Your health is within your reach, and we're here to help.
The weight loss services at Novant Health give you access to a personalized, comprehensive program to create goals and make a plan to achieve them. We'll help you transform your body by addressing the physical, emotional and behavioral issues associated with obesity.
We are focused on caring for people struggling with weight loss and the underlying conditions that limit their ability to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
Holistic services for healthier living
Our weight loss programs are designed to empower and support you on your journey. It begins with a personalized wellness plan focused on your specific goals. Combined with your commitment and personal accountability, your care team of medical providers, registered dietitians, certified fitness trainers and licensed clinical social workers will keep you on track and guide you through any physical and emotional challenges along the way. We'll show you how to make healthy choices and understand the issues that may have derailed your efforts in the past as you build confidence and see results.
The latest technology and resources
Novant Health weight loss clinics and exercise facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. You'll also have access to Applied Health Signals, a remote monitoring technology that helps track your progress.
Is meal replacement the right way?
When you’re trying to lose weight, you may be tempted to eliminate meals or substitute what you usually eat with food that doesn't provide enough nutrients. This strategy fails to produce results and often leads to feelings of hunger, frustration and lethargy. Meal replacement can be an effective nonsurgical weight loss option when done correctly.
With a supervised meal replacement program, you'll learn what to eat and how much you need to meet your nutrition goals. By replacing one or more meals with lower-calorie alternatives that still deliver the nutrients you need, you'll feel fuller and better able to resist high-calorie cravings.
Weight loss meal replacement options
Meal replacement typically involves substituting regular meals with a combination of lower-calorie foods and liquids or liquids only. The first option replaces some food with liquid meal replacement shakes. You'll also eat healthy foods, including lean proteins and healthy fats. The full liquid meal replacement plan usually involves drinking several complete nutrition shakes and taking supplements containing vitamins and minerals.
Medically supervised meal replacement
Our weight loss experts include physicians and registered dietitians who work with you to develop a personalized weight loss plan. Your dietitian will design a meal plan and explain the relationship between your weight, the calories you consume and how your body processes different kinds of food. You'll meet regularly to evaluate your progress and make adjustments to produce sustainable results.
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Medication can support your weight loss
Combined with healthy nutrition and exercise, weight loss medicine can help you lose up to 10% of your body weight during the first year of treatment. It's one of the most effective ways to lose weight without surgery. Those who take medication typically lose 3% to 12% more weight than those who rely on diet and exercise alone.
Ask your primary care provider if weight loss medicine may be an option for you. They can help you consider the potential side effects, such as gastrointestinal problems, vision problems and insomnia.
Types of weight loss medicines
After a careful evaluation and discussion, your weight loss specialist may prescribe an FDA-approved medication for you. These medications work by suppressing your appetite, releasing hormones that make you feel full or preventing fat absorption from the foods you eat.
Common weight loss medicines include:
Is weight loss medicine right for you?
Most weight loss medications are intended for adults 18 or older. Certain medicines can be prescribed for teens as young as 16 years. Weight loss medicines aren't meant to replace a healthy diet and exercise, so committing to a healthy lifestyle is essential as part of treatment. You may qualify for weight loss medications if you:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher along with other serious medical conditions like heart disease or diabetes
- Must lose weight before back, knee or bariatric surgery
- Need to lose additional weight after bariatric surgery