For many men and women, cutting calories and increasing exercise isn’t enough to lose weight. Many people suffer from internal problems, such as hormonal imbalances or allergies, which can make it harder to lose weight. At Irvine Family Care in Irvine, California, Janet Goodfellow, MD and Ronald Young, MD, can customize a weight loss plan and treat any issues you have to help you shed those unwanted pounds. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone today.
Why can’t I lose weight?
Though eating right and exercising are very important when it comes to losing weight, you may not lose as much as you want because of underlying medical conditions. If you suffer from certain hormonal imbalances, such as having too much insulin, then your body may store too much fat. Your body will continue to store excess fat until your insulin levels are brought down to a normal level.
Suffering from certain allergies can also hinder your ability to lose weight. Some allergies can increase your resistance to insulin, thus causing your body to produce more insulin than it needs. And with the increase in insulin, your body will store more fat in your cells.
What is the process for losing weight?
First, your doctor will evaluate your current weight and height to determine how much weight you should lose. Then, your doctor will take a nutritional assessment and ask you about your current diet and calorie intake. Your doctor may then take blood tests to see if hormonal imbalances or allergies are contributing to your inability to lose weight.
Your doctor will then advise you on a diet and exercise routine. If you have allergies or a hormonal imbalance, your doctor will also go over any medication you might need to take.
If you need to lose a lot of weight, your doctor may recommend bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach. This procedure is generally only advised for patients whose lives are at risk because they are morbidly obese.
If you’re already near your target weight and just need to get rid of pockets of stubborn fat, your doctor may recommend using the noninvasive SculpSure® body contouring system.
When should I expect to see results?
It often takes a long time for your body to pack on pounds, so it’ll likely take time to lose the weight. With the right combination of diet, exercise, medication, you should begin to see results within a few weeks of following your new weight loss plan.
If you need expert care from doctors you can trust, please call to book an appointment today with Irvine Family Care.