What Lifestyle Changes Should I Make After Medical Weight Loss?
For some men and women, maintaining long-term results is the most challenging part of weight loss. For others, shedding the pounds to begin with proves to be virtually impossible. In either case, a medical weight loss program can help. The acclaimed team at Body Bar MD, under the direction of board-certified physician and wellness expert Dr. Christy Watson (aka Dr. Christy), is committed to helping patients achieve and maintain their weight loss goals with medically supervised weight loss in Carmel and Terre Haute, IN. Learn more about medical weight loss here, and find out what you can do after your program ends to continue and/or maintain your progress.
What is medical weight loss?
Sometimes referred to as medically supervised weight loss, medical weight loss programs are customized solutions to help men and women reach and maintain their ideal weight through a comprehensive approach that addresses the cause of weight gain and/or weight loss resistance, behavioral/psychological factors, and more. Medical weight loss with Dr. Christy, or one of her Physcian Assistants, Dina, or Paul may include a combination of the following:
- Nutrition guidance
- Meal plan
- Exercise recommendations
- Weight loss medication/appetite suppressant
- Behavioral therapy
- Ongoing monitoring and support
During your consultation for medically supervised weight loss at Body Bar MD, Dr. Christy will take a detailed health history, perform any necessary blood work, and analyze your anatomy using the advanced InBody 720 measurement scanner. Additionally, Dr. Christy will take ample time to discuss your concerns, goals, and any questions you may have. Using all of this information, Dr. Christy will formulate a custom-tailored weight loss program that best meets your needs. Over the course of your program, Dr. Christy will closely monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to give you the best possible chance for long-term success.
How long is a medical weight loss program?
Because medically supervised weight loss is personalized based on the individual’s unique situation, the program length can vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, patients should expect their medical weight loss program to last several weeks or months.
How can I avoid gaining weight again after medical weight loss?
Many patients understandably have worries about regaining weight after their medically supervised weight loss plan has ended. However, Dr. Christy takes great care to ensure that patients have all of the tools and knowledge to continue or maintain their progress on their own. Throughout your treatment plan, you will learn to develop healthy habits that will set you up for success. Some of the most beneficial lifestyle changes that patients can make after completing a medical weight loss program include:
- Continue following nutrition, supplement, and fitness plans
- Rid your home of unhealthy foods and drinks
- Plan and prep your meals in advance
- Keep a record or journal of what you eat each day
- Minimize restaurant outings
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption (empty calories)
- Set a step/activity goal each day
- Live a more active lifestyle (walk to work if possible, take the stairs, etc.)
- Find an accountability partner
- Ask your family for support
- Have realistic expectations
Once your medical weight loss program has ended, it can be tempting to return to your old ways. By making these healthy lifestyle changes, however, patients can maximize their opportunity for success. It is also important to be patient and have realistic expectations when it comes to weight loss, both during and after your program. Even with dedication and motivation, it is normal for many patients to experience peaks, valleys, and plateaus during a weight loss journey. With Dr. Christy’s guidance, you don’t have to do it alone!
Healthy habits can turn into long-lasting results after medically supervised weight loss in Terre Haute or Carmel, IN
Whether you’ve tried every fad diet over the last 20 years without success or simply need help losing those last ten pounds and keeping it off, medical weight loss provides a personalized solution to help you succeed. To learn more about the benefits of medically supervised weight loss programs, call your nearest Body Bar MD location in Terre Haute or Carmel, IN to schedule your private consultation with esteemed board-certified physician Dr. Christine Kirkendol Watson today!