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Medical Weight Loss

Many North Americans struggle with weight loss, whether the scale just won’t budge or fluctuates up and down like a yo-yo. Diet and exercise are an excellent start to a healthy weight, but sometimes stubborn pounds need an extra boost to keep them from hanging on. Our office offers medically supervised weight loss in that helps our patients achieve healthy weight goals using advanced methods that have been proven to work time and time again.

Did you know…

That more than 35 percent of American adults are overweight? According to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is directly responsible for more than $140 billion in medical costs each year – primarily for the treatment of weight-related diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and stroke. Losing just 10 to 20 pounds can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, alleviate chronic pain, and reduce cancer risk – not to mention improve the quality of life…

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for medical weight loss?

You may be a candidate for medical weight loss if your previous attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and find out more about our treatment options for overweight and obese patients.

What should I expect during a medical weight loss program?

We take a multifaceted approach to helping our patients lose weight. We always begin with nutritional counseling and lifestyle modifications that help increase cardiovascular output, lower stress, and improve sleep – all factors that can aid in healthy weight loss. Additional interventions are necessary on a case-by-case basis. For example, some patients are struggling with weight loss due to nutritional imbalances or skipped meals. Others may be facing hormonal imbalances that pack on the pounds. Our treatment options help break through weight loss barriers and turn the body into a fat-burning machine.

What types of results can I expect after completing a medical weight loss program?

Weight loss outcomes vary from patient to patient and treatment carries no guarantee of results. However, patients who are a part of a medically-personalized weight loss program are more likely to obtain significant long-term results than those who attempt to lose weight using diet or exercise alone.

VIP Weight Loss Management Program

Are you feeling overweight, tired, or simply unhealthy? Have you tried losing weight and failed?

You are not alone. Millions of Americans are caught in an obesogenic world that is plagued with fast food options around every corner, poor eating habits, and general lack of activity, high-stress environments, insufficient sleep, and a “sick-care” health system. In this unsupportive environment, it is no wonder that two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight, and the predicted health of the future is even more uncertain.

Customized Program for Your Health

Dr. Hekmat’s enjoyment stems from helping her patients achieve their goals in weight loss, beauty, health, and lifestyle management. At VIP MedSpa Clinic, Dr. Hekmat offers medical weight loss options along with her guidance and support. She utilizes her collective experience as a double board-certified Internal Medicine and Aesthetic Medicine specialist to help her patients become healthier and happier with a customized program just for you.


One of the customized program options is using Optavia. Optavia offers a simple solution: high-quality, medically formulated meal replacements combined with coaching support to help you lose weight and keep it off. It is not a diet, but a two-phased approach for weight loss and maintenance.

In the first phase, you will use Optavia portion-controlled meal replacements to lose 2-5 pounds per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter, without surgery. As your Health Coach, Dr. Hekmat is a resource that will guide you through the program and provide on-going personal coaching for you. She will help you build up the knowledge, skills, and support you need to realize health and help keep you focused on your long-term goals and dreams.

Once you achieve your desired weight loss, you will transition into the Maintenance plan, which will allow you to put your healthy habits to work to support lasting weight maintenance. Small actions, such as building exercise into your day and eating breakfast, add up to make a significant impact on your overall health. Throughout this process, Dr. Hekmat will serve as your mentor, educator, coach, and friend.

Before you know it, friends, family, colleagues, and your doctor will want to know your secret to looking and feeling good. There is no greater feeling than when Dr. is able to introduce optimal health to her patient, and find out that, due to weight loss they have reduced certain weight-related medications or discover the new aspects of life that he or she can now more fully experience. Dr. Hekmat can offer you a safe, effective, and non-intrusive option for weight loss and long-term health.


Who is a candidate for weight-loss drugs?

Prescription weight-loss drugs are generally reserved for people who haven’t been able to lose weight through diet and exercise, and who have health problems because of their weight.

Dr. Hekmat may consider weight-loss drugs for you if you haven’t been able to lose weight through diet and exercise and you meet one of the following:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30.
  • Your BMI is greater than 27, and you have a serious medical problem related to obesity, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Before selecting medication for you, Dr. Hekmat will consider your health history, the possible side effects of the medications, and any potential interaction of weight-loss drugs with other medications you’re taking.

Common weight-loss medication:

  • Glucophage (Metformin)
  • Phentermine
  • Contrave (Bupropion/Naltrexone)
  • Semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro)
  • Qsymin (Phentermine and Topiramate ER)

Contact Information

We will always take the time to answer any questions that you may have about our procedures.


11665 Avena Place, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92128

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