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The 5 Health Benefits of Medically Supervised Weight Loss

If you’ve been trying to lose weight for a while, you may have noticed that traditional diets only get you so far. As soon as you dip into the cookie jar or slack off on the exercise, you’re back where you started, or even heavier than you were before.

You don’t lack willpower, you lack information, an individualized regimen that matches your metabolism and nutritional needs, and support. Medically supervised weight loss goes far beyond cookie-cutter diets that pretend that every woman and man needs the same kinds of foods and the same exact supplements. Emilia E. Murray, MD, an expert practitioner and founder of Murray's Health and Wellness, offers customized weight-loss programs in Naples, Florida, so that you can look and feel your best, for life.

Dr. Murray conducts a series of blood tests and a physical examination to determine your nutritional needs, resolve any underlying conditions that could be responsible for your excess weight, and design a program just for you. Recommendations could include:

You also receive support with weekly meetings. Dr. Murray holds you accountable for sticking with your regimen and shows you how you’ve progressed over the last seven days. 

In addition to helping you meet your aesthetic goals, she’s committed to improving your health, too.  Here are just a few of the health benefits you can expect with a medical weight-loss program:

1. You have more energy  

When you feed your cells the nourishment they need to function optimally, you feel more energetic and vital. Eating the wrong foods, such as too much sugar, overtaxes your body. Eating too much sugar also raises your risk for serious metabolic disorders, such as type 2 diabetes.

2. You sleep better

Excess fat around your head and neck can block your airway and cause a dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Losing just 10% of your body weight improves sleep apnea by  20%.

Sleeping more deeply and for longer periods also helps your hormones stay in balance. When you’re sleep deprived because of sleep apnea, or night sweats, you produce less of the hormone ghrelin, which controls your appetite.  

3. Your joints are more comfortable

Being overweight or obese puts extra stress on your joints, raising your risk for arthritis or worsening a case that you’ve already developed. Eating the wrong foods can also trigger inflammation, which irritates the cartilage that’s supposed to protect your joint bones.

If you have a tendency to develop inflammation, or if you have arthritis, Dr. Murray takes food sensitivities into account when making dietary recommendations. When you’re eating the right foods and you’ve achieved a healthy BMI, your joints feel better and it’s easier for you to exercise, too.

4. You  prevent disease and early death

Carrying too much weight stresses your heart and your entire cardiovascular system. Excess fat enlarges your arteries and also makes them susceptible to atherosclerosis, a dangerous condition in which plaque builds up in the walls, making them less flexible. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

When you eat more calories than your body can process, you raise your risk for type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar in your bloodstream also wears down your blood vessels, raising your risk for hypertension and heart failure. Obesity is also associated with other serious diseases, including cancer.

5. You feel better about yourself

Losing weight literally makes you feel lighter, both physically and emotionally. You no longer have to hide your body in unflattering clothing or feel guilty every time someone sees you eating. You feel empowered because you’ve learned how to nourish your body and give it what it needs to thrive.

By working with Dr. Murray and her team at Murray's Health and Wellness, you have a safe place to turn when you hit a bump in the road. To set up a medical weight loss consultation, call us today or request an appointment online.

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