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We identify underlying medical issues that impact weight management.
Prescription medications can be an excellent aid to weight loss for many patients.
Diet is key to successful weight loss, we help our patients implement a long term nutrition program.
Tailored exercise programs for each patient's needs and abilties.
We focus on long term success by enabling our patients to make lasting changes.
We offer a variety of eating plans in our clinic. We will help you chose the best option based on your health needs, food preferences, and previous experiences.
Most plans work - its sticking with them that is the challenge, so we encourage you to pick something that will work long-term. We coach the following plans:
We are also happy to support you through other eating plans like Paleo or Weight Watchers.
There is no best diet - most diets can work, we will help you choose the best for your body and your life and teach and coach you how to do it! Whatever you choose that works, you will have to stick with long term, so it is important to approach nutrition as a long-term solution.
In addition to helping you with a nutrition plan, our approach to weight loss includes evaluating and helping with the following:
Your first appointment will include a comprehensive look into why you struggle more with weight than other people. For most patients we review blood work as part of this process. We help you understand why weight loss is so hard. We never judge.
Some patients chose use because they want to lose weight to improve their health. Others chose us to be their primary care clinic because they know they will be treated with respect regardless of shape or size.
Exercise is important to general health and keeping weight off. We will help you pick the best plan for your body and lifestyle. Many people think they can’t lose weight without exercise, but even if health issues keep you from being able to move, we can help you lose weight.
Dr. Francavilla offers exercise counseling appointments. These sessions are designed to be once weekly for 6 weeks and are 45 minutes long. Theses visits are done remotely, by telehealth so you can workout in the comfort of your own home. In these appointments you will actually workout with Dr. Francavilla’s coaching. We will assess your ability to perform functional movements, increase strength, get comfortable with increasing your heart rate with HIIT, experiment with different types of exercise, and transition to a long term exercise plan.
Best of all, these visits are almost always entirely covered by insurance with no co-pay or deductible!
We help you get off medications you don’t need, change or stop medications that cause weight gain, and prescribe weight loss medications as needed. We prescribe phentermine, diethylpropion, Saxenda, Contrave, Qsymia and other appropriate medications as needed.
At each appointment we will help you make changes to be successful. From emotional eating to meal prep, food logging to eating out at restaurants, the habits you create are a big part of the process. We also offer virtual group appointments to focus in on these changes.
From a medical standpoint, a 5-10% weight loss often has the most impact on your health. We recognize people feel their health is optimal at a variety of different weights. Often focusing more on how you feel, what your blood sugar is, what your blood pressure is, or your relationship with food is more important than what the scale says. Some of our patients don’t even look at the scale, depending on their goals.
Most visits are covered by insurance. Co-pays and deductibles apply to most visits. We accept most insurance including Medicaid. We are NOT accepting Medicare. We do also accept cash pay patients.
After your initial consult, we will see you two weeks later to start your plan. After that, we will see you monthly. We have discovered that regardless of what plan we help you pick the biggest predictor of success is sticking with the monthly follow up.
Some patients will need to be seen more often. Once you are in maintenance, we recommend being seen every 12 weeks. It is often harder to keep weight off than to lose it, and following long term is key.
We also offer telehealth, and have used telehealth in our practice since 2017. We can treat patients from anywhere in the state of Colorado by telehealth. Many patients chose a mixture of in person and telehealth appointments to achieve their weight goals.
Group visits are a great way to get more in depth education on topics as well as support and ideas from others trying to make healthy lifestyle choices. We offer group sessions in additional to your regular visits in order to support your long term success and highly recommend everyone participate. Group visit charges are usually the same as your in office co-pay or deductible.
Most patients experience their largest weight loss in the first 1-3 months and continue to lose weight for 6-12 months.
Exercise is very very good for your health. It protects your heart, bones, and mood. Exercise helps you keep weight off once you lose it. Exercise does not help most people lose weight. BUT it does help you keep from regaining weight. All forms of exercise have benefits and we will help support you in an exercise plan to help your health and help you maintain weight.
"My passion is keeping people healthy using lifestyle changes like food and exercise, but also medications when they can be helpful. I treat weight like any other medical condition, without judgement, and use the best available science to help my patients.”
“I provide an individualized approach to wellness that cares for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. I strive to make patients feel heard and provide judgement-free care.”
For many, the hardest part about eating more vegetables is not knowing how to cook or prepare them. In this post, we’ll walk you through the basics so you can start filling your plate with more of the healthiest foods on the planet!
If you would like to refer a patient for obesity care, please fax any information to 303-566-7172. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your patients!
We happily help patients meet insurance requirements for bariatric surgery as well as prepare them for success after!
We are happy to offer an initial consult for Colorado patients by telehealth that outlines treatment options for your patients and then send them back to your for follow up and management. This is a great option for those in more remote areas of Colorado!
Feel free to contact our office for more information or have your patient to schedule a “Telehealth Weight Plan Appointment”. We will ask that you draw specific fasting labs prior to this appointment.
Our plan will outline:
We are located in, and a part of, Green Mountain Partners for Health
200 UNION BOULEVARD, SUITE 311
LAKEWOOD CO 80228
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