Non-Surgical Weight Loss

Obesity is not your fault and not yours to manage alone. It is a disease and a health concern worldwide. The good news is that we have an obesity medicine physician on staff who can provide you with non-surgical weight loss procedures to help you regain your strength and live a healthy life. It’s not too late. Take your first step towards better health today.

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Better Body for Better Life

Obesity is a disease associated with excessive body fat that can lead to other health problems. Obesity affects an estimated 93 million Americans. In Arizona, more than 29.5% of Arizonans are affected. This state also ranks 30th out of 51 states impacted by obesity. The age group most affected by obesity is 45 to 64 (34%). Genetic and environmental factors can cause a person to gain weight to unhealthy levels that dieting alone cannot control.
Our obesity medicine physician can improve our patients’ overall health by helping them lose weight and keep it off. We specialize in medically treating and managing obesity through evidence-based approaches in obesity medicine. Obesity medicine specialists have undergone extensive training to evaluate and treat weight problems as well as develop customized treatment plans that address a person’s:

  • Functional challenges
  • Medical problems
  • Physical limitations
  • Psychological contributors

These specialists qualify patients for non-surgical weight loss options or help determine whether interventions from a weight loss surgeon are needed. An obesity medicine physician is certified by The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). If you or a loved one is affected by obesity and excessive weight, our obesity medicine physician at Abrazo Medical & Surgical Weight Loss is here for you.

Can an Obese Person Lose Weight Without Surgery?

Although some people can improve their lifestyle and lose weight by themselves, others may need extra help from an obesity medicine physician. A patient needs to be thoroughly evaluated to assess whether weight loss procedures without surgery may be enough to produce good outcomes for him or her. Otherwise, the patient may need to undergo weight-loss surgery.
Body mass index (BMI) is a tool healthcare providers use to classify a person’s weight related to his or her height. Weight is categorized into:

Underweight 18.5 or less
Healthy weight 18.5 to 24.9
Overweight 25 to 29.9
Class 1 Obesity 30 to 34.9
Class 2 Obesity 35 to 39.9
Class 3 or Severe Obesity 40 or higher

While BMI is widely used, there are other ways your doctor can diagnose obesity and its extent. Excess body fat can take a toll on your body and decrease your quality of life, putting you at risk for developing other health problems. Obesity-related conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heartburn
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Psychological contributors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psychological depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke

What Causes Obesity?

Obesity is a complicated disease and not just caused by food. It has more than one cause, such as sleep deprivation, genetic factors and prescription medications. Psychological factors such as stress can make weight management challenging.

An imbalance in calories consumed and calories burned may cause obesity. For instance, desk jobs and long commutes make it harder to get physical activity. Also, not all communities have safe spaces to walk, run or bike. Environmental factors such as TV ads and other marketing materials may cause obesity, as they actively promote the consumption of high-calorie and high-fat foods and drinks.

Talk with an obesity medicine specialist about your medical history, daily habits and family medical history to determine the best weight loss management options for you.

How to Remove Belly Fat Without Surgery?

No exercise can reduce fat in a specific body area, such as the belly. A person must healthily lose overall body weight. A reasonable weight loss is one to two pounds per week. If a weight-loss- option claims more, avoid it. For starters, the following may help you lose excessive weight:

  • Keep track of your food and drink consumption and the physical activities you are doing. Increase awareness of your habits and choices so you can modify them as necessary.
  • Consult with a healthcare provider on a physical activity plan that can help you lose weight. Follow this plan while continuing healthy eating to reach and maintain your goals.
  • Join support groups that can motivate you to pursue your weight-loss journey.

If diet and exercise are not effective, a doctor may recommend medications to help a patient lose weight. Some candidates with more than 27 BMI diagnosed with obesity-related conditions may qualify for medically supervised weight loss procedures. An obesity medicine physician can help a patient decide on the best options for him or her.

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Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthline
Obesity Action Coalition