REGION — Obesity is a chronic disease, a difficult to treat chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S.
As of now, one-third of the country is considered obese and that rate continues to rise. Obesity is now the second leading cause of preventable death behind smoking.
Unfortunately, obesity also causes or increases the risks for a long list of other medical diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, heartburn, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, infertility and the list continues.
The treatment is confusing for most people without medical training and with a multitude of paid diet programs, supplements, weight loss miracle cures, wraps, “natural” supplements and so on, combined with very clever marketing, choosing the right treatment for yourself can be like flipping a coin. Some of these are good decent programs with reasonable results, while others have limited success to no success and can actually be dangerous.
Most programs available are not physician supervised.
A lot of the commercially available programs that are safe still only have an average of 10 to 15 percent of clients losing weight and keeping it off long term.
The average weight loss is only 4 to 6 percent of bodyweight, which means for someone who weighs 200-pounds weight loss may only be 10 pounds.
Very few of the commercial weight loss programs address and monitor the serious medical issues listed above.
A few things we do know from research is that meal replacements seem to work best when it comes to treating obesity, that is weight loss programs that use pre-prepared meals or shakes.
In other words, the less decisions one has to make the more effective the program. In addition, having in-person contact on a routine basis with medical professionals and a support system emphasizing behavior change seems more effective than just online support or simply relying on one’s own willpower. We have also seen an increasing benefit from what is called Very Low Calorie Diets, or VLCD, working best for certain categories of overweight people.
Our Premier Weight Loss Center in Vista is just that, a medically supervised weight loss program utilizing meal replacements, behavioral support and nutrition education and, if needed, surgery to lose weight.
If you need to lose at least 40 pounds or less because of serious medical concerns, this program may be just right for you.
We encourage you to give us a call for more information on this program and how we can help you improve your health and overall quality of life.
Obesity is a chronic disease and sometimes with food-based programs many find it difficult to keep their weight off given the many challenges we face in our environment as well as our busy lifestyles. Bariatric surgery is another very effective strategy for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance.
If this is something you have considered or would like more information on, please contact our office for more information and to set up an appointment.
We have helped patient’s lose hundreds of pounds through both surgical and non-surgical strategies under medical supervision.
Our goal is to have you feel fully supported throughout your weight loss journey and improve your health and quality of life. If this is something you are eager to get started with, we can’t wait to help you!
Premier Weight Loss Center is located at 2385 S. Melrose Drive in Vista. For more information, call (760) 300-3647or visit: MISnorthcounty.com.