The Center for Medical Weight Loss® Frequently Asked Questions
- I need a weight loss program that is safe, works, is affordable, and has people that are serious about helping me.
There is no more effective program than The Center or Medical Weight Loss. In a recent study
on 349 patients, virtually 100% maintained weight loss after 1 year and 97% after 2 years. Our
doctors are very caring and provide counseling. They keep track of your vitals on a regular basis
to ensure that you are losing weight safely and effectively.
- Are your weight loss programs safe if I have diabetes or any other medical conditions?
Not only are The Center for Medical Weight Loss programs safe for people with diabetes, hypertension, and other medical problems - they are helpful in controlling any further complications that result from these diseases. More than this, CMWL weight loss programs can help alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, persistent lymph edema, lower extremity edema, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
- How much does the program cost?
The initial consultation is $25.00 and during the consultation the several programs will be explained. The ultimate cost depends on your daily calorie needs.
- I am 45 years old and find that it is harder to keep the weight off than it was before. At one time, I went to a Nutritionist who assisted me in losing close to 45 pounds. I have put the weight back on and although I know what to do, I find it harder to do it. I need to lose at least 50 pounds. I am approximately 5'6 1/2" tall and weigh about 205 pounds. Is it reasonable to think that I can lose at least 50 pounds by May 2009 if I start the first week in December?
Yes it is possible to lose 50 lbs over the next 6 months and just to let you know the CMWL program is the fastest and safest way to lose weight available. No commercial program can match it.
- How long do I have to stay on any of these weight loss programs?
The length of time you may stay on any weight loss program depends on which program you are on, how much weight you need to lose and - most importantly - how motivated you are. As you know, weight loss is not about a "quick fix." When you move from the initial phase of any weight loss program to maintenance phases, the goal is to establish healthy eating habits you can follow throughout your life. The programs at The Center for Medical Weight Loss are comprehensive and include behavior modification and counseling, as well as exercise recommendations created to help you achieve on-going success.
- How often do I have to visit a CMWL weight loss center?
Again, it depends on the weight loss program requirements. Initial programs usually require a visit every one to two weeks. The Prescription Drug Program generally requires a monthly visit.
- Do I have to be extremely overweight to consider the Center for Medical Weight Loss? What if I only need to lose 10-15 pounds?
Programs at CMWL weight loss centers are not simply for people who are extremely overweight, but are for anyone who is unhappy or feels unhealthy due to their weight. We will tell you if you don't need to lose weight or if you don't qualify for CMWL weight loss programs for any reason. Our first priority is your overall health and well being.
- Can you help me if I have a gluten and dairy intolerance?
Absolutely! Our doctors are the most qualified to help you and take into account all these factors and will customize a program just for you.
- I only eat strictly kosher. Is that an issue being that it looks like you have your own bars and shakes?
Many of our products are kosher and they are delicious.
- Does the modified low calorie diet require food to be purchased from the doctor?
No, it does not require food from the doctor, but our centers do have food available which make the program a little more convenient and easy.
- What is obesity?
Obesity used to be understood in fairly simple terms: excess body weight resulting from eating too much and exercising too little, due in large part to a lack of willpower or self-restraint. Fortunately for the millions of American adults who are overweight, obesity is now regarded as a chronic medical disease with serious health implications caused by a complex set of factors.
Recognized since 1985 as a chronic disease, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death, exceeded only by cigarette smoking. Obesity has been established as a major risk factor for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and some cancers in both men and women. Obesity affects 58 million people across the nation and its prevalence is increasing. Approximately one-third of adults are estimated to be obese.
Obesity results from a complex interaction of genetic, behavioral and environmental factors causing an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. According to the National Institutes of Health, an increase in body weight of 20 percent or more above desirable weight is the point at which excess weight becomes an established health hazard. Lower levels of excess weight can also constitute a health risk, particularly in the presence of other disorders like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.