Experts and patients agree medically supervised weight loss is by far the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off.
KATY MAGAZINE l MARCH
By Kavita Shah Patel, MD
A National and Local Health Epidemic
The statistics are alarming. Nearly 70% of Americans over the age of 20 can be categorized as overweight or obese, which dramatically increases their risk for numerous chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and multiple cancers. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity can shorten an average life expectancy by up to 14 years, and that’s why physicians continue to warn overweight and obese patients about the seriousness of losing weight.
Although many overweight people can sometimes lose 10, 25, or even 50 pounds using some of the national weight loss programs such as Jenny Craig or other pre-packaged meal plans where food is portioned out and you don’t have to think about what to do, failure rates can be very high in the long term.
High Failure Rates
Unfortunately, studies show after five years, 40% of dieters gain back even more weight than they lost with these types of dieting programs. In fact, long-term studies show that short-term dieters are more likely than non-dieters to become obese over time.
Long-term success with weight loss requires a comprehensive approach, often found in programs with medical supervision, individualized counseling, and education.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons why medically supervised programs are known to work best.
1. You’re more likely to keep the weight off for the long-term
Because you are medically-monitored, coached, and taught what your specific body needs to lose weight, the chances of you keeping your weight off for the long term are much greater than other weight loss programs. “I lost 60 pounds in 8 months. I have kept the weight off for almost 3 years now.” states Rhonda Chuter. “Through Physicians WEIGHTLOSS Center of Katy I learned how to eat for life.”
2. You are ‘cleared’ to start your weight loss.
Some people try to lose weight on their own but they have underlying medical or hormonal issues that prevent them from losing weight. Our medical staff examines each client to make sure they are cleared for the program so they are poised for success. Our doctor goes over the clients’ results face to face and may provide suggestions to help clients get the best results. There could be a thyroid issue or even a vitamin deficiency that could mean the difference between success or failure even on the perfect diet.
3. You are continuously monitored.
With continuous monitoring, we are able to see what is working or what needs altering. We can adapt the program and maximize your success. For this reason, programs with monitoring, like PWLC, will have better results than those that are a one size fits all type prorgram. PWLC’s program was very easy to follow because you have counselors there to keep you on track,” says Melanie Ellis, a Katy mom who lost 35 pounds. “I have recommended PWLC to several friends.“