Medical Weight Management vs. Other Weight Loss Programs
Medical weight management may have similar goals on the surface as your average weight loss program, but when examined under a microscope the two are entirely different systems.
Think about the average weight management program you might find online or through a local gym. The seller of the course would probably have some solid experience with weight loss, perhaps with themselves and friends, family, or clients. They might even design a complex program that provides options for people with different needs. But can that really be an alternative of medically supervised, analytical, and individualized weight loss programs?
The short answer is no, it cannot. Medical weight management 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, body contouring, and improved fitness are set and met, the underlying purpose of medical weight management is to promote longevity, avoid or reverse disease, and improve 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 and management clinic. The core elements of our weight loss systems are clinical nutrition and private personal training.
Clinical nutrition is medically led and supervised nutritional counseling provided by registered clinical nutritionists and medical doctors.
Private personal training takes place in our in-clinic studio, and teams you up with a personal trainer who will help you design a customized fitness program.
We also offer medical laser treatments for fat reduction as a supplementary service to patients who enroll in our clinical nutrition or clinical nutrition and personal training programs.
Other Ways We Help Our Patients
While our primary focus is on overall health and wellbeing as well as healthy fat loss, these changes tend to bring a number of other benefits with them. These can include:
- Improved mindfulness and stress management
- Less likelihood of emotional eating
- Improved sleep
What Our Weight Loss Programs Teach Patients
Education is an important part of medical weight management, and we provide a wide variety of materials including teachings, 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
An educated patient is always more likely to stick with their chosen programs; 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
- Canadian food guide
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.
The Truth About Non-Medical Weight Loss Programs
The truth is that fad diets and similar programs 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 any 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.