A medical weight loss plan is one that the physician closely supervises. This type of weight loss plan is designed to give even people who have often failed at weight loss a chance to get healthy at last. Medical weight loss programs are quite different from most diets because they are custom designed and draw on the physician's considerable experience and knowledge. Many people who have been frustrated with fad diets or miracle diets in the past finally find weight loss success with a medical weight loss program. The medical weight loss program is focused on helping the patient learn to make the lifestyle changes they need for true success.
Patient evaluation is an essential part of a medical weight loss program. First, the doctor will ask the patient for a medical history. This medical history allows the doctor to identify contributing factors to the excess weight, and it allows for better customization of the diet plan since other medical conditions can be taken into account. The doctor will generally perform a body composition analysis. This evaluation will indicate the proportions of fat, muscle, and water in the body. A Body Mass Index measurement will reveal where the patient is in terms of needing to lose weight.
A big part of a medical weight loss plan is teaching the patient how to think and eat differently. The doctor will discuss important nutrition concepts and explain how they can be applied to everyday life. The doctor can also give guidelines for daily caloric intake, fat intake, salt intake, and other important barometers. Some patients may also qualify for prescription appetite suppressants if they are needed.
At Internal Medicine & Family Practice, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.