How a Medically Supervised Weight-Loss Program and HRT Can Help You Lose and Keep Off Excess Pounds

Nearly 40% of adults in the United States tip the scales into obesity, which is why almost 50% of adults in the U.S. have tried to lose weight between 2013 and 2016, a figure we’re sure hasn’t changed much. The weight crisis in the United States is a clear and present danger, affecting not only the physical health of the population but its emotional health, too.

If you’re among the millions who are trying to gain the upper hand on a weight problem, skipping the gimmicks and embarking on a medically supervised weight loss program gives you the tools you need for sustainable results.

At Maria Cole Family Practice, nurse practitioners Maria Cole and Kelly Wenger head up our team of providers who are on a mission to provide our Odessa, Texas, patients with effective health care solutions. As part of our services, we offer customized weight-loss solutions, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), to help you achieve your goals.

Here’s a look at how our medically supervised weight loss program and HRT can help you lose those excess pounds — and keep them off.

The hormone puzzle

Men and women are controlled by sex hormones that not only govern their sexual and reproductive health but many other areas, as well. For example, women’s fat distribution, metabolism, and muscle mass are largely dictated by estrogen hormones, and when these hormone levels are askew, the impact can add up in terms of pounds.

In fact, women who are going through menopause feel the effects more acutely as estrogen levels drop precipitously, leaving them with increasing abdominal fat that seems to appear overnight.

Men, on the other hand, are at the mercy of testosterone, which oversees, among other things, muscle mass and metabolism. Men’s testosterone levels slowly decline as they age — up to 3% a year after the age of 30. This loss can contribute to the middle-age spread that often begins to develop in their 30s, 40s, and beyond.

To fight back against the loss of these regulatory hormones, we offer BioTE®, which is a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical means these replacement hormones mimic your own hormones right down to the molecular structures.

We deliver these hormones through pellets, which we place under your skin. As they slowly release the bioidentical hormones, your body benefits from renewed resources that help you lose weight.

Medical supervision

While HRT gives you a leg up, we don’t stop there. To help you lose weight, and keep it off, we custom tailor a weight-loss program to meet your specific body type, health issues, and goals.

To get started, we perform a thorough assessment of your health and how much extra body fat you’re carrying. While body mass index (BMI) numbers provide us with an initial measurement, they’re just a start. Everyone has different body types and shapes, and we understand that, which is why we come up with weight-loss goals that are designed just for you.

Through nutritional counseling and recommendations for exercise, we can set achievable goals that will help you gradually lose weight in a safe and sustainable way. Our aim is to create new habits that will serve you well for a lifetime.

And we’re with you every step of the way, making any necessary adjustments, providing encouragement, and even a little push every once in a while, allowing you to declare victory over your weight problem, once and for all.

To learn more about our medically supervised weight loss programs and HRT, call us at (432) 200-9087, or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.

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