Frequently Asked Questions

What makes our approach different?
  1. We are medically supervised and monitored by a Board Certified physician in Obesity Medicine for safe and effective weight loss.
  2. Labs and EKG are done and periodically monitored.
  3. Many insurance will cover our weight loss program
  4. Close monitoring with bi-weekly counseling visits.

The goal of our program is to help patients lose weight, reduce the health risks from being obese and overweight, and most importantly, we help you create a lifestyle that allows you to keep the weight off once you lose it.

Is this program right for me?
  • If your weight is affecting your overall health, including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic back pain, and shortness of breath.
  • If your BMI is over 27. 
  • If you are 18 years or older.

Then this program is for you.

A medical weight loss program can help most people reach a healthy weight. Even a small amount of weight loss is beneficial because studies have shown that as little as 5 to 10% weight loss can markedly improve obesity related health problems.

What kind of weight loss can I expect?

This may be everyone’s top question. The answer depends on your specific circumstances and health issues including; current weight, age, gender, activity level, medical problems, etc. When followed correctly and sticking to the recommendations of the physician, our programs typically deliver an average of 1-3 pounds per week.

How long does the weight loss program last?

It all depends on how much weight you have to lose, how strictly you adhere to the doctor’s guidelines, and - most importantly – how motivated you are. As you know, weight loss is not about a “quick fix”. The goal is to establish healthy eating habits you can follow throughout your life. To see significant results, most of our patients should expect to participate in our program for at least 12 weeks.

How much does the program cost?
  • The initial work-up fee for participants starting the program is $200, which covers the first month of the program including weekly weigh-ins, body compositions, lab work, EKG and your first visit with Dr. Krasner and Stephanie Judy, NP. After your first month, the monthly fee for participating in the program is $175 per month.
Does my insurance cover any of the program’s cost?

At this time, many insurance companies are now recognizing obesity as a medical condition. However, not all will pay for the treatment of obesity. We are happy to say that in January 2012, Medicare covers obesity counseling and treatments for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above if they see a physician with specialized training in obesity. Other private health insurers are following suit and may offer similar coverage at a future date. If you have other health insurance plans, you can call our office and we can check to see what your insurance covers.

Insurance provided by the state, such as Medicaid, does not cover medical weight loss programs.

Are weight loss medications or B-12 injections used?
  • Medications are used only if indicated and necessary by Dr. Krasner in connection with the diet program. Nutrition is the most important part of your program. Proper diet will provide lifelong benefits. Medications are only a temporary measure. However, if you consent, Dr. Krasner may prescribe a safe appetite suppressant to keep hunger at bay as you lose weight.
  • B-12 injections are not provided in our program.
Why is Protein important?

It is a common misconception that when you lose weight, you are only losing fat mass. While you do lose fat mass, you also lose important, high calorie burning, muscle mass. A high-protein diet helps to prevent the loss of muscle. Protein plays an important role in the building and maintenance of our body structure; from muscle, tendons, and ligaments to our immune system, organs, skin and more. As you lose weight, you must eat protein-rich foods in order to lose the fat but maintain the rest of your body structure. Without concentrated protein, your body would break down its own tissues and that can have some serious health consequences.

Are there any potential side effects while on the program?

Side effects may include: greater sensitivity to cold, fruity breath, constipation, gallstones. We provide critical physician supervision and medical monitoring for our patients on a weekly basis during your program to help evaluate possible side-effects and changes in your health and medications.

Is bariatric surgery part of the plan?

No. The Envision Weight Loss program is strictly a non-surgical approach to weight loss and weight maintenance.

How do I get started?

The first step to take on your weight loss journey with Envision Weight Loss, is to schedule a consultation. We will give you more detailed information about our program, check your insurance for coverage and answer any questions you may have. Call us today to get started! (302) 656-5416

Disclaimer: Diets under 1,000 calories per day can be dangerous, and should only be followed under supervision of a board certified bariatric physician.