Obesity Is a Treatable Disease

There are different ways to build an effective weight-loss plan, and many people need to try more than one strategy to find what works for them. At UC Health Weight Loss Center, our highly individualized, multidisciplinary approach, led by experts in medicine, nutrition, fitness and behavior change, produces a plan that will work for you—even if you’ve already tried other weight-loss programs. To learn more about the personalized programs at UC Health Weight Loss Center, register for one of our free seminars.

We’ll create a personalized weight-loss program that takes into account your preferences, limitations and strengths. Then we’ll partner with you to see it through, providing encouragement, information, tools and medical supervision to help ensure a healthy and successful weight-loss experience for you. 

Losing weight will reduce your risk of obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. If you already have any of those conditions, then losing weight will help you manage them. Even modest weight loss of 3 to 5 percent of your current weight can have a medically significant positive impact on your health.

About Our Program

At UC Health Weight Loss Center, we understand that the battle to reach and maintain a healthy weight is highly personal, and that one-size-fits-all diet programs or surgery may not be the right answer for you. Weight loss is complicated; it can be affected by stress, sleep quality and various other factors.

That's why we've developed a robust non-surgical weight-management program built around four key components: medical science, nutrition, behavior/lifestyle and fitness. It's a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach supported by our extensive team of clinical experts. 

Our three-phase program (outlined below) is for patients with a BMI of 27 or greater who are 18 to 64 years old and need to lose moderate to significant amounts of weight. Women who are pregnant or nursing and individuals undergoing dialysis or chemotherapy cannot participate unless specifically approved to do so by our medical staff. Some meal-replacement products could contain whey or soy, and may not be appropriate for individuals with an allergy or intolerance to those ingredients. A dietitian will help determine which food products are best for you. 

To ensure optimal success, patients must commit to a minimum of six months of programming, including regularly scheduled office visits, lab work and classes.


    This 800-1000 calorie total/partial meal replacement program is the first step, and will jump start your weight-loss journey. Patients typically lose two to five pounds per week on this phase of their weight loss plan.

    • This phase of the program runs 12 to 24 weeks and includes weekly medical monitoring, group education classes and routine scheduled blood work.
    • Includes prescribed high protein meal replacement products as guided by physician and registered dietitians.
    • Weekly medical monitoring helps to ensure safe weight loss and accountability.

    This step gradually reintroduces your normal routine. Patients attend on a bi-weekly basis for medical monitoring and group education. Participants typically consume roughly 1,000 calories daily during this phase.

    • This 12 week phase involves regularly scheduled bi-weekly medical monitoring as prescribed and group education classes.
    • Includes prescribed meal replacement products, gradually reincorporating balanced, food-based diet back into your daily routine, as guided by physician and registered dietitians.
    • Patients get education, support and accountability at bi-weekly group class visits.

    This 1,200+ calorie program is the final step for patients in our non-surgical program. During this phase, we will work to transition your care back to your primary care physician for ongoing medical monitoring and treatment.

    • This final phase requires a six month commitment involving monthly group education classes and as-prescribed medical monitoring by our physician and dietitians.
    • Includes a balanced, food-based diet incorporating some meal replacements/supplements as guided by physician and registered dietitians.
    • Patients get education, support and accountability at monthly group class visits.