Baptist Health Lexington: Creating a Medical Weight-Loss Plan
Patients can achieve weight loss through diet, exercise and/or medication. Learn how we create individualized medical weight-loss plans at Baptist Health.
Creating a Medical Weight-Loss Plan in Lexington, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Cassie Graham, APRN, Medical Weight Loss:
We treat patients who need to lose weight, whether that’s 5 pounds, or that’s 150 pounds. We also treat patients who are having trouble with blood pressure or have been told they’re prediabetic and that they need to lose weight to improve this health condition.
At the very first visit, we discuss their medical history. We talk about a goal weight and talk about if that’s reasonable based on current body composition. We’re also assessing the candidacy for different weight-loss medications and briefly discussing what options there might be in the future. We then create an individualized program for that patient based on their readiness to change and their commitment to weight loss.
The initial goal we set with all of our patients is medically successful weight loss, which is a 5–10% loss of beginning body weight. At 10% loss, we start to see improvements in over 35 medical conditions related to weight. Lifestyle change is a term that’s thrown out a lot these days, and we use lifestyle change for treatment of a lot of things. So, the lifestyle changes are going to include, of course, nutrition and exercise recommendations, but then also giving people tips for how to still enjoy all of those pleasurable activities in life without sabotaging their goals and sabotaging their health in the process.