Weight Loss Specialist

Francisco Martinez, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics located in Chula Vista, CA

If you’re significantly overweight, you have an increased risk of developing a medical condition that could become dangerous to your long-term health. The team at Francisco Martinez, MD, in Chula Vista, California, offer medically supervised weight loss programs that help you lose weight and keep it off. If interested in losing weight and you’ve tried diet plans without success, call the office or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation to find out if you qualify for a medical weight loss program.

Weight Loss Q & A

Am I a candidate for a medical weight loss program?

There are many individual factors to consider when determining if you qualify for a medically supervised weight loss program. A consultation at Francisco Martinez, MD, which includes a review of your health history, a physical exam, and a discussion of your goals and lifestyle, helps determine if a medical weight loss program is right for you.

Your BMI is an estimate of your body fat percentage, based on the ratio of your height to your weight. Generally speaking, a medical weight loss program is for people with a body mass index (BMI) that puts them in the range of being overweight or obese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interprets BMI using the following categories.

  • Underweight: 18.5 or below
  • Normal: 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight: 25-29.9
  • Obese: 30 and above

If you’re overweight or obese, and you’re willing and able to commit to the requirements of the program, including making lifestyle changes, you may qualify for a weight loss program at Francisco Martinez, MD.

What are the health risks of being overweight?

There are numerous health complications associated with obesity and being overweight. Some of these conditions include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol/high triglycerides
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, liver, and several other types of cancer
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Chronic pain

The good news is that losing weight significantly reduces, and, in some cases, eliminates, your risk for many of the dangerous medical conditions associated with being overweight or obese.

What does a medical weight loss program involve?

Your caring provider at Francisco Martinez, MD, creates a custom weight loss program tailored to meet your individual needs. Your weight loss plan may include:

  • Weight check-ins
  • Prescription weight loss medications
  • Exercise programs
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Counseling and other support services

Weight loss programs at Francisco Martinez, MD, help you develop healthy habits so you can maintain your weight loss results for a lifetime. Once you’ve completed your individual treatment plan and achieved your optimal weight, you’ll have ongoing access to expert support at Francisco Martinez, MD. If you have stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to your weight loss efforts, the team offer laser body sculpting treatments to help with those final pounds.

If you’re overweight or obese, don’t hesitate to prioritize your long-term health. Schedule a consultation at Francisco Martinez, MD, today by calling the office, or make an appointment online.