Weight loss can be frustrating, especially when going through it alone. With the help of Dr. Khan, a leading bariatrician, you can get the help you need. Patients in Van Nuys, Boyle Heights and throughout greater Los Angeles visit Dr. Khan and work with him to craft a personalized diet plan so they can lose weight safely and keep it off.
Weight loss management programs use a wide array of techniques and medical options to assist people with losing weight and getting healthier. The biggest part of a losing weight is going to be lifestyle changes and frequently patients will work with a meal replacement program initially. When a large amount of weight has to be lost, medications can be prescribed by the doctor to help. The doctor wants all patients to remember however, that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly are crucial to losing weight and keeping it off for the foreseeable future.
These options utilize meal replacement products which have been crafted to be healthy and filling. Behavior counseling is frequently combined with these products. These programs are meant to teach patients how to eat healthy and which food products should be cut out of their diet. This can help the patient maintain the good habits once the program has concluded. Some of programs used include:
Initially, patients will work with a team of healthcare specials and patients can choose to participate in group and individual counseling to determine if emotional causes are connected to their overeating.
While we all want losing weight to be easier, hard work will always be required and there aren’t any short cuts to good health. Prescribed medications are designed to work in conjunction with diet and exercise and are usually reserved for those who are severely obese. The intended recipients are also those who tried diet and exercise alone and didn’t see any results. Food and Drug Administration approved medications include:
The doctor will go over what to expect as results and possible side effects. Remember, lifestyle changes are a required in addition to medications.
Obesity is a complex, multifactorial condition characterized by excess body fat. It must be viewed as a chronic disorder that essentially requires perpetual care, support, and follow-up.
Obesity is an excess of total body fat, which results from caloric intake that exceeds energy usage. A measurement used to assess health risks of obesity is Body Mass Index (BMI).
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death following smoking.
Obesity could be a combination of the following
Risk to psychological and social well-being
The physician should perform a comprehensive medical evaluation—including elicitation of a comprehensive patient history, performance of a comprehensive physical examination, appropriate laboratory testing, assessment of overweight and related health risks, and a psychologicmental status evaluation. This comprehensive evaluation helps the physician achieve the following objectives:
The following laboratory tests may be useful:
Overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
See the following table for an example.
|5' 9"||124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbs||18.5 to 24.9||Healthy weight|
|169 lbs to 202 lbs||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obese|
It is important to remember that although BMI correlates with the amount of body fat, BMI does not directly measure body fat. As a result, some people, such as athletes, may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they do not have excess body fat. For more information about BMI, visit Body Mass Index.
Other methods of estimating body fat and body fat distribution include measurements of skinfold thickness and waist circumference, calculation of waist-to-hip circumference ratios, and techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
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