Every year, millions of adults in the United States try to lose weight by exercising more and eating less. Though diet and exercise are an essential part of any weight-loss plan, they’re not the only factors that lead to long-term weight-loss success.
At Central Clinic, we take a proactive and preventive approach to health. Our board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Poonam Malhotra, is a weight management specialist. She not only wants to help you lose the weight, but keep it off.
Weight management: Not just a diet
You can lose weight following any diet. Unfortunately, drastically cutting calories, omitting major food groups, or spending hours at the gym aren’t sustainable strategies for long-term weight loss.
With our weight management program, our goal is to help you lose the weight and keep it off. That’s why we focus on more than just your diet.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases notes that there are many factors that affect your weight. Some of these factors may make it harder for you to lose weight or keep it off.
- Family history
- Eating and exercise habits
- Where you live and work
- Sleep habits
- Health history
When designing your weight management program, we provide all the tools and strategies you need to prevent these weight-loss obstacles from holding you back. We develop a personalized nutrition and exercise program that works for you and your lifestyle.
We may also add dietary supplements, prescription medications, or hormone replacement therapy based on your specific health needs.
Slow and steady
When you make the decision that you’re ready to drop the excess body weight, we know you want it all gone now. That’s why you turn to those fad diets that make big weight-loss promises.
Unfortunately, if your goal is to lose weight and keep it off, fast weight loss isn’t the way to go. When you lose weight too quickly, you’re more likely losing muscle and water, not body fat.
Muscle loss lowers your metabolism (making it even harder for you to lose weight) and makes you feel more tired, zapping your motivation to exercise.
Though it’s not unusual to drop a lot of weight during the first month, for long-term weight management we recommend losing a steady 1-2 pounds a week.
Losing weight at a slow and steady pace gives you time to implement all the healthy lifestyle habits we teach you on our weight management program. Plus, slow weight loss means you’re losing more body fat than muscle.
Maintaining your healthy weight
All the strategies we use on our weight management program are designed to help you reach your weight goals and stay there. During your weight-loss journey, we schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your plan to help you stay on track.
We also spend time helping you incorporate healthy habits into your daily life that make it easier for you to maintain your new weight. This may include keeping a food diary to track your intake, drinking plenty of water, and finding time to fit in exercise.
We even have specialized exercise trainers who can design a fitness program just for you.
Diets don’t work. Let us help you reach your weight goals and improve your health with our comprehensive weight management program. Call our office in Spring Hill, Florida, or request an appointment online today.