Frequently Asked Questions
What is medical weight loss?
Medical weight loss is a physician-led weight loss program that involves four areas of focus: medical, nutritional, behavioral and physical activity. Arizona Health and Wellness focuses on Bariatric Medicine: the science of medical weight management. Bariatricians focus on obese and overweight patients by seeing the comprehensive picture (diet, fitness, lifestyle, nutrition). Bariatric physicians are trained to diagnose and treat conditions associated with obesity.
Am I obese?
Obesity is often described as having a Body Mass Index of more than 30 and can be the result of genetic and behavioral factors, as well as the patient’s environment. We know that obesity affects almost 60 million people in America and that obesity can result in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other serious health concerns.
The best way to determine if you are obese is to make an appointment with our clinic for a complete health evaluation.
How quickly can I expect weight loss results?
Because every patient is different, there is no cookie-cutter approach to weight loss. Some patients see weight loss quickly, while others have a more long-term weight loss journey. When you work with your medical weight loss doctor, you will set your own goals and lose weight at a pace that is healthiest for you.
Will my insurance cover medical weight loss?
At Arizona Health and Wellness, all of our weight loss programs are tailored to each patient, so price and insurance coverage will vary. However, meal replacements typically cost patients between $11-$15.00 per day depending on the type of meal replacement and how many meal replacements are used each day.
Our physicians are currently in-network for many insurance providers. Click here for our insurance information.
How can medical weight loss help me come off my medications?
In many cases, physicians prescribe medication to solve the symptom, but not the root of the problem. At Arizona Health and Wellness, we treat the cause of the problem. Environment, behavior, genetics – these all play a part in your weight loss journey. When we find the root of the problem we can help make real lifestyle changes that will improve your quality of life, instead of putting a band-aid on the problem.
Why should I use meal replacements?
Arizona Health and Wellness has a full line of high quality protein products with vitamins and minerals to support healthy metabolism and lean muscle mass during weight loss. These proteins supply the proper balance of amino acids and nitrogen essential for protein synthesis and many other metabolic functions so weight loss is effective and safe. All of our medical products are also low in carbohydrates and fat to facilitate the release of stored fat.
Each meal replacement and protein supplement undergoes an extensive quality assurance review and analysis to ensure each product is delivering high quality nutrition at the labeled level. All of our products meet the Federal Code of Regulation requirements for Good Manufacturing Practices and NLEA/DSHEA labeling of Food Products and Dietary Supplements. Nutritionally designed by our food scientist professionals and reviewed by physicians, our wide variety of products, flavors and meal plans allows us to tailor a weight loss regimen to meet the precise needs of each patient.