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Non-Surgical Weight Loss

Fighting obesity

Obesity is a serious medical condition. It is not a personal failure, but a chronic disease that can be treated. At the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, we provide innovative, personalized weight-loss care that can help you achieve the health and wellness you deserve.

Measuring body mass

Our specialists measure obesity according to the body mass index, or BMI. The calculation measures your height vs. weight. For most people, it is a reliable indicator of body fat.

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BMI Range Meaning
Under 19 Underweight
Between 19 and 24 Ideal
Between 25 and 29 Overweight
Between 30 and 34 Obese
Over 35 Qualifies for surgery

Health risks

Obesity takes a physical, emotional, and social toll. It affects your mobility, self-esteem, and quality of life. Obesity also poses health risks and can lead to:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory diseases like sleep apnea
  • Cancer

Your personalized plan

At the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, we understand your weight struggles. We work with you to tailor a plan around your weight-loss goals, so you can stay on track for shedding your unwanted weight.

Some of our plans involve medication that you may take on a short-term basis or long-term for sustained success. Other plans include nutritional counseling to modify what you eat and how you eat.

Methods that work

The best way to lose weight is through diet and exercise. To lose weight, you need to eat less and move more. Studies comparing different diets have shown that no single diet is better than any other. Any diet that reduces the number of calories you eat can help you lose weight. But you need to make permanent lifestyle changes to maintain your weight loss over time.

Physical activity

Choose your favorite activities for exercise. You burn calories by walking, running, dancing, gardening, or even just moving your arms and legs while sitting. Any additional physical activity helps you shed pounds. Pick something that you truly enjoy and commit to doing it at least 30 minutes a day, 3–5 days a week, until your body gets used to the new routine. Then you can increase the amount of time you work out each week. What's important is that you increase the number of calories you burn by moving more.

The HMR program

HMR is a meal replacement program developed by Lawrence Stifler, a behavioral psychologist. HMR has been helping people lose weight for more than 30 years. Through the program, you eat mostly HMR foods and have a structured meal schedule. If you join HMR, you agree to meet regularly with a support group and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.

You’ll start with a medical screening to help your doctor decide which type of HRM diet is best for you. Our team usually recommends the HMR Decision-Free Diet or the HMR Healthy Solutions Diet. Our experts also determine whether or not you could manage the diet at home on your own or if you need medical supervision. We are one of the only bariatric centers in Pennsylvania that offers this option.

In general, people with 40 or more pounds to lose see quicker results with the HMR Decision-Free Diet. Because the calorie limit is so low (500 to 800 calories per day), this plan requires medical supervision. The Decision-Free Diet requires you to eat only HMR meal replacements with no added fruits or vegetables.

If your doctor recommends the HMR Healthy Solutions Diet instead, you may supplement the meal replacements with fruits and vegetables. You generally don't need medical supervision for this diet unless you take diabetes medication.


Some people can take medication to jump start their weight loss. Our specialists prescribe medication that is meant to be taken in conjunction with diet and exercise. If you have a hard time keeping weight off permanently, we do recommend some medications that are approved for long-term use.

More options

If you find non-surgical weight loss does not work for you, we can connect you to our bariatric surgeons for more aggressive treatments. If health coverage or cost is an issue, our team can evaluate your options and even offer financing plans.