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Medically supervised weight loss programs are designed to offer treatment to overweight or obese patients who are closely followed by licensed healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered dietitians, and psychologists.

With a team of people working to best understand you, your body, your mind, and your medical conditions we can offer a 360-degree view of your current physical situation and give you specific steps to take for optimal results. Your time, money, and effort will yield a high return on investment. And there is no better investment than your self-care.

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How does a medically supervised weight loss plan work?

A medical weight loss program is primarily a numbers game based on calories and exercise. The less you exercise and the more calories that you consume will turn into increased body fat. The opposite is also true; the more you exercise and the fewer calories you consume will turn into decreased body fat. We know everyone is always looking for the magic formula or words, and that last sentence is it, calories matter, there has to be a deficit and that’s what a program can teach you… how to work in a calorie deficit without feeling hungry.

There are three main components to a medically supervised weight loss program…

Initial Consultation

The doctor will meet with you to learn more about you and your goals.

This initial consultation will provide you with the opportunity to get to know your doctor and provide the doctor with the information necessary to help you. During this consultation, the doctor will discuss your ideal weight and work with you to find a solution that works for you and your insurance. We also offer cash price options if that’s needed.

We’ll provide you with a list of the required next steps to take to satisfy your insurance requirements and make the necessary referrals for you.

Behavior Modification

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Changing behaviors is the best way to lose weight. Essentially, extra weight is stored energy that the body is saving as fat tissue. Weight is gained when there is more energy being taken in through food than is being expended through activity.  Weight is lost when more energy is used during activity than is taken in through food.

The key behaviors that influence weight loss are eating foods that are lower in calories and have a higher level of physical activity. Through the referrals we give you, you will be shown the best routes to take for you based on your bloodwork and medical conditions.


During a medical weight loss treatment, your doctor will create a diet plan for weight loss that includes foods lower in calories.

Calories from different sources will also affect how you gain or lose weight, and your doctor will be able to walk you through some of the different diets that are used for weight loss, such high protein diets, low carbohydrate diets, and intermittent fasting.

Your doctor will help recommend a healthy diet plan that includes foods that promote weight loss and eating schedules that help your body to burn more of the calories that you get through eating.


Exercise is very important when losing weight. Extra activity helps your body to burn the energy that it is storing as fat and helps your body to more effectively use calories from the food that you eat.

Your doctor can recommend various workouts to lose weight and find weight loss exercises that best work with your desired lifestyle. Behavioral changes are most effective when they are individualized to meet your unique lifestyle and personality. 

By following a medical weight loss plan created by your doctor that incorporates exercise and healthy foods to lose weight, you will have a plan that is optimized for your specific lifestyle and needs.

Weight Loss Medications

Weight loss medication may be prescribed by your doctor to help complement the weight loss diet or exercises that he or she recommends. Weight loss medications can help your body to burn extra calories; however, there are some potentially negative side effects that can be caused by these medications. Because of these side effects, these medications will typically be used to complement other weight loss behaviors and will not be the only method of weight loss used.

Your doctor will monitor you carefully if you are using these medications to ensure you are healthy while taking them.

Why Does Medically Supervised Weight Loss Work?

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Medical weight loss is a very effective way of losing weight for several reasons. Having a trained physician create a weight loss plan and monitor your progress provides a unique, individualized weight loss program that is specific to your needs. We refer our patients to a local doctor at Centerpoint Medical Center and also have an online source that offers telehealth services if that’s more convenient for you.

Focused on the Individual

Having a plan that is personalized to help fit your unique goals, lifestyle, and personal preferences helps the plan to be more successful. Not only is it easier to implement a personalized plan, but it is also much easier to stay on the plan than it is to adhere to a one-size-fits-all diet or weight loss program.

Since insurance companies require a documented 3-6 month medically supervised weight loss program prior to any bariatric surgery we try to make it as easy as possible for you to find the sources you need to finalize your approval.

Managed by a Doctor

Medical weight loss plans are unique in that they are designed and monitored by a licensed physician. Doctors typically have 11 to 18 years of education and will be far more knowledgeable about the topic of weight loss than any fitness professional or wellness coach.

They will also be able to help identify and treat medical barriers that may prevent you from losing weight as well as you could. This makes all the difference in the world when it comes to getting results and feeling your best!

Support Throughout the Process

Some weight loss plans have health coaches that will help hold people accountable, but the individualized attention of an experienced physician provides an outstanding benefit that other weight loss programs cannot match.

Having the personalized support that a doctor offers makes medical weight loss programs an invaluable method for achieving a healthy weight.

When our bariatric doctors, primary care physicians, psychologists, and dieticians worked this closely with you it’s rare that long-term weight loss isn’t achieved. Call Dr. Joseph and Ahktar today to schedule a time to meet them and start your weight loss journey!

What are the components of a medical weight loss program?

Medical weight loss programs typically involve a comprehensive approach to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The program begins with an initial consultation with a healthcare provider. During this visit, the provider will assess the patient’s current health status and develop a personalized treatment plan.

This plan includes behavior modifications, such as changes in diet and exercise, as well as any potential weight loss medications that may be recommended. The patient is then provided with the necessary tools, such as nutritional counseling, meal plans, and/or physical activity plans, to help them reach their weight loss goals.

The provider may also recommend additional lifestyle changes such as stress reduction, sleep optimization, and other healthy habits. Through regular follow-up visits, the provider can monitor the patient’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. When combined, these components of the medical weight loss program can help the patient achieve lasting weight loss.

Is a medically supervised weight loss program right for me?

A medically supervised weight loss program can be a great option for many people who are struggling to lose weight on their own. It’s especially beneficial for individuals with:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher (obesity)
  • A BMI of 27 or higher (overweight) with a weight-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea
  • Difficulty losing weight due to underlying medical conditions or medications
  • A history of yo-yo dieting or failed weight loss attempts

What are the benefits of a medically supervised weight loss program?

There are many benefits to participating in a medically supervised weight loss program, including:

  • Personalized plan: A doctor will design a weight loss plan tailored to your individual needs and health history.
  • Increased accountability: Regular check-ins with a doctor can help you stay motivated and on track.
  • Improved safety: A doctor can monitor your progress and adjust your plan as needed to ensure your safety.
  • Support and guidance: You’ll have access to a team of healthcare professionals who can provide support and guidance throughout your weight loss journey.
  • Greater chance of success: Studies show that people who participate in medically supervised weight loss programs are more likely to lose weight and keep it off in the long term.

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