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Episode 85: How To Choose A Weight Loss Clinic


Episode 85: How To Choose A Weight Loss Clinic


Despite the many medical advances happening in today’s day and age, there are still very few who acknowledge obesity as a disease. Managing obesity is not only about weight loss but overall metabolic health. But how does one choose a weight loss clinic right and what should one expect from a good weight loss clinic?


Dr. Craig Primack is Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obesity Medicine trained. He has been practicing Obesity Medicine full time for the last 15 years. He is also the immediate Past President of the Obesity Medicine Association. He has also written a book called Chasing diets, which is available on Amazon.



Key Highlights: 

Tune in to this episode and learn:

  • The misconceptions around the term medical weight loss and what should it really mean.
  • Who is an obesity specialist and why do we need obesity medicine specialists
  • Hormones that can affect our level of fullness and hunger
  • How medical weight loss management clinics are set apart from other weight loss programs 
  • Four pieces that make up a comprehensive medical weight loss clinic
  • What you should be looking for in choosing a medical weight loss clinic and what you should watch out for 
  • Dr. Primack walks us through what patients can expect when walking into a medical weight loss practice 
  • How mindset is also important in managing obesity or losing weight 
  • Why use a meal replacement or medications to manage weight loss 
  • Dr. Primack talks about his book with Dr. Robert Ziltzer Chasing Diets


Five Patterns of Eating

  • Stress eating
  • Avoidant eating
  • Boredom or energy eating
  • Mindless eating
  • Foodie 



“Having a more comprehensive approach to find what we can tailor for somebody is more important than having just one size fits all, for everybody.” – Dr. Avishkar Sabharwal

“Instead of telling someone what to do, you ask them about what they should be doing and you bring to light the things they should be doing. And you let the bad habits kind of fall away. “ – Dr. Craig Primack

“The more frequent follow up creates accountability and keeps the patient on the toes and makes sure they follow through.” – Dr. Avishkar Sabharwal



If you’re looking for a medical weight loss program, make sure you look for something that’s very comprehensive – something that talks about your behavioral changes, talks about nutrition, talks about medications, and surgical options if you need them. So a program that’s very dedicated to the care and management of obesity would be the right choice in choosing a program that works for the long term.




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