You’ve finally decided you want to shed those extra pounds, and you’re looking for a weight loss program to get you started. From Apps to YouTube channels to fitness gurus, the choices are endless. Most of these programs will advise you to check with your physician before getting started, although people rarely do.
Keep in mind no weight loss program is one-size-fits-all. Trying to navigate fad diets and weight loss apps can be frustrating and discouraging, not to mention dangerous if you have underlying health issues.
Top Reasons to Consult with a Weight Loss Doctor:
You have tried to lose weight and have not achieved your desired results.
Trying to shed pounds on your own can be lonely and frustrating. It is easy to cheat here and there without even knowing you are doing it, sabotaging your progress, and leaving you frustrated. Or perhaps you have achieved your weight loss goals, only to gain it all back.
A weight loss doctor considers your entire physical and emotional state and customizes your weight loss program, setting attainable goals and providing the tools to achieve them.
You have no appetite control.
Lack of appetite control can be the result of depression or emotional eating. However, it can also be a symptom of a vitamin or mineral deficiency or even an undiagnosed medical condition. A weight loss doctor can determine the root cause of such issues and recommend the best course of action.
You have an underlying health condition.
Health conditions such as diabetes or thyroid issues require care and monitoring before you embark on a weight loss regimen and should be checked regularly throughout your treatment. We encourage our new clients to have complete a lab screening.
You have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 30.0.
Your Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a metric that doctors use to determine if your body is at its optimal weight range. The BMI categories are as follows:
- Underweight: <18.5
- Normal: 18.5–24.9
- Overweight: 25–29.9
- Obese: BMI of 30 or higher
A Body Mass Index of 30 or higher is classified as obese. People whose BMI falls within this range are at a higher risk for serious health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. At MediPlan Diet Services, we will perform a Body Mass Index analysis to assess any risk associated with your current weight. Our weight-loss specialists will also complete an ECG screening to gauge your heart health.
You are considering a more drastic approach, such as surgery or medication.
Before undertaking any invasive measure, consult with one of our weight loss doctors! Our primary focus is your health and safety. Our medical team will supervise all prescribed medication if this approach has been deemed necessary. We will tailor a program especially for you, helping make requisite lifestyle changes to achieve your weight loss goals.
Your health is too important to put on hold. Call MediPlan Diet Services at 901-362-7546 to schedule your consultation today!