Weight Management

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Weight management program focuses on the “why” behind your weight gain. The medical staff at GhentMD helps in educating and guiding you every step of the way. The purpose of the weight management program is to help you achieve and stay at the best weight possible to optimize your quality of life.

You undergo a series of exams to see if your weight gain is because of metabolic dysfunction, hormone imbalances, or simply because of lack of exercise.

Below are some of the benefits you can expect from participating in this weight management program:

  • Effective, safe weight loss
  • Control of your cravings
  • Increased energy
  • End of yo-yo dieting

What are the medical problems associated with being overweight?

If you’re not in control of your weight, you can become overweight or obese, which is linked to a number of health problems, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing problems
  • Fatty liver disease

By taking care of your body and losing weight, you decrease the chances of your blood vessels becoming hard and narrow due to plaque and cholesterol. Additionally, you can prevent high blood pressure and the onset of diabetes.

How can I tell if I’m overweight?

The most common way to know if you’re overweight or obese is by calculating your body mass index, referred to as BMI. Your BMI is a measure of body fat based on your weight and height.

If your BMI category is under 18.5, you’re underweight. A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered a normal weight. If your BMI is between 25-29.9, you’re overweight. Anything above 30 is considered obese.

What are tips for staying healthy?

Developing a healthy lifestyle enhances your quality of life by helping you thrive. By making small positive changes daily, you increase the likelihood of living to a ripe old age without a debilitating disease or illness.

Steps you can take to remain healthy include:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Be physically active
  • Reduce your sodium intake
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit your alcohol intake

By maintaining healthy habits, you can achieve your ideal weight and improve your quality of life.

Do you want to lose weight effectively while increasing your energy? If so, call GhentMD today or schedule your appointment online.