Our Program

Why our method is spreading across the country

Overweight and obesity is a chronic, progressive, and relapsing disease. The American Medical Association finally passed a resolution recognizing obesity as a disease in 2014. We were a few years ahead! It is the fastest growing disease epidemic in the US. The latest statistics show that over 75% of adults in this country have this disease. Overweight has a 50% chance of reducing life expectancy. Obesity has a near 100% chance of reducing life expectancy.

 

Alarming? Yes. Reversible? Absolutely!

 

Over 97% of our more than 19,000 patients at our Meridian weight loss clinic have experienced significant medical weight loss in their first month on our obesity treatment program. This reduces their risk of developing obesity-related conditions and a shortened life span.

Our Five-Year Weight Loss Maintenance Success is 10 Times the Natural Average

Our Program Guides You Through the 3 Phases of Effective Weight Management

PHASE 1: ACTIVE WEIGHT LOSS

The first visit to our Meridian medical weight loss clinic introduces you to our obesity treatment program. This is typically a longer appointment; there is much information we need to obtain from and convey to you. You may be in the office for up 1.5 hours. After the first appointment, most patients will return for a follow-up visit in 2 weeks to review lab work and address any problems or concerns. Subsequent appointments are much shorter (typically under 20 minutes).

Most patients are seen monthly in our Meridian medical weight loss clinic during the active weight loss phase. Some programs require their patients to attend weekly appointments. We recognize that with the demands of modern life, weekly visits can be burdensome. For the vast majority of our patients, monthly visits are adequate for successful progress. We adapt this monthly schedule within our Meridian obesity program as needed to accommodate travel, other health issues, and need for accountability. Some patients benefit from more frequent follow-up.

The duration of the active weight loss phase is variable, but the average span is 6 to 9 months for a first-time patient.1

PHASE 2: TRANSITION

In transition, we start to shift focus away from active weight loss and toward future weight maintenance. During this time, medication doses are gradually reduced and spaced out. The time between visits is also slowly lengthened. Patients continue to practice the nutritional and life-style changes they have learned during active weight loss, but with a bit less accountability and oversight from our clinic.

The transition phase can last from 6 weeks to 12 months.

PHASE 3: MAINTENANCE

The maintenance phase starts once a patient demonstrates they have established good long-term life-style and metabolic changes. Some patients may be completely off weight loss medications, while others may require a small maintenance dose. By this time, our clinic will have established an individual range of weights for self-monitoring at home. This range comprises a patient’s CARE Plan and it will be explained in detail during transition. Monitoring weight allows reassurance that a patient is continuing to manage their overweight/obesity or early evidence of a disease flare requiring additional treatment. Relapses of overweight and obesity are common among both medical and surgical weight loss patients. Idaho Weight Loss aims to be a safe place for patients to return whenever needed.

The maintenance phase lasts indefinitely. The aim is to continue maintenance unless/until a return to active weight loss is warranted.