Lose the weight. Gain your life.

Did you know that losing a modest amount of weight can positively influence existing health conditions, increase your energy level, and help you feel better? We understand that losing weight and keeping it off can be challenging. However, with the guidance and care of the trained medical professionals at Fast Pace Urgent Care, you can successfully earn the weight loss you need to feel healthier than ever before. Combined with some small changes in your diet and exercise habits, our medical weight loss program can make long lasting improvements to your general wellness.

Visit any of our convenient locations today to learn more about our Medical Weight Loss Program.

  • Which health conditions benefit from weight loss?

      Sometimes shedding a couple of pounds can help us live healthier lives. Just losing a small amount of weight can positively influence multiple health conditions, such as:

      • Asthma
      • Diabetes
      • Digestive Disorders
      • Heart Disease
      • High Blood Pressure
      • High Cholesterol
      • Low Back Pain
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
      • Sleep Apnea
  • Who qualifies for the weight loss program?

      Eligibility for the medical weight loss program is primarily based on your body mass index (BMI). BMI is a number calculated based on a person’s height and weight. To qualify for the weight loss program, a person must meet one of the following BMI metrics:

      • BMI greater than 30
      • BMI greater than 27 with a co-morbid condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or high cholesterol

      If your BMI is between 25 and 26.9, you may still be eligible for the weight loss program.

      Use the chart below to calculate your BMI.

      BMI Chart

  • Who does not qualify for the weight loss program?

      While someone may meet the BMI criteria for the weight loss program, there are other contributing factors that may exclude them from being eligible for the program. Due to potential health concerns, the following factors or conditions will exclude someone from being a candidate for the program:

      • Patients with a history of psychotic illness
      • Patients with a history of heart disease (AMI, CHF, A-Fib, CVA, or TIA’s)
      • Patients with a heart murmur II/IV or louder
      • Patients 65 years or older
      • Patients less than 18 years old
      • Patients taking MIC injections should not have a SULFA allergy
      • Certain medications cannot be taken or mixed with diet medications. These include:
        • MAO Inhibitors (Contraindicated within 14 days of taking)
        • Caffeine (Pill or powder form)
        • Ergotamine (Migraine medication)
        • ADHD medications: Cylert (pemoline), Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine), Ritalin, Metadate ER, Methylin (methylphenidate)
        • Dexedrine (sibutramine)
        • Any over the counter (OTC) caffeine (Caffeine is acceptable in coffee and soft drinks when consumed in moderation)
        • Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) or any cold or allergy medication with a “D” (ex. Zyrtec-D or Claritin-D)
        • Neo-synephrine (phenylephrine), commonly found in nasal spray and pill form

Initial Consult

    The initial consult involves a focused medical evaluation for diseases related to obesity and relevant factors, along with a physical examination. In addition, we will evaluate your current drug regimen and obtain a weight history, which includes past diet attempts.

    Many patients come to the clinic with undiagnosed diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, abnormal liver tests or obstructive sleep apnea. Additional testing may be recommended depending upon the medical history and physical findings.

Behavior Modification

    Behavior plays a significant role in weight management. Modifying behaviors that contributed to developing obesity is one way to treat the disease of obesity either alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Diet and exercise are often the front-line of defense when it comes to weight-loss and most individuals affected by obesity do struggle with this; however, diet and exercise should be the first place for you to start. Regardless of treatment choice, lifestyle modification through diet and exercise is essential to the success of any weight-loss program.

Pharmacotherapy (Weight Loss Medications)

    The next tool that can be used to achieve weight loss and health improvement is medication. Pharmacotherapy may be offered to individuals affected by obesity who have failed to achieve weight-loss through diet and exercise alone. Currently there are several drugs that are approved for the treatment of obesity:

    • Phentermine (Adipex-P®)
    • Orlistat (Xenical®)
    • Lorcaserin (BELVIQ®)
    • Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia®)
    • Lipotonix Injections (MIC)

    It is important to discuss all medication options with your health care provider.

Follow-up Visits

    Patients are given the opportunity to revisit a topic or obtain more information on an area of interest during follow-up visits. The frequency of and interval between follow-up visits is determined on a patient-by-patient basis. Frequent visits (every 2 to 3 weeks) are encouraged until initial weight-loss goals (5 to 10 percent of body weight) are achieved. At that point, less frequent visits are typically scheduled as needed for individual patients. However, since obesity is considered a chronic life-long problem for many individuals, periodic continual follow-up is recommended.

How much does the weight loss program cost?

    Fortunately, most health insurance companies cover some or all of the medical weight loss program, particularly if you have weight related health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension. Consult with your health insurance provider to see if you are a candidate.

    If your health insurance company does not cover the medical weight loss program, please refer to our Simple Self-Pay Program for more information.

What are the first steps?

    To learn more about weight loss and what it could mean for you, a loved one or friend, please visit any of our convenient locations today.

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