Nearly half of all American adults try to lose weight every year. It’s a common goal, and there are many reasons you might want to lose weight.
Maybe you want to fit into your clothes more comfortably. Maybe you want to feel more confident in your skin. Or maybe, if you’re among the 70% of Americans who have weight challenges, you want to lose those extra pounds to improve your health.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health issues. It can increase your mobility and your ability to enjoy life. But if you’ve ever tried to lose weight in the past, you know that successful weight loss takes more than just desire.
Losing weight is hard. Shedding extra pounds and keeping them off requires education, commitment, and support, and many people struggle to achieve lasting success. The good news is that if you want to lose weight, you don’t have to do it alone.
Sudha Challa, MD, and our team at Lenox Medical Clinic, located in Chamblee and Johns Creek, Georgia, specialize in medical weight loss programs for children, teenagers, and adults. We meet you wherever you are in your weight loss journey and partner with you to help you shed extra pounds and live a healthier life.
Understanding the elements of successful weight loss
Your body’s metabolism is a process that converts food into energy. It transforms calories from the foods and drinks you consume into the energy that fuels your muscles, organs, and the rest of your body.
You constantly burn calories, even when you’re resting. In fact, the average person burns about 1,800 calories in a day simply by being alive. However, the amount of calories you burn each day depends on several factors. Your body burns calories based on your:
- Activity level
- Body size
- Body composition
If you consume the same amount of calories that you burn, your weight remains the same. However, consuming more calories than you burn results in weight gain over time.
Your metabolism still converts those extra calories into energy, but because your body doesn’t need the energy, it’s stored in your fat cells. Eventually, fat cells grow larger the longer you continue to consume more calories than you need.
To lose weight, you need to consistently consume fewer calories than you burn. That creates a calorie deficit, which makes your body start using the extra energy stored in your fat cells — which results in weight loss.
It sounds simple, but there’s a lot that goes into successful weight loss. You must eat a nutritious diet that gives your body high-quality fuel. You need regular physical exercise. And you need to commit to changing your habits to sustain lasting results.
Get the support you need with our medical weight loss program
Many people want to lose weight, but weight loss is a complex process. Whether you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and struggled, or you’re not sure where to start, a personalized medical weight loss program could be the answer you’re looking for.
At Lenox Medical Clinic, we provide professional support to help you learn about weight loss and achieve your goals. Dr. Challa and our team start with a comprehensive evaluation, including an assessment of your:
- General health
- Family history
- Pre-existing conditions
- Weight loss goals
We understand your unique health needs and any factors that could make losing weight more difficult for you. Then, we create a weight loss program that includes supervision from medical staff and registered dieticians.
Your personalized program includes every element of weight loss, including:
- Appetite-suppressant medication
- Behavioral counseling
- Exercise planning
- Nutrition planning
Our team provides accountability, too. You can expect to have regular check-ins with Dr. Challa throughout the duration of your weight loss program. Along with support and education, we’re here to answer any questions you have during your weight loss journey.
Stop struggling to lose weight. Start achieving success and feeling better with medical weight loss at Lenox Medical Clinic. Contact our offices in Chamblee and Johns Creek, Georgia, to get started.