Overweightness and Obesity

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. Data presented by the National Center for Health Statistics also revealed that a growing percentage of people in the United States are becoming obese and developing related diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Overweightness and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation on the body which may impair health.

Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify patients as 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 having as BMI greater than or equal to 25 and defines obesity as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30. BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweightness and obesity as it is the same for both sexes and for all ages worldwide.

What Causes Overweightness and Obesity?

Weight loss specialists agree that lack of adequate measures to control obesity amongst our population could lead to a decrease in quality of life.

Obesity might be caused by various hormonal and metabolic dysfunctions such as:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Reproductive gland imbalances

Obesity from consumption of high fat and simple sugar content foods:

Consumption of food that contains 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 and adults alike.

Lack of physical activity:

A lack of adequate physical activity is another major factor responsible for the rise of obesity. A majority of people do not follow the recommended guidelines of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

What is a Medical Weight Loss & Control Program?

Medical Weight Loss & Control Program includes the following two phases:

  1. Detailed assessment of the problem
  2. Individualized management approach

During the assessment phase, our weight loss doctors measure your height and weight to estimate your accurate Body Max Index (BMI), measure your waist and hip circumference to calculate your waist to hip ratio, and perform a body composition analysis.

We 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, and integrative medicine approach for weight loss.

It is important to consider or rule out the following medical conditions to be successful in weight loss:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Hypothyroidism

The management phase will be a customized approach with 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 these goals.

Is it possible to enjoy the food that you love and lose weight?

The good news is you CAN have it all, and to achieve your optimal nutrition status and lose weight you need to follow a balanced diet. This is done by choosing foods that are nutrient-rich with fewer calories to replace their 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 the following 6 nutritional components in your diet on daily basis:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fluids

People’s nutritional needs are still very different depending on their genetic structure and environment. Each individual digests, absorbs, eliminates, and utilizes food differently, making your individual requirements for calories, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals unique. Make appointment with Dr. Ali  to begin your assessment and management.

Popular Diets for Weight Loss

Many popular diets promote weight loss through restricting calories and omitting certain foods or food groups. Omitting food groups for a short time might help to lose and control weight, but unfortunately, if followed for longer periods of time, might cause nutritional imbalances that have long-term effects on your health.

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 supplements of vitamins and minerals if the diet lacks those nutrients. Last but not least, you should choose a diet that tastes good to you and offers you choices that you will enjoy.

Here is his brief 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 and 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. Coffee is a strong stimulant and will drain your adrenal glands and cause adrenal fatigue so decrease consumption or avoid it all together.


Don’t drink alcohol regularly. There is enough evidence to prove that regular drinking of alcohol-containing products could cause serious diseases such as liver problems digestive problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer.

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