Medical Weight Loss Specialist

Women First Weight Loss & Lipo Center

Weight Loss Center located in Chesapeake, VA

Medical weight loss is successful weight loss, especially if you have guidance from leading expert Margie Corney, MD, FACOG, at Women First Weight Loss & Lipo Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Dr. Corney uses a proven four-step approach to weight loss that gives you excellent results. You get guidance each step of the way so you can lose extra weight quickly and then maintain your body long-term. Call the Tidewater area office or schedule your appointment by phone today.

Medical Weight Loss Q & A

From what weight loss programs can I choose?

There’s not just one way to lose weight, and that’s why Women First Weight Loss & Lipo Center offers three weight loss programs. Your options include:

  • Robard program - prepacked nutritionally complete food and meals
  • Medifast® - prepackaged meals, bars, shakes, and more
  • Challenge - a weekly program with multilevel goals

To participate in the weight loss programs, your body mass index (BMI) must be over 30, or over 27 with co-morbidities like high blood pressure and high blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. You can lose up to four pounds a week. Dr. Corney can help you select the ideal program for your needs.

All of these medical weight loss programs have significant benefits. You’ll look great, but that’s not all. Losing weight can help lower your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels, as well as relieving pain in weight-bearing joints like your hips and knees. If you’re a bariatric surgery patient, a medical weight loss program can help maximize your results and enhance your whole-body health. 

Regardless of which diet plan you choose, the steps that you move through are the same. 

What are the steps in the medical weight loss program? 

The medical weight loss program makes weight loss an attainable goal by focusing on three core values: education, encouragement, and accountability. All weight loss programs at Women First Weight Loss & Lipo Center include four phases.

Phase one: screening

Your screening includes a thorough evaluation by Dr. Corney. She performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and conducts laboratory testing to determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a very low-calorie diet program.

Phase two: reducing (active weight loss)

In the active weight loss phase, you start learning and practicing weight management skills using prepared complete foods. This frees you from the worry of grocery shopping and extensive meal prep so you can concentrate on learning the skills you need long-term.

Phase three: adapting

Phase three begins once you’ve learned new eating and exercise habits and feel confident about reintroducing food you purchase at the grocery store. You gradually make the transition, slowly replacing the prepackaged food with healthy choices that you prepare yourself. 

Phase four: maintenance

Phase four starts after you reach your goal weight. During this phase, you get continued support, including relapse prevention tools, from Dr. Corney. You also have individualized meal plans to help you maintain your weight and live healthy long-term.

Every phase of the medical weight loss program is equally important. Many patients lose weight and then assume they don’t need to continue with the adapting and maintenance phases, but those phases are amazingly important if you’re looking for long-term weight loss success. It’s all too easy to fall back into old habits after you lose weight, and phase three and four are specifically designed to keep you slim and healthy through regular follow-ups.

Do I have to exercise constantly for medical weight loss?

No, absolutely not. Dr. Corney understands that you might not be used to heavy exercise right now, and that’s okay. You start with the non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) plan, which can help you burn an extra 200-300 calories each day without making any major changes to your routine. You start the NEAT plan when you begin your medical weight loss program.

As you lose weight, you gradually transition into the exercise activity thermogenesis (EAT) plan. The EAT plan starts with walking and then transitions into muscle strengthening exercises, and eventually, high-intensity interval training. 

You move at your own pace in the NEAT and EAT programs. These programs are a perfect complement to the medical weight loss programs because they help you optimize your cardiovascular health, build healthy muscles, strengthen your bones, and improve your energy balance. 

Book your appointment at Women First Weight Loss & Lipo Center through the online scheduler or call the office today to explore medical weight loss.