Weight Loss

Medical Associates of North Texas

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Fort Worth, TX

Have you tried to lose weight on your own? Did you give up after just a few days? Or did you stay committed, only to gain the weight back (and maybe more) once the “diet” was done? Our physicians can help you manage chronic conditions along the way, especially if these conditions contribute to your being overweight. For example, they can balance your thyroid levels or help guide you toward exercise that is appropriate for your heart condition. Our registered dietitian can partner with you to develop a safe, effective weight-loss plan that you can stick with for the long haul.

Weight Loss Q&A

How does being overweight or obese affect my health?

Carrying too much weight can increase your risk of specific health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides

 

You can reduce your risk of developing these conditions or minimize their symptoms by losing even just 5-10% of your current body weight.

Why is weight loss hard to achieve on my own?

Magazines, gyms, and infomercials make it sound easy to lose weight with their one-size-fits-all plan. All you must do, they claim, is eat fewer calories than you burn (often with their special supplements and food choices). 

Calorie deficit is a part of weight loss, but not the only part. Research shows that hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, genetics, and environmental conditions, as well as cultural, socioeconomic, and psychological factors, contribute to your weight.

Increasingly, evidence suggests that losing weight doesn’t just come down to willpower. Your weight is complex. To gain control, it sometimes requires appetite regulation and energy metabolism with the help of medical intervention. This is where the team at the Medical Associates of North Texas can help.

Why Consult with Our Registered Dietitian?

Our registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation and provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice. She can help you learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, and learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan. There are other benefits of working with our registered dietitian. Click here to read more on how you can benefit from seeing a dietitian. Click here to take our test to see if you need nutrition counseling.

Do you offer weight loss programs?

We offer a comprehensive medical weight loss program that includes monthly visits your physician, weekly visits with our dietitian, weight loss medication chosen based on your medical history and weight loss goals (if indicated), personalized meal plan, and 12 weeks of nutrition education. You need to be evaluated by our physicians to determine your eligibility for this program.

We also offer Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for Obesity covered by Medicare. IBT is a new approach to help individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher receive ongoing support for weight loss. IBT is not a comprehensive nutrition visit --expect only brief visits with our dietitian for a weigh in, coaching and goal-setting. This program is only for Medicare beneficiaries.

If you’re ready to optimize your health with weight loss, call Medical Associates of North Texas or book a consultation online.

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