Seven Things You Must Have in a Medical Weight Loss Program

Not all medical weight loss programs are created equal. For long-term weight loss success, you need key components to not only help you safely and effectively shed pounds, but keep them from returning in the long run. When you’re motivated to lose weight, the guesswork of choosing the right plan can sabotage your efforts.

We’ve pulled together a list of the key components to look for in a medically-supervised weight loss program.

Personalization

A one-size-fits-all weight loss program that doesn’t take into account your unique circumstances can’t provide optimal lasting results. The key to long-term weight loss is zeroing in on what works for your personality, needs, goals, and lifestyle.

A detailed assessment is a winning component of a successful medical weight loss program. Dr. Jovanovic considers your dietary needs and evaluates obstacles and challenges you face in losing weight.

After your assessment, Dr. Jovanovic recommends a plan tailored specifically to you and your needs.  

Simplicity

You’re unlikely to stick to a program that involves complicated formulas to determine what and how much to eat. An effective medical weight loss program has simple, easy-to-follow principles. It must make sense to you and have guidelines that are easy to understand and incorporate into your daily life. Plans that are difficult to follow simply don’t work.

Structure

You need a realistic and logical sequence to go from where you are now to your goal weight. A structured weight loss plan provides a roadmap for you to follow, so you know what to expect and when.

The structure of an effective medical weight loss plan helps you set realistic goals and develop a healthy routine. Being organized keeps you on track and instills good habits. When you have structure, you’re more likely to reach your goals than if you follow a weight loss plan without it.

Behavioral counseling  

Developing positive behaviors that support weight loss and weight maintenance is the cornerstone of successful long-term weight loss. Sticking to a weight loss program can help you lose weight in the short term, but unless you adopt habits that help you maintain a healthy weight, you’ll find yourself packing the pounds back on in no time.

Behavioral counseling addresses your relationship with food and emotional barriers that may get in the way of your progress. Your team helps you understand how you think about food. They can help you identify patterns that contribute to unhealthy food choices so that you can make positive changes that last a lifetime.

Guidance

Receiving guidance from a trained weight loss expert keeps you on the path to success. As you move forward on your weight loss journey, you’ll have questions that Dr. Jovanovic can answer and concerns that you’ll need to address. Having a board-certified physician with extensive weight loss training there to guide you through your weight loss program is invaluable.

Support

Support is a major component of successful, lasting weight loss. Making permanent changes is difficult but receiving the right support can make a major difference in achieving and maintaining your ideal weight.

Weekly follow-up meetings are a vital part of a successful medical weight loss plan. You’ll receive the positive reinforcement necessary to continue making progress. The visits help keep you accountable for your own health and behaviors, too.

Tools

Following a weight loss program and trimming down is an accomplishment to be proud of. However, all your hard work may go to waste if you don’t receive the tools and resources to make lasting changes in behaviors and thinking patterns related to food.

An effective medical weight loss plan equips you with the tools to navigate everyday dietary situations. You’ll learn how to choose nutritious foods when dining out and how to stick to healthy eating even while on vacation. You’ll gain the knowledge to make the right choices every step of the way.

For an effective path to shedding pounds and keeping them off good, call the office or book online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jovanovic.

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