At the start of the new year, many people have weight loss on their minds. In a 2019 survey, nearly half of participants reported wishing to shed excess pounds. That makes sense, given that close to 75% of Americans are overweight. And yet, losing that weight on your own is seldom easy or effective. That’s one reason that appropriate medical support can make all the difference.
Our expert team at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Maryland, provides a variety of treatments to help you lose weight and maintain your results long term. Read on to learn more about medically supported weight loss.
Why weight loss is challenging
For most people, losing excess weight is a lot more complicated than eating less and exercising more. A range of factors make healthy weight loss difficult, including:
- A lack of access to healthy food
- Genetic factors
- Medical conditions, such as thyroid disease
- Difficulty changing long-standing habits
- Being surrounded by people with unhealthy habits
- High levels of stress
- Lack of sleep
In addition, if you’ve attempted to lose weight through intense calorie restriction or fad diets, your metabolism may have slowed down. And the more you “yo-yo” up and down, the more your body may resist weight loss, as it holds onto food for energy you might restrict again.
How medical support can help
When you work with a qualified and compassionate professional, you can rest assured that your weight loss program will address your specific needs. A medical professional can also help by keeping tabs on your overall health and helping you address any challenges that crop up along the way. They can also encourage and help hold you accountable as you work toward your goals.
If you’ve resolved to lose weight, our team at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. can help. The process starts with a physical exam and review of your medical history. Your provider may also take a blood test and check for conditions that can impact body weight, such as sleep apnea, depression, or hypothyroidism. From there, they’ll create a customized weight loss plan.
In addition to diet and exercise recommendations, we may recommend phentermine, a medication that enhances results by increasing your metabolism and energy levels while you lose weight. And once you reach a healthy weight range, we’ll guide you toward lasting maintenance.
To learn more about medically supported weight loss or get the support you need, call our office or request an appointment on our website.