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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How is Mindful Eating Institute ("MEI")

different from commercial weight loss programs?

A: Commercial weight loss programs are based on behavior change and meal replacements only. At MEI we address emotional eating. Without this most critical component, weight loss will be temporary and the “weight gain/weight loss” cycle begins again.

Q: How quickly will I lose weight?

A: Instead of following the false promise of a “quick fix”, clients join the program for 3-12 months to ensure lifelong success. The outcome is a life free of dieting; and enjoying a peaceful , relaxed relationship with food. The weight comes off gradually and naturally.

Q: Why should I choose MEI over Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig?

A: The program offers a non-dieting approach to overeating and obesity. MEI’s comprehensive approach provides customized strategies, which produce long-term weight management results. Our mission is threefold: Teach you how to achieve your goals, guide you toward a new and maintainable lifestyle, and ultimately enjoy peace with food and your body.

Masters Degree level psychotherapists facilitate the individual and group sessions.

Q: How do I know if I am a good candidate?

A: If you have been struggling with weight your whole adult life, and are tired of yo-yo dieting, you are the ideal candidate for the program. You want to have a healthy, relaxed relationship with food - forever!


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