Weight Loss

Nearly one in five adults in the United States is overweight or obese. This statistic is startling, considering that being overweight can lead to many health problems. Board-certified internal medicine physician Suresh Malik, MD, and the team at Quality Primary Care in Rockville, Maryland, know that being overweight is a complex issue. They take an integrative approach to weight loss, tackling genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors that cause you to gain weight. To learn more about safe and effective doctor-supervised weight loss, call or click today.

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Weight Loss Q & A

What causes weight gain?

You gain weight when you consume more calories than you burn, but the reasons why this happens are usually more complicated. The answers can often be found in your family history, environment, and lifestyle.

Some common causes of weight gain include:

  • Aging
  • Certain medications
  • Fatigue
  • Hormone problems
  • Stress
  • Thyroid conditions


Understanding why you’ve gained weight is the key to helping you get back to a healthy BMI.

Your doctor performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your overall health, medications you’re taking, and results from diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your weight gain.

How does being overweight impact health?

Body mass index (BMI) is the most common tool used to determine if you are overweight or obese. For adults age 20 or older, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or above signifies obesity.

As your BMI rises, so does your risk of certain health problems:

  • Breathing problems
  • Certain cancers
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint problems
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

The good news is that your risk of many of these serious conditions decreases as you lose weight. It’s never too late to achieve a healthy weight and boost your energy, mood, and confidence.

What is medically supervised weight loss?

The team at Quality Primary Care knows that medically supervised weight loss is the safest and most effective way to achieve a healthy BMI.

After reviewing your medical history, physical exam, and labs, Dr. Malik creates an individualized weight-loss treatment plan designed to address all of the factors causing you to gain weight.

Your Quality Primary Care weight-loss plan may include:

  • Education about which foods and forms of activity are right for you
  • Supplements to reduce your appetite and encourage weight loss
  • Weight management counseling to help you navigate your new, healthier lifestyle


Your doctor carefully monitors your weight-loss plan and checks in with you often to make sure you’re feeling good and staying the course. You have their unwavering support in your weight-loss journey.

Call the office or use the convenient online booking system to schedule a comprehensive weight-loss evaluation today.