Here's How Your Doctor Can Help You Lose Weight

If you’re overweight or obese, you’re not alone. Almost 72% of the population of the United States carries too many pounds. Excess weight isn’t just about looking good in a swimsuit or sliding into a pair of skinny jeans; it’s a matter of health and quality of life.

When you’re overweight, your risk of chronic, debilitating health conditions greatly increases. By losing weight, you reduce your risk of issues such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, fertility complications, and certain types of cancer.

Although magazines and infomercials make it seem easy to lose weight, it’s not. Diet and nutrition information is confusing, and a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss is truly ineffective for many people.

A medically supervised weight-loss program helps you with accountability. A doctor can simultaneously identify and manage underlying conditions that are contributing to or causing your weight problem. A medical program also navigates the vast array of nutrition and diet advice to boost your efforts to drop pounds. 

At Washington Healthcare Center, we’re ready to offer customized weight-loss plans so you get to a healthy size once and for all. Read on to learn how our doctors can help you lose weight.

Getting started

First things first: At Washington Healthcare Center, we look for underlying issues that may be getting in the way of your weight-loss success. Any weight-loss program that our doctors oversee first involves a comprehensive health screening that includes a physical exam, body composition check, and blood tests to evaluate your health. 

The information that we glean from this exam helps us develop a customized diet and exercise plan for your weight-loss goals.

Take into account your weight-loss history

A weight-loss program at Washington Healthcare Center also includes a thorough consultation during which we consider your medical history and seek to understand your weight-loss history. We look at whether you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and how those efforts worked (or didn’t work) for you.

We also look at your current habits and lifestyle. This includes what you eat, your job, your daily activity level, and your stress levels. A doctor is best able to help you lose weight by understanding you, your life, and your challenges.

Accountability to stay on track

The team at Washington Healthcare Center gives you customized recommendations about diet and exercise that fit your goals, health needs, and lifestyle. We’re here for you every step of the way, too.

You have regular appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress. As you hit roadblocks or setbacks, we make adjustments to your program to ensure it’s still working for you. Regular appointments also help you stay motivated and dedicated to your weight-loss plan.

Treatment of underlying conditions

If you have conditions associated with being overweight, such as a low-functioning thyroid or glucose issues, we can help. Much of the time, your inability to lose weight isn’t a matter of failing willpower, but of physiology. Our doctors identify these potential weight-loss obstacles and treat them so your efforts to diet and move more actually work.

If you should have a condition aggravated by being overweight or obese, such as hypertension, we can help you manage it as you lose weight. Often, losing weight helps reduce the severity of health issues, including Type 2 diabetes and arthritis. But until you lose the extra pounds, you need relief from chronic issues. That’s where we come in. When you’re in less pain and discomfort, it’s easier to focus on your weight-loss efforts.

Fine-tune weight loss

Once you achieve a normal weight, you may still have stubborn areas that refuse to shrink. The team at Washington Healthcare Center offer WarmSculpting™ by SculpSure® noninvasive laser treatments to destroy fat cells and contour your physique. WarmSculpting treatment isn’t a comprehensive weight-loss plan, but it fine-tunes your physique so you’re satisfied with your results for the long term.

Members of the Pasadena community who’re struggling with weight loss can reach out to us at Washington Healthcare Center for help. Call our office or schedule an appointment using this website to learn about how our doctors’ support can help you.

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