Weight Loss Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of many health issues, ranging from arthritis to cancer. If you're concerned about your health or weight, the team of physicians at DFW MDcare in Plano, Texas, can help. They take a holistic view of health care and help you make sustainable lifestyle adjustments to help you lose weight and keep it off. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online for personalized weight loss services.

Weight Loss Q&A

How does my weight affect my health?

When many people think about losing weight, it's because of concerns about their appearance or the way their clothes fit. However, your weight has a significant impact on your health, and maintaining a healthy body weight reduces your risk of conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Cancer

Fortunately, even a modest weight loss of 5-10% of your weight (10-20 pounds for someone who weighs 200 pounds) can make a huge difference in your health and lower your risk of many of these diseases. 

How can a doctor help me lose weight?

If losing weight were easy, more than 71% of American adults wouldn't be overweight or obese. While the math of weight loss seems straightforward, there are hidden variables such as thyroid disorders and other hormonal problems that can get in the way of your success. 

What is included in a weight loss program?

The physicians at DFW MDcare customize weight loss programs to meet each patient's individual needs. Nonetheless, there are some standard components in most plans.

Physical exam

Your weight loss journey begins with a physical exam. Your doctor measures your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other factors that allow them to track your health improvement as well as the number on the scale. 

They can also identify any hormonal imbalances or other issues that could interfere with your efforts. Generally, this exam provides the data needed to create your weight loss program and baseline data to track your progress. 

Meal planning

The standard American diet relies on high-fat, high-salt, and high-sugar convenience foods that are woefully deficient in nutrients. Your doctor can help you create a meal plan that includes delicious and nutrient-rich meals that you enjoy.

An added benefit of meal planning and prepping is reducing the decisions you have to make about food. You know that when you get home from a long day at work, that dinner is waiting for you to heat up and enjoy.

Physical activity advice

Regular physical activity is another essential factor in weight loss. Exercise helps increase your daily calorie burn. Combined with a reduced-calorie diet, it forces your body to burn fat reserves for energy. 

Exercise also releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which can boost your mood and improve your sleep.

Medical treatments

The team at DFW MDcare also offers treatments to address underlying health issues that interfere with weight loss. They can also provide weight loss medication to help you control your appetite and maintain your energy levels. 

Call DFW MDcare today or make an appointment online to start your weight-loss journey.