Choosing a Medically Supervised Atlanta Weight Loss Program

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“You are dangerously overweight.” Four words no one wants to hear at their annual physical exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of adults in the United States are obese. Another 34 percent of adults fall into the overweight category. If your doctor has advised you lose weight, you are certainly not alone. The medically supervised Atlanta weight loss program offers you the best chance of success. They are not just more effective than a standard diet, but also safer for individuals who need to lose a lot of weight, lose weight quickly, or have other medical issues.

Not every medically supervised weight loss program is created equal. If you want to ensure that you are selecting the best program available, consider the following factors: physician, evaluation, features and fees.

A bariatric physician, not just a regular medical doctor, oversees the best medically supervised weight loss program. The physician may be certified in internal medicine, or another specialty, but should also be a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. A bariatric physician understands how nutrition, metabolism and human behavior work together to create (and solve) weight problems. Dr. Kingsley Agbeyegbe of the Atlanta Weight Loss Center is a bariatric physician.

The medically supervised Atlanta weight loss program begins with a comprehensive initial evaluation. As part of the initial evaluation, your BCA (Body Composition Analysis) and BMI (Body Mass Index) will be calculated and various laboratory tests completed. These tests include a complete metabolic profile, lipid and cholesterol measurements, blood count, thyroid profile and urinalysis.

You should compare the features of medically supervised weight loss programs when making your decision. The best programs will teach you about proper nutrition, provide appetite suppressing shakes to help you stay on track, counsel you about your attitudes towards food, and advise you in regards to exercise. Weigh-ins should be done regularly (and for free). All of this will help you make sustainable lifestyle changes for lasting weight loss.

Fees obviously play a factor in choosing a medically supervised weight loss program. Make sure you understand all your costs up front. While you may be able to obtain reimbursement for at least a portion of your costs through your health insurance provider, you will likely need to pay out of pocket first. Most programs have an initial fee (to cover the exam and lab tests) and then per-visit fees for subsequent appointments.

As your physician has probably told you, losing weight will do more than improve your appearance –it can also improve your life. Significant weight loss means fewer health complications, less chronic pain and greater energy. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get the most out of your life. A medically supervised weight loss program can help you do just that.

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