The promise of fast weight loss makes fad diets hard to resist. But a medical weight loss program makes the difference between long-term success and failure.
The team at White Lake Family Medicine understands the challenges of weight loss. They create a personalized medical weight loss program that supports your ability to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout your lifetime.
Fad diets don't work. Sure, you will quickly drop some weight. Then as soon as you go off the fad diet, you'll regain it again.
By definition, fad diets are highly restrictive. They severely limit the type of food you eat and often drastically reduce calories. While that helps you drop pounds, fad diets aren't sustainable.
In the worst case, some fad diets are downright dangerous. You may not get enough calories to support your body's most basic energy needs.
Without a nutritional supplement, you have a high risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A fad diet can lead to loss of muscle mass, weak bones, and an electrolyte imbalance.
A medical weight loss program is the opposite of the latest fad diet. Your program is based on your unique health profile and weight loss goals. We target the root cause of your weight gain and develop a plan that works for you.
You lose weight more slowly compared to a fad diet, but the trade-off is worth it. A gradual but steady weight loss sets you up for long-term success and keeps you off the diet roller coaster.
Here are the top three advantages of a medical weight loss program:
Sometimes you can diet and exercise and still struggle to lose weight. In many cases, people have hormone imbalances that sabotage their efforts.
You could have a health condition that affects your hormones. However, just being overweight triggers hormonal changes that make it hard to lose weight and keep it off.
One of the benefits of a medical weight loss program (that you won't get with a fad diet) is that you begin with a thorough health evaluation.
We initially start by learning if you have weight-related medical conditions, hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, or any other issues that affect your ability to lose weight. Then we deal with those problems and provide treatment as part of your weight loss program.
Your weight loss strategy is customized to meet your specific goals. We help you set realistic calorie goals based on the amount of weight you want to lose. And we help you create a meal plan that provides optimal nutrition while fitting in with your lifestyle and staying within your calorie guidelines.
When you follow a meal plan based on whole foods that you can get at the grocery store, you establish healthy eating habits that stay with you throughout your lifetime.
As part of your medical weight loss program, we delve into ingrained habits and behaviors that lead to overeating. Identifying challenges like emotional eating and creating a plan to self-monitor and change bad habits is essential for long-lasting success. It's also a specialized service you won't get from a fad diet.
People who lose weight in a supportive environment have more success than those who do it on their own. When you're part of a medical weight loss program, you automatically gain a support team.
You can depend on us to provide information, answer your questions, and offer encouragement when you start to slide off your diet or reach a plateau.
We also hold you accountable, regularly meeting with you to check your progress and fine-tune your program, if needed. Accountability is especially important at the start of a weight loss plan because you need time to establish new, healthy habits.
If you're ready to lose weight and want the best chance for success, call White Lake Family Medicine or request an appointment online today.