My patients weren’t born with perfect genes. They simply learned how to remodel their environment (nutrition, movement, mindset) so the genes they were born with are no longer such an issue. 

Below are testimonials from my patients who struggle with weight loss. See how functional medicine has helped them in their own words.

To see more testimonials from individuals who suffer from other health issues, click on the bullets below:

Please note: since all patient encounters are held in the strictest confidence, the testimonials below do not include names or pictures.

* Disclaimer: The following testimonials represent some of my patient's individual experiences. Your results working with me and/or with a Functional Medicine approach may vary.

Weight Loss

Five months ago I consulted with Dr. Rich Stagliano, after a friend in L.A. told me that she called the offices of Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The UltraMind Solution, who told her that the only functional medicine practitioner on the entire West Coast he would recommend was Dr. Stagliano.

At the time I weighed 205 pounds. Today, I have lost over 34 pounds of body fat. My pant size is now a 38 instead of a 44. My diabetes is gone. My percentage of body fat has gone from 34.5% to 21.3%. I now need to lose only another 12 pounds of body fat, so I am almost ¾ the way there. The miraculous diet and wonderful direction and encouragement I am receiving from Dr. Stagliano have provided the opportunity I had dreamed about.

I am 66 years old, but on one day recently six different people commented on how well I was looking. My blood pressure is going down; I am now able to walk up hills and even walked 12 miles on the Fourth of July! My mood and overall health have greatly improved. Dr. Stagliano says that I am doing all the work – but I am able to do all that work because he is providing all the guidance.

I recommend Dr. Stagliano to anyone who cares about the quality of their life. Dr. Stagliano heals the causes, and the symptoms take care of themselves.

Thank you Dr. Stagliano!
— H. from San Francisco *
I have been active most of my life and participating in the sport of triathlon since the year 2000. Even with all the training I was doing I was carrying at least 20 extra pounds that were not participating in any of the work. I decided to see a sports nutritionist and another triathlete suggested Live Fit Medicine. I was interested in losing fat while still maintaining the energy for my active lifestyle.

When I first met with Dr. Rich Stagliano I decided I would do what he told me to do and see what would happen. I started out by just following the guidelines he gave me and applying them to food that I enjoy eating. With his gentle guidance, analysis of what I was eating and suggestions for alternatives, my body fat percentage decreased by 13% in 4 months. I learned about things like nutrient timing with exercise, healthier choices such as brown rice instead of white, and was amazed at the difference these adjustments made.

In addition to changing what I ate and when I ate it, Dr. Rich suggested that I might have some food sensitivities/allergies. I wasn’t sure I wanted to find out about them nor was I sure I would do anything about it if I did. I went ahead with the testing and the big differences started to occur after I started eliminating the offending foods. My energy and ability to focus improved remarkably. My constantly runny nose and need for a daily dose of antihistamines disappeared as did my migraine headaches.

I got a lot more out of my experience with Dr. Rich than body composition improvements. Dr. Rich would point out the health benefits that I achieved like reduced cholesterol and triglycerides, cutting out the need for a daily dose of antihistamines, no more monthly migraines, etc…I was just interested in the race results! Overall I lost 28 pounds of fat and NO lean mass. And the good news is that the fat has stayed off. After 4 months under Dr. Rich’s care, I got onto the winner’s podium and just one year later I had my first ever 1st place finish in a triathlon. I’m getting faster in my 50’s!
— B. from San Francisco, CA *
Since my early twenties I have experienced constant stomach problems that included gas, cramping, pain, constipation, and diarrhea. It seemed there was no pattern or specific food that would trigger the symptoms. The only time I felt good was if I did not eat, but that clearly was not an option!

I exercise daily and have since the age of 5. My husband met Dr. Rich while working out at the gym. After seeing Dr. Rich himself for a body composition overview, he suggested I see Dr. Rich. I waited 2 months and then reluctantly went to Dr Rich. I had seen my general doctor the previous year who ran tests and found no problem or reason for my symptoms.

I initially met with Dr Rich for an hour and a half. This was already quite different than meeting with my general doctor who had me in and out of the office in less then 15 minutes. We reviewed my history in detail and agreed that I would eliminate dairy and gluten from my diet as well as run some tests. The tests came back and I was almost completely deficient in Vitamin D. Dr. Rich suggested I started taking Vitamin D, fish oil, a probiotic and a multi-vitamin. Within about 1 week of taking the vitamins and being on the dairy and gluten free diet my symptoms were gone!

Two weeks into my dairy and gluten free diet I reintroduced dairy and still had no symptoms! The introduction of gluten can cause some of the old symptoms to return so I simply eliminate whenever possible but not entirely. I still continue to take my vitamins and most of my days are pain free. Dr. Rich still makes himself available if I have any follow up questions. I appreciate the time he took while I was in the office with him and for finding a healthy solution to my problems after 20 years!
— D. from Novato, CA *
It sounds dramatic, but I’ll write it anyways… Dr. Rich, simply put, saved my life. I walked into his office with a completely different perception of what it meant to be healthy and a very fleeting sense of what it meant to be happy.

As a person who was not necessarily fat, I was most definitely uncomfortable with my body – something that continually affected my self esteem and was on my mind most every hour of every day. I was convinced I ate just fine and was chock full of excuses of why with my lifestyle would not mesh with any new program. Too much business travel. Too much entertaining of clients. Too busy with kids and work to get the exercise I needed to right the ship. Too much everything.

