Weight Loss

Doctors First

Internists located in Gaithersburg, MD & Germantown, MD

Has your weight been creeping higher, and have those extra pounds kept you from the quality of life you desire? Dr. Rakesh Malik and the team of physician assistants at Doctors First offer effective medically supervised weight loss programs at clinics in Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland. To get started with your individualized plan, call now or book a consultation online.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why am I having trouble losing weight?

If you’ve tried diet and exercise but can’t lose weight, you’re not alone. There are many factors at play that may be preventing you from getting results. Some common issues are:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Food sensitivities
  • Unhealthy food choices
  • Gut bacteria
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Hormone irregularities
  • Slow metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Lack of proper sleep
  • Medications

Should I see a doctor to help with weight loss?

When you struggle to lose weight despite your best efforts, medically supervised weight loss can help. At Doctors First, your healthcare team customizes a comprehensive weight loss program just for you.

Individual results vary, but most men and women lose 20 or 30 pounds within the first couple of months. Your plan includes education, support, and tools to help you map out your weight loss and maintain your results once you reach your preferred weight.

What is included in a medically supervised weight loss program?

You’ll begin with a one-on-one consultation in either of the Doctors First locations to discuss your medical history and health goals. Weight loss programs are highly individualized.

Your comprehensive program will incorporate some or all of the following:

  • Body composition measurements and analysis
  • EKG testing
  • Full metabolic panel
  • Custom nutrition plan
  • Health and wellness education
  • Appetite-suppressing medications
  • Weekly support, encouragement, and accountability
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Injections for enhanced energy

When you’ve completed your program and begin weight maintenance, you can opt to do further testing and take part in a hormone balancing protocol. The supportive team at Doctors First recommends consistent monthly or quarterly follow-up appointments to keep track of your weight and overall health.

Does weight loss medication really work?

In conjunction with lifestyle changes and the improvements you make during your program, weight loss medications can enhance your efforts. Studies show that men and women who use medications during a supervised weight loss program lose up to 9% more weight than those on a program without medication.

Dr. Malik may prescribe appetite-suppressing medications to help you get to a healthy weight. Many FDA-cleared weight loss supplements and medications may be right for you, including:

  • Liraglutide
  • Phentermine-topiramate
  • Diethylpropion
  • Benzphetamine
  • Naltrexone-bupropion
  • Orlistat
  • Lorcaserin

Ready to get rid of the extra weight that’s holding you back? Call Doctors First or book your appointment online.