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Take Control and Achieve Lasting Results with Our Personalized Weight Management Program

Those who have struggled with their weight know that following a program and losing pounds is not the difficult part. The greatest challenge is keeping the weight off long term.

With that in mind, Southcoast Health offers personalized weight management programs in Fall River and Wareham to guide you on your journey to better health. These programs, at the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, have proven effective in helping people lose weight and make necessary lifestyle adjustments to maintain a healthy weight for the rest of their lives.

It is important to mention: 

  • Weight loss is often about the quality of your diet/food, not counting calories. 
  • Not every person benefits from the same diet. Personalized plans will help you accomplish More.
  • When you receive More support, you achieve More success.
  • Maintaining weight loss calls for a holistic strategy and goals that are achievable, functional and suitable for your lifestyle.
  • Previous unsuccessful weight loss attempts may have more to do with body chemistry and hormones than willpower.

Meet Your Goals and Maintain Your Weight Loss with a Personalized Nutrition Program

Whether you’re on your way to achieving your weight loss goals or you’ve already lost the weight and are determined to keep it off, Southcoast offers personalized programs geared toward our patients’ metabolic health.

Good metabolic health results in: 

  • Converting excess body fat into energy
  • Less fat storage
  • Minimal to no muscle loss 
  • Improvement in insulin resistance
  • Improvement in blood pressure
  • Less inflammation in all body tissues
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved mood

F.R.E.S.H. Start – Weight Loss Program

The Southcoast Weight Loss Center presents F.R.E.S.H. Start – a holistic, nutrition-based weight loss program that teaches better eating through whole food choices – available on any budget, at your local market.

About the Program

The F.R.E.S.H. Start program Fits your lifestyle; incorporates Real and whole foods; supplies you with the Energy you need; provides Support and coaching from our experts, including Physicians, Dietitians, Nurse Practitioners, and Behavior Health Practitioners; and gets you to the Healthiest version of yourself!  

F- Fits with your lifestyle

R- Real food

E- Energy you need

S- Support and coaching from professionals

H- Healthiest you!

A multi-disciplinary process  

The F.R.E.S.H. Start Program aims to teach participants healthy food and recipe options, educational information, behavior change and appetite awareness. Participants will have a consultation individually with one of our Providers and Registered Dietitians.

F.R.E.S.H. Start meal plans can be based on a variety of diet types:

  • Low-carbohydrate
  • Ketogenic
  • Vegetarian/Vegan

Taking into account:

  • Cultural preferences 
  • Allergies
  • Food aversions 
  • Gluten-Free Requirements

Lifestyle Adjustments and Behavior Modifications 

Behavior plays a vital role in weight loss and management. Modifying eating behaviors that contribute to obesity is an effective way to achieve and maintain weight loss. The F.R.E.S.H Start Program will partner our weight-loss experts with you to facilitate lifestyle modifications by identifying obstacles and problem-solving to overcome them. 

Who Qualifies for the Program? 

Eligibility must include a referral from the patient’s primary care physician*. Additionally, qualification is based on your body mass index (BMI). BMI is a number calculated based on a person’s weight and height. An ideal candidate for the program meets one of the following BMI metrics:

  • BMI greater than 30
  • BMI greater than 27 with a co-morbid condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or high cholesterol**

An individual who has undergone weight loss surgery is also a candidate for this program to help lose regained weight or manage current weight loss. 

Medication Eligibility

When appropriate, our Obesity Specialist or Providers prescribes weight loss medication to complement a structured nutrition and physical activity plan. Up-to-date EKG and labs are requested prior to beginning some medications. Participation in one of our nutrition plans is essential to optimize results.

Available medications include:

  • Phentermine
  • Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia)
  • Bupropion/Naltrexone (Contrave)
  • Orlistat (Alli)
  • Liraglutide (Saxenda)

Medication may be continued long-term to help attain more ambitious goals.

Ready to learn what a F.R.E.S.H. start will give you today? 

Enrollment is ongoing, so you can join our programs at any time. Please call 508-973-1850 for more details on our programs or fill out a General Interest Form to be contacted with more information.

After achieving your personal health goals, we encourage patients to attend maintenance meetings.

Explore Your Weight Loss Program Options with Southcoast Health

Be confident in your weight loss efforts, and make a plan with our experts in weight loss at Southcoast Health. 

We’ll build a personalized plan for you and make sure you can stick with it for the long haul — find your nearest Southcoast Health Weight Loss Center today.

The Southcoast Health Weight Loss Center offers options for patients wanting to lose weight without surgery in Fall River and Wareham.


*Before proceeding with a weight loss program in Fall River or Wareham, MA, it is important to determine what your insurance will cover.

**In order to qualify for weight loss medications a BMI greater than 27 with a co-morbid condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or high cholesterol must be recorded.