If you’re looking for additional support on your weight loss journey, you may not have thought of turning to a doctor for help. But Dr. Suzanne Bentz, D.O., decided to change that when she founded Red Mountain, a medical practice dedicated to helping you achieve your weight loss goals in a healthy and supportive environment. Her practice expanded into a chain of medical weight loss centers in Texas and Arizona and has become increasingly popular in the Southwest area.
Want to learn more about Red Mountain? Here’s what you need to know.
What is Red Mountain Weight Loss?
Red Mountain has two main weight loss programs.
The first is RM3, a 3-step program that includes guidelines with a diet plan, medications, supplements, recipe ideas and workout videos. This program is designed to help patients lose up to 20 pounds or more per month and maintain that weight.
The second is RM Lifestyle, which is designed to help patients lose 6 to 10 pounds per month, and is considered a more gradual weight loss approach. Doctors in the program suggest certain medications and supplements to align with a macronutrient diet.
The price of the programs ranges from $199 to $599.
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How Much Weight Can You Lose with Red Mountain Weight Loss?
“The amount of weight that a patient will lose on the Red Mountain program will depend on their starting weight,” says DJ Mazzoni RD, MS, CDN, CSCS, a registered dietitian/nutritionist and medical reviewer at Illuminate Health. “Individuals starting at a higher weight will lose more weight adhering to a diet program on average because their daily energy requirements are higher than someone at a lower weight.”
Red Mountain’s website suggests that patients may lose up to ten pounds per month, but that sounds like a high estimate. Healthy, sustainable weight loss usually doesn’t exceed two pounds per week, according to Maazoni, which equates to eight pounds per month.
How Much Does Red Mountain Weight Loss Cost?
Depending on the program you choose, Red Mountain costs between $199 and $599, with a new patient consultation costing $55. Red Mountain’s program includes your first four weeks in what’s called the “Weight Loss Window,” followed by the transition to “Lifetime Maintenance.”
What the Red Mountain Weight Loss Diet Plan Looks Like
The Red Mountain weight loss program includes food in various categories, like lean protein, fruits and vegetables. It allows for healthy starches, too.
“This is a diet similar to the Mediterranean Diet, and I believe it’s a much healthier diet model than what most Americans consume,” says Mazzoni.
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Overall, the program is a healthy approach, but there is little evidence to suggest the effectiveness of weight loss supplements for lasting weight loss.
That being said, the Red Mountain diet model seems like a healthy and sustainable option for overweight and obese patients seeking to lose weight, Mazonni explains. “I wouldn’t recommend their weight loss supplements, as there is very little research suggesting that weight loss supplements are effective for sustained weight loss,” Mazzoni says.”Increasing dietary fiber intake is a cheaper alternative to weight loss supplements which is proven in medical research to be effective, and is the approach I would recommend over Red Mountain’s weight loss supplements.”
Here are a few pros and cons of Red Mountain, according to Holly Klamer, MS, RDN:
Pros of Red Mountain
Klamer lists the following points as pros of participating in the Red Mountain weight loss program:
- A bariatric physician supervises weight loss and takes bloodwork into account
- There’s a focus on an individualized weight loss plan
- The focus is on long-term success and breaking the cycle of yo-yo dieting
- It can be helpful for weight loss for those who feel like they have tried everything without success
- The program includes weekly check-ins
Cons of Red Mountain
Here are some of the potentials cons of Red Mountain, according to Klamer:
- This center uses Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) as part of the medically supervised weight loss program, which may cause some hesitation, as the FDA suggests HCG is not effective for weight loss, and most studies have not shown HCG to be significant for weight loss.
- The weight loss boosters claim to decrease hunger and boost metabolism, but the complete list of ingredients is not listed, so it is not clear what is in these products that would help boost weight loss and if they are research-backed.
Like most weight loss programs, Red Mountain comes with benefits and drawbacks—so ultimately, you will need to decide what works best for you and your lifestyle. And as always, never be afraid to chat with a doctor or nutritionist about the best weight loss approach for you!
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- DJ Mazzoni, RD, MS, CDN, CSCS, a registered dietitian/nutritionist and medical reviewer at Illuminate Health
- Holly Klamer, MS, RDN