FAQs

I have battled with weight my whole life, how will this program be different?

As medical doctors, we understand the science behind body weight regulation and all the smart ways that the body will try to defend you against weight loss. We will show you how you can overcome these hormonal changes so that you can keep the weight off for life and keep hunger at bay.

What is the cost?

Our initial consultation is bulk billed (no out of pocket cost to you) – this is where we do our comprehensive assessment to determine the cause of weight gain and set our goals together. Subsequent consultations attract a Medicare rebate, so the out of pocket cost is no more than a restaurant meal. The frequency of appointments is determined between yourself and your doctor and costs range between $50 to $160 per month. There are no sign on fees, no program registration fees and you are free to discontinue at any point.

How often do I see the Doctor?

Most patients find that a fortnightly review gives them the chance for their doctor to monitor and review their progress as well as learn the essential skills to keep the weight off for life.

How much weight loss can I expect?

Each person will differ in how much weight they have to lose and factors such as their age, sex, starting weight and level of activity will affect their rate of weight loss. Our patients typically lose approx. 1-2.5kg per week.

Is there a private health insurance rebate?

Whilst our weight program is extremely efficacious, currently there is no private health insurance rebate for programs already funded by Medicare. Please speak to your health insurer if you have any questions or concerns.

I have special dietary requirements, can I still do your program?

Yes! We cater for those with lactose and fructose intolerance, coeliac disease, egg and other allergies as well Vegetarians and Vegans. Whatever the dietary preference – we can help you !

I have injuries and find it hard to exercise. Can I still lose weight?

Thankfully, the majority of weight loss comes from focusing on diet rather than exercise. There is no doubt that exercise is fantastic for every aspect of your health, but it is still possible to lose weight without hitting the gym 7 days a week.

I don’t want to have weight loss surgery but I’m not sure how to lose the weight.

Some people have tried to lose weight with lifestyle measures and may have lost a little, but not enough weight and their weight remains a significant health risk. The good news is, we can help you to lose weight without having to undergo surgery. Or if surgery does become necessary, then with a bit of weight loss prior, it becomes a safer and less rigorous procedure.

I have had weight loss surgery but regained some weight. Can you help?

Absolutely. Obesity is a chronic health condition that requires life long attention. Sometimes after weight loss surgery there is a return of hunger and appetite and our program can assist with assessing causes of weight regain and assisting with control of appetite. We also perform pre and post surgery nutritional assessments and screen for nutritional deficiencies.

What is your doctor availability like?

We know that after hours appointments are desired by many of our patients. So to cater for this need, our doctors work on both evenings and weekend, as well as weekdays. To find our Doctor availability then click Book Now.

Where are you located?

Currently Alevia weight loss doctors consult in both Vermont and Hawthorn – to find a location close to you visit Contact Us.

I have a busy lifestyle, can I still do the program?

Absolutely! Our program does not involve extensive recipes or meals plans that require hours of meal preparation or shopping for rare spices from South East Asia! Our program is designed to fit in with your lifestyle with a minimum of fuss.

I have special medical conditions, can I still participate?

Yes! Our doctors are specially trained in obesity management and the management of weight related conditions. We can adjust our program to suit your health conditions and medications. We will assess for and advise on any weight inducing medications and any special precautions you should be aware of when losing weight.