Medical Weight Loss Specialist
Medical Weight Loss Q & A
What is a medical weight loss program?
Medical weight loss is considerably more than just a calorie- or carbohydrate-restricted diet; it’s a program that is supervised by highly qualified medical personnel who monitor your vital signs, health, and outlook every step of the way to ensure long-lasting results.
Dr. Cruz and his staff, including Tammy Hunt, a medical weight loss counselor, will conduct a thorough assessment of your health condition and lifestyle to figure out what type of program would benefit you the most. From there, the team will follow your progress, making adjustments as needed to find the safest and most efficient way for you to drop those excess pounds.
Who would benefit from a weight loss program?
There are several steps for determining if you should take advantage of a medical weight loss program. The first step is assessing where you fall regarding weight is the body mass index (BMI): a simple tool that measures body fat based on your height and weight. The resulting number will fall into one of these categories:
- Below 18.5: underweight
- 18.5-24.9: normal weight
- 25-29.9: overweight
- Over 30: obese
The BMI is just a first step in determining whether you should lose weight. Dr. Cruz and his staff can help you further identify whether issues exist because of your weight and how you can address them. Even if you don’t fall into the overweight category but would just like to shed some hard-to-lose pounds, Dr. Cruz can help you find the right course of action for your situation.
What does the weight loss program entail?
Typically, the medical weight loss program includes the following:
- A complete medical exam
- A body composition analysis
- Customized meal program
- Supplement and appetite suppressants
- Weekly follow-ups for health and progress review
- Exercise recommendations
- Behavior modification techniques
Dr. Cruz and Tammy Hunt will also discuss whether you may require further measures, such as weekly lipotropic fat-burning injections.
The advantages of losing weight under medical supervision are numerous because Dr. Cruz and his staff can design a program that fits your unique body composition, your lifestyle, and your medical history. They are also able to monitor your progress and adjust the plan as needed. Medical weight loss is designed for long-lasting results by getting rid of fat and correcting behaviors that will prevent future weight gain.
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