Vincent R. C. Maribao, MD
Internal Medicine located in Saint Clair Shores, MI
Obesity has become one of the more prevalent chronic conditions in the United States, with nearly 160 million Americans being either overweight or obese. If you’re overweight and want to make changes, Vincent R. C. Maribao, MD, PC, in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, has experience crafting unique, tailored weight loss plans that work best for your current needs. Call Dr. Maribao to schedule your consultation or book your appointment online.
Weight Loss Q & A
What is obesity?
When a physician refers to obesity, they don’t simply mean someone is a little overweight. Your body mass index needs to read as at least 30 or higher for you to be obese. At this point, excess body fat begins to have a negative effect on your health.
Why do I need to lose weight?
Just because you have a few extra pounds doesn’t necessarily mean you need to lose weight. However, if you’re obese, Dr. Maribao may suggest working to lose the excess weight. That's because, when left unchecked, obesity can increase your risk of developing serious health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
- High blood pressure
- Breathing disorders
How can I lose weight?
Dr. Maribao bases your weight loss plan on a few different factors, including how much weight you need to lose to achieve a healthy weight, your current lifestyle choices, and your physical mobility. Ultimately, your plan may include one or several of the following treatments:
The goal of any dietary changes you make is to cut back on foods high in calories, sugars, and fat, increase the foods that are good for the body and reduce portion sizes. Eating filling meals and drinking plenty of water can help you feel less hungry throughout the day.
If you need help with adjusting to a new diet, supplements may be an effective option for getting your vitamins and nutrients as well.
Physical activity changes
Physical activity is essential to losing weight and staying healthy, especially when combined with a healthy diet. This doesn’t mean you have to start jogging several miles a day right away. Even small changes to your physical activity, such as walking to the store, standing more often, and stretching are great ways of burning calories.
Dr. Maribao may decide that dietary and physical activity changes are not enough to achieve the weight loss you need to be healthy. In this case, he may recommend weight-loss surgery, such as a gastric bypass or banding, to help control your weight.
Weight loss can be a challenging road, but Dr. Maribao has the expertise to guide you through it each step of the way. If you’re ready to lose weight, call Dr. Maribao or schedule your consultation online.