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Weight Management

Gynecology & Menopause Specialists located in Mount Pleasant, SC
Weight Management

Weight Management services offered in MOUNT PLEASANT and Charleston, SC

If you’re carrying extra weight, finding a way to shed those extra pounds is important. At Menopause Solutions in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina, board-certified Elaine Eustis, MD, FACOG, NCMP, and Rhonda Leach, DNP, WHNP-BC and her team are here to help with medically-supervised weight loss services. Call or schedule an appointment online when you’re ready to get started. 

Weight Management Q&A

Why is weight loss such a challenging experience?

If you’re like many women, you’ve probably tried numerous diet and exercise programs to lose weight. You might have even achieved a degree of success, only to find the pounds returning almost immediately after you go back to normal eating and activity levels. 

Losing weight and keeping it off isn’t easy. Researchers also know it isn’t as straightforward as calories in/out. The modern food supply is a big part of the problem, with highly processed foods marketed as healthy and fast food available nearly around the clock. 

The modern American lifestyle is part of the problem. Many people spend most of their days in front of screens at school, at work, and for recreation, and spend very little time outside staying active in the fresh air. 

What health risks come with being overweight or obese?

Extensive research demonstrated the health risks associated with being overweight or obese. Some of the health concerns you might encounter if you carry a significant amount of extra weight include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Pregnancy complications

This is only a partial list of health issues with a clear link to being overweight or obese. Finding a way to move closer to a healthy weight dramatically reduces your risk levels. 

How is medically-supervised weight loss different?

Medically-supervised weight loss places your health at the center of the process. There are no fad diets or extreme exercise plans to follow. The focus is on teaching you how to make meaningful lifestyle improvements that are also sustainable. 

Medications might play a role in your weight loss journey, especially if you are significantly overweight. Some drugs work to control appetite, while others improve your metabolic function. But drug therapy is never the sole approach. 

Your practitioner works closely with you to find ways to improve your nutrition. Adding more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins to your daily diet is important. You also explore ways to add exercise to your day, even if that means simply incorporating short walks into your daily routine. 

When you’re ready to try a new approach to weight loss, call or schedule an initial visit online.

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