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Why Medically Supervised Weight Loss is More Effective

Medically-supervised weight loss programs are more successful than DIY.

Reaching a healthy body weight can be a challenging process lined with pitfalls and setbacks. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that men and women tend to be far more successful at losing weight when they have help from an expert.

A medically supervised weight loss program takes a comprehensive approach to dropping excess fat, providing the resources and support you need to reach your goal in a way that’s safe, comfortable, and efficient. Unlike fad diets and other untenable weight loss plans, it also gives you the specific tools you need to maintain your results for the rest of your life.

In this blog, Dareld Morris II, DO, at Morris Medical Center explores what makes a medically supervised weight loss plan one of the smartest and most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off.

Medically supervised weight loss is targeted

A medically supervised weight loss plan combines detailed information about your medical history, current health, and lifestyle with proven, sustainable weight loss strategies to help you shed pounds safely and effectively.    

To start, your provider will give you a thorough physical exam. Then he’ll review your personal and family medical history, discuss any health concerns you may have, and consider habits or lifestyle choices that may adversely influence your body weight.

After identifying any medical concerns and determining your goal weight, your provider will help you identify any habits or lifestyle factors that may inhibit weight loss. Then, he’ll work with you to create a feasible, medically appropriate plan to get you to your goal.

Depending on your needs, your program may also include prescription appetite-control medication to help you jumpstart your weight loss effort.  

Medically supervised weight loss is efficient

Have you ever wondered why many diet plans often lead to short-lived weight loss? It’s because many methods promote water and muscle loss over fat loss, making it more likely you’ll eventually regain any weight you’ve lost, usually in the form of increased body fat.   

To make sure the weight you lose is fat, it’s important to do three things: Eat a balanced diet, burn excess calories, and take steps to build up your lean body tissues.   

The ideal weight loss plan supplies enough calories and nutrients to fulfill your body’s needs. This includes eating the right amount of protein to ensure the weight loss process doesn’t prompt your body to break down your muscles to get the protein it needs.

The ideal exercise program combines cardio and resistance training to help you build lean muscle mass and body burn fat more efficiently.

Medically supervised weight loss is sustainable

During your initial weight loss phase, your health specialist will provide ongoing encouragement, monitor your progress, and make any necessary adjustments to keep you on track.   

Once you’ve reached your target weight, your provider will help you maintain your results by modifying your exercise program, adjusting your diet, and weaning you off any appetite-suppressing medications.

While most people love the way they look once they reach their weight loss goal, it’s the way they feel — lighter, fitter, stronger, healthier, and in control — that often drives them to keep making the same wholesome lifestyle choices as time goes by.  

Here at Morris Medical Center, we know what it takes to lose weight. We’ve helped many men and women meet their weight loss goals safely, efficiently, and effectively.

To learn more about our medically supervised weight loss program, book an appointment online or over the phone with Morris Medical Center today.

Dr. Dareld Morris

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