Physician’s Weight Control & Wellness Center has been in the weight loss business for over 50 years, so we know the ins and outs of what a clinic like ours can do for our patients and all the terminology and the process we take you through to realize your weight loss goals. All that said, we also remember that when someone visits our clinic, it might be his or her first time speaking with a weight loss clinic. We’re always happy to answer questions to make our patients feel at ease. Today, we’re answering some of the most common questions we get.
What is a bariatrician?
A bariatrician is a licensed physician – Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) – who has received special training in the medical treatment of overweight and obese patients through the Obesity Medical Association (OMA). Bariatricians address the obese patient with a comprehensive program of diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and, when indicated, the prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications.
Why haven’t I been able to lose weight? I’ve tried so many different times and have been unsuccessful.
Obesity is a difficult disease. Even with maximum effort, having setbacks in your weight loss program is as easy as attending one holiday party or going on a vacation with family. Though these are positive activities, they can put stress on your disease and invite old habits to return. Bad stressors like injuries, family losses, and money problems can be even more punishing when it comes to sticking with your weight loss program.
Biochemical imbalances can also make it extremely difficult for a person to lose weight. For example, raised insulin levels can block weight loss. In patients with Insulin resistance, even a slight increase in carbohydrate intake can raise insulin levels enough to slow weight loss. Other biochemical culprits can include thyroid hormone levels, which can affect how quickly or slowly a patient loses weight. Even certain medications can cause weight gain as a side effect. Our physicians will perform blood tests to determine if any of these are contributing to the lack of weight loss.
Hitting a “plateau” in weight loss can also be incredibly frustrating to someone trying to control their weight. For many people, reaching their body’s “comfort zone” can often mean the end of their weight journey, whether they want it to or not. When we lose enough weight, we may look and feel better and, eventually, we lose our focus on excellent nutrition and portion control. This causes us to “plateau” and not lose weight as quickly, if at all. While some tests can help explain this, many times hitting a plateau occurs without explanation, and it is during these times that a supportive team such as ours can encourage you.
Unfortunately, the treatment of obesity doesn’t only involve taking pills – rather, it involves a high degree of personal responsibility. While weight loss requires tough mental fortitude, our staff will never, ever take a stern or judgmental approach to helping with your weight loss. We will guide you through the good times and bad.
Why Should I see a bariatrician?
While any licensed physician can offer a medical weight loss program, bariatricians are uniquely equipped to treat overweight and obese patients and their associated conditions. Through the Obesity Medical Association’s extensive continuing medical education programs, the bariatricians at our offices have been trained to use their highly specialized knowledge, tools and techniques to design specialized medical weight loss programs tailored to the needs of individual patients. If needed, they can modify the programs as the treatment progresses.
Because of this qualification, weight loss with one of our physicians includes a complete program focusing not only on weight loss but also on weight maintenance. Our specialists are experienced in helping overweight patients deal with their personal highs and lows during their weight loss journey, including the roadblocks that may appear along the way.
When will I start seeing results?
Each person’s body responds differently to our treatments, but the majority of our clients who are dedicated to following our programs have seen significant weight loss. Some patients will lose weight faster than others – it depends on your personal metabolism and your dedication to your individual plan.
Why should I choose Physician’s Weight Control over other programs?
At Physician’s Weight Control & Wellness, we pride ourselves on the following:
- Over 50 years of experience in bariatric medicine and nutrition
- Compassionate, enthusiastic and caring staff
- Fair and competitive pricing
- Up-to-date knowledge of and contribution to the field’s latest research findings
- Adherence to the Obesity Medical Association (OMA)’s “principles of excellence”
- Always putting the patients’ welfare above all
- Avoiding value judgments concerning a patient’s behavior
- Complying with all state and federal laws
- Providing adequate and truthful information to the patient about their disease
- Cooperating fully with other physicians in providing medical care to every patient
Contact us today for more information and to get started!
At Physician’s Weight Control and Wellness, our weight loss programs are unique in that they are physician-guided and individually tailored to each patient. Because every patient is different, no two treatment plans are the same. The same philosophy applies to our nutrition consulting and coaching programs. These programs are designed to be the next step after meeting with our doctors to ensure your investment in your new lifestyle takes root.