormones are produced from it. It is an essential component in many of the body’s metabolic and physiologic functions including regulating hormone balance, building the immune system, reversing the effects of stress, making sex hormones, and increasing short-term memory. DHEA also promotes a protein-building state which increases the breakdown of fat. It also increases strength, energy, and libido.
Cortisol is the main adrenal hormone and is a critical element in maintaining your health. Optimal adrenal health enables your body to handle stress, regulate immune function, and maintain blood pressure and blood sugar. The adrenal glands are responsible for the fight/flight response which helps us cope with stressful situations. In the days of the cavemen, this served them well, by directing blood flow and energy to the organs needed most to survive such as the heart and lungs. When cortisol levels are high, digestion is drastically slowed down since this is not needed for immediate survival in times of high stress. In today’s world, our bodies can’t differentiate between the stress of a wild animal chasing us and having to meet work deadlines. When fight/flight response is engaged for long periods of time, the adrenals become fatigued and make dealing with stress more difficult. This can also lead to weight gain.
Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, located in the brain. It’s activated by sunlight and by blue light. It regulates the circadian rhythm and acts as a neurotransmitter hormone. Research has shown that cells of the body and brain rejuvenate and repair during the deeper stages of sleep. This deep sleep is essential to a strong and healthy immune system and hormone function. Energy levels and mood are aided by deep sleep. Sleep deprivation, especially a lack of deep sleep, has also been linked to weight gain.
Pregnenolone serves as one of the major precursor hormones in our bodies. It serves as a memory enhancement hormone and is important for cellular repair. It protects against neuronal injury and aids in cerebral function. It is the “grandmother” hormone used by the adrenal glands to make Cortisol, DHEA, Progesterone, Aldosterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen.
Progesterone is found in both men and women but is mostly a female hormone. It is produced in four areas of the body: the ovaries, corpus luteum (ruptured follicle), adrenal glands, and placenta in pregnant women. It helps prevent uterine and breast cancers, osteoporosis, osteopenia, fibrocystic disease, and ovarian cysts.
We also know that Progesterone is the “calming” hormone and helps promote better sleep and reduce anxiety.
Present in both men and women, estrogen is primarily a female hormone secreted by the ovaries. It has been noted to protect against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, osteopenia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory disorders, vaginal atrophy (dryness), and urinary incontinence in women.
It also prevents symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and temperature fluctuations. Estrogen deficiencies lead to sagging skin, increased facial wrinkles, fatigue, depression, mood swings, abdominal weight gain, and decreased libido.
Testosterone is produced by the adrenal glands, testicles, and ovaries, and is a vital hormone to both sexes. It contributes to muscle mass, strength, endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of well-being, and libido.
In men, testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. It also leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density, decreased cholesterol, improved skin tone, muscle repair, and increased libido.
It prolongs the quality of life by decreasing age-related diseases, including the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Testosterone is also extremely important in women for the same reasons as men; body fat reduction, increased libido, endurance, bone production, and energy.
Bioidentical versus Synthetic Hormones
It is important to understand some wording about hormones. We have all heard the words synthetic, natural, and bioidentical. Most people believe that synthetic is bad, and natural is good. However, the most important issue is whether or not the hormone is bioidentical. It is important to make sure the compound exactly matches what the body produces naturally. When a compound is bioidentical, the body can easily use it to supplement and heal itself.
The Renewed Vitality Weight Loss Diet provides a plan that is above the rest because of the medical support that’s provided and because of the diet’s speedy results. We cannot guarantee a specific result, but if you follow our protocol, you can be very happy with your results and experience much better health!
The Vitality Diet Includes:
- Initial hour-long medical consultation
- Comprehensive lab interpretation
- Follow-up medical consultation
- Fat-burning HCG hormone injections
- Vitality Diet cookbook
- Slim Shot Injections (optional)
- Appetite suppressants (optional, as needed)
Vitality Diet Phases
Pre-Diet Treatment: Detox (Recommended, but Optional)
As a means of protecting itself, the body stores excess toxins in fat cells. When all systems aren’t functioning optimally, excess “toxic burden” is placed on our natural filtering organs such as the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, thyroid, and gut. Rather than letting these toxins run rampant through the bloodstream and brain, the toxins are sent to the fat cells where they can remain for years. We do not recommend that you do all of the detox programs at once. For the pre-diet treatment, we do recommend that you do the liver detox, however, it is best to do the other programs quarterly so as not to overwhelm your body.
