A. We believe long term weight management requires a commitment to a healthy lifestyle that continues after initial weight loss. Our program was established in 1987 and has a track record of helping people keep weight off. Our focus is not just on the number of pounds lost but also on risk factor reduction than occurs with improved management of blood pressure, glucose levels, and cholesterol. Our staff including physicians, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and registered nurses provides a multi-disciplinary approach to develop the skills necessary for long term weight and health management.
A. It’s important to think of this as a two-part process. First, lose the weight and improve health. Second, develop, practice, and master the skills for long term management. Some people find this second part more challenging than weight loss! It takes time to develop new habits and not slide back to old ones. We know that successful weight management is not a matter of willpower; it requires skillpower. Our Maintenance program provides ongoing accountability with emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, behavior change and risk factor reduction while developing new lifestyle habits.
A. Meal replacements are convenient and portion-defined foods which have the best long term results for weight loss. Meal replacements are the only medical intervention which has evidence showing they help people keep off weight for 4 years. Most other studies show weight loss over a 6 month period followed by a gradual regaining of weight. Examples of meal replacements are shakes, bars, and entrees.
A. Yes, patients enrolled in our Decision-Free® diet program are monitored by our physicians and nurses weekly and adjustments are made in the diet prescription and diabetes medications as individually indicated. Patients in our Healthy Solutions® program who are on medications for diabetes may choose to work with either our medical staff or their own medical providers. Our staff also includes a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who can tailor the meal plan for both weight loss and weight management to help manage glucose levels.
A. Initial weight loss is the result of reducing food calories and staying on the diet plan. Both our Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions diet plans structure the food calories to allow for weight loss, even for sedentary individuals. We frequently find that people feel better after beginning to lose weight and they can exercise more. Physical activity is the primary predictor of keeping off weight once it is lost. We can work with people to help them begin and sustain an exercise program to not only burn additional calories but also to help with managing stress and other emotions that often trigger eating. We also stress the importance of staying within a person’s calorie budget for a given weight through record keeping to gain insight into food choices and physical activity behaviors.
A. This depends on which program you choose and how much weight you need to lose.
A. Program fees vary according to the length of the weight-loss phase and the level of medical supervision. Specific details are presented at the information session.
Questions? Contact the UC Irvine Weight Management Program 949.824.8770