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Medical Weight Loss

Weight Loss Goals Come in Many Sizes
Find Out if Medical Weight Loss is the Right Option for You

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Healthiest Weight with
Medical Weight Loss

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We know losing weight is not as simple as calories in, calories out.

Many factors influence weight including genetics, hormones, metabolism, lifestyle, mental health, and even underlying medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease and PCOS. Hormonal changes during menopause for instance, can lead to weight gain especially around the abdomen. These factors can make it difficult to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. That's where our medical weight loss program comes in.

At New Jersey Bariatric Center® our comprehensive medical weight loss program combines monthly doctor visits and prescription weight loss medications with support, healthy eating education, exercise and lifestyle modifications to set the foundation for sustainable weight loss and give you the tools to achieve your healthiest weight.

Our medical weight loss team developed a comprehensive program from our experience treating and guiding patients through medical weight loss during the last decade. We know weight loss goals are successfully achieved when doctor visits and weight loss medication are combined with long-term support and consistent nutrition education and counseling.


Losing Weight With FDA-Approved Prescription Weight Loss Medications
Prescription weight loss medications work by decreasing hunger while simultaneously increasing feelings of satiety, leading to reduced food intake and overall absorption of calories.

When deciding which weight loss medication is right for you, it's important to consider the average weight loss; side effects; whether or not you prefer injections or capsules, and obesity-related conditions. On average, patients lose between 10-20% of their body weight as early as 6 months with prescription weight loss medications.

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Calculate Your BMI and Potential Weight You Can Lose with Prescription Weight Loss Medication
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Your BMI is .
Morbidly Obese
40 and above
Severely Obese
35 - 39.9
Obese
30 - 34.9
Overweight
25 - 29.9
Healthy
18.6 - 24.9
Underweight
18.5 and below
Are Prescription Weight Loss Medications Right For Me?
If you’ve struggled with diets in the past and found yourself giving up because you felt deprived, you may be a good candidate for FDA-approved prescription weight loss medications like Zepbound™, WegovyⓇ, SaxendaⓇ and more. These medications are used as a tool to help decrease hunger and cravings in conjunction with nutrition counseling to help you reach and maintain a healthier weight. In addition to a reduced-calorie diet, increased physical activity and nutritional counseling, weight loss medication has been shown to help patients with their weight loss goals.

Patients must be over the age of 18 and also meet one of the following Body Mass Index (BMI) requirements:
Have a BMI of 30 or greater
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Have a BMI of 27 or more with at least one weight-related medical condition
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If you meet the criteria, our clinical team will review your individual medical history to help determine which FDA-approved weight loss medication is best for you.
Prescription Medication Comparison
Medications
Zepbound™
(Tirzepatide)
Wegovy®
(Semaglutide)
Saxenda®
(Liraglutide)
Qsymia®
(Phentermine & Topiramate)
What to Expect
Once weekly injection
Once weekly injection
Once daily injection
One tablet daily
How it helps you lose weight
Reduce appetite, food intake, body fat and body weight
Increase satiety and control portions
Increase satiety and control portions
Suppress appetite and control cravings
Weight loss
16-20% of body weight
15-18% of body weight
15-18% of body weight
10% of body weight
Prescription Medication Comparison
What to Expect
Zepbound™
(Tirzepatide)
  • Once weekly injection
Wegovy®
(Semaglutide)
  • Once weekly injection
Saxenda®
(Liraglutide)
  • Once weekly injection
Qsymia®
(Phentermine & Topiramate)
  • One tablet daily
How you lose weight
Zepbound™
  • Reduce appetite, food intake, body fat and body weight
Wegovy®
  • Increase satiety and control portions
Saxenda®
  • Increase satiety and control portions
Qsymia®
  • Suppress appetite and control cravings
Weight loss
Zepbound™
  • 16-20% of body weight
Wegovy®
  • 15-18% of body weight
Saxenda®
  • 15-18% of body weight
Qsymia®
  • 10% of body weight

Nutrition Counseling

At New Jersey Bariatric Center®, instead of going on a diet, you’ll work with our registered dietitians to learn about changing your eating habits and behavior patterns to make positive choices that you can live with for the rest of your life. Nutrition counseling is the foundation of our medical weight loss program, and is available to everyone.
At your first appointment, you will meet with one of our registered dietitians who will get to know you as an individual, learn about your personal weight goals and review your current dietary habits.
devise a program unique to your needs and lifestyle
Our RDs will devise a program that is unique to your needs and lifestyle. Our team evaluates your medical history, nutritional status, vitals and metabolic profile and then works with you to develop a whole-foods-based, nutrient-dense meal plan that won’t leave you feeling deprived.
Many of our patients like using meal replacements because they relieve them of some of the work of meal planning while still providing balanced nutrition and hunger control. Our dietitians evaluate the products currently on the market to recommend only the ones that promote safe and sustainable weight loss. Products are sold at each of our offices for your convenience and include meal replacement protein shakes, protein bars and snacks.
Prescription Weight Loss FAQs
Most weight loss medications are FDA-approved for adults 18 years old and above for use in conjunction with behavioral modifications, diet and exercise. A BMI greater than 30 with no obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea and PCOS, or a BMI greater than 27 with obesity-related conditions meet the criteria. Calculate your body mass index (BMI) here.
Currently, our office prescribes QsymiaⓇ, SaxendaⓇ, ContraveⓇ, and WegovyⓇ depending on availability.
Each insurance plan has different coverage for medical weight loss. To find out if you have coverage for prescription weight loss medications, contact your insurance provider and ask if you have coverage for branded anti-obesity drugs. If you do not have coverage, you have the option to pay out of pocket if you meet the prescription medical weight loss criteria outlined above.
Patients enrolled in the MWL@NJBC program will meet with a doctor or PA once per month to review their progress and adjust their treatment plan if necessary.
As with all weight loss medications, there are side effects. It’s important to discuss the side effects of any medication you are taking with your healthcare provider. The side effects of the most common medications include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, headache, tiredness/fatigue, upset stomach, dizziness, bloating, belching, gas, stomach flu, heartburn, runny nose and sore throat.

Potentially severe side effects of taking weight loss medications include inflammation of your pancreas/pancreatitis, gallbladder problems, thyroid tumors, increased heart rate, increased risk of hypoglycemia/low blood sugar, kidney infections, allergic reaction, change in vision and depression or thoughts of suicide.

Risks of weight loss medications include injection site pain, infection or bruising.
Prescription weight loss medications can help with weight gain from menopause. These medications can help you lose weight when lifestyle changes like diet and exercise haven’t been enough. Menopause can cause changes in your body that make it harder to lose weight, such as changes in fat distribution due to hormonal shifts and a decline in muscle mass. Some prescription medications can help by regulating hormones, affecting appetite and metabolism. However, it's important to use these medications within a comprehensive weight management program that includes lifestyle modifications and under the supervision of a doctor.

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