What is medically supervised weight loss?

Losing a significant amount of weight is difficult no matter how you go about it, whether you choose a medical weight loss program or bariatric surgery. People are rarely able to lose 40 pounds or more without professional assistance.

Medically supervised weight loss programs feature monitoring, support and education for patients throughout their weight loss journey. To lose weight, patients are put on a very low calorie, nutrient-dense diet for an extended period of time, usually weeks or more. Because of the close medical supervision, even patients with other health conditions, such as diabetes, can take part in the program. After losing weight, many patients find their other conditions have improved.

At the Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute, we would expect you to lose two to four pounds each week. You will meet with a nurse each week and a physician every month. You also have lab tests monthly and an EKG after every 50 pounds you lose to ensure your body is adapting well to the changes.

The key to our program is that you receive the education and encouragement you need from registered dietitians to transition from the meal replacements back into a healthy lifestyle full of nutritious foods and exercise. Weight loss is often quick, but our real goal is to give you the tools you need to maintain a healthy weight after you are done using the meal replacements.

During our five-week transition stage, you meet with a registered dietitian one-on-one to discuss how to incorporate healthy foods into your diet, change your current recipes to be healthier and handle dining out and celebrating in a healthy way. Developing new habits for eating and exercise will help you keep weight off and enjoy a healthy life.

I encourage you to discuss weight loss options with your physician to determine what program is the best choice for you. Never attempt an extreme diet without speaking to your physician to ensure it is safe.

For more information on medically supervised weight loss, please visit Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

By Dr. Phillip Snider

About Dr. Phillip Snider – Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Snider received his medical degree and fellowship training from Midwestern University. He completed his residency with Scottsdale Healthcare.

He holds a Masters of Science in Sports Nutrition and was a registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Instructor and personal trainer for ten years prior to his entry into medical school. He was recently certified as a bariatrician by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM).  Dr. Snider serves as medical director of Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

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