So you’ve scheduled your first consultation with a weight-loss specialist. It wasn’t easy, but you made that first step toward achieving a happier and healthier life.
Before you visit our weight loss clinic for your consultation, we would like for you to ask yourself these 5 questions before you arrive. This will ensure that you get the answers you need and make your visit more efficient.
How much weight do I need to lose to be healthy?
A healthy weight is determined by your Body Mass Index (BMI): a measure of body fat calculated using weight and height (kg/m2). Based on your BMI, we apply a comprehensive approach to help you decide how much weight you need to lose to reach a healthy range.
Each body is different, which is why we provide a variety of weight loss options. When you come in for your consultation, we will discuss how you can achieve your healthy weight range.
How will my health improve if I lose weight?
Achieving a healthy weight can significantly enhance your health and your outlook on life. Many patients see improvement in things like diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Moreover, patients also report improvements in other important areas, such as increased energy levels and a better mood as they gain more mobility and self-esteem.
Before you arrive for your consultation, consider specifically where you would like to see improvement in your health or quality of living. We can discuss your specific goals and needs to determine which weight loss options will be best for you.
Will my weight loss goals require surgery?
Not all weight loss goals require surgery. However, some patients who fall into higher BMI categories and have other health concerns, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may benefit from bariatric surgeries, like gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.
There are also non-surgical weight loss options available to help patients reach their goals. If you are not a candidate for weight loss surgery, we can provide information about weight loss medications, Ideal Protein, and gastric balloon during your consultation.
How do I know which programs or procedures will be covered by my insurance?
You will need to contact your insurance company to find out which medical weight loss programs or surgeries are covered by your plan. Some larger employers provide coverage for the weight loss solutions we offer. You can contact your human resources representative for information about what they cover in this regard.
Here are a few points to ponder concerning insurance coverage:
Gastric Balloon - Insurance does not cover gastric balloon options at this time.
Weight Loss Medication - Ask your insurance provider if they cover weight loss medications like Belviq, Contrave, Saxenda, or Qsymia.
Bariatric Surgery - Visit our Pathway to Surgery page to find out if your insurance will cover bariatric surgery.
During your consultation, you may have questions about costs and financing options. It is a good idea to have a clear understanding as to what your insurance provider or employer will cover before you arrive for your appointment.
Bottom line: how much weight can I expect to lose?
As much as you’d probably like a specific answer in the form of a number, each patient is unique and will see different levels of weight loss over different periods. During your consultation, we will discuss what you can expect throughout your weight loss journey. Here are some general guidelines that you can use to help manage your expectations:
Gastric sleeve: Average weight loss is projected to be in the range of 65% of excess body weight.*
Gastric bypass: Patients typically lose an average of 75% of their excess weight by one year after surgery.*
Ideal Protein: Most people lose 2-3 lbs per week.*
OBALON balloon: Clinical trials show that patients can expect 2x the weight loss compared to diet and exercise alone. Additionally, 89% of weight lost was kept off at one year (6 months post-removal).*
ORBERA® weight loss balloon: Clinical trials showed 3x the weight loss compared to diet and exercise alone.*
*Individual results will vary
There is no easy road to weight loss. Every weight loss plan is a serious commitment and requires drastic lifestyle changes to be successful. However, once you have a plan in place, and you take that first step, you will be well on your way to an entirely new outlook and a new healthier lifestyle.
At Nashville Weight Loss Solutions, we are here to answer any questions you have and to guide you through any challenges you may face with your weight loss goals. Before you come in for your first consultation, have a clear picture in mind of what you want to improve about your health. We want to help you achieve a happier and healthier life through weight loss, but it is up to you to take those first steps and make a commitment to change.
Contact Nashville Weight Loss Solutions for more information about our weight loss options.
Are you dieting and exercising on your own, but still not getting the results you want? Nashville Weight Loss Solutions offers a comprehensive range of proven weight loss programs to help, whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 200. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation!