Weight Loss Program
Fast Burn -The Ultimate, Personalized Weight Loss Solution
As a Harvard-trained medical doctor with degrees and training in Kinesiology, Internal Medicine and Nutrition, I developed Fast Burn as a legitimate, science-based weight loss program. You will work one-on-one with me and my staff in a safe and supportive environment. We focus on results, not gimmicks.
Weight Loss Your Way
Fast Burn was created as an individualized weight loss program because I believe that no two people can follow the same diet or read the same diet book and get the same results. The other twist to be unraveled in designing a weight loss program is that people don’t like to eat the same food. How can one expect a Chinese person, a Hungarian, and an American to all follow the same eating plan?
While we can all understand that different people like to eat different foods, I believe that different people must eat different foods.
There are important genetic differences that require different people to eat different foods.
Every person’s digestive and metabolic systems are different. Therefore, each patient requires a unique dietary prescription for successful, long-term weight loss.
Fast Burn is a three step program that allows me to re-engineer your diet. Step ONE: Weight Loss. Step TWO: Food Testing. Step THREE: Maintenance.
Most patients stay on Step ONE until they are very close to their weight loss goal.
Then, Step TWO starts with the re-introduction of foods, one at a time. This allows us to evaluate how your body responds to specific foods, and it is impossible to determine this until you have lost most of your weight.
Finally, Step THREE balances the proportions of carbs, fats, and proteins in your personalized diet that let’s you enjoy long-term successful weight loss. You will finally understand what your body is really designed to eat and how to fuel your body so you always feel and look your best.
The Keys to Success
I created Fast Burn in 1997 to help patients lose weight and keep it off. The Fast Burn program consists of three key components: (1) personalizing nutrition, (2) boosting metabolism, and (3) balancing the hormones that cause weight gain.
Unfortunately, diet alone is rarely enough to achieve long-term, successful weight loss.
In developing this plan, I struggled with the many competing problems that keep patients from achieving long-term successful weight loss. Patients want their weight to come off as fast as possible. The diet has to be simple to understand and implement. The program has to fit a busy lifestyle that includes eating at restaurants, parties, and on the road. People do not want to feel hungry or deprived, and they want their cravings to be in check.
That’s a lot to ask, but the Fast Burn program does address all of these concerns and more.
A poor, sluggish metabolism is likely keeping you from taking off weight and keeping it off.
Every 10 years, your metabolism slows five to eight percent. If your job involves sitting at a desk rather than building desks, you can tack on additional two or three percent to your personal metabolic slide. Your body is designed for the hard labor of another time when we had to hunt for our own food, build our own shelter, and literally fight everyday for survival.
Exercise is great, and I encourage all of my patients to exercise as much as they can. For some with limited time or other health problems, intense exercise never happens.
And you would have to exercise a lot nearly every day to overcome the metabolic slow down that happens over time.
Realistically, most people cannot commit to the degree of daily exercise necessary to keep their metabolism humming. As part of the Fast Burn program, we use a variety of natural supplements, medications, and nutritional strategies to get your metabolism up to speed.
Each patient is evaluated for his or her specific metabolic needs.
Many people are surprised to learn that there are more than 41 different hormones that control body weight. The thyroid hormone is the best known, but there are many lesser known hormones that affect how you lose and gain weight.
So, even if you’ve been told that your thyroid is “normal,” there may be other hormone imbalances that are preventing you from losing weight and keeping it off.
As part of Fast Burn, we can assess you for other hormonal imbalances. Sometimes we will recommend taking action and other times your hormones may be in balance, requiring no action at all.
The important point to remember is that hormones, metabolism and diet must be balanced for successful, long-term weight loss. Ignore any one of these three components, and the diet will fail. You may lose weight only to see it come right back or you may not be able to lose much weight at all.
The overwhelming success of Fast Burn comes from our attention to hormones, metabolism, and nutrition in a way far more comprehensive than just reading a “diet book” or taking a “diet pill.”
One of the main concepts of Fast Burn is to gradually reintroduce your food staples back into your diet. Each food is added back in, one after the other, so that we can see which foods “stick” to you (causing you to gain weight) and which foods “don’t stick” (foods that don’t cause you to gain weight).
A trigger food is one that causes you to lose control of your diet. If you cannot have just one or two pieces of bread without eating the whole loaf or the entire bread basket at the restaurant, then bread would be a trigger food. If having a few potato chips causes you to eat some cookies which causes you to start an eating binge that lasts through the next holiday season, then potato chips would be a trigger food.
Trigger foods are to the overweight what alcohol is to the alcoholic. Alcoholics know that they can never again have even a single drink. Many alcoholics also regularly attend meetings to remind them of this commitment for the rest of their lives. So too it is with trigger foods for those who are or were ever overweight.
In the end, we will have re-introduced and tested all of your important foods. You will have a personalized diet that works for just for you. A diet that you will find satisfying and a diet that includes treats but not trigger foods.
Accept your body for all of the incredibly wonderful things it can do and accept your body for its limitations for what it cannot do.
If you cannot have just one cookie, one slice of bread, one potato chip or one drink, then accept your body for this, too. Accept it and move on, knowing that there are many others with the same limitations and many more still with even greater limitations. Remember, “There but for the grace of G-d go I.”
Perfection Not Required
As with many things in Life, Fast Burn does not require you to be perfect, just consistently good.
Do not beat yourself up for making a mistake. Do not let a mistake turn into a bad day, and a bad day into a bad week, and a bad week into a bad month.
If you make a mistake and eat something not on the diet, forgive yourself for being human and jump right back into the program. Pick up your copy of Step ONE and re-read it. Recommit to trying a little harder and being a little more careful.
Remember that Fast Burn has worked for countless people and it will work for you, too.
If you think you have gained weight since your last visit, do not cancel your next appointment and try to do this on your own.
I won’t yell at you. I promise. J But I will help you to get back on track.
My staff and I are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss and health goals. While we understand that you want this weight to come off as quickly as possible, Fast Burn is not a foot race. It took time to put on this weight, and it is going to take some time and some work to take if off.
And losing weight is work.
Whistle While You Work
Things that are good in your life (your job, your marriage, your kids, your home) often take hard work. Sometimes you may not feel like doing your job, but you still do. Sometimes you may feel like shipping your kids or spouse overseas, but you don’t.
Some days the work is hard and some days the work is easier. But it is work all the same, and weight loss is no different with one exception.
You are not doing this alone.
We are here to help you every step of the way. Think of us as your trusty guide on the path to health. If you stumble or lose your way, we will be here to support you and help get you moving in the right direction.
Michael Hirt, M.D.