Living with obesity can prevent you from living your best life. While you know you need to lose weight, doing so requires more than dieting and determination. If you’re ready for long-term weight loss but not interested in a surgical approach, you may benefit from obesity treatment. Obesity treatment provides a comprehensive non-surgical option for achieving safe and effective weight loss.
About 40% of U.S. adults have a body mass index (BMI) that identifies them as obese, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The prevalence of obesity has fueled a frenzy of diet programs “guaranteed” to deliver results, though with only short-term success.
Obesity treatment helps patients succeed long-term by having them work one-on-one with a weight loss professional. Board-certified obesity medicine specialists Rohit Suri, MD and Seema Chaudhary, MD of Nova Physician Wellness Centers in Fairfax and Ashburn, Virginia have the expertise to provide the individual support you need to overcome obesity. Their specialized training makes them highly qualified to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Individualized treatment plan
Your obesity treatment plan aligns with your unique medical needs and weight loss goals. Your personalized plan includes a physical examination and comprehensive medical, nutritional, behavioral, and exercise assessments.
The following diagnostic tools help determine the characteristics of your individualized treatment plan:
- Bio-metabolic analysis to determine your caloric needs based on your body fat percentage, resting metabolic rate, and other key factors
- Body composition analysis to show fat mass, muscle mass, body fat percentage, and lean body distribution
- Medical, behavioral, nutritional, and lifestyle history review to determine your current health
- Laboratory studies for blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, and thyroid panel
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) to evaluate your heart health if necessary
While dietary modification may have failed you in the past, this component plays a significant role in the success of your obesity treatment. When customized as part of your obesity treatment program, your meal plan helps you achieve your weight loss goals safely and steadily.
The foods and beverages in your meal plan support your dietary preferences, so you’re more likely to follow the recommendations for the rest of your life. Nutritionally-based meal plans that use natural foods can support vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other specialty diets. And you can also use convenient meal replacement products, though they’re not required for success.
Exercise and behavioral modification
Exercise and behavior modification work hand-in-hand with your meal plan to ensure that you get optimal results for your efforts. In obesity treatment, your exercise plan reflects your physical abilities and preferences to make it easier for you to follow through consistently. The behavioral recommendations in your obesity treatment plan help you identify factors that interfere with your weight loss and work to change them.
One-on-one medical supervision
Beginning with your initial consultation, you receive personal one-on-one medical supervision as part of obesity treatment. This supervision continues as you progress through your plan.
Regular office visits give you an opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions. These meetings also allow your physician to offer support, evaluate your progress, and make modifications if necessary.
If your obesity treatment includes FDA-approved appetite suppressants, regular medical supervision ensures that you lose weight at a steady and healthy rate. It also allows for medical observation of side effects that might warrant adjustment or discontinuation.
Successful weight loss
With obesity treatment, you can enjoy the benefits of long-term health and reduce your risk for the following life-threatening conditions:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Certain types of cancer
When successful, obesity treatment can help you lose from 3% to 5% of your body weight. While you may feel elated with your initial weight loss, it’s important to maintain your target weight if you want to enjoy long-term benefits. After reaching your goal, obesity treatment helps you transition to a maintenance meal plan and increased physical activity so you can sustain your target weight and look forward to a better life.
Book an appointment online or call our office at 703-424-9676 to find out how obesity treatment can help you achieve your weight loss goals for long-term health.