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What to Expect at Your First Visit

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We understand how intimidating it can be to walk through the door and ask for help with weight loss. You may have had negative experiences in the past, or are unsure of where to begin. Iowa Weight Loss Specialists offers a non-judgmental place for you to feel comfortable and explore the best path forward for you to achieve your health goals. At your consultation, you will:

  • Use an advanced body composition scale that assesses data points including body weight, fat mass, and muscle mass. This information helps to create a highly-personalized plan of care for each patient.
  • Consult with a Nurse Practitioner
    • Evaluation of medical history and health issues that may be a result of excess weight (sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pain, etc.)
    • Review of diet history and weight gain patterns
    • Evaluation of lifestyle factors related to weight management (physical activity, sleep, eating patterns, stress)
    • Bloodwork to review potential medical barriers to weight loss
    • Evaluation and implementation of weight loss medications, if necessary
  • Meet with a Registered Dietitian
    • Nutrition assessment and discussion of typical food/beverage habits
    • Review of dietary preferences and food allergies/intolerances
    • Individualized nutrition education, intervention, and goal-setting

How often do I follow-up?

Every weight loss journey is unique. You will work with your provider to determine an appropriate schedule for follow-up visits. Some people prefer more frequent appointments to stay accountable, while others may need less regular guidance as they find what habits work best for them or have reached a weight maintenance phase.

At your follow-up visits, you can expect to meet with your provider and a dietitian to review progress, address any new concerns or barriers, or to fine-tune your game plan. Your provider may discuss referrals to our behavioral health services, physical therapy, or other specialists, as needed. Weight loss is never a perfectly linear process without ups and downs. Iowa Weight Loss Specialists is here to provide the support, encouragement, and tools you need for long-term success.




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