Weight Loss, Fitness & Nutrition

Weight Loss and Nutrition Center - Monroe, LA
A comprehensive approach to weight loss, nutrition and fitness


(318) 322-3250



  Treatment Options

Weight Loss Treatment Options


Often times, being overweight is a symptom of a larger problem. Obesity is often related to a chronic illness that is often inherited and a lifelong problem. Our approach is to help you to lose the weight, then keep it off by managing the illness. If the illness is neglected, the weight is sure to return. Just like diabetics have to maintain their blood sugar to manage their illness, you must manage your illness to maintain your weight loss. With the programs and personalization we offer, you will be eating the way you should for your body chemistry. This makes for much more effective weight loss and weight maintenance.

We are here to help you achieve a healthy weight and maintain it for the rest of your life. Fad diets are not the way to accomplish this. Most people become discouraged because they don't feel they are losing the weight quickly enough or they hit a plateau, even though they are strictly following the diet. The programs offered at Weight Loss and Nutrition Center are considered to be the best medical treatments for obesity. We offer medically supervised weight loss and a structured maintenance program. And just as important, we teach you how to keep the weight off.

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There is no one skill that ensures that you will achieve your weight loss goals. Those who lose the weight and keep it off use strategies that make them a success:


et a goal - be realistic and aim to be healthy, not thin.
U nify - get support from family and friends, or a weight loss partner.
C ommit - be prepared to put in the time and effort.
C hange your lifestyle - be ready to change the habits that helped to make you overweight in the first place for life.
E xercise - an important part of succeeding at long term weight loss and weight loss maintenance.
S tress Relief - overeating is often caused by stress and other emotions.
S tay Healthy - have a plan to prevent weight loss relapse and maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Implementing these strategies will help you to reach your goals.

Our Weight Loss Protocols 

New Direction System

Allows us to successfully treat obesity by integrating individualized treatment services for new and existing patients.

  • Medically supervised

  • A multidisciplinary program of behavior modification, nutrition education, physical activity and group support to reinforce
    lifestyle changes

  • Nutritionally complete meal replacements replace grocery food intake for several weeks or months depending on patient's goal

  • Health benefits typically include a reduction in comorbid conditions, including lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, lower serum cholesterol and reduced pain in weight-bearing joints

Meal Replacement Program—Lose 40-50 pounds in 12 weeks 

A meal replacement program (MRP) is a doctor-supervised diet that uses commercially prepared formulas to promote rapid weight loss in patients that are overweight. These formulas, (liquid shakes, bars, etc.) replace all food intake for several weeks or months. Meal replacement formulas need to contain appropriate levels of vitamins and micronutrients to ensure that patients meet their nutritional requirements.

Our MRP formulas are NOT the same as the meal replacements you can find at grocery stores or pharmacies, which are only meant to substitute for one meal a day.

The MRP is designed for people at least 18 years of age with a BMI of 30 or above, or 27 and above with other illnesses (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.)  This is the most aggressive medically supervised program available and patients must be seen weekly. 

Our program has three phases: 

Weight loss phase -  In addition to losing weight, Weight Loss and Nutrition Center will also work with you on comprehensive behavior modification. This is designed to:

  1. Motivate you to follow the prescribed diet
  2. Increase your overall nutritional knowledge
  3. Increase daily activity/exercise
  4. Change your relationship with food
  5. Modify your lifestyle
  6. Decrease your stress level
  7. Improve your self-esteem
  8. Aid in teaching you how to control your environment

During the weight loss phase, our patients typically lose about 3 to 4 pounds per week.

Re-feeding PhaseThis phase focuses on establishing a healthy relationship with food, while continuing work on the areas outlined above. As patients in the MRP program approach their goal weight (within 5 to 15 pounds), everyday foods are gradually reintroduced into the diet under Dr. Stage's supervision as you continue your weight loss.

Based on the patients individual needs, some may need to move to the re-feeding phase prior to approaching their goal. The skills you will have learned will have the greatest impact during this phase. Strategies to prevent weight regain are outlined and practical tips for control are discussed. Patients must continue to practice portion control and the behavior changes that they have previously learned. This phase transitions the patient to the last phase and may last from 5 to 10 weeks.

Maintenance PhaseThis final phase is when you go back to eating a regular diet. This is a critical phase of the weight loss program and can be a challenge. We recommend that our patients stay involved with our program for support, guidance, reinforcement and problem solving strategies. We work with our patients to develop a personalized diet to help them maintain their weight. Some patients find it easier to control their daily caloric intake by continuing to use some of our meal replacement products, especially early on. However, you must be certain that the other foods being eaten provides the remainder of the protein, vitamins, and minerals that are needed every day.

The program at Weight Loss and Nutrition Center will give you the skills and reinforcement needed to maintain your weight loss for the rest of your life! 

Low Calorie Diet (LCD)—Lose up to 36 pounds in 12 weeks 

Not everyone is qualified for the MRP due to medical reasons, or who have less weight to lose. This is a medically supervised, easy to follow program. Patients can expect to lose up to 3 pounds per week. 

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Weight Loss and Nutrition Center ~ 1136 Oliver Rd ~ Monroe, LA 71201 ~ (318) 322-3250
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