What Can I Expect From a Medical Weight-Loss Program?

It seems that for some people, weight loss is as simple as cutting back on carbs for a few weeks or stepping up their step count. But for a great many others, weight loss is extremely more complicated. It may seem as though hidden forces are thwarting your efforts no matter what you do. 

While nutrition and exercise are, and always will be, two primary factors in your ability to reach and maintain a healthy weight, if those are the only two areas you focus on, you’re likely to end up frustrated, confused, and possibly even heavier than when you started, because you don’t understand what’s happening inside your body.

But we do. At Premier Primary Care in Union City, Tennessee, Dr. James Batey and our team of experts have dedicated our lives to helping people achieve health and wellness. We know that weight loss is difficult because there are so many variables involved, and each body is unique. What works for one person doesn’t work for another. 

That’s why we customize our medical weight-loss program for every individual, starting from scratch and basing the plan and the pace on your specific needs. Working with your unique biological makeup is the key to unlocking your body’s ability to shed pounds. Here’s what to expect.

Complete medical assessment

Before embarking on any weight-loss program, it’s critical to understand your overall health condition. This is where we discover those unseen forces that you’ve always suspected were making it harder for you to lose weight.

A thorough medical exam helps us determine if you have certain conditions that prevent weight loss or even contribute to weight gain, including:

Studies show that more than two out of every three adults are either overweight or obese. For many people who have struggled to lose weight for years, diagnosing and treating these underlying conditions is the turning point in their weight-loss journey. Once the medical condition is resolved, they find that diet and exercise kick in, and the weight comes off.

Nutritional counseling

If you think that dieting means counting calories, you’re only partially right. Excess calories can certainly cause weight gain, but it’s not that simple, as you’ve likely discovered when you’ve drastically cut back your calorie intake and either didn’t see a difference or lost a few pounds then stopped.

Your body needs various nutrients in the right amounts every day to keep your brain and organs functioning properly. And your body may need more or less than your friend’s, your child’s, or your parent’s. That’s why it’s ineffective and potentially dangerous to adopt a fad diet that eliminates a certain food group or drastically reduces certain micronutrients unless you know what your body needs. 

That’s where we come in. When you team up with us, you get a medically supervised program that takes the guesswork out of what you can and can’t eat. We monitor you regularly, checking your vital signs and your overall health to make sure you’re on the right path for your body.

Exercise that works for you

Exercise means different things to different people. If you’re overweight or obese, you’ve likely found yourself in a vicious cycle of weight gain and inactivity — the more you weigh, the less you move, the more you gain, etc. 

And if you attempt to break that cycle by adopting an overly ambitious workout, you’re setting yourself up for failure. But we’re here to change that. We help you understand what your body can and can’t do in its current condition, and we encourage you to take healthy steps toward the goal of being more active and healthy. We are your reliable and knowledgeable support system, and we make sure the exercise component of your weight-loss program will be safe, doable, and enjoyable.

Results that last

Depending on your current weight and how well you adhere to the program, you can expect to lose up to five pounds a week in the beginning. But our medical weight-loss program delivers more than just a change on the scale. We give you a pathway to a better life by lowering your blood pressure, decreasing your reliance on medications, increasing your energy, improving your blood sugar levels, and giving you the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

If you’re ready to finally find out why your body has been hanging on to fat so that you can get rid of it once and for all, book an appointment with Dr. Batey by phone or online today.  

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