Healthcare Services and Programs
A Non-Surgical Weight Loss Option
At OhioHealth, we offer a medical weight management program that uses meal replacements, with or without additional food.
This medically supervised program is designed for individuals who desire a non-surgical option for significant weight loss or who are not eligible for bariatric surgery. It includes one-on-one time with our weight loss experts — physicians, dietitians and exercise physiologists — along with weekly group classes to ensure a safe weight-loss experience and provide the support and information needed to achieve life-long success.
Benefits of Weight Loss
By losing weight and changing your lifestyle habits, you can positively impact your health. Numerous medical conditions may improve or resolve with weight loss: high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, acid reflux, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and heart disease risk, to name a few.
Patients in our medical weight loss program:
- lose weight more consistently than with diets that don't use meal replacements
- learn to "eat to live, not live to eat"
- receive support throughout their weight loss journey
- receive education about diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle
- meet with a dietitian once weight loss is achieved, to establish a healthy long-term eating plan
- continue with a weight maintenance program to ensure continued success
Two Meal Replacement Diet Plans Are Available
Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)
Our VLCD diet plan is an 800 to 1,000 calorie, rapid weight-loss program using New Directions nutritional products as your sole source of nutrition. After several days, your body will enter a state of ketosis, which lessens hunger and gives a feeling of energy. You can expect to lose three to five pounds per week in this program. Regular physician visits and lab work (every two to four weeks) allow for safe weight loss.
Low Calorie Diet (LCD)
Our LCD group program uses two or three New Directions nutritional products combined with a structured meal plan, typically 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day. You will meet with a dietitian to design your individual plan. You can expect to lose two to three pounds per week on this program.
Regardless of which plan you choose, your progress will be reviewed every 12 weeks with the physician. This helps to ensure that you are achieving successful weight loss. Changes in your diet and exercise plan can be made as needed, to find the formula that works for you.
Ready for the Next Step?
If you’re considering a medically supervised weight management program to help you control your weight and improve your health, attend our free informational seminar, in-person or online, to learn more about what we offer.