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Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options

Our medical and wellness weight loss options focus on an evidence-based approach using researched and established methods to achieve weight loss and weight maintenance. Under the guidance of medical professionals, patients follow a low-calorie or very-low calorie plan through therapeutic nutrition products.

You may benefit from our program if you:

  • Have health issues that would improve with weight loss;
  • Work well with a multidisciplinary team approach to facilitate greater weight loss and successful long term weight maintenance;
  • Have an upcoming surgery and could decrease the risks of anesthesia/surgery or recovery as directed by surgeon.

You may be a candidate for our Medical or Wellness Weight Management programs if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more
  • An ability to make a variety of lifestyle changes required for long-term weight maintenance

Four Phases in Our Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program

Screening Phase

  • Your first visit at our center is scheduled with a provider who has the expertise to meet your medical and weight loss needs. The consultation may include labs, EKG, dietitian and/or physician appointments.

  • There also will be a comprehensive assessment of your eating behaviors, eating patterns and lifestyle habits that can impact your weight and your ability to lose and maintain a healthy weight.

Reducing Phase

  • Safe and effective weight loss is achieved using therapeutic nutrition products. You will use New Direction nutritional products as your sole source or partial source of nutrition as the ‘tool’ to create weight loss.
  • Weekly medical monitoring by the nurse and/or personal coach will help you lose weight safely.
  • Weekly classes or personal coaching sessions cover topics in nutrition, personal effectiveness and exercise.
  • Development and implementation of a structured exercise program is managed by an exercise specialist.
  • Wellness Weight Management patients spend up to 12 weeks in this phase and Medical Weight Management patient spend up to 24 weeks in this phase.

Transition Phase

  • Individual consultations with one of our registered dietitians to transition gradually to eating regular foods.

Maintenance Phase

  • S.T.A.R. (Steps To Avoid Regain) program begins.
  • Fine tuning of new eating, behavior and exercise skills and habits.
  • Monthly personal coaching visits. 
  • This is the most important phase in the program. 
  • Our research shows that patients who have 25 or more visits at CentraCare Weight Management lose 50 percent more than those who have 24 or fewer visits at our center.

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