What is a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program?

Medical weight management programs provide treatment in a clinical setting with a licensed health care professional, such as a medical doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered dietitian and/or a psychologist. These programs typically offer services such as nutrition and physical activity counseling and behavioral therapy.

The cost to participate in a medical weight management program varies depending upon the services offered. Health insurance companies may cover some or all of your treatment, particularly if you have weight-related health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension or diabetes.

The Initial Consult:

A physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner specializing in obesity treatment provides the initial consultation. The initial consult involves a focused medical evaluation for diseases related to obesity and causative factors, along with a physical examination. In addition, the medical professional will obtain a weight history, which includes past diet attempts, and may conduct a thorough psychological history.

Many patients come to the clinic with undiagnosed diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, abnormal liver tests or obstructive sleep apnea. Additional testing may be recommended depending upon the medical history and physical findings.
Overall, the physician management of obesity may include:

  • Behavior Modifications (diet and exercise)
  • Pre-packaged Meal Replacement Plans
  • Pharmacotherapy (weight-loss medications)

Please note that this is a general overview of the average Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program and not a specific description of the program offered by your medical provider.
Ask your doctor all the details about your personalized weight loss program.

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What can you expect from a Medically Supervised Weight Management Program?

Medical monitoring

Including lab work and regular visits with a healthcare provider

Meal Replacement

Great tasting, high protein, low carbohydrate meal replacements providing 100% of the recommended daily allowance for 24 vitamins and minerals


Rapid Weight Loss – typically 2 to 5 pounds per week

Long lasting results

Education sessions focusing on nutrition, exercise and behavior changes

Benefits of a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program

 Designed, supervised and presented by medical professionals.

It is personalize

One of the primary benefits to this type of program is that it is completely personalized for your own needs. The doctors will look at your current lifestyle, activity level, weight and overall health to decide how to best create a program for you. This means that your goals are specific to your needs and the changes you are asked to make directly influence your results.

It is supervised

You don’t have to worry you are not eating correctly, not working out enough, or investing in unproven remedies. In a supervised program, every aspect is carefully planned and monitored.  The environment is non-judgmental and accepting.  Everyone slips and we are all human.  The program is designed to get you to a healthy weight with support all the way.

It can provide long-term success

While anyone can lose weight with a crash diet or the newest fad, it doesn’t usually produce lasting success. Another great benefit to this type of program is that you learn lifestyle changing skills to achieve long-term success. Medical weight loss does not just give you tools to lose weight, it gives you tools and skills to help you make a weight management lifestyle part of how you live.

Flying Solo instead?

The do-it-yourself approach, with easy to follow guides and online community support. Easy, convenient and flexible. Recommended for people looking to lose under 25 lbs.