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Starling Slim Start

If you struggle with your weight, the Starling Slim Start program in Wethersfield can help! A dedicated medical team will help you lose weight quickly, safely, and under a doctor’s care. We not only help you lose the weight, but teach you the skills needed to keep the weight off and live a healthier lifestyle.

Advantages of the Slim Start Program
Starling Slim Start Weight Loss Program

Anyone who can benefit from weight loss is a good candidate for Slim Start. Whether you are looking to lose significant weight or take off that extra baby weight or pounds that have been creeping up over the years, the Slim Start program can be tailored to your needs. Even a moderate weight loss can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, improve glucose tolerance, and decrease risk of heart disease.

In our recent pilot, participants lost an average of 40 pounds in the first 90 days. Click here to read their stories.  There is no target weight loss and we work with each individual to create a customized weight loss goal based on body mass index, medical factors, and lifestyle.

Your Slim Start Team

Your team will be comprised of doctors, a nurse, a registered dietitian, a physical therapist, and support staff that will partner with you to set achievable weight loss goals. They will provide ongoing guidance, education, and support so you can achieve your goal and sustain your weight loss.

Starling Slim Start Weight Loss Program
A Customized Approach

After extensive review, Starling Physicians has created a customized weight loss program. We use a combination of meal replacement products and a regimen that has been scientifically validated and is available under medical supervision.

During the initial phase, meal supplements are used in conjunction with lean proteins and vegetables. After you achieve your weight loss goal, we help you transition and add new foods back into your diet. We then help you stabilize your weight loss and teach you how to maintain a balanced weight over time. 

Your Starling team is there to support you every step of the way. Over the course of a year, you will return for ongoing weight checks to ensure maintenance and receive ongoing support.


Attend a Kickoff Meeting

To learn more about the Slim Start program, we invite you to attend a kickoff meeting in Wethersfield. Meet our team, learn about our approach, and sample food products.

Our next meeting is scheduled for:

Monday, October 22 at 6pm

Wednesday, November 14 at 6pm 

Meetings will be held at 1260 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield.  To RSVP, please call (860) 721-5748 or email

Questions & Answers

Why did Starling decide to offer this new program?

Obesity is a globally recognized chronic disease that is associated with multiple chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. Keeping up with Starling’s tradition of providing a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, we have decided to introduce this program to improve the overall health of our population and empower people to live healthier lives.

What are the benefits of the program?

There are many weight loss programs but ours takes a comprehensive approach. Our team of doctors, a nurse, a dietitian, and a physical therapist make sure that you can lose weight quickly, safely, and under a doctor’s care.

Our customized approach treats weight issues at the source.  It is not about just losing weight, but about learning how to live a healthier lifestyle to keep the weight from coming back. Our program focuses on weight loss, in conjunction with eating education, to support permanent lifestyle changes.

What is the cost to participants?

A healthcare provider will initially meet with you to ensure that you are a medically cleared to participate. This visit will be billed through insurance. After that, you will have a complementary protocol consult with a coach and all weekly appointments will be done with your coach free of charge.

Periodic visits with a medical provider and any testing ordered will go through patience insurance. 

The cost of food supplements and vitamins are not covered by insurance. We are sensitive to budget concerns and offer various options based on budget, personal preferences, and prior weight loss history. We will discuss the range of costs and what you can expect to pay for weekly meals at our kickoff meeting.

What is the role that Starling Slim Start team will play? Why is this medical supervision necessary?

The team is comprised of physicians who will monitor your health and a coach that will be working directly with you. Your overall care plan will be supervised by a physician with whom you will have periodic meetings. There are many metabolic changes going on in your body as it transitions toward a healthier lifestyle. Based on your underlying medical conditions, your physician can ensure that any negative effects of weight loss may be anticipated in advance and measures taken to avoid them.

What is the role of the coach?

In addition to appointments with a doctor, participants are assigned to a personal coach who will help them develop an eating plan that optimally combines carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The coach also motivates the dieter through all four phases of the weight loss program.

Is it recommended for anyone who wants to lose some weight or for those over a certain BMI?

Anyone who is overweight can benefit from participating in this program.

How much weight can participants expect to lose?

In our recent pilot, participants lost an average of 40 pounds in the first 90 days.  Click here to hear the success stories of recent participants>> 

Is exercise part of the program?

Exercise is an important component of weight loss. Starling’s Physical Therapy team has designed a program that will teach participants safe exercises that can be done in our physical therapy locations or at home.

Why is maintenance an important component of this program?

In many ways, losing weight is the easy part. Anyone can lose weight…learning how you can maintain a stable weight is the ultimate goal. To achieve your weight loss goals and maintain the results, a weight loss program must empower dieters with the knowledge to develop balanced eating habits and smarter, sustainable lifestyle choices. 

What can people expect in one of the upcoming kickoff meetings?

Our monthly kickoff meetings provide an overview of the program and why it works. Participants have the opportunity to meet the team, learn about the program, ask questions, and sample food products.   

Is the program available at every Starling office or only select towns?

Initially, our program is offered at our Wethersfield office. However, based on need, we will eventually offer this program at other locations.

What support/monitoring is available after participants reach their target weight?

After weight loss is achieved, we continue to work closely with participants to help them sustain a healthy diet and maintain their weight loss. Over the course of a year, participant are required to visit the Starling office 17 times for weight checks to ensure maintenance and receive ongoing support.

Where can I go to learn more?

Please refer to our website for periodic updates about the program and upcoming meetings. The Starling Facebook page will also have updates about meetings. Please email us at or call (860) 721-5748.

