If you Google the words “weight loss,” you’ll encounter a whopping 280 million search results, the majority of which offer some gimmick or diet to help you shed those extra pounds. In reality, weight loss is not rocket science, but to do it right, it helps to have an expert in your corner. At Austin Medical Group, the healthcare professionals customize plans that deliver long-term results for people in Austin, Texas. If you want to lose weight, and then keep it off, call to learn more about medical weight loss. Or, try the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Weight Loss Q & A
Am I overweight?
One of the first tools to use in figuring out where your weight falls is the body mass index (or BMI), calculator. While imperfect, this simple tool generates a number based on the ratio of your height and weight. Here’s how the numbers break out:
- Less than 18.5: Underweight
- 18.5-24.9: Normal weight
- 25-29.9: Overweight
- Over 30: Obese
Again, your BMI is merely a starting point and doesn’t consider factors like bone density or muscle mass.
Why do I need to lose weight?
Approximately two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese, and this number is having a widespread effect on the overall health of the US population.
Extra weight and obesity are tied to an incredible number of medical conditions, many of which can be life-threatening. Some of the more common health issues that are connected to carrying extra pounds include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain cancers
- Sleep apnea
- Liver and kidney disease
- Pregnancy problems
Whether your weight directly causes a medical problem or exacerbates an existing one, there’s no denying that carrying too much weight is simply bad for your health.
How is medical weight loss different?
All too often, people fall prey to diets that promise quick results. Even if you lose the weight, you put it back on, plus more, in short order. These diets are generally not designed for long-term weight loss, which is where your doctor at Austin Medical Group can help.
After reviewing your health, your medical history, your lifestyle, and your body structure, your doctor comes up with a plan that works best for your unique situation. Typically, your doctor recommends a multipronged approach that includes:
- Prescription medications, if necessary
- Nutritional counseling
- Lifestyle recommendations
- Surgery, in extreme cases
Your doctor monitors you throughout, making tweaks where necessary for maximum results.
When can I expect results?
The idea behind effective and long-term weight loss is that you lose weight gradually, allowing your body and its systems to recalibrate accordingly. By working with your body, rather than against it as many fad diets do, your body will reward you with long-lasting results.
So, the answer to this question depends entirely upon your situation, your treatment plan, and your willingness to make a permanent change in your health habits.
To get expert guidance on your weight loss, call Austin Medical Group, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.