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What’s Obesity Medicine?
Medical school curriculums of the mid 1950’s did not give nutrition a high priority. As a matter of fact, they hardly gave it any priority at all. Perhaps organic chemistry made reference to proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but little more. As for obesity itself, for most patients it was all a behavioral thing. Treatment was simple. Eat less, move more.
Enter the 21st century and the establishment of Obesity Medicine as a medical specialty. Instead of gluttony and sloth, the focus is now on hormones, genetics, and a host of other factors leading to the abnormal retention of body fat. With the recognition of obesity as a disease, Obesity Medicine has found its’ place. It is the study and science of the cause, prevention and treatment of abnormal weight gain.
If you have a problem with your weight, or if you’ve plateaued and everything else has failed, please call HealthWayRI.
Obesity Medicine. It’s what we do!
Weight Management at HealthWayRI
Although there are thousands of diet books and weight loss programs from which to choose, there always seems to be room for one more. That’s because people need a solution to a problem that isn’t going away but they aren’t finding it. They’re looking for the “One True Way”, the secret path to weight loss that will work for everyone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. When it comes to he treatment of obesity, everyone is different
Therefore, at HealthWayRI we offer an approach to weight loss, not a specific program cast in stone. We treats obesity as a disease, not a character flaw, and empower patients to make the right lifestyle choices. Our plan is realistic. effective long term, and very affordable. It includes:
- A comprehensive evaluation that identifies those issues that made you gain weight, and keep you from losing.
- A series of weekly initial visits with a Registered Dietitian
- An educational component. Not only do you have to know what to do, but why you’re doing it.
- Based on your evaluation and personal needs, options for implementation.
- A reduced carbohydrate Mediterranean plan
- A very low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet
- Partial to full meal replacements
- Intermittent Fasting, Time Restricted Eating
- Anti-obesity medications
What We Believe
Our obesogenic external environment (think sugars, ultra-processed foods, fast foods, sedentary living etc.) has led many to an obesogenic internal environment – an altered metabolism that deposits more calories as fat rather than using them as fuel. The driver of this abnormal fat deposition? Insulin – a hormone essential for glucose metabolism but one that also inhibits the breakdown of body fat.
In 1972, when Dr Atkins introduced the “Diet Revolution”, a low-carbohydrate program for weight loss, he promoted the idea that reducing sugars and starches would help you lose weight. With fewer carbohydrate calories available for fuel, the body would instead burn fat. He was right. Low carbohydrate diets work, but exactly how was not clear. We now know that insulin is the driver of abnormal fat retention – and low carbohydrate diets lower insulin levels.
Insulin can make gaining weight easy and losing weight hard, if not impossible. That said, the focus of this program is on lowering your insulin levels, then keeping them there. If past efforts have only resulted in failures, focusing on insulin may be your solution.
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