If you're overweight or obese, you're not alone. Nearly 75% of American adults weigh more than they should, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Carrying excess weight is more than just a cosmetic concern. If you’re overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of developing certain health problems, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and some kinds of cancer.
Eating less and exercising more can help bring about weight loss. However, many people find it difficult to lose weight with lifestyle changes alone. Fortunately, there's another option: medical weight loss.
At Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics in Addison, Texas, Julie Reihsen, MD, and our highly trained providers offer a full range of weight loss support, including weight loss medications. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn about medical weight loss and find out whether it could be right for you.
Losing weight can be complicated
You've probably heard that weight loss comes down to taking in fewer calories than you burn. However, it's not necessarily that simple. A range of factors — including hormone levels, genetics, metabolism, and health conditions — can make losing weight more complicated than just reducing calories.
Certainly, increasing the number of calories you burn through exercise and decreasing the number of calories you consume through healthy eating can go a long way toward aiding weight loss. But for many people, these things are not enough. That's where medical weight loss comes in.
Medical weight loss 101
A medical weight loss program is a plan designed by a health professional specifically for a patient. The plan takes into account the patient’s weight, health, lifestyle, and a variety of other factors.
The health professional then guides the patient on their journey and makes adjustments as needed to help get the patient to their ideal weight in a healthy and safe manner. A patient’s medical weight loss plan may include medications, lifestyle changes, and nutritional counseling.
If you’re a candidate for a medical weight loss plan, your provider will lead you each step of the way, such as showing you what to eat and when as well as how much physical activity you should engage in. And, if needed, your provider might prescribe medications to help you get to your ideal weight.
Medications and weight loss
Medical weight loss medications can work in a variety of ways, such as make you less hungry, speed up how quickly you feel full when eating, or make it more difficult for your body to absorb fat from the foods you eat.
However, because of the potential side-effects, weight loss medications are often only recommended for people with certain conditions, such as the following:
- Obesity, which is defined as a body-mass index of 30 or higher
- Genetic disorders that cause obesity
- Health problems related to weight, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure
If your provider does prescribe weight loss medication for you, it won’t replace exercise and healthy eating. You’ll still need to follow your provider’s plan to eat right and exercise.
If you want to lose weight, Dr. Reihsen and her team can customize a plan to help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics today.