Nonsurgical & OPTIFAST® Weight Loss Programs

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Mercy Health’s non-surgical weight loss programs includes either prescription weight loss medications or the OPTIFAST® Weight Loss Program. We also offer individualized meal plans. 

These non-surgical weight loss programs are medically supervised weight management programs that closely monitor and assess progress towards better health and emotional well-being.

Designed for patients who:

  • Have a BMI of 30 or more or struggle with a BMI of 27 or more and have another condition such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol or sleep apnea
  • Want support overcoming emotional barriers to weight loss
  • Appreciate the supervision of a physician, along with a comprehensive health care team

Prescription Weight Loss Program

Prescription weight loss medication may be an option to help you lose weight and keep it off when diet and fitness may not be enough. Our board-certified bariatrician and medical doctor and wellness staff will closely monitor you and provide support, counseling, lifestyle education, and healthy eating tools to help you enjoy long-term weight loss and significantly reduce weight-related health risks.

Your health is our top priority and we only offer FDA-approved weight loss medications for patients who qualify for this non-surgical weight loss program.

Medical Monitoring

  • Prescription Weight Loss Program's medical monitoring includes:
  • A thorough preliminary medical examination, including an EKG heart test and any necessary lab tests to determine your health status and rule out any risk factors.
  • A personalized weight loss plan based on your health status and weight loss goals.
  • Continued guidance and medical monitoring of your progress, health, and well-being throughout the course of treatment as required by the State Medical Board of Ohio.
  • Communication with your primary care physician, as necessary.

The OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program

The OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program succeeds because it treats the whole you – not just your weight. The program utilizes a partial meal replacement plan that transitions to self-prepared “everyday” meals, in conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support. With the OPTIFAST Weight Loss Progam, you’ll be closely monitored and given the support, counseling, lifestyle education, and meal replacements to help you enjoy long-term weight loss and significantly reduce weight-related health risks.*

  • Meal replacement diet: Narrowing your food choices helps you work towards weight loss and management by controlling the amount and types of food you eat.
  • Medical supervision: Utilizes the expertise of medical professionals to help you lose weight safely.
  • Lifestyle education: Helps you achieve and sustain better health through nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.
  • Counseling: Individual and group counseling by experts who understand your challenges.
  • Ongoing personalized support: Included both during and after weight loss to help you achieve and maintain success.

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Proven Benefits

Proven Benefits

Follow-up studies at five years showed over 45% of patients kept enough weight off to improve their health longterm2. After two years, 40% of patients maintained more than half their weight loss; 78% of men and 60% of women maintained medically significant weight loss2.

Long-Term Weight Management

The OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program experts recognize that a key to successful weight management is periodic or continuous involvement in a weight management program.

  • Weight management is an ongoing process that requires intermittent behavioral, nutrition and exercise intervention.
  • Relapse is not unusual. Persistence, not perfection, is the key.
  • The tools and staff support available during active weight loss and transition will also be available in long-term weight management.
  

The real solution lies not in the weight loss, but in weight management: helping patients maintain a healthy weight over time, particularly in the first year after completing the OPTIFAST Weight Loss program is the key to long-term results.

Medical Monitoring

The OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program's medical monitoring includes:

  • A thorough preliminary medical examination, including an EKG heart test and any necessary lab tests to determine your health status and rule out any risk factors.
  • A personalized weight loss plan based on your health status and weight loss goals.
  • Continued guidance and medical monitoring of your progress, health, and well-being throughout the course of treatment.
  • Communication with your primary care physician, as necessary.

More and more, clinical studies suggest medically-monitored, weight-management programs are safe, effective and help individuals address and modify behaviors to encourage long-term weight management.

Meal Replacement

Simple and effective, OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program meal replacements allow you to benefit from:

  • High-quality, complete nutrition
  • Pre-portioned and calorie-controlled servings
  • Quick and simple preparation
  • Freedom from having to make food choices

Positive change can occur quickly. In addition to losing weight, you will improve your health, learn new, healthier eating habits and engage in activities so that when you return to self-prepared foods, you are better equipped to manage your weight long term.

Patient Journey

4 Phases 

Once you begin, you’ll progress through the three Program phases: Patient Journey

Active Weight Loss Phase: During the 16-week Active Weight Loss Phase, you’ll use an OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program partial meal replacement diet and receive monthly medical monitoring. In addition, you’ll be encouraged to attend monthly group sessions under the care of a behaviorist, registered dietitian and/or exercise specialist.

Transition Phase: During the Transition Phase, you’ll transition to regular foods, continue to participate in group sessions, and meet with a dietitian each visit.

Long-Term Weight Management Phase: The Long-Term Weight Management Phase is ongoing, and can include partial OPTIFAST Weight Loss Program meal replacement and partial regular food, as well as ongoing support.