Help! I Need to Lose Some Weight

Thanks to the ever-growing obesity problem in the United States, everywhere you turn there are products and services that promise to help you lose weight fast with little-to-no effort on your part. Unfortunately, most of these are gimmicks and fads that overpromise and underdeliver. If you want to take charge of your weight, once and for all, we can help you through it with our medically supervised weight-loss programs.

Dr. Scott Lafferty and our team here at Lafferty Family Care recognize the ever-increasing role that excess weight plays in the poor health of our population, and we want to do our part to rein this problem in. 

To that end, here’s a look at how we can help you lose weight in a way that provides you with results for years to come.

The weight problem at a glance

It’s no exaggeration to say that excess weight is wreaking havoc on our population. A whopping two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight and one-third are considered to have obesity. The combined effect of this extra weight is leading to very serious, and even life-threatening, health problems in our country, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

When it comes to losing weight, the health benefits are myriad and address many of these dangerous health issues. In fact, the National Institutes of Health and the CDC report that if people with obesity or overweight lose just 5-10% of their total body weight, they can improve metabolic function in many tissues, as well as improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

How you go about losing this excess weight, however, can make all the difference in your future success at regaining control over your health and your body.

Avoiding gimmicks and fads

If you do an Internet search for the words “weight loss,” you’re met with 2.7 billion results in under a second. Unfortunately, a large majority of these results are for products and services that are ineffective at best and downright dangerous at worst.

For weight loss to be sustainable and healthy, it should be deliberate and gradual, allowing your body to readjust every step of the way. Many of the fad diets promote nothing more than the loss of fluids to move the needle on your scale down, which is only a temporary effect. Or, some diets only end up slowing your metabolism, which means you’ll quickly put the weight back on, plus more, afterward.

To lose weight successfully, and keep it off, we need to ensure that your efforts are hitting the right mark.

The healthy way to lose weight

When you come to us for weight loss, we first spend a considerable amount of time reviewing your path to your current weight, your medical history, and your goals. Once we have a better understanding of what you need to accomplish, we tailor a weight-loss program to your needs.

For example, if you have prediabetes or diabetes, we need to be very careful about how we approach your weight loss. Filling your diet with low-calorie substitutes like shakes that still contain sugar and no nutrients isn’t a great approach. Instead, we devise a program that addresses your diabetes while also promoting weight loss.

And the same holds true for other health problems. Ultimately, our goal is to help you shed the pounds while supplying your body with the nutrients it needs for healthier living. 

To help you lose weight, we may recommend:

One of the best benefits of our weight-loss program is that we’re with you every step of the way, providing support, accountability, and the resources you need for healthy and meaningful weight loss.

To get started on your weight-loss journey, contact our office in Bentonville, Arkansas, to set up an appointment.

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