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Clinic-Based Weight Loss

Your Health and Your Goals

If you have fatty liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome or any other metabolic condition, keep this in mind. Teaming up with the UC San Diego Health Weight Management Program gives you access to health professionals who understand your unique situation.

Weight Management Skills

The clinic-based weight-loss program at UC San Diego Health is successful because we provide specialized, structured weight management skill development through coaching, practice and feedback. When you participate in the clinic-based program, you will meet for a weekly class with a behavioral health specialist who will provide counseling, guidance and strategies for getting the weight off and keeping it off. You will share your challenges and triumphs of the past week with others in the program. These weekly weigh-ins and classes help keep up momentum and provide inspiration and education to help you reach your goal. Individualized coaching through phone follow-up also provides midweek encouragement and answers to your questions to help you stay motivated.

Medical Supervision: Knowing the Numbers and What to do with Them

At the start of the program, you will meet with a physician for a full health assessment and risk appraisal to determine your best options for weight loss. If you have underlying medical conditions or risk factors, we will provide medical supervision in addition to your weekly classes. Medically supervised weight loss means having the support of health care professionals to help you achieve sustainable weight loss. Our careful supervision includes keeping an eye on your health metrics, including blood pressure, blood sugar, liver function and cholesterol. No matter the health concerns you may have, we will be monitoring your condition and prioritizing your health goals.

If you are receiving medical supervision, we will schedule your follow-ups around the same time that you come to the clinic for your weight management class to keep your clinic visits manageable. Depending on your condition, you will have lab work done every few weeks in order to closely monitor your health. If you have type 2 diabetes, we can arrange to review your blood glucose log on a regular basis to help you manage your day-to-day blood sugar levels when you are in the weight-loss program.

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Weight Loss Diet Plans

UC San Diego Health partners with Health Management Resources (HMR) — a proven weight-loss system for effective nonsurgical weight loss. The HMR diet was named the No. 1 Best Fast Weight Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Participants of our clinic-based program have access to two different diet plans. All the food is available for you to pick up when you come to the clinic each week for class or follow-up.

The Decision-Free Diet uses only nutritionally balanced meal replacements, so it takes the guesswork out of dieting. People typically lose an average of 2 to 5 pounds per week on it. If you’re faced with losing a significant amount of weight or have weight-related health issues, the Decision-Free Diet can help. It is only available to participants in the clinic-based program who are under medical supervision.

The Healthy Solutions Diet incorporates fruits and vegetables, as well as nutritionally balanced meal replacement shakes and entrees. People typically lose an average of 2 to 3 pounds per week. If you’re looking to lose weight quickly and do not need medical supervision, the Healthy Solutions Diet is an excellent option.

The Health Advantages of Clinic-Based Weight Loss

Your cardiologist says your weight puts you at risk for a heart attack, but your mobility has been reduced making it difficult to get exercise. We can put together a plan to get you moving, eating right and improving your heart health.

Your endocrinologist says your weight is contributing to your body’s resistance to insulin, but your medications make you light-headed and shaky if you don’t consume the foods you have grown accustomed to. We can put together a plan to carefully reduce your medications, while changing the quantity and quality of foods you eat, in order to increase insulin sensitivity and begin to feel stronger and more in control.

A family member recently had a stroke. Another was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. You and all your siblings have high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is complicated and for some, it runs in families. By deciding to tackle your waistline, you can reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

Your gastroenterologist reports back on the results of your liver biopsy. Your long-standing fatty liver disease is causing scarring, impacting your liver function. You are ready to make some changes for your health.

Your primary care physician tells you the pills you are taking are not working and you need to start taking insulin for your type 2 diabetes. She also tells you diabetes is a progressive disease, everybody needs insulin and you are not at fault in any way for needing to go on insulin shots. She says studies show that if you reduce energy intake (calories), the body may respond with significantly improved blood sugar levels. This may delay or possibly eliminate the need for insulin shots. You decide to lose the weight, and call the Weight Management Program.

We Can Help

Call 858-657-7237 or email to sign up for a free, no-obligation orientation to UC San Diego Health's Weight Management Program.

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