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Weight Management

Turn to our weight management professionals at UNC Lenoir Health Care for compassionate, informed help to achieve your weight loss goals. You’ll receive personalized care that steers you to the best option for your condition, whether that option is a medical weight loss plan or bariatric surgery.

Benefits of Weight Loss

Enjoy an improved quality of life when you take control of your weight. Medically, you might reduce or eliminate related conditions, such as:

Financially, you may find weight loss helps you cut back on expenses such as:

  • General health care spending
  • Prescription medications
  • Lost wages because of illness

Services We Provide

Turn to our doctors to analyze your condition and determine whether medical weight loss or bariatric surgery is the better option for you. You can expect to lose an estimated 25 to 35 pounds through our medical weight loss plan, and 60 to 80 percent of your excess weight through surgery.

Regardless of which weight loss path you follow with our team, expect a package of services to support you in your efforts, including:

Nonsurgical Medical Weight Loss

You may be a candidate for one of our three medical weight loss programs, which help you reach your health goals through nutritional counseling and guidance on exercise.

Optifast®

If you’re an adult with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29, you’re a candidate for our Optifast® weight loss plan. You’ll follow an individualized eating and lifestyle plan built around low-fat shakes and other complete meal replacements infused with the recommended intake of 24 vitamins, plus high-quality protein.

You’ll gradually advance from shakes to self-prepared meals during our 14-week medical weight loss program. Throughout the process, you’ll receive weekly guidance from our registered dietitian and personal support from an exercise specialist and health coach.

HealthyLife Weigh®

If your goal is to lose 10 to 40 pounds, turn to our shorter HealthyLife Weigh® program, where you’ll focus on balancing the calories you eat with the calories you burn through exercise. This four-week program, taught by a registered dietitian, covers portion control, nutrition, grocery shopping, and emotional eating. Cost is $150 and includes a two-month membership to the Minges Wellness Center.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Ask your doctor if you’d benefit from a referral to medical nutrition therapy. You’ll have one-on-one time with a registered dietitian who helps:

  • Review your eating habits and nutritional health
  • Develop a personalized nutrition treatment plan
  • Customize meal planning to improve weight loss

Explore Weight Loss Options

Learn more about our weight loss programs by calling 252-522-7168.

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