Weight Loss

Flatbush Family Practice

Alford Smith, MD

Family Medicine Practice located in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Almost 72% of American adults are overweight or obese, which increases their risk of a wide range of health problems. At Flatbush Family Practice, in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Alford Smith, MD, and his team offer personalized weight loss programs to help you lose weight, keep it off, and improve your health and wellness. If you’re tired of trying to lose weight only to gain it all back again, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?

Your weight affects much more than the fit of your jeans. It’s also a significant contributing factor to a wide range of health conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Asthma
  • Fertility problems
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Some types of cancer

Being overweight or obese stresses your overall body function and can cause many health issues. You might live with low energy and fatigue, which can interfere with your quality of life.

How can a doctor help me lose weight?

The math of losing weight — burning more calories than you consume — is deceptively simple. It doesn’t take into account health issues like hormonal imbalances that can interfere with weight loss. It also ignores the complicated relationship that many people have with food. 

The team at Flatbush Family Practice can identify and treat health issues that slow your progress and prevent you from reaching your goals. They can also provide highly personalized meal plans that create a calorie deficit while also keeping you full and satisfied. 

Your provider can help you add exercise to your daily routine safely. Gradually increasing the length and intensity of your workouts allows you to avoid injury and stay on track with your weight loss goals.

What is included in a weight loss program?

The supervised weight loss programs at Flatbush Family Practice include:

Initial consultation

During your first appointment, you complete a comprehensive consultation and physical exam. Your provider asks about your medical history as well as details about previous attempts to lose weight and what got in your way of success. 

They provide a physical exam and tests to identify barriers to weight loss. Your exam also provides baseline health details that can demonstrate non-scale wins as you move through your program. For example, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels could decrease as you lose weight.

Customized weight loss program

Your provider creates a customized weight loss program to address your individual needs. It could include treatments for health problems that interfere with weight loss, meal plans, exercise advice, medication, and counseling.

Follow-up appointments

The team also provides routine follow-up appointments. They not only check your progress and adjust your plan as needed but offer on-going encouragement, support, and celebration as you progress toward your goal weight.

If you’re ready to lose weight and keep it off, call Flatbush Family Practice or make an appointment online today.