Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the costs of your weight loss program?
A. There are several programs and individual costs will vary depending on a patient’s goals and weight loss needs. However, programs start as low as $25 / week.
Q. What are OPTIFAST Meal Replacements?
A. OPTIFAST Meal Replacements are a nutritious alternative to eating regular food. Patients are able to consume a nutritionally balanced low calorie diet without hunger.
Q. Why would I use Optifast meal replacements to lose weight?
A. IT WORKS! Patients can safely lose 3-5 pounds per week*. This rate weight loss is typically not recommended with food alone because nutritional requirements are difficult to meet. While speed of weight loss is not the primary goal, research shows that patients who lose weight more quickly, also lose more total weight and keep the weight off longer than individuals that lose slowly.
Q. If I only use meal replacements, how will I learn to lose weight so that I can keep it off?
A. Meal replacements simplify food choices so that patients can focus on the behaviors necessary for long term success. For example, while eating meal replacements you get in the habit of eating every three hours and planning for meals. Patients attend regular classes with a dietitian, behaviorist and exercise physiologist to learn how to incorporate the lifestyle changes necessary for long term weight loss success. When ready to return to regular food, patients are slowly transitioned off meal replacements to regular food which provides an opportunity to practice skills learned in classes.
Q. Do you offer HcG, Vitamin B12 shots, or other supplements for weight loss?
A. We do not participate in the latest fads or unproven methods to promote weight loss. The Center for Health and Nutrition uses an evidence based approach to weight management. If there is a safe and effective non-surgical approach to weight loss, we offer it.
Q. Do you offer medication for weight loss?
A. FDA Approved medications may or may not be used as part of your weight management plan depending on individual preference, medical history, and your goals.
Q. How much weight can I expect to lose?
A. Depending on the program, patients can lose 1-5 pounds per week*. Some patients desire to lose only 10 pounds while other patients lose well over 100 pounds.
Q. Do I have to use Optifast meal replacements to participate in your weight loss programs?
A. No, OPTIFAST Meal Replacements are just one of the options available for weight management.
Q. Is it safe for me to participate in this program if I have diabetes?
A. Yes, our diabetic patients obtain tremendous health benefits from weight loss. With appropriate weight loss and exercise, many of our diabetic patients are able to discontinue diabetes medications, including insulin!
Q. Do I have to sign a long term contract to participate in your program?
A. No, patients may attend our program week to week. There is not penalty to discontinue our program at anytime.
Q. How often will I need to come in to the office?
A. Depending on their weight loss plan, patients may need to follow up monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly.
Q. Is it safe to lose weight quickly?
A. Yes, under appropriate medical supervision, rapid weight loss with balanced nutritional intake is not only safe, but actually more effective than losing weight slowly.
Q. I have lost weight only to regain it again. How is this program different?
A. We all need to understand and accept that obesity is a chronic disease. The reason most individuals and weight loss programs experience weight regain is because they terminate the treatment. Obesity requires a lifelong treatment plan. At the Center for Health and Nutrition, once patients reach their goal weight, we develop a lifelong maintenance plan to assist them in maintaining their weight loss.
*Wadden TA, et al. A multicenter evaluation of a proprietary weight loss program for the treatment of marked obesity: A five year follow-up. Int J Eat Disord. 1997; 22:203-212.
*Saris, W. H.M. (2001), Very-Low-Calorie Diets and Sustained Weight Loss. Obesity Research, 9: 295S–301S. doi: 10.1038/oby.2001.134
*Very Low Calorie Diets – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders
**National Health and Medical Research Council. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, 2003.