Weight Loss Maintenance Program
In the U.S. more than 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are considered obese. Characterized by medical professionals as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, obesity has become an epidemic and one of the most prevalent chronic diseases.
People who are overweight or obese have a much greater risk of developing serious health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, cancer, stroke, and bone and joint issues such as arthritis. Since each of these complications is related to excess weight, they can, in many cases, be prevented or minimized with weight loss.
There are also psychological health effects that come with being overweight, including low self-esteem and negative body image. Often, this can leave a person feeling depressed, hopeless, stressed, anxious, and unmotivated.
As a board-certified internal medicine physician and obesity specialist in Florham Park, New Jersey, Dr. Sherry Li is in a unique position to help those who are overweight or obese. Her training in internal medicine enables her to evaluate and treat many of the associated conditions, while her training as an obesity doctor allows her to create effective weight loss plans for her patients, educate them about nutrition and exercise, and coach them to change the behaviors that led them to become obese.
Dr. Li will discuss at length your history with food in order to understand the emotions and thoughts that trigger you to overeat. She will help you manage and overcome depression, anxiety, and stress. Addressing the root causes of your weight gain and obesity will exponentially increase your chances of success – achieving and maintaining your goal weight for the long term.
Lifestyle coaching is another important component of the care you will receive from Dr. Li. She will teach you about healthy foods and the importance of exercise. She will plan nutritious meals for you and an exercise regimen that incorporates the activities you enjoy and accounts for any underlying health conditions you might have.
Dr. Li will evaluate your lifestyle and identify the factors that contributed to your weight gain or difficulty you have had losing weight in the past, including stress.
Stress can have a major impact on your overall health and well-being. Levels of the hormone cortisol rise when you are stressed, which tends to stimulate your appetite for sugary and fatty foods and lead to overeating. You and Dr. Li will discuss the situations that cause you stress, and she will help you learn how to cope with them and manage stress in a healthier way, including exercise. If necessary, she can refer you to a mental health counselor for cognitive behavior therapy.
At Dr. Li Wellness, we approach weight loss from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration your medical history, emotions, behaviors, and lifestyle to understand the causes of your weight-related problems. Our goal is to help resolve any obstacles you face so you can lose weight, lead a healthier life, and be the best you possible.
Start your journey to optimal health and wellness today. Call Dr. Li Wellness at (973) 377-3676 to learn more about healthy living and how you can live your best life. You may also request an appointment online.