Comprehensive Weight Loss Program
The Comprehensive Weight Loss Program is designed to help individuals change their relationship with food, to slowly lose and keep off weight, and to enjoy a healthier quality of life. Our multidisciplinary healthcare team provides education, support and motivation to achieve optimal weight loss and healthy habits for a lifetime.
This program incorporates scientifically supported strategies for weight loss and maintenance. The two core treatments are behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling, provided in group sessions.
Combining behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling in a supportive environment, individuals work together with a psychologist, a registered dietitian and other program participants to identify personal values and goals, learn how to make better decisions, develop healthy coping skills and overcome barriers to change.
The behavioral therapy program is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an effective treatment approach to overcoming obstacles to successful weight management. CBT increases self-awareness, helping to change a person’s thinking and behavior. Individuals learn to manage expectations, learn how to accept lapses and decrease self-criticism. Shifting the way a person thinks aids in overcoming triggers to regaining weight.
Registered dietitians educate participants about healthy caloric ranges, portion sizes, the nutritional value of foods and how to manage metabolism and blood sugar. An initial nutritional evaluation and one individual follow-up session to develop a personalized dietary plan are included in the program. Program participants who feel they would benefit from further individualized nutritional guidance and support may choose to continue to meet with one of our registered dietitians while also participating in the group sessions.
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Group sessions are first held weekly, then biweekly, so new skills can be closely monitored and supported. As participants start mastering the skills learned in group therapy, sessions will taper to encourage greater independence.
Individual psychological evaluation
Before beginning treatment, a participant meets with one of our clinical psychologists for an initial evaluation. The clinician provides an overview of the program, answers questions, and identifies personal obstacles toward achieving weight loss goals and long-term maintenance.
Individual nutritional evaluation
During this initial session, a registered dietitian assesses the individual’s typical dietary patterns and food/eating preferences. Together, the dietitian and individual will create a practical nutrition plan. In addition, the dietitian collects the program participant’s height, weight and other data to monitor progress over the course of treatment.
This program is based on sound scientific research and uses treatment protocols and standards of care endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, and The Obesity Society. The treatment strategies and content, length of treatment, and number of behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling sessions included in the program are based on research that has shown what works—especially in the real world!
If additional services, such as individual behavioral therapy, endocrinology, sleep services or other specialty care are needed, we can make the appropriate referrals. Because this is a hospital-based weight loss program, participants have access to other healthcare professionals who treat and help manage problems often associated with excessive weight, including type 2 diabetes, thyroid functioning, sleep apnea, and other medical conditions.
Many insurance plans cover behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling. We provide our service codes so participants can determine coverage and responsibilities (e.g. co-payments, deductibles). Greenwich Hospital will bill the managed care provider for all covered services individuals receive from us. Ask your insurance provider about your specific coverage.