Weight Loss

MyDoctor Direct Primary Care

Alice E. Ordonez, MD

Direct Primary Care & Family Medicine located in Virginia Beach, VA

If you have a high amount of body fat, losing weight can improve your mobility, cardiovascular health, and general wellness. At MyDoctor Direct Primary Care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Alice Ordonez, MD, helps members curb the harmful effects of obesity with personalized medical weight-loss plans. She emphasizes healthy lifestyle changes within these plans and can help you manage existing health effects from being overweight or obese. To set up a weight-loss consultation, call MyDoctor Direct Primary Care or book an appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What is weight loss?

When people mention weight loss, they’re usually referring to reducing their excess body fat. Being overweight or obese can have harmful long-term effects on your health, and losing weight can boost your general well-being in several ways. Some of the possible benefits of weight loss are:

  • Less risk for cardiovascular complications
  • Less risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Increased energy
  • Mobility improvements
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Improvements in mental health conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety)

There are many available products and plans available on the market for weight loss, but few account for the numerous physiological and psychological differences among people who want to lose weight. With medical weight loss, you can work with a physician to lose weight in a personalized and healthy manner with sustainable results. 

When should I consider weight loss?

Not everyone should consider attempting to lose weight. If you’re within a normal weight range for your age group, gender, and height, losing weight may not be a healthy option for you. At MyDoctor Direct Primary Care, Dr. Ordonez can help you decide whether or not weight loss can benefit your health. 

Often, physicians use the body mass index (BMI) scale to determine whether you’re overweight or obese. Your BMI is a number that takes into account your height and weight. Dr. Ordonez also considers your body composition and accounts for your muscle mass. A BMI of 30 or higher could indicate obesity, and Dr. Ordonez may recommend a medical weight-loss plan.

What should I expect from my medical weight-loss plan?

At MyDoctor Direct Primary Care, Dr. Ordonez arranges personalized medical weight-loss plans to achieve successful weight loss and sustainable results. Many weight-loss plans available today don’t account for individual differences or sustainability, and people have trouble keeping the weight off if they lose it. 

Your medical weight-loss plan focuses primarily on a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Ordonez provides nutrition counseling to help you learn to eat healthily. She may recommend medical weight loss with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone that reduces hunger. While taking hCG, she helps you maintain a low-calorie diet to help you lose weight. 

Dr. Ordonez can also help you manage health complications that often coincide with being overweight or obese, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

To find out more about custom medical weight-loss programs and take part in one with your membership, call MyDoctor Direct Primary Care or book a consultation online today.

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