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What You can Expect from a Medical Weight Loss Program

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 03:41 PM

Lots of fad diets promise results, but what can you really expect from a medical weight loss program?When you’re looking for a way to lose weight, it is important to know what you can expect from your weight loss program when you start it, whatever that program may be.

With many fad diets, you’re given an unrealistic portrayal of what to expect from the program. Before and after shots of men and women who lost as much as 50% of their body weight in incredibly short periods of time (which is a dangerous amount of weight to lose too quickly for the vast majority of people) promise extraordinary results that simply aren’t practical for most. People who go into these diets without knowing just how unrepresentative of the program such results are get frustrated when their own progress lags too far behind these unusual cases, causing them to become demoralized and fall even further behind health and fitness goals.

So, with this in mind, what can you expect from a personalized medical weight loss program? What sets these weight loss programs apart from common fads?

Here are a few things that you can expect from a medical weight loss program that has been personalized for you:

#1: Doctor Supervision and Support

One of the primary things that separates a true medical weight loss program from a fad diet is the supervision of a trained and experienced physician. This specialist monitors the progress of your weight loss program to see if you’re meeting goals safely. With a fad diet, you might not have any support at all, let alone the ability to physically visit a real doctor.

As your weight loss plan progresses, your supervising physician can make alterations to your program to accommodate the changes in your needs that will naturally occur as you lose weight.

#2: Medical Assistance

In a medical weight loss program, your doctor or dietitian can identify nutrients that are lacking in your diet and create a meal plan as appropriate, or prescribe vitamins to make up the shortage if necessary.In a medical weight loss program, you can expect your supervising physician to prescribe dietary supplements and appetite suppressants as necessary to make sure that you can meet weight loss goals safely.

For example, if you’re suffering from an iron deficiency in your diet, your doctor can adjust your meal plan to compensate for this, or if the deficiency is particularly severe, she may prescribe an iron supplement for your diet. If you suffer from frequent pangs of hunger that lead to overeating, an appetite suppressant might be prescribed to alleviate your sensations of hunger so that you can have an easier time staying on your diet.

#3: Safe, Effective Weight Loss Strategies

In a medical weight loss program supervised by an actual doctor, you have a plan for losing weight that takes into account your body’s needs. Unlike a fad diet that uses a “one size fits all” approach, your doctor considers your physical condition when creating your personalized plan.

For example, if you have a heart condition and cannot engage in rigorous activity (lifting heavy weights, engaging in high-intensity sprints, etc.), then many common diet and exercise plans would not be safe for you because of the risk to your heart health. Your doctor can take such conditions into account when creating a personalized plan, making an activity regimen that you can engage in without putting your heart health in unnecessary risk.

Also, many fad diets encourage you to lose weight as quickly as possible. While a desirable goal, losing too much weight too quickly can actually be dangerous. Your doctor can help you set weight loss goals that are aggressive (but safe) so that you don’t cause lasting harm to your own body.

#4: Expert Advice for After You’ve Met Your Weight Loss Goals

The big failure of many fad diets is that once you’re done with your weight loss, there is no plan for afterwards. For many people, a lack of planning and support after the program is finished leads to falling back into old patterns. Worse yet, some people gain more weight than what they lost while on the diet!

By consulting with the experts in medical weight loss programs such as the ones offered by Step Ahead Wellness, you can create plans for maintaining a healthy weight, such as formulating a meal plan you can keep up at home and an exercise routine to keep your body burning excess fat.

With some post-weight loss lifestyle advice, you can keep the pounds off well after the diet is over.

Learn more about how you can benefit from a medical weight loss program that’s supervised by a real Top Doc today!

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