4 Questions to Ask Your Provider About Medical Weight Management Program
Medical Weight Management Programs can help you lose weight in a safe and healthy way. Metabolic Medical Centers offer medical weight management programs according to your individual needs. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! 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 a weight management program?
Weight management programs have been used in recent years to help patients not just lose weight but lose weight in a safe and healthy way. Health professionals use weight management over the old school term dieting as it emphasizes the idea that weight loss is the result of a change in behaviors and practices for sustainable weight loss. Weight management isn’t exclusive to weight loss, a weight management program can also be used on patients who have suffered from eating disorders, to create a healthy relationship with food. Overweight or obese people who have lost large amounts of weight from dieting are statistically shown to regain the lost weight within five years. The idea of weight management gives people the education and tools needed to lose not necessarily a large amount of weight, but a sustainable amount of weight for that person. A weight management program runs over an extended period of time as determined by your health care professional based on your individual needs, teaching you what to eat and when to give your body the fuel it needs, as well as how to handle cravings and setbacks.
How can a weight management program help me?
A weight management program can be used by anyone who wants to have a healthy relationship with their weight and understanding how to properly eat and exercise to keep it running smoothly for many years. While most people would think of a weight management program being used for overweight or obese people only, it is also used for people suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. It can also be used for people who are at their ideal weight and don’t feel like they need to lose or gain weight, to ensure that they have the information and tools they need to ensure they can maintain their weight. Weight gain and loss varies by individual and their genetic disposition, as well as their current habits and behaviors as they relate to food, exercise and lifestyle, among other factors. Knowing how to manage your weight can help you deal with future factors that could affect your weight such as hormones, stress, age and other potential roadblocks for weight management in your life.
What is included in a weight management program?
A weight management program is a holistic program looking at several factors of a person’s health and life to build out a sustainable program for safe and healthy weight loss or gain. The program will approach weight management by educating the participant on healthy eating and exercise patterns, ideally creating lifelong habits. As opposed to the strict eating characteristics of dieting, a weight loss program aims to teach the participant what to eat, and when, as well as correct portion sizes. Each weight management program is tailor made based on a person’s age, overall health, lifestyle, weight goals and other factors that can affect a person’s success or failure with other weight loss tactics. Food and exercise are only 2 factors affecting a person’s weight. A weight management program will also take into account the psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of the participant, as these also play a role in each individual’s success.
Is medical weight loss safe?
Medical weight loss is done under the supervision of a health care professional, who has received specific training in weight loss. While there are still risks with any weight loss program, it is always recommended to consult with your doctor prior to starting a weight loss program to ensure that you don’t have any health concerns that could be aggravated by the program. A doctor will most likely want to run a series of tests prior to starting you on a weight loss program to ensure you are healthy and to eliminate any medical causes that are contributing to your weight gain. As this program is supervised by a health care professional, they will be monitoring your physical and mental health throughout the program to ensure there are no adverse side effects and adjust as needed if there are. Health care professionals are invested in your long-term health and will work to ensure that the results you receive from the program will be sustainable for years to come.
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