The Hernried Center specializes in keeping your weight off forever. And we do it with Compass.

Once you’ve reached your ideal weight, you’ll be ready for Step 2: Compass. This is a huge accomplishment, so be proud of yourself! It’s now time for you to transition back to eating regular food and to start applying the skills you learned in your Step 1: New Direction classes. And The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss will be there to help you every step of the way. Our evidence shows that those who actively engage with Compass are able to maintain most, if not all, of their weight loss. If you take this step seriously, you can expect great results.


With our expert guidance, you’ll slowly return to regular food.

Once you’ve reached your target weight, we’ll begin to take you off meal replacements and carefully reintroduce regular grocery store food to your diet. This transition, which we call Realimentation, will last about 6 weeks. You’ll continue to work closely with your doctor and behavioral health educator during this time to ensure that you transition without problems and avoid weight regain.


Compass gives you the support you need to continue living a healthy life.

Your Step 1: New Direction classes will have taught you the skills you need to develop in order to navigate the ups and downs of life without falling back into poor habits. Now, in your Step 2: Compass classes, you’ll start to use those skills as you begin to eat regular food and confront challenging life situations, such as holidays, birthdays and the many food attractions around the Sacramento area. You will meet with the same group at each class, so your peers and behavioral health educator will always be available to provide you with ongoing support.


Dedicate yourself to permanent weight loss.

We strongly recommend spending at least 12-18 months in Compass. This will give you enough time to face a range of challenging situations with the support of The Hernried Center. On top of your classes and support network, being a part of Compass will allow you to access the many other benefits of our center for a fee, including:

  • Private appointments with your behavioral health educator
  • Meal replacements
  • Exercise consultations
  • Body composition evaluations
  • Resting energy expenditure testing
  • Private doctor visits


Pharmaceutical support is available under special circumstances.

You can achieve a healthy body weight without prescription diet medications. However, maintaining weight loss isn’t always so simple. Certain circumstances, such as vacations, can interfere with your hard-earned results, and we’ve found that medications can be quite helpful for getting you through particularly tough times.


If you get off track, don’t worry. We’re here to help.

Because obesity is a chronic disease of abnormal energy storage, you won’t simply be cured once you lose weight. You’ll need to persistently practice good habits in order to keep your new self. Luckily, habits become easier to maintain the longer you practice them. However, even for those who have achieved long-term success, weight regain can still happen. Fortunately, our specialists have years of experience stopping weight regain in its tracks. Using our Yellow & Red Light Safety System, we can identify and correct your weight regain before it gets out of hand.

  • Yellow light If you have gained 5 to 10 pounds, we initiate a plan of action to reduce your weight to ideal levels.
  • Red light – If you have gained more than 10 pounds, we will reintroduce our key weight loss and weight maintenance skills to you.


For more information about our 2-Step program, call 800-815-4881. You can also request a free phone consultation by using our easy online form.