New year, new approach to weight loss

January 10, 2019
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  • For many, losing weight can be extremely challenging.
  • There are a wide variety of benefits to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Swedish Weight Loss Services can support your weight loss goals.

It’s 2019! For many of us, the beginning of the year is a perfect time to contemplate making some healthy lifestyle changes. With obesity affecting American populations at record levels, it’s no wonder that weight loss often tops New Year’s resolutions.

The good news is that even modest weight loss (5-10% of body weight) can have a profound impact on quality of life. Benefits include elevated energy levels, a more positive outlook, better sleep quality, heightened stamina, improved flexibility, decreased physical pain, and improvement in weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Now, if only losing weight was simple! Unfortunately, weight management is often an ongoing struggle. If you’d like some support, Swedish Weight Loss Services can help.

Attend a weight loss seminar.

A good first step is to sign up for one of Swedish’s free, educational seminars. You will learn about the full range of services offered and meet the team. Register online for our new video seminar, or for a live seminar and bring a guest for support. 

Explore medically guided weight loss programs.

The sheer number of diets out there can be overwhelming – from traditional calorie-based programs, to low carbohydrate/high protein options, to intermittent fasting trends. If you want trustworthy advice to help determine what might work best for you, consider a medically supervised weight loss program. This route will help you discover how to live longer and healthier by making sustainable lifestyle choices.

Swedish’s non-surgical program approaches weight loss from a scientific perspective and offers personalized nutritional education and coaching, regular lab work, weekly weigh-ins, cooking classes, ongoing support, and fitness education. Your support team may include a medical provider, dietitian, and behavioral health provider (when needed).

Consider surgical intervention.

If you have a body mass index (BMI) above 40 — or above 35, in combination with certain medical issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, severe arthritis, or sleep apnea — you might be a candidate for weight loss (bariatric) surgery. Along with helping people lose weight, it can put diabetes into remission, improve life expectancy, and lower heart disease risk.

The most common type of weight loss surgery is a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which changes the shape and size of the stomach by dividing it vertically and removing 85%. Other surgical options include the Adjustable Gastric Band and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

Swedish offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that includes nutrition counseling and psychological support to help educate and prepare patients for surgery. Free, monthly support groups are also available for pre- and post-surgical patients.

Get started today.

Calculate your BMI to see if you might be a candidate for weight loss surgery.
Register online for our new video seminar, or for an upcoming live, informational weight loss seminar.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional's instructions.