At Weight No More, they work with patients throughout the Newport Beach, CA area to achieve their weight loss goals. They ensure that their patients get the best possible results by working with them to create a medically supervised diet plan.
Medically Supervised Diets Q&A
What is a medically supervised diet?
Medically supervised diets are plans crafted by a doctor or medical professional to assist patients with losing weight and improve health and wellbeing. In most cases, treatment takes place in a clinical environment and is directed by a nurse, dietitian, doctor, or another type of health care professional. The patient and the doctor meet regularly to track progress and to learn and practice new healthy eating habits.
What happens during the first consultation?
During the initial visit, the doctor assesses the patient’s lifestyle and activity levels. Then, he looks for any contributing factors including a medical condition, behavioral or emotional setbacks, and the patient’s weight history. Weight history information needed includes past diet attempts and situations which caused the person’s weight to change, whether up or down. Generally, a full physical examination is completed.
What does a medically supervised diet include?
For most patients, a medically supervised diet includes:
- Meal Plan- The doctor will create a nutritionally balanced meal plan, typically with calorie restriction, that the patient will follow throughout the weight loss journey. This plan is adjustable to meet the shifting needs of the patient as his or her body and lifestyle change.
- Behavior Modifications- Dietary changes and exercise are always the most important parts of a weight loss plan. Working with the doctor to identify what types of foods and activities are best suited to your needs ensures you are not just working hard to lose weight, you’re working smart.
- Pre-packaged Meal Replacement Plans- These plans are made to help patients transition from regimented diets to self-prepared meals over time. This helps their bodies get used to smaller portions and different types of foods.
- Pharmacotherapy- Medical weight management can also use medications to achieve weight loss. This is suited for people who haven’t seen measurable results using diet and exercise alone.
Creating these good habits that work hand in hand with diet and exercise provides a solid foundation for your weight loss journey and sustaining that weight loss in the future. Utilizing these tools can help keep you healthy long after the weight has come off. It is also important to visit the office for regular follow-up visits during and after the program. It is suggested that patients follow up with the doctor at three to four-week intervals until the initial weight loss goals are met.