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Starling Slim Start

Effective July 10, we will no longer be offering our SlimStart program. Thank you to those of you that trusted us on your medical weight loss journey. We wish you well in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  

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 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

Set achievable weight loss goals based on your body mass index, medical factors, and lifestyle

Watch the pounds fall away – participants average a 1-3 pound loss per week

Monitor your progress with regular check-ins and ongoing coaching

Work with doctors and nurses to ensure that you are safely managing the effects of weight loss

Enjoy delicious packaged foods that are supplemented with a healthy diet

See the difference even a moderate weight loss can make in helping you…
–  Realize significant health benefits
–  Live a more active lifestyle
–  Feel and look your best


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 the 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 free kickoff meeting in Wethersfield. Meet our team, learn about our approach, and sample food products. At this point in time, there are no meetings scheduled.

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

Questions & Answers

What is Slim Start?

Medically supervised weight loss program that strives to help you not only lose the weight but teach you how to maintain that weight loss for long term success.

What are my options on the Slim Start program?
  • Nutrition counseling visits with a registered dietician
  • Supervised commercial weight loss products; low carbohydrate, low fat, protein based products
  • Physician involvement to help with weight loss through medication
What can I expect to eat in a single day on the medically supervised commercial weight loss plan?

On top of the products (meal replacements), you will also eat lean protein and vegetables. We will discuss those options at your initial consultation.

Do I have to take supplements?

Yes, you will be provided with a list of mandatory supplements.

How do I stay accountable?

Accountability is key to success. We meet with you on a weekly basis to provide the necessary support and encouragement to reach your goals.

Are there any medical conditions that would prohibit me from participating in the protocol?

Our program is medically supervised, we encourage you to meet with our medical professionals to develop an individualized weight loss plan as well as discuss this plan with your primary care physician.

Long term success – what is the maintenance phase?

After achieving your weight loss goal, our maintenance phase is at least a two-year process, as we reintroduce healthy fats and carbohydrates into your diet in small amounts with health coach supervision.

What about exercise?

Exercise is encouraged throughout the weight loss process, but specifically reinforced during maintenance. Our medical professionals can refer you to physical therapy or a local gym (Healthtrax) where you will develop an individualized exercise routine.

What does my insurance cover?

Insurance covers the initial medical clearance appointment with a provider. Most insurances also cover a portion of the nutrition counseling visits as well.

How much can I expect to spend weekly on the products?

With budgets in mind, we have different products available. Weekly you can spend anywhere from $75-135 on the products. Initially, there is a monthly bundle to get you started.

How do I get started?

Give us a call today, first we will schedule a medical clearance appointment with a provider. After being cleared to participate we will schedule a protocol consult with a coach and get you started on your weight loss journey.

Hear from Participants

Here is what some of our participants have to share:

The Compliments Don’t Stop Coming

I have always been the husky kid and the guy people called “Big Jon.” The only perk I got was always getting to ride shotgun, so we could fit more people in the backseat. I always knew I was big, but never really felt unhealthy. No, I was not the fastest person in sports, and would get winded after a run or a hike. But since I was not required to do that every day, I never got the feeling of being unhealthy. It wasn’t until I started to get more tired later in the afternoon after my 8-hour desk job that I started to get worried. My doctor determined I had developed mild sleep apnea. It was then that I decided, and was advised, to try to lose some weight. I did try a couple of programs with very little commitment, since results were too slow and difficult for me to achieve. Then, when looking for a doctor’s phone number on the Starling Physicians website, I found the Slim Start Program. And that is when I found a program that gets results.

I started the Ideal Protein program when I was at age 34 and 336 lbs. After 9 months I have lost over 125 lbs., 14 inches in the gut, and went down three shirt sizes. More importantly, I do not have sleep apnea and feel much healthier. All I do now is receive compliments from everyone. “Wow, I did not recognize you.” “You look awesome.”  “You are a totally different person.” It can get almost annoying how often you hear it and answer the question, “Have you lost weight?” But everyone encourages you to keep it up and they are always jealous of you.

Does the program require commitment? Yes, but you are making a commitment to yourself that will improve your life and make you healthier. I think the reason the program worked for me is that it did not require the amount of exercise many other programs do. Plus I will say I did not starve myself like other programs. You just have to make the right choices and get creative with your cooking. Never ate a leek until starting this program and got tired of chopping small green onions to add to my stir fries, soups, and meals.

The Slim Start team at Starling Physicians is great and caring. I accidentally missed an appointment and they called me to make sure I wasn’t in the car accident that happened nearby. That just shows how much they care. They want to help you and keep you accountable so that you stay on the program and don’t cheat. If you can do that, then you will get fast results and be at your goal weight in no time. The program works!!!


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


Scott Walker, MD - Internist, Starling Physicians

Dr. Scott Walker


Elisa A. Marley, RD, CD, Department of Hematology / Oncology - Starling PhysiciansElisa Marley
Registered Dietitian

Not pictured:
Jennifer Kupec, RN




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.