Medically supervised weight loss can help you shed excess pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. At Leonida Family Practice in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, board-certified family medicine physician Efren B. Leonida, MD, Jennifer Leonida, CRNP, and the team offer medically supervised weight loss. A combination of exercise guidance, nutrition education, and prescription medication can help you achieve your wellness goals. Call Leonida Family Practice to request a medically supervised weight loss consultation, or book one online today.

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What is weight loss?

Medically supervised weight loss uses a mix of healthy lifestyle changes and, sometimes, prescription medication to help you shed pounds and keep them off.

Losing weight isn’t easy, especially as you age. Over the years, your metabolism slows down, affecting your ability to burn calories quickly. Partnering with the team at Leonida Family Practice can help you stay on track.

Who can benefit from medically supervised weight loss?

Consider medically supervised weight loss at Leonida Family Practice if you’re living with any of the following health problems:

  • Diabetes (or prediabetes)
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease

You might also benefit from medically supervised weight loss if you have a behavioral issue, such as anxiety or depression. Studies show that losing even a few pounds can significantly improve your outlook and self-esteem.

What does medically supervised weight loss involve?

At Leonida Family Practice, medically supervised weight loss features several different aspects, including:

Nutrition counseling

Maintaining a healthy weight requires you to make certain lifestyle changes. One of the most important changes is healthier eating. After a physical exam and lab testing, the team can make diet recommendations that provide you with energy and encourage your metabolism to work more efficiently.

Exercise guidance

Weight loss requires you to burn calories and keep them off. If you’re overweight, exercise can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. The team at Leonida Family Practice can make exercise recommendations that align with your health history and current level of physical fitness.

Prescription medication

Diet and exercise can set you down the path toward weight loss success, but lasting change often requires medication. The team at Leonida Family Practice might prescribe medicine to suppress your appetite or speed up your metabolism, depending on your needs.

How long does medically supervised weight loss take?

The time that medically supervised weight loss takes depends on your health and your commitment to the team’s treatment plan. Most people lose at least a few pounds in the first four to six weeks, but it may take three or more months to experience noticeable results. Be patient, follow your provider’s instructions, and attend each check-up.

Call Leonida Family Practice to request a weight loss consultation, or book one online today.

*Individual results may vary.