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Weight Loss

Weight gain causes are more complex than simply eating too much. Obesity often has environmental, hormonal, genetic causes. For that reason, eating less is not always the best or most effective way to lose weight.

Dr. McIlveen, Alyssa Jastrzebski, and Shannon Hall combine a physical exam, extensive body composition analysis, and other diagnostic tests to determine what’s causing your weight gain.

Factors involved in weight gain include:

- Environment: Certain socio-economic situations limit access to healthy foods and exercise.

- Disease: Some diseases including Cushing’s disease and polycystic ovary syndrome contribute to weight gain.

- Heredity: Some inherited disorders carry genes that predispose people to obesity.

- Medication: Antidepressants, steroids, and other drugs have weight gain as a side effect.

What are the health complications of weight gain?

Two out of every three adults in the U.S. is considered to be overweight or obese. Obesity impacts every aspect of your life. Excess weight often leads to low self-esteem and depression which leads to more weight gain creating a dangerous cycle that is tough to break without help.

Obesity increases your likelihood of developing:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Gout
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Infertility
  • Shortened lifespan
  • Stroke
  • Vitamin deficiency

What is the best way to lose weight?

Dr. McIlveen is one of few board-certified obesity medicine specialists in the state. To earn this achievement he completed years of rigorous training in the latest evidence-based science and research on healthy weight loss.

Our team creates a custom weight loss plan to address every aspect of your health.

Your weight loss plan begins with a state-of-the-art body composition analysis of your body’s fat and muscle composition and distribution. From there your weight loss plan may include some of the following elements:

  • Dietary changes: the best food choices for your dietary needs
  • Exercise plan: customized based on your abilities and interests
  • Appetite suppressants: FDA-approved medication to reduce the urge to overeat, such as phentermine
  • Lifestyle counseling: education on lifestyle choices for maximum weight loss
  • Natural supplements: safe, natural appetite suppressants
  • Injections: to give you energy and increase metabolism
  • Meal replacements: nutritionally-complete options to support weight loss

Dr. McIlveen, Alyssa Jastrzebski, and Shannon Hall offer unwavering guidance and support every step of the way. Call to schedule your weight loss consultation in our Cornelius or Elkin locations today.