Medical Weight Loss
It’s no surprise that most weight-management efforts fail. Despite your best efforts to lose weight and keep it off, the odds of success are often against you.
For example, our metabolism rates slow down naturally as we age, making it hard to efficiently process the calories we consume. Weight gain can also be a side effect of many different medical conditions and medications, which can make any efforts to exercise more and eat less seem futile.
If you’ve experienced difficulty losing weight, physician-supervised medical weight loss may be the answer. At DFW Anti-Aging and Wellness Centers in Denton and Frisco, Texas, we understand how difficult losing weight can be – and how important it is to your health.
How Weight Loss Improves Your Health
Being obese, or having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, can increase your risk of developing many serious health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High LDL cholesterol
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High levels of triglycerides (dyslipidemia)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
- Mental illness (depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning
Tips for Your Weight-Loss Journey
When we have to lose weight, our normal daily eating habits need to be adjusted. The following are the first things that need to change in the way we eat in order to lose weight and keep it off:
Following a healthy diet is about eating in a way that reduces your risk of disease, improves your physical and mental health, and helps you control your weight in the process.
There is no one-size-fits-all healthy diet. Each of us has different needs and preferences that should be reflected in the foods we eat. If we feel like we’re being forced to eat something because it’s good for us, we’re likely to fall back to our old eating habits because we’re simply not enjoying eating.
Balanced Food Choices
Our nutrients should come from a wide variety of food sources. Determining the best way to include them in your diet is a matter of understanding the various types of food and choosing wisely.
- Protein. This nutrient helps us build and maintain muscle mass, and can be used for fuel. The healthiest protein sources include fish, chicken, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy products.
- Fiber. This nutrient is crucial to proper digestion and elimination. Excellent fiber sources are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Healthy fats. We need fat in moderation to support many bodily functions, like the absorption of certain vitamins. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the healthiest varieties, and they are found in fish, olive oil, poultry, and nuts.
- Vitamins and minerals. From vitamin A to zinc, we need many different vitamins and minerals in order to function normally and efficiently. Vitamins and minerals can be found in fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products.
How much we eat is just as important as what we eat. Eating too little of certain nutrients can leave us malnourished, while eating too much can set us up for weight gain and health problems.
Eating too much or too little of certain types of food can cause us to miss out on important nutrients. Eating proper portions involves listening to your body and planning the amount of each food you eat.
How Medical Weight Loss Works
Our goal is to improve your health and wellness with a weight-management plan that’s right for you. Participating in our medical weight loss program ensures, above all, that your treatment plan is safe and effective based on your unique medical needs.
A body fat composition analysis helps us tailor your dietary recommendations based on your specific requirements. Nutritional counseling and motivational support from our friendly and accessible staff are here for you to help you keep the pounds off.
We also offer:
- HCG protocol. This is a combination of a low-calorie diet and injections of fat-burning human chorionic gonadotropic (HCG) hormone. This hormone is responsible for increasing metabolism in pregnant women, and it is believed to do the same for patients who are attempting to lose weight. Its use was first proposed by British physician Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons in 1954.
- Slim shots. These B-12 lipotropic injections are used to boost your weight-loss efforts. They include nutrients that increase energy levels and help you metabolize fat.
- Prescription appetite suppressants. There are a variety of medications approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for weight loss. These can quell hunger pangs to help make sticking to your diet easier.
Individual weight-loss results will vary, although most patients can expect to lose between 12 and 24 pounds within six weeks.
Medical Weight Loss Doctor in Denton and Frisco, TX
Tired of yo-yo dieting? Get the professional medical weight loss help you need at DFW Anti-Aging and Wellness Centers. Call (469) 389-5251 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rani Anbarasu, or use our convenient appointment request form.