Weight Loss: Things to Keep in Mind

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If you or someone you care about are among the many Americans who are struggling unsuccessfully to win the weight loss battle, you might want to consider consulting with a nutrition doctor about a personalized weight loss program. More than two out of every three adults is actually considered to be obese, so saying there are millions of people who need to lose weight is not an overstatement.

The risk for developing health problems increases with obesity. But of all the folks who need to lose weight, not all of them can blame junk food as the culprit. There are other reasons that could lead to someone being overweight and needing to lose weight.

One reason is that their hormones and thyroid glands might not be working properly. To diagnose this, one would have to visit a doctor called an endocrinologist. This is a doctor who specializes in the endocrine system (simply put, hormones) and diseases related to this system. This is a complex field, since there are more than 50 different types of hormones produced by the human body, and the endocrinologist has to figure it all out.

The types of endocrine diseases are many, including diabetes. Obesity can occur if there is a problem with the thyroid gland or with blood sugar levels. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are just a few of the conditions that being overweight can put one at risk for developing.

But there is good news. Yes, there are many dangers with and reasons for being overweight. But there are also many different kinds of ways to lose weight. Some of them include surgical procedures, such as gastric bypass surgery and bariatric surgery, to name a couple.

But what if you are interested in losing inches of your frame without a surgical procedure? Or what if your endocrinologist says you don’t need surgery? Perhaps a nutrition doctor will be able to help, devising an individualized program for personalized weight loss. This might be something to consider, and the individual may even feel it could be of great benefit. Perhaps this program could work in conjunction with medication to control weight.

And what are the benefits of weight loss? Actually, the question should probably be taken into the context of an assessment of one’s overall health. There are two key questions to ask here. One is: “How do I achieve my weight loss goals?” The second, which might be equally important as the first, is: “How do I lose weight and stay healthy?”. Clearly, these important questions deserve a lot of thought and consideration. And thankfully, they are questions that medical professionals like a weight loss doctor and an endocrinologist can help answer.

Philip Rabito, MD

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