What is medical weight loss?

So, what is medical weight loss? Before discussing what it is, it probably makes sense to start with what it is not. Medical weight loss is not surgery or diet pills. It is physician-directed weight management based on medical scientific principles that target the root causes of obesity and weight gain to achieve and sustain a healthy weight in the long-term. Typically, a supervised medical weight loss program is the place to start prior to the consideration of bariatric surgery, or for patients that do not meet criteria for weight loss surgery.