What is Medical Weight Loss?
For most people, myself included, gaining weight is easy- and losing weight is hard. This is demonstrated by the fact that more that 70% of Americans are overweight or obese, and the majority of these individuals won’t be able to return to a healthy weight in their lifetime. On average, only 1 in 6 people successfully loose a meaningful amount of weight and, unfortunately, even those who are successful often gain the weight back over time.
Many of us have tried fad diets, intermittent fasting, or increasing cardiovascular exercise with varying degrees of success. You may have counted points, eaten meal replacement bars and shakes, or sworn off all carbohydrates- only to have any weight that was painstakingly lost return once you started eating normally. That is because these approaches are unsustainable.
Loosing weight alone is hard. Even with the help of smart phone apps and best of intentions, research has proven that people who enlist the help of a medically supervised weight loss program consistently lose more weight and keep it off longer than people who go solo.
What is a Medical Weight Loss Program?
Medical weight loss programs are healthcare provider supervised plans that use proven principles to target the root cause of your excess weight. These programs typically offer advice in nutrition, activity counseling and behavior therapy. Instead of using a one-size-fits all approach, medical weight loss programs include a custom program based on your current health condition, body type, genetic predisposition, weight loss goals, and other important health and lifestyle factors.
Medical weight loss programs take your current medications into account. They may help you find alternatives for medications that cause weight gain or even prescribe safe medications to help you lose weight, depending on your situation.
The Best Weight Loss Program for Your Individual Body
At Pur, we know there are many weight loss programs to choose from, but are confident our comprehensive, evidence-based, individualized program offers the best chance for your weight loss success. Studies have shown that diet quality is the key to weight loss, and Pur’s whole food approach is proven to be more successful and sustainable than a diet program dependent on prepackaged, processed meals, snacks, and meal replacements. Under the guidance of Dr. Brasier and her team, you will develop healthy eating habits based on real foods.
The Pur program is personalized to identify any health issues that may hinder your ability to lose weight and keep it off. A comprehensive body composition analysis and physical exam helps guide your program which may include nutritional therapy, supplements, stress management, detoxification, lifestyle changes and (when necessary) prescription weight loss medications. Your provider may also order lab tests to rule out thyroid or other metabolic problems which can stall weight loss.
Weight gain is complex and there are various factors that play a role in the struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Since medical weight loss programs address more than just diet and exercise, they are often effective where traditional weight loss programs fail. Our whole-foods based weight loss program will teach you how to choose healthy and delicious food and to eat mindfully- creating a sustainable strategy for keeping your slimmer figure for the long run. Make an appointment today to learn how Dr. Kaitlin Brasier, DNP and her team can help you succeed on your weight loss journey.
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