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What is different about obesity medicine compared to traditional diet programs? Prior to 2013, I started studying obesity by reading seven textbooks of obesity and joining national meetings, and then I visited other obesity practitioners. What I found out is there’s a tremendous amount to the science of obesity. So we now view obesity as a disease. We don’t find it helpful to blame the patient and we don’t find it helpful to stick our head in the sand because obesity is associated with significant harms. Whether you want to talk about it, I can’t move well because my joints hurt, I have sleep apnea, I suffer from reflux, heart disease or diabetes, or even cancer. So what is different also separates us from the traditional medical doctor who unfortunately still are taught that it’s calories and calories out, or that it’s portion control or that you should run and get your high from running like me.

 

We’re getting away from this blame the patient mentality. And we’re also trying to initiate true lifestyle change. So that differs from a diet in the following idea. A diet traditionally is low calorie, low points, low calorie, low fat, and often is associated with being hungry all the time now that it makes it not sustainable, to be honest. And what we seek to do in obesity medicine is achieve lifestyle change, which involves really a permanent change in your way of eating, a permanent change in your mobility, your behaviors as it relates to food. And that’s also where we, you know, incorporate a lot of the psychologists to help people change their behavior. And then after initiating a kind of lifestyle change, then we come back and talk about the antibe medicines, which can play a significant supportive role. It’s not as many patients have complained to me, they didn’t listen to me. They blame me for not following the diet. Well, again, don’t blame people. What we want to do is facilitate you getting to your goals

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5 Pillars of Weight Loss

Overweight Woman Eating Healthy Meal in Kitchen

1 Lifestyle Changes

Personalized evidence-based care plans drawing from the four pillars of weight loss so that patients find the long-term success that works for them. How many times has someone given you the weight loss advice “eat better and exercise more”? Sounds simple, but the reality is that many of us don’t know how to start making the right lifestyle changes, and our attempts leave us feeling tired and hungry!  Your Beltline Team will be there to support you through any lows and celebrate with you through the highs. Life changes happen, planned and unexpected. we will work with you to maintain your weight loss no matter what life sends your way.

2 Medication

Depending on why you gained weight or why you have been unsuccessful in losing weight on your own, medication may be the right choice for you. Generally, this will be teamed with at least one of the other four pillars, as there is no magic pill that will help you lose weight and keep it off without other changes to your eating and activity habits.

Vitamin supplements
Vitamin supplements

2 Medication

Depending on why you gained weight or why you have been unsuccessful in losing weight on your own, medication may be the right choice for you. Generally, this will be teamed with at least one of the other four pillars, as there is no magic pill that will help you lose weight and keep it off without other changes to your eating and activity habits.

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3 Meal Replacement

You can stop smoking, you can stop drinking, but you can’t stop eating! Sometimes your body needs a reset, and meal replacement can help. You get the nutrition you need and remove the temptation of unhealthy food choices. As well as helping you lose weight, this allows you to retrain your brain and gain a new, healthier relationship with food, which will lead you to long-term successful lifestyle changes.

4 Surgery

For many people, non-surgical options only get them so far, but that doesn’t mean everyone will see same success. If weight loss surgery is the right option for you we will help you prepare for a successful, fast healing surgery. After surgery, we will continue to support you with the lifestyle changes you must make for your surgery to help you achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals. The Beltline Team will be with you for as long as you feel you need their support, so you can be confident or maintaining your weight loss for years to come with access to our lifetime of care

The Bariatric Surgery Process Explained
The Bariatric Surgery Process Explained

4 Surgery

For many people, non-surgical options only get them so far, but that doesn’t mean everyone will see same success. If weight loss surgery is the right option for you we will help you prepare for a successful, fast healing surgery. After surgery, we will continue to support you with the lifestyle changes you must make for your surgery to help you achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals. The Beltline Team will be with you for as long as you feel you need their support, so you can be confident or maintaining your weight loss for years to come with access to our lifetime of care

Overweight couple running together outdoors

5 Physical Activity

Staying active is essential for good health, and it becomes even more important if you’re trying to lose weight. The trick in keeping yourself motivated to move around is to find a physical activity that you enjoy and make it part of your daily routine. Whether it’s walking outside first thing in the morning or biking around your local park after work, there are countless physical activities that you can do to keep your heart rate up and help you stay on track with your goals.

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