Weight Management Program
The Sleep Disorders Center at our Pomona Valley Health Center (PVHC) Claremont
location offers a clinically proven and comprehensive program, known as
OPTIFAST®, to help participants lose weight safely in a controlled
setting, monitored by health care professionals. OPTIFAST® is recommended
for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI)
> 30 with 1 or more medical conditions associated with excess weight, such as
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Certain Cancers
Our goal is to provide patients with the tools they need to succeed, which
includes medical, nutritional and lifestyle support throughout the duration
of their weightloss journey. Participants in the weight loss program will
gain access to our specialized team that includes a Physician, Nurse Practitioner,
Clinical Dietician, and a Psychiatrist; as well as an online support for
OPTIFAST® may also improve certain medical conditions that are related
to excess weight such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits of a meal replacement diet?
Full meal replacements are associated with greater weight loss because
it gives patients a simple diet plan with portion control and a reduction
in calories, which makes it easier to accomplish.
We empower patients to make healthier choices by providing a basic structure
of their daily diet and knowledge of how to gradually implement regular
food back into their everyday life as the program progresses.
What do healthcare professionals say about meal replacement diets?
Current medical guidelines support the use of meal replacements as an effective
way for patients to reduce the amount of calories consumed, lose excess
weight, and ultimately maintain weight loss.
Weight management programs that include lifestyle changes and physical
activity are essential to helping the patient lose excess weight, which
are two key components of the program we offer.
What type of support will I get during the OPTIFAST® program?
Patients receive medical evaluation and monitoring throughout the entire
process. Nutritional and behavioral support is available through meal
replacements, appointments with the dietician, and group classes that
help build a foundation of healthy nutrition and exercise habits the patient
can take with them after the program is complete.
An OPTIFAST® guidebook, customized plans, and supplemental online support
is also provided.
Will attending group sessions really help me lose weight?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, individuals do better with
weight loss when they have a strong support system6. We implement group sessions with other OPTIFAST® patients that are
on the same path to wellness, which helps increase motivation and provides
everyone with an outlet to share tips and tricks of success.
We want our patients to build better long-term habits. Patients will gain
a better understanding of what they put into their body which will help
them lose weight and be able to manage it on their own in the future.
How much does the OPTIFAST® program cost?
Prices vary based on physician recommendation.
Please contact us for more information:
Can I trust the OPTIFAST® program?
OPTIFAST® has been helping patients lose weight for more than 40 years
and has been cited in more than 80 publications. OPTIFAST® products,
program components, and scientific research are updated to make sure it
is a safe and effective option for those who need to lose weight under
Contact us for more information:
1. World Health Organization. (2014). Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases.
2. National Institutes of Health. The practical guide to the identification,
treatment of overweight and obesity in adults.
3. Ard, J.D., Schroeder M.C., Kivilaid, K., et al. (2014). Practical application
of a comprehensive
weight management program in patients with and without metabolic syndrome. Journal
of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, 4 (Special Issue).
4. Wadden, T., & Frey, D. (1997). A Multicenter evaluation of a proprietary
weight loss program
for the treatment of marked obesity: a five-year follow-up. International
Journal of Eating
Disorders, 22 (2), 203-212.
5. Drawert, S., Bedford, K., & Largend, D. (1996). Change in glucose,
blood pressure, and
cholesterol with weight loss in medically obese patients. Obes Res, 4(suppl 1), 67S.
6. National Sleep Foundation. (n.d.). Losing weight with sleep apnea.