When it comes to losing weight, the path to success can be a bumpy one. Some diets help you shed excess pounds quickly, but the moment you get off track, all the weight comes back – plus some. This leads you to try another diet and the cycle repeats itself. The pattern of losing weight and gaining it back again is referred to as yo-yo dieting, and it’s more than just frustrating. Yo-yo dieting doubles the risk of a heart attack, stroke, and death in individuals who already have heart disease. No matter how many diets you’ve tried and how long you’ve been struggling to lose weight, there’s still hope. The key doesn’t lie in another cleanse or raw vegetable detox, but in a lifestyle change. If you’re serious about turning your health around, medical weight loss may be the solution you’ve been searching for.
What is medical weight loss?
Despite its name, medical weight loss has nothing to do with surgery. It’s a highly personalized weight management program designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals through meal replacement, fitness recommendations, and pharmaceutical tools. With a treatment plan created and monitored by medical professionals, patients are more likely to shed weight and keep it off.
At Sarapy Clinic in La Jolla, Dr. Sarah Ghayouri meets with each patient one-on-one to perform a physical evaluation and review his or her medical history. At this time, we also screen for obesity, metabolic syndrome, and pre-diabetes. Then, based on your risk factors, lifestyle, and any existing medical conditions, Dr. Ghayouri will build an individualized medical weight loss program with your goals in mind.
Burn fat and lose weight with medical weight loss
Anyone with a body mass index (BMI) over 25 is a good candidate for medical weight loss. BMI is a measure of weight proportion to height, and we use this number to determine whether a person is overweight or obese. An individual with a BMI of more than 25 is considered overweight, while a BMI above 30 indicates obesity. Over a third (36.5%) of U.S. adults are obese, and the condition is more prevalent among women than men.
At Sarapy Clinic, reducing BMI for a lower body fat percentage is the cornerstone of our medical weight loss programs. With a combination of diet, exercise, behavior modification, and medication, we can customize a program that targets the root cause of your weight gain. Throughout the program, we’ll track your BMI and make adjustments to ensure consistent progress. With ongoing support from Dr. Ghayouri and our medical staff, you’ll feel empowered to form the new healthy habits required to keep the weight off for good.
Health benefits of medical weight loss
In addition to obesity, our medical weight loss programs can treat metabolic syndrome – a condition that affects more than 3 million Americans. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by specific risk factors, including a large waistline, high triglyceride level, low “good” cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar, that raise your risk for heart disease and other health problems. Medical weight loss aims to both reduce weight and target these individual risk factors.
At Sarapy Clinic, we also use our medical weight loss programs to treat patients with pre-diabetes. With pre-diabetes, a patient has a blood glucose level that is high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Through a combination of Ideal Protein meal replacement products, nutrition counseling, behavioral therapy, personalized fitness advice, and prescription medications, our medical weight loss program aims to bring a pre-diabetic patient’s blood glucose level back down into the normal range and prevent the disease from progressing.
As a result of losing weight, our patients experience a variety of additional health benefits. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll also enjoy:
Increased sex drive
Reduced risk for cancer
Boost in your energy level
Medical weight loss can help you lose weight and keep it off for good!
If you’re tired of yo-yo dieting or if you’ve reached a plateau in your efforts to shed stubborn pounds, it might be time to consider a medical weight loss program. At Sarapy Clinic, Dr. Ghayouri will oversee every aspect of your weight loss journey, offering support and guidance along the way. Call us today at (858) 731-7601 to schedule your medical weight loss consultation and take the first step to a healthier, happier you.