There is no one way to go about losing weight, especially since each person is unique in genetics, body composition, behavior and habits, lifestyle, and medical history, which is why weight loss tips you read about in magazines or online are hardly ever going to work, at least not consistently.
If you are trying to lose weight and are not happy with your progress or are just finding it very difficult to reach your weight goals, you could benefit from the services of experts in a medical weight loss center. Unlike commercial weight loss programs, which are generalized, medically-assisted weight loss programs are individualized and have a much higher rate of success.
What is a Medical Weight Loss Center?
A medical weight loss center is a place where people can go to receive medical solutions for weight loss, as well as help and support in their efforts to lose weight. The staff at a medical weight loss center includes a licensed physician and other medical professionals who work together to create individualized plans for each client.
Before recommending a personalized treatment program, the doctor review your medical history, talk about your health goals, and run some tests, which may include a body composition analysis, which is a test that measures the percentage of fat, muscle, and bone in your body.
What Services Are Available at a Medical Weight Loss Center?
Below are the services that may be a part of your comprehensive weight loss program after your initial consultation with a medical doctor for medically-assisted weight loss:
Nutrition Education and Counseling
Nutrition counseling at a weight loss center can help you learn about healthy eating habits and how to make better choices when it comes to the food you eat. The weight loss professionals can teach you about portion sizes, food groups, choosing nutrient-rich foods, and how to prepare low-calorie meals using recipes that are suited for you. They will also teach you how to count calories and monitor your calorie intake, and how to manage your appetite and avoid binge eating.
Supervised Meal Replacement Programs
Meal replacement programs involve replacing all or some of your daily meals with a shake or bar that is high in protein and low in calories. This can help reduce calorie intake, resulting in weight loss. Meal replacements are FDA-approved supplements designed to help you meet your nutritional needs for the day without a lot of calorie intake.
Prescribed Medication to Help You Lose Weight
To jump-start your weight loss journey, you may be prescribed an appetite suppressant. This type of drug can help to reduce hunger and make it easier to stick to a diet plan. As there are potential risks and side effects associated with appetite suppressants, your doctor will monitor you closely for safety and effectiveness.
Medical professionals will provide you guidance on physical activity and exercise, and help you with setting goals and incorporating them into your daily life. They will make sure that the physical activities and exercises are appropriate to your current fitness level.
Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) in Irmo, SC
If you are interested in a medically supervised weight loss program, choose The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL). We offer all the above-mentioned services and more. Since we are medical doctors and professionals, we are able to get to the bottom of what is keeping you from losing weight and maintaining it (which is usually more complex), resulting in greater success from our weight loss programs.
To schedule a consultation for medically-assisted weight loss, call The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) at (803) 724-5185 or use our online appointment request form.