When the body stores toxins in fat cells, it is acting as a self-protecting mechanism to keep them from circulating through the bloodstream and away from the brain. If you are experiencing toxic overload and are trying to lose weight, it can be almost impossible to shed excess fat as the body stays in “protective” mode.
There is no question that everyone has toxins in their bodies. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a report in 2006 that stated that the average American has 116 out of 148 synthetic chemical compounds in the body. The compounds that they tested for included dioxin, polycyclic hydrocarbons, and organochlorine pesticides. Further studies showed that these same substances were also found in human milk, placenta, umbilical cord blood, and body fat of newborns. This is evidence of how burdened our detoxification capabilities have become.
It is impossible to completely eliminate exposure to toxins because they are so prevalent. However, it is possible to take measures to limit exposures to toxins and to periodically take action to help your body be better able to eliminate them. To learn more about where toxins come from, how we are exposed to them daily, and body detoxification, click here.
The organs that are responsible for body detoxification are:
- Lymphatic system
- Thyroid gland
Symptoms of Toxic Overload can include:
There is a multitude of symptoms that can occur when your body is overburdened by too many toxins:
- Digestion and elimination problems (constipation, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn)
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Skin disorders
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Dark circles under the eyes
Patients often develop symptoms in different areas of the body from where the “underlying cause” problem is occurring because toxins can build up in various tissues which can create symptoms elsewhere.
Methods of Body Detoxification
It can be easy to become overwhelmed when learning about all of the different ways that toxins can affect us, or think that we have no control over what we are exposed to. The first step is education so you can make informed choices about the food that you eat, cleaning products that you use, etc.
Dr. Spurlock at Renewed Vitality has extensively researched effective ways of eliminating the toxic burden so that the filtration and elimination processes can be restored. He recommends that you follow the following protocols annually:
- Liver Detox – Core Restore™ program
- Lymphatic System Detox – Cranberry Juice and water
- Heavy Metals – Chlorella
- Gallbladder Flush/Detox – Apple juice, olive oil, and lemon juice
The role of the liver includes:
- Filters blood
- Stores glucose for energy
- Breaks down steroid hormones
- Produces/secretes bile
- The primary organ of detoxification in the body
Core Restore Program
- A 7-day program designed to help you restore healthy detoxification and elimination functions.
- Provides the body with the essentials to support detoxification, micronutrients, phytonutrients, and clean protein.
- Helps to unmask other GI health issues.
- Helps you to feel better.
- Changes your “filter.”
- Releases stored toxins in fat
- Helps you to lose weight
The lymphatic vessels are responsible for moving fat and toxins from the tissues to the liver for removal. Cranberry dissolves “sludge” in the lymphatic vessels.
The Cranberry Flush Protocol includes:
- Pure unsweetened cranberry juice (NOT cranberry juice cocktail).
- Mix 8 oz. of cranberry juice with 56 oz. of water for 64 oz. total.
- Drink this mixture every day for 2 weeks.
- Becomes your major beverage.
- Clears your lymphatic vessels so you can eliminate fat and toxins more efficiently.
The Gallbladder detox is a 6-day flush that causes massive evacuation of the gallbladder. During days 1 through 5, drink unsweetened, organic apple juice, 6 to 8 oz., twice daily. On day 6, drink ½ cup of olive oil mixed with the juice of half of a lemon, and do NOT leave the house for at least 8 hours! Since this detox can cause gallstones to be eliminated we offer this DISCLAIMER: Due to a potential gallbladder attack, liver ultrasound is recommended prior to starting the flush.
Heavy Metal Detox
Common heavy metals exposures include arsenic which is found in factory processed chicken and rice from China. Mercury is found in almost all seafood, and lead is found in red lipstick, and in sportsmen who shoot rifles frequently.
Chlorella is used to treat heavy metal toxins by chelating them from our fat stores. It moves them through the lymphatic vessels to the liver for removal. To detox using Chlorella, take 1 capsule 3-times daily. Renewed Vitality provides testing for heavy metals. We also offer treatments that can be done orally or intravenously, depending on the toxicity amounts and degree of sickness that the patient is experiencing.
