If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, it’s important to talk to your doctor. Dr. Souidi reviews your health history to ensure there are no underlying causes that can interfere with your weight loss goals.
He can also help you set realistic weight loss goals and develop an achievable plan that allows you to make slow and steady progress. He may counsel you on lifestyle habits that improve your health and make weight loss easier.
If you have any mobility issues or health risks that might complicate your weight loss, Dr. Souidi addresses them and finds a solution.
If a health condition is related to your weight, Dr. Souidi may recommend a specific diet. For instance, he may suggest a low-sugar diet for a patient with diabetes, while a patient with heart disease should eat a heart-healthy, low-sodium diet.
If you don’t have any underlying health conditions, Dr. Souidi suggests that you focus on eating healthy, whole foods. That includes things like:
He also encourages you to restrict — or even eliminate — processed foods and beverages. He may discuss cutting the following from your diet:
Dr. Souidi may also discuss the importance of counting calories. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn.
Although you may lose weight through diet alone, Dr. Souidi recommends incorporating regular exercise into your day. Doing so burns more calories, allowing you to lose weight faster and more effectively.
Exercise also improves your overall health and wellness, and research shows that those who stick with a regular exercise program are more likely to keep the weight off than those who lose weight through diet alone.
Even 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week can make a massive impact on your weight loss and how you feel. While aerobic exercise burns fat fastest, strength training and stretching can create synergistic benefits when combined with cardiovascular exercises.
If you’re ready to lose weight and keep it off, contact Dr. Souidi. Book your appointment online or call the office today to schedule.