I have described the scientific approach underlying the PnK Method here. In this article I would like to describe the teams PronoKal has put together to help patients achieve their goals.
There are many aspects to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. It’s never as simple as just eating less and moving more. Numerous research articles describe the benefits of teams formed of doctors, dietitians/nutritionists, exercise specialists and therapists for the treatment of obesity.1 For that reason, PronoKal has developed a unique multidisciplinary team approach that cares for each of the areas considered important in short-term weight loss and long-term weight maintenance.
Who will you find in the PnK Method multidisciplinary team?
Teams require leaders. PronoKal has sought out and trained doctors as the leaders of its multidisciplinary teams for two main reasons:
- We are seeking health through weight management. Before starting, the causes of overweight must be evaluated and used to guide recommendations on how to lose weight. Doctors are also best placed to assess a patient’s health risks, looking at previous lifestyle, the medical history and test results.
- The PnK diet acts on body metabolism. Any diet will therefore affect body systems and organs, and the consequences must be fully understood to ensure the safety of the method. Before starting the PronoKal PnK Method, your doctor will review your medical history and perform tests to assess your current health status and to avoid any possible risk.
The doctor acts as the coordinator, overseeing the patient’s weight-loss journey, ensuring the safety and efficacy of the programme.
Dietitians/Nutritionists and Motivational Therapists
PronoKal has dietitians and nutritionists in its clinics. They are trained in the PnK Method and have detailed knowledge of all the PnK products and protocols. They are therefore able to guide patients on how to choose among the 50+ meal-replacement products and to give advice on how to fit the diet into their lifestyle.
There are also moments when social or business commitments impinge on the correct application of the diet. Advice from the PronoKal nutritionists will help patients overcome these periods with minimal interference.
As patients approach their target weight, the dietitians/nutritionists have the knowledge to help them adopt healthy diet options for long-term weight control.
Motivation depends on many factors, but a good knowledge of the diet is essential to understand the changes that can occur in motivation. The PronoKal dietitians and nutritionists have therefore gone through training in motivational support to help patients cope with the difficulties they may experience on their weight-loss journey.
Exercise must be an integral part of any weight-loss programme. Without exercise, the results are always less significant. The exercise regimens of the PnK Method are specifically designed to maintain muscle during the weight-loss phase of the programme (the time during which it is most likely that patients could lose muscle mass). Exercise must then become part of the patient’s lifestyle, helping to maintain weight and promote health. Muscle development through exercise is essential to keep up your body’s metabolic rate, and physical activity has also been shown to influence many aspects of health: joints, heart and blood vessels, and even the brain.
The PronoKal personal trainers are there to guide you through the exercises, helping you to develop a routine and to perform the exercises safely.
Dr. Bazire’s recommendation
Take full advantage of all the members of the team. Allow them to help make your weight-loss journey as easy as possible, assist you through the difficult moments, overcome possible lapses, celebrate the successes, and accompany you in the long term to develop a healthy diet and lifestyle that will allow you to enjoy life to the full.
- Developing dimensions for a multicomponent multidisciplinary approach to obesity management: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. Oct 2017. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4834-2