Excellence Medical Centers, LLC
Family Medicine Physician located in Cape Coral, FL
Approximately 42% of American adults are obese, and many more are overweight or struggling to control their weight. At Excellence Medical Centers, LLC in Cape Coral, Florida, Christine Mackie, MD, offers personalized weight loss services to help you reach and maintain your ideal weight. If you’re ready to make the necessary changes to lose weight and keep it off for good, call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.
Weight Loss Q & A
Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?
Your weight affects much more than your appearance. If you’re overweight or obese, you have an increased risk of developing a wide range of health problems, including:
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
Fortunately, if you’re overweight, losing just 5-10% of your weight can significantly impact your overall health and lower your risks of these health problems.
How can a doctor help with weight loss?
If losing weight were easy, the majority of Americans wouldn’t be overweight. While the weight loss equation looks simple — use more calories than you consume — many hidden factors affect your outcome.
Dr. Mackie can perform physical exams and testing to identify underlying health issues such as thyroid dysfunction or other hormonal imbalances that can get in the way of your success.
She can also help you monitor your diet and exercise levels to create a realistic idea of what needs to change. Many people underestimate how much they eat and overestimate their daily caloric needs.
What’s included in a weight loss program?
Dr. Mackie creates a customized weight loss program to help you achieve your goals. Your program could include:
Adjusting your diet to create a consistent calorie deficit doesn’t have to leave you with bland or tasteless food. Dr. Mackie works with you to create a meal plan that includes foods you enjoy and even an occasional treat. You learn about nutrients and portion sizes to ensure you consume what you need.
Physical activity recommendations
Daily physical activity is critical to weight loss as it increases your daily calorie burn. Ideally, all adults should aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on at least five days every week. You might need more exercise to help you reach your goals.
If you’ve been inactive, Dr. Mackie can help you introduce daily physical activity safely. You don’t want to do too much too quickly, as this can lead to injury and set you back.
You meet with Dr. Mackie regularly throughout your weight loss program. She monitors your progress and adjusts your plan to help you get past plateaus. She also provides support to help you stay motivated as you work toward your goals.
Dr. Mackie might recommend medications, supplements, or other treatments to help you lose weight and keep it off. You might need treatment for an underlying health issue or a medicine or supplement to boost your energy levels.
Once you reach your goal, Dr. Mackie helps you adjust your diet and exercise routine to maintain weight loss. Making healthy choices is a lifelong commitment and can prevent future weight gain.
Call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC today or make an appointment online if you’re ready to lose weight and keep it off.