Excessive fat on your body comes with many drawbacks, including an increased risk of conditions like heart disease and diabetes as well as mobility problems that seem premature for your age. Are you struggling to get your weight under control?
Patients of Jeffrey H. Graf, MD, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City have access to a personalized medical weight loss program that can help them manage their weight for a lifetime. As a weight management specialist, Dr. Graf helps you separate the misinformation from the valuable guidance you need to see results.
Here, we explain the basics of physician-supervised medical weight loss and the benefits that place it above other weight management programs and diets.
What makes medical weight loss stand out
With Americans spending roughly $2.1 billion per year on dietary supplements that promise quick and effective weight loss results but don’t deliver, it’s no wonder that many would rather put their money toward something more promising.
Among different approaches to weight loss and health management, consider the unique aspects of medical weight loss that place it above commercial diet programs and gimmicky products. Doctor-supervised weight management programs are evidence-based and reliable because they take your personal considerations, overall health, and physical goals into account.
While many diet programs rely on universal principles, the most successful weight loss programs are fully individualized. Your medical weight management program begins with a detailed consultation, which includes a physical exam and an open conversation about your weight loss goals.
Getting started, taking control
Dr. Graf develops a weight loss program that’s customized for you after talking extensively with you about your health and goals. He walks you through the first two phases of your program:
The quick-start phase
The quick-start phase involves a low-calorie prescription diet curated by Dr. Graf. You also receive helpful behavioral counseling for additional lifestyle support.
The transition phase
The transition phase involves continuing your prescription diet but allowing some wiggle room for the foods you love most. You also continue to tailor your activities like increasing exercise, better managing stress levels, and cutting back on alcohol.
Soon, modifying your behaviors for successful weight management becomes second nature. You feel more in control of your health because you see the results of your efforts.
Maintaining your weight loss results
Reaching your weight goal doesn’t mean you’ve completed your weight management program. Once you’ve gotten to your ideal weight, the maintenance phase begins.
During this phase, you continue the habits you learned during the early phases of your weight management program. The main objective here is to maintain your results by making those healthy habits permanent fixtures in your life so you don’t drift back into old patterns like high-calorie eating or sedentary free time.
You can even work with Dr. Graf to set new goals during your maintenance phase, like fitness goals or focusing on improving your cardiovascular health. You no longer need to weigh yourself daily or even every other day; just stick to a schedule that works for you.
Need more information?
Personalized weight management programs draw much interest from patients at Jeffrey H. Graf, MD. His association with The Center for Medical Weight Loss, a program run only by physicians, can help you get your weight under control so you live a healthier, longer life.
Schedule your consultation online or over the phone today.