Program Phases

At the first appointment, you will meet with our Bariatric physician who would review your medical records and discuss your goals to determine the best weight management plan for you. During this appointment the nurse will obtain your vital signs, perform an EKG and draw labs to evaluate your current health status. Following this you will be scheduled for two sessions. In one session you will meet with our behavioral health specialist to assess your readiness to participate in the medical weight loss program. The second session will be with our registered dietician to provide information regarding the diet for the medical weight loss plan that you will pursue. 

Once you start the medical weight loss program you are required to attend the weekly support classes, purchase meal replacements and participate in visits with the physician according to your plan.

How Does the Medical Weight Loss Program Work?

There are four stages to our weight loss program. All patients will progress through each stage to meet their weight loss goal.

  • Screening Phase - Our medical physician will assess your health status and determine your eligibility and weight loss plan. You will also meet with a dietitian during this visit to introduce you to the meal plan prescribed for you. 
  • Reducing Phase - This phase lasts 12 weeks or longer, depending on the number of pounds you want to lose. It is a safe, rapid weight loss period using a meal replacement product. During this period, a nurse and physician will carefully monitor you.  It is important to attend weekly group discussions and implement an exercise program during this phase. 
  • Adapting Phase - This is a period of 4 -5 weeks during which you will gradually return to eating regular foods. A dietitian will assist you during the meal transitions and work with you to develop a sustainable and enjoyable meal plan.
  • STAR (Steps To Avoid Regain) Phase - You can continue to receive support by attending weekly group sessions. 

What Are My Meal Replacement Options?

Depending on your weight loss goal, our physician will prescribe a very low calorie (VCLD) or low calorie diet (LCD) meal replacement program. We use research-based clinically proven meal replacement products through the New Direction weight control system. They are specially formulated to ensure the proper nutritional balance to meet 100 percent of your body's daily needs for essential nutrients. The program has been effectively used for weight loss for many years and is only used under medical supervision for an extra measure of safety.

Meal replacement products have been shown by research to enhance weight loss. A few reasons are they are easy to use, deliver the right portion size and provide fullness. Most patients choose this option for the initial stage of weight loss and then slowly transition to a regular food plan with the assistance of our registered dietitians.

Get Started Today

Our Medical Weight Loss Program is only available at our Northside Hospital Duluth location. To learn more about our program or schedule an appointment, call 678-312-6200.