The physician-assisted (non-surgical) weight loss program at Tufts Medical Center is aimed at achieving long-term weight loss through medical, nutritional and lifestyle changes. These changes require the development of new skills to identify less desirable habits and replace them with healthier ones. Our weight loss professionals provide you with the tools you need to do this.
The staff at Tufts Medical Center's Weight and Wellness Center works with each patient to understand factors that have made weight loss or weight maintenance difficult in the past, and all patients are offered comprehensive, individual and/or group education and support. Our medical weight loss program encompasses four major areas; behavior and lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity and medication management.
Behavior and lifestyle
Stress management, coping skills development, exercise readiness, general problem-solving strategies and relapse prevention are all integrated into your weight loss treatment plan. These techniques and skills help patients develop a foundation of knowledge on which to base lifestyle changes and which serve as the basis for long-term weight control. The Weight and Wellness Center does not provide long-term therapy but offers the opportunity for consultation and access to behavioral providers in the community.
Our registered dieticians work individually with patients to monitor and assess food choices, identify trigger foods and situations and problem-solve ways to achieve healthier eating and weight loss goals. We will integrate your lifestyle, likes and dislikes into developing plans and strategies (like using our lifestyle journal) to promote healthier food selections. We work at increasing your nutrition knowledge, exploring available products and promoting variety of choice in low calorie and very low calorie diets.
- Our Meal Replacement Program offers patients a medically supervised, multidisciplinary weight loss plan that utilizes a partial meal replacement program composed of shakes, soups, puddings snacks and bars.
- Our Jumpstart to Wellness Program offers patients 3 visits with a Registered Dietician who will help you understand why you've had trouble losing weight in the past and how to get on the right path toward a healthy lifestyle. This is a great program if you're not sure where to start!
- Our Family Wellness Program, Healthier Together offers hands-on, fun learning for parents and their children (11–18). Together you will learn about nutrition, get active and connect with your son or daughter in a fun and supportive setting.
Physical activity is a necessary component of weight loss and long-term maintenance. It is important to speak with your provider about appropriate recreational activities to maintain a healthy weight.
Where desirable, medications may be prescribed along with the behavioral and nutritional support to help with appetite control. You may discuss this option when you meet with one of our medical providers.
Learn how to join our program >