Weight Loss Q & A
Am I a candidate for a medical weight loss program?
If you’re significantly overweight, your risk of developing severe health complications is much higher than average, and you may benefit from a medical weight loss program. The body mass index (BMI) is a tool that assigns you a number based on the ratio of your weight to your height. Calculating your BMI can give you a rough estimate of how overweight you are compared to the general population.
Your BMI will fall into the range of one of these categories:
- 18.5 or below: Underweight
- 18.5-24.9: Normal weight
- 25-29.9: Overweight
- 30 and above: Obese
If your BMI indicates that you are overweight or obese, losing weight now may prevent future medical complications and may improve weight-related conditions that currently affect you.
The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for a medically supervised weight loss program is to schedule a consultation with a caring provider at High Rock Internal Medicine.
What are the health risks associated with being overweight?
The list of weight-related health risks is extensive because carrying excess weight affects all systems of your body. Some of the most common health conditions associated with being overweight include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Several types of cancer
The good news is that losing weight can dramatically improve your health, and reduce or eliminate your risk for many of these dangerous and potentially deadly medical conditions.
What is involved in a medically supervised weight loss program?
If you qualify for a medically supervised weight loss program, your High Rock Internal Medicine provider will create a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your target weight and maintain your results for a lifetime.
Your custom weight loss plan may include:
- Regular office visits and weight check-ins
- One-to-one counseling sessions
- Prescription medications
- Nutrition plans
- Educational resources
- Exercise programs
When you commit to a weight loss program at High Rock Internal Medicine, you will have ongoing access to a range of support services so you can continue to improve your health and vitality and maintain your ideal weight for the rest of your life.
If you’d like to learn more about weight loss at High Rock Internal Medicine, call the office to schedule a consultation or make an appointment online today.