Weight Loss

DeArk Medical Center PLLC

Internal and Preventive Medicine Clinic located in Charlotte, NC

About two in three adults are considered overweight or obese, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. With the help of Charlotte, North Carolina’s leading internist Dr. Iyamu, MD, PhD and the team at DeArk Medical Center, you can lose weight — and keep it off. Between customized nutrition plans and advanced medical screenings, you can reach your optimal weight once and for all. Book your weight loss evaluation by using the online scheduling feature, or by calling the office.

Weight Loss Q & A

What causes weight gain?

The most common cause of weight gain is consuming more calories from food than you burn. This weight gain can stem from overeating or a lack of exercise, or from a combination of the two. In many cases though, men and women start making healthy changes to their diets and begin exercising more frequently, but still don’t notice a budge on the scale.

This situation is why it’s so important to talk with your primary care physician (PCP) about weight gain and how to obtain a healthy weight. In some cases, an underlying medical condition can be to blame.

Weight gain can stem from:

  • Thyroid issues
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Undiagnosed diabetes

Generally, after checking for specific biomarkers in your blood and evaluating your health, your primary care physician can determine if you have a condition that’s causing your weight gain.

Why do I need to lose weight?

Losing weight and reaching a target weight isn’t merely about looking or feeling more confident — the main reason Dr. Iyamu wants you to drop excess body weight is to help improve your quality of life by reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases.

You might need to lose weight to minimize your risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke

Getting on top of your weight can even reduce your chances of developing certain types of cancer, including colon cancer. Dr. Iyamu often uses a calculation called the body mass index (BMI) to determine your ideal body weight based on your height.

How do I lose weight?

Losing weight depends on the cause of weight gain and how much weight you need to lose. Dr. Iyamu is likely going to start you out with nutrition and diet counseling. Not only is it essential to follow a healthy diet, but you also need a balanced diet that includes a certain amount of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Your medical weight loss plan could include:

  • Tips for increasing physical activity
  • Prescription weight loss medications
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Dr. Iyamu spends time evaluating your health and helping you get to the root of your weight gain so you can get on a path to your optimal weight. Schedule your weight loss consultation at DeArk Medical Center by using the online scheduling system, or by calling the clinic.

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