With so many options out there, it isn’t easy to distinguish the right path when it comes to moving toward your health and fitness goals.
Should you work with a nutritionist? A personal trainer? A doctor? All three?
Put simply, a medical weight loss program can be a good fit if you’ve tried other options but can’t seem to make lasting changes. Here’s what’s usually involved:
An assessment of your health history. One of the biggest benefits of a medical weight loss program is that a medical provider can do a comprehensive assessment of your health history – specifically as it relates to your weight. In addition to diet and lifestyle factors, there are often underlying metabolic, hormonal, or other types of problems that interfere with your body’s ability to lose weight. Understanding how these factors need to be addressed with the help of a medical provider can give you a much clearer picture of how to reach your weight loss goals.
An EKG. An EKG is a simple and painless test that records you heart’s activity. As part of a medical weight loss program, this test can provide more information about how to create the safest treatment plan for you.
Complete blood work. Blood work can provide invaluable information about your total health profile, such as your cholesterol levels, metabolic syndrome markers, or issues affecting thyroid, kidney or liver function. Vitamin D levels, too, can often provide more information about the immune system and how your body is either storing or shedding fat.
Appetite suppressants. Many medical weight loss programs also include the option for appetite suppressants, which can be a helpful tool in the beginning stages of a calorie-restricted diet. FDA-approved medications like phentermine are often a safe and effective way to help stave off cravings – and they are only available with a doctor’s prescription.
Other medications. In some cases, you might already be taking certain prescription medications. Based on your health history and blood work results, too, the medical provider might advise other medications. This ensures your weight loss is part of an overall treatment plan that is both medically sound and safe.
Regular check-ins. Because weight loss is a process, regularly checking in with the doctor or medical provider can provide the kind of long-term support that enables true success. Most medical weight loss programs will allow you to have access to the doctor as needed, in addition to potentially meeting with other experts, like health educators or nutritionists.
The main premise behind a medical weight loss program is the ability to target the biological, dietary, and lifestyle factors that contribute to weight gain – and to provide a solid framework for success.
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