New York NY weight loss programs with Dr. Vadim Surikov help patients loose weight without hunger while eating healthy foods. In this interview at the weight loss clinic, Christine talks about the benefits to her personal and professional life with losing weight.
Interview with Christie – New York NY Weight Loss Programs
Q: Please introduce yourself.
My name is Christine and I live here in New York City, originally from Syracuse, New York.
Q: What made you decide that you needed help losing weight?
At my previous occupation, I was very active, all over campus. This was the first desk job and it was an adjustment and I just felt like, “Oh, my God. I’m putting on weight.” It go to a point to where I was like “I have to do something about this.” I am still pretty active. I walk to work. I walk everywhere. I rarely take the subway. I’ll leave an hour early if I think I can just walk and get there but it just wasn’t enough and I needed to do something else. I’m not a pill person at all. I’m a medicine person but I thought, “I have to give this a try.” I just searched around and came up with him and read some of the testimonials online and it just sounded like a good match and I thought I’ll go and talk to him and see what I can do.
Q: What was the initial weight loss consultation like with Dr. Surikov?
Yes, I found him very funny. He’s a really easy guy to talk to. It didn’t feel very formal. It felt very comfortable right from the start. I was a little nervous, “What is this? How is it going to affect me.” I had a lot of questions and he made me feel very comfortable. I didn’t feel apprehensive about trying some medication that I didn’t know a lot about. He actually had a lot of suggestions and gave me a lot of paperwork along with it. I called in and he spoke to me just a couple of days after. I had a little thing of like, “Is it okay that I’m feeling that I’m not going to eat at all?” I just had some questions that he was like “Yes, yes, yes, it’s all very normal. Everything you’re having is very normal.” That reassured me.
Q: Why was the idea of taking medication significant?
Yes, it was just the way my upbringing was. You kind of learn by your experiences and our entire family was like that.They just didn’t take pills. We had aspirin and that was it. If you were talking to my father, he’d be like, “You have aspirin and bourbon, that’s all you need.”
He was a little old school in that sense. Growing up and looking at it now, I’m like, “Really?” We didn’t have anything.
Q: Dr. Surikov started you on phentermine?
Q: What was the first month like with phentermine? Did you have any problems?
I think in the beginning, there was a little bit of nervousness. I did feel a little jittery. I started on a half dose and that was gone within a week. Now, I don’t feel anything at all. Physically, I don’t feel any difference. I actually have to make a conscious effort in the morning to make sure you eat something, make sure you have a good solid breakfast, and a real light lunch and then a light dinner.
Q: When he first described to you the diet or the eating and the calorie restriction, what did you think?
Well, I’m going to have to have a little less wine. It didn’t seem insurmountable at all. There was such a wide range in that little helpful sheet that he gave. Such a wide range. I was like, “Well, I can have this and this and this and this.” I wouldn’t really even call it hugely restrictive. It’s all about portion control. It really is. You control your portions and you’re taking in less calories.
Q: The weight loss plan seemed doable?
Very much. It seems pretty easy in fact. I thought, “Wait. Maybe I just had to have somebody present it to me in such a clear way.” It seemed very doable and very easy.
Q: Have you found that it has been easy to follow every day?
Yes. In fact, after my first month, my daughter who lives with me is now patient. It helps a lot that we’re doing it together. It helps a lot to have a little buddy in that system. She’s my diet buddy.
Q: How important has the office staff been with your success?
I would say they’re very helpful and encouraging. They noticed right away that I had lost weight and they’re like, “Wow, you look fabulous.” I’m like “Thank you. I feel fabulous.” Actually, she was very helpful too in getting a discount for the medication, which I was like, “Wow, that’s amazing. Thank you. That’s fantastic.” Which always helps every pocketbook. I really appreciate that. Just very encouraging every time I came in. Just really nice complimentary, which of course, helps anybody feel better.
Q: When you started losing weight, who was the first person that noticed that you were losing weight and feeling better?
It was here in the office. Everyone else sees me on a regular basis the people I encounter. My daughter sees me every day, the people in the office see me every day. It wasn’t until a time period had passed and I came back in here and hadn’t seen Elena in a month. She was like, “Wow, you look fantastic.” It really was her that was the first person that really noticed.
Q: How long have you been coming to the practice?
Three and a half months. This is my fourth month.
Q: How has losing weight affected your work?
Well, when you lose weight and you feel much better about how you look, I feel more confident in meetings. I go into meetings and I know that I look good and I know that I feel good, that kind of comes across. When you’re feeling like you’re overweight, you lose confidence in yourself. You wouldn’t think that that would necessarily be something but it’s true for some people and it certainly was true for me. I feel much more confident now.
New York NY Weight Loss Programs with Dr. Surikov
To learn more about the New York NY weight loss programs that Dr. Surikov has created to help patients lose weight and regain their confidence, visit the website for the medical weight loss clinic in NYC (https://www.facebook.com/drvadimsurikov/). Patients who want to schedule a weight loss consultation should call (347) 599-9118.