Weight Loss

 

Weight gain is multifactorial; many things cause us to gain weight or have a difficult time losing weight. Despite what some say it's not as easy as decreasing the amount consumed, sometimes this thinking, can slow the metabolism and sabotage the weight loss process. We offer a customized weight loss plan, specific to your needs. Diet, exercise, hormone balance and medication, all play a role in the weight loss process. Weight loss is a lifestyle change; it’s undoing a lifetime of bad habits that’s caused the unwanted weight gain.

 

As a society, we consume too many simple carbs and sugar. Carbs increase insulin and cause weight gain specifically fat tissue. Insulin is a hormone that promotes the uptake of sugar (glucose) by almost all the body’s cells, including muscle, liver, and fat cells. At any given time, our cells are also burning glucose for fuel. If our calories consumed is higher than our calories burned, we tend to store more glucose than we burn. Muscle and liver cells store this extra glucose in a form called “glycogen,” a  dense, compact form of glucose. Fat cells store the excess glucose as fat. Carbohydrates and sugar tend to spike insulin levels, fueling the conversion of glucose to fat.

We must change or thoughts on exercise. Many think the steps they accumulate on their pedometer or the walking they get at work will increase the amount of weight loss; this is not the case. If cardio is the exercise you prefer, you must increase the duration and intensity of the workout; you must dedicate 30-40 minutes of sustained activity at levels that increase your heart rate, average walking is useless for weight loss. A better way, is weight training, increasing the muscle mass will increase your basal metabolic rate and burn more calories at rest. We will come up with a plan for you that will optimize your weight loss potential.

 

With increasing obesity, we must think about other possibilities for increased fat production. Accounting for hormonal abnormalities is a priority in weight loss. Sex hormones can be great for keeping a youthful appearance, but too much of some and not enough of others can increase fat production or make it difficult to lose weight. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone must be balanced, in today's society estrogen dominance is a significant contributor of hormone imbalance. Increased use of birth control pills, pesticides, agricultural runoff, and hormonal use in the food industry, are some, of the reasons for hormonal imbalance. Mabry Medical will help determine if this is a problem for you.  

 

Medications are often needed for weight loss. The most common is Phentermine, this CNS (central nervous system) stimulant decreases appetite by increasing catecholamines. Catecholamines are affected indirectly by phentermine. Norepinephrine, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine increase, leading to a fight or flight response. Part of the fight or flight response is stopping the hunger signal, allowing you to decrease your caloric intake. Other medications and supplements can be used, as well depending on your metabolic needs. We will determine the right medication for you to increase your weight loss potential.

 

 

Mabry Medicals, comprehensive weight loss program, will customize a plan to meet your needs. We’ll meet with you and determine the best course of action, and as you progress through the program, we can make changes as needed to optimize your weight loss. Ultimately;  your goal, is our goal, to get you to your desired look and give you the tools to sustain this lifestyle change.

Dr. Mabry

How we measure

What is Bio-impedance Analysis? (And why do you need one?)

 

Bio-impedance analysis (BIA) is a valuable tool for measuring your body composition—the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an important part of any comprehensive health and nutrition assessment.

Why is body composition important to your health?

A normal balance of body fat to lean body mass is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, a condition known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. BIA enables early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides the measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health.

BIA serves to measure your progress as you work to improve your health. Improving your BIA measurement, or maintaining a healthy BIA measurement, can help keep your body functioning properly for healthy ageing and reduced risk of illness. With your BIA results, we can recommend a personalized dietary plan, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help support optimal health and well-being for a lifetime.

How does BIA work?

BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scale, but just as painless-and almost as quick. BIA is a simple procedure performed in our clinic in a matter of minutes with the help of a sophisticated computerized analysis. Measurements are taken with the bio-impedance analyzer, which uses electrodes similar to EKG electrodes. The analyzer calculates your tissue and fluid compartments using an imperceptible electrical current passed through pads placed on one hand and foot as you lie comfortably on a treatment couch. Lean tissue, which is over 70% water, is a good conductor of electrical current. Fatty tissue, which is low in water, is not. Thus, the resistance to the flow of electrical current measured by the analyzer can be used to calculate the body composition. Optimal body fat ranges from 15% to 25% for women and 10% to 20% for men.

Over 100 independent studies conducted over the past 20 years have demonstrated that BIA can provide an accurate and clinically useful assessment of body composition.

GOALS OF THERAPY

  • Reduce weight

  • Improve health status

  • Minimize adverse effects

 

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

 

  • Triggers to eat

    • Determining what triggers you to eat involves figuring out what foods you eat and where and when you eat them.

    • Keeping this food diary will help determine if there are psychosocial contributors to   

  • Eating

    • You can change your eating habits by breaking the chain of events between the trigger for eating and eating itself.

  • What happens after you eat

    • Do not use food as a reward. Some people find money, clothing, or personal care (eg, a haircut, manicure, or massage) to be effective rewards. Treat yourself immediately after making better eating choices to reinforce the value of the good behavior.

 

Diets

 

  • No one diet is "best" for weight loss. Any diet will help you to lose weight if you stick with the diet. Therefore, it is important to choose a diet that includes foods you like.

  • Diets that sound too good to be true usually are. These plans are a waste of time and money and are not recommended.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MEDICINES

 

  • Orlistat - Reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs from the foods you eat. The average weight loss is approximately 11.7 pounds or 8 to 10 percent of initial body weight.

  • Lorcaserin - Medicine that reduces appetite, after one year, the mean weight loss is approximately 12.8 pounds.

  • Phentermine-topiramate - Medicine that reduces food intake by causing early satiety. patients taking the medication lose approximately 8 to 10 percent of their initial body weight or 22.4 pounds.

  • Bupropion-naltrexone - Patients taking the medication lost approximately 5 to 6 percent of their initial body weight or 11 to 13 pounds.

  • Liraglutide - Patients without diabetes taking the highest doses of liraglutide for approximately six months lost an average of 16 pounds.

  • Phentermine - Average weight loss after 12 weeks, was 15.8 pounds

 

Other factors that contribute to successful weight loss

 

  • Establish a "buddy" system – Having a friend or family member available to provide support and reinforce good behavior is very helpful. The support person needs to understand your goals.

  • Learn to be strong – Learning to be strong when tempted by food is an important part of losing weight. As an example, you will need to learn how to say "no" and continue to say no when urged to eat at parties and social gatherings. Develop strategies for events before you go, such as eating before you go or taking low-calorie snacks and calorie-free drinks with you.

  • Develop a support system – Having a support system is helpful when losing weight. This is why many commercial groups are successful. Family support is also essential; if your family does not support your efforts to lose weight, this can slow your progress or even keep you from losing weight.

  • Positive thinking – People often have conversations with themselves in their head; these conversations can be positive or negative. If you eat a piece of cake that was not planned, you may respond by thinking, "Oh, you stupid idiot, you've blown your diet!" and as a result, you may eat more cake. A positive thought for the same event could be, "Well, I ate cake when it was not on my plan. Now I should do something to get back on track." A positive approach is much more likely to be successful than a negative one.

  • Reduce stress – Although stress is a part of everyday life, it can trigger uncontrolled eating in some people. It is important to find a way to get through these difficult times without eating or by eating low-calorie food, like raw vegetables. It may be helpful to imagine a relaxing place that allows you to temporarily escape from stress. With deep breaths and closed eyes, you can imagine this relaxing place for a few minutes.

  • Self-help programs – This is basically what we do at Mabry Medical is give you a structure and support to change your lifestyle so you can have sustained weight loss. As with all weight loss programs, you are most likely to be successful with these plans if you make long-term changes in how you eat.

3277 W Sunset Ave, Suite B
Springdale, AR 72762

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