Obesity Specialist

Be The Change Health &
Wellness Center

Family Practice & Integrative Medicine located
in Columbia, MD

Attempting to lose weight on your own can be disheartening, especially if you can’t see or feel any results. At Be The Change Health & Wellness Center in Columbia, Maryland, Sultana Afrooz, DO, and the team can work with you as you complete an individualized medical weight loss plan, including regular appointments and personalized diet planning. To book a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Medical Weight Loss Q & A

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss is the process of losing weight and keeping it off with the help of your doctor. Be The Change Health & Wellness Center can design a weight loss plan with your personal needs in mind and work with you as you apply it in your home life.

Personalized medical weight loss plans don’t just aim to bring down the number on the scale. Instead, they help you adopt lifelong changes that promote better overall health. By losing excess body fat during your plan, you can lower your risk for serious diseases like:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Even if your goal isn’t to lose weight, a custom wellness plan makes you healthier, more energetic, and less at risk for disease. Dr. Afrooz and the team gladly offer holistic health advice and support as you adopt new changes in your diet and routine.

What are the components of a medical weight loss plan?

Your personalized medical weight loss plan at Be The Change Health & Wellness Center is complex and includes multiple guided components. After the initial consultation, you check in at an appointment every two weeks to track your progress. You can observe measurable changes in your weight as well as your general wellness and health.

Your custom medical weight loss plan includes:

  • Grocery shopping lists
  • Appetizing recipes
  • Access to a database of over 100,000 foods, including restaurant menu items
  • Beginner through advanced exercises
  • Exercise videos
  • Access to a desktop and mobile app
  • A secure and reliable messaging platform
  • Daily tips and recommendations
  • Calorie and food tracker
  • A photo gallery to track your progress visually
  • Nutritional supplements

At each of your follow-up visits over the course of your weight loss plan, your provider records your weight, measurements, and body fat. At any time, they can alter your plan to fit your preferences or to advance your progress.

What goes into the planning for medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss plans begin with a consultation. At Be The Change Health & Wellness Center, your provider goes over your medical history and works with you to decide which route to take for your diet.

Using information from your consultation and medical history, your provider chooses necessary supplements, an appropriate exercise plan, and a diet according to your needs.

They can help you cut carbs with a keto diet, adopt an intermittent fasting schedule, go gluten-free to manage celiac disease, or reduce inflammation with the tasty autoimmune paleo protocol.

To set up an initial consultation for holistic medical weight loss, request an appointment at Be The Change Health & Wellness Center by phone or book online today.