The new year is a perfect time to focus on fitness and weight loss. As we reflect and set goals, wellness should always be at the top of the list. But more and more, the traditional idea of dieting is a thing of the past. Instead, we’re focused on long-term lifestyle changes that will lead to weight loss and better health. Your healthcare provider can play an essential role in losing weight and maintaining weight loss as an essential part of your overall health.
How Can My Primary Care Provider Help With Weight Loss?
Losing weight goes way beyond cutting calories or following the latest diet fad. Having a full picture of your health profile can make a significant difference in finding the best program for you. That’s why your primary care provider is such a valuable partner in your weight loss journey. With a scientific approach, your provider can help determine your ideal weight and the best way to achieve your goals. The first step is a baseline health assessment, including an EKG, metabolic rate testing, and a complete physical. These tests determine your nutritional and exercise needs and pave the way for a comprehensive plan to keep you motivated and accountable.
A Holistic Approach to Weight Loss
Neither obesity nor successful weight loss happens in a vacuum. Obesity and weight gain are often part of a negative cycle involving other medical conditions. Underlying conditions often make achieving our goals more challenging. On the flip side, achieving a healthy weight can help mitigate many medical conditions, including diabetes. Health insurance companies often cover medical weight loss programs for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. Physicians and insurance companies understand that patients with a healthy lifestyle usually require fewer medical interventions.
We can develop a fitness and nutrition program for everyone, no matter your baseline fitness level. Your primary care provider can help find a nutrition program that works for you and an exercise program that considers your current fitness level and builds from there. The most important thing to remember is that weight loss and wellness involve a lifestyle change, not a one-time diet. Research has found that this is the best way to sustain weight loss. Your healthcare provider can provide a roadmap with guidelines and support based on your individual needs.
Support and Accountability
Many patients can lose weight successfully but have trouble keeping it off. That’s why the lifestyle approach to losing weight is so important. It’s also why ongoing support and accountability are essential. One of the benefits of partnering with your primary care provider is continuing support. It’s like having a team of professionals behind you every step of the way. At Comprehensive Primary Care, our providers offer accountability without judgment as patients move forward in their weight loss journey. We help set appropriate and realistic goals and provide regular check-ins to make sure patients are making progress.
CPC offers fitness workshops and nutritional consultations. Our team includes providers like the amazing Diane Darcy, a master’s level dietitian/nutritionist who has helped patients take control of their weight for decades. Diane has years of experience with multiple weight loss programs, with a consistent focus on mindful eating practices that last a lifetime. Diane’s approach helps patients change habits for good health, giving them new tools and a new way to look at food–and life. This kind of guidance and perspective can be life-changing for patients.
Comprehensive Primary Care’s long-term approach to weight management reflects our practice’s overall commitment to holistic healthcare. Just like our view of medicine in general, our weight loss program views every patient as an individual and creates a program custom-designed for you. With a commitment from patients, we can help you look great, feel confident and enjoy better overall health for years to come.