Weight gain is multi-factorial; 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.
Parts to our program
Medication- Several medications can be used. We usually start with Phentermine if there's no contraindications, but there are others we can add to help based on your unique needs.
Diet- We need to stabilize your blood sugar, we can do this by decreasing your carbohydrates and increasing your protein intake.
Exercise- We like to lift weights and not as much cardio. Most people that use cardio, fail to workout with the intensity and for the length of time it takes to burn fat as a fuel source. With resistance training you can get a good workout in 30 min.
Other- Some people have other issues that cause them to gain weight such as, thyroid issues, menopause or perimenopausal states, and stress related issues just to name a few. Unlike other programs we can help you with that as well.
How we measure
What is Bio-impedance Analysis?
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.