What Makes Medical Weight Loss Different?

Obesity has grown to almost epidemic proportions in the United States, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says about 40% of U.S. adults meet the criteria for obesity. Another 31% are overweight. Taken together, that’s nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults who are carrying around excess weight — and significantly increased risks of serious medical and health problems. Even being a few pounds overweight can increase your risks for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Carrying around extra pounds can also increase your risks of developing type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hormonal imbalances, kidney disease and even some types of cancer.

Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to gain weight than it is to lose it for most people, and that means shedding excess pounds — and the health risks that go with them — can be really difficult. Today, there are literally hundreds of diets claiming to help people just like you lose weight and keep it off. But the fact is, many people who diet wind up failing — either they don’t lose the amount of weight they need to lose to enjoy better health, or they lose weight, only to gain it back a little while later. Failed diets are bad in two ways: First, they don’t help us lose weight and keep it off; and second, they make us feel like failures, too. After multiple failed attempts at dieting to lose weight, many people simply give up and figure they just aren’t able to lose weight after all.

At NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center, we understand the tremendous benefits of losing excess weight — and we also understand the feelings of discouragement that go hand-in-hand with failed dieting attempts. For our patients, we offer custom medical weight-loss plans based on every patient’s unique medical needs, health profile and lifestyle factors, so they’re set up to succeed right from the start. Here’s how it works.

Medical weight loss vs. dieting: Understanding the benefits

One of the biggest reasons why commercial and do-it-yourself diet plans fail is because they’re focused on the eating plan first instead of being focused on the individual’s needs. Commercial diet plans are designed to suit the masses; most diet plans focus solely on reducing calories based on the understanding that the fewer calories we consume, the more likely we are to lose weight. And from a very basic and rudimentary standpoint, that’s correct. But as it turns out, that’s just one part of losing weight — a very small part.

Most of us gain weight for different reasons; while eating too many calories certainly plays a role, the way we metabolize (or use) our food is another factor; so is our lifestyle. And some of us may have nutritional deficiencies or other health issues preventing us from losing weight and keeping it off. To be really successful, then, a diet plan has to address all these issues on a case-by-case basis — and that’s just not possible with commercial diet plans that are designed for the public at large.

Reach your goals with a medical weight-loss plan

The individualized, custom approach is one of the main differences between a medical weight-loss pan and a commercial or DIY diet. In medical weight loss, your healthy eating plan begins with a thorough medical assessment, typically including lab tests and a nutritional analysis as well. That information provides the basis for your eating plan. These initial tests are critically important to your weight-loss success. In fact, they can identify some of the most common reasons why you overeat or why diets have failed in the past.

For instance, even if you think you’re eating a healthy diet, you may have an underlying nutritional deficiency or a health problem that interferes with your metabolism. In either of these cases, you might wind up binge-eating to satisfy cravings, which are simply your body’s way of trying to make up for those deficiencies. Other people may come to rely on meal replacements when losing weight, only to find they gain all the weight back when they return to a normal eating plan. A medical weight-loss plan addresses all these issues, and what’s more, you’ll receive guidance and support, as well as periodic testing, throughout your weight-loss journey to ensure your plan stays on track with your health needs and your lifestyle.

Being overweight can wreak havoc with your self-confidence and self-esteem, and it can pose some serious threats to your health and well-being as well. If you're ready to shed those excess pounds for good, the team at NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center is ready to help. To get started on your health future, book an appointment online today.

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