Hear From Participants

We recently piloted this program in our Wethersfield office. We were thrilled with the results and here are what some of our participants had to share:

I was a ticking time bomb!

“I’ve always been a food junkie. It took me a long time to come face to face with the reality that I had a weight problem. I always knew that weight was an issue and my family and friends were certainly noticing the weight gain, but I never took them seriously until I went in for my physical that I had postponed for about 3 years.

Being at 270 pounds with a BMI off the roof, I was diagnosed as being hypertensive. My doctor told me that I was a ticking time bomb and that it was time that I work seriously on managing my health. It was then she referred me to the ideal protein program managed through Starling Slim Start. I’ve been on quite a few weight loss programs, have taken different weight loss pills, and have never really seen any significant results until now. I started this program on May 7th at 263 pounds. The coaches walked me through the program and I thought to myself that it was ridiculous! Being a total skeptic, I started anyway. It took me about 3 weeks to get into the routine. I’ve been on this program for 12 weeks and have lost 33 pounds (40 total if you look at my true starting weight). 

This program WORKS! It’s not only great from a weight loss perspective, but also from a change in lifestyle perspective. It forces you to think and make right choices about what you eat. Even if you think of cheating, you’ve got a delicious range of products that can prevent that. From chips, to trail mix, to chocolate wafers, and even chocolate mug cake. It certainly has met my chocolate and salt cravings.

The Slim Start team at Starling Physicians is excellent. The coaches are so flexible and are always responsive to questions and concerns. I am glad that I chose this program and the team at Starling Physicians. 

Calling out to all skeptics…Ideal Protein works! Believe in yourself and stay committed.”


Give it 100% and You Will See Results

“In less than 3 months, I lost 40+ lbs. The best part about the program is how EASY it is. Yes, you are restricting yourself from all the “normal food” that you eat. However, there are so many choices with the Ideal Protein products that you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything. You just don’t want the regular food, when you see amazing results, so fast and the products are tasty so that’s a plus!

Having a weekly meeting with your coach definitely helps you stay motivated and holds you accountable, which makes you want to show results when you get measured. Doing this program you definitely learn self-discipline when it comes to food and you realize that food is fuel and you only need it to survive. After doing this, I feel that I will definitely think twice about my portions and how much I really need to be eating.

Ideal Protein works! Give it your 100% and you will see results! While it’s a little pricey, it’s an expense that cannot be measured because there is no price for good health!”


I Have Never Felt Better

“ My experience with Ideal Protein has been truly amazing.  I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and after having my second child I thought it would be literally impossible for me to lose the weight.  My doctor suggested that I lose weight and start eating healthier to try to improve my cholesterol and A1c. 

Since starting Ideal Protein, I have lost 41 pounds and I have honestly never felt better.  My coach has been instrumental throughout this entire process, she has always made me feel comfortable and confident at every appointment, as well as keeping me motivated.  The Ideal Protein videos have also been very informative and helpful, I watch them every morning. 

Surprisingly Ideal Protein has been the only program I have ever been successful with as well as being the easiest!  The food is quite good, after a while you will develop a preference for what food you like best.  I am still on phase 1 but I have already learned so much; I am feeling very confident that I will be able to successfully keep the weight off.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is struggling to lose weight and looking for a healthy and effective approach.“


Helped Me Get Off Prescription Medications

“I have lost 43 pounds so far and I will continue staying on Ideal Protein after the pilot program is over to reach my goal weight.  I feel better then ever and my family has noticed I have more and more energy. I would recommend this program to anyone that wants to lose weight, feel better, and get off of prescription medication for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and even cholesterol.  

It’s very easy to bring the food with you where ever you go, in fact I’m taking a trip next month and Ideal Protein food will be coming with me. I can not thank Dr. Walker, Dr. McClure, Dr. Hadi and Dr. Georgievskiy for choosing me to be in this pilot program. It not only changed my life, but I feel it saved my life.”


Contact Us

We can be emailed at We can be reached at 860-721-5748.

If you would like to receive email updates about upcoming meetings or share comments, please click here.

Meet Our Team

Stay tuned to learn about members of the Slim Start team…

Syed Hadi, MD - Hospital Medicine, Starling Physicians

Dr. Syed Hadi

Mitchell H. McClure, MD - Internal Medicine, Starling Physicians

Dr. Mitchell McClure

Scott Walker, MD - Internist, Starling Physicians

Dr. Scott Walker

Jennifer Kupec, RN

Elisa A. Marley, RD, CD, Department of Hematology / Oncology - Starling Physicians

Elisa Marley
Registered Dietitian




At our kickoff meeting, you will learn about the program, meet our team, hear success stories, and sample food products.

In the News

Dr. Walker talks with Channel 8 about the importance of busy parents maintaining a healthy weight and diet.

Meet Our Starling Slim Start Spokesperson

Rachel Lutzker is a well-known radio personality on iHeartRadio. She recently started on Starling Slim Start to lose her remaining baby weight and get bikini ready for Hawaii.

Hear her recent update that she shared on 95.7FM:


Dr. Syed Hadi discusses the Starling Slim Start program where in our 90 day pilot, participants each lost approximately 40 pounds.  Click here to watch the segment. 

Dr. Scott Walker is a guest on CBS radio where he discusses Starling’s new medically supervised weight loss program. Listen to the interview below.


Better Connecticut features the Starling Slim Start Program. Hear from a recent participant who lost over 50 pounds and not only improved her appearance, but also dramatically improved her overall health and lifestyle.