At Ferguson Family Medicine, we offer weight management to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle and reduce health risks. It can be easy for people to begin a diet or exercise plan, but surprisingly difficult to stick with it. In many cases, patients will have health conditions that make physical exercise and certain diet plans a health risk. By working with us, we can develop a personalized weight loss plan for you.
Contrary to what some might believe, there is no single proven method for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. The Internet can be a source of healthy information, but can also offer many harmful and gimmicky weight loss plans that are not effective. In other cases, some dieting plans will be expensive and flat out lies. At Ferguson Family Medicine, we will provide a plan that is not only effective, but one that works for you.
The first stage of a weight management program
Weight management is not simply about losing weight and gaining the right curves or six-pack that people long for. Weight management is about losing weight and managing a healthy weight through better lifestyle choices in the long-term. Too often, some people will misunderstand that one surgery or diet is all an individual will need to gain a healthy body; never needing to maintain the diet in the future. The reality is that patients will not see effective, healthy and permanent change without a proper weight management plan that maps out a healthy lifestyle.
When people begin a weight loss plan or diet, they may not plan to remain on that diet for more than a few months. A proper weight management plan will focus on creating healthier habits for the patient to incorporate into his or her life. At Ferguson Family Medicine, we may start a weight management plan by reviewing:
- Patient’s current health
- Patient’s health history
- Any past diets that were not effective
- Patient’s goals for his or her health
- Patient’s health needs
After we gather the necessary information, we can begin to create a weight management plan to help the patient get on the right path to a healthy life. An important factor of the weight management service at Ferguson Family Medicine is that we develop the management plan with the patient. We will go over the aspects and steps of the weight management plan with the patient before beginning and answer any questions.
Beginning a diet or weight management on one’s own can seem daunting for some and easy for others. Regardless, we will offer advice and assistance at Ferguson Family Medicine. The difficult part of any weight management program is keeping to the plan for more than just a few weeks.
Keeping up a weight management plan
For some patients, weight management can be exceedingly difficult due to specific health conditions. If this is the case, then we can use methods such as bariatric surgery or other recommendations from our professionals before the weight management plan. The real challenge is maintaining a healthy weight with the amount of unhealthy choices so easily and readily available in society.
At Ferguson Family Medicine, we will create a weight management plan that helps patients change their lifestyle for the better. We can help patients continue their weight management plan and lead a new healthy lifestyle. With our support, the patient will be able to stick to the plan and continue to maintain a healthy weight for years to come. We consider all aspects of weight management from calorie intake and nutrition to exercise and physical fitness.
Patients will find that we are not here to restrict one’s life or limit the happiness in one’s life with a weight management plan. Instead, we are trying to help patients lead a healthier life and avoid life-threatening health risks. People who struggle with their weight or continue unhealthy eating habits are only adding kindling to the fire in regards to future health issues.
As the body ages with these unhealthy habits, simple dieting may not suffice to make strong enough of a positive impact in the management of one’s weight. We can help patients deal with each of these issues in turn and provide a weight management program personalized for their needs.
Creating an effective plan
At Ferguson Family Medicine, we can work with a nutritionist to help map out a healthy, yet satisfying diet. People may believe in the misconception that dieting involves eating less food and eating food that is less satisfying in taste. In reality, we can work to set up a healthy nutritional plan that will be built to the individual and ensure that he or she consumes all the necessary food groups in a healthy fashion.
Weight management does not need to be as difficult as many people make it by trying to lose weight alone. By working with Ferguson Family Medicine, we can ensure patients have all the necessary components to maintain a healthy weight.
Our team of professionals can help patients begin the path to a healthier life. The first step is to call and schedule a consultation in which we will go over necessary information and details before recommending a specific weight management plan. Although some people may feel that losing weight and continuing to maintain a healthy weight is impossible, we can prove otherwise.
The key to healthy weight management is to learn balance and control with healthy habits. By continuing to practice the healthy habits in our weight management program each day, they will become normal routine for the patient. For more information or answers to any questions, call us at 480-422-8533.
If you would like to learn more about weight-management and the various treatments we provide, call (480) 422-8533 to schedule a consultation.