Medical weight loss has been a part of healthcare for ages, as obesity has been proven to cause and complicate many chronic diseases and the healthcare field recognizes the extreme importance of maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise has on a person’s health status. However, in more recent years, fitness centers have begun employing medical staff to help their gym members achieve effective weight loss under the guidance and direction of a medical professional. Medical weight loss helps patients set realistic goals and achieve weight loss within safe parameters while monitoring weight loss effects on their medical status. Here, we’d like to give a brief overview of what medical weight loss is and who benefits from it.
What Medical Weight Loss Is Not
Before we dive right into what medical weight loss is, it is important to understand what it isn’t. Medical weight loss is not bariatric surgery nor is it a prescription for diet pills. Although both of these are options at some clinics, these are not what you should think of when you think of doctor-assisted weight loss. Medical weight loss is not interested in the aesthetic end results, but more so about the effects on the client’s overall health, wellness, and medical status.
Medical Weight Loss
Medical weight loss is weight management under the care and guidance of a medical doctor, based on scientific evidence. A medical health professional will perform a series of medical tests to obtain a starting point baseline. They will also assess the physical and medical condition of their client to find any underlying medical causes that can contribute to weight gain or obesity or that will make it difficult to lose weight or put forth the effort required to lose weight. Physical limitations and dietary restrictions are taken into account to create a weight loss program that is medically tailored for the client.
Who Benefits From Medical Weight Loss?
While anyone who has weight to shed would benefit from the evaluation and input from a medical professional, the ideal candidate has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 percent and has had difficulty losing weight on their own. People who have any medical conditions which restricts dietary or physical weight loss efforts will benefit from medically assisted weight loss programs, as they often require extra guidance and coaching. Those who suffer from any chronic medical conditions and choose to participate in a medical weight loss program can work toward their weight loss goals knowing that their conditions are being monitored and their program is safe for them.
Medical Weight Loss at Forge Rx
At Forge Rx we do medical weight loss a little differently. Our staffed doctor doesn’t simply prescribe you weight loss pills or supplements and teach you how to manage the side-effects. Our doctor works on an interdisciplinary team that includes nutrition coaches and personal trainers to develop a well-rounded meal plan and exercise routine to help you reach your goals with a weight loss plan that has been tailored made for your specific conditions, abilities, and restrictions. Our team will help you every step of the way and monitor your success. Medical weight loss can help you, safely, help you reach your health and wellness goals.
If you are interested in physician-assisted weight loss, stop by Forge Rx for a complimentary, obligation-free medical evaluation to see if you would benefit from our medical weight loss program. If nothing else, arming yourself with the results of the medical tests will help you understand your complications and adjust your current program to allow you to be more successful. Our staff is happy to answer any questions and if medical weight loss doesn’t sound like it’s for you, as a member of Forge Rx, you can still take advantage of our nutrition counseling and personal training. We look forward to helping you meet your health and wellness goals!