Holland Clinic Diet
In the first phase of our medical weight loss program, rapid and significant weight loss is the main goal. This ensures that you will be satisfied and remain motivated. In this phase, you have many choices of diet to chose from. We list those choices here.
Embarking on a weight loss journey is a unique process that often requires a distinct approach for different stages. At Holland Clinic, we classify these stages into short-term and long-term phases. This page will focus exclusively on the short-term diets we offer to our patients.
Short-term diets are typically followed for a period ranging from 3 to 12 months—essentially as long as patients can comfortably sustain them. These diets have been carefully selected due to their safety, efficacy, and suitability for short-term use, even if they may not all be sustainable in the long run.
Though our primary recommendation for long-term dieting is a low-fat diet, it also serves as a viable option for the short-term phase. A low-fat diet focuses on reducing the intake of fats, while promoting the consumption of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This diet is nutritionally balanced and can contribute to overall health improvement. Below are some sub-types of the low-fat diet we offer:
Mediterranean Diet: A heart-healthy diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, mainly from olive oil and fish. It also includes moderate amounts of dairy and poultry.
Volumetrics Diet: This diet encourages eating foods with low calorie density but high in volume, such as fruits and vegetables. It promotes satiety without rigorous calorie counting, although it may require significant meal planning.
DASH Diet: Initially developed to lower blood pressure, the DASH diet promotes the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. It's a comprehensive dietary shift that can also aid in weight loss.
Plant-Based Diets: These diets center around foods derived from plants, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. They can be highly beneficial for weight loss, heart health, and overall longevity.
Low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins or the ketogenic diet, limit the intake of carbohydrates while promoting higher consumption of proteins and fats. They can lead to quick weight loss results but may be harder to maintain due to the restrictive nature of the diet.
A low-calorie diet involves reducing daily caloric intake below the individual's typical consumption. It requires careful meal planning and portion control but can lead to consistent weight loss if followed correctly.
Very Low-Calorie Diet
These diets drastically reduce calorie intake, often to less than 800 calories per day. While they can lead to substantial weight loss in the short-term, they should only be undertaken under medical supervision due to potential health risks.
The Paleo diet focuses on whole foods, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, emulating the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. It eliminates processed foods, grains, legumes, and dairy, which can lead to weight loss but might be challenging for some due to its restrictions.
Intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. It can promote weight loss and has other health benefits but requires a disciplined eating schedule.
In conclusion, while we strongly advocate for a low-fat diet and its variants as the most sustainable long-term solution backed by solid science, we recognize the effectiveness of other diets in the short-term. It might be tempting to jump straight into the long-term diet for simplicity's sake, but there are circumstances where a short-term diet may be preferred due to personal preference, past successes, or familiarity. We typically start discussing the transition to a long-term diet after 3 to 6 months on any short-term diet. At Holland Clinic, we provide tailored guidance and support to ensure that your short-term successes evolve into long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes. Remember, weight loss is a journey, not a destination. Together, we will navigate this path towards a healthier you.