Medical Weight Loss + Wellness Coaching

Wellness treatments encompass a broad spectrum of interventions to promote overall health, vitality, and well-being. These treatments go beyond addressing specific health concerns or symptoms and instead optimize physical, mental, and emotional wellness to achieve a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. Our wellness treatments here at CARE Esthetics focus on weight loss medication and wellness coaching integrated into our comprehensive medical weight loss program.

Recent breakthroughs in the science of weight loss are providing physicians with tools that are quickly approaching the effectiveness previously seen only with bariatric surgery. An exciting new class of weight loss medicine known as GLP-1 agonists are revolutionizing non-surgical weight loss management and offer results that were never before possible. When these medications are combined with physician directed diet and exercise programs, they offer scientifically proven results that can increase your quality of life and even add to your life expectancy!

What is Medical Weight Loss with Coaching?

Wellness treatments encompass a broad spectrum of therapeutic interventions to promote overall health, vitality, and well-being. These treatments go beyond addressing specific health concerns or symptoms and instead optimize physical, mental, and emotional wellness to achieve a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. Our wellness treatments focus on weight loss and healthy weight loss coaching.

An exciting new class of weight loss medicine known as GLP-1 agonists are revolutionizing non-surgical weight loss management and offer results never before possible. When these medications are combined with physician directed diet and exercise programs, they offer scientifically proven weight loss of up to 20% to 40% of a persons’ body weight!

This comprehensive approach to weight loss combines medical expertise with personalized coaching to support you in achieving your weight loss and wellness goals. Our medical weight loss and wellness coaching services begin with a thorough assessment of your health status, including necessary lab work, a one-hour initial medical evaluation with a medical specialist, medical history, metabolic rate, body composition, and lifestyle factors. From there, a customized weight loss plan is developed, incorporating dietary modifications, exercise regimens, behavior modification strategies, and, if necessary, medical interventions. A six month medical follow-up and 12 months of lifestyle and weight management coaching are recommended for optimal results.

Equally as important in weight loss is wellness coaching. Providing ongoing guidance, motivation, and accountability helps our patients navigate the common challenges associated with weight loss to hit their goals and maintain long-term success. Our team also empowers our clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes, cultivate healthy habits, and adopt a positive mindset towards their health and well-being. Think of wellness coaching as an accountability partner who will help you identify strength to drive success, discuss barriers to overcome, provide ongoing encouragement, and ensure you stay on course to achieve your wellness goals.

Unlock benefits that extend far beyond just shedding pounds. This program will unveil the incredible resources and support waiting for you, paving the way for a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Why do we Combine Medical Weight Loss With Wellness Coaching?

Randomized, double blinded clinical trials of the two recently FDA approved GLP-1 agonists (semaglutide and tirzepatide) showed an average weight loss of 14.9% and 20.9%. Even more dramatically, 36% of participants in the phase 3 clinical trial of tirzepatide lost an amazing 25% of their pre-study weight! Results like these represent a dramatic shift in the way clients with obesity are treated.

It is very important to understand that results like these take time and effort. Much of the information available to clients online or on social media fails to mention that all of the patients in the above-mentioned clinical trials were also enrolled in a lifestyle intervention program monitored monthly by a healthcare professional. This type of coaching intervention makes a HUGE difference…we know this with certainty because the same clinical trials prove it.

In December of 2023 the New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that people taking one of the new GLP-1 agonists, semaglutide, had a significant reduction in their risk of suffering a major cardiac event. Good news for those patients, but there’s more to the story. Participants in this study lost an average of only 9.4% of their pre-study body weight. Was the medicine in this study less effective? Probably not. The difference is that participants in the original weight loss study of semaglutide who lost an average of 14.9% of their pre-study weight all had diet and exercise programs monitored monthly by a qualified health coach! The health coaching and assistance with adhering to dietary and physical activity recommendations resulted in 58% more weight loss than what was seen in patients who received the medication alone.

Our Comprehensive Weight Loss Program at CARE

Our comprehensive approach to weight loss combines medical treatments with personalized coaching to support you in achieving your weight loss and wellness goals. Our medical weight loss and wellness coaching services begin with a thorough assessment of your health status, including necessary lab work, and a one-hour initial medical evaluation with a medical specialist focused on medical and previous weight loss history. A body composition analysis is performed and from there, a customized weight loss plan is developed, incorporating one of the new highly effective weight loss medications, dietary modifications, nutritional recommendations, and an exercise plan. 

When the new weight loss medications are combined with physician directed diet and exercise programs under the supervision of a qualified health coach, they offer scientifically proven weight loss. Once the initial medical assessment and treatment plans are complete, each client begins their monthly coaching sessions with our certified health coach. These sessions can be in person or virtual depending on the client’s preference and schedule.

