Medical Weight Loss
Our medical weight loss program is designed for those who prefer a non-surgical option for weight control. This program is not a quick route to weight loss, but instead focuses on making smart choices, recognizing individual eating habits, and making changes to maintain a healthy weight. Your healthy weight loss is supervised within a safe, effective, physician directed plan.
Dr. Lopez understands that the most effective way for you to lose weight is through an individualized program designed especially for you. Each person is different, and Dr. Lopez will listen to what makes you different. Do you want to lose a lot of weight? Do have a problem with portion control? Do you have a problem with emotional or binge eating? Do you feel your metabolism is slow?
A person is the sum of their emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual health. They all are important in determining how to approach helping someone lose weight. Dr. Lopez feels it’s important that a physician learn about each person, so as to better know how to help them lose weight. That’s why a physician will see each person at each visit. After listening to why you came into the office and what your goals are, he will obtain your medical and family history. Dr. Lopez will review your age, weight, BMI, Body Fat Analysis, as well as the comprehensive lab work and tests that were performed previously. Then, together, you both will come up with a medical weight loss plan that not only works, but one that you will actually be able to adhere to.
We will monitor your progress and make the necessary adjustments that will allow you to best achieve your short and long term goals. Although our primary goal is to help you reach your target weight, we also realize the importance of maintaining your weight loss.
Medications for Weight Loss
The use of weight-loss medications can be considered if weight-loss levels are at an unacceptable range, or if medical problems are not adequately controlled. Our clinical professionals will determine if this is a tool needed for your desired goal.
Our program may be covered through your insurance. Our staff will gladly inquire into your insurance benefits. Cash pay options are also available.
Diet and Exercise
Behavior modifications, such as diet and exercise are often the front-line of defense when it comes to weight loss. We understand that most individuals affected by obesity do struggle with this; however, diet and exercise should be the first place to start. Dieting today isn’t what dieting was 10 or 15 years ago. The body reacts quickly to diet changes causing compensatory mechanisms to increase appetite and slow metabolism. For this reason, weight-loss achieved by diet alone is about 5 percent of total body weight.
Physical activity is very important in your weight loss program. Exercise will boost your metabolism and increase weight-loss. This is critical in maintaining your weight-loss. There are many ways to achieve a successful exercise regimen. We also understand that weight-loss is not always an ‘Eat less, move more’ situation. There are many factors that contribute to each individuals metabolic makeup such as but not limited to various hormonal imbalances. Dr. Lopez can assist you with gaining a clear picture of your hormonal health as well.
- Medical benefits of weight loss may include
- Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol
- Reduced risk of diabetes
- Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
- Reduced joint and tendon problems
- Improvement with obstructive sleep apnea
- Decreased cancer risk
- Improved fertility