Medical weight loss is a program that allows individuals to lose weight under medical supervision. It is the proactive management of fitness, diet and healthy behaviors of a person by a physician.
There are people who need some form of medical intervention in order to lose weight without having to change their diet, engage in an exercise routine or change their lifestyle.
There are however situations where the medical intervention would require the individuals to undergo the same lifestyle changes.
This method of weight loss has recorded more success than most self-managed weight loss programs even though the change of lifestyle is at the heart of each process.
Components of Medical Weight Loss
Interest and Desire: A successful medical weight loss problem is not one that possesses all the most-proactive nutritionists, physical trainers and supervisors only. While these are all important, if the client or patient’s heart is not in it, then little or nothing can be achieved. The first step is, therefore, a desire and determination to lose weight and lose it the right way.
History: The patient or client’s medical history is important in determining the nature of the weight condition and the treatment procedure.
Nutritional Management: This involves controlling the levels of certain nutrients the body takes in according to its needs, whether as food or drink. It is supervised by experts, usually nutritionists.
Cardiovascular Conditioning, Strength Building and Flexibility Training: Some physical activities are more important than others as regards weight loss, while some still are totally unnecessary. A medical weight loss program identifies the differences and recommends the best at the right time, according to the set goal and body type.
Continuity: A good weight loss program does not only help a client get into shape but teaches them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle that keeps them in shape. Your best interest is our only goal, this is why at Progressive Women's Health, we offer a full package weight loss program that helps you lose weight and remain healthy. We have clinicians who are trained in treating weight conditions, whether caused by medical conditions or bad eating habits.
Causes of Weight Gain
Weight gain is not necessarily caused by overeating or oversleeping. It may be as a result of stress, anxiety and/or depression, diabetes, sleep apnea, prediabetes (low thyroid levels), medication.
This is dependent on the cause of the weight gain, the amount of weight sought to be lost, the body weight of the patient and the patient’s body type.
Treatment ranges from dietary management, exercise routines, psychotherapy, etc.
Who should get into a Medical Weight Loss program?
A healthy body weight has no business here. To qualify for a medical weight loss program and in order to avoid going underweight, a patient must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 in the obese range or a minimum BMI of 27 in addition to one coexisting condition. That is, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
Who should provide Medical Weight Loss services?
Only a board certified bariatrician should provide these services. This is because it goes beyond just losing weight. It involves losing weight healthily and remaining healthy thereafter.