Medical Weight Loss

Achieving long-term weight loss is a complex process of medical, nutritional, behavioral and psychological change. These changes require the development of new skills to help one replace less desirable habits with healthier ones. Fundamental behavior and dietary change, not just short-term food sacrifice, is required for lasting weight loss success.

The staff of Tufts-NEMC's Obesity Consultation Center review each patient's understanding of factors that have made weight loss or weight maintenance difficult in the past, and all patients are offered a comprehensive, individual and/or group education and support program.

Behavioral component: Stress management, the development of coping skills, exercise readiness, general problem-solving strategies and relapse prevention are all integrated into the treatment plan. These techniques and skills help patients develop a foundation of knowledge on which to base lifestyle changes and which serve as the basis for long-term weight control.

Behavior Group Support: Led by a trained behavioral therapist, this group focuses on a number of skills, as well as support, to aid patients in achieving weight loss.   The group will focus on the attainment of many new skills and the ability to manage weight loss in various social settings. In addition to other topics, the group will focus on the concept of mouth vs. stomach hunger, mindful eating, nutrition, body image, and relaxation as a way to prevent and manage stress, the breaking of ingrained habits regarding food and eating and the introduction of new coping skills

Nutrition Component: Our food choices are often determined by factors such as childhood habits, time constraints, and the media. By working with behavior management techniques and nutritional guidance, you can learn to make food better choices at social, family, and professional events.

Nutritionists at the OCC work individually with patients to monitor and assess food choices, identify trigger foods and situations, and problem-solve ways to achieve healthier diets. Individualized meal plans are patient-driven. We will integrate your lifestyle, likes, and dislikes to develop plans and strategies to promote healthier food selections no matter what type of plan you desire. We work at increasing your nutrition knowledge, exploring available products, and promoting variety of choice.

By working with behavior management techniques and nutritional guidance, you can learn to make better food choices at social, family, and professional events.

Medications: Where desirable, medications may be prescribed as an adjunct to the behavioral and nutritional programs to help with appetite control

Click here to download our self-monitoring logs (PDF file).

We also offer the OPTIFAST® Program -- designed for people who are significantly overweight, or have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. It uses high-quality meal replacement products in combination with a comprehensive lifestyle education program that is designed to help you lose weight, improve your health, and develop the skills needed to successfully manage your weight in the future.

Helpful links:

  American Dietetic Association

  American Diabetic Association

  Dietary Guidelines

  Tufts Nutrition Navigator for ratings of health-related sites

  Fast food and restaurant food to learn about the nutrient value of foods




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