Should a Doctor Monitor My Weight Loss?
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If you have tried countless times and ways to lose weight, only to find yourself back at square one just a few months later, you are not alone.
Losing weight is not an easy task, and many people struggle to shed those stubborn pounds due to hidden factors that they might not be aware of. This is where it can be extremely beneficial to have a doctor or dietitian monitor your weight-loss program and take the guesswork out of the equation.
What About Weight-Loss Apps?
There is a plethora of weight loss and diet apps out there. Some help you calculate the calories and macros in the foods you consume. Some help you time your meals, and some encourage you to exercise or drink more water.
While these can be helpful tools, they might not be getting to the heart of the matter.
What is the real reason behind your weight gain? Is there a medical issue preventing you from losing weight?
These factors can only be determined by a doctor.
Does Meal Planning Work?
This is a loaded question because it depends on the user. Each person will differ in their body’s response and tolerance to certain foods. There are also so many dietary protocols out there these days, so it can be tricky to know what will work for you specifically.
There is no one size fits all approach, which is why meal planning should be done by a professional who understands the nuances behind nutrition and weight loss mechanisms and can adjust your meals as required during the program.
Sand Institute offers many diet-related tools and programs to help you start your weight-loss journey.
Some of these include:
- Caloric restriction techniques and practices
- Intermittent fasting techniques
- Fasting mimicking diet (FMD) techniques
These diet programs have been shown to help patients lose weight and improve their overall health by reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.
How Can a Doctor Help Me Lose Weight Effectively?
Accountability is the one missing aspect when trying to lose weight on your own. Without someone to guide you, help answer questions and provide you with medically proven information, losing weight can be like a shot in the dark.
Consulting with a doctor or dietitian who specializes in weight loss will give you the customized plan you need. They will assess your individual situation, find any underlying causes of weight gain, and determine the best way to proceed.
They will track your progress and hold you accountable by giving you specific meals, exercises, meal replacement options, such as OPTIFAST®, and sometimes FDA-approved weight-loss medication to help with appetite control.
A doctor can also determine whether or not you are a candidate for surgical interventions, such as bariatric surgery, where there is a lot of weight to lose or where the weight is causing other complications.
Ready to Start a Weight-Loss Program?
To find out more about effective weight-loss programs designed by professional doctors to suit your individual requirements, book a consultation online or call (310) 441-2263 (Westwood) or (562) 297-4068 (Paramount).