Any weight loss program that involves medical supervision can be considered physician-assisted. With aggressive treatments for morbid obesity, such as very-low-calorie diets or bariatric surgery, there may be health risks associated with rapid weight loss. Increased medical monitoring by your doctor is crucial to avoid complications, such as strain on your heart or other organs, or nutritional insufficiencies due to your changing diet.
Some weight loss clinics focus on selling prepackaged foods and meal replacements. While these can be convenient and effective, a structured meal plan alone won’t address all aspects of your weight loss efforts.
The team at Suburban Healthcare Associates takes a wide-ranging, comprehensive approach to supervised weight loss, using nutrition, lab testing, appetite-suppressing medications, exercise, and behavior modification. Other monitoring or assistance can be provided, based on the issues and health conditions that are unique to you.
The math behind weight loss seems simple: Eat fewer calories than you burn, and pounds will fall off. However, a calorie-controlled diet isn’t the only strategy needed for successful weight loss, partly because the body adapts to lower calorie levels.
For a large part of human history, a steady food supply wasn’t part of everyday life. Hunting and growing cycles led to times of feast and famine. When food supplies were bountiful, extra calories were stored as fat, so that the body had resources during times when food was scarce.
When you’re trying to lose weight, and calories burned exceed calories eaten, your body adapts to famine conditions. The metabolism slows, and cravings may become urgent.
The classic combination of diet and exercise is well-founded, since forcing your body to burn more calories through exercise counters the natural slowing of metabolism that your body creates. Behavior modification that replaces high-calorie, low-nutrition eating habits with whole, nutritious foods also helps, since your body gets more of the essential nutrients it needs for good health, without the excess calorie load.
Adding prescription medication to assist with weight loss is an option for some people, and it’s a topic you can discuss with your Suburban Healthcare Associates medical professional.