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The Regional Health Weight Management team understands that losing weight is difficult. We have an experienced team of medical, surgical, neuropsychological and nutrition professionals to help you achieve your goals. Our highly trained team is dedicated to providing guidance and education throughout your weight-loss journey.

We work with you individually – considering previous weight-loss attempts, characteristics, habits, concerns and areas of need – to develop a program specifically tailored for you. We can help you with lifestyle changes as well as medical and surgical options.

What are the health risks associated with obesity?

There are more than 40 medical conditions associated with obesity. Individuals affected by obesity are at risk of developing one or more of these serious medical conditions, causing poor quality of life or, in severe cases, early death. The most prevalent obesity-related diseases include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers

Our goal is to help you achieve a happier, healthier life through lifestyle modification. We will provide you with the knowledge, tools and confidence you need to maintain your healthy lifestyle for long-term results.

Please call us for more information on any of the following options:

  • Medically supervised weight loss
  • Preventative medicine counseling
  • Meal replacement plans
  • Nutrition and wellness counseling
  • Pharmacotherapy for weight loss
  • Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery)
  • Medical follow-up after bariatric surgery
  • Lap-band adjustments and follow-up
  • Cooking classes
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

If you have tried conventional weight management but did not achieve your weight-loss goal, weight loss medications may be an option.

Patients interested in weight loss medications must have an initial consultation with our medical provider to discuss the prescription medications available, their side effects and potential complications. If you are a candidate for weight-loss medications, you will begin working with our provider and dietitian on lifestyle changes necessary for long-term success.

In 2017, HMR was ranked the No. 1 Fast Weight Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report’s annual diet rankings for the second year in a row. HMR’s program for weight management is one of the most effective weight-loss options available. This comprehensive weight-loss plan uses HMR foods and coaches to prepare you for a lifetime of healthier living. This program will help you achieve your weight-loss goals with Healthy Solutions, and you will leave the program with the tools and skills you need to maintain your lower weight.

This plan allows individuals to achieve meaningful weight loss by integrating diet, physical activity and weekly coaching. A medical assessment with our provider will ensure your safety throughout the meal replacement program.

The meal replacement program consists of two phases:

Healthy Solutions Phase 1 – Active weight loss phase: To lose the most weight, you’ll only eat HMR shakes, entrees, fruits and vegetables in place of your meals and snacks. Since you don’t have to think about what to eat, you can focus on learning and practicing new healthier skills you can use for life. You will have weekly group meetings with our dietitian. 

Healthy Solutions Phase 2 – Maintenance phase: During this phase you may continue to lose weight and will maintain the weight loss already achieved. You will continue to use some supplements.

Many people struggle to lose weight and keep it off. If your weight is starting to affect your health and your way of life, and you’ve tried other weight loss methods without success, it may be time to consider weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss surgery has been life-changing for many people. Is it right for you?

Guidelines for weight loss surgery:

  • 18 years or older.
  • BMI ≥ 40.
  • Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight-loss efforts.
  • BMI ≥ 35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders or heart disease.

How does weight-loss surgery work?

Weight-loss or bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and adjustable gastric banding, work by changing the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) or by causing different physiological changes in your body that change your energy balance and fat metabolism.

By changing your gastrointestinal anatomy, certain bariatric procedures affect the production of intestinal hormones in a way that reduces hunger and appetite and increases feelings of fullness. The end result is less desire to eat. These surgically induced changes in hormones are different from those produced by dietary weight loss alone.

When you meet with your surgeon, different surgical options will be presented, and you and the surgeon will decide which procedure is best for you. It is important to remember that bariatric surgery is a tool. Weight-loss success depends on many important factors such as nutrition, exercise and behavior modification.

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If you’re interested in weight loss, please contact us. We can talk to you about your options, answer your questions and tell you what to expect.

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Rapid City 605.755.1375
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