Every year, thousands of men and women join the latest fad diets, hoping that “this time, things will be different.” For some, these programs may work for a time, as they drop a few pounds or a few inches from their waistline.
Unfortunately for many, joining a cookie-cutter diet and exercise plan simply won’t cut it. When joining a weight loss plan that treats the challenges of losing weight as something that is the same for everyone, the unique needs of specific individuals often get ignored.
If you have had problems losing weight and keeping it off in the past using popular fad diet and health programs, it may be time to seek the assistance of a medical weight loss program that is supervised by a real doctor.
Why Choose Doctor-Supervised, Medically-Assisted Weight Loss?
One of the major problems with most fad diets that are made for mass distribution is that they’re designed to be broadly applicable to the “average” person, not customized to the needs of an individual. The problem is that nobody is perfectly average; there is no one body type, metabolic rate, medical history, and level of activity that would perfectly describe everyone. All of these factors affect how well you will respond to specific diet and exercise programs.
While a simple diet and exercise regimen can do wonders for some, not everybody will see the same results. Sometimes, you might need a helping hand in order to meet your weight loss and health goals.
This is where a doctor-supervised medical weight loss program can be a huge benefit. Here, a physician gives you a thorough examination. Factors that a doctor performing an examination can determine include:
Preexisting Medical Conditions. Diet and exercise programs can be dangerous if you have preexisting medical conditions such as cardiopulmonary disease, diabetes, susceptibility to seizures, and musculoskeletal disorders, just to name a few examples. A physical exam can help identify such conditions so that your medical weight loss program can be designed in such a way as to not aggravate them.
Metabolic Rate. Different people burn calories at different rates. Knowing your metabolic rate allows your weight loss program to be designed in such a way as to maximize the results of your weight loss program.
Nutritional Needs. By testing your blood, many different nutritional deficiencies can be identified so that your custom meal or supplement plan can remediate this all too common issue. If your body isn’t getting the nutrition it needs, it can’t operate at peak efficiency.
This information allows the supervising doctor to create a weight loss plan that is unique to your needs, providing you with the edge you might need to meet your weight loss goals. Medical weight loss programs that are supervised by a doctor can be safer and more effective than dime-a-dozen, cookie-cutter fad diets because your medical needs are an integral part of the program’s design.
Is a Medical Weight Loss Program Right for Me, Though?
With the extra assistance of doctor-prescribed nutritional supplements and appetite suppressants, meeting your weight loss goal can be made much easier than with diet and exercise alone.
A medical weight loss program may be right for you if:
You want to lose weight and have not had much success with previous, non-medical programs in the past.
Dieting and exercise seem to have no impact on your body mass index, even when taken to extremes.
You find yourself becoming discouraged by constant frustration in meeting weight loss goals.
Your lifestyle and busy schedule prevent you from practicing a full exercise/diet routine.
If you have a history of medical problems, you will still want to consult with your doctor before beginning any weight loss regimen. Thankfully, with medically assisted programs such as the Step Ahead Program, your medical history and current condition are checked so that a safe, effective plan can be created just for you.
Using the services of Step Ahead Wellness’ lifestyle coaches can help you keep the weight off once you’ve met your goals.
Learn if a medically assisted, personalized weight loss program is right for you today!