The Skinny on Weight Loss
Nearly everyone knows there is an obesity epidemic in the United States, with every state reporting to the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) that at least 20% of its population is obese. Texas reports over 30% of its population is obese. Yes, obesity is a problem, but what can you do about it?
You’ve probably heard from more than one source that diet and exercise are the keys to sustained weight loss and maintenance. And there is a reason for this; a study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows that overweight people who followed a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet in addition to establishing an exercise routine lost 10% more weight than those who did not make any changes in their daily routine.
However, sometimes you eat right, and you exercise, and the weight doesn’t seem to want to come off. While you should already be working in conjunction with Dr. Race and his team, this is an especially good time to consult with them. Either of them may have suggestions to help jump-start your weight loss efforts. Our team may also work with you to prescribe weight loss medication.
In recent years, several prescription weight loss medicines have been approved by the FDA. While all of them have been proven to work, each works differently, so it’s important to talk to your primary provider about which one is best for you.
One of the more recent medications is a daily injection, not an oral one. This medicine was initially used to treat diabetes. However, when doctors started seeing their patients lose weight, it was further developed into a weight loss treatment. Of course, you will need to ask Dr. Race about this, as he will have to write you a prescription for it.
Even with taking medication to help with your weight loss, it is still important to make healthy choices, both in your food choices and in your daily movement. The medication is a supplement to your nutrition and exercise, not a replacement for it. As always, consult our team before beginning a weight loss regimen.
If you have a question about current health issues, come see us, we will help you make informed decisions about your health.
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