What is Medically-Assisted Weight Loss?

Medically assisted weight loss is a weight loss program that is closely monitored by a doctor. The doctor helps with customized diet plans, and is often done in conjunction with medications that suppress appetite, and or reduce cravings. The doctor has regular visits with the patients going over what worked and what didn’t work, and fine tunes the program to their specific lifestyle. This approach holds patients accountable, and aids in longterm success of keeping the unwanted weight off.

Below we will discuss some of the main aspects of our medically assisted weight loss program.

Who is a candidate for medically assisted weight loss?

Typically people that are of a BMI of 30 and above are candidates for medically assisted weight loss, but individuals with lower BMI may also benefit from it. The doctor can assess whether or not the program is a good fit for you.

Initial Assessment

During your first visit, the doctor will discuss with you what your goals are for the program. You will go over your medical history, including your current diet and exercise routine, also your past diet habits. He will look to see if there may be any underlying medical issues that could be causing weight gain. If you are dealing with any hormonal imbalances that have caused weight gain, hormone replacement therapy can also be helpful. The doctor will also assess if you are in good enough health to potentially take medication to assist you with your weight loss. He will ask you to tell him exactly what you eat everyday, so that he can help tailor the diet plan to you personally.

Medication

You may choose to use a medication to assist you during the program. There are a few options, appetite suppressants, drugs that curb cravings, and also HCG. Whatever option you choose the doctor will closely monitor you to ensure your safety and success during the program.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

Patients typically lose anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of their body weight during the program. The program lasts between 8 and 12 weeks. The reason for this variance is due to whether or not the medication is losing efficacy.

How Many Times Can I Do the Program?

Patients can do the program as many times as they like. The program is typically 8 to 12 weeks, after which you will need to take at least a month off to allow your body a break from the medication. After the break you may start another round of medically assisted weight loss at a discounted rate for completing one full cycle.

Will I Keep the Weight Off?

The majority of our patients stay within 5 pounds of their goal weight. The doctor provides you with the tools and helps you form new habits that you can continue after the program ends. It is possible to gain the weight back if you do not follow the new things you learned, but as long as you stick to then you will not.

Please call our office today to set up a consultation to see if medically assisted weight loss is right for you.

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