How much you eat is a major factor in losing weight and keeping it off. Your weight loss also depends on what you eat. Nutritious foods are essential to losing weight and staying healthy as you shed pounds.

Our medical weight loss team includes physicians who are board certified in Obesity Medicine as well as other providers who specialize in fields such as endocrinology, psychology and nutrition. Our nurses have advanced training in behavioral health, diabetes education and other areas related to weight loss. The team works together to design a personalized diet and nutrition plan that works for you.

Nutrition Counseling

Our new patients meet as a group with our registered dietician. You’ll learn about the strategies we use to help you lose weight and the providers you’ll see with us. You’ll also get basic information about diet and nutrition, including portion control and how to track calories.

Your next step is individualized nutrition counseling. We consider your personal goals, your health needs and your overall well-being as we determine the plan that will lead to successful weight loss.

Meal Plan Options

Together with your medical weight-loss team, you’ll choose a diet plan that fits your needs. We offer a range of scientifically-based diets.

  • Food-based (non-supplement) diets with the right balance of protein and carbohydrates to promote weight loss while keeping you full and satisfied.
  • Partial meal-replacement plan that includes structured, portion-controlled meals along with shakes or bars to replace one or two meals or snacks per day.
  • Full meal-replacement plan that uses a very low-calorie liquid diet for rapid weight loss over a specific time period.
  • Nutre-Meals, an online resource that allows you to order healthy, nutritious meals directly to your home.

Other Weight-Loss Tools

For patients who are overweight and have not been able to achieve significant weight loss, prescription weight loss medications might be an option. These prescription weight loss medicines are used in addition to meal plan options and exercise. Before selecting a medication, your doctor will consider your health history, possible side effects and potential interactions with medicines you are already taking. All prescription weight loss drugs approved for use have produced significant weight loss results when combined with healthy lifestyle changes. They are a tool to help adapt to the changes necessary to help lose weight and improve overall health.

Lahey’s Medical Weight Loss program also offers new tools to help control appetite and eating. For example, SmartByte is a device that is custom fit to the roof of your mouth. You wear it while you eat, and it causes you to take smaller bites, chew thoroughly and eat slowly. This gives your stomach time to tell your brain when it’s full, so you’re satisfied with less food. You and your team will determine if one of these tools could work for you.