Common Questions

Why does Idaho Weight Loss use chromium?

Idaho Weight Loss utilizes chromium in our obesity treatment program at our Boise medical weight loss clinic. Chromium is a mineral that needs to be present for insulin to work correctly; it is an insulin co-factor. Studies have shown that many people who are overweight and obesity are low in chromium. This may contribute to insulin resistance and block weight loss. Patients often notice less cravings for carbohydrates when using chromium supplementation.

Please let us know if you or your primary care provider have questions about Idaho Weight Loss of Boise’s obesity treatment or any of the supplements and medications we prescribe.

Why does Idaho Weight Loss see overweight and obesity as a chronic disease?

Disease: an abnormal condition that negatively impacts the structure or function of an organism and which produces specific signs or symptoms.

The negative effects of overweight and obesity have been well documented. Reduced life span, increased inflammation, mood disorders, infertility, diabetes, and greater risk of certain cancers are just a few of the ways excess weight impacts health. It is a CHRONIC and PROGRESSIVE disease. If left untreated, the disease and its consequences tend to get worse over time for most patients. That is why we must think about ongoing treatment and disease management, not just short-term weight loss. At Idaho Weight Loss of Boise is prepared to address the multiple psychological, behavioral, biochemical, and nutritional factors contributing to obesity and overweight.


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.


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.