The UCLA Medical Weight Management Program offers individualized nutrition therapy for weight loss. The centerpiece of our dietary program is to match each patient’s protein intake to the individualized protein their body needs. The scientific literature supports this approach to control hunger and give patients the best opportunity to lose weight without losing muscle.
At the initial visit, all patients undergo a comprehensive assessment. We collect the following information in order to develop personalized weight loss programs:
Our dietary programs fit into four broad categorizes, but they are personalized for each patient based on food preferences and body composition testing. To attain low calorie intake with adequate protein, meal replacements supplements (e.g. protein shakes, bars, soups) are frequently used. We have a wide variety of products available for purchase.
The four broad dietary programs include:
Based on the dietary program patients are enrolled in there are varying degrees of medical supervision.
Very low-calorie and modified very-low calorie diets involve:
Low calorie diets involve:
Maintenance program involves:
Note: frequency of provider (physician/dietitian) visits, blood draws, EKG/body composition are subject to change.
Group cognitive behavioral therapy classes are held twice weekly and led by our clinical psychologist and licensed therapists. They are included with all dietary programs (VLCD, MVLCD, LCD and maintenance).
Due to COVID-19, all classes are currently conducted via Zoom until further notice.