Weight management goes beyond just losing weight, as many people regain weight after they stop dieting. Dr. Mark A. Ramirez, who specializes in family medicine, offers a medical weight management program to residents of Hemet, California.
Weight loss requires considerable lifestyle changes. Americans are much more sedentary than our ancestors, for whom the norm was a very active lifestyle. Genetics also play a role, as food was once scarce and famines common, so the people who survived to pass on their genes were able to manage on short rations of food. Now food is abundant, so dietary management is key to weight maintenance.
Doctors use the body mass index, or BMI, to determine if a person's weight is in proportion to their height. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30.0 or above indicates obesity. However, other factors can make a difference. Someone with a very large frame can carry more weight than someone with a small frame. An athlete who is very muscular may have a higher BMI because muscles weigh more than fat. Nor is BMI a good indicator of cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and muscle strength, all of which affect health.
Medical weight loss is different from popular programs like Weight Watchers or commercial programs like Jenny Craig. A medical evaluation, laboratory tests, and diagnostic workups are part of a medically supervised weight loss program. Medical issues like diabetes can affect the ability to lose weight, and since exercise is such a critical component of weight loss and weight maintenance, a physical examination is necessary to ensure the patient can exercise safely.
Weight loss typically involves a special diet to control calories. In weight maintenance, the focus is on eating a healthy, well-balanced diet in balance with activity to keep the patient's weight within the desired range. Weight maintenance can be more difficult in some ways. Once patients lose weight, they may hear fewer compliments, as their new weight becomes the new norm. There is also more flexibility in terms of what the patient can eat, which means constant vigilance to stay within the parameters of the new routine.
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