How to Lose Weight and Get Rid of Belly Fat

 

Now that the new year has arrived people start making new year resolutions. One resolution is to lose weight and especially get rid of the excess pounds accumulated during the holidays especially since spring and summer are around the corner looking trim and slim becomes a priority.

 

Weight loss  for some people is easy but for the majority of us, shedding the extra pounds we have added on before or during the holidays can be challenging.

To complicate matters any excess weight can affect ones health severely leading to serious morbididty and mortality. 

 

Health related issues that can arise from being overweight or obese include:

Type 2 diabetes

High blood pressure

Coronary heart disease (CHD)

Stroke

Metabolic syndrome

sleep apnea

Gallstones

Depression

Osteoarthritis

Menstrual issues and infertility (in women)

Erectile dysfunction (in men)

 

This by no means is an exhaustive list . There are at least 35 medical conditions directly linked to obesity.

As the weight increases so does the risk of developing one of the medical conditions described above.

In other words the need to stay within a normal ideal weight range is not only to look and feel good but to avoid debilitating diseases that can shorten ones life.

So how can one lose weight quickly, efficiently and safely? There are basically 5 fundamental components to a weight loss program which will vary and be determined by patients BMI, fat percentage, muscle percentage which is determined by doing a body composition analysis best done under the supervision of a weight management Dr.

Once the essential parameters are determined a very comprehensive and intense weight management program is prepared which will include

  1. A diet plan which will consist of one of the three diet plans

        a) A low calorie diet

        b) A medical food plan

        c) An HCG plan ( not prescribed often)

   2. A comprehensive and detailed exercise program (aerobic exercise and strength training)

   3. Pharmaceuticals and supplements (if needed)

   4. Psychological counseling and behavioral modification program 

   5.) Bariatric Surgery referral in some cases

 

 

Dropping a few pounds after the holidays may not necessitate a visit to the Doctor but if the problem is more pronounced and has been an issue prior to the holidays then seeing a specialist in weight management is  advised.

Author
Dr. Anteneh Roba

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