Frequently asked questions

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We specialize in weight loss to reduce the medical complications of obesity. Weight loss may improve your physical, mental, and cardiometabolic health if you have a medical condition such as arthritis, pre-diabetes, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea, and fatty liver disease, to name just a few.
Yes, SDSM is the place for you! Dr. Look is board certified in Sports Medicine and has extensive experience with pre- and post-orthopedic surgeries. Reducing your weight prior to surgery can reduce the risk of surgical complication, hospitalization, infection, and need for revision. We have treatments to safely assist in weight loss prior to your surgery.

The number of calories you can eat per day will depend on your health conditions and weight goals. Dr. Look will discuss your safe weight loss strategy with you. While sustainable weight loss is not simply about eating less, we do offer two meal plans with specific calorie counts designed to meet your goals:

  • Very-low-calorie diet (VLCD): 800–1,000 calories/day
  • Low-calorie diet (LCD):1,000–1,500 calories/day
Obesity is a serious and chronic progressive disease. Like other chronic diseases, medications may be an appropriate tool to improve your wellness. There are several safe and effective FDA-approved prescription weight loss medications. Dr. Look will discuss if they are appropriate for you.
The amount of weight you can expect to lose will depend on several factors including your current weight, program, age, sex, and activity level. A loss of four pounds is common in the first week or so because you are losing water. Ongoing weight loss will average about two to three pounds a week.
Most clients report that their hunger decreases within the first five days of starting the program.
Yes, you will be asked to sign a month-to-month contract that identifies what services you will receive in our program. Our program fees are billed in whole month increments and payable monthly. You can cancel at any time by giving us a call at 619-229-3909. The cancellation will take effect at the end of the current monthly billing cycle.

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