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Diet Planning

Our team is knowledgeable about all major diets and will guide you in choosing the one that best suits your needs. We prioritize: livability, simplicity, accessibility, cost and taste among the most important factors for diet success.

Diet Planning

Dr. Holland's Approach to Teaching and Implementing a Weight Loss Diet


A critical component of any successful weight loss program is the implementation of an effective and sustainable diet plan. At the Holland Clinic, Dr. Mark Holland takes a personalized approach to help you develop a diet that works for your unique needs and preferences. This article outlines his approach to teaching and implementing a weight loss diet, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to reach your goals.

Diet Planning Process

Diet History:

Your diet planning journey begins with an exploration of your past experiences with weight loss diets. Dr. Holland will ask about the diets you've tried, their effectiveness, any challenges you encountered, and how long you followed them. Understanding your diet history helps Dr. Holland identify patterns and tailor his recommendations to your specific needs and preferences.

Current Eating Habits:

Next, Dr. Holland will inquire about your current eating habits. Are you following a structured diet plan? If so, how well is it working, and are you satisfied with the results? Based on this information, he will help you decide whether to continue, modify, or completely change your current diet plan.

Assessing Patient Knowledge:

To provide the most effective guidance, Dr. Holland will assess your current knowledge of diet and nutrition. This allows him to customize his teaching approach to ensure you have a strong foundation in the principles of healthy eating.

Teaching Basic Principles:

Dr. Holland will teach you the basic principles of calorie balance, macronutrient composition, macronutrient restriction, and protein intake. If you already have a preferred diet, he will focus on providing guidance within the context of that diet.

Introducing the "Big Three" Diets:

If you are unsure of which diet to follow, Dr. Holland will introduce you to the "Big Three" diets:

Calorie Counting Diets:

These diets focus on tracking and limiting daily caloric intake, promoting weight loss through a calorie deficit.

Low-Carbohydrate Diets:

These diets restrict carbohydrate intake, encouraging the body to burn fat for fuel instead of relying on carbohydrates.

Low-Fat Diets:

These diets emphasize reducing fat intake while increasing consumption of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources.

Exploring Our Dual-Phase Dietary Option:

Embarking on a weight loss journey involves making key decisions about your diet. There are two predominant strategies you can adopt, both simple yet effective. It is, however, vital to comprehend these approaches thoroughly:

"Consistent Dietary Approach" (CDA)

The first strategy entails the adoption of a singular diet plan. This approach requires identifying the diet that aligns best with your long-term weight loss goals and maintaining it throughout your weight loss journey. Its primary advantage is the continuity it offers, causing minimal disruption due to dietary changes. We refer to this strategy as the "Consistent Dietary Approach". A "Low Fat, Low-Inflammatory" diet is commonly recommended for most individuals following this path.

"Two-Phase Diet"

Alternatively, you can adopt a two-phase dietary approach. Initially, you can choose a diet that suits your preferences and potentially yields quicker weight loss results, providing a motivational boost early in the process. However, it is crucial to note that such diets may not be sustainable in the long run. Therefore, this approach necessitates a dietary transition within the first 6-12 months. While this method may lead to quicker weight loss at the outset, the need for a significant diet shift is its primary disadvantage.(See illustration below).

Holland Clinic Medical Weight Loss Program's "Two-Phase" diet strategy.
Illustration of our two-phase diet: you can start with any safe diet but will have to change eventually

In conclusion, your weight loss journey can begin with a singular, long-term diet or initiate with a faster, albeit unsustainable diet before transitioning towards a sustainable one. Ultimately, the choice rests with you, tailored to your preferences and lifestyle.


Teaching Your Chosen Diet:

Once you've selected a diet plan, Dr. Holland will provide in-depth instruction on how to follow it. He places particular emphasis on sustainability and long-term success, helping you develop a plan that is both effective and enjoyable.

Creating a Written Diet Plan:

To conclude the diet planning process, Dr. Holland will provide you with a written diet plan tailored to your specific goals and preferences. This plan will serve as a roadmap for your weight loss journey, offering guidance and structure as you work towards a healthier lifestyle.


Dr. Mark Holland's approach to teaching and implementing a weight loss diet at the Holland Clinic is designed to set you up for long-term success. By taking into account your personal history, current eating habits, and individual needs, he creates a customized and sustainable diet plan that will help you achieve your weight loss goals. With Dr. Holland's support and expertise, you can embark on your weight loss journey with confidence, knowing you have a plan that is both effective and tailored to your unique needs.

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