Medical Weight Loss Services

Obesity is a complex condition that may occur as a result of many factors. In many cases, weight gain can be related to sleep apnea, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD among others, however, this connection is often not made. When these conditions are not addressed, many people are unable to maintain or lose weight. Whether you are looking to lose weight or maintain your weight, our multidisciplinary team will work with you to provide weight loss services to ensure that all aspects of health involved in the accumulation of excess weight have been addressed.

Physician Regulated Lifestyle Program

We provide complimentary information sessions to familiarize you with our medical team and find a program that best fits your lifestyle. Our physician regulated program is covered by OHIP and involves a comprehensive medical evaluation which is conducted upon enrolment. The physician and registered nurse may conduct a medical history, physical exam, resting metabolism test measures, laboratory tests as well as specialist referrals (if required). Our medical approach to the accumulation of excess weight includes regular one-on-one visits with our physician who has a clinical interest in bariatric medicine and is experienced in the prevention, diagnosis and management of obesity and related complications. He will discuss with you and the other team members, treatment modalities that can optimize your weight loss efforts.


OPTIFAST is a medically-supervised weight management program that utilizes a meal replacement plan that is offered at our clinic. The advantage of the OPTIFAST program is that you are provided with a high-quality, calorie-controlled, nutritional formula while being supported by our multidisciplinary team who closely monitors and assesses your progress throughout the entire process. Unlike other programs, the OPTIFAST program treats you as a whole person and not just your weight, allowing you to progress towards better health and emotional well-being. Unlike fad diets, the OPTIFAST program has been proven effective in more than 80 clinical studies. More than 1 million people have participated in the program since 1974. To learn more about the positive results yielded by clinical studies on comprehensive weight management programs, visit the OPTIFAST website. The OPTIFAST program has been designed for people who have a body mass index (BMI) that is greater than 30 kg/m2. The program utilizes medical, nutrition and behavioural elements to achieve lasting loss. steps optifast

Step 1: Calculate your BMI. OPTIFAST is designed for those with a BMI of greater than 30.

Step 2: Make an appointment to come and speak to our team about the OPTIFAST program.

Step 3: Determine if you will complete the partial or full program. (link above)

Step 4: Get started.

Registered Dietitian Services

Our registered dietitian can offer dietary based interventions that will help you meet your nutritional needs. She covers most nutrition related topics including: healthy eating, weight loss/gain, digestive health, food allergies/intolerances, specialized diets (e.g. vegetarian), pediatric nutrition, nutrition intervention/treatment for diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory disease (e.g. Crohn’s and Colitis). Our dietary weight loss program involves a nutrition assessment, setting SMART goals, customized meal plans as well as continued support and monitoring of your food intake. Additional support is available for those interested and may include support via phone and electronic follow ups. Our dietitian believes in a lifestyle change that utilizes proper nutritional education to help build a strong foundation. This will help you make the necessary changes to ensure long-lasting results. Contact us, to find out more about our nutrition services and to meet our dietitian. Did you know: You may have private insurance coverage for dietitian services?

Metabolic Rate Testing

Have you ever wondered how many calories you burn?

Aurora Bariatric Clinic provides in-clinic calorimetry testing for everyone, regardless if you are a patient or not. This testing takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, but this may vary depending on each individual. Upon completion of the testing, you and the physician will both receive a report informing us how many calories your body needs, based on your sleep patterns, work schedule, physical activity level and more. This information is extremely helpful in order to build a successful meal plan. We also include a meal plan for you to use your results in a practical way.

When booking your appointment, please be advised of the following testing requirements:

  1. Refrain from eating or drinking for at least 4 hours prior to the appointment (except water)
  2. No physical activity 4 hours prior to the testing
  3. No consumption of caffeine, ephedra, Ma Huang or pseudoephedrine containing products, for at least 4 hours
  4. No smoking or nicotine for at least 1 hour

Other medical weight loss services 

In addition to the above services which may be  covered by many private insurance plans, we provide additional services  such as Dietitian Services and Psychotherapist Services ( binge eating and emotional eating therapy). The frequency of these appointments can vary depending on your personal needs. Physicians services are covered by OHIP.

Maintaining weight loss is an important component of weight management. We offer a variety of options that suit  your unique situation. Please contact us for details.


ABC Group Program for Weight Management

The Aurora Bariatric Clinic is now offering group classes for weight management. Our program is a combination of group nutrition education classes and exercises classes. It also includes Craving Change which is a workshop designed to help you understand your relationship with food and overcome cravings and emotional eating.

The nutrition classes and Craving Change are run by the registered dietitian. She can help you increase your nutrition knowledge and suggest techniques for overcoming problematic eating. The exercise component of the program is run by a kinesiologist. She will be teaching proper exercise technique and the skills you need to kickstart your exercise regimen at home or at the gym. We have a fitness studio on site equipped with exercise balls, mats, weights and resistance bands. Just bring a water bottle!

Why Groups?

Group sessions allow for shorter wait times and more time with our healthcare team. That means you will have more time to learn the techniques and background knowledge you need to make long-term lifestyle changes. A group setting also allows you to meet and interact with other patients just like you; building a strong support system and an opportunity to learn from others and share your experiences. If you are shy, don’t worry! You will never be expected to share personal information with the group or pressured to participate in discussions if you don’t want to.

Our next group sessions begin the week of March 12, 2018. The time slots available are: Tuesdays 10:30 or 4:00; Wednesdays 4:00 pm; Thursdays 11:00 or 2:00. Each session is 1 hour. The program runs for 16 weeks and you will be required to come in on a weekly basis. This program is covered by OHIP. There is a small fee of $15.00 to purchase a workbook.

Exercise Prescription

Exercise is a key component of weight loss and maintenance of weight loss. Being active regularly can help increase metabolism (how much energy you burn per day) which can make it easier to keep weight off. It also increases strength and muscle mass. Regular exercise can promote increased stamina, mobility, flexibility and energy levels, which make activities of daily living easier and improve quality of life. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress levels and improve mood. If you would like to increase your physical activity level, our new trainer can help you get started!

ABC is excited to announce the newest component of the weight management program: exercise prescription. We now have an experienced trainer on our team who will be actively involved in the your weight loss journey.

Our trainer, Andrew will be conducting fitness assessments for all current weight management patients. During this 1 hour appointment, he will assess your current abilities, limitations, readiness to change and goals to help determine the suitable exercises for you. This session is covered by OHIP.

We will also be offering weekly group fitness classes in our fitness studio, covered by OHIP. These classes offer fun exercise routines designed to help you learn proper exercise technique while burning calories. The trainer will offer modifications if you have injuries or limitations that make certain exercises difficult to do.

Additional services include personal training and body composition analysis which will help determine the amount of body fat, muscle and water. This is a great way to become more aware of what changes are taking place in your body and track your progress. The idea is to see an increase in lean muscle and decrease in body fat while you lose weight.

Call us or drop in to book your fitness assessment today! If you are interested in group fitness classes, talk to one of our receptionists to find out about the times we offer. See you in the fitness studio!