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When Should You Consider Medical Weight Loss?

Yo-yo dieting, counting points, deprivation diets – if you’re one of the more than 2 in 3 adults considered overweight or obese, you’ve likely tried everything to lose weight and keep it off. If you follow a DIY weight loss program precisely, you’ll likely lose weight initially, but the chances of keeping it off are slim. That’s because weight loss requires changing behaviors and the way you think about food.

At Carley Family Care, our team supports you on your weight loss journey every step of the way. With our individualized, doctor-supervised weight loss programs, it’s easier to reach and maintain your weight loss goals. We’d like you to know the benefits of medical weight loss and why it might be the right choice for you.

Overweight, obesity and weight loss

Roughly 70% of adults in the US are considered overweight or obese, a number that is expected to rise. Many Americans have tried to lose weight on their own. The most common scenario is losing some weight only to gain it back, and then some. A medical weight loss plan could be the missing link in your weight loss endeavors. Here are three excellent reasons you may consider medical weight loss.

You need personalized support

One-size-fits-all diets fail to take into account that each person is a unique individual with different needs. Dr. Jeffrey Carley assesses your metabolism, hormone balance, nutritional status and general health to create a personalized weight loss plan designed specifically for you. Each factor plays an essential role in weight loss, and is key to creating a plan that will work for you.

Dr. Carley may order blood, saliva and other relevant tests to gain the insight necessary to help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

You have weight-related health conditions

Carrying excess weight is more than a cosmetic issue; it puts your health at risk. People who are overweight are more likely to develop conditions like sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, elevated lipids, high blood pressure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and other chronic illnesses. If you have one of these conditions, losing even a modest amount of weight goes a long way in getting your health back on track.

The good news is, these conditions respond incredibly well when you’re able to lower your total body weight. When patients shed pounds, we see blood pressure going down, blood fats normalizing, and an overall improvement in chronic disease.

You’re planning to undergo certain elective surgeries

Are you considering an elective surgery such as knee and hip replacement and been told that losing weight would make you a better candidate? Knee replacement is just one example of a surgery where being overweight or obese carries significant risks.

In fact, many orthopedic surgeons refuse to operate on patients with high body mass indexes (BMIs). Not only do obese patients face more risks, they get less improvement following surgery, making weight loss before surgery vital. If you’re considering a surgery where weight loss improves your candidacy, Dr. Carley can help you lower your weight to improve your surgical risks.

Meaningful, lasting weight loss requires more than willpower. Take the first step in finally losing those extra pounds for good by calling our Kings Mountain, North Carolina, office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carley.

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