Over the past few decades, obesity has rapidly developed into a major national health challenge. Previous medical research on obesity in the United States revealed that more than 3 million children are diagnosed with obesity in their early life.
Seeking the best weight loss solutions to resolve this problem is a major area of focus for many research studies in NYC, Europe, the United States of America, and other countries.
The data presented by the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that most people in the United States are becoming obese, and the figure has been increasing over the past thirty years.
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.
Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity. It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his/her height in meters (kg/m2).
The World Health Organization defines overweight as BMI greater than or equal to 25 and BMI greater than or equal to 30 as obesity. BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweight and obesity as it is the same for both sexes and for all ages worldwide.
Weight loss doctors agree that lack of adequate measures to control obesity among population could lead to a decrease in their quality of life.
Obesity can lead to vast range of diseases:
Obesity might be caused by various hormonal and metabolic dysfunctions such as:
Obesity & consumption of food with high contents of fats and simple sugars
Weight management specialists believe that inability to lose weight might also be caused by the consumption of food with high contents of fats and simple sugars. Consumption of food that contain high amounts of fatty nutrients that the body does not need results in the nutrients being deposited as fats, which leads to unusual weight gain among children.
Lack of physical activity
A lack of adequate physical activity is identified as another major factor responsible for the rise in obesity. A majority of people do not follow the recommended guidelines of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
Our medical weight loss program includes two phases:
During the assessment phase, our weight loss doctors will measure your height and weight to estimate your accurate Body Max Index (BMI), your waist and hip circumference to calculate your waist to hip ratio, and will perform body composition analysis.
We will also order comprehensive blood, saliva, and urine tests to diagnose hormonal or metabolic imbalances that might be contributing to excess weight gain. Weight loss specialist Dr. Ali uses a natural, functional & integrative medicine approach for weight loss.
Medical diseases that contribute to weight gain:
It is important to address the above medical conditions to be successful in weight loss
The management phase will focus on a customized approach to diet and lifestyle changes, behavior modification, increased physical activity, full or partial meal replacement programs, and medications to suit your individual weight loss and weight control goals.
We work closely with experienced nutritionists and personal trainers and will refer you to these specialists to help you achieve your goals and succeed with weight loss, and weight control.
Eating healthfully is very rewarding but can be confusing to do when there is so much conflicting information available. Fad diets are tempting and promise quick fixes to your weight.
The newest health craze claims that diet or weight loss treatment program is the only one everyone should follow; they flood both bookshelves and social media sites and often times with a hefty price tag. It is so confusing; which one of the best weight loss programs advertised is right? Which diet or weight loss program should you follow?
The good news is you CAN have it all, and to achieve your optimal nutrition status, lose weight you need to follow a balanced diet, and we truly are what we eat. It would be beneficial to focus on choosing foods that are nutrient-rich with fewer calories rather than less healthy alternatives.
Your body is designed to use nutrients to maintain, build, and repair your organs and tissues. It’s very important to include 6 nutritional components in your diet on daily basis:
The nutritional needs of people are different based on their genetic structure and their environment. Each person digests absorbs, eliminates, and utilizes food differently. This means your individual requirements for calories, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are different from everybody’s. Do you have trouble losing weight or balancing your diet? Call to make an appointment with Dr. Ali who strives to provide holistic and individualized care to help you on your weight loss journey to a better health and a vibrant appearance.
Many popular diets are focused on weight loss & weight control, which they achieve by restricting calories and omitting certain foods or food groups. Omitting food groups for a short time might help to lose weight and control weight, but unfortunately, if followed for longer periods of time, this diet might cause an imbalance and have long-term effects on your health.
Weight loss specialist Dr. Ali suggests that the diet you choose includes sources of food that are high in fiber and antioxidants. You can also modify your chosen diet by adding any lacking nutrients with supplements of vitamins and minerals. And last but not least, choose the diet that tastes good to you and offers you choices that you will enjoy.
Here is the list of Dos and Don’ts for your healthy eating plan:
Do use alternatives such as raw honey, stevia, maple sugar, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, Sucanat, and coconut sugars sparingly as needed.
Don’t include products containing refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup in your diet
Do use small amounts of organic butter and vegetable oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil.
Don’t consume products that contain high amounts of saturated fats or hydrogenated vegetable oils, such as margarine or shortenings. Try to avoid processed and refined oils, such as corn oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower and soybean oil.
Do add a variety of high-protein containing foods to your meals; choose healthier proteins from plants, fish, nuts, legumes, poultry, and lean cuts of meats
Don’t eat proteins from processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts, and sausages. They are high in saturated fat and sodium and have tons of other chemicals used as preservatives.
Do switch to a healthier alternative such as water processed decaf coffee, or drink tea instead. Black and green tea do contain caffeine but in smaller amounts; green tea is rich in antioxidants
Don’t drink caffeinated beverages such as soda or energy drinks. (Taper off rather than abruptly stop drinking coffee; do this by decreasing consumption gradually over time to prevent withdrawal.) As we discussed previously, coffee is a strong stimulant and will drain your adrenal glands. Decrease consumption to avoid adrenal fatigue.
Don’t drink alcohol regularly. There is enough evidence to prove that regular drinking of alcohol-containing products in large amounts could cause serious diseases such as liver problems, cancer, and birth defects if taken during pregnancy.