A medical weight reduction program will make it easier to shed extra pounds and hold it off [Column] | well being
January has come and gone, and for many people, their determination to lose weight is linked to it. The limitations of the latest diets can prove difficult to maintain for a few weeks, let alone a lifetime.
Because of this, I encourage every adult serious about shedding extra pounds to consider a medical weight loss program. When you work side by side with a doctor, you benefit from a personalized program that offers both accountability and positive feedback.
As a general practitioner for Penn State Health, I have a wide range of practice. However, I like preventive medicine because it gives patients control over their health. By helping you reach and maintain a healthy weight, you can avoid many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, my goal is to help you lose weight safely and learn how to keep it off.
When we first meet at Penn State Health Medical Group in Spring Ridge, we will discuss your medical history, weight loss goals, and what motivates you. As a doctor, I am trained to understand all of the factors that contribute to your unique weight loss challenges, including medical conditions and prescriptions.
I’ll also be doing a body composition analysis which measures the percentage of muscle, fat, and water in your body and your resting metabolism. This information is very helpful in understanding your body’s makeup, and it helps me predict the amount of weight you can realistically lose over time.
I will also discuss various medications with you that have been approved for weight loss and provide patients with a safe way to boost their weight loss and achieve their goals. Understanding how they work, what side effects and benefits they have, and when to stop using them is important to your weight loss success.
Additionally, our discussion on diet and exercise focuses on developing sustainable lifestyle changes that will help you see food in a positive light. In fact, we have nutritionists on hand to work with you if you want to take your efforts to the next level. They have a wealth of knowledge about foods that will allow you to read nutrition labels and shop in ways that will help you eat better.
Every month when you return for a face-to-face or virtual visit, we’ll review your progress and make adjustments if necessary. As a reminder, I’m here to provide detailed recommendations and positive feedback during your trip, whether it’s a few months or much longer.
My advice to anyone looking to lose weight is not to worry about a number on the scale. You have a goal of where you want to be in terms of weight and how you want to feel. These are important goals. However, from my point of view, the most important result is that you are healthy and living a life free of chronic diseases that can negatively affect your long-term health.
If you are serious about improving your quality of life, call 610-743-3139 to make an appointment with me. In response to the pandemic, Penn State Health implemented numerous improved security measures and accommodations, including frequent disinfection and cleaning of public areas, touch-sensitive objects, and examination and treatment rooms, and improved cleaning between patients to ensure your safety.
Dr. Jillian Ventuzelo is a family doctor for Penn State Health Medical Group in Spring Ridge.