There are a variety of factors to consider when deciding if you need to change your lifestyle to address a weight issue. You might want to lose weight to feel better, improve your appearance, or to reduce risk of medical issues associated with obesity like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Dropping weight can also lead to lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels. It can also relieve symptoms and injuries that may result from carrying extra weight.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a value calculated from a person’s height and weight that helps determine whether a person is obese or overweight. A person with a BMI of 25-29.9 is classified as overweight, and anyone with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. More than one-third of Americans fall into the obese category. If a patient’s BMI is too high, Dr. Popkow may suggest a weight loss program.
Dr. Popkow helps patients meet weight loss goals without surgery by offering support and a path to healthier lifestyle choices. He believes in an approach guided by lifestyle medicine that focuses on a regimen of healthy eating and consistent exercise. Dr. Popkow’s role consists of customizing a weight loss plan that’s right for each patient while providing counsel and monitoring via follow-up visits.
In particular, Dr. Popkow is a strong advocate of the 21-day Vegan Kickstart Program, a vegetarian meal program created by physicians. The program provides menus and recipes for all your meals for a three-week period to help you start creating better dietary habits.
Once you’ve decided you need to lose weight, it’s important to make sure you’re committed to undertaking the required lifestyle changes. Beyond good communication and trust in Dr. Popkow, patients should have people close to them, family and friends, who monitor progress and provide support. This helps hold patients accountable.
After patients meet their weight loss goals, maintenance begins. For patients to keep the weight off, they’ll need to make lifestyle modifications that they can stick to for the long haul in their individual situations. Dr. Popkow is always available for follow-up visits to help patients get back on track, should they need continued support.
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