Medical Options for Weight Loss

At NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program, we provide medical solutions for weight loss, focusing on nutrition, activity, and lifestyle changes. We create a plan that is specific to each person’s needs and goals.

Dr. Holly Lofton, who specializes in medically supervised weight loss, leads our program. She offers individual nutritional counseling as well as support groups and supervised meal replacement. Medications to maximize weight loss success are also available when appropriate. Every person receives a thorough medical and lifestyle consultation, long-term weight loss planning, and follow-up care.

Dr. Lofton works with you and your primary care physician, exercise experts, nutritionists, psychologists, and other specialty providers as necessary. The program welcomes anyone who has a weight concern and hopes to gain a sense of control over his or her weight.

At NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program, we offer the following services.

Medical Evaluations of Weight-Related Conditions

Many medical conditions worsen as a person gains weight. Weight loss is the best way to manage these conditions, which include metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, and movement issues, such as osteoarthritis of the knee and osteoarthritis of the hip. We help you manage these conditions until weight loss, either through medical or surgical methods, helps to improve these conditions.

Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome or a history of gestational diabetes have unique vulnerabilities related to sugar metabolism. Dr. Lofton works intensively with you to develop safe, low-calorie, and very low-carbohydrate meal plans, which can jump-start and accelerate weight loss.

We have several options for those who need to lose weight prior to a medical procedure. We can even help people who have tried traditional diet plans but have been dissatisfied with the results.

Review of Medications

Many medications used to manage conditions such as diabetes, depression, epilepsy and seizure disorders, arthritis, and high blood pressure contribute to weight gain. There may be alternative medications or ways to manage these conditions that allow you to take less medicine. Dr. Lofton works with your primary care physician to suggest helpful strategies.

Medications for Weight Loss

Medications that control feelings of hunger can often help you stick with a new eating plan. Medications are a tool for weight loss and work best when used as part of a comprehensive weight management plan that includes dietary changes and exercise.

Metabolic Rate Testing

Metabolism analysis helps to determine your metabolic rate, which is a calculation based on body fat, muscle mass, age, gender, and fluid retention. Your metabolic rate helps to determine how many calories your body burns while at rest.

This information is used by our experts to come up with a diet strategy focused on consuming fewer calories than you burn in a day. The testing, which uses a body composition analyzer, is quick, painless, and does not require a blood test or fasting.

Nutrition and Meal Replacement Programs

Research shows that nutritionally balanced, low-calorie food choices help a person to maintain weight loss. We offer two nutrition-based weight loss programs.

The New You Weight Loss Program is a doctor-supervised plan designed to help you lose weight conveniently, rapidly, and safely, without hunger, pills, or injections.

The Nutrition Led Weight Loss Program pairs you with a registered dietitian who helps you create a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diet that, combined with meal replacement, helps you achieve your goal weight while also teaching you healthy eating habits.

Individual Meal Planning

Planning out meals in advance, awareness of the nutritional value of the foods you choose, and being accountable to your goals can be crucial for weight loss success. We teach you how to create a healthy eating plan and maintain a food diary. Individual and group support is provided.

Mindful Eating and Nutrition Planning

Mindful eating is a cornerstone of all individual and group sessions. We discuss your eating habits, what triggers eating, and how to distinguish “head hunger,” which is wanting to eat even though you’re not truly hungry, from your body’s true metabolic needs. We also discuss ways to manage stress that do not include food.

Knowing how to read food labels and menus to find the best choices, as well as understanding food composition, plays a part in mindful eating. Our registered dietitians teach you how to incorporate nutritional knowledge into your busy life while also balancing your family’s food preferences.

Self-Monitoring Tools

The bathroom scale, food diaries, and label reading can all help you reach your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy weight. We help you figure out which self-monitoring tools are best for you, and how often you should use them.

Exercise Guidance

We help you determine the fitness program that is best aligned with your lifestyle, interests, and other medical conditions, such as joint pain. We also help you exercise safely by ensuring your heart is healthy enough to take on a workout regimen and that you have the right exercise gear, such as appropriate footwear. Our goal is to help you find a fitness routine you enjoy, so you can create a healthy habit that will help you lose weight and keep it off.

Contact Us

Please call our office at 212-263-3166 or email weightloss@med.nyu.edu to request more information about our programs and seminars.

For your first appointment, please bring your current list of medications, recent laboratory results, and any significant medical documentation. In addition, we highly recommend you have the nonsurgical medical questionnaire and weight history grid forms filled out in advance of your doctor’s visit.