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Behavior Coaching

Deciding to have endoscopic therapy for weight loss requires serious consideration about your life after the procedure. To maintain a healthy weight for the long term, you’ll need to commit to major lifestyle changes. Our behavior coach offers strategies to help you build lifelong habits for a healthy quality of life.

Behavior Coaching to Support Weight Loss

Intragastric balloon devices are just the beginning of your journey to successful, permanent weight management. The key to your long-term health and wellness is rethinking your relationship with food. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, we offer lifestyle counseling with a behavior coach to build healthy habits that you can use for a lifetime.

The behavior coach leads group sessions, which meet once a month during the yearlong nonsurgical weight loss program. Our coach also consults with each patient individually during monthly phone sessions.

Our yearlong program is divided into two six-month periods: 

  • First six months: Once you have the intragastric balloon placed, your coach spends the first six months of the program introducing healthy skills. You’ll use the topics in these group sessions to develop the skills for your individual weight-loss journey, as well as for setting personal goals.
  • Next six months: After the intragastric device is removed, the program’s remaining six months are devoted to reviewing the topics. Your coach works with you individually and in group sessions to identify any barriers you may be experiencing and develop ways to work around them.

Endoscopic Therapy for Weight Loss: Our Coaching Topics

Throughout the 12-month program, our behavior coach works with each patient on topics that include:

  • Emotional and social support: Your coach will help you find ways to ask for support from family, friends and work colleagues.
  • Lifestyle balance: You’ll learn how to manage stress, increase your physical activity and get adequate rest.
  • Mindful eating: Your coach will review how you can pay more attention to your body’s natural signals for satiety.
  • Physical activity: You’ll learn ways to incorporate both structured and lifestyle activities into your daily life.
  • Social skills: Your coach will help you adapt to your new body and new way of life so that you feel comfortable in social settings.
  • Accountability: Your coach will help you track your progress. If you receive a dual balloon, your coach will show you how to use the additional tools that come with those devices:
    • Online food diary and activity tracker: This website allows you to record your calorie intake and physical activity to help you stay on track.
    • Fitbit: This physical activity tracker synchronizes your activity with your online profile.
    • WiFi scale: The scale automatically connects with your other devices and tracks weight, body mass index (BMI), and percentages of lean mass and body fat, so you can see trends over time.

Contact Us for Weight-Loss Treatment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric physician, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis.

The Washington University Bariatric Endoscopic Therapy office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 100. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway. Get directions and maps.

Register for a Nonsurgical Weight Loss Information Session.

Join a Washington University gastroenterologist to learn more about this new minimally invasive endoscopic procedure. This event is free, but registration is required.

Washington University Physicians accepting new patients:

Vladimir M. Kushnir, MD
Daniel K. Mullady, MD
Dayna S. Early, MD


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