What is Medical Weight Loss?

Dr Jennifer Schmidt

Dr Jennifer Schmidt

So, what is medical weight loss? Before discussing what it is, it probably makes sense to start with what it is not. Medical weight loss is not just surgery or diet pills. Those are a cop-out and a last-ditch option. It is physician-directed weight management based on medical scientific principles that target the root causes of obesity and weight gain to achieve and sustain a healthy weight in the long-term. Surgery is a last-ditch effort, we do all we can to help you lose weight naturally and healthily. *Results may vary

How Medical Weight Loss is Different

The tools that medical weight loss physicians use to help you manage your weight are very different from what you find with commercial programs. First, medical weight loss doctors use your metabolism and body composition (mainly fat percentage) as true indicators of weight loss progress. Not just rough visuals or something that fluctuates as much as your weight can. Second, they can prescribe safe, low-calorie diets that are specifically designed to help you lose weight while breaking the cycle of food addiction. And should you choose so and need it, your doctor can also prescribe an appetite suppressant for you. Finally, medical weight loss doctors have the ability to view your weight loss and maintenance within the context of your total health profile. If you have a condition that requires medication that may be interfering with your weight loss efforts, your medical weight loss doctor can consult with your primary care physician to prescribe a safe, effective alternative to lift those barriers.


Who Can Medical Weight Loss Benefit?

Medical weight loss is designed to help any individual with his or her specific weight loss goals, whether to lose 100 pounds or just those last stubborn ten pounds that seem to be stuck on you. Everyone is different when it comes to weight loss, but medical weight loss can be used to treat everyone. Everyone CAN lose weight, it’s just a matter of how bad you want it. It’s just harder for some people to lose weight than others, and that’s an unfortunate fact of life. You may have to work harder, but with the right mindset and us in your corner, you can start losing that extra weight today! Medical weight loss is great because yes weight loss has so many nuances, but following a general set of scientifically supported rules will give you the best chance at success.

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