Medically Supervised Weight Loss
If you and your doctor determine that non-surgical treatment is the best option for you, 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 Healthy Weight, located at the Clinton Health Campus, Route 31 North, Suite 214, Clinton, NJ 08809.
Dr. Bansal may recommend OPTIFAST or a Weight Loss Medication Program for you if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or greater. An adult with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese. Morbid obesity is defined as an adult that 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.
Different from many other weight loss solutions, OPTIFAST is a medical weight loss program that closely monitors and assesses your progress toward better health and well-being as you lose weight. During your journey with OPTIFAST, we’ll ensure that your medication dosage and the calorie level of your diet are adjusted accordingly, making your weight loss both safe and effective.
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 provide many benefits:
- 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 this type of diet but adjusting to a full meal replacement food plan only takes about seven days. And 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 overall health, learn better eating habits and engage in physical activity so that when you return to self-prepared foods, you are better equipped to manage your weight for the rest of your life.
OPTIFAST Medically Supervised Weight Loss Frequently Asked Questions
What is OPTIFAST?
OPTIFAST is a comprehensive weight management program that combines lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a great-tasting meal replacement. To get detailed information on the OPTIFAST Program, patients attend a free, no-obligation consultation that takes about one hour.
How much does OPTIFAST cost?
The cost of the OPTIFAST Program varies by location and clinic and is based on the specific program that is right for your weight loss goals and individual medical situation. To get detailed information on the best option, costs, and insurance reimbursement, patients are asked to attend a free readiness consultation.
Is OPTIFAST covered by insurance?
When it comes to weight loss, insurance coverage varies by state. Before your initial office visit, it’s important to contact your insurance provider to see what they cover. Employee benefits and health care spending accounts are also options for reimbursement with some employers.
How much weight will I lose?
Although individual results vary, a 52-pound average weight loss has been documented in over 20,000 patients who completed 22 weeks of the program. Additionally, on average, they saw a 15% reduction in cholesterol, a 29% reduction in blood glucose, and a 10% reduction in blood pressure.
How does OPTIFAST compare to other weight loss programs?
Unlike other weight loss programs or products, the OPTIFAST Program treats the whole person, not just their weight. Through comprehensive lifestyle education and medical monitoring, the OPTIFAST Program has been clinically proven to help individuals lose weight and keep it off.
Are there any side effects? What are the risks?
All OPTIFAST formulas are nutritionally complete, contain high-quality protein, and meet 100% of nutritional needs. Individuals are medically monitored to reduce the potential for side effects and to maximize improvements in weight-related health risks.
Who is Nestlé/OPTIFAST?
OPTIFAST, a division of Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition, Inc. (formerly Novartis Medical Nutrition), has been an innovator and leader in clinically validated weight management for over three decades. This division specializes in providing nutritional products, including OPTIFAST, and treatment protocols to aid overweight and obese individuals with their weight management goals. Over one million patients have used OPTIFAST nationwide since 1974.
What kind of health care professionals are part of the program?
While each clinic is different, typically a weight management team will include a physician who provides regular monitoring of health status, a dietitian who provides nutritional support, and a behaviorist who leads weekly sessions on various lifestyle topics.
How long is the program?
The length of the OPTIFAST Program varies by individual, depending on their weight loss goals. The program has three phases:
- Active weight loss
- Ongoing maintenance
Weight Loss Medication Program
Weight Loss Medication may be an option for some patients. There are several medications that work in different ways to help patients lose weight. Some work to curb your appetite or make you feel fuller, while others work to prevent your body from absorbing the fat in the foods you eat. Dr. Bansal will perform an extensive health assessment to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss medication, and which option may work best for you. When prescribed, weight loss medications—along with lifestyle changes (including a personalized meal plan and exercise program)—can be a successful combination to help you achieve and sustain meaningful weight loss.
Supervised Medical Weight Loss 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.
Weight Loss Medication Frequently Asked Questions
Are weight loss medications covered by insurance?
When it comes to weight loss and nutrition counseling, insurance coverage varies greatly. Before your initial office visit, it’s important to contact your insurance provider to see what they cover. It is also important to ask what medications are covered under your plan so your doctor can prescribe medications accordingly.
What weight loss medications does the physician prescribe?
The weight loss medications prescribed by the physicians in our office are phentermine, Qsymia, Contrave, and Saxenda.
Are there any side effects? What are the risks?
All medications may cause side effects. Individuals are medically monitored to reduce the potential for side effects and minimize weight-related health risks.
Naveen Ballem, MDSurgeon
Vivek Bansal, MDEndocrinologist (Clinton/Washington)
Harvey C. Rainville, MDSurgeon
Additional Staff & Specialists
B.J. Jacobson, BSN, RN, CHPNProgram Coordinator
Rosemary Logue, MS, RD, CSOWMClinical Dietitian
Diana L. Scanlan ANP-BC, CDEAdvanced Practice Nurse
Hunterdon Healthcare offers an array of educational events, including childbirth, healthy living and fitness classes.LEARN MORE
Health and Wellness Centers
Where health and fitness meet to help you stay healthy at every age.LEARN MORE
Health Resource Library
Hunterdon Healthcare is pleased to provide our website visitors with this comprehensive Health Resource Library.LEARN MORE