A weight loss program that’s different

lthough each individual’s weight loss goal is different, the aim of treatment remains the same – to improve your health and quality of life. Here are four reasons why the medical weight management program at Houston Methodist will help you reach your goal.

1. What is medical weight management? Why is it better for me?  

Medical weight management is a physician-supervised weight loss program that allows patients with a BMI of 30 or above to safely and rapidly lose excess weight through a very low calorie diet (low carbohydrate/high protein).  

Shenese lost 105 lbs. with the help of the Houston Methodist Weight Management Center.
Shenese lost 105 lbs. with the help of the Houston Methodist Weight Management Center.

Prior to entry, a physician will review a patient’s detailed history, physical, blood work and electrocardiogram (measures heart’s electrical activity) to ensure that it is safe for them to be in the program. Thereafter, a physician will adjust the patient’s prescription medications for safety, address diet related symptoms, review monthly blood work and ECGs with every 50 pounds of weight loss to ensure continued safety. The physician will monitor medical safety as part of the comprehensive team approach to weight loss that includes weekly nurse, dietitian and counselor visits. 

2. Why is it important that I see a medical weight loss or obesity specialist?

An obesity medicine physician completed additional education, training and testing to become board certified in weight loss medicine. Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care.  Only about 1500 physicians in the U.S. and Canada have completed the process to become board certified in obesity medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. 

3. How long will it take for me to lose weight? How much weight will I lose? 

Typically, patients in the first phase of our rapid medical weight loss program, called New Beginnings, can expect to lose two to five pounds per week. Patients most often stay in this program until they achieve a reasonable goal weight. However, some may choose to enter the transition phase, called My Journey, before their goal weight is achieved, and can expect to lose one to two pounds per week, depending on the plan they choose with the dietitian.  

4. I’ve tried a lot of programs, why is this one different? How will I ensure that I am successful at this?

Numerous studies have shown that successful weight loss, and maintenance of weight loss, is best achieved through a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach that addresses the medical, nutritional, behavioral and physical activity contributors to excess weight. Through adherence to the rapid medical weight loss program, patients will achieve significant weight loss through scientifically proven methods.  However, our ultimate goal is to help patients maintain the weight loss for the rest of their lives by providing the education, support and tools necessary to sustain their new healthy lifestyle. 

Learn more about your weight loss options at our open house events. Join an open house event at one of our Houston area hospitals. Learn about your weight loss options and enjoy a healthy cooking demonstration. Attendance is free; however, registration is required.

Learn more about the Weight Management Center and the programs it offers.