Weight Loss Help

Trying to lose weight seems like an endless battle that we quite often deem ourselves as a failure. It seems every best effort to lose weight starts out strong with good results and when we finally think we have found success, we stop the diet. One or two months later, you look back and realize every pound that has been lost has found its way back to your belly. Stepping on the scale makes you very aware that all of your “success” is gone, plus there is now an extra 10-20 pounds from where you started.

Frustrating? Yes.

Are you a failure? No.

Obesity is a disease just like any other disease and needs effective treatment options. Unfortunately this disease is very challenging to treat because there are so many contributors to disease. Causes of obesity include our environment, your genetics, learned habits and behaviors, and fluctuations in hormone levels. Although it is difficult to treat, it is important to treat and manage it for your health’s sake. Obesity increases your risk for other diseases such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and many more.

So what options are available to help you lose weight?

  1. Bariatric physician. A bariatric physician is a physician who specializes in weight loss. They are specially trained to look for weight loss barriers, such as conditions that make it more difficult to get to and maintain a healthy weight. The bariatric physician will take into account a complete picture of your health as they work with you to personalize your weight loss plan. They can also prescribe weight loss medications where appropriate.
  2. Registered dietitian. A registered dietitian can help to customize your weight loss plan based upon your lifestyle. At the Weight Treatment Center, our dietitians have tools such as metabolic testing, body composition testing, lifestyle patterns analysis, as well as experience in helping people to achieve a healthy weight with or without surgery. A registered dietitian can help you evaluate your relationship with food teach you how to eat smart, and how to integrate your lifestyle to keep the weight off.
  3. Behavioral health specialist. A behavioral health specialist can help you to identify if you are using food to cope with emotions. They can also help you if you struggle with things such as binge eating, depression, or other conditions that may be related to your weight gain. They can also guide you as you look for your source of motivation to lose weight, help you embrace your new lifestyle, and help you build your support system so you can be successful long term.
  4. Bariatric surgeon. If you need to lose 75 pounds or more to get to a healthy weight, you could be a candidate for weight loss surgery. You will need to have tried to lose weight without success before you have surgery. There are four types of weight loss surgery supported by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. If you are interested in surgery, you can watch an online weight loss surgery seminar at your convenience to find out if it is right for you.

You are not alone in your journey and there are many ways to get the support you need to help you get to a healthy weight. Your insurance may cover services provided by these providers. Contact the Weight Treatment Center at St. Mark’s Hospital for more information on WeightLossUtah.com.


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