What Does a Weight Loss Doctor Do?

By August 7, 2018 August 14th, 2018 Weight Loss

A weight loss doctor oversees physician-supervised weight-loss programs for persons who are obese or significantly overweight. They are licensed medical doctors who treat patients in a clinical setting. Medical weight loss is a holistic, team effort. So weight loss doctors work alongside other professionals including a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered dietitian and/or a psychologist. Medical weight loss programs are multifaceted, offering various services like nutrition, counseling, exercise plans, and more.

Weight Loss Doctor

During your initial consult, a weight loss doctor,  physician assistant, or nurse practitioner will provide a focused medical evaluation to assess your risk for weight-related diseases. You’ll also complete a physical and a medical history focused on weight, weight loss, and nutrition. Some initial consults include a psychological history as well.

Your weight loss doctor will help you with craft a weight loss that combines some (or all) of these areas:

Diet and Exercise

Good diet and exercise habits are the foundation of a successful medical weight loss program. But with how our bodies respond to food, we often need support coming up with a nutrition plan specific to our needs. Your weight loss doctor will provide you with tools, resources, and mentorship along the way to make your attaining your weight loss goals easier and more fulfilling.

Exercise, like diet, is always helpful in supplementing and boosting weight loss efforts. But not everyone can adhere to an out-of-the-box exercise plan or workout style. Your medical weight loss team will develop an appropriate physical activity plan for your interests, wellness needs, and ability level.


Counseling is helpful for many weight loss patients because there is a connection between physical and mental health issues. In a similar way, providing mental health support can be invaluable in helping someone reach their physical fitness goals.

Meal Replacement Plans

Your medical weight loss plan may include meal replacement options (shakes, bars, etc.) and weight loss medications. As long as you use these the way your weight loss doctor directs you—and alert them to any side effects—they will be a safe way to increase the effectiveness of your weight loss plan.

Your weight loss doctor isn’t someone that just talks to you for a few minutes, fills out paperwork, and sends you off to the pharmacy. They are an active, enthusiastically in helping you achieve success with your weight loss and wellness goals. Want to meet with one of our weight loss doctors? Set up your initial consult today!

Ready to start your journey to a healthy body?