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Weight Loss Specialist

Nutrition & Health Center

Nutrition & Health Coaches located in Union County of NJ, Elizabeth, NJ

Losing excess weight is one of the best ways to improve your health and extend your lifespan, but shedding the pounds can be challenging. Nutrition & Health Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, provides medically managed weight loss programs that can help you lose weight and keep it off. Find out more about achieving your weight loss goals by calling the office today or by booking an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss important?

Being overweight or obese is one of the leading causes of preventable disease in the United States, and it’s a problem that’s getting worse. Carrying an unhealthy amount of weight can cause serious illnesses such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing difficulties
  • Gallstones

The health benefits of successful weight loss are immense, not just in reducing the risk of serious health problems but in improving mental health and your ability to enjoy your life. If you need to lose weight but are finding it a challenge, the Nutrition & Health Center team can help with supported medical weight loss programs.

What happens when I join a weight loss program?

It’s essential to make sure that your weight loss program at Nutrition & Health Center is perfectly designed to keep you healthy while you lose weight. For this reason, your first appointment will likely include a comprehensive physical exam, laboratory workup, Body Composition analysis, and breathing Resting Metabolic Test. Your provider will review your medical history and discuss your current health and well-being at the initial appointment. Using all this information, the team will create a personalized weight loss plan for you.

Why are labs needed before a weight loss program?

Before starting any diet or weight loss program, you need to know that it’s safe for you to do so. Routine testing can illuminate information about any underlying medical condition that could affect how well you tolerate medication or the type of exercise that’s most suitable for you.

It’s also crucial to find out if there’s any medical reason you have a weight problem, such as a condition that causes weight gain or makes it harder to lose weight, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypothyroidism.

Lab workups at Nutrition & Health Center can include the following tests:

  • Complete blood count
  • Complete metabolic panel
  • Lipid panel
  • Thyroid panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Vitamin D level
  • Insulin level
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Urine pregnancy test (for women)

Dietary deficiencies can also impact your general health and ability to succeed with a diet and exercise program. For example, a Vitamin D deficiency could make it more likely that you develop osteoporosis, a degenerative disease affecting bone strength.

You may need supplementation or adjustments to your diet to correct any deficiencies. To find out more about effective, sustainable weight loss, call Nutrition & Health Center today or book an appointment online.