Weight Loss

Maxwell Medical Group

Hal B. Wilson, M.D.

Primary Care Physician & Medical Aesthetic Practitioner located in Scottsdale, AZ

Losing weight is often one of the best lifestyle changes you can make to improve the quality of life. While the weight loss equation is straight-forward, the practice is much harder. Dr. Hal Wilson and the team at Maxwell Medical Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, are your partners with medically assisted weight loss. They can help you identify your particular challenges, while at the same time monitoring your health. Call or click today to get started.

Weight Loss Q & A

What is medically assisted weight loss?

Any program or diet that you undertake that’s being monitored by a physician and his staff can be considered medically assisted. The details of your treatment don’t have a particular standard or official definition. Indeed, weight loss can be a very personal journey with specifics that apply only to you.

The fundamental formula for weight loss appears simple. You must burn more calories than you consume so that your body starts using stored fat as its energy source. This is a process that served your ancestors well when food supplies weren’t consistent, and life moved through a regular process of feast and famine. Converting your body to a negative calorie condition creates challenges.

Why is weight loss so important?

Carrying extra pounds, particularly as you get older, increases the risk of many diseases. You’ll find that many of these interrelate, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Losing weight, healthy diet, and increased physical activity benefit all of these conditions. Weight loss can also reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis by reducing the load on affected joints. Losing excess weight improves your chances of ensuring the highest quality of life.

Why is losing weight difficult?

When your body starts using fat to make up the caloric deficit needed to lose weight, your brain responds instinctively. The brain perceives a period of famine as a potential threat to your life. It sees body fat as a last resort energy source and so changes to your body to protect this supply occur.

Your metabolism may slow, burning a bare minimum of calories compared to when food is plentiful. Urges of hunger become stronger so that the search for food becomes a higher priority. It’s not merely your imagination or willpower; it’s a biological process.

In many cases, working with Dr. Wilson and his staff can help you avoid some of these challenges. Along with diet and exercise, medications may be used to stimulate weight loss. Additionally, Dr. Wilson utilizes blood analysis to ensure that your various organ systems are functioning normally and to assess whether you are intaking adequate nutrients. In certain cases, Dr. Wilson recommends bariatric surgery and can assist you in locating a bariatric surgeon.