Recent statistics will show, that obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States, affecting 78.6 million people. It’s a leading cause of death and disease, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Obesity is defined as having an excess amount of fat (adipose tissue), well above what is considered a healthy range. A person with a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 30 is considered obese.
There are so many weight loss programs and diet supplements out there, so knowing who to turn to and trust can often be a hard decision to make. People tend to turn to fad diets. These diets are usually for people who want to lose weight quickly. These fad diets are those we see on television commercials, which promise quick weight loss, but often what is being offered are usually unbalanced and unhealthy ways to lose weight. Fad diets usually are done without exercise, and while they claim to make you lose weight, the loss you will see is mostly water weight
To avoid these unsafe methods of weight loss, it is best to consult with a medical professional, and enroll in a medical weight loss program. Medical weight loss programs are always the healthier and smarter way to lose weight and achieve the body that you have always wanted. Medical weight loss is also known as physician-supervised weight loss. Losing weight through medically monitored programs will also ensure that you are exercising properly, and getting the necessary nutrition you need for your body to function properly.
Try not to get overly discouraged, weight loss just based around healthy lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet can often be difficult to achieve, with results not showing as quickly as other crash diets. Therefore, strategies from a weight loss medical doctor and programs with strategy, such as medication, nutrition plans, and a personalized exercise regimen, can be effective and important tools for treating those who need to lose weight the right way. Losing weight using the benefits of a medical weight loss program will lower your risk of being a statistic in the obesity epidemic, and most importantly reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and other life-threatning conditions. You will be on a journey to a completely healthy lifestyle.
Medical weight loss programs get to the root of the problem, and address the psychological problems as well as the physical problems one has with themselves, and food. These programs open the door for behavioral modification along with weekly meetings and weigh-ins, all there to help you maintain a long-term healthy lifestyle. Your weight loss team is your partner on this journey, changing your culture about what is and isn’t healthy, and instilling lasting habits.
To learn more about how a medical weight loss program can help you, call SC Internal Medicine Associates and Rehabilitation at (803) 749-1111 to make an appointment.