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your weight loss goals
If weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, isn't the right option for you or if you’ve had surgery and want to stay at a healthy weight for years to come, Novant Health offers non-surgical treatments to help you meet your weight loss and long-term health goals.
Medical weight management
Novant Health offers customized, medical weight-management programs for people who:
- Are not ready to undergo weight loss surgery
- Need to lose weight before knee, back or bariatric surgery
- Have re-gained weight after bariatric surgery
- Have insurance that requires you consider other types of weight loss programs prior to their approving weight loss surgery
Diet and exercise
Diet and exercise are two key components to any weight loss regime. If you have tried to lose weight in the past, you’ve probably tried a number of diet programs; however, jumping from diet-to-diet in a cycle of weight gain and loss – also called “yo-yo dieting” – stresses the heart, kidneys and other organs.
At Novant Health, we prescribe and supervise diets for you that are part of a customized program based on reducing calorie intake while still maintaining good nutrition.
Diets generally fall into two basic categories:
- Low calorie diets – allow you to consume 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day than your metabolism burns.
- Very low calorie diets – consist of between 400 to 800 calories a day generally consumed through high-protein, low-fat liquids.
Many people on low calorie diets lose significant amounts of weight; however, after returning to a normal diet, most regain the lost weight in under a year. Ninety percent of people participating in all diet programs will regain the weight they’ve lost within two years.
Behavior modification therapy is sometimes used to help change eating and exercise habits; however, like low calorie diets, behavior modification often results in short-term success that tends to diminish after the first year.
To help increase the opportunity of successful weight loss through dieting, we offer:
- Nutrition counseling
- Nutrition planning
- Exercise consultations
- Weight loss seminars
Only when we are certain that diet, exercise and behavior modification therapy have failed in achieving healthy weight loss goals will we recommend surgery; however, surgery itself is only a tool to get your body started losing weight. It is important to understand that diet and behavior modification will continue to be a lifelong part of sustained weight loss and maintenance after your surgery.
Our goal is to help you achieve long-term weight loss success by providing effective and compassionate care.
To schedule an appointment to learn more about how we can help you achieve your weight loss goals, contact the Novant Health bariatric and weight loss service location nearest you.