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Weight Management Program for Adults

A comprehensive weight management program for adults seeking to make lifestyle changes to control weight

The Weight Management Program for Adults is a comprehensive, medically supervised weight loss and health enhancement program.

What Works?

  • A structured weight-loss treatment and long-term support that result in life-long changes in diet, exercise and behavior.
  • A multidisciplinary team approach that works with each patient to develop individualized programs for optimal weight management and overall health.
  • Nutrition -Prior to participation, all individuals are screened for the appropriate diet regiment and to determine medical eligibility.
  • Behavior Modification - The Program promotes compliance with specific strategies and behaviors in order to achieve measurable goals in each phase, including weight loss and weight maintenance.
  • Exercise - Exercise is an integral part of the Program; measurable goals are attained through group assignments.
  • Support - Counseling and encouragement are critical; interested individuals are referred to a highly qualified therapist.

Program Options

  • Medically Supervised Low Calorie Diet (LCD) - This medically supervised option (800-1000 calories/day) is ideal for people who need to lose at least 30 pounds or more, or for those with weight related health risks. The highly structured diet consists exclusively of weight loss shakes, soups, puddings, entrees and nutrition bars. Average weight loss: 50-60 pounds in the first 16-20 weeks.
  • Healthy Solutions Moderate Weight-Loss Program - This diet option uses weight loss shakes and entrees along with five or more servings of vegetables and fruits (1200-1600 calories/day). This highly structured diet results in slower weight loss and requires no medical supervision after the initial consultation. Average weight loss: 26 pounds in the first 12 weeks.

Program Structure

  • Phase I - Entry Phase
  • Before being admitted to the program, participants receive a comprehensive medical screening, including health history, height, weight and body mass index (BMI) measurement. The following tests are also required: CBC; complete metabolic, lipid and thyroid panel; urinalysis; and an electrocardiogram (EKG).
  • Phase II- Weight Loss
  • Weight loss begins under the guidance of a nutritionist, who meets with participants weekly in a group setting. Dietary supplements and pre-packaged entrees are available for patients requiring low-calorie or very low-calorie diets. These provide 150% of the US RDA for vitamins and minerals. A mandatory 12-week behavioral education class teaches participants to adapt their lifestyles for weight-loss success and provides the necessary structure and accountability for participants to develop skills to manage their weight.
  • Phase III- Weight Management
  • Participants attend weekly classes for up to 18 months to develop and practice the skills and behaviors needed to maintain weight loss.
  • Results
  • Results vary according to individual needs. Weight loss is substantially increased the longer the patient stays within the food prescription guidelines.


  • Lifestyle Educational Materials - Comprehensive program materials support group classes.
  • Risk Factor Profile - A health risk appraisal is provided before and after weight loss to measure the health benefits of the participant's weight loss and lifestyle changes and reinforce newly acquired weight and health management skills.
  • Personalized nutritional care plans
  • Exercise programs
  • Medication, when indicated

The Team

  • Endocrinologists - Board-certified physicians, who specialize in metabolic disorders, are involved with patient care for the duration of the program.
  • Nutritionist - Providing nutritional support to patients through all phases of the program, she runs weekly behavior modification groups and also specializes in eating disorders.
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Mineola, NY 11501
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