Program Overview

Find your care

Our specialists help you prevent and manage health conditions and meet your goals with individualized, expert nutritional care. For help finding clinical nutrition care, call 310-825-7921. To reach the Medical Weight Management Program, please call 310-825-8173.

Our approach to personalized weight loss

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:

  • Initial measurements: Weight, vital signs, body composition (measuring lean muscle and body fat via bioimpedence analysis)
  • Testing: Blood tests (comprehensive metabolic panel and lipid panel) and EKG
  • Physician and dietitian visits: Weight history, eating habits, medication review, detailed nutrition plan

Dietary 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:

  1. Very low-calorie diet (VLCD): Meal replacements plus vegetables
  2. Modified very low-calorie diet (MVLCD): Meal replacements plus one meal per day
  3. Low calorie diet (LCD): Some meal replacements with mostly whole food
  4. Maintenance program: Some meal replacements with mostly whole foods. This diet is intended for patients trying to maintain their weight.

Medically-supervised weight loss

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:

  • Physician visits (weekly for the first 2 weeks)
  • Physician/Dietitian visits (approximately 2 per month)
  • Regular blood draws (more at the beginning, then approximately every 4 weeks)
  • Periodic EKG and body composition tests (initial visit, week 9, then approximately every 2-3 months)

Low calorie diets involve: 

  • Physician/Dietitian visits (approximately 2 per month)
  • Regular blood draws (approximately every 8 weeks)
  • Periodic EKG and body composition tests (initial visit, week 8, then approximately every 2-3 months) 

Maintenance program involves:

  • Dietician visits (monthly)
  • Physician visits can be scheduled for an additional charge

Note: frequency of provider (physician/dietitian) visits, blood draws, EKG/body composition are subject to change.   



Addressing behavioral changes

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.