What measurement defines obesity?
Typically, obesity is measured based on body mass index (BMI). Your BMI takes both your height and your weight into account to generate a single number. Although BMI can be deceptive in patients with significant muscle mass, for example, athletes, it’s usually a reliable way to determine whether you’re at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.
Even if you’re overweight rather than obese according to your BMI, you may still benefit from a medically supervised weight-loss program.
How does the medical weight-loss program work?
The medical weight-loss program at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City is tailored for each patient. Your care providers consider your weight-loss goals, your current health, your medical history, and your specific needs to design a health plan that will work for you.
Most weight-loss programs include a controlled-portion eating plan that includes a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Of course, regular exercise as recommended by your care provider can also be very beneficial in losing the extra weight.
Generally, you’ll check in with your care providers regularly, anywhere from once a week to monthly, for weigh-ins, guidance, and support.
How can I speed up my weight loss?
There are a few ways that you can speed up your weight loss with your care provider’s help. Medication like appetite suppressants can be helpful if you’re a good candidate. If you qualify for weight-loss medication, your doctor at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City will monitor you closely to make sure that you’re healthy and successful in your weight loss.
Another option for faster weight loss is infusion therapy. With short in-office infusion visits, you can get large doses of vitamin B12 and other natural weight-loss boosters. Many patients also enjoy extra energy with infusion therapy.
Obesity is a battle that you don’t have to fight by yourself, so reach out to the friendly experts at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City online or by phone for help now.