About three-quarters of Americans are overweight or obese, according to data from the CDC. That means 75% of men and women are also at risk of serious weight-related complications, like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and stroke.
With those numbers, it’s not surprising that a lot of people put “losing weight” at the top of their lists of New Year’s resolutions. But data also show that weight loss is one resolution plenty of people fail to achieve — and that diets in general often fail, regardless of how sincere you are in your intentions or efforts.
At Direct Primary Care, we know how important it is to maintain a healthy weight. Thomas Kay, MD, Georgina Bustamante, MD, and Becky Spencer, NP, help patients in New Braunfels, Texas, achieve their weight-loss goals with medical weight-loss plans tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
Medical weight loss differs substantially from commercial diet plans touted on TV and online. Here are five reasons why medical weight loss works — and why it could be a great choice for helping you meet and maintain your weight-loss goals.
Our medical weight-loss plans are built “from the ground up” and designed around you personally. That’s a lot different from commercial diet plans that are based on general principles of weight loss. In fact, this “one-size-fits-all” approach of commercial diet plans is a big reason why they’re ineffective in helping most people sustain their results.
Your medical weight-loss plan begins with a physical exam and lab work, so every part of your plan is uniquely tailored to your needs and goals. We also take into account lifestyle factors that could make it more difficult for you to lose weight and maintain your results.
Your initial exam and lab analysis provides our team with a lot of information about your personal health. That includes an in-depth evaluation of underlying medical problems, like heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, or arthritis, each of which can affect weight-loss efforts in different ways.
This personal approach allows us to truly tailor your weight-loss program right from the start. It also enables us to ensure you stay healthy through responsible eating plans and exercise that take into account not just your weight-loss goals, but your underlying health needs, as well.
Throughout your weight-loss journey with our team’s guidance, you have regular office visits to check in with us. These visits provide you with the support you need to stay on track and motivated, avoiding “plateaus” and other issues that can undermine your journey.
Regular office visits also allow our team to adjust your weight-loss plan over time. That means your plan can change as your needs change, always keeping you focused and on target.
If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past, you’ve probably heard this advice more than once from well-meaning friends: “To lose weight, all you have to do is eat less and exercise more.” That’s great general advice, but the fact is, losing weight is a lot more complex than that.
Each of us has personal factors that can interfere with weight loss. Some may be related to age or hormones, while others have to do with lifestyle, psychology, or underlying medical issues. Even common nutritional deficiencies can play a role in driving cravings and overeating.
Medical weight loss identifies these personal obstacles and helps you find solutions to overcome them for better results and better health, too.
Medical weight loss doesn’t focus on fads or cleanses. Instead, it revolves around healthy habits and learned behaviors that change the way you think about weight loss and your health.
During your journey, you learn how to manage your weight for the long term without interfering with your lifestyle and your enjoyment of life’s activities. You also learn a lot about your health, including how to overcome challenges that play a role in maintaining your new, healthy weight.
Make this the year you conquer your weight-loss resolution. To learn more about medical weight loss and how it can help you, call 830-368-0135 or book an appointment online at Direct Primary Care today.