4 Questions to Ask About Medical Weight Loss Management
A medical weight loss management program is overseen by a doctor, nutritionist, or other health care professional, trained and knowledgeable in helping people lose weight. At Metabolic Medical Centers we help you with various medical weight loss programs. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have multiple locations to serve you in Mount Pleasant SC, West Ashley SC, Murrells Inlet SC, Columbia SC, Bluffton SC, and nearby areas!
What is weight loss management?
Weight loss management is a full program designed to teach and build long-term, sustainable healthy habits that individuals can use to lose weight and keep it off. Unlike diets, which are a short-term quick fix achieved by limiting a person’s food intake, weight loss management aims to change a person’s mindset, lifestyle and habits that are causing them to gain the weight. Through a weight loss management program, participants will look to find the root cause for their weight gain and treat that. Many factors can contribute to weight gain, with most cases being easily fixed through proper education of how small lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on a person’s weight. A weight loss management program is overseen by a doctor, nutritionist, or other health care professional, trained and knowledgeable in helping people lose weight. Also, unlike a diet, a weight loss management program will require patience as the results will be spread out over a longer period of time, often several months for individuals with larger amounts of weight to be lost. The goal is typically one to two pounds a week, although in the initial weeks of the program the weight loss may be higher.
How can a doctor help me manage my weight?
A doctor can help you to manage your weight by looking at the larger picture of your health, age, and lifestyle. Doctors can look at such things as genetics and medical history to see if they are factors in your weight and can pose problems in trying to lose weight. They can also look at current medication to see if any of them are causing you to gain weight. A doctor will be able to perform a full physical on you prior to starting a weight management program to ensure there are no underlying issues at play. This will also help to build a weight management program, by understanding what factors they need to take into consideration for your optimal health. A weight management program needs to take into account the common factors such as age, activity level and interests. But your doctor can help you understand how other factors such as medications, sleep, genetics and lifestyle currently play a factor in your health and weight, and how making changes to any of them will impact your weight. Your doctor also has the ability to change your medications if needed, or offer suggestions of other ones to try, as part of your weight management program.
What are 3 weight management strategies?
There are many options available for losing weight, with the different options having different end results. Diets are the most widely known, although not the best option for long-term sustainable results and overall health. Weight management is not a diet, therefore is not a quick solution to losing weight. Weight management instead focuses on a person’s lifestyle and changing habits to reach weight goals over a period of time, in a way that can be maintained. There are 3 key strategies for weight management – create a SMART goal, have a clearly defined plan and track your progress. A SMART goal is one that is Specific on the goal, Measurable in its results, Attainable to be realistic, Relevant so it is something valuable to you, and has a Timeline set for when you want to reach your goal. Simply saying “I want to lose weight” is an unclear goal to set. For this to be a SMART goal, it could be “I want to lose 10 pounds of fat in the next 2 months”. While it is important to have a clear goal, you also need to have a plan for how you are going to achieve this goal. This will need to work with your current lifestyle and be achievable, such as eating more whole foods and less processed foods, as well as exercising 3-4 times a week. It is also important to track your progress. Sustainable weight loss requires small changes over a longer period of time, which can feel discouraging on a day-to-day basis. Tracking your progress helps you see the small wins each day or week, giving you an ongoing feeling of accomplishment and making it easier to stick to your plan.
What is the best way to go about losing weight?
The best weight loss plan is one that works for you and can fit into your life. Weight loss needs to take into account your food intake as well as a regular exercise program. These two facets work hand in hand to help you lose weight. It is also important to talk to your doctor ahead of starting any weight loss program as they can ensure you are healthy and there are no health concerns you need to take into account, particularly when it comes to exercise. For example, your doctor may recommend avoiding certain exercises if they will aggravate an existing medical condition you have. They will also be able to walk you through any medications you are currently taking and how they can potentially impact your weight loss plan, or if they have any adverse effects that could derail your goals. If you are on a medication that makes you dizzy, you would want to avoid taking that medication prior to exercising to avoid injuring yourself.
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