Why Should I Seek Medical Weight Loss?

Obesity impacts men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Today, more than 2 in 3 adults are considered overweight or obese. If you’ve tried everything to slim down and haven’t had success, there is hope. Medical weight loss programs offer the benefit of doctor supervision and can provide lasting results. We’d like you to know why medical weight loss might be the right choice for you.

It works

At Milani MedSpa, we help men and women look and feel their best and improve their wellness. We can help you lose weight and learn how to keep it off. If you’re overweight, a major reason to consider medical weight loss is that it works.

People who work with health professionals lose more weight and keep it off longer than those who don’t.

You’ve tried to lose weight on your own

The cards are stacked against you when it comes to losing weight on your own. Losing weight is difficult on its own and even more challenging without the knowledge and expertise of a professional specially trained in weight management.

If you’ve tried to lose weight on your own without much success, we can help. The truth is, statistics show that people who manage to lose weight on their own gain it back, and then some. Losing weight and keeping it off is hard. Medical weight loss can help you tilt the scales in your favor.

You have health conditions impacted by weight

Carrying excess weight can wreak havoc on your health. Overweight and obesity increase the risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. If you have any of these conditions, medical weight loss can help you better manage your condition, feel better, and live longer.

The team at Milani MedSpa can carefully monitor your health conditions and guide you through safe and effective weight loss. Losing even a modest amount of weight is shown to significantly improve weight-related conditions, making weight loss crucial.

There’s no guesswork

Trying to lose weight on your own involves a lot of guesswork, putting you at a disadvantage from the start. When you start your weight loss journey with at Milani MedSpa, we take the guesswork out of the process.

We use proven approaches to weight loss, tailored to your needs so that you lose weight quickly and safely. The results of a body composition assessment and relevant medical tests provide a framework for your weight loss plan.

With a detailed medical history, we’ll have a clear picture of how to best address your individual needs and help you reach your weight loss and aesthetic goals.

No substitute for professional support

Counting points and using mobile devices to track calories is no substitution for the benefits of professional support. With guidance from health professionals, you’re never alone on your weight loss journey. This key component ensures that you receive answers to questions that come up and dietary counseling that keeps you on track, helps you lose weight, and keep it off.

We may suggest changes if you hit a plateau or are struggling with any of the components of the program. Knowing that you have a medical professional in your corner every step of the way can make all the difference.

You get the right tools

Choosing a medical weight loss plan means you’ll get the right tools to help you overcome obstacles to weight loss. Our team can prescribe FDA-approved weight loss aids, such as medication to control your appetite and to stick to a healthy meal plan. It’s difficult to lose weight without access to the right tools.

Weight loss is about more than calories, it involves the right support and resources to achieve lasting results. If you’re ready to shed pounds and keep them off, then you’re ready for our medical weight loss program. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call our Vienna, Virginia clinic. Save time with our online scheduling tool and book your appointment today.

Guide for the Perplexed: Calories, Exercise and Successful Weight Management

In the previous piece I outlined what I have found to be useful for our patients as they embark on a weight loss plan and has allowed long term and sustained weight maintenance. The real good news is that everyone who wants to lose weight can do so with some help. Amazing tools are available now in terms of Applications, exercise programs and medically managed diet plans that have a strong track record in both safety and success. In this article I want to address the medical management of obesity.

The critical element here is calorie restriction. The diet is the most difficult part of weight management. Weight management is essentially a calorie consumed vs. calorie expenditure balance. A strict diet helps tilt the balance towards weight loss. This is the most difficult but given medical tools available it is actually much easier than one may think. In general, any medically managed program should provide an additional 4-5 Lb. of weight loss per month. The pitfall here is not the first 10 Lb. but it is how to sustain the weight management over the next 12 months, and how to avoid a “yo-yo” diet. After the first successful period of weight loss the body reacts in a number of ways and metabolism actually slows down. The body produces a hormone called Ghrelin which increases appetite to negate any weight loss to restore the original (non-desired) weight. After a 20 Lb. loss Ghrelin increases by about 30% creating a ravenous appetite that will quickly force one to regain the weight back, negating any success. This can last up to a year. Patients and physicians struggle with this issue and patients lose momentum and become discouraged when any success is reversed despite their best effort.

The really good news is that the correct use of medications can really enhance the original weight loss, and counter the body’s attempts to reverse the weight loss. There are amazing medications available, all FDA approved with an excellent track record in our medically supervised weight management program. Weight loss medications need to be highly personalized and there are no “cookie-cutter” approaches or shortcuts.

In the next installment of the series I will explore the types of medications available and how to navigate the terrain of weight loss medications.

Kavian S. Milani M.D

Virginia Family Medicine

Fairfax, VA

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