Frequently Asked Questions about Weight Loss Programs

Are the weight loss programs safe?

The safety of our patients is our highest priority.

Throughout each program our patients are treated and followed closely by physicians trained in internal medicine. Our patients see our physicians and physician assistants on an ongoing basis throughout their time in treatment. The frequency of these visits will depend on the medical condition of the patient, which medications the patient is taking and the type of treatment protocol we are utilizing. During medical visits, patients are assessed for side effects that may occur during treatment, and active medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are monitored closely. Laboratory studies are done at the outset of treatment and on an ongoing basis throughout the treatment process. The frequency of these tests is also determined by the patient's medical conditions, medications and treatment protocol.

Coordination of care with the patient's primary care physician and other specialists takes place as needed throughout the treatment process. This medical monitoring ensures a close watch on all patients and their medical conditions. We also provide physician on-call availability to our patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should the patient need to speak with our physician for any reason.

Will I maintain my weight loss?

Obesity is a chronic disease,which means it cannot be cured. Losing weight and maintaining weight loss are both difficult to do and require different strategies and skills. Our treatment is designed to help patients lose weight and to give them the skills to help keep it off. Our own studies have shown that various factors can contribute to improving the maintenance of weight loss. Patients who attend their group sessions regularly, develop a regular exercise program and adhere to it after losing the weight, and attend the Masters Program (our maintenance program) do much better when it comes to controlling their weight. Making use of the skills learned while in treatment can help patients control their weight and keep a significant amount of weight off for a long period of time.

How do your programs differ from other weight loss programs?

The Center for Weight and Wellness provides comprehensive treatment programs designed specifically to treat various levels of overweight and obesity. Because weight problems can be the result of genetic, physical, behavioral and psychological issues, our programs take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Treatment staff includes physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists and exercise physiologists. We also have psychiatrists available. All our treatment staff have training, expertise and keen interest in treating obesity.

We offer a choice of specialized programs tailored to a patient's level of obesity, psychological issues and medical problems. One of our most popular specialty programs is our diabetes weight management program. Our goal is to provide each patient with a treatment plan that incorporates intervention from each of the disciplines of our trained specialists in a comprehensive, coordinated program.

How are Optifast® meal replacement supplements different from other over-the-counter meal replacement supplements?

Optifast® meal replacement supplements are a nutritional product that was developed in the 1970s at a time when liquid diet research was just getting started. It became the product of choice for liquid diet treatment when liquid and partial liquid diet treatment started to become more popular in the late 1980s. The product formula has remained state of the art over the years, improving according to the latest in nutritional and weight control research. This product provides excellent nutrition concentrated into a small number of calories. It has been formulated to be used in a full liquid diet regimen where no food is being used as well as a partial liquid diet regimen. Optifast® meal replacement supplements can only be provided by a physician and used under the supervision of a physician within a treatment program.