Why a Medical Weight Loss Program With Your Family Doctor Is a Good Idea

Nearly half of all American adults are overweight or obese. Today’s busy lifestyles can make it hard to plan healthy meals and exercise regularly, but carrying extra pounds can have a significant impact on your health and overall well-being. Losing weight isn’t easy, but making lifestyle changes that support weight loss can make a big difference for your health.

Your body mass index (BMI) is typically a good indication of your weight and how it affects your health. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 indicates that you’re at a healthy weight, a BMI between 25 and 29.9 indicates that you’re overweight, and a BMI above 30 indicates obesity.

Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for developing many chronic conditions that can harm your quality of life and even take years off your life. Extra weight makes your body work harder and puts increased strain on your heart, organs, and muscles. You’re more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more if you’re overweight.

Rakesh Malik, MD, a primary care doctor at Doctors First, offers effective medical weight loss programs for patients who want to live healthier lives. If you’re overweight or obese and you want to successfully lose weight and enjoy a better quality of life, it’s time to learn more about medical weight loss at Doctors First.

Medical weight loss programs work

Losing weight and keeping it off isn’t easy. If you’ve tried diet and exercise plans but were disappointed with your results, you aren’t alone. Many crash diets and exercise plans don’t work because they aren’t sustainable — and they aren’t customized for you.

Medical weight loss programs support you in all aspects of life, not just diet and exercise. At Doctors First, your weight loss plan can include nutrition, exercise, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, dietary supplements, and more. We evaluate your metabolism and body composition to customize your weight loss plan to fit your needs.

A medical weight loss program often includes weekly support meetings and gives you accountability that boosts weight loss success rates. We provide education on health and wellness, where you can learn how to make healthy choices in your daily life.

Losing weight and keeping it off will improve the way you feel. When you don’t carry extra pounds, your organs and muscles aren’t put under extra stress. Losing just a few pounds can make a significant difference for your heart health. You’ll be able to live a more active lifestyle and enjoy it more.

Medical weight loss gives you personalized support

You’re not alone when you participate in a medical weight loss program. Here at Doctors First, we start with a consultation and discuss your medical history and goals for the program. We set you up for success with a personalized program and the support you need to get results.

Dr. Malik may even recommend one of many FDA-cleared supplements or medications to promote additional weight loss. These supplements curb your appetite, and along with recommended changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle, they can help you lose up to 9% more weight.

Once you reach your goal weight, we offer ongoing weight management services. Weight maintenance helps you stay accountable and maintain your new healthy lifestyle. Consistent monthly or quarterly appointments can help you keep the extra weight off and continue making the best choices for your health.

Dr. Malik is a caring family physician who understands that life gets busy and losing weight is hard. Doctors First offers complete primary care services, including geriatrics care, to help you live your best life. Call our office or request your first appointment online today to start your weight loss journey.

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