Diet and Nutrition

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We’re dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals at PSS Specialist. Please be advised that our Diet and Nutrition Program is no longer offered. But don’t worry! We have a variety of other exciting options to help you look and feel your best. To explore our alternative solutions, click here. Your journey to a more confident you starts now!

One thing we all know about diet and nutrition: there is a wealth of information out there. Many get overwhelmed with daily news reports about the benefits of low-carb, or low-fat, or no sugar, or liquid only. The list is never ending. The Atkins diet had people losing a great deal of weight, only to gain it back, and gain even more weight. The low-calorie diet can leave you feeling hungry. Counting calories doesn’t necessarily work as a long-term solution.

Eating and Weight Loss

You don’t need to eat less to lose weight. You don’t have to be hungry to lose weight. In fact, we believe that you have to eat to lose weight. You heard that right! And we will teach you how to do it. How do you eat to keep yourself focused, energized and not always hungry? How do you develop a diet that keeps your metabolism working, and gives you simple, whole-food based nutrition to nourish you throughout the day?

At PSS we have an old, but proven philosophy Keep it simple. We have created a simple program for a complicated problem.

We’ve seen over and over again that with a few simple guidelines and the support of an experienced fitness and nutrition expert anyone can change their relationship with food and achieve optimal health. Our program is a way of life.

We address your regular day-in and day-out schedule, but also the things that seem to crop up as roadblocks — travel, holidays, celebrations, insane work schedules, family meal planning. You name, we’ll help you plan for it. 


Our Weight Loss Expert

We know that excellent support is the mainstay of any program. Our weight loss program director has years of experience working with people who are longing to get control of their body and shape their life, on many levels.

The first few days can feel uncomfortable, but we are at your disposal for questions and concerns.

The Health and Wellness program offers essential coaching with our experts at PSS. We have over 15 years of experience in the aftercare of Orbera weight loss patients. PSS have devoted ourselves to helping people with weight loss, nutrition counseling, and behavior modification. PSS uses thorough analysis and initiates one on one coaching to develop an individual multidisciplinary plan for optimal weight loss and long-term success.

In addition, PSS does lab analysis to reveal the need for supplementation and hormonal rebalancing. Oftentimes struggles with diet and exercise may be counterproductive without looking at whole picture. Behavioral therapy is used to change triggering habits for long-term success. Even counseling for family members is included, to manage family dynamics and challenges that come with change.

The PSS team has helped patients lose as much as 25-75 pounds. With the team’s support, our patients have learned new behaviors to make a weight loss program into a permanent, healthier, lifestyle transformation.

Plastic Surgery Specialists, or PSS, has created one of the country’s most successful weight loss programs, using the Orbera gastric balloon combined with our Health and Wellness program. We have added Semiglutide injections to our overall program for those who are not interested in the gastric balloon device. Our Weight Loss experts have helped many patients lose and keep weight off with constant care and coaching. Highly individualized programs are necessary because patients need a lifelong, sustainable lifestyle rather than a diet plan. A thorough assessment of both the physical and emotional starting point for our patients creates a high success rate for long-term better health. PSS has a 6,000-square-foot medical center in Marin County, equipped with state-of-the-art technology

Our program includes coaching, and supplements or hormone balancing to correct imbalances that may impede your success. Understanding energy input (good food) and output (fitness training), and the behaviors that get in our way, PSS gets results where others fail. In addition to a well-structured, long term plan for weight loss, we have gone a step further to provide a jumpstart that so many are in search of. It’s called Gastric Balloon Technology. The balloon is inserted endoscopically and left to occupy space in the stomach for 6 months. We’ve seen patients lose as much as 25-75 lbs. in this period. With our support, patients have learned new behaviors and made weight loss permanent and created a healthier long-term lifestyle.

Our Philosophy

Every body is different. We empower our patients entering into the weight loss journey with the knowledge they need to make lifelong changes. We do this by listening carefully to their history, challenges and hope for change. Armed with a better understanding of the roadblocks to weight loss, our patients become excited about their transformation. Understanding the connection between gut health and metabolic function is critical, and solving that problem with probiotics and diet changes can greatly benefit weight loss. Testing biomarkers to scan for deficits like key vitamins and mineral create an all-around healthier body. We believe success is achieved with an individualized plans for each patient. It is why our program succeeds where others fail.

Counseling and Compliance

We support our patients and answer questions that come up throughout the journey. Keeping track of food, monitoring weight and fat loss are key motivators for program. We have tools like the Inbody 570 scale that accurately measures numerous data points like specific areas of body fat and muscle ratio.

Keeping You On Course

Over the next six months, we will meet with you to check in on how you’ve acclimated to the Orbera balloon and dietary changes. It may take a few days until you can introduce exercise. The balloon won’t feel painful but may feel a little awkward. This feeling will subside over the coming days. During your meeting with our patient coordinator, they will make sure your vitals are in line and note your weight loss. Your coach will help you examine any psychological barriers that may have blocked previous weight loss attempts. With tools and strategies, we will help you be ready to continue leading a healthy lifestyle after removal of the Orbera balloon.

What is Included in the Health And Wellness Program?

  • Pharmaceutical help with appetite suppressants, where appropriate
  • Gastric Balloon Technology, where appropriate
  • Access to nutritionist (emotional and educational support)
  • InBody scans to track progress
  • Healthy lifestyle coaching
  • Plan targeting fat loss while gaining muscle mass
  • May include male hormone replacement
  • 10% off any aesthetic procedure including surgery, injections, and lasers for one year upon completion of the program

Center of Excellence

  • Over 50,000 procedures performed
  • Over 75 years of combined experience

Our experienced team of surgeons combine an aesthetic perspective, the ability to listen closely to your needs, and the skills to achieve those desires. This combination of talent is a hallmark of a world-class plastic surgery clinic, located in Marin County, CA.

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