Obesity is an excess of body fat. The Body Mass Index or BMI is a rough estimate of a person's body fat. The formula uses your height and weight and produces a number which puts you in a category of underweight (less than 19), normal weight (20-24.9) overweight (25-29.9) and obese (30 and above). At Advanced Physicians Weight Management, we use multiple tools to determine how much excess fat you are carrying and we measure your pounds of fat loss and not water weight loss or lean body loss.
Current estimates tell us that more than one-third of all adults in the United States qualify as obese. Obesity has been sharply on the rise for the last several decades.
An obese person can lose weight but it is important to start off right for the best chance of success. A medically supervised weight loss program ensures that you'll have the support you need on a regular basis. In a medical weight loss program, the doctor will create a custom diet plan and can provide you with supplements or other medications if they are needed to give your weight loss a jump start. A person enrolled in a medical weight loss program will meet with the doctor for a check-in to ensure that they stay on track with their weight loss goals.
In the Advanced Physicians Weight Management, patients are expected to lose two pounds a week on average. However, obese patients with a great deal of excess weight may lose even more than that as they start their new healthy lifestyle. While weight loss may plateau after the initial fast drop, your weight will always continue to drop as long as you are dedicated to getting healthy and losing weight. The bottom line is that if you stick to a medical weight loss program consistently, there is every reason to expect consistent and steady weight loss until you reach your goal weight.
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