Many people who set out to lose weight are often met with disappointments, setbacks, and struggles. For many people, it can be hard to find a solution that works. This is because losing weight is more complex than counting calories and using will power. And, going it alone can make it all the more difficult.
If you can relate, there’s some good news: Medical weight loss has helped many people get to a healthy weight, and it may just be what you need as well. With medical weight loss, Suresh Malik, MD, of Quality Primary Care in Rockville, Maryland, teaches you how to eat well and exercise, provides weight loss injections if needed, and counsels you on living a healthy lifestyle.
In this blog, Dr. Malik explains why losing weight can be so difficult and how a medical weight loss plan can help you lose the weight and keep it off.
Why weight loss can be so difficult
The problem with trendy diet fads is that they don't take individual factors into account. A plan that may work for one person may not necessarily work for someone else, because losing weight can be affected by a number of factors, such as the following:
- Genetic predisposition
- Medical conditions, such as hypothyroidism
- Psychological factors, such as depression or chronic stress
By not taking factors like these into consideration, mass market plans often don’t work for everyone. However, a medically supervised weight loss plan takes into account the issues you’re facing.
How a medical weight loss plan can help
The goal of a medically supervised weight loss plan is to help you lose weight, keep it off, and live a healthy lifestyle. And to help you do that, Dr. Malik reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam, and designs a treatment plan that addresses all of your individual factors. The following categories form the foundation of our medically supervised weight loss plans:
Dr. Malik uses state-of-the-art testing to evaluate your overall health. The comprehensive testing includes blood work, body composition analysis, and metabolic testing. This approach enables our team to address any underlying health issues that may hinder your ability to lose weight.
Guidance on food
We don’t leave you to do any guesswork. Our program includes personalized nutrition plans designed to meet your unique needs. Dr. Malik will guide you on healthy food choices and portion control. Furthermore, he’ll make sure your plan is not only nutritious, but delicious as well.
Guidance on exercise
Exercise is not only crucial for your overall health, but getting enough physical activity can help increase lean muscle mass and enable your body to burn more calories. Your weight loss program will include a personalized exercise plan that will meet your individual needs and goals.
Guidance on living a healthy lifestyle
Losing weight is also about creating a healthy lifestyle that you can adopt and stick with for the long term. Our team will counsel you on important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle, such as stress management, sleep hygiene, and mindfulness practices.
Weight loss injections
If needed, Dr. Malik may also recommend weight loss injections. These injections can help lower your blood sugar, slow gastric emptying, control your appetite, and reduce cravings. Together, these benefits can help you stick to a healthy, lower-calorie diet that results in weight loss.
There are various weight loss injections available, such as:
- Semaglutide (Wegovy®, Ozempic®)
- Liraglutide (Victoza®, Saxenda®)
- Dulaglutide (Trulicity®)
These medications mimic the effect of a hormone known as glucagon-like peptide 1. When blood sugar levels begin to rise after eating, these medications stimulate the body to produce more insulin. The additional insulin then lowers the blood sugar levels.
In addition, the action of these medications may help to lower cholesterol levels, which can provide some protection against heart disease.
One of the biggest challenges of losing weight is staying motivated and accountable. Our team at Quality Primary Care understands the importance of support, and we provide support and encouragement every step of the way. Your program will include regular check-ins, and we’ll work closely with you to overcome any challenges you face to help you stay on track.
Get the help you need to lose weight
Medically supervised weight loss provides a safe, effective, and sustainable approach to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. If you’re struggling to lose weight, this approach may be able to help you reach your goals.
To learn more about our medically supervised weight loss program, call 301-762-7723 or book an appointment online with Quality Primary Care today.