Weight management is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Approximately 2 in 3 people in the U.S. are overweight, and 1 in 3 are obese. Pounds often seem to creep on slowly, perhaps without much notice. Over the years, however, a few pounds here and there can add up to a big problem that is much more difficult to reverse. Many people struggle year after year to shed the excess pounds they carry, despite the physical and emotional drain it has on their health. If you have tried to lose weight on your own but have not had success doing so, your doctor could be a helpful partner in your quest to a healthier you.
There are many medical risks associated with being overweight or obese. Examples include:
Losing weight has been shown to help prevent or delay the onset of serious illnesses like Type 2 diabetes. It can also help reverse some conditions and eliminate the need for medication for issues like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Dr. Hammad believes that a healthy body starts with a healthy lifestyle. Whether you have tried and failed to lose weight on your own or are looking to lose a few pounds and don’t know where to start, we can assist in helping you set and meet goals that are appropriate for your age and health history. Typically, a woman with a waist circumference greater than 35 inches and man with a waist greater than 40 inches is at risk of obesity-related weight problems. Likewise, having a body mass index greater than 25 can increase the risk of diseases and health conditions associated with being overweight.
Often, weight management starts with lifestyle changes. We can provide guidance on the types of foods that may be harming your weight loss journey and provide recommendations for healthy replacements that will support – not undermine – your goals. We offer nutritional guidance and exercise recommendations that help you lose weight in a safe and effective way that is easy to maintain.
If you are tired of carrying around extra weight and want to take charge of your health, contact our office today to schedule your weight management consultation.