Weight Loss FAQs in Chandler AZ

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about weight loss in Chandler. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best weight loss doctor in Chandler for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give New Vida MD a call at (480) 331-4316 and we will be more than happy to help answer your questions.

What is an Obesity Medicine Certified physician?

A physician who completes a specific rigorous certification process and passes a board examination are designated as Diplomates of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. It distinguishes a physician as having achieved a higher level of understanding in obesity care by completing specialized education. There is currently only one obesity medicine certified physician for every 100,000 patients.

How does our program differ from others?

Our program is led by an on-site physician who is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. We have individually customized plans to fit everyone's needs and lifestyle. We don't use the "one size fits all" approach. We use specific medical meal plans that can only be done under the care of a physician. Once you reach your weight loss goal, we will stay with you to help you maintain the weight that you worked so hard to lose.

Is medical weight loss safe?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our entire program is evidence-based and our recommendations and guidelines are based on scientific research. This ensures that your treatment is both safe and effective. We stay away from "gimmicks" and "fad diets" which have no medical evidence behind them.

How fast can I expect to lose weight?

The speed and amount of weight loss are based on each patient's needs. We offer four different weight loss plans which result in rapid, moderate, or gradual weight loss - all in a safe manner. Once you reach your goal, we will stay with you to keep the weight off.

Why does our program use medical meals?

Studies show that the use of medical meals leads to weight loss in a very safe manner when done under physician supervision. Medical-grade and can only be purchased via prescription. Patients who use medical meals for weight loss have far greater success - much better than any other treatment modality. They are complete nutrition. They have a balanced blend of macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrate) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes). Medical meals are also highly beneficial in the weight maintenance phase to help you keep the weight off.

Is rapid weight loss safe?

An average of 3-5 pounds per week weight loss is considered rapid. When done under physician supervision, rapid weight loss is absolutely safe. There are many instances when rapid weight loss is needed. It can be an effective short-term jumpstart to your weight loss journey.

Will I be hungry all the time?

We want to make your weight loss journey as easy as possible. With the use of our medical meal replacements, you may notice some hunger in the first few days. But, as your body adapts to the diet, you will find that hunger subsides. A large part of this is due to the excellent quality and amount of protein found in our medical meal products.

Why not use over the counter meal replacements?

Medical-grade and can only be purchased via prescription. Over-the-counter meal replacement products often lack the complete nutrition that is found in our medical meals. Our products also have a high-quality protein which keeps you feeling full longer.

What if I cannot afford medical meals?

We at New Viva MD Weight Loss weight loss Center recognize that excess weight is at epidemic levels. It is the cause of numerous ailments. We believe that every patient should have access to all the available treatment options for weight loss. We have very cost-effective plans to fit any budget. Physician visits are submitted to your insurance company.

What if I don't want to use medical meals for weight loss?

No worries. There are some patients who choose not to incorporate medical meals into their weight loss plan. We will work with you to design a customized dietary plan using traditional foods.

Are weight loss medications used?

Dr. Surkunte can prescribe FDA-approved weight loss medications if needed. These medications are evidence-based and have undergone numerous studies in safety and efficacy. Weight loss medications will be prescribed based on the individual needs and medical conditions following the guidelines. We can check your insurance benefits to determine coverage for these medications.

How do I keep the weight off?

We recognize that weight regain is a challenge that all weight loss patients face. We do not stop seeing you when you reach your goal. Our medical team will continue to work with you via dietary, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications to make sure that you will keep the weight off!

What if I want to lose weight but don't want to take medications?

  • Obesity specialists at our clinic will do a thorough medical evaluation and discuss all your available options.
  • There are several FDA approved safe weight loss medications available.
  • Weight loss medications are not mandatory for the program.
  • If you do decide to start medication and work with your insurance for medication coverage options.

Do you perform weight loss surgery?

  • We don't perform surgeries for weight loss.
  • There are several nonsurgical options available to achieve successful weight loss.
  • Obesity specialists at our clinic will discuss the options with you after thorough medical evaluation.

If I am started on weight loss medication, Do I need to continue long term?

  • At NewVivaMD weight loss our Obesity specialist doctors will be having ongoing conversations and medical assessments during your different phases of weight loss journey.
  • Based on the current scientific research they will discuss your options.
  • It depends on each individual patient and their goals.

If I start meal replacement do I have to continue long term?

  • Meal replacements are a great tool to jump start your journey.
  • They will be switched to whole natural foods once patients achieve their weight loss goals.

What are phases of weight loss?

  1. Weight loss (reducing)
  2. Adapting
  3. Maintenance
  4. We will be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goals using latest scientific research


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7:45am - 4:30pm
Open for Appointments and Phone Calls

7:45am - 4:30pm
Open for Appointments and Phone Calls

7:45am - 4:30pm
Open for Appointments and Phone Calls

8:00am - 3:00pm

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New Viva MD Weight Loss
2390 West Ray Road #1
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 331-4316