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Non-Surgical Weight Loss Treatment Information
At IU Health we use a multi-disciplinary approach to guide you to safe and healthy weight loss. Our physician-supervised programs are personalized to your specific medical conditions and weight loss needs. You work with a team of bariatric specialists, including nutritionists, certified fitness instructors and nurse practitioners to reach your goals.
- Medical monitoring. Our health professionals keep close track of your health as you progress on your weight loss journey. We watch your physical, biological and mental well being to make sure everything is in order.
- Fitness. Exercise is a key part of our medical weight loss programs. You receive instruction in how to maintain an active lifestyle. As an IU Health patient, you also receive fitness discounts to nearby fitness centers.. All of these services teach you about your body and how to change the way you exercise as you lose weight. The IU Health Bariatric blog regularly offers fitness tips and ideas.
- Counseling. As your body and lifestyle changes, we educate you about behavioral strategies you can use to maintain your progress. If the stress of making these changes is difficult to manage, psychological therapies can help. You may experience depression or anxiety as your body and your lifestyle rapidly transforms. IU Health physicians and counselors help you deal with these thoughts and emotions.
- Nutritional programs. A variety of nutrition options are available, including very low calorie diets, meal replacements, or a combination of meal replacements and food. Meal replacements are often recommended because they control portion sizes with healthy nutrition.
- PositiveLite. With this medically supervised weight loss option, you meet regularly with a nurse practitioner trained in acute care and mental health who monitors your weight loss and body composition. Certified personal trainers and registered dietitians design fitness programs and meal plans as part of your weight loss team. Monthly support groups help you enjoy the positive changes that come with weight loss and overcome any emotional obstacles you may face.
- Medicines. Your physician may prescribe weight loss medicines to help you lose weight. If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or above, these medicines can reduce your appetite. If you also have obesity-related medical problems, like Type 2 diabetes or hypertension, a BMI of 27 may qualify you for prescription medicines.
- Bariatric support groups. We provide free monthly support groups where guest speakers and educational workshops offer ideas you can use to meet fitness and nutrition goals. You also meet with and share experiences with others about managing weight loss.
- Cooking classes. We offer quarterly workshops to teach you to prepare delicious meals that everyone in the family can eat while also meeting your weight loss goals. You learn how to experiment with new cooking styles and flavorings.
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Non-Surgical Weight Loss Support Services
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Indiana University Health Bariatric blog
This regularly updated site provides information, resources and links to articles about bariatric and medical weight loss options, articles and cooking classes.
Weight-control Information Network
This service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides an overview of weight loss programs, how to choose the right one for you and other resources.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This government agency delivers a comprehensive look at the implications of adult and youth obesity on society, and strategies for change.