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Is It Time For Me To Consider Medically Supervised Weight Loss?

Jul 6, 2018 7:30:00 AM / by The Essential Health and Wellness Team

Medically Supervised Weight Loss

When you think “medically supervised” weight loss or a weight loss plan that involves a doctor or care provider, you might think surgery or diet pills.

Actually, medically supervised weight loss is working with a licensed and trained care provider who will help you develop a weight management plan that targets the root causes of obesity and weight gain.

Most popular weight loss “solutions,” such as fad diets, surgeries, diet pills and trendy weight loss plans, include a one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight.

Even if that approach does work for your body – and most of the time, it doesn’t – it’s harder to keep the weight off long-term, because they aren’t long-term solutions to weight management.

Your care provider helps provide whatever is necessary for your personal plan to both help you achieve your ideal healthy weight and maintain that weight.

What is Medically Supervised Weight Loss?

As explained above, medically supervised weight loss is a weight loss plan that involves working with a licensed, trained care provider.

That trained care provider develops a weight loss plan for you based on scientific evidence, not fad diets or trends, to help you lose weight and keep it off.

At Essential Health & Wellness, our weight management plan includes a weight loss plan that is designed for you. We cater our plans to your body, your goals and your needs.

Our plans include nutrition planning, exercise guidance, relationship building with your care provider and other necessary treatments and wellness programs to get you to your optimum weight and health.

We also monitor your health and regularly check your blood pressure, sugar levels, metabolic rate, activity levels and more to ensure your body is reacting well to the plan.

The care providers at Essential Health & Wellness are with you every step of the way in your weight loss journey.

Who Needs A Medical Weight Loss Plan?

There is no specific requirement to enroll in a medically supervised weight loss or weight management plan. You do not need to be above a certain weight or have a certain number of pounds you need to lose.

Anyone can benefit from working with a licensed and trained doctor to develop a weight management plan. You do not need to be considered overweight or obese to use a medically supervised weight loss plan.

Whether you’re looking to lose upwards of 100 pounds or if you only have a few stubborn pounds to drop before you hit your goal weight, working with a trained care provider to do it can be incredibly beneficial.

A medically supervised weight loss plan can also be beneficial for those who are considered medically obese.

Am I Overweight?

Standards of weight are calculated using the body mass index, or BMI. This is a measure of body fat based on your weight and in relation to your height.

You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height squared in centimeters. There are also many online BMI calculators that you can use.

Exceptions to BMI include people with more muscle mass than normal or people under the age of 18.

For a person over 18 with a normal amount of muscle mass, a normal healthy BMI would be between 18.5 and 24.9. If your BMI is in the 25 to 29.9 range, you would be considered overweight.

Obesity has been defined by the National Institutes of Health as having a body mass index of 30 or above. This would be about 30 pounds above your ideal healthy weight. Having a BMI of 40 or above would be considered extremely obese.

Obesity Health Risks

Being medically obese means you might be at higher risk for certain conditions, including:

  • Heart disease or stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Some cancers
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea or asthma

Not every person who is obese will develop any of the above conditions, but your chances of developing the conditions above will decrease when you lose weight.

Working with a healthcare professional to lose weight means that someone will be monitoring your health for concerning symptoms.

If anything does develop while you’re on your weight loss journey, your care provider will be able to help you monitor and address it before it becomes life threatening.

What Does Medically Supervised Weight Loss Look Like?

Most medically supervised weight loss programs, including the weight management program at Essential Health & Wellness, include four important components:

  • Nutrition coaching
  • Exercise plan
  • Relationship building
  • Medical supervision

Nutrition Coaching

There is more to losing weight by eating healthy than just eating less food. You also need to make healthier choices and make sure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

Working with your care provider and a nutritionist is a vital part of a weight management plan. They can help you come up with a nutrition plan, learn what foods to avoid and what foods to eat more of and make sure you are getting the vitamins and nutrients you need from your diet.

