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If you’ve tried numerous diets that haven’t worked, perhaps you need more structure to help you maintain your motivation. Melita Tate, MD, founder of Grassroots Healthcare, provides customized weight loss programs that help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss over the long term.
After reviewing your medical and psychological history, Dr. Tate listens to your experience with the diets you’ve tried and your concerns about weight loss. She administers tests to see if an undiagnosed medical condition is causing your weight gain. Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome are just two of a number of conditions that can be to blame.
She checks to see if you have any nutritional deficiencies that could cause you to binge on certain foods, as well as food intolerances to see if there are foods you should avoid on the weight loss program.
Obesity is as much of a psychological issue as a physical issue. If you’re obese and once Dr. Tate rules out medical conditions causing the excess weight, she may recommend psychological counseling.
Dr. Tate designs a program for you based on the results of your blood tests, how you’ve responded to other diets, and what foods are your triggers. She specializes in the following approaches to weight loss and can adjust each to your individual needs.
Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It’s counterintuitive to think that a program that’s high in fat would work, but it does if you follow the plan. Your body starts burning your stored fat because you’re not taking in many carbohydrates.
This diet also helps control your appetite because you can have foods that aren’t included in many other diets. If you love cheese, you don’t feel deprived on a keto diet. These are some of the foods you can eat on a keto diet:
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced in pregnancy. Given as injections along with a low-calorie diet, it boosts your metabolism and reduces appetite at the same time. After a set period, you no longer receive the injections and proceed to a maintenance phase. You lose weight quickly, but the challenge is then keeping it off with healthy habits.
If you’re addicted to sugar and it’s your go-to when you’re stressed or emotionally upset, you may want to try a sugar-free detox diet. If you have arthritis or autoimmune conditions, you likely know that sugar increases inflammation in your body. The sugar-free detox diet is an anti-inflammatory diet.
Dr. Tate works with you to establish routine physical activity that you can do almost every day of the week. It can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood. If you can’t walk very far at first, do what you can and walk a little farther each day.
If you belong to a gym, just a few sessions with a trainer can help get you started on enjoying regular exercise. Dr. Tate monitors you regularly to see what psychological roadblocks you’re experiencing and works with you on approaches to overcome them. Regular exercise is critical to your health.
If your normal shopping list includes cakes, cookies, and boxed, processed foods, Dr. Tate works with you to develop a healthier shopping list. Keeping to the perimeter of the grocery store where the meat, poultry, fish, produce, and dairy are located is going to help you avoid your trigger foods.
Behavior modification techniques such as keeping a list of everything you eat during the day can be helpful. What event or thought caused you to binge on a trigger food? You discuss all of this when you meet with Dr. Tate during monitoring visits.
Call us at Grassroots Healthcare or book an appointment using our online tool today for help with your weight loss and all of your primary care needs.
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