Every New Year’s, people make resolutions they really want to keep but somehow seldom actually do. #2 on that list is losing weight, but by the beginning of February, people get frustrated, old habits resurface, and the resolution ends up back on the shelf till the next year.
That doesn’t need to be the case.
At Primecare Family Practice, board-certified family practitioners Maryline Ongangi, APRN, FNP-C and Lewis Nyantika, APRN, FNP-C are passionate about caring for their patients in the Arlington, Texas, area who are overweight but who struggle with losing the pounds. That’s why they offer a medical weight loss program personalized for each individual’s needs. Here are five reasons why our weight loss program can help you keep your resolution intact.
Americans carry a lot of weight — literally — and we’re headed in the wrong direction. According to the CDC, the incidence of obesity rose from 30.5% in 1999-2000 to 42.4% in 2017-2018, and the incidence of severe obesity ballooned from 4.7% to 9.2%.
Obesity is more than just packing extra weight. It’s a major risk factor for some of the leading causes of premature but preventable death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. It also puts a strain on both the economy and personal finances, costing the US $147 billion annually, and $1,429 more per individual than for those of “normal” weight in a given year.
Medical weight loss is a guided weight loss program done under Primecare Family Practice supervision, with all the resources you need to help you succeed. When we take your medical history, we look for any hidden variables preventing your at-home dieting success. For example, you could have a hormonal imbalance affecting your metabolism, or you may be deficient in a micronutrient, or you could have some underlying medical problem that makes losing weight harder than it needs to be.
We identify as many variables as possible, testing to identify and treat any issues before they can sabotage your efforts. We also have specialized knowledge about nutrition, supplements, and prescription medications that we share to help your weight loss journey. And, of course, we get your input about your weight loss and body image goals, drawing up a treatment plan based on that information.
When you choose to go on a diet by yourself, a lot of it is guesswork. But when you join our medical weight loss program, we give you five reasons you’ll see success.
Our diet plan is tailored to meet your needs, is easy for you to understand, and is easy to stick to. You won’t have to give up everything you love, but we’ll show you a better way to structure the calories you consume.
Any good diet plan takes into account not just what you eat, but also your food preparation abilities and ingrained, unhealthy habits. Most overweight and obese people need to rethink their relationship with food, learning how to make healthier choices and maintain good eating habits. We provide the structure to help you make good choices.
Medication isn’t for everyone, but if you need it, we can provide appetite suppressants and metabolism boosters to help ease the process.
Regular exercise is key to helping shed the pounds, but if you’ve got arthritic knees, you won’t do well with high-impact sports. Since we have your complete medical history, we also have intimate knowledge of your strengths and limitations, so we can make appropriate recommendations for exercise that will help you lose weight but won’t hurt you in the process.
When you go the solo route with a diet plan, it’s easy to slack off here and there because the only person you’re accountable to is you. A medical weight loss program, on the other hand, comes with a built-in support network, both for accessing resources and for emotional encouragement.
We check your weight and measure your progress toward your short- and long-term goals at each appointment, providing oversight for the process as a whole. If you’ve hit a plateau, we can adjust the treatment plan so you keep moving forward. And if you’re trying to self-sabotage, we can put you back on course.
Making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Then it’s time to come into Primecare Family Practice to enroll in our medical weight loss program to get the results you want. To get started, call us at 817-873-3710, or book online with us today.