Two‐thirds of the American population is obese.
We all know obesity can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. But what is the definition of obesity? Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’ weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories. Normal BMI range from 18.5 to 24.9, overweight range from 25‐29.9, obesity is BMI over 30.
Here are a few weight loss strategies from Dallas Family Medical:
Count your calories: Keep in mind that it takes approximately 3,500 calories below your calorie needs to lose a pound of body fat. To lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week, you’ll need to reduce your caloric intake by 500—000 calories per day. Use the free apps such as calorie king, lose it to help you count calorie. Cut calorie intake: Eating more fruits and vegetable, increasing fiber, making better drink choices and watch the portion.
Burn your calories: 150 minutes/ week of moderate‐intensity aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. Don’ be frustrated if you haven’ achieved your weight loss goal, no matter what your weight loss goal is, every pound counts. Even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.
If you already try your best on the diet modification and exercise and wonder if there’s medication for weight loss, the answer is yes. Belviq and Contrave are both FDA approved weight loss medications, indicated for people BMI>30 or >27 with High BP, diabetes or high cholesterol. Cost range from $55 to $110 /month based on the insurance coverage. The goal for both of the medications is at least 5% percent body weight loss in 3-month duration. But both of the medication can be used for long-term weight loss.
Are you ready for weight loss? Call us and schedule an appointment today, we would like to talk you more about our weight loss program.