Phase 1 of the Vitality Diet: Gorging
This phase is typically simple and easy to follow. You will start with your HCG injections. During the first three days of HCG use, patients are to eat as many high-fat foods as they can. This prepares the body for a low-calorie diet in the following phases. Some healthy and recommended fats include avocados, cheeses, and nuts. Make sure to include plenty of fiber during this phase to steer clear of digestive problems.
The use of the HCG hormone is based on the research of Dr. Simeon, a British physician. After observing malnourished women in India giving birth to perfectly healthy babies, he discovered that Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or HCG, occurs in a woman’s body during pregnancy to allow a fetus to pull nutrients from fat stores even if the mother is not getting enough nutrition. Dr. Simeon discovered a definite connection between HCG and the body’s ability to metabolize fat stores in both men and women.
When paired with a low-calorie diet, HCG can be used to break down fat stores and convert them to energy. This can occur even if the woman is not pregnant. The hormone pumps excess nutrients into the body’s bloodstream while simultaneously suppressing appetite and conserving lean muscle mass.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG, is known to most people as “the pregnancy hormone.” In the first week of life, the embryo secretes HCG after which the placenta takes charge of production. This hormone has been acknowledged in modern-day medicine since the 1920s. HCG has been utilized as a fertility supplement for men and women for 70+ years.
At Renewed Vitality, the HCG hormone injections are prescribed. The diet includes 5 separate phases with an initial cleanse being optional.
There have been a lot of false representations of “HCG” that have been advertised as diet plans. The “HCG drops” available on the internet are not the actual hormone, but rather consist of various amino acids. They are not the real deal. The HCG that Renewed Vitality providers use is the actual hormone.
Phase Two: The Low-Calorie Diet
On the fourth day of HCG use, patients begin a low caloric diet. The allowed foods list is rather strict. Included are a few particular vegetables, certain fruits that are low in sugar, and lean meats. Dieters may consume only one type of fruit and one type of vegetable per meal. The same type of meat may never be eaten for two meals in a row. Tea and coffee are permitted but can only be consumed with sweeteners from the approved list and may not contain more than 1 tablespoon of milk. Don’t panic! The Vitality Cookbook includes creative ways to prepare food and make the diet easy and simple.
Phase Three: The Wind Down
During the last three days of the low caloric diet, the use of HCG is discontinued. The HCG hormone must be completely out of the patient’s system when normal amounts of calories are reintroduced into the body. If the HCG is not cleared, the body will store the calories and the weight gain will start again.
Phase Four: The Maintenance Stage
This phase includes three weeks of eating all foods except for any form of sugar or starch. Patients can eat proteins, vegetables, healthy oils, and fats, but abstain from eating any sugar or simple carbs including very sweet fruit during this phase.
Phase Five: Back to a Normal, Healthy Diet
Small amounts of carbs are slowly added back into the patient’s diet.
The various Vitality Diet phases make it easier to follow the entire diet. Several days of gorging in the beginning (phase one) make it much easier to start the low-calorie diet (phase two). The maintenance stage allows you to eat normal calorie intake, but it sets you up to be able to maintain your new lower weight levels.
Many people have seen excellent results on their weight loss journey, as well as a boosted quality of life. At Renewed Vitality, we are dedicated to helping you lose weight in the easiest way possible. We provide the tools and support you need at every step in the process.
Many benefits arise from following the Vitality HCG Diet, including:
- More self-esteem – view yourself in a better light physically and emotionally
- Increase energy – less fat allows your body to move efficiently and requires less effort
- Lower your risk of diabetes – your body requires less insulin when sugar and fat intake is lowered
- A healthier heart – heart disease has become an epidemic. When you lose weight, your heart doesn’t have to pump blood to as much tissue in turn putting less stress on the heart.
- Happier relationships – when you lose weight, you have more confidence.
On average, women lose 20 to 30 pounds and men lose 25 to 35 pounds after six weeks on the HCG diet (Your Results May Vary). Seeing the scale move down a half-pound to a pound each day is a huge motivating factor! HCG causes the body to release 1500-2500 calories from its fat stores each day. This released fat is then used for extra nutrients that you omit while following the diet. While on The Vitality Diet, you are not required to exercise intensively. If you follow the diet strictly, you have a high probability of losing weight. This diet has an extraordinary success rate.
