Metabolic Weight Loss Clinic

Sometimes you need extra help to lose weight.

Woman’s Metabolic Weight Loss Clinic, led by Dr. Drake Bellanger, an obesity expert certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine, offers multiple programs that can work alone or in conjunction with prescribed medications to enhance weight loss. Medications can help people improve their health, lead a better quality of life and reduce body weight. 

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Woman’s Metabolic Weight Loss Clinic
225-924-8313
Woman’s Center for Wellness
9637 Jefferson Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA  70809


Nutrition and Support

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While medications are an option, nutrition and coaching are crucial to long-term success. Weight loss options may depend on the following factors:

  • Amount of weight loss desired
  • Time frame
  • Expense
  • Underlying conditions

Our weight loss navigator can help direct you to the best option for you! Call 225-924-8705

Learn more about the weight loss programs we offer to help you get into the shape you want.

Lifestyle Interventions

The most successful patients are those who make lifestyle changes. Our clinic is designed to ensure our patients are educated and remain accountable throughout weight loss and maintenance. Our lifestyle intervention options include:

Balance® Program

  • 12-Week weight loss plan includes fitness, nutrition and accountability (group program available)
  • Completely customized
  • Includes resting metabolic rate test and Fit3D body composition analysis
  • 2 consultations with a dietitian (60 minutes and 30 minutes)
  • One-on-one personal training two days a week=24 sessions with a personal trainer
  • 10, 30-minute wellness coaching sessions

Education and Accountability Program

Patients visit the clinic monthly for blood pressure, weight, waist circumference measurement and other vitals.  Education on nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress and other important factors that impact weight management and a healthy lifestyle is provided by our team of registered dietitians and certified health coaches.

Ideal Protein®

Woman’s Ideal Weight Loss Program is a medically designed plan that helps stabilize the pancreas and blood sugar levels while burning fat and maintaining muscle.

  • Phase 1: Weight Loss - Patient stays in this phase until weight-loss goal is achieved
  • Phase 2: Stabilization – Patient learns how to reincorporate healthy carbohydrates and fats into their diet without regaining weight
  • Phase 3: Maintenance - Patient check-ins with coach to stay accountable and successfully maintain weight loss

During the protocol, dieters will consume Ideal Protein packaged foods and supplements in combination with whole foods (proteins and selected vegetables).  Dieters will also limit carbohydrate intake, which forces the body to use stored fat for energy.

Metagenics FirstLine Therapy®

Personalized lifestyle medicine meets you at the intersection of diet, exercise, and lifestyle intervention to determine the best course of action for managing and promoting the health of each individual patient.  FirstLine Therapy looks at blood sugar balance, cardiovascular health, body composition, autoimmune system function, gastrointestinal health and hormone balance.  The program offers medical foods and pharmaceutical grade supplements.

Medications

Medications and Metabolic Regulators

 Medication How It Works  Common Side Effects
 Topiramate Oral 

Causes decrease in cravings and change in tastes

*Should NOT be used in conjunction with a ketogenic or high protein/low carbohydrate diet
Tingling in hands/feet
Headache 
Drowsiness 
Weakness 
Weight loss*
Constipation 
Heartburn 
Change in ability to taste food 
Dry mouth 
Excessive menstrual bleeding or missed periods 
Increased risk of kidney stones
Bupropion (Wellbutrin)   

Oral 

Antidepressant that increases certain types of activity in the brain to reduce cravings and appetite

*Take with food 

Drowsiness 
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Dry mouth 
Dizziness 
Headache 
Nausea/Vomiting/Constipation
Stomach pain 
Loss of appetite/weight loss*
Changes in taste
Excessive sweating 
Ringing in the ears
Frequent urination 
Diethylpropion Oral 

Increase chemicals in brain to make you feel you are not hungry or that you are full
 See side effects for phentermine and bupropion
Semaglutide (Ozempic)  

Injection – 1x/wk

*Not a weight loss drug, but causes weight loss. Designed to help people with T2DM lower blood glucose.

Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea/Constipation

Abdominal pain 

Semaglutide (Rybelsus)  

Oral 

*Not a weight loss drug, but causes weight loss. Designed to help people with T2DM lower blood glucose.

Take on an empty stomach. Eat 30-60 minutes later.

 

Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea/Constipation – especially at first 

Abdominal pain 

Decreased appetite 

Phentermine Oral 

Increase chemicals in brain to make you feel you are not hungry or that you are full
Dry mouth 
Constipation 
Difficulty sleeping
Dizziness 
Feeling nervous/restless
Headache 
Increased BP/pulse  
Naltrexone-bupropion 
(Contrave)
Oral 

May help you feel less hungry or full sooner
Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea/Constipation
Dizziness 
Dry mouth 
Headache 
Increased BP/HR
Insomnia 
Liraglutide 
(Saxenda)
Injectable

May help you feel less hungry or full sooner
Nausea/Diarrhea/Constipation Abdominal pain 
Headache 
Increased pulse
Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia) Oral 

May make you less hungry or feel full sooner
Taste changes, especially with carbonated beverages
Dry mouth 
Constipation 
Difficulty sleeping
Dizziness 
Tingling in hands and feet

Metabolic Regulators

METFORMIN: Used as first-line therapy for prediabetes and diabetes.  Metformin functions by making your muscles more sensitive to your own body's insulin.  It assists other weight loss medications and treatments by helping your body burn sugars (and therefore calories) more efficiently. This is accomplished by helping sugar get into muscle cells to be used.  This medication will help patients who exhibit insulin resistance after evaluation and testing.

GLP-1 AGONIST: A GLP-1 agonist is a class of medications that acts by mimicking a substance in our body called GLP-1 or Glucagon Like Peptide-1. GLP-1 promotes weight loss through 3 main mechanisms:

  • Slowing the stomach emptying, thereby causing a person to eat a smaller meal
  • Acting on the brain to decrease appetite
  • Decreasing the liver’s production of sugar

People who are pregnant, have had pancreatitis or have a family history of medullary thyroid cancers should not take this medication.  

Additional Services

$25 FIT3D Scan – Body Composition, Balance and Posture Analysis

$60 MedGem Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test – A 10 to 15 minute breath test that uses an indirect calorimeter to measure oxygen consumption to determine your RMR.  This will tell you how many calories you burn each day without additional activity.

Lipotropic Injections

  • $20 Vitamin B12
    • Slows aging
    • Boosts energy and overall metabolic rate
    • Helps burn stored body fat
    • Detoxifies the body
    • Maintains a healthy liver
    • Helps regulate sleep, mood, appetite and energy
    • Works synergistically with other nutrients to improve overall health B12+MIC
  • $30 Vitamin B12 plus MIC
    • Jump starts the body’s metabolism to specifically promote weight loss
    • Promotes hormone balance
    • Shifts your body into burning fat faster