I’ve tried other weight loss programs and they haven’t worked. What’s special about this one?
The weight loss program at Park Avenue Endocrinology is unlike what patients typically see advertised. Medical weight loss with us includes extensive testing that serves as a platform for a customized, patient-specific meal plan. Rather than prescribe appetite suppressants to decrease caloric intake, our team seeks to understand the mechanisms of obesity for each patient. We do this through:
- Body composition, which measures the percentages of fat, protein, minerals and body water in the patient’s body.
- Biophotonic reading, which provides an SCS (Skin Carotenoid Score). Research suggests that this score correlates with factors that are related to a healthy lifestyle.
- Lab testing that measures hormone levels, vitamin levels, and other important data
- Resting metabolic rate, a measurement that identifies how many calories the body burns at rest.
Within the first week of the customized program, patients have a better understanding of their own health and ability to manage weight. They begin a customized meal plan using clinically proven meal replacements, learn to keep a food log, and benefit from appetite suppressant therapy. In their second week of treatment, patients are ready for their first progress check with our registered dietician.
Weight loss is not a “set it and forget it” process. Our patients are referred to us by their general healthcare providers because run-of-the-mill diets have not worked for them. On our program, patients benefit from the personal attention they need to become empowered to be their healthiest selves.
I’m a few pounds overweight, is that really such a big deal?
Every person has an ideal weight that is dictated by their body type, not by societal standards of beauty. Being overweight creates a pathway for disease to develop. Even mild obesity, being a few pounds overweight, has been associated with numerous health concerns. These include:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Heart disease
- Type II diabetes
- Some cancers
- Arthritis and systemic inflammation
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
Being overweight also puts stress on the organs and the joints, increasing the risk of joint degradation and chronic pain.
My genetics are the main cause for my weight. Can I do anything about it?
Recent research has suggested that genetics do influence a person’s predisposition to obesity. In fact, this influence can range from 40 to 70%. Knowing family history can be beneficial in helping a person understand their risks for obesity and its related health concerns. However, studies also state that testing for genetic predisposition in adults is unnecessary. The reason is that the approach to treatment does not differ between a person who is genetically predisposed to obesity and one who is not.
Obesity may be “in your genes” but it does not have to be your destiny. While genetics may dictate metabolism, appetite, and other factors, it has been proven that weight can be successfully managed with consistent treatment. When diet and exercise alone do not work, patients benefit from a medical weight loss program that includes behavioral, physical, and nutritional approaches.
Can’t I seek out plastic surgery instead?
Plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty or other body lift techniques can restore shape after significant weight loss. No plastic surgery procedures are intended to correct obesity. The procedure used to sculpt the body by removing fat cells, liposuction, has limitations in the quantity of fat that can be reduced. These limitations restrict the procedure from resulting in noticeable weight loss. Furthermore, individuals with a higher BMI, body mass index, have a significantly higher risk for complications during and after surgery and are generally not considered good candidates for cosmetic procedures.
Weight loss is not about cosmetics only. It is about learning a new way of interacting with food so health and wellness can be sustained for a lifetime.
I’m not seeing results as quickly as I wanted. Is the program working?
Understandably, when we begin a weight loss regimen, we instinctively want to see dramatic results right away. The prevalence of diet fads we have seen through the years only exacerbates our desire for immediate weight loss. Medical weight loss is designed for longevity. Patients may lose an average of 1 to 2 pounds a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. This does not mean the program is not working. It means the body is adjusting naturally to its new biology.
Knowing the struggle that patients face, we have made motivation an integral part of our weight loss program.