Medical weight management may have similar goals on the surface as your average weight loss application or another commercial program, but when examined under a microscope the differences are clearly visible.
Competing commercial programs often have large amounts of participants claiming results, however, such feedback is often biased. Some app-based and other template-based programs may offer a solution that provides options for people with different needs. But can that really be an alternative to a medically supervised program, with 3 healthcare professionals involved and a highly individualized approach?
The short answer is no, it cannot. Our medical weight management program tends to be more effective than other weight loss programs in both the short term and long term. Let’s examine some of the reasons why this might be the case, and take a closer look at some key differences.
Reasons For Medical Weight Management vs. Other Weight Loss Programs
The average diet and exercise program is usually geared towards either general goals such as looking good, feeling good, and losing weight or more specific goals such as fitting into a certain suit or dress size. It can actually help a program’s sales if it is niche-specific, such as weight loss for a specific sport, beach body fat loss, or to improve a relationship.
Medical weight management takes a much more holistic and thorough approach. While goals for things like fat loss and improved fitness are set and met, the underlying purpose of medical weight management is to promote longevity, adopt permanent health habits, avoid or reverse disease, and improve the overall quality of living.
In other words, whether you have a specific fat loss goal that you want to achieve on a schedule or you’re worried about your health due to obesity, medical weight management is a better option than even the most comprehensive fad diet.
Medical Weight Management at Weight2Lose
Weight2Lose is a medical weight loss and chronic disease prevention clinic. The core elements of our weight loss systems are clinical nutrition and personal training, with hundreds of unique and personalized interventions.
Clinical nutrition and behavioral modification counseling is provided by registered clinical nutritionists and medical doctors.
Private or semi-private personal training takes place in our in-clinic exercise studio and teams you up with a personal trainer who will help you design a customized fitness program.
What Our Weight Loss Programs Teach Patients
Education is an important part of medical weight management, and we provide a wide variety of online resources, courses, videos, and handouts related to:
- Digestion, micronutrients, and macronutrients
- How to read labels and plan meals
- How to grocery shop effectively
- Which supplements are safe and healthy
- Purging your pantry of unhealthy food
- Hidden sugars and calorie vs. nutrient tracking
- And many more
An educated patient is always more likely to stick with their program; knowing the true impact food and exercise have on your body is enough to get you thinking about your lifestyle choices, and being conscious and mindful of your actions is a solid step towards controlling them.
Examples of Our Personalized Nutrition and Meal Plans
Our clinical nutritionists will help you discover the ideal nutrition strategy and meal plan for your body, mind, and palate. We advocate such diverse diet options as:
- Low carbohydrate, high fat
- Low carb
- Low glycemic index
- Mediterranean diet
- Ketogenic (Keto) diet
- Gluten free
- Breastfeeding and postpartum
- Vegetarian and vegan
- Calorie management
- Intermittent fasting
- And many more
The important thing is not what the meal plan is called, but rather how well the choices satisfy both your body’s hunger and your mind’s craving. It is important for your plan to be sustainable.
The Truth About Non-Medical Weight Loss Programs
The truth is that fad diets and apps often do more harm than good. Without starting with a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s needs, you can end up on the wrong path easily. And without ongoing medical supervision, it will be difficult to identify and fix problems.
That’s why Weight2Lose offers our unique set of services. Our goal is to help as many people as possible find their way to a healthier, happier life. We’re starting with Toronto, Ontario, but reaching out to more and more potential patients and partners every day, all around Canada and globally.
Contact us today to learn more!