Darst Dermatology offers the Serotonin Weight Loss Program to the residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities. What Is the Serotonin Weight Loss Program? A medically supervised weight-loss program, Serotonin Plus lets you eat everyday foods from your local supermarket and lose weight. The program uses behavior modification, accountability through weekly weigh-ins, and, if needed, an FDA-approved medication that provides a “jump start” on your weight loss. The 12-week program helps you lose 25-35 pounds by changing your eating behaviors, while keeping you feeling full and satisfied. At your first visit, six-week visit, and final visit, you’ll receive a body scan to determine your body’s composition of fat, water, and muscle mass. This way, you can ensure you’re losing fat instead of muscle or water weight. How Does It Work? A patented formula of Serotonin is used as an appetite suppressant. This helps curb carbohydrate cravings. The program also encourages open dialogue between you and Dr. Darst to ensure you are losing weight safely Q: Why should I enter the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program®? A: The program has a 99% success rate, is medically supervised, and produces much more weight loss than other national weight loss programs. The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program® will not leave you feeling deprived or hungry. If followed properly, you will feel satisfied with a renewed sense of energy and will be in better physical condition. Many of our patients continue to lose weight, by choice, after they formally finish the program. Q: If I am on prescription medications can I still enter the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program®? A: Yes, it is possible to enter the program while you are on other medications. Please let us know the dosage of prescription medications and dietary supplements you are taking before you start the program and our medical staff will determine if the program will be compatible. Q: How is this program different from other weight loss programs? A: The program was developed by a board certified internal medicine physician. It is an aggressive program that, if followed properly, achieves immediate and safe weight loss. It is the only program that utilizes a patented oral serotonin supplement that reduces appetite naturally and decreases carbohydrate cravings and binge eating tendencies. In addition, the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program® modifies your behavior over time with respect to diet and exercise so your weight loss goal can be achieved and maintained long-term. How Does the Program Work? The program consists of weekly visits with the medical staff and the average weight loss is 35 pounds in 12 weeks. Patients may attend more than one session to achieve their weight loss goals. We do have a comprehensive approach that allows for aggressive, but safe weight loss. It incorporates use of our unique patented oral serotonin supplement, Serotonin-PlusTM, to naturally reduce appetite, decrease carbohydrate cravings and binge eating tendencies. Serotonin imbalance has been implicated as contributing to increased carbohydrate cravings, binge eating, depression, anxiety, PMS, sleep disorders and fibromyalgia. We also utilize phentermine, an FDA approved prescription appetite suppressant, when needed; and, behavior modification through an effective transitional diet and exercise plan. The SPWLP is the only weight loss program that can utilize a direct serotonin supplement. What Should I Expect? During the first visit, you will have your medical history reviewed, receive a physical examination, EKG and laboratory blood testing. We will then review the Transitional Diet PlanTM, corresponding meal plans and associated information. The Diet Plan is a 3-phase diet consisting of real food (3 full meals/day and 2 snacks) and is based upon an exchange-type system. Subsequent weekly visits will include a weigh-in, blood pressure and pulse checks, examination of your heart and lungs, periodic body fat, and circumference measurements. Patients are re-evaluated until optimal weight loss is achieved. We also provide a maintenance diet when your weight loss goal is achieved. Serotonin How Do I Get Started? We offer a free consultation to determine if this program is right for you. There is no obligation. Just call us to schedule your consultation. Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers the Serotonin Weight Loss Program to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-325-5415. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.