For many people struggling with obesity, seeing an obesity medicine clinician is a more effective solution than other attempts at weight loss. Obesity medicine doctors view obesity as a disease and treat it using evidence-based approaches.
As there are many factors that affect obesity, patients receive personalized treatment plans that typically include:
- Physical activity counseling
- Behavior therapy
Controlling calories consumed and going on a diet is essential to weight loss, as is regular physical activity. An obesity medicine physician may put patients on pre-packaged meal replacement plans that are designed to help patients achieve initial weight loss. Eventually, patients can transition to making their own food plans for long-term weight management.
Access to group or individual counseling and other support options are also offered.
While results vary, patients may lose 50 pounds or more in 18 – 24 weeks.
If diet, behavior modification and increased physical activity do not produce sufficient results, patients may be considered for weight-loss medications.