There are numerous benefits of the HCG Hormone, which include less hunger and cravings.
The HCG hormone increases energy and helps suppress appetite. Most people do not feel hungry while on this low-calorie diet. The fat stores that are being released fuel and nourish the body and supplement the food being eaten.
What part does HCG play in your weight loss journey? HCG is responsible for keeping your metabolism at a high level and permitting your body to break down about 1000-2500 fat calories daily. This released fat is used for your body’s main energy source throughout the day. Your muscle mass is protected since the HCG only allows fat to be broken down.
Hunger is not a problem with the use of this hormone. The excess fat that is being broken down in your body’s system will provide the calories, nutrients, and energy that you need for the day. You will be rewarded and further motivated as you see the weight come off and your clothes begin to loosen.
Vitality Diet Testimonials
Results May Vary
Results May Vary
In December 2017 my employer changed healthcare plans which meant finding several new “in-network” specialists: a gynecologist to prescribe bio-identical hormone therapy, an endocrinologist to balance and monitor my thyroid, and a gastroenterologist to treat ongoing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). I was 50 pounds heavier now and living with continuous bloating and constipation. I was determined to find only one doctor to restore my health because I knew three specialists couldn’t possibly “connect the dots”. I simply refused to remain as one of those sad, post-menopausal women in her late 50’s: overweight, not exercising, and suffering with low self-esteem. What had happened to me? Then I found Renewed Vitality. I first hesitated when hearing the phrase “out-of-network”. Yet I was determined to be healthy again, so I scheduled my appointments. I’m so glad I did. I started the Renewed Vitality Diet immediately and I never cheated (not at all). May 2018: My hormones and thyroid are balanced, chronic gut issues are no more, and I lost all my weight gain (50 pounds). Amazing! It took only 120 days to look and feel 10 years younger! It was worth every penny investing in myself to return to myself! GS
“I started going to Renewed Vitality a year ago. I had struggled with losing weight for all my life. The Nurse Practitioner ran all the tests and explained the adrenal system and how it work. My numbers were really bad. She started me on the hormone replacement therapy and I also did the Renewed Vitality diet. Within 3 months 50lbs fell off of me! I had so much energy and felt young again! I have referred so many friends that are experiencing the same thing! It has been a year and the weight has stayed off! Renewed Vitality is awesome and was a life saver for me!”-Gina N *
“My wife went to a seminar with a friend and that’s how we decided to do it. I lost about 26 pounds and my wife lost about 20. I think overall it’s great plan, but not only just the diet plan, but it’s being able to meet with the nurse practitioner. And getting your hormone levels corrected and stuff like that. Overall, it’s awesome.” -Jason A *
“I had a very positive experience with the diet program with Renewed Vitality in March 2015, which resulted in me losing 29 pounds! The employees were awesome! I felt like they really cared about me. The nurse practitioner was very thorough and explained everything. The nurses were awesome. Never had any complaints about any of my visits. I live 3 hrs away from the clinic but it was well worth the drive.” -Ann M *
“I had a great experience with the weight loss program at Renewed Vitality! Throughout the experience I lost about 29 pounds. I met with the nurse practitioner and she was AMAZING! I referred her to three people who said the same exact thing. She does not rush you into anything and explains things in great detail. It was a bit expensive, but it was worth it. I felt like they were very professional and thorough. If I could afford to see Susan every month, I would!” -Annette C *
“In January of 2012 I committed to this journey of greater health and was ready to take a go at the HCG diet. I really like the HCG diet because it is simple and straight-forward. Honestly, I am not hungry AT ALL and find I am able to plan my meals with ease. Dr. Spurlock also holds healthy cooking classes every other Saturday that are creative and informative. I’ve used so many of these recipes, not just on the diet, but for my family throughout transition and maintenance. I’ve done a few rounds of the HCG over the last year and a half, with time in between. I’ve released over 50lbs and am shooting for 10 more. I feel GREAT and have a renewed commitment to taking the very best care of myself. I’ve recently started school to eam a Masters in Holistic Nutrition with the goal of helping others find renewed health and joy.” – Christi C *
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