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CMWL Program FAQs

Get answers to common questions about how Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss program works.

What’s the basic philosophy behind CMWL?

The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) is the largest network of non-surgical medical weight loss providers in the U.S. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss Center treat obesity as a chronic disease that needs to be managed long-term to be successful. Learn more about Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss Center here.

How do I find a CMWL center near me?

Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss Center in Ashland KY is your closes Center for Medical Weight Loss Center. We are locted on Midland Trail Road in Ashland KY. You can Contact Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss Center by calling (606) 393-6193 or filling out or form.

Does the CMWL program include weight loss surgery?

No. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss program is strictly a non-surgical approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. Read more about what medical weight loss is.

Is the CMWL weight loss program safe?

Not only in Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss programs safe for weight loss, but they are effective in controlling, reducing, and even eliminating any complications, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, that are associated with being overweight or obese. More than this, Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss programs can help alleviate many of the other conditions that result from obesity, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, persistent lymphedema (swelling in an arm or leg), lower extremity edema (abnormal accumulation of fluids), hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol.

How does the CMWL program work?

The program is structured in three main phases: Quick Start, Transition, and Maintenance. Each phase has four components – food, activity, behavior, and medication – that are personalized based on your unique goals and needs. The food and behavioral components are core to the program; activity and medication prescriptions are suggested when the medical provider feels they are safe and appropriate. It’s important to understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss program. Because you are unique, Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss Center will create a personalized plan just for you based on your specific attributes and weight loss challenges. Find out more about Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss program and plans.

How is CMWL different from other weight loss programs?

There are two primary differences you will find with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss programs compared to most other weight loss programs. First, our weight loss program is supervised by Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss physician. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss physician, who is extensively trained in the medical science of weight loss, can treat your weight within the context of your total health profile. Because of this Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss haves the tools and resources that other programs do not, such as the ability to adjust medications hindering your weight loss progress. Second, our program does not focus on just one aspect of weight loss. We take a comprehensive, holistic approach that includes food, exercise, and behavioral modification. Weight loss and weight maintenance is a way of life. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss understands this and will be there to support you every step of the way in achieving your goals.

How do I know I’ll get good treatment from CMWL?

Each Center for Medical Weight Loss provider, Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss, receives extensive clinical training in medical weight loss. All Center for Medical Weight Loss providers, Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss, are board-certified and are continually assessed to make sure you are receiving the safest, most effective treatment and care.

What kinds of foods can I eat on the program?

Each phase of the program provides a food plan based on daily calories. In the Quick Start and Transition phases of the program, Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss will prescribe a Low Calorie Diet (LCD), which consists of highly nutritional, FDA-approved products designed to keep you healthy and balanced as you experience weight loss. As you move toward your weight loss goal and incorporate healthier behaviors into your lifestyle, you will begin to introduce more of your favorite foods into your daily plan with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss's guidance. The goal is to help you achieve your life-long Maintenance phase while enjoying the foods you eat.

Does CMWL offer any prepared foods to help me lose weight or maintain my weight loss?

Yes. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss offers Doctor’s Orders, 14-day home delivery meal plans that are consumer-tested for taste and reviewed for nutritional and caloric value. They’re designed to help you lose weight on your schedule, eating the kinds of foods you enjoy.

Do I have to exercise on the program?

There is no requirement for exercise, but research consistently shows that exercise increases the likelihood of maintaining a healthy weight (and not regaining weight lost). Should you decide to pursue an exercise routine, with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss's permission, the program will offer activity recommendations based on your body composition and physical abilities.

Do I have to take weight loss medication?

There is no medication requirement. However, if you consent, Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss can prescribe a safe appetite suppressant to keep hunger at bay as you lose weight. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss can also adjust any current medications you might be taking for another condition, but that may also be interfering with your weight loss efforts.

Do I have to participate in behavioral counseling?

Yes, behavioral counseling is essential and critical to achieving your weight loss goals. Without addressing your relationship with food, lifestyle habits, and the emotional barriers that may be preventing you from making progress, the program will be less effective in enabling you to reach your full potential. Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss is both your experienced one-on-one coach and greatest fan throughout the weight loss process.

How much does the program cost?

Program costs vary depending on the weight loss plan designed for you. However, initial consultation fees generally start at $19. At your initial consultation you will receive a full Body Composition Analysis report and a suggested personalized weight loss plan from the medical provider. There is no obligation to continue with the program following your initial consultation.

Does my insurance cover any of the weight loss program's cost?

Starting in January 2012, Medicare covers obesity counseling and treatments for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above if they see a primary care provider with specialized training in obesity. United Healthcare, Oxford Health, Aetna, Emblem, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, GHI, and 1199 (hospital workers' union) are following suit, and other private health insurers may offer similar coverage at a future date. If you have Medicare or other health insurance, check with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss to see what insurance are accepted and for more details on what your insurance will cover.

How quickly can I expect to see results?

Though it depends on your specific circumstances and health concerns, most patients lose weight within the first two weeks and continue to reduce their weight as they continue with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss eating plans and behavioral counseling. Adding exercise to your routine can also help speed up your rate of weight loss.

How long do I have to stay on the CMWL program?

The length of time you may stay on any weight loss program depends on which program you are on, how much weight you need to lose and, most importantly, how motivated you are. As you know, weight loss is not about a "quick fix." When you move from the initial phase of any weight loss program to maintenance phases, the goal is to establish healthy eating habits you can follow throughout your life. The programs at Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss are comprehensive and include behavior modification and counseling, as well as exercise recommendations created to help you achieve on-going success.

How often do I have to visit Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss?

Again, it depends on the requirements of your individual weight loss program. Initial programs usually require a visit every one to two weeks for progress measurements and behavioral counseling, but Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss will design a plan that makes the most sense for you and your weight loss goals.

What happens after I lose the weight?

After you reach your goal weight on Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss plan, you’ll enter the Maintenance Phase of the program. You’ll continue to visit with Ashland Integrative Medicine Center for Medical Weight Loss as needed to help you maintain your weight loss and to ensure you have the best healthy eating, exercise, and behavioral strategies to keep off the weight, for good.