FAQ - MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS MEALS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DOCTOR’S PRESCRIBED MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS MEALS
If you have a small amount of weight to lose, struggling with your weight or suffer from a lifestyle based condition (e.g. diabetes, sleep apnoea, high cholesterol) and are overweight, you must have booked in with a Doctor to be able to order the Doctor’s prescribed medical weight loss meals.
This is because our Doctors want to ensure that the prescribed calorie plan will help you get where you want to be from a health perspective.
Our Doctors are interested in more than just your ‘overall’ weight. During your consult, the bio-impedance scales that you’ll use which are highly clinical accuracy will give you an indication of your body fat percentage, visceral fat percentage (which is the belly fat that you can’t always see), muscle mass and your basal metabolic rate at rest (the number of calories your body burns at rest). From there, you’ll be able to understand your body composition with reference to the Healthy Range Chart that our Doctors use to help you become healthier and not just lighter and the Doctor will prescribe a calorie intake that is personalised to you.
What happens after I see my Doctor?
Following your consult, your Doctor should have prescribed a specific calorie intake for you to being on (e.g. 1200 cal per day) and you should have received two emails. The first, setting out what the Doctor has recommended and the second email asking you activate your online account with us here at The Doctor’s Kitchen Australia.
Once you have activated your account, you will then be able to place an order for the Doc’s prescribed medical weight loss meals at the calorie intake prescribed by your Doctor.
If you didn’t receive this email, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do I need to place my order by?
For all new patients, you must place your order by midnight Sunday.
For all existing patients, who wish to change their order, please change your subscription before Sunday.
The Doc’s weight loss meal plans is a subscription?
The Doc’s weight loss meal plans are based on a subscription.
Once you have placed your initial order, every week following you will receive the meal options you have selected (e.g. breakfast, lunch or dinner or a variation of these) from the current week’s menu, unless you modify your subscription by the cut off time.
There is no minimum term, so you can cancel at any time. You can modify your subscription for the Doc’s weight loss meal plans by the cut off time.
The Doctor’s Kitchen Australia operates on a four (4) week rotating menu. The relevant week’s menu will be displayed on the website at the time of ordering. The complete four (4) week menu will be available for you to download at the time of ordering.
Which of the Doc’s menus should I choose for my weight loss meals?
We are also unique when compared to other meal providers in Australia in that we accommodate a complete gluten free, dairy free, vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian menu, and soon to be included a Mediterranean menu, that can be tailored to individual requirements (ie. calories / portion).
Once you have been prescribed a calorie intake by your Doctor, you can select a menu that suits you and your individual preferences.
Why are the Doc’s weight loss meals plans only 5 days?
The Doc’s weight loss meal plans are not intended to be a long term meal replacement plan. It is intended to be a short to medium term educational service with professional guidance so that people can start to live, eat and experience appropriate portion controlled and nutritionally complete food on a daily basis.
We generally provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 out of 7 days to encourage you to start putting into practice from the very first week what you have been seeing, eating and living on the previous 5 days with the Doc’s weight loss meals. We have found that encouraging the changing of behaviours in this way and getting you to do it on your own for at least 2 days a week has significantly contributed to the success of our patients losing the fat and keeping it off in the long term.
Why are the Doc’s weight loss meal plans set?
The weight loss meals are based on the total amount of calories that you Doctor has been prescribed. Changing meals within the set weight loss plans as displayed online will impact the calorie intake per day. For this reason, and to ensure that we deliver what your Doctor has prescribed, it is not possible to change meals within the set weight loss meal plans.
Can I swap meals around in the Doc’s weight loss meal plans?
Each day of the Doc’s weight loss meal plans is based on the total number of calories prescribed by your Doctor. So, if it suits you to eat your dinner meal at lunch time and your lunch meal in the evening, that’s okay with our Docs.
What if I order less than three meals a day or snacks?
The total number of calories is based on ordering 3 meals a day (i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks (if required).
If you order less than 3 meals a day or if you leave out snacks where required, you will need to make up these calories using your own food. We also recommend that you track your calories to ensure that you don’t exceed the number of calories as prescribed because it will impact on the progress and success of your weight loss and or health goals.
How much weight will I lose?
Everyone loses weight at different rates depending on their age, gender, weight and level of exercise. Healthy, long term fat loss is achieved when you lose from 0.5 to 1 kilogram per week. This is what our plans are aimed at achieving. We recommend regular exercise and in particular strength training with the help of an exercise physiologist or personal trainer to help achieve and maintain fat loss.
What is the importance of checking in with the Doctor while on the Doc’s weight loss meals?
Our Doctors measure and closely monitor your body fat loss and muscle mass to help boost your metabolism and achieve your optimum health outcomes.
The success of your fat loss or achieving your health goals, relies on you checking in with our Doctors at least once a fortnight. The frequency pf reviews sometimes changes depending on your Doctor’s recommendation. At each consult, our Doctors will monitor your body fat, metabolic rate, and muscle mass so that you burn maximal amounts of fat, and improve your metabolism without compromising your lean muscle.
Why is it important to begin an appropriate strength training program?
Our Docs are focused on dropping your body fat and visceral fat, while importantly doing their utmost to help you maintain your muscle for metabolic health. Maintaining your lean muscle mass is vital for weight loss because as your muscle mass increases, the rate at which you burn calories increases which is reflected in an increase in your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This process helps you reduce excess body fat levels and lose weight in a healthy way and importantly keep it off for the long term.
Strength training is important for fat loss because lean muscle helps you burn more calories. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolism.
How much does it cost to begin the Doc’s weight loss meals?
The initial cost is your chosen Doctor’s initial consultation. We recommend that you enquire with the individual medical practice of your preferred Doctor for their list of fees. You may also be eligible for a Medicare rebate on the cost of the consultation.
You can locate your nearest Doctor using our Find a Doc locator.
Each meal is $10 (snacks are $3.5 each and part of all 1500 calorie and 1600 calorie weight loss meal plans and only if prescribed by your Doctor).
You can choose to have your weight loss meals delivered to you or you can opt to collect it from one of our local pick up locations for $4 per box.