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Weight Management Program

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
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Certain Cancers
  • Osteoarthritis

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 additional resources.

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: (909) 865-9858

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 medical supervision.

Contact us for more information: 909.865-9152

References

1. World Health Organization. (2014). Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases.

Geneva, Switzerland.

2. National Institutes of Health. The practical guide to the identification, evaluation, and

treatment of overweight and obesity in adults.

Retrieved from: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/prctgd_c.pdf

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.

Retrieved from https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/losing-weight-sleep-apnea

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