12-week nonsurgical weight loss program guided by a health care provider

During the program, patients visit the Norton Health & Wellness Center weekly. They receive an individualized plan along with consultations with a physician, dietitian and mental health provider. The weekly visits provide accountability and follow-up.

Norton Health & Wellness Center offers an individualized, 12-week program for overweight and obese patients looking to lose weight and improve their health.

Patients enrolled in the 12-week program give a comprehensive medical history, have their body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and waistline measured, and have screening lab work done.

During the program, patients visit the Norton Health & Wellness Center weekly. They receive an individualized plan along with consultations with a physician, dietitian and mental health provider. The weekly visits provide accountability and follow-up.

The goal for most patients in the program is to lose 10% of their body weight. Our patients in the program go on a lower-carbohydrate, higher-protein diet. During the 12 weeks, some are able come off their medications for diabetes or high blood pressure. After completing the program, patients can choose to continue with monthly visits.

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Men tend to lose weight faster than women, and young patients typically lose weight faster than older ones. It’s not a race. It’s about finding something patients can live with. For most people, too much restriction or deprivation will not be sustainable.

Medical interventions are an option for many patients with a BMI over 30 or a BMI over 27 with a comorbidity such as sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, hypertension or Type 2 diabetes.

There are four Food and Drug Administration-approved weight loss pharmaceuticals for chronic use, with different mechanisms of action and contraindications. Prescribing any of them requires an initial screening process with each patient. Metabolic disturbances, such as metabolic syndrome and hypothyroidism, also are considered and may affect treatment.

A greater understanding of the role hormones play in regulating hunger and satiety helps achieve lasting weight loss. It is much more complicated than simply telling patients to eat less and exercise.

Kelley M. McIntyre, M.D., is an internal medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Audubon East LL2 and Norton Weight Management Services.


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