If you are one of the more than 70% of Americans who are overweight or obese, weight management can help you shed pounds and improve your health. At Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. in Houston, Texas, the team offers a variety of weight management services, including weight loss assistance, body mass index (BMI) evaluations, and nutritional counseling. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Weight management is a branch of health care focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing obesity. If you’re overweight or obese, you’re also more likely to experience chronic health problems like arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
Being overweight or obese can also negatively affect your mental health. Clinical studies show that people who are obese are 55% more likely to experience depression compared to people who aren’t.
Anyone who is overweight or obese can benefit from weight management. This applies even if you’re only slightly overweight. Without prompt intervention, weight gain may increase over time. This is especially true as you get older because your metabolism slows down.
The sooner you participate in weight management, the sooner you can make healthy lifestyle changes that improve your mobility, diet, and energy levels. When combined, these changes can support your metabolism, making it easier to shed pounds and keep them off.
At Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D., a weight management consultation begins with a physical and neurological exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your lifestyle and goals for treatment.
After gathering this information, your provider orders laboratory tests, including blood panels and a urinalysis, to determine your risk of nutritional deficiencies or hormone imbalances, which may negatively affect your progress. Finally, your provider develops a custom care plan to align with your needs.
Weight management at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. includes several services, including:
Body mass index (BMI) uses your height and weight to determine your percentage of body fat. A BMI between 25-30 is considered overweight, while a BMI of over 30 is obese. If your BMI is over medical recommendations, it means you can benefit from weight management.
Successful weight loss programs involve a combination of good nutrition and regular exercise. If you want to lose weight, it’s important to eat a balanced diet that primarily consists of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of water. You should also exercise regularly, both to build muscle and to improve your cardiovascular fitness.
Your provider can make recommendations on diet and exercise based on your age, health history, and goals.
Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to achieve weight loss. If necessary, your provider can prescribe prescription medications that suppress your appetite or kickstart your metabolism. When combined with diet and exercise, these medications can help you achieve your goals.
To learn more about weight management, schedule an appointment at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online.