Losing weight is difficult, and keeping it off is arguably even harder. More than 70% of American adults are overweight or obese, and at any given time, nearly half of adults are actively trying to lose weight. Enlisting the support, guidance, and structure of a medically supervised weight-loss program significantly increases the chances of shedding excess weight.
Once you reach your goal weight, taking advantage of weight-loss counseling can act as a secret weapon to help you keep the weight off for good. Our obesity medicine specialists at Nova Physician Wellness Center offer weight-loss counseling, in addition to other strategies that are proven successful.
What is weight-loss counseling?
This type of counseling helps you improve your relationship with food, including how you think about food, your eating behavior, and emotional patterns related to food that may contribute to weight-management issues.
When you attend weight-loss counseling, you have a safe place to make sense of weight issues. Many of our clients seek counseling sessions to better understand and change unhelpful dietary habits.
We can assist you in making positive changes in your eating habits and behaviors, as well as helping you build self-esteem and confidence as you cultivate a positive relationship with food.
Who benefits from seeing a counselor?
Weight-loss counselors are experts at assisting people in making behavioral and lifestyle changes that help them lose weight permanently. The providers at Nova Physician Wellness Center work with individuals and families as part of a healthcare team.
Adults and children struggling with their weight can benefit from weight-loss counseling. Whether you have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, or you find yourself regaining lost weight, counseling can help you meet your goals and maintain a healthy weight.
What happens during a weight-loss counseling visit
A typical first visit with a weight-loss counselor at Nova Physician Wellness Center involves a discussion of your background and concerns. This could include your current weight goals and previous attempts at losing weight, medical history, stress levels, current life situation, and social support networks such as family and friends.
Our team wants to know about your habits and attitudes surrounding food, weight loss, and body image in order to help you achieve your health goals. Unhealthy beliefs such as having to finish everything on the plate, needing dessert after meals, and feeling like a failure when weight loss hits a plateau can sabotage your goals.
Unhelpful behaviors include stress eating, snacking when bored, eating when you aren’t hungry, and using food as a reward. Weight-loss efforts are frequently thwarted by these types of behaviors and beliefs.
Your counselor will discuss your struggles with making healthy choices and create a strategy to help you develop beneficial behaviors.
Reaching your weight goals
If you’re struggling with your weight, there is hope. Our Nova Physician Wellness Center team creates customized plans that get real results for our patients. Using research-backed and proven strategies, our team can help you lose weight, feel good, and improve your health. We can help you get off the rollercoaster of yo-yo dieting.
When you’re ready to transform your body, give us a call to schedule a visit with one of our providers. Our offices are located in Fairfax, Ashburn, and Vienna, VIrginia. New and existing patients can also book in-person or telehealth appointments.