Our Medical Director, Paul Primeaux, MD, is board-certified in Obesity Medicine and designed our medical weight loss and wellness coaching. All of our patients with obesity are treated by him or Emily Lacour, DNP, a Nurse Practitioner certified by the Obesity Medicine Association. Our certified health coach, Erin Primeaux, is also involved in our medical weight loss and wellness coaching program, assisting clients to focus on mindset and motivations to establish their individual fitness goals and providing nutrition coaching with a holistic yet personalized approach. Our team of experts spends at least one hour with each client during their initial visit. This visit can be in-person or virtual, although in-person is preferred.

The program itself consists of: 

Weight Loss Injectable Medications

Commonly prescribed GLP-1 agonists help with weight loss by mimicking a naturally occurring hormone, glucagon-like peptide 1. GLP-1 has effects on the gut as well as the brain. It stimulates insulin secretion, which decreases blood glucose and slows food transit through the stomach and intestines. Most importantly, GLP-1 affects the hunger signaling area of the brain to reduce the feeling of hunger. 

It’s important to know that even though weight loss medications can help clients lose weight, they are not without their side effects, which can include:

Keeping the Weight Off After Weight Loss Medications

After losing weight with the assistance of a GLP-1 agonist, keeping the weight off without well-established healthy dietary habits and a vigorous exercise regimen is difficult. Many patients who lose weight on these medicines will gain back the weight or possibly put on more weight after discontinuing the medications. Keeping the weight off requires dedication and rigor that our health coaches assist in developing. Educating and promoting the right way to eat and exercise eliminates the fear of relying on medication to maintain your new healthy weight. 

Our monthly coaching sessions support and empower clients to build and maintain healthy eating and fitness habits, so that, once their weight loss goals are achieved CARE clients can confidently reduce their dose of weight loss medication or stop the medicines completely.

Wellness Coaching Services

Equally as important in weight loss is wellness coaching. Providing ongoing guidance, motivation, and accountability helps our client navigate the common challenges associated with weight loss to hit their goals and maintain long-term success. Our team also empowers our clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes, cultivate healthy habits, and adopt a positive mindset towards their health and well-being. Think of wellness coaching as an accountability partner who will help you identify strength to drive success, discuss barriers to overcome, provide ongoing encouragement, and ensure you stay on course to achieve your wellness goals.

As you’ve no doubt noted in the discussions above, wellness coaching can yield substantial benefits. For this reason, coaching is offered to all CARE clients regardless of whether they are enrolled in the weight loss program. If you’re interested in having a partner to discuss goals or perhaps setbacks along your wellness journey, our Wellness Coaching Services on their own can be incredibly valuable. We are convinced that such an accountability partner dramatically increases a client’s chances of reaching their health goals and becoming the very best version of themselves!

How Do Medical Weight Loss Treatments Work?

Medical weight loss and wellness coaching address various aspects of health and well-being to promote overall vitality and longevity. Each is unique in its benefit.

Medical weight loss programs are designed to help you achieve your goals through medical supervision, personalized treatment plans, lifestyle modifications, and supervised interventions. These programs typically begin with a comprehensive evaluation to assess your health status, including medical history, metabolic rate, body composition, and dietary habits.

Then, based on the assessment, a customized weight loss plan is developed, which may include dietary modifications, exercise regimens, behavior modification strategies, prescription medications, and more. The goal is to create a sustainable plan that promotes healthy weight loss and long-term weight management while addressing underlying factors contributing to excess weight.

How Much Does a Medical Weight Loss Program Cost?

Numerous factors must be considered to determine the cost of your wellness treatments, which is why we recommend a programming information call. During your 15-minute informational call, a team member will discuss the treatment’s specifics to ensure it aligns with your desired results.

The cost may vary as we customize each treatment to meet your needs. Our dedicated team can curate a personalized package tailored exclusively to your requirements, providing a more precise estimate for the treatment. A call with our experienced staff will offer you a comprehensive understanding of the treatment cost.

Common FAQs

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Yes, medical weight loss programs are safe. They are designed and supervised by our team of health professionals who tailor every treatment plan to your individual needs, ensuring safety and efficacy. These programs incorporate evidence-based strategies to promote healthy weight loss and overall well-being.

Every person is different, so the timeframe for results varies depending on factors such as starting weight, adherence to the treatment plan, and individual metabolic rate. Many individuals begin to see initial results within a few weeks of starting the program, with significant weight loss achieved over several months.

Medical weight loss and coaching is tailored to your specific health needs, incorporating medical assessment and supervision throughout the process whereas other weight loss methods are not. Medical weight loss often involves medical interventions such as medications to help you achieve your ideal weight. Additionally, medical weight loss programs often provide a multidisciplinary team of trained professionals who work collaboratively with you to address the factors contributing to weight gain and support sustainable lifestyle changes.

Everyone is different but on average, you can expect to lose about 20% of your current weight if not more. The amount of weight you can lose depends on various factors such as your starting weight, overall health status, adherence to the program, and individual metabolic rate. Weight loss results are highly individualized, and long-term success depends on sustainable lifestyle changes rather than rapid or extreme weight loss. Your weight loss coach will work with you to set realistic goals and support you throughout your journey to achieve and maintain a healthier weight.