Weight Management

About seven out of 10 Americans are overweight or obese, which significantly increases their risk of a wide range of health problems. If you’re struggling to lose weight, San Mateo Primary Care can help. They offer personalized weight-loss programs at their concierge practice in San Mateo, California, combining nutrition counseling and lifestyle medicine to help you reach and maintain your goals. Call today or schedule a consultation online to start your weight-loss journey.

Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?

Obesity is a risk factor for many health problems, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and some types of cancer.  If you’re overweight or obese, losing just 5-10% of your weight can significantly improve your metabolic function and reduce your risk of these conditions. Additionally, the changes needed for sustained weight loss can improve your energy, mood, and confidence.

How can a doctor help me manage or lose weight?

The math of weight loss is deceptively simple — consistently use more calories than you consume. However, many people overestimate their daily caloric needs and underestimate their consumption. Additionally, hormonal imbalances and other diseases can get in the way of your efforts. Many patients are frustrated by slow results or try to make too many severe changes at once. The combination of feeling deprived and not getting anywhere is a motivation killer. The team at San Mateo Primary Care can determine your daily caloric needs and identify health issues that are a barrier to your success. They devise a customized weight-loss program that creates a consistent calorie deficit without making you feel deprived or hungry.

What is included in a weight-loss program?

You begin with a comprehensive consultation and physical exam, including lab tests. The team needs to understand your individual concerns and your relationship with food in order to customize your weight-loss program. 

Body composition analysis

San Mateo Primary Care offers state-of-the-art body-composition analysis using the InBody 570 machine. It measures your body fat, lean muscle mass, and total body water, which provides valuable information about your body so you can track your progress accurately.

Nutrition counseling

Nutrition counseling is a critical part of a successful weight-loss plan. Patients overeat for many reasons. You might have emotional triggers or not understand nutritional values or portion sizes. The nutrition experts at San Mateo Primary Care help you adjust your relationship with food and create meals with healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods, but instead, learn to enjoy them in moderation. Nutritional counseling also helps you stay motivated. Your provider monitors your progress, helping you set achievable goals that aren’t always related to the number on the scale. They celebrate your success with you at every step and help you get past weight-loss plateaus.

Lifestyle medicine

Lifestyle medicine improves your health and reduces your risk of disease with natural interventions. Your provider helps you make small, sustainable lifestyle adjustments to your diet, activity levels, and other habits. Before you know it, your first choice is the healthiest option. If you’re ready to improve your health or are tired of trying and failing to lose weight on your own, call San Mateo Primary Care or make an appointment online today.