The Center for Medical Weight Loss


How The Program Works
Dr. Sunio will create a comprehensive personalized weight loss program tailored just for you. This includes body composition analysis, doctor-supervised food plans, metabolism regulation, appetite management, lifestyle and motivational coaching, science-based activity recommendations and much more.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

"Dr. Sunio is my regular doctor and he knows my life-long struggles with weight loss. He and his staff are very supportive, and they inspire me to keep going. I’ve lost about 25 pounds, which is a success for me, and the experience has encouraged me to go to the gym and continue with my weight loss and fitness goals. Dr. Sunio’s program has helped tremendously as I work toward my goal weight."
Letizia Pingitore, Realtor

"I’m really happy with my rate of loss because I believe it’s sustainable.
I see Dr. Sunio once a month to keep me accountable, and he is so encouraging, which makes me want to stay the course. I love this program!"

Julie Tracy

Our Plans

After your initial consultation, Dr. Sunio may prescribe one of the following plans and personalize it to your specific needs and preferences:

  • Accelerated or Accelerated Plus
    The Accelerated plan includes six weeks of one-on-one visits with Dr. Sunio, simple medical tests to monitor your weight loss progress, and a high-nutrition calorie-controlled food plan. Accelerated Plus also includes vitamin regulation.
  • LCD or Modified LCD
    The Low Calorie Diet (LCD) is a high-nutrition calorie-controlled plan Dr. Sunio will prescribe for you and monitor closely. The Modified LCD is the same plan, but adjusted to include a calorie-specific dinner that may include your favorite foods.
  • Appetite Suppressant
    Jumpstart your CMWL weight loss plan with an appetite suppressant prescribed and monitored
    by Dr. Sunio.

Why The Center for Medical Weight Loss?
Unlike commercial weight loss programs, medical weight loss is designed to take more than just the food you eat and activities you do into account. Only a medical doctor can truly understand how your unique health profile contributes to your weight loss challenges, but also how it can be used to help you achieve success. The doctor will study your medical history, prescriptions, hormonal imbalances, metabolic rate, and multiple other medical factors to design a weight loss program specifically for you.

Once you understand how medical weight loss works, you can feel confident that Dr. Sunio is the most qualified physician to help you achieve your weight loss goals. CMWL Doctors have received the most in-depth, comprehensive medical weight loss training available. Not only do they understand the physical aspects of weight loss, but have been trained to address any behaviors holding you back from reaching your weight loss goals. This means you will have a high-skilled, supportive, and caring medical expert on your side, helping you to lose those initial pounds quickly and safely, and teaching you to keep them off for good.



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Gilbert Sunio, MD

Gilbert Sunio, MD
American Board of Internal Medicine
5400 West Hillsdale Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291

  • Is the physician certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
    Be certain the Board certification your physician has is in Plastic Surgery specifically.

  •  Is the physician a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons? Membership is another indication of expertise and commitment to quality surgery.
  • How long has the physician been in practice?
    Ask for referrals and talk to previous patients.

Alex Lechtman, MD, completed undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley followed by medical school at UC San Diego and his internship and residency in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, in Sacramento. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in practice with Visalia Medical Clinic since 1999. He is a member of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Lechtman for many years has donated his services in Mexico to children born with cleft lip and palate.
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Call for your consultation today: 559-738-7565

Cathy Afdahl

"I didn’t have high hopes when I started the program because I have tried diets and always tried to eat healthy. But it seemed like the pounds just melted off, which motivated me to stick with it. I ended up losing 50 pounds over five or six months. I now see Dr. Sunio every few months just to keep me accountable."
Mary Ann McCoy


The diet with a degree of difference. A medical degree.
  • Non Surgical

  • Physician surpervised weight loss
  • Personalized just for you
Did you know?
  • Overweight and obesity are responsible for over 300,000 deaths/yr*.

  • Second only to smoking for deaths as most preventable cause of death in US.
  • 64% of adults are overweight or obese.
  • Obesity rates have tripled over
    the last 30 years.


Center for  Medical Weightloss