When to See a Weight Loss Doctor

Should everyone looking to lose weight see a weight loss doctor?  Not everyone, just those who need the extra support due to medical reasons or other circumstances that make weight loss difficult.

Losing weight can be a personal and sometimes complex undertaking. While for many, adopting healthier eating habits and increasing physical activity may be enough advice to get the job done, others may find the road to a healthy weight riddled with challenges. Those who have specific conditions or circumstances that make weight loss more complex, cannot be helped by a simple “calories in / calories out” approach. These individuals need the expertise of a weight loss doctor, specifically a bariatric specialist.

Understanding the Need for a Weight Loss Doctor

Bariatric specialists treat their patients with a combination of lifestyle interventions, meal replacement programs and careful periodic measurements that go far beyond just weighing in.  Working with a weight loss doctor involves careful planning around disabilities, other existing medical conditions and living circumstances.

Here are specific situations in which an individual might consider working with a bariatric doctor rather than attempting to lose weight on their own:

1.  Medical Conditions Hindering Weight Loss

Severe Obesity: For individuals dealing with severe obesity, the physical challenges of exercising can be daunting. A weight loss doctor can provide strategies and support tailored to their unique situation.

Underlying Health Conditions: Medical conditions like hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, or metabolic disorders can significantly impact weight loss efforts. A bariatric doctor is equipped to identify and address these conditions to create an effective weight loss plan.

Medications: Certain medications make it difficult for patients to maintain a healthy weight.  The cause of this could be that the medication increases appetite. Difficulty losing weight may also be do to medications that reduce muscle mass over time, causing the patient to have a gradually slowing metabolism.

2.  Age-Related Metabolic Changes

Slower Metabolism with Age: Metabolism tends to slow down with age, making weight management more challenging. A bariatric doctor can employ science-backed interventions to counteract this natural slowdown and support effective weight loss.

3.  Eating Disorders and Emotional Eating:

Stress Eating and Emotional Triggers: Conditions like stress eating or emotional eating require a nuanced approach. A bariatric doctor can work with patients to address the root causes, providing coping mechanisms and strategies for healthier habits.

The Role of Bariatric Doctors in Weight Management

Bariatric doctors rely on evidence-based methods for weight management. This includes personalized diet plans, exercise recommendations, and, when necessary, medications to support weight loss.

Weight loss specialists also conduct thorough assessments, taking into account medical history, current health conditions, and lifestyle factors. This comprehensive approach ensures that the weight loss plan is tailored to the individual’s specific needs.

Medications, when deemed appropriate, are used judiciously to support weight loss efforts. Bariatric doctors prescribe these medications based on scientific evidence and monitor patients closely to ensure safety.

Since sustainable weight loss requires lifestyle changes, bariatric doctors guide patients in adopting healthier habits, providing ongoing support to ensure long-term success.

“Bariatric doctors rely on evidence-based methods for weight management.”

When to Seek Out a Bariatric Doctor

If you have challenges with weight management and traditional weight loss methods have not yielded results or if weight loss has been difficult to maintain, consulting a bariatric doctor is advisable.  Likewise, individuals with pre-existing health conditions that impact their weight should seek the expertise of a bariatric doctor to develop a safe and effective weight loss plan.

Finally, those dealing with severe obesity or mobility issues that hinder physical activity can benefit from the tailored strategies offered by a bariatric doctor.

Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center

At Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center, we understand that the path to a healthier weight is unique for every individual. Our approach goes beyond traditional weight loss strategies; we offer a comprehensive program designed to address the specific needs of overweight and obese patients.

Your health is our priority. Regular check-ups are an integral part of our program. We monitor your progress, address any concerns, and provide ongoing support to keep you motivated and on course. Our team is here to celebrate your successes and guide you through challenges.

If you’re facing challenges in achieving or maintaining a healthy weight, our bariatric doctor, Dr. Rotem Amir, will work with you to create a plan that aligns with your health goals and lifestyle. Contact us via our contact form or book an initial consultation with us today.

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