What is New Direction®?

The New Direction Weight Loss System is a medically supervised, nonsurgical program designed to help overweight and obese people lose weight safely and quickly. It features high-quality, nutritious food replacement products to help you drop excess weight, as well as weekly classes, personalized nutrition counseling, exercise programs and other support to help you keep the weight off long term.

The program has four phases:

  1. Screening – Physical exam and lab tests to see if you are eligible to enroll.
  2. Reducing – The active weight loss stage, when you get most or all of your nutrients from food replacement products. You’ll attend weekly classes to learn and practice new weight management skills.
  3. Adapting – Gradual transition to eating mostly grocery meals while continuing to attend weekly classes.
  4. Maintenance – Continued support and personalized meal plans to prevent weight regain.

What are the food replacement products?

Low-calorie, high-protein, low-carbohydrate products—including beverages, soups, puddings, protein bars and more—in a variety of flavors that provide the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy while losing weight. All come in convenient, single-serving packets.

Who can join the New Direction program?

New Direction is designed for people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 or a BMI greater than 27 with weight-related health conditions. You’ll go through a screening process to determine if you are medically eligible to join. The screening includes a physical exam, lab tests and a nutrition consultation.

How many calories do you get on New Direction?

It depends on which New Direction diet you are assigned to:

  • Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) – During the Reducing Phase, you’ll get all of your daily nutrients from the food replacement products: 800 to 1000 calories and 100 percent of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for 24 vitamins and minerals.
  • Low Calorie Diet (LCD) – During the Reducing Phase, you’ll eat two or more New Direction products and one balanced grocery meal: 1000 to 1200 calories, with products supplying 70 percent of the RDI for the 24 nutrients.

How can I enroll and can I choose which diet I go on?

Your primary care physician will initiate a medical screening process which includes a physical exam and some lab tests (e.g., blood work, EKG) to help ensure it’s safe for you to participate and that you’ll have a healthy weight loss experience. Once your doctor completes the referral forms, you can submit an enrollment application. (Get the forms for you and your doctor online.)

If diets don’t seem to work for me, what are my surgical options for weight loss?

If you are struggling with obesity and your weight has been unresponsive to diet and exercise, you may be a candidate for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

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