General Weight Loss Information, Facts, and Frequently Asked Questions

How much weight can I expect to lose?

Our patients lose an average of two to five pounds each week. Women tend to lose two to three pounds, while men lose three to five. Of course, your results will depend on many factors, including your starting weight, medical conditions and individual program design.

Who are your patients?

We work with men and women seeking to lose ten pounds or more. Some have struggled with weight their entire lives; others come to us after major life changes such as career transitions, childbirth or menopause. Some of our patients are looking to correct medical conditions such as hypertension or diabetes. Many simply want to lose weight quickly and safely. Our patients range in age from teenagers to seniors.

Do you treat adolescents?

Yes. We treat patients who are 16 and older with parental consent on a case-by-case basis. Adolescents entering or attending college (18 or older) especially benefit from our program as they learn to better manage the unique challenges associated with campus life.  JumpstartMD offers a special monthly discount for young adults, aged 18-25 who are college students.

How can I succeed when I’’ve already tried every diet out there?

Our comprehensive program is not a diet; it’’s a way of life. We empower you to transform your lifestyle in order to lose weight and keep it off. We do this by providing the ongoing personal support you need to stay on track. It is a medically supervised, scientific approach using proven weight loss strategies. Most importantly, our program is designed to address the challenges of the real world. We empower you to overcome obstacles with time-tested techniques and smart, effective strategies. Unlike a diet, our program produces comprehensive behavioral change built to last a lifetime.

How many calories per day can I eat?

We will help you design a customized meal plan that provides 500 to 1000 calories less than you burn each day. This type of plan follows the guidelines of the National Institutes of Health for the treatment of overweight and obese adults. (Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Evidence Report, 1998).

Do you provide the meals for me?

No. To sustain your weight loss, you will need to develop healthy habits that extend beyond your initial weight loss phase. We teach our patients how to shop, order, and prepare healthy food for themselves — with an emphasis on strategies for eating in real-world settings. We do not sell chemically processed, prepackaged meals.

What will I be eating?

You will continue to enjoy many of the same delicious, whole, fresh foods that you already love. We teach you how to order food in social settings and provide strategic shopping lists for Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Safeway. Please see our sample menu and recipes.

Will I need to do rigorous exercise?

No. To prevent you from becoming too hungry, we recommend moderate exercise once you have settled into the program. If you are completely sedentary when starting the program, this exercise is introduced gradually. Over time, we will increase the amount of exercise and introduce resistance training. Please see our sample workouts.

Why weekly sessions?

Numerous studies support our own experience: long-term weight loss success is greatest when supported by consistent and frequent visits. In these meetings, we support your progress by fine-tuning your program, adjusting your medication and developing strategies to cope with your unique challenges. This gives you an opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns as you educate yourself to keep the weight off for life.

Who will I meet with each week?

On your initial visit, you will meet with a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant with a deep understanding of bariatric medicine and our program. On subsequent visits, you may meet with a clinician or one of our trained counselors who are experts in nutrition, medicine, psychology, or physical fitness. Many of them have struggled with weight themselves, and understand the challenges that you are facing. Our experts collaborate to give you the benefit of multiple areas of expertise, so you may meet with several different counselors over the course of your program.

Are appetite suppressants or other prescription medications mandatory?

No. According to the National Institutes of Health’s Executive Guidelines for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity, “weight loss medication can serve a useful purpose as part of a comprehensive weight loss program involving nutrition education, exercise recommendations, and behavioral changes.” Some of our patients do not take medication at all, while others use it to complement their program. You will have the opportunity to discuss your personal preference with one of our medical staff members. Should you and your clinician choose prescription medication as part of your program, it is provided at no extra charge.

Are your prescription medications safe?

Yes. We only prescribe medications with a long history of safe and successful use. They have been FDA-approved for decades and have very strong safety profiles. As with any medication, there may be side effects or risks. For most people, these effects are minimal and of short duration. Side effects can include dryness of the mouth, constipation, difficulty sleeping, or headache. A small minority of patients may experience such side effects, which usually resolve themselves within two days. Our medical staff will tailor dosages to your individual needs and monitor their safety and effectiveness through your weekly visits.

Do you accept insurance?

Payment is due at the time of service.  We provide a billing service that submits for reimbursement on behalf of patients with PPO coverage for out-of-network reimbursement, and those utilizing HSA/Flex spending accounts.  While we cannot guarantee individual reimbursement amounts, we work diligently with our billing partner, HealthCPA, to ensure maximum reimbursement.  All reimbursements are sent directly to the patient.

For patients with Medicare, we can only bill for reimbursement if you have a current employee PPO health plan in addition to your Medicare plan.