Cornerstone Weight Loss:

Cornerstone Weight Loss uses the BC IV Body Composition Analyzer to create the most accurate measurement of your body fat, muscle mass and metabolic rate in order to customize your diet plan to produce long term results.  

It is estimate that about 133.6 million U.S. adults are either overweight or obese, with about 72.3% of men and 64.1% of women over the age of twenty meeting these criteria.

Obesity can have significant impacts on health conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Certain types of Cancer like: endometrium, breast, and colon
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Musculoskeletal Disease (damage to joints)
  • Infertility
Obesity can also cause problems with pregnancy. Obese pregnant women have increased incidences of a number of disorders including chronic hypertension, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, large babies, and higher rates of cesarean deliveries.

To calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) go to www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

Dr. McCann is a member of The American Society of Bariatric Physicians and offers two different programs to help with weight loss. In both programs, your body composition is measured to determine the percentage of both fat and muscle that you have.

Cornestone Wellness

The first program is the Cornterstone Wellness Program. In this program, you will follow a moderately-reduced calorie plan with healthy and wholesome everyday foods, coupled with delicious, high protein meal replacement shakes provided by your physician. The program also includes clinically proven nutraceutical supplements specifically formulated to stabilize blood sugar, reduce hunger cravings and stimulate fat loss.

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The second program that is offered is called a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). The VLCD requires very close medical supervision and uses nutritional supplements (shakes, puddings, soups and bars) that replace grocery food intake. It is generally limited to 800 calories a day. This diet produces quick, significant weight loss in patients who are moderately to extremely obese. VLCDs are designed for patients with a BMI over 30 (or over 27 with other medical conditions).

What kind of results can be expected with the VLCD? This diet delivers rapid weight losstypically, three to four pounds per week, for an average of 42 pounds in 12 weeks. Your results will depend on many factors, including your starting weight, other medical conditions, and individual program design.

Does the program offer other benefits besides weight loss? The many potential health benefits include lower blood pressure, lower blood-sugar levels in people with type 2- diabetes, lower serum cholesterol, improved cardiovascular health, and reduced pain in weight-bearing joints. Weight loss with a VLCD can reduce or eliminate the need for related medications. Self-esteem and energy levels can also increase dramatically!

How long will you stay on this diet? Your individual needs may vary, but most patients follow the weight-loss phase of the program for up to 12 weeks.

What to the supplements taste like? The shakes, puddings, soups, entrees and nutrition bars for this program are delicious and available in a variety of flavors. They'll help you stave off "diet fatigue" and give you the flavor and satisfaction you crave.

How is this program different from other diets? When on a VLCD, calories and carbohydrates are limited and your body burns its own stored fat for energy. The fat is released into the bloodstream, travels to the liver and is converted to ketones. Ketones are then released back into the bloodstream and used for energy.

Will you be hungry on this plan? Most clients report that their hunger diminishes within two days due to presence of ketones and reduced food temptations.

Are there side effects to this diet? You may experience mild, temporary side effects as your body adjusts to the program. These include greater sensitivity to cold, headaches, fruity breath, fatigue, or light-headedness. Physician supervision and medical monitoring during a VLCD are important to help evaluate and manage possible side effects and changes in medication.

Who should not attempt this diet? VLCDs are not recommended for children or for pregnant or nursing women. In additions, a VLCD may not be warranted in people who have conflicting medical conditions or are taking certain medications. Your physician can assess whether a VLCD is right for you.


How it works: 
A comprehensive VLCD has four phases.
  1. Adaptation
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Re-feeding
  4. Maintenance

Adaptation generally uses our supplements within a reduced-calorie meal plan to help your body adjust to the program. Weight Loss relies primarily on supplements to spare you from having to confront food and help you focus on modifying your behavior. Grocery foods are gradually reintroduced during Re-feeding, before you move on to Maintenance. In each phase, you will learn and apply healthy lifestyle skills needed to promote long-term success. Of course, your doctor will tailor each phase to your needs.