Traditional weight-loss diets are based on the idea of restricting calories so that you burn off all the energy you consume. The trouble is, traditional diets don’t just make you feel like you’re starving, they actually activate your body’s starvation response, too. That’s why — even if you’re “successful” with your diet — you tend to gain back all the weight later, and sometimes pack on even more pounds than you started with.
At Optimal Performance Medicine in Woodstock, Georgia, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy weight and optimal well-being through medically supervised weight loss. Led by our founder, Dr. Michael Skardasis, we help you learn about nutrient-rich foods that nourish your body’s trillions of cells while also making you feel full and satisfied.
What’s the difference between medically supervised weight loss and fad diets? Dr. Skardasis outlines just a few advantages of ditching the diet for a nutrition and exercise-based weight-loss program.
Medically supervised weight loss is based on science
Unlike fad diets that come and go, and tend to be structured around the latest “superfood” craze, medically supervised weight loss is designed to be used for the rest of your life. Your goal isn’t just to shed 5, 50, or 150 pounds; it’s to use nutrition and exercise to build the best healthy version of yourself possible.
Dr. Skardasis’ recommendations aren’t based on what’s popular, but on what’s been shown to work through clinical studies. He’s also seen for himself how powerful good nutrition is. By improving your diet and exercise regimen, you can expect overall better health, characterized by:
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Healthier weight
- Less joint pain
- More confidence
In addition to helping you attain a healthy weight, Dr. Skardasis may be able to guide you to use nutrition and exercise as a replacement for medications you currently use.
Medically supervised weight loss is designed just for you
Traditional weight-loss methods take a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t consider your individual body type, metabolism, health conditions, or preferences. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 70% of women and men in the United States are overweight or obese, despite the $66 billion diet industry.
When you consult with Dr. Skardasis about your weight-loss goals, he conducts a thorough examination and orders tests to help him learn about how your body works and to identify any underlying issues that may contribute to your difficulties with attaining a healthy weight. Depending on his findings, he may recommend:
- Vitamin B injections for energy and fat-burning
- Medications or supplements to support your thyroid
- Limiting alcohol and tobacco
- Improving your sleep hygiene
- Managing stress
- Adding more whole foods and fiber
- Emphasizing healthy proteins and fats
- Adding in more fun exercise and activities
Dr. Skardasis also takes time to learn about your food preferences. Even though losing weight can be difficult, if you enjoy the nutritious, delicious foods you eat at every stage, making healthy choices becomes easier with time.
With medically supervised weight loss, you’re not alone
Although Dr. Skardasis is an expert internist, he’s also a health coach. He understands that changing the way you eat and move may feel strange and even threatening at first. With medically supervised weight loss, you check in at least once a month so that Dr. Skardasis can monitor your progress, answer questions, and make modifications to your routine, when necessary.
If you’re ready to move beyond the fads and toward a lifetime of health through medically supervised weight loss, call us today for a consultation or book one online.