Houston Methodist Weight Management Center now open in The Woodlands at new hospital

Houston Methodist Weight Management Center now open in The Woodlands at new hospital The Weight Management Center opened in October.[/caption]

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital opened its Weight Management Center in October to provide local, comprehensive weight loss options to residents.

The center on campus provides nonsurgical opportunities, including moderate and rapid weight loss programs.

“Our moderate weight loss program is offered to people who need to lose 5 to 10 percent of their baseline weight, which is typically 20 to 30 pounds,” said Dr. Peter Jones, medical director of the Houston Methodist Weight Management Center. “We use high protein/low-carb meal replacements along with calorie-controlled meal selections recommended by our dietitians. We also help the patient incorporate physical activities into the plan.”

Residents who need to lose more than 10 percent of their baseline weight or who have a body mass index greater than 30 are candidates for the rapid weight loss program.

For patients who stay on the program for more than a year, the average weight loss is 86 pounds and 27 percent loss of their body weight.

“Patients must figure out how to lead a new lifestyle and develop a new self-care plan. We focus on preparing the person for that long-term exit strategy,” Jones said.

By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.