If you struggle to manage your body weight, you’re not alone. In the United States, three in four adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese. A recent poll reveals that while more than half of Americans want to lose weight, only about 25 percent have actively tried to shed the excess pounds in the past few years.
These statistics show just how challenging the reality of weight management can be. Without the right mindset, information, and support, setbacks are often inevitable. You may lose a few pounds one month and then gain most of them back the next, or you may find yourself stalled out on a weight-loss plateau that keeps you from reaching your goal weight.
But with the right mindset, information, and support, weight loss can be both achievable and sustainable.
If you’re ready to lose weight, Heather Kennedy, PA-C, and our skilled team at Refine Medical in OKLAHOMA CITY can help. In this blog, we explain how a medically directed weight loss program can help you lose the weight and keep it off. Here are five fundamental strategies we use to help our patients attain their weight loss goals.
Deciding you’re ready to reach a healthier body weight is the first major step. The next step? Stating your weight loss intentions — otherwise known as your personal motivators.
Whether you want to lose weight to lower your chronic disease risk, ease joint pain, improve your sleep, feel more energized, get fitter and stronger, fit into a smaller size, have better sex, or all of the above, getting clear on your intentions can help you stay motivated as you work toward your goals.
Somewhere in your weight control journey, you’ve probably been told that losing weight is just a matter of eating fewer calories and being more active. While there’s some truth to this, it’s overly simplistic. In order to lose weight and keep it off, your plan needs to account for a range of factors that may affect your ability to lose weight.
Toward this end, our team creates a medically directed weight loss program that meets you where you are and helps you get to where you’d like to be. To give you every chance at weight loss success, we evaluate and consider your:
Because our weight loss management approach has a functional medicine mindset, we also conduct blood work to check for any issues — such as nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances — that could hamper your weight loss efforts. Addressing these deep, cellular-level issues right away can help set the stage for weight loss success.
Developed with the information we gather from your starting point evaluation, your personal weight loss action plan centers on two core concepts:
An effective weight loss eating plan is about so much more than just calorie restrictions. Rather, it’s about providing your body with the right blend of nutrients delivered through the right number of calories to keep you healthy and energized, while simultaneously boosting your metabolism and triggering your natural fat-burning mechanisms.
In addition to creating a customized meal plan that provides the calories and vital nutrients your body needs to thrive through the weight loss process, we also offer advice on how to prevent or manage food cravings, choose wholesome snacks, and ditch unhealthy cooking habits.
Regular exercise, the other key catalyst for weight loss, can help you gain fitness as you lose excess fat. Apart from helping you shed pounds more efficiently, physical activity can help you tone your muscles, improve your cardiovascular health, build stronger bones and joints, and increase your flexibility and range of motion.
After assessing your current fitness level, we create a custom workout plan that can help you begin exercising safely and allow you to advance when you’re ready. Your comprehensive fitness program will include cardio, strength, and flexibility training, all with your personalized parameters and preferences in mind.
Nothing’s more motivating than getting stronger, fitter, and more energized as you meet your weekly weight loss goals.
Once the basic elements of your plan are in place, we evaluate the need for supplemental weight loss support. At Refine Medical, we offer several therapies that can help jumpstart your metabolism and burn excess fat, including:
We measure the impact of supplemental support through regular follow-up visits, adjusting, cutting, or adding specific elements as needed to keep you progressing until you reach your goal weight.
Weight management doesn’t end once you reach your goal; in some ways, it’s just beginning. If you find yourself in need of extra support once you’re in the weight loss maintenance phase, we’re here for you. Your weight loss success is our success, both today and in the future.
Are you ready to reveal your best body? We can help. Just call 405-609-7369 or book an appointment online with Refine Medical today.