If you want to lose weight, it’s important to get regular exercise and watch what you eat. However, sometimes these things may not be enough to help you lose those extra pounds. You could have a condition that affects your ability to control your weight, or you may need extra support. In these cases, medical weight loss could be the answer.
At Creekside Family Practice in Cypress and Tomball, Texas, we provide our patients with top quality medical care so they can get and stay healthy. This includes help losing weight. In this blog, skilled and compassionate physician Hammad Qureshi, MD, explains what medical weight loss is and if it could help you.
When to see a doctor about weight loss
If you’ve been gaining weight, and your attempts to lose it by eating better and exercising have not been getting you anywhere, you may need to see a doctor. Under normal conditions, eating right and exercising are usually enough to start reducing excess pounds. While exercising and eating right may not allow you to lose all the weight you want, it should help you get rid of much of it.
If this isn't happening, there could be something going on behind the scenes that is causing you to not lose weight. This is where a doctor comes in. Once Dr. Qureshi knows what may be holding you back, he’ll develop a treatment plan to help you drop those extra pounds.
Furthermore, being overweight can lead to the development of a number of conditions, such as asthma, depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes. So the sooner you lose the extra pounds, the sooner you’ll decrease your chances of developing these conditions.
What is medical weight loss?
With medical weight loss, Dr. Qureshi customizes a plan just for you. First, Dr. Qureshi will go over your medical history. Then he’ll give you a complete physical. He may also order tests that could reveal reasons for your weight gain. You could have trouble losing weight due to hormone imbalances, a thyroid condition, genetics, age, lifestyle habits, or other reasons. Dr. Qureshi will get to the bottom of those reasons and develop a treatment plan to get you to a healthy weight.
Once Dr. Qureshi develops your plan, he’ll walk with you every step of the way to help you fulfill the plan. And as you move forward, Dr. Qureshi will track your progress and adjust your treatment plan as necessary. He’ll provide guidance on lifestyle changes and may suggest taking vitamin and mineral supplements or possibly even hormone supplementation, depending on your needs.
To learn more about medical weight loss and to see if a customized plan may be able to help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Creekside Family Practice today.