We offer a variety of weight loss options, all the while monitoring the patients health during the weight loss process.
We start with the BMI, which is the body mass index. The BMI is calculated by your height and what your healthy weight should be. A BMI greater than 25 means you are overweight. If it is greater than 30, it means that you are obese.
We also use a calculation called the BMR, which is your basal metabolic rate. This is a crude measurement of how many calories your body needs in a day to keep you at your present weight. A pound of fat contains 3500 calories. Say you need 2000 calories a day to stay at the same weight. You would have to decrease your calorie intake by 500 calories a day to lose a pound a week. 500×7=3500 calories.
We ask the patient to do a light aerobic exercise such as walking for a half hour on most days. We sometimes prescribe phentermine, if indicated. All in all, the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight are enormous. Obesity is a killer and directly related to diabetes type 2. It has recently been estimated by the year 2020, 50% of Americans will have diabetes. This is unacceptable and will overwhelm the healthcare system and cause premature deaths.