39% of adults in the United States are considered obese. Defined as excessive fat accumulation that raises your risk for health problems, both overweight and obesity are well worth addressing. Because not all weight loss strategies or programs are safe and effective, it’s important to seek support from qualified professionals. That’s where a medical weight loss program can help.
At Arundel Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer medically-supervised weight loss programs for qualifying patients. Read on to learn more about these programs, including when you might want to consider one.
Medical weight loss 101
Safe, healthy weight loss can lower your risk for several serious conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and heart attack while inviting greater vitality, energy levels, and life quality.
But did you know that most restrictive diets fail to produce lasting results and rapid weight loss raises your risk for potentially serious complications? Fortunately, assistance and support from a qualified medical team such as ours can make all the difference.
Because each individual is unique, medical weight loss programs vary in specifics. Your plan will be custom-tailored to your needs, preferences, and overall health. In addition to a healthy lifestyle plan, including dietary and exercise recommendations, your provider might prescribe phentermine, a medication designed to increase your metabolism. Because like all medications, it may cause side effects and isn’t ideal for everyone, medical supervision is very important.
Throughout your program, you’ll meet with your care team, who will track your progress, answer any questions, and help you navigate challenges along the way. This in-person support can help you feel less alone and more motivated throughout your weight loss journey. Your team will also guide you through ways to maintain your results.
Ideal candidates for medical weight loss
You may be a good candidate for medical weight loss if you’ve struggled to lose excess body fat on your own and hold risk factors for related health problems, such as heart disease. Some programs require that you have a body mass index of at least 27, as well as a coexisting condition like diabetes or high cholesterol. If you have a history of mental health issues, such as depression or an eating disorder, you’ll need approval before beginning a weight loss program. Our team would be happy to help ensure that you receive all of the emotional, as well as medical, support you need.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for medical weight loss, call Arundel Medical Group or request an appointment on our website. Our team would love to help you reach your weight management and wellness goals.