Why Medically-Supervised Weight-Loss Programs are Significantly More Successful Than Going it Alone

With over 90 million Americans struggling with weight-loss and obesity, you’re not alone if you’ve tried to take and keep pounds off without much success. As with any fundamental lifestyle change, the self-discipline necessary to achieve effective and lasting results can be difficult to maintain. Support is crucial to success, whether it’s from friends, co-workers, or family.

Medically supervised weight loss adds support in the form of trained practitioners. Doctors, nurses, and other medically trained caregivers add an informed dimension to the resources available to you.

Your chances of losing weight and, more importantly, keeping it off, are statistically better when you enlist the aid of a practice like Weight Loss and Vitality, specialists in medically supervised weight loss assistance.

Starting the journey

Just as it took time to reach your current body weight, it will take time to find a new, optimal body weight. An important part of the weight loss process is controlling your expectations. There are safe rates of weight loss when you’re self-managing. If your goals are motivated by serious health issues, accelerated weight loss may be important to recover good health.

It’s generally not safe to try to lose more than a pound or two per week when you’re self-managing the process. However, with medical oversight, more aggressive weight loss rates may be possible and safe. When you’re considering rapid weight loss, medical assistance is important to assure your nutritional needs are met and no significant body chemistry changes occur.

Advantages of medical assistance

Assuring that your health is protected during your weight loss journey is only one advantage offered by the team at Weight Loss and Vitality. Under medical supervision, prescription weight-loss medications become an option to help control appetite, feel full, or to block the absorption of fat during digestion.

B12 injections are helpful for patients with a deficiency of the vitamin and may assist energy levels and metabolic rates in some. Treatments based on growth hormones, including medications such as Sermorelin® and Ipamorelin®, may also provide weight loss results for some patients.

Changing your relationship with food is often key, and guided behavior modification techniques are sometimes the most important part of long-term weight maintenance. Effective behavior modification may be difficult to administer without the help of weight loss specialists.

Customized weight loss programs

You’re more likely to benefit from a weight loss program that’s built around you, your lifestyle, body chemistry, caloric requirements, and health conditions. It can be a lot to coordinate, and it’s often here that medical supervision excels. Offloading management of your weight loss plan frees you to concentrate on the tasks of healthy eating and increased activity without having to analyze or question your plan choices.

Weight Loss and Vitality even offers minimally invasive and non-invasive fat removal procedures to fine-tune your body shape as you approach your optimal weight.

Getting started on your medically assisted weight loss plan is as easy as contacting either location by phone or requesting a consultation using the online form. Even with medical assistance, the process starts with you, so call today.

David J. Bauder, PA-C David Bauder, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant and the medical director at Weight Loss and Vitality in Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, DC. He enjoys helping patients optimize their physical and mental health to improve their overall well-being. He earned his physician assistant degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Afterward, he gained admission into the reputable graduate program for physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Health Science Center in Omaha. David has over 25 years of experience working as a physician assistant. He’s practiced in podiatry, family medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, urgent care, and functional medicine.

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