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Frequently Asked Questions

What distinguishes your program from other medical weight loss programs?*

Our program covers all vital components of weight loss.

Medical Supervision: Every step of the program is taken under strict medical supervision. Our physicians and medical staff monitor your progress and well-being and are available to you at all times.

Physical Strength: The program incorporates medical assessments, supplements, FDA approved medications and carefully designed dietary and exercise plans to ensure that you achieve optimal health in reaching your weight loss goal.

Emotional Strength: Your emotional well-being is very important to us and a critical part of your eventual success. Regular individual and group meetings with our specially trained coaches, as well as online forums where you can share achievements and get help and support when you encounter difficulties, guide you through the shoals and celebrate with you when you triumph.

Mental Strength: Education and information are a key component of our program. Our medical staff educate and inform you every step of the way, so that you understand exactly what is happening within your body and have the knowledge to take the program with you and make informed choices for the rest of your life.

What kind of side effects can I expect from doing your program?

There are no side effects associated with our medically supervised weight loss program.

How often do I have to visit a CMWM weight loss center?

Initially the weekly clinic visits are a mandatory part of the program.

Why must I come every week?

In the weekly visits our medical staff monitor your physical condition and your progress.

Does my insurance cover any of the weight loss program’s cost?

No. California Medical Weight Management does not accept insurance. For your convenience all major credit cards are accepted.

How much does the program cost?

The cost will depend on how much weight you need to lose. The fee for the initial visit covers the initial consultation, a comprehensive weight loss physical examination, blood work and other tests, injection, medication (if prescribed by your physician) , individually tailored diet and exercise program. Please contact the clinic for a free consultation.

Do I have to be extremely overweight to consider participating in the Medical Weight Loss Management program? What if I only need to lose 10–15 pounds?

The CMWM program is not only for people who are extremely overweight or obese. Any person who is unhappy with or feels unhealthy due to their weight can benefit from our program. If you don’t qualify for the CMWM weight loss program because you are already at a healthy weight or for any other reason, our clinic staff will tell you. Your overall health and well-being are what’s most important to us.

How often will I see the doctor?

On your initial visit, you will have a consultation with the physician. During your time on the CMWM program you will always have access to your doctor and the medical professionals at the clinic.

Are your weight loss programs safe if I have diabetes or any other medical conditions?

The California Medical Weight Management program is safe for people with diabetes and other medical problems. Our program can also help to control complications resulting from these diseases and to alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, gynecological problems.

How many weight loss programs do you have?

California Medical Weight Management offers one program that is tailored to your individual needs and requirements.

How long do I have to stay on the program?

The program you are on, how much weight you need to lose, and your motivation will all affect how long you stay on the CMWM program. As you know, weight loss is a marathon not a sprint. California Medical Weight Management programs address all aspects of weight loss and healthy weight maintenance—medical, physical, mental and emotional—and include behavior modification and counseling, as well as exercise recommendations.

What is obesity?

Obesity is a range of weight that is greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. (Note that because muscle is denser than fat, some athletes may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they are not carrying excess body fat.) Another way of measuring obesity is a body weight 20% or more above the desirable weight.

While obesity used to be considered as the simple result of eating too much and not exercising enough, it is now regarded as a serious medical condition associated with a complex set of factors. Obesity is understood to be a chronic disease with serious health implications.

While overeating and under-exercising do contribute to obesity, a number of other factors are also understood to play a role: genes, metabolism, behavior, environment, culture, and socioeconomic status.

Obesity leads to greater risk for the following conditions: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides), stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint), gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility).

Second only to cigarette smoking, obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death. A weight reduction as small as 5–10% can significantly reduce an individual’s health risk.

What is a bariatrician?

A bariatrician is a licensed physician (Doctor of Medicine [MD] or Doctor of Osteopathy [DO]) who has received special training in Bariatric Medicine—the art and science of medical weight management. Many bariatricians are members of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), a medical professional association for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are focused on the treatment and management of overweight and obese patients and their related conditions and co-morbidities. Bariatrics also includes research into overweight, its causes, prevention, and treatment.

The Bariatric Practice Guidelines developed by the ASBP outline four medical (non-surgical) body fat reduction/weight loss methods: dietary modification, exercise prescription, behavior modification, medication (when appropriate).

*Disclaimer: Results are typical but not guaranteed. Your actual results may vary. Real CalMWM patients shown with permission.

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