If you are obese or overweight, you may need outside help to achieve healthy weight loss. If so, medical weight loss could be a viable option. Here are some things to consider when deciding to pursue medical weight loss under the supervision of a weight loss doctor:
Medical weight loss isn’t a quick fix: it’s a multifaceted approach. If you participate in a medical weight loss program, you’ll find it unique compared to what you’ve tried in the past. Here’s what you can expect:
Before your first appointment:
- Initial orientation
- Verify medical clearance
- Discuss typical programs
- Set appointment
Every Plan is Different
Other than the plan, most initial appointments have these things in common:
- A weight loss doctor views obesity and excess weight gain as weight conditions. She will treat your weight gain or obesity as she would any other medical condition (not as a personal failure).
- Your doctor starts with a detailed look at your medical history, with focus on the role of diet, exercise, and weight in that history.
- Next, he assesses you for risk factors/health conditions that are either caused by obesity or cause weight gain [i.e. sleep apnea, prediabetes, diabetes, anxiety and depression, thyroid issues, etc].
You’ll discuss any medications you’re taking to see how they might be contributing to unhealthy weight gain (or difficulty losing weight)
- She may suggest replacing some medications with weight-neutral or weight-loss-promoting drugs.
You should know up-front that medical weight loss goes beyond medication. Your program is designed by your doctor, her assistant, and dieticians who work at the medical weight loss center. It’s not uncommon for a psychotherapist to help, since there is a psychological component to most struggles with weight. Although some patients do have meal replacement as part of their plan, many plans work well with a specialized diet in place.
Criteria for Participation
Criteria for participation in a medical weight loss program vary. Patients who have high Body Mass Index (BMI) of upper 20s or higher, and/or have other health problems caused by weight gain (even with a slightly lower BMI) often qualify for a medical weight loss plan.
Every 4-6 weeks. They often include group classes with weight loss center staff. Your doctor will check your weight, waist size, blood pressure and heart rate checked and evaluate your progress.
We love helping our patients reach their healthy weight loss goals. If you’re ready to try medical weight loss, contact us today!