Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program (SPWLP)
The SP program combines a patented serotonin supplement which acts as a natural appetite suppressant, with a personalized program based on each individual's specific goals, capabilities, and limitations. Forget about fads and gimmicks! The SP Diet has a 99% success rate resulting in a safe average weight loss of 30 lbs over the course of a 12-week session. In fact, because Dr. Kathryn A. Ryan and The Spa in Saxonburg are committed to providing patients with only the very best possible care options, our staff have tested the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program™ themselves with excellent results.
The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program™ was created by Dr. Robert Posner, one of the world's leading researchers on the weight loss effect of oral serotonin supplementation. Dr. Posner developed and patented the Serotonin Formula™, a unique serotonin supplement used in the SP Diet. He is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, a branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.
What is the Serotonin Formula Weight Loss Program™ (SPWLP)?
The SPWLP is a medically supervised weight loss program that allows people to lose a significant amount of weight in a fairly short period of time but also provides long-term behavioral modification techniques to continue weight loss after the program is completed.
How is the SPWLP different than other programs available?
The SPWLP is a unique, medically supervised program that brings in the “best” of all approaches to weight loss. Serotonin Formula offers individualized weight loss programs to fit every weight loss need. Whether you have 10 pounds or 150 pounds to lose we offer effective, safe and responsible weight loss. The program utilizes Serotonin Formula™, a patented serotonin supplement to help suppress appetite and carbohydrate cravings and an FDA approved prescription appetite suppressant, when needed. As the medication and supplement are helping the person reduce caloric intake, the Serotonin Plus Weight Loss Program™, along with the nutritional and exercise counseling, are providing guidance in behavioral modification. In this way, maintaining your weight is easier once your weight loss goal is achieved.
What prescription medication is used in the SPWLP?
When needed, Phentermine is the prescription medication utilized in the program. This FDA-approved medication should not be confused with the popular “Phen-Fen” combination that was used about 7 years ago. Phentermine has been approved by the FDA for appetite suppression and weight loss and is not linked to any of the adverse heart valve problems seen with other appetite suppressants. The side effects of phentermine may include insomnia, constipation, dry mouth and sometimes fast heart rhythm. During the program, each person has a weekly appointment with the medical staff and is monitored closely.
Why is this program called the “Serotonin Formula Weight Loss Program”?
In addition to utilizing phentermine, the program also includes Serotonin Formula™, a unique serotonin supplement. Serotonin is a natural brain chemical that has many effects in the body. Serotonin deficiency has been implicated as a major cause of carbohydrate cravings, obesity, depression, anxiety, premenstrual syndrome, mood disorders secondary to menopause, migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. There are many prescription medications that artificially attempt to raise serotonin levels in different areas of the brain. Some of these medications include the antidepressants Prozac®, Zoloft® and Paxil®. A prescription appetite suppressant, Meridia® artificially attempts to raise serotonin levels at the appetite suppressant receptors. Direct, natural serotonin supplementation has been shown to decrease appetite as well as carbohydrate cravings. The SPWLP is the only weight loss program that utilizes the first and only direct serotonin supplement. This natural supplement has been patented and subjected to a number of clinical studies.
How much weight loss can I expect?
The Serotonin Formula Weight Loss Program™ will yield average weight loss of 35 pounds, with women averaging 25 pounds and men averaging 35 pounds in twelve weeks.
Is the Serotonin Formula™ supplement safe to continue after I have reached my weight loss goal?
Yes, many people continue taking Serotonin Formula™ indefinitely. It contains pure, natural serotonin as well as important vitamins and antioxidants. Our patients have said they feel more in control of their carbohydrate cravings and can control their appetites more effectively when they continue its use. Many have told us they experience mood enhancement and a general sense of well-being when they continue the serotonin supplement. Furthermore, some say they have experienced a reduction in the number of migraine headaches they have as well as a reduction in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Serotonin Formula™ maybe reordered by calling (724)352-7630.
What happens if I need to lose more than 50 pounds? Can I continue in the the medically supervised Serotonin Formula Weight Loss Program™ to reach my weight loss goal?
A number of people have entered our medically supervised program wanting to lose many more pounds then could possibly be achieved in a 12-week session. It is possible to continue with more sessions after the initial 12-weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks, each person is individually evaluated to analyze the success of the first 12 weeks and whether it makes “good medical sense” to extend the program to achieve their weight loss goals. Some of our patients have wanted to lose over 100 pounds and can extend for (3) 12-week sessions for a total of 36 weeks.
What if I have a “slow metabolism”?
There are many people who are frustrated with their inability to lose weight even if they try dieting and some exercise. Often, these patients are convinced that they have a thyroid problem or some other easily addressed medical problem. It is very clear in our internal medicine practice that a number of people suffer from “Slow Metabolic Syndrome”. This is a term we have coined to describe the syndrome of people who gain weight easily and have extreme difficulty in losing weight despite attempts at dieting. Unfortunately, this seems to occur more frequently in females than in males, especially females over the age of 35. There obviously is some hormonal connection to the Slow Metabolic Syndrome, but it is not clear what the hormones involved are and certainly it is not a thyroid or estrogen imbalance alone. The Serotonin Formula Weight Loss Program™ and the Serotonin Formula™ System have achieved success in helping people with Slow Metabolic Syndrome.
Am I expected to exercise even if I am not exercising at all right now?
To achieve weight loss and for long-term weight maintenance, it is important to exercise and increase physical fitness levels. The certified personal trainer will construct a personal program for you that is “reasonable”. That means there is not a standard exercise routine that everyone gets. It is all based upon your ability to exercise. For example, a 28-year-old male with no orthopedic problems would be expected to exercise more aggressively than a 62-year old female with who suffers from some mild osteoarthritis. The personal trainer will evaluate you and prepare a program that takes into account a number of factors. It is our strong belief that exercise goals must be made realistic with the person’s work and time schedules as well as health factors.
Can I Participate in the Serotonin Formula™ System if I am already taking an anti-depressant, such as Prozac®, Zoloft®, Effexor®, Paxil®, Wellbutrin®, Celexa®, Lexapro®?
Many prescription medications for depression work by indirectly raising serotonin levels at the serotonin mood receptors. These medications do not raise serotonin levels at the appetite suppressant/carbohydrate craving reduction receptors, and therefore they do not help people lose weight. Contrarily, some of these medications actually lead to an increase in hunger and weight gain.
Can I enter the SPWLP if I am taking other medications?
The answer to this question depends on the stability of your medical problems and types of medications you are taking. Certainly, weight reduction will help control hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and a number of other medical problems. We have many patients enrolled in the SPWLP who are taking blood pressure medications, antidepressants, diabetic medications and a number of other prescription medications. We will be happy to discuss our program with your physician.
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