Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Weight Loss

Am I eligible for medical weight loss?

General criteria to qualify for the program include BMI >30 or BMI >27 with an additional obesity related condition (diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea). Find out your BMI.

Is medical weight loss right for me?

If you’re looking to reap the health benefits of losing weight to look and feel your best, Virtua’s medical weight-loss program is designed to lead you to your healthy lifestyle goals. Scientific research shows that many obesity-related conditions (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, obstructive sleep apnea) improve with a modest weight loss of 5 to 7 percent. Medical weight loss is an intensive lifestyle program with a focus on nutrition, behavior and exercise modification.

Watch this video to see if medical weight loss is right for you. 

How much weight can I expect to lose?

You can expect to lose 1 to 5 pounds a week depending on the program option you choose. Total weight-loss results are dependent upon length of enrollment in the program and adherence to diet recommendations. Virtua’s medical weight-loss team works with you to choose a program that’s most suited to your goals.

What support will I have during the process?

Weekly on-site group workshops and check-ins provide education and support for your transition to a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Private sessions with a registered dietitian to guide healthy eating and behavior change also are included in your journey. Physician and psychologist visits are scheduled as needed.

Losing the weight is just the start. Virtua’s Continuation Program offers support for further weight loss or weight maintenance. You can choose a weekly or bi-weekly option. To ensure success, dietitian follow-up visits are required at least quarterly.

Is the program covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies provide coverage for your physician visits. A copay or deductible may apply depending on your specific plan. We strongly recommend you check with your insurance carrier regarding nutrition counseling benefits or review our insurance guide for more information. Once the appropriate program path for you is determined, you’ll be responsible for monthly program fees, the cost of your meal replacements or medications, if applicable, and any copays or deductibles required by your insurance.


Get started on your weight-loss journey today.

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