Obesity Specialist

Alexandria Immediate Care -  - Primary Care Physician

Alexandria Immediate Care

Primary Care Physicians located in Alexandria, VA

According to information collected through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 2 out of every 3 American adults is either overweight or obese. Many of those men and women have tried all kinds of programs to lose weight before turning to the team at Alexandria Immediate Care in Alexandria, Virginia, for medically supervised weight loss. If you’re ready to try a new approach to losing excess weight and keeping it off, book an appointment today, online or over the phone.

Obesity Q & A

Why do I struggle to lose weight and keep it off?

Far too many people assume that weight loss requires nothing more than willpower. In reality, losing weight is a complex issue and a highly personal endeavor. What works for one person might not work for the next. 

There are numerous factors that contribute to the growing obesity problem in America. To begin, our food supply has dramatically changed over the past few decades. With highly processed foods and fast food cheap and readily available, it’s never been easier to take in more calories than you need in a given day.

Changes in the American way of life have also contributed to skyrocketing obesity rates. Many men and women earn a living sitting at a desk or behind a screen for much of the day, with little opportunity for fresh air and exercise. Busy lifestyles keep us moving from one activity or chore to the next, but provide little time for actual physical exercise. 

What are the health risks of being overweight or obese?

Carrying excess pounds places a significant burden on virtually every organ and system within your body. Some of the health risks associated with being overweight or obese include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease 
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension, or high blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Mental health issues
  • Certain cancers
  • Sexual dysfunction

This is far from a comprehensive list. Being overweight or obese is a serious health matter that deserves action. 

How is medically supervised weight loss different?

Working with a provider at Alexandria Immediate Care to reach your weight-loss goals can increase your chances of success. More importantly, medically supervised weight loss places your personal health at the forefront of the weight-loss process. 

You’ll go through a thorough exam at the beginning of your program. That gives your provider an overview of how your body is functioning and any systems that might already show signs of disease or distress. 

The information gathered allows your practitioner to create a diet and exercise plan specifically tailored to your exact set of needs. You’ll learn how to push your limits and make real changes without putting your health at risk with fad diets or ill-advised exercise plans. 

Medically supervised weight loss also gives you the support of a skilled medical team at every step along the way. You’ll have trusted advisors to turn to if questions or concerns arise. You’ll also have someone to be accountable to, and someone to cheer you on as you move closer to your goals. 

If you’re ready to try a new approach to losing weight and maintaining those results, call or use the online booking tool to set up a visit with Alexandria Immediate Care today.