Introduction to “Look Up For Health”

The use of very low calorie diets for weight loss is not a new concept. Physicians have been putting their patients on these types of diets for over 20 years.   We have learned during the past 10 years that this method is only successful when combined with an in-depth multi-disciplined behavioral program.   The H E A L T H program has been designed to accommodate all ranges of weight management needs.

The program can work for you because it is a positive empowering approach, not a quick fix.  As you may have discovered in past weight loss attempts, going on any diet without exercise and behavioral change may result in weight loss but not in weight maintenance.

The  H E A L T H program approach is designed to help you avoid the dieting cycle by using long term behavioral lifestyle changes.

This program has been developed for patients needing weight control.  However, our goal is to help you improve your overall HEALTH.

The key aspects of the LOOK UP FOR HEALTH program have been summed up by using Six Life Management Skills in the acronym HEALTH.   We trust these skills will help you reach your goal as you learn to apply them to your life.   We believe eating is a learned behavior that can be changed or modified, if you understand the disease process behind the “eating behavior”.   Therefore, in order to accomplish this goal, one needs to develop specific new skills.




Your Task: To develop various skills which will allow you to live at a reduced weight and learn to maintain this weight for life.

Our Purpose: To provide a comprehensive program which will help you develop the weight management skills suited to you.   We have designed this program to increase your self-awareness in all the areas of life which could impact your weight.  Throughout the next weeks and months we will be exploring these areas.   We know you will soon recognize that these skills will help you live a healthier and more productive life.



1. HEALTH: Manage your health by removing myths and misconceptions about food, nutrition and your body.   Learn skills to help you:

a. Observe facts about your body and your behavior.
b. Understand calorie choice consequences.
c. Learn to read labels, plan menus, and change recipes.
d. Recognize facts versus myths about your body.


2. ENVIRONMENT:   Manage your environment.   Learn what “environment” really means and how you can control its effect on your weight.   Become an environment engineer.   Learn skills to help you:

a. Recognize a food cue
b. Cope with sabotage
c. Deal with high risk events or situations
d. Slenderize your worlds-private and social.


3.  ACTIVITIES:   Manage your activities, live up to your physical potential and increase your level of fitness while removing boredom, stress, and loneliness.   Learn skills to help you:

a. Develop an exercise program that will increase your fitness level.
b. Increase your activity level in your daily life.
c. Develop hobbies and social activities
d. Reach out to others


4. LIFESTYLE:   Manage your lifestyle.   Lifestyle change requires that you decide to affirm a new vision of the way you live.   Accept the uncomfortable moments while building a new style of life.    Learn skills to help you:

a. Recognize the health advantage of changing your lifestyle.
b. Increase awareness of your needs and the process necessary to accomplish your goals.


5. TIME:   Manage your time.   This reduces chaos, helps control food cues, and allows you to focus on goal setting.   Learn skills to help you:

a. Plan instead of having an “incident”.
b. Set goals realistically
c. Use time in diversion therapy.
d. Reduce stress and anxiety
e. Understand that change takes time


6. HUMANNESS:  Accept your humanness or your “self”.   Understanding the human elements of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and individual differences as you try to change behavior is a key aspect of this program.   Learn skills to help you:

a. Remove faulty thinking
b. Increase self esteem

(Based on “Look Up For Health” by Dr. Frank Johnson and Jeanne K Johnson.  Original text copyright © 1997 Bariatrix International.  Used by permission.  Updated and revised 2009-2013, revisions copyright © 2009-2013 Meyer, Malin and Associates, PLLC.  Revisions to the original text reflect Dr. Meyer and Dr. Malin’s approach to weight loss, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Bariatrix International)

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