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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the Medical Weight Management Program?
  2. What are the Program’s options to weight loss?
  3. What is OPTIFAST® Meal Replacement and how will it help me lose weight?
  4. If I only use meal replacements, how will I learn to keep the weight off?
  5. Do you offer HcG, Vitamin B12 shots, or other supplements for weight loss?
  6. Do you offer medication for weight loss?
  7. How often will I need to come in to the office?
  8. have lost weight only to regain it again.  How is this program different?
  9. How do I get started?
  10. Will my insurance cover medical weight management, and what does this program cost?


  1. What is the Medical Weight Management Program?


  2. Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions offers a comprehensive approach that addresses the medical, nutritional, behavioral and emotional changes necessary to promote long-term weight loss. Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions is a 2-year intensive lifestyle management program. The curriculum is unique in that the focus is on long-term success and the behavioral changes needed to accomplish this.

    Weekly classes are taught by professionals in the field of weight management including  Registered Dietitians, Clinical Psychologists/Life Coaches, Exercise Specialists and Behavioral Clinicians. 


  3. What are the Program’s options to weight loss?


  4. There are several paths to consider. Some patients in our program lose weight using total meal replacements, including the meal replacement product OPTIFAST®.  Our three pathways include Full Meal Replacement, Partial Meal Replacement and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Click here to find out more about our program options.



  5. What is OPTIFAST® Meal Replacement and how will it help me lose weight?


  6. OPTIFAST Meal Replacements are a nutritious alternative to eating regular food.  You are able to consume a nutritionally-balanced, low-calorie diet without hunger.

    OPTIFAST WORKS!  You can safely lose 3-5 pounds per week.  This rate of weight loss is typically not recommended with food alone because nutritional requirements are difficult to meet.  While speed of weight loss is not the primary goal, research shows that patients who lose weight more quickly, also lose more total weight and keep the weight off longer than individuals that lose slowly. Click here to find out more about OPTIFAST.



  7. If I only use meal replacements, how will I learn to keep the weight off?


  8. Meal replacements simplify food choices so that you can focus on the behaviors necessary for long-term success.  By attending and participating in our weekly classes led by professionals in the field of weight management, you will learn how to incorporate the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term weight loss success. When ready to return to regular food, you are slowly transitioned from meal replacements to regular food, providing an opportunity to practice skills learned in classes.



  9. Do you offer HcG, Vitamin B12 shots, or other supplements for weight loss?


  10. We do not participate in the latest fads or unproven methods to promote weight loss.  Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions uses an evidence based approach to weight management.  We offer a safe and effective non-surgical approach to weight loss and long-term weight management.  The Medical Director is board certified in both Family Practice and Obesity Medicine.


  11. Do you offer medication for weight loss?


  12. FDA approved medications may or may not be used as part of your weight management plan. 

  13. How often will I need to come in to the office?


  14. All patients are encouraged to come in to clinic weekly for weigh-ins and to attend class.  This ensures the best success.  Medical monitoring (visits with our medical provider) is dependent upon your weight loss plan.


  15. I have lost weight only to regain it again.  How is this program different?


  16. Obesity is a chronic disease and requires a lifelong treatment plan.  It’s not just about losing weight, it’s also about keeping it off.  We will get you started with a weight loss plan, take you through transitioning to regular food and then long term weight management by offering medical supervision, comprehensive lifestyle education, expert counseling and ongoing personalized support. The reason most individuals experience weight regain is because they terminate the treatment.  At Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions, once you reach your goal weight, we develop a lifelong maintenance plan to assist you in maintaining your weight loss.


  17. How do I get started?


    • Schedule a medical assessment with no obligation to join. 

    This physical exam with our medical provider determines the best course of treatment for you.  A laboratory profile will be evaluated, along with an EKG and a Body Composition Analysis.

    • Lastly, you will meet with one of our Registered Dietitians for a consultation.


    You may begin the program immediately! Following your medical assessment, you will meet with a Registered Dietitian who will educate you about the selected diet plan.

  18. Will my insurance cover medical weight management, and what does this program cost?


  19. We submit the medical portion of the program and other covered benefits to your insurance; 
    this may include: appointments with the medical provider, lab work, EKG, and the educational program component. We do not submit the food (OPTIFAST products) as they are out-of-pocket expenses along with the medical co-pays and/or deductibles that you may have with your insurance or HMO plan.



    For detailed cost information, please contact our program at 855-839-2589.

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Bartlett Office 

864 West Stearns Road, Suite 106
Bartlett, IL 60103
Phone: 847-252-6090
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25 E. Schaumburg Road, Suite 101
Schaumburg, IL 60194
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Medical Center

800 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
60007
847-437-5500
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Medical Center

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Hoffman Estates, IL
60169
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Hospital

1650 Moon Lake Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL
60169
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Hoffman Estates, IL
60169
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