Almost 40% of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and everywhere you look, another program promises the secret to slimming down.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss,” says Deepa Hague, FNP, Weight Management Specialist at Summit Healthcare. “Every day, I work with patients to decide which options will work best for them.”
Whether your goal is to lose weight, manage a chronic condition, or learn more about nutrition and exercise, our weight management program providers work with you to assess your diet, activity level, physical health, and overall well-being to help you reach your goals.
Identifying Medical and Behavioral Causes of Weight Gain
In addition to looking at lifestyle factors that might make weight management difficult, Deepa and the other providers in the weight management program address underlying health concerns that may be inhibiting weight loss.
Deepa explains that some of her patients may have untreated medical conditions, or they may be taking medications that cause weight gain.
She also talks with patients about any food- or exercise-related anxiety or depression, which she has found can significantly impact a person’s ability to lose weight successfully.
Finally, Deepa focuses on patients’ diet and fitness routines, helping them find the best nutrition and exercise plans to suit their needs.
“Diet contributes to 80% of weight loss,” she says. “So, the first thing I have my patients do is keep a detailed food journal: what they’re eating and drinking, how much, and when. From there, we work together to create a personalized plan to improve their diet.”
Overcoming Hurdles to Physical Activity
Once diet has been addressed, Deepa helps patients find the best exercise plan to meet their goals. Some patients express concern about their ability to exercise. That’s especially true of older patients or those with chronic conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Deepa works with those individuals to find simple ways they can build more activity into their day.
Regardless of your concerns, the first step to change is to speak with one of our weight management program providers, who can help determine which plan is best for you.
“You don’t have to figure this out on your own,” she says. “Reach out and ask for help.”
To learn more about the new weight management program, visit summithealthcare.net.