FirstLine Therapy & Weight Management Atlanta
Atlanta Functional Medicine is pleased to offer patients FirstLine Therapy®, a personalized lifestyle modification program that targets the underlying causes of chronic illness by incorporating a sensible eating plan, exercise, nutritional supplementation and stress management. FirstLine Therapy does more than help you lose weight, it teaches the tools you need to treat and prevent symptoms of chronic illness.
Even if you’re in good health, FirstLine Therapy can help by showing you how to adopt a healthier lifestyle and prevent chronic disease. With FirstLine Therapy, you are in control. Our staff is specially trained to offer this program and will tailor therapy to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle.
FirstLine Therapy®: More Than A Weight Loss Program
First Line Therapy is an evidence based, lifestyle medicine program that incorporates therapeutic lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and stress management.
One of the primary goals of FirstLine Therapy is to maintain or enhance lean body mass while losing unhealthy fat. Commercial diets and other fad diets often result in excessive loss of lean muscle, further contributing to poor health.
Your program will be supervised by a board certified physician. As part of our assessment, we track biomarkers, screen for thyroid and hormonal imbalances and perform bioelectrical impedance testing to measure body fat vs. lean mass.
Is FirstLine Therapy® Right For You?
Practically anyone can benefit from FirstLine Therapy®. Whether you want to manage symptoms of chronic disease, prevent health problems, or simply feel better, we can customize a therapy that is right for you.
Aside from weight management concerns, FirstLine Therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions including:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Prostate Problems
- Stress-related symptoms
- Difficulty concentrating and/or problems with memory
What To Expect from FirstLine Therapy®
FirstLine Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your program will be tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. At the basic level, therapy will include a plan for improved diet and nutrition (Mediterranean-style eating plan), simple exercise and stress management techniques. The program can be customized for patients with inflammatory conditions, as well as dietary restrictions such as vegetarians and vegans.
With FirstLine Therapy, rather than simply losing weight, patients are taught to focus on improved body composition and body mass index, stress reduction and an overall improved sense of well being. As a result of lifestyle and nutritional changes, patients will see a reduced risk for chronic disease, better control over chronic symptoms and, in some case, a reversal of chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
The success of FirstLine Therapy is directly tied to the commitment of the individual. The physicians and staff at Atlanta Functional Medicine will be your partners, educating you and coaching you along your journey.
FirstLine Therapy® FAQs
Is FirstLine Therapy a "weight loss" program?
No. FirstLine Therapy is a program that encourages the individual to make lifestyle changes. Rather than simply losing weight, the goal of treatment is to improve the ratio of lean tissue to fat tissue, yielding improved body composition.
Because muscle weighs more than fat, some patients experience weight gain as a result of a healthier body composition. Our physicians and staff measure body composition to better define and analyze results and improvements.
How does FirstLine Therapy compare to low-calorie diets?
Instead of simply counting calories, the FirstLine Therapy food plan promotes healthy eating habits. The daily calories are only approximated based on the number of recommended servings in each food group. This helps patients create a structured menu plan and implement lasting dietary changes for long term improvement and better clinical outcomes.
How long does the FirstLine Therapy program last?
Your program will be customized to your specific condition. The ultimate goal of FirstLine Therapy is to make lifelong changes that promote optimal health and well being. The basic program lasts several weeks and includes:
- Initial consultation with comprehensive clinical tests to determine your health condition, goals and create a tailored lifestyle therapy.
- You'll receive a guidebook, instructions and recommendations for nutritional supplements.
- Early in your program, you will come in for weekly visits for lifestyle coaching and education.
- Throughout your treatment, our physicians and staff will analyze your health condition, evaluate your progress and make necessary changes to your program.
- As your program progresses, you will come in for bi-weekly coaching sessions.
- After about 12 weeks, we will evaluate your progress and determine whether or not your goals have been achieved.
- We can also create a maintenance program to ensure your results are long lasting.