Frequently Asked Questions On Weight Loss and How you can have Non-Surgical Weight Loss in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dr. Divya Javvaji, MD
Prime MD Plus
A person’s weight is a key feature of their physical appearance that connotes many things.
As a result, many people are concerned about losing weight to look and feel better.
This leads to many questions about weight loss. These are the frequently asked questions related to medical weight loss:
What causes people to gain weight?
Obesity is now an alarming global health issue, and the prevalence of overweight people has consistently increased. Most people in the world are faced with common predisposing factors like:
Sedentary lifestyles: The act of limited physical activity goes hand in hand with obesity and are both risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. There is little energy expenditure from reducing activity, and the body stores excess calories as fat in peripheral tissues. The high amount of sedentary/remote jobs and diverse and improved means of transportation also contribute to our more sedentary lifestyles.
Diet: Consumption of fast, relatively inexpensive, highly processed carbohydrate/fat foods and sugary drinks has also caused a significant increase in obesity rates.
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It is important to understand these root causes of weight gain to succeed along your weight loss journey.
When to consider losing weight?
While being obese may not be physically satisfying for some, most people are concerned about the negative health implications of being on the big side.
A person should consider losing weight when overweight per their body mass index as defined by the World Health Organization classification (WHO).
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is the ratio of a person’s mass to the square of their height: mass (in kilograms) divided by height (In meters) squared.
Different BMI values (in Kg/m^2) and their body weight category are:
<18.5 is Underweight;
18.5-24.9 is a Healthy weight;
25-29.9 is Overweight;
30-34.5 is Moderately obese;
35-39.9 is Severely obese;
>40 is Morbidly obese.
A person with BMI >30 should consider losing weight and undergo weight loss.
How can not losing excess weight affect one’s health?
Knowing the unhealthy consequences of obesity can be a motivation to lose some weight. These include:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative inflammatory joint disease that results from prolonged wear and tear on the joints. The burden of the big weight on the joints can result in this disease over time.
Hypertension: Persistently elevated blood pressure can result from the deposition of fat substances, e.g., cholesterol, on blood vessels, which thickens them and increases blood pressure.
Stroke: This cerebrovascular event could result from narrowing vessels that take blood to the brain and decrease blood flow to this organ.
Diabetes Mellitus type 2: Excess body weight is a risk factor for developing insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar level) resistance.
Gallbladder stones: Cholesterol (a form of fatty substance) is removed by the Gallbladder from the body in the bile when there is an excess of cholesterol; in an obese person, this organ is six times more likely to form stones when compared to a lean person.
Diet vs. Exercise: Which is a better approach to weight loss?
Excess weight results from storing more calories than you can burn. A diet of less highly processed carbohydrate and fat food or more whole grains (Wheat, Brown rice, Barley, Oats, etc.) and high fiber (fruits and vegetables) foods has been shown to provide good weight loss results.
A quality diet and not just decreasing the quantity of food eaten to lose weight can greatly benefit.
Reducing the number of unhealthy foods you eat will improve your ability to lose weight and make weight loss faster.
An exercise program is very important for weight loss but can be difficult for many people who are not used to the kind of exercise you need to have significant weight loss.
It is important to take it slow and try walking before jogging or running. Quality diet and exercise have a synergistic effect on weight loss and are better together.
Diet is just the better of the two for the typical sedentary person.
Why am I not losing weight from dieting and exercising?
While gaining weight is simply due to an imbalance of energy consumed and expended, it is not so in all cases; other conditions can cause weight gain. These include:
Hypothyroidism: This endocrine disorder is associated with decreased thyroid hormone levels. Thyroid hormones are responsible for increasing your body’s metabolic rate (associated with increased energy expenditure); thus, obesity is an associated feature in hypothyroidism.
Cushing’s Syndrome: Another endocrine disorder is an excess of Glucocorticoid hormone (i.e., Cortisol). Cortisol increases blood sugar levels and can lead to fat deposition, especially in abdominal, facial, and interscapular regions.
Leptin deficiency: Leptin is secreted by fat cells in the body and taken in the blood to the brain, reducing the desire for food intake. Leptin also increases energy expenditure by increasing the urge for physical exercise, heat generation, and body energy expenditure. Deficiency of this hormone which is a rare phenomenon can give rise to massive weight gain.
Hypothalamic lesions: These are also rare causes of obesity; Leptin exerts its food desire reduction and increases energy expenditure effects by acting on the hypothalamus; thus, a defect in this part of the brain could cause excess weight gain too. The causes are trauma to the head or brain tumors compressing the hypothalamus.
How Prime MD Plus can help
Prime MD Plus offers a medical weight loss program that can help you lose weight without weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery.
Our program is designed to help you achieve weight loss, and our team of medical professionals will work with you to create a personalized plan that fits your needs.
We offer a variety of weight loss medications, as well as non-invasive treatments like Emsculpt NEO.
Our medical team will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs, and we will provide support and guidance throughout your journey to help you achieve your goals.
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So when diet and exercise have been put in place for a long time with no result in weight loss, these other causes of obesity should be considered.
If you cannot work out or if exercise and diet are not working, consider the new Emsculpt NEO platform, which can help you burn fat, build muscle, and improve your core quickly without surgery or medication and with no downtime.
Prime MD Plus provides you with professional medical treatment for non-surgical weight loss in Dallas-Fort Worth with or without medication.
To learn more about losing weight effectively and the conditions we treat, check out primemdplus.com to schedule an appointment.