As a former collegiate soccer player, I had never needed to worry about any of this. And yet years later, being in a bathing suit is something I refused to do and trying on clothes was absolutely depressing.

It was almost two years ago that I first met Rich. From the moment I sat down with him, every single thing he said made sense – both scientifically and emotionally. The way he explained how the human body works and why exactly the scale said what it did with me was undeniable.

When people ask me about my diet, I tell them that I’m not on one. When people ask me about when I am going to be done being vigilant about my eating and exercise habits I tell them that it is now a part of me, that there is no time limit or clock.

When I wake up in the morning, I still (try to) pinch myself to remember that this is the new me. And it won’t go away, mostly because I won’t let it. I’ve dropped nearly 30 pounds – almost all of which is body fat – and I weigh less than what I weighed at the peak of my athletic career. This with a full time job, two children and a demanding, active and hectic life. It’s possible.

As I told a friend who I referred to Rich last week – he’s part doctor, part therapist, part friend, part counselor, part mirror, part psychic and all heart. He will change your life, you just have to do your part.
—  C. from Mill Valley, CA *
I would say that I have always been slightly overweight and struggled with weight problems since my early teens. I am totally motivated and in all other areas of my life I always saw results when I worked hard but weight loss was one battle that I never managed to win no matter how much exercise and diet plans I put myself through.

I then met Dr. Stagliano and my life changed from there. I must say that in the beginning it was very hard and the results were not as fast as expected but Dr. Stagliano’s positive encouragement and very close and careful personalization of my diet and exercise regime started to pay off after a couple of months and I lost over 20 pounds of body fat in the first 4 months.

I then moved to Asia but kept the most important parts of the regime in place, without it being at all constraining to my everyday life. It is now 8 months since I initially started the diet and have now reached the body shape that I desire, I feel so much more confident and it affects all other parts of my life. The point is that I am continuing to lose weight in a healthy manner without stressing about many constraints in the way I eat or in my daily routine given I am also starting my own company and this takes so much of my time.

I want to say that Dr. Stagliano has been the first and only person that helped me through this change. His trust and the initial listening to the hurdles that I could not overcome and fitting the plan to my everyday needs was what made his regime best for me. It has been so great to have his support all through this journey, even if from the other side of the world!
— B. from San Francisco, CA*
As I approached my 50th birthday, I decided to address some ongoing problems that I was having with my health. First, I was exhausted all the time and no amount of sleep seemed to help. Second, I wanted to understand food better, and set aside any incorrect knowledge. I had about 20 pounds to lose, and I wasn’t making progress although I was at the gym 3 days a week. Third, if possible, I wanted to get off of my blood pressure medication.

Dr. Rich talked with me about my goals, evaluated my eating and exercise routine, as well as the medications that I was taking. He worked with me to improve my diet and suggested some changes in my exercise regimen. He helped me to make the changes become a permanent part of the way that I live. He was always encouraging and took a positive approach to helping me stay motivated and on track to achieve my goals.

Within three months, I have permanently changed the way I eat and think about food. I have my energy back, which feels like a miracle in itself! I feel good all day long. I have lost almost 12 pounds of fat and gained 8 pounds of muscle. I’ve already dropped 2 dress sizes and I’m confident that I can keep making progress. My primary care physician agreed that I can stop taking my blood pressure medication because that is no longer a problem. I am so happy about the progress I have made and I can’t recommend Dr. Rich highly enough!
— M. from Hayward, CA *
When I came to see Dr. Rich I was feeling less than optimal. I knew I needed to lose some weight and adopt a plan that was not just the latest fad diet. I was a middle aged Mom and a busy executive who travelled for work frequently. I appreciated Dr. Rich’s warm and practical approach and his knowledge and sensitivity to me and my situation.

He spent the time getting to know me as a person and began helping me understand how to remove the barriers and obstacles that seemed to get in my way. I got on a plan, met with him weekly and we tracked my progress and I always left his office encouraged and inspired.

He is bright, funny, compassionate and insightful. He is an “out of the box” physician, who really partners with you on your success. I highly recommend Dr. Rich. He changed my life in many great ways. I eat better, exercise regularly, have increased my knowledge about food and nutrition and have lost over 20 lbs. this year in a healthy and sustainable way. Live Fit Medicine is well worth the investment in your health and well- being!
— M. from Mill Valley, CA *
I’ve been seeing Dr. Rich for over 3 years, and to say he’s changed my life is an understatement.

As a full-time working mother who couldn’t lose weight after my second child and was experiencing a whole range of other issues, I went to see Rich after my OB-GYN and my PCP prescribed hormones and recommended rest, respectively (the former option wasn’t preferable given my family medical history, and the latter option simply wasn’t possible with 2 young children and a full-time job). Rich honed in on various aspects of my health, did some testing to verify his suspicions, and put me on a healthful regimen of supplements and other things to address my underlying condition. He also provided reasonable (and doable) exercises and sleep suggestions, working with me over time to integrate everything into a busy life. Within a year, I lost 30 pounds, all of my symptoms disappeared, and I felt better than I had in years. I learned a tremendous amount about health and nutrition - and how inter-connected the two are - and have been able to apply my knowledge and experiences to my family and their health and nutrition, as well.

It’s a shame there aren’t more practitioners like Rich! For anyone looking for answers to health and wellness questions and issues that Western Medicine can’t provide, and for anyone hoping to work with someone on the cutting-edge of functional medicine, who is also dedicated and a great motivator, Rich is your guy.
— K. from San Francisco, CA *

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