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Medical Weight Loss

Losing weight on your own can be a frustrating and discouraging experience. As an OPTAVIA® provider, internal medicine specialist Sholeh Rahimi, MD, PhD, can guide you on the right path to successful weight loss at Folsom Medical Plaza, a medical and dental practice in Folsom, California. Dr. Rahimi works with you to develop a personalized plan that helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Dr. Rahimi on OPTAVIA

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss is a doctor-supervised program that helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. At Folsom Medical Plaza, Dr. Rahimi develops an individualized plan that addresses your needs and weight loss goals. 

Working with an experienced physician takes the guesswork out of weight loss. Unlike following a fad diet, medical weight loss draws from your medical history, genetic makeup, and personal lifestyle to create a plan that helps you lose weight and keep it off.

Who should consider medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss is ideal for patients who have not achieved a healthy weight through diet and exercise alone. 

While many people can benefit from medical weight loss, Dr. Rahimi typically recommends individualized plans to patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies BMIs between 18.5 and 24.9 to be in the “normal” range, 25 to 29.9 as “overweight,” and any number over 30 as “obese.”

While BMI can be a valuable tool, it has limitations. For example, BMI can’t distinguish between fat and muscle. That’s why you should always visit a medical professional for weight loss support and guidance.


How can I prepare for medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss is a partnership between you and Dr. Rahimi. To ensure you meet every milestone and feel supported through your journey, Dr. Rahimi recommends taking a few steps before your initial consultation:

  • Keep a food diary
  • Create a list of medications and supplements you take
  • Write down goals
  • Track physical activity and exercise

Bring any relevant lab work, medical history, and family history to your visit in case this information isn’t readily available to Dr. Rahimi.

What does medical weight loss include?

You connect with Dr. Rahimi at your initial consultation to establish goals and create a personalized weight loss plan. Your plan may include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle guidance and support (quitting smoking and limiting alcohol)
  • Mental health care
  • Medications and supplements
  • Regular check-ins and follow-up appointments

Dr. Rahimi is an OPTAVIA provider. This weight loss or maintenance plan sends prepackaged meals to your home designed to help you lose weight, stay hydrated, and achieve restful sleep.

If you’re struggling to maintain a healthy weight, medical weight loss may be the answer. Call Folsom Medical Plaza or book an appointment online to learn more today.

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