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Treating overweight

Treating overweight and obesity depends mostly on your lifestyle. Healthy diet and exercise are essential ingredients

Treating overweight and obesity: Complication management

Because being obese can be life threatening, experts are very categorical that treating overweight and obese conditions must be prioritized. And according to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, MD this can be done in various ways including setting goals and making lifestyle changes, like eating fewer calories and being physically active. Other treatment methods available are medicines and weight-loss surgery for people who may feel that lifestyle changes aren’t enough.

Setting realistic goals

Setting realistic weight-loss goals is an important first step to losing weight. The choice of goals may not be standard. Adults and children choices may be different. We now want to look at the two segment of adults and teens goals respectively.

Goals for Adults

  • An adult should try losing between 5 to 10 percent of their current weight over 6 months. This will lower their risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and other conditions.
  • The best way to lose weight is gradual. A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is practical, safe, and will help you keep off the weight. It will also give you the time to make new, healthy lifestyle changes.
  • In the event that you’ve lost say 10 percent of your body weight and have consistently maintained it off for 6 months if after this progress you are still overweight or obese then you may want to consider further weight loss.

Goals for Children and Teens

  • Parents should take the lead role in this and keep monitoring the progress. If your child is overweight or has a high risk of being overweight or obesity, the goal is to maintain their current weight and to focus on healthy feeding and being physically active. To help young ones the whole family should make effort to embrace positive lifestyle changes.
  • If your child is overweight or obese and has a health complication related to overweight or obesity, your doctor may refer you to a pediatric obesity treatment center for further examinations and treatment.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes can help you and your family achieves long-term weight-loss success by:

  • Focusing on balancing energy received in the body (calories from food and drinks) with energy the body gives out (physical activity)
  • Following a healthy eating plan
  • Learning how to embrace healthy lifestyle habits

Over time, these changes will become a routine in your everyday life which is very good for weight loss.

Treating overweight and obesity: Calories

By reducing the rate of calories intake (i.e. energy in) will be very helpful in weight loss. It is important to note that for an adult to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week they should reduce their calories intake by 500-1000 calories a day. In general, having 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day will help most women lose weight safely while for men it will be 1200 to 1600 calories a day to be effective for proper weight loss. This calorie range for men is also suitable for women who weigh 165 pounds or more or who exercise routinely. This figure can only be achieved with a real commitment which in many cases is lacking. If this describes your situation, you may want to schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury for further professional direction.

Treating overweight and obesity: Complication management