Weight Loss

AMG Medical & Aesthetics

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Tucson, AZ

Despite advertisements for rapid or miracle weight-loss products, there’s only one sure way to lose weight and keep it off for the long run: a plan that controls calories, follows a healthy diet, and includes regular exercise. Gerald Morris, MD, MPH, and Amanda Bacchus-Morris, MD, MPH, can help you develop a healthy plan and provide medical and emotional support while you achieve your weight-loss goals. If you’re ready to lose weight, call the office in Tucson, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

How does excess weight affect my health?

Carrying extra weight adds incredible stress to your bones, muscles, and joints. Your overall health is also affected because fat cells produce hormones and biochemicals that regulate metabolism and affect organs throughout your body.

As fat cells increase in size, they release more of these substances, including some that trigger systemwide inflammation. As a result, being overweight increases your risk of developing chronic diseases such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Overweight and obesity also raise your risk of developing endometrial, breast, and colon cancers.

How does weight loss affect chronic disease?

Losing weight has the power to prevent most chronic diseases when they’re caught at an early stage. If you’re already diagnosed with a chronic disease, losing weight is an important part of your treatment.

Losing just 5-10% of your current weight helps improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Studies show there’s also a direct relationship between losing weight and lowering your blood sugar.

What are the benefits of physician-supported weight loss?

The positive support and motivation you’ll receive from the team at AMG Medical can help keep you on track during your weight-loss journey. You’ll also receive one or more of these services:

Medical support

Your doctor evaluates your health to determine whether you have underlying health conditions that can contribute to being overweight or that must be treated and monitored to ensure your health while you lose weight.

Medical support can also include screening for nutritional deficiencies that affect your well-being and checking for hormonal imbalances that could hinder your weight loss.

Prescription medications

Prescription medications aren’t always used together with diet and exercise, but when they’re one part of your total weight-loss plan, they can help you lose 5-10% of your body weight. These medications work by suppressing your appetite, burning fat, making you feel full, or blocking fat absorption.

Dietary counseling

Your doctor can help you set calorie goals, learn how to plan meals, identify healthy foods, and find ways to deal with ingrained habits that interfere with getting a well-balanced diet.

Lifestyle changes

Whether you need to exercise more, identify behaviors that sabotage weight loss or learn ways to control snacking urges, the team at AMG Medical works with you to target the changes and develop a plan to make it happen.

When you’re ready to lose weight and keep it off, call AMG Medical or book an appointment online today.

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