Carrying excess weight is dangerous to your health as it puts you at risk of developing different health complications like obesity and heart disease. Medical care providers develop a supervised weight loss plan for patients and help to keep them accountable. Prabhdeep Singh, MD, develops individualized El Centro weight loss programs depending on your desired goal and capabilities. Some of the supervised weight loss strategies he uses include:
Your care provider will craft a personalized diet program to help you in your weight loss journey. The meal plan should promote fat loss while enhancing your levels of vitality and energy. A medically supervised weight loss diet includes specific fasting diets and calorie restrictions that promote fat loss.
Calorie restriction does not involve malnutrition or deprivation but a consistent eating pattern that reduces calorie intake. Fasting diets primarily focus on limiting food intake by skipping individual meals during the day and includes:
· Time-restricted feeding: You will eat within only specific times during the day, for example, after every 8 hours.
· Alternate-day fasting: Involves not eating on certain days.
· 5:2 weekly eating patterns: 5-day free eating, followed by 2-day restricted eating.
· Periodic fasting: You will skip meals for multiple consecutive days in a month while the remaining days consist of unrestricted eating.
However, these medically supervised diet changes are not temporary. To maintain results and enhance your health, you should incorporate the meal plan into your lifestyle.
2. Physical activity
Your doctor will usually incorporate physical activity in your diet changes to enhance results. A medically supervised exercise program is typically developed to fit your needs depending on your current physical health.
A certified medical professional will take you through your exercise plan, focusing on enhancing muscle flexibility and increasing strength and endurance. Regularly exercising also improves cardiac health, reducing your risk of developing heart and vascular disease by enhancing circulation.
You should have a primary care provider that will develop an exercise plan depending on your capabilities. A typical session should include warm-ups and exercises to improve muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance.
3. Behavioral intervention
This medical weight loss strategy includes individual or group therapy either in person or virtually. Your care provider will typically offer nutritional counseling and guide you through weight loss self-monitoring and controlled eating to better manage your weight.
Additional intervention is required for obese and overweight patients with mental issues that contribute to their mismanaged weight. Your doctor will provide stress relief and support sessions to keep you encouraged and motivated in losing weight.
Behavioral interventions will help you maintain your weight by staying consistent with your lifestyle changes after achieving your desired weight.
Your doctor may recommend additional medications to help you lose weight by treating the underlying cause of your obesity. Obesity medications involve modulating food intake using specific neurotransmitter systems. Weight loss medications work in the following different ways:
· Suppressing appetite
· Increasing metabolism
· Blocking fat breakdown and absorption, for example, using orlistat stops intestinal lipase offering weight loss.
Other drugs include sympathomimetic drugs, sibutramine, rimonabant, cetilistat, lorcaserin, and metformin.
Remember, a successful weight loss program is one that provides steady and gradual results. Lifestyle changes like adopting a healthy nutritional diet are long-term commitments that help in weight loss and offer a long and healthy life. Contact Prabhdeep Singh, MD, to book a medically supervised weight loss consultation.