Medically Supervised Weight Loss

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You and your doctor may determine that non-surgical treatment may be the best option for your weight loss needs. If this is the case you will be referred to Vivek Bansal, M.D. to begin a medically supervised weight loss program. Dr. Bansal has office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center for Advanced Weight Loss. The clinic is located at the Clinton Health & Wellness Campus, Route 31 North, Suite 214, Clinton, NJ 08809.

Dr. Bansal may recommend the Optifast program for you if your BMI is 30 or greater. An adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater is considered obese. Morbid obesity is when an adult is approximately 100 pounds or more overweight, has a BMI of 40 or more or has a BMI of 35 or more in combination with a health-related condition.

The Optifast plan treats the whole you – not just your weight. Optifast is a comprehensive medical weight loss program. While you are on Optifast program, you’ll be closely monitored and given the support, counseling, lifestyle education, and meal replacements to help you enjoy long-term weight loss and significantly reduce weight-related health risks.


Optifast meal replacements
The weight loss success of the Optifast Program is based on the use of meal replacements during the active weight loss phase of the program. Simple and effective Optifast meal replacements allow you to benefit from:

  • High-quality, complete nutrition
  • Pre-portioned and calorie-controlled servings
  • Quick and simple preparation
  • Freedom from having to make food choices

Some people are skeptical about their ability to follow such a diet, but adjusting to a full meal replacement food plan typically only takes about one week. Afterward, many Optifast patients report they feel more energetic than they have for a long time.
Positive change can occur quickly. In addition to losing weight, you will improve your health, learn new healthier eating habits and engage in activities so that when you return to self-prepared foods, you are better equipped to manage your weight long term.

Medical Weight Loss Program
Different than many other weight loss solutions, Optifast is a medical weight loss program that closely monitors and assesses your progress towards better health and well being as you lose weight. During your journey with Optifast, we will ensure that the doses of any medications you are taking, and the calorie level of your diet are adjusted accordingly, making your weight loss both safe and effective.

Optifast’s Medical monitoring includes:

  • A thorough preliminary medical examination and any necessary lab tests to determine your health status and rule out any risk factors.
  • A personalized weight loss plan, based on your health status and weight loss goals.
  • Continued guidance and medical monitoring of your progress, health, and well being throughout the course of treatment.
  • Communication with your primary care physician, as necessary.


Our Physicians

Naveen  Ballem, MD

Naveen Ballem, MD

Vivek Bansal, MD

Vivek Bansal, MD

Endocrinologist (Clinton)
Harvey C. Rainville, MD

Harvey C. Rainville, MD


Additional Staff & Specialists

B.J. Jacobson, BSN, RN, CHPN

B.J. Jacobson, BSN, RN, CHPN

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