Losing weight can be one of the most difficult tasks for anyone to accomplish. While easy in theory — eat healthy, stay active — the reality can be far more complicated. There are so many different factors that need to be considered, including your body type, genetics, and what works for you. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about medical weight loss.
At Wellspring Health in Orange City, we are here to help make weight loss an achievable goal for all of our clients. If you are tired of yo-yo dieting, or not seeing any progress at all, then contact our office to schedule a free evaluation. We can help you learn more about medical weight loss, and how it can assist you in achieving your health goals.
1. Is there an ideal body weight, and does it matter?
Ideal body weight is more commonly referred to as your body mass index (BMI). This is calculated by comparing your height to weight ratio. It is easy to figure out your BMI, and it can be used as a screening tool for body fat. It’s important to remember, however, that this is not a diagnostic. The formula to determine your BMI is to divide your weight by the square of your height, and then multiply by a conversion factor of 703. Here is an example:
Weight = 150 pounds
Height = 5’5” (65”)
Calculation = [150 (65)2] x 703 = 24.96
The standard categories for BMI and weight status are as follows:
- Below 18.5 is underweight
- 18.5 – 24.9 is normal or healthy weight
- 25.0 – 29.9 is overweight
- 30.0 and above is obese
2. How does sleep affect weight loss?
Getting a good night of sleep on a regular basis is critical to helping you achieve the weight loss success that you want. Experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night, though approximately 40 percent of adults in the U.S. sleep for fewer. Excess weight can lead to sleep apnea, which is the condition of blocked airways causing interrupted sleep cycles.
Lack of sleep slows your metabolism down and increases your body’s production of cortisol, which increases your cravings for food. This combination of a slow metabolism and a craving for food can contribute to your body’s inability to burn fat efficiently.
3. Why am I fat?
This is a straightforward question with a very complicated answer. The reasons for gaining fat are as varied as the individuals asking the question. From lifestyle and caloric intake to genetics and hormonal imbalances, there is no one answer for this question that will apply to everyone.
If you believe that you have been doing all the “right things” to lose weight and are not making the progress you expected, then contact Wellspring Health in Orange City to learn how we can help you with medical weight loss.
4. How much weight can I expect to lose?
A healthy weight loss goal is one to two pounds per week. At Wellspring Health, we tailor our medical weight loss programs to meet the individual needs of our clients. You can expect a weight loss program that is designed for your age, body type, personal goals, and unique lifestyle. We do not subscribe to a “one-size-fits-all” approach, which is why your weight loss results will likely not be the same as another individual.
5. Are medications used?
As a part of our medical weight loss program, you can expect medications to be involved. These will be a part of your unique program, as they are tailored to the weight loss goals that you want to hit. As a part of the medical weight loss program from Wellspring Health, you will receive:
- A comprehensive medical evaluation
- A review of your routine blood work
- A customized medical and diet plan
- A comprehensive nutrition program
- Complete access to our doctors and medical staff
6. Am I eligible for medical weight loss?
There are a variety of indicators for whether or not you would be eligible for medical weight loss. When you schedule a free consultation at our office in Orange City, we will discuss each factor with you to determine whether you are eligible, and if it is a treatment plan that you wish to pursue.
7. Is medical weight loss right for me?
Using the BMI formula we provided should provide a clear picture of your weight status. If you fall into either the overweight or obese category, then you might want to consider pursuing medical weight loss to help you reach your weight loss goals. There are a number of other reasons that can help you to decide if this route is the right one for you. At Wellspring Health in Orange City, we are happy to help provide the information you need during your free consultation.
8. What other results can I expect?
While losing extra weight is always a great result, you can also look forward to some other great benefits, including:
- Increased energy
- Improved ability to control your cravings
- Increased confidence
- Safe and rapid weight loss
- Complete access to a doctor and support staff through the entirety of the program
At Wellspring Health, we care about each of our clients, and want to provide the unique care they need to feel confident and healthy. If you have struggled to lose weight and can’t find anything that seems to work for you, then please contact our office in Orange City to learn more about medical weight loss and how it can help you.