Using a doctor to lose weight can indeed provide several benefits. Here are five key advantages:
- The first reason is because we have years of medical training and expertise: As Doctors we undergo extensive education and training, typically spending six years in medical school followed by several years of postgraduate education and specialty training. This comprehensive knowledge equips us with a deep understanding of the human body, metabolism, and weight management. It enables us to provide evidence-based guidance and develop personalized weight loss plans tailored to individual needs. No myths, fads, or quackery – just trusted and evidenced based medical advice and care.
- Doctors can prescribe weight loss medication prescriptions: Doctors have access to a wide range of weight loss medications that can help with hunger and cravings, enhance metabolism, or assist in other aspects of weight management. They stay updated with the latest research and advancements in the field, allowing them to offer cutting-edge treatments. In fact, recent trials of new agents have shown weight loss effects of up to 22.5% of a person’s body weight. This far exceeds the 1-3% weight loss that individuals achieve with lifestyle change alone. We call weight loss medications, the enablers – they enable you to put into practice the healthy diet and exercise regime you have been trying to achieve. As doctors we will also tell you if you are not suitable for medication based on your medical history and potential risks of side effects.
- Compassionate support: Unlike general doctors, our Alevia Doctors are trained in Obesity management and understand the unique physical and emotional challenges associated with weight control. You will never be told to “eat less, move more”, you will never be judged if you have a week when you put on weight, you will just have a doctor on your side that provides you with encouragement, support, and practical tips to overcome the challenges of managing weight long term. I am proud to say that Alevia Doctors rock at compassionate care.
- Detection and management of underlying health conditions: Whilst Obesity is largely a genetic condition, there are a few medical causes of obesity that should be screened for including: Cushings disease, thyroid conditions, menopausal changes, certain medications, or even rare tumours such as craniopharyngiomas. In addition, Obesity often coexists with other health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnoea. Our Alevia Doctors can identify these underlying conditions through comprehensive medical evaluations and blood tests. By addressing these underlying issues alongside your weight loss efforts, you have got a far greater chance of success.
- Increased likelihood of success: When attempting to lose weight, you will want access to most effective weight loss treatments around, which only a medical doctor can provide. Our Alevia team will also provide you with expert guidance in terms of nutrition, exercise, and the gentle accountability to keep you on track. Because you are seeing a highly qualified health professional that can help you to overcome the hunger hormones that cause weight regain, you are much more likely to keep weight off in the long term. In fact, our data shows that patients keep on average between 10-15% of their weight off out to 6 years (which is as long as we have been practicing!)
It is important to note that weight loss is a complex process influenced by various factors, and a doctor’s guidance is just one component of a comprehensive approach. Incorporating healthy eating habits, regular physical activity, and seeking support from registered dietitians, psychologists, or other healthcare professionals can further enhance your weight loss journey.