Your nutrition coach will also help you break unhealthy habits and make new ones so that you continue to make healthy food choices going forward. It is easy to diet to lose weight fast, but it is harder to make consistent healthy choices to keep the weight off.

Exercise Plan

Another part of the medically supervised weight loss plan is working with your care provider to develop an exercise plan that works for you.

Trendy exercise programs promise that anyone can do their workout routines to lose weight and tone muscle, but a trained care provider understands that there are certain limitations some people experience that make exercising hard.

If you come to us with bad knees, for example, your care provider will work with you to find a physical fitness routine that doesn’t put additional stress on your joints.

Relationship Building

When you come to Essential Health & Wellness to lose weight, you gain a partner in your health journey – not just a doctor you meet with once every few weeks for a status update.

Your personal care provider is more than just your doctor when it comes to your journey towards your optimum health and weight. We focus on the relationship between patient and care provider, so that you feel supported, motivated and encouraged every step of the process.

Medical Supervision

Of course, the most fundamental part of the medically supervised weight management program is the “medically supervised” aspect.

Typically, medically supervised weight management programs monitor many aspects of your health, including but not limited to:

  • Blood pressure
  • Sugar levels
  • Hormone levels
  • Metabolic rate
  • Activity levels
  • Diet
  • Sleep

This allows your personal care provider to get a full picture of your health and see how you are progressing in your weight loss journey.

How To Choose A Weight Loss Program

There are weight loss clinics out there that claim to offer medically supervised weight loss programs, but you should be wary of clinics you can walk into quickly and walk out of with weight loss pills.

Clinics like this are unsafe and likely won’t help you sustain weight loss over time or keep the weight off once you’ve lost it.

Instead, look for a program that focuses on helping you make healthy choices like what to eat, how to exercise and how to motivate yourself. This will ensure that you lose weight in a healthy, safe way and will make it more likely for you to keep the weight off in the future.

A good weight loss program will also provide regular monitoring and supervision from a care provider, so if any red flags appear, your care provider will be able to take necessary steps to help you.

Do Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs Work?

Research shows that about 95% of people who lose weight simply by using diet programs or fad diets will regain that weight in one to five years. Dieting, by definition, is a temporary plan to weight loss.

Medically supervised weight loss programs, on the other hand, are more successful in the long term because your trained care provider is focused on the long term.

You are more likely to see sustained, consistent weight loss, as well as weight loss that is happening in a safe and healthy manner.

With continued effort on your part and continued support and monitoring on your care provider’s part, you are more likely to see results from a medically supervised weight loss program than if you attempt to go it alone in your weight loss journey.

Other Options For Losing Weight The Healthy Way

If you don’t feel that you need a weight management plan but still want to make changes in your life to lose weight,

Many people have success with:

  • Making healthier food choices
  • Cutting out sugar
  • Exercising more often

But part of the struggle many people face with losing weight is committing to the necessary lifestyle and behavior changes. Consider reaching out to one of our nutrition coaches at Essential Health & Wellness to get started on this part of your journey.

Learn More About EHW Weight Management

At Essential Health & Wellness, we are committed to building relationships with all of our patients and helping them reach optimum health.

Our medically supervised weight management program allows us to work with people who are unhappy with their weight or are at an unhealthy or unsafe weight and get them on the right path to wellness.

We help you make necessary behavioral and lifestyle changes, and we coach you every step of the way. We believe that people deserve a personalized solution to their problems, and our care providers deliver the plans and the access needed to solve them.

If you would like to learn more about Essential Health & Wellness’ weight management program, contact us today.

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The Essential Health and Wellness Team

Written by The Essential Health and Wellness Team

As integrative and functional medicine providers, the Essential Health & Wellness team will always take a personalized approach to your care. Our board-certified physicians and advanced care practitioners believe in treating people, not symptoms, and place wellness and prevention at the forefront of our practice.

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