New Direction Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of diet will I follow?

During the weight loss phase you will follow a very low calorie diet consisting of delicious drinks and bars specially formulated to provide the necessary proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that you need. These foods will supplement one lean/green meal of your making daily.

What are the health benefits of the program?

Weight loss can improve, reverse or even prevent serious medical conditions, including type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. It can also reduce joint and back pain, and dramatically improve your energy and mood.

How do I know which diet plan is best for me?

The AGH New Direction staff will take into account your BMI, weight loss goals and health status to determine the appropriate diet plan for you.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

This may be everyone’s top question! It depends on several factors including your weight, age, gender, and activity level. A loss of four to seven pounds is common during the first week. Ongoing weight loss is typically about one to three pounds a week.

How much does the program cost?

There are several price components of the program.

  • A program fee of $150 will be due at signup. This fee covers weekly weight and blood pressure monitoring, education and support group sessions and 5 boxes of products.
  • Depending upon your needs, the program drinks and bars should be no more than $40 a week for breakfast, lunch and snacks. That’s less than $3 a meal.
  • Patients will need to provide co-payments and/or co-insurance fees for any necessary physician checkups, nutrition consultations, blood work, and EKGs as determined by the program administrators.

That seems expensive. Is it worth it?

Motivated individuals who stick with the program find it to be well worth the investment. The cost, both financially and physically, of the complications and disease risks tied to being overweight, are much greater than the cost of the medical weight loss care provided through AGH New Direction.

How do I enroll?

Call Angela Simmons, CRNP & certified bariatric coordinator, at 410-641-9568, to begin the enrollment process. She will be able to answer all of your questions.