Steven L. Saunders, MD, LLC
Internal Medicine located in Milford, CT
If you’ve ever struggled to get rid of a few pounds through diet and exercise, you know that weight loss can be a demanding process lined with pitfalls and setbacks. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Board-certified internist and obesity specialist Steven L. Saunders, MD, MBA, FACP, knows that most men and women are usually more successful at losing weight and keeping it off when they have professional guidance and support. To learn more about the benefits of medically supervised weight loss, call Steven L. Saunders, MD, LLC, in Milford, Connecticut, or book an appointment online today.
Weight Loss Q & A
What are the risks of being overweight?
The number of people who qualify as overweight or obese has reached record levels, causing a pressing health epidemic around the globe. As of 2016, roughly two in five adults in the United States — or more than 93 million men and women — are considered obese, meaning they have a body mass index (BMI) score of 30 or higher.
Being overweight isn’t just about a number on a scale or a category on a chart; carrying too much body fat can significantly increase your risk of developing high blood pressure and makes you more likely to have unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, all of which boost your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
Being overweight or obese also increases your risk of developing a variety of serious chronic illnesses, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Gallbladder disease
- Certain types of cancer
Luckily, you can substantially decrease your risk of developing long-term health problems by losing just 5-10% of your body weight.
What makes medically supervised weight loss different?
At Steven L. Saunders, MD, LLC, your provider takes a comprehensive, customized, and whole-person approach to weight loss. As a physician who specializes in obesity medicine, Dr. Saunders provides the specific resources, tools, and support you need to achieve long-term results.
At its core, Dr. Saunders’s program focuses on proven strategies: Helping you identify and break any habits that forestall weight loss, giving you the detailed recommendations you need to achieve proper nutrition, and showing you how to safely increase your level of activity.
During your initial health assessment, you receive a thorough physical exam, a review of your medical history, discuss any health concerns and your current lifestyle.
Depending on your individual needs, your weight loss plan may initially include prescription appetite-control medication. Even if you have hypertension, diabetes, or another coexisting chronic condition, you may still be able to use a low-risk appetite suppressant to jumpstart your weight loss effort more easily.
Why are diet and exercise so important?
Although the medically supervised weight loss approach at Steven L. Saunders, MD, LLC, may use pharmaceutical assistance when appropriate, its true emphasis lies in proper nutrition and exercise, which are arguably the most important strategies when it comes to reaching your goals and keeping the weight off for good:
Besides helping you build your strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance, regular physical activity can also help you stay energized during the day, sleep better at night, and put a stop to unhealthy food cravings.
Good nutrition involves eating a variety of wholesome foods that support your health, limiting processed foods, and avoiding added sugars whenever possible. Dr. Saunders begins most patients on a nutrient-dense, low-calorie diet to help initiate the weight-loss process.
To learn more about the effective weight loss program at Steven L. Saunders, MD, LLC, schedule a consultation online or call the office.
*Individual results may vary