North Bend Medical Center is home to the Bay-area chapter of the Optifast program, called Medical Weight Loss for Life. Under the medical direction of Dr. Stephanie Riccalarsen, the program is proven effective in helping lose weight and keep it off.
Medical Weight Loss for Life entails either a 12-week or 24-week medically supervised program that closely monitors and assesses progress toward better health and emotional well-being. In conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support, the program uses a meal replacement plan that transitions to self-prepared “every day” meals.
The amount of weight loss one would experience on the Medical Weight Loss for Life program depends on many factors, but a rough average is approximately 50 pounds for the 24-Week program.