Medical Weight Loss
Obesity and being overweight is the fastest-growing epidemic in the United States. Obesity is now considered a disease by the medical community and is the cause of many other diseases in the body. Diseases are best treated by physicians, especially those that are certified in obesity medicine. The latest statistics reveal that over 66%- two of every three of us- are overweight or obese. Being overweight (BMI over 27) has a 50% chance of reducing your life expectancy. Being obese (BMI over 30) has a 100% chance of reducing your life expectancy.1
Stages of Weight loss:
First Stage, you must make up your mind that you will be committed to your weight loss efforts. This can not be a diet mentality; this now has to be a new way of life, everyday of your life. This will take adjustments on your part. There is no magic cure!! Once you have your mind in the right place, you can move to the second stage.
Second Stage, you will move into active weight loss. This will be your first appointment with Dr. Pate. He will discuss your results, life style & diet modifications required, coping techniques, and prescribe medications if needed. Dr. Pate will complete a history and physical. Your appointment will last approximately 1 hour. This stage will be a time to work toward your goal weight you have determined with Dr. Pate that is safe for you. During this stage you will visit our office once a month. Many programs require weekly visits, but we understand how hard it is to get off work and to make time for ourselves. Your life is like ours, crazy & busy. Our program is effective with monthly visits. If you are the type person who needs weekly check ins, you are welcome to come in as often as you would like. Monthly visits are continued until one of the following is obtained:
- You reach your goal
- The maximum weight loss for now is achieved
- You reach some other need to space medications and visits.
The average first time active weight loss is between 6-9 months.* Then you will move to the transition stage.
Third Stage will be your transition Stage. During this stage several things will change. The frequency of your visits will be decreases to save time and financial cost. Typically there are three visits over six months. Changing from monthly visits.
*Individual results may vary
1National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012. Web. 9 February. 2016. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx