Weight Management Specialist

Centra Internal Medicine -  - Internal Medicine

Centra Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Sun City, AZ

Feeling like you’ve lost control of your weight — whether you’re overweight or obese — is stressful. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to reach a healthy weight, Manish Sahni, MD, at Centra Internal Medicine in Sun City, Arizona, can give you the tools to finally reach your goals. To find out more about weight management, call Centra Internal Medicine or book your appointment online today.

Weight Management Q & A

How do I know if I need help with weight management?

Each time you visit Centra Internal Medicine, a member of the team weighs you. If you’re over the healthy weight range for your age and height, Dr. Sahni can give you the guidance you need to keep your weight under control.

 

Your weight is categorized by your body mass index (BMI), a number calculated using your height and weight. The BMI classifications are:

  • Underweight: Under 18.5
  • Normal weight: 18.5 - 24.9
  • Overweight: 25.0 - 29.9
  • Obesity: 30.0 or above

It’s important to note that the current BMI system doesn’t differentiate between weight from muscle and fat. Some patients with high BMI are simply very muscular, but not obese. Because of this, only your doctor can determine if you need to lose weight.

It’s also perfectly healthy for your weight to fluctuate a bit. If you’re consistently gaining weight or losing weight and are having trouble stopping it, you could benefit from a weight management plan.

How can I manage my weight?

Most people recognize that eating a sufficient, healthy diet and getting exercise are important parts of controlling their weight. However, even if you feel like you’re doing everything correctly, you may need some help or motivation to truly change your habits.

As part of your personalized weight management plan, Dr. Sahni provides:

  • Specific healthy changes to your diet
  • Guidance for physical activity within your ability
  • Medications for weight loss when necessary
  • Reasonable goals for you to work toward

 

Your weight may be due to genetics, overeating, a lack of physical activity, stress, or a combination of several factors. While creating your plan, Dr. Sahni takes these into account to change your lifestyle in a way that works.

What happens if I don’t manage my weight?

Being outside of a healthy weight range can take a toll on your health if you don’t change your lifestyle. Obesity puts you at a higher risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress on your bones and joints
  • Some cancers

Being overweight or obese can also decrease your mobility. Further, you get fatigued quickly, making it difficult to accomplish all of the things you’d like to get done in a day.

After assessing you and your health, Dr. Sahni gives you a list of specific ways that your weight is affecting your well-being.

If you’re struggling to lose weight, even if you feel like you’re doing everything right, call or book an appointment online at Centra Internal Medicine for guidance and motivation for weight management.

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