If you struggle with weight management, you’re not alone. While about half of all US adults work to lose weight every year, almost 74% of American adults remain overweight or obese, with nearly 43% having a body mass index (BMI) over 30.
When you weigh more than you should, losing even small amounts of weight can dramatically improve your physical and mental health. And maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your body.
At Grassroots Healthcare, we understand the struggle to lose weight and keep it off. That’s why our board-certified providers offer customized weight management guidance. With our help, you’ll watch the number on the scale go down while your quality of life rises.
With so much information on weight loss out there, choosing the right weight management option isn’t always easy. We’ve done your homework for you! Keep reading to learn more about weight management, your options, and how to know what’s right for you.
While many factors affect what weight is best for your body, medical providers use the body mass index (BMI) scale to get a general picture of your weight and how it impacts your health.
When your BMI falls into the “normal” range (18.5-24.9), you’re considered to have a healthy body weight. When your BMI is 25-29.9, you’re considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher designates you as “obese,” while they designate a BMI of 40 or higher as “morbidly obese.”
Having a high body mass index is highly correlated with the development of serious health complications. The higher your BMI rises, the greater your risk of developing multiple conditions or even dying from obesity-related causes.
This is because carrying extra weight affects your entire body, including your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Being overweight or obese is linked to many medical and health complications, including:
Note that this partial list only covers some of the many conditions linked to being overweight, and weighing more than is healthy for your body often leads to the development of multiple health issues. In fact, obesity correlates highly with metabolic syndrome, a term that describes a group of health conditions occurring together, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and more.
The good news is that losing any amount of weight is good for your health if you’re overweight or obese. And when you maintain a healthy weight, you can prevent and even reverse many of the complications associated with being overweight.
At Grassroots Healthcare, our personalized weight management programs help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Our providers know that no two people are exactly the same, which is why we recommend a weight loss option customized to meet your specific needs, including:
Some patients also benefit from weight loss medications to help control your appetite or vitamin B12 injections to boost metabolism. These options may be added to other weight management programs.
It’s important to address any underlying health concerns that may affect your ability to lose weight. That’s why our providers conduct a comprehensive physical examination before recommending a specific program.
In some cases, your Grassroots Healthcare provider may also order tests to evaluate your hormone levels, look for any nutritional deficiencies, or test for food sensitivities. Imbalances or issues in any of these areas can make weight loss more difficult.
Additional factors to consider include:
With this information in hand, your provider works with you to determine which weight management program best fits your needs.
Ready to learn more about your weight management options? Schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma.