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Weight Loss/Obesity Specialist

Youth and You

Family Medicine located in North Miami Beach, FL

You’ve tried to lose weight on your own, without success. You may find diets just too restrictive, or you lose weight only to gain it back. At Youth and You in North Miami Beach, Florida, Florence Foucauld, MD, offers medically supported weight-loss plans to help you lose weight for good. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn how you can reach a healthier size to achieve better health and confidence.

Weight Loss/Obesity Q & A

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is losing weight so important?

Losing weight isn’t just about fitting into a smaller size or looking good in a bathing suit. A healthy weight makes you less vulnerable to chronic disease. When you’re overweight or obese, you’re at a higher risk of developing serious issues, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some cancers
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Depression

Just a 5-10% loss in your weight can improve health markers, such as high blood pressure and high glucose levels. Weight loss can help boost your self-esteem and confidence, too.

What are the benefits of physician-monitored weight loss?

Physician-monitored weight loss helps you stay accountable as you move through your diet and exercise plan. You are a good candidate for Dr. Foucauld’s program if you:

  • Have more than 20 pounds to lose
  • Are currently taking medications for Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Have problem areas that won’t slim down

Dr. Foucauld offers plans, support, mesotherapy, and education to help you lose weight. 

What support is involved in physician-monitored weight loss?

At Youth and You, Dr. Foucauld offers a multi-faceted approach to weight loss. These are nonsurgical options that are customized to suit your needs. You benefit from mesotherapy, individualized diet plans, lifestyle recommendations, and physical fitness support.

Dr. Foucauld applies the most recent research tied to health and weight loss when putting together your plan. She helps you understand behaviors that contribute to your size and how to modify your lifestyle, so weight loss is possible.

The doctor also uses weight loss as part of a treatment plan for any ongoing chronic conditions you’re suffering. Weight loss can help improve Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.

What are the characteristics of people who are successful at losing weight?

Successful weight loss requires a commitment on your part. Adjustments to how you eat and move are required. Dr. Foucauld can help you understand how to make these changes and incorporate them as part of your routine.

To learn how you can lose weight and keep it off for good, call Youth and You, or book an appointment using this website.

 

Obesity Q & A

When is obesity diagnosed?

When your body mass index, or BMI, is higher than 30, you’re considered obese. BMI is usually a reasonable estimate of body fat for most people, but muscular athletes may have a high BMI and not be obese.

BMI is determined by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared. You then multiply this number by 703. Many online tools are available to estimate your BMI, too.

Why do some people develop obesity?

Obesity can occur due to your behavior – eating more calories than you burn so your body stores them as fat. You may be more prone to obesity because of:

  • Genetics
  • Certain diseases and medications
  • Social and economic issues
  • Emotional and mental health problems
  • Stress 
  • Age

Lifestyle issues such as poor sleep, stress, dietary choices, and yo-yo dieting can also contribute.

What are the complications of obesity?

Obesity puts you at risk of many severe health conditions. These include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Digestive problems, such as gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sexual problems and infertility

Being obese can also interfere with your quality of life. You may have to limit activities, and you may also feel self-conscious because of your size.

How can I prevent obesity?

Provided you don’t have a disease that causes obesity, or use a medication that makes obesity a problem, you can take steps to reduce your chances of becoming obese. Dr. Foucauld can help you with:

  • Planning regular exercise
  • Following a healthy eating plan
  • Monitoring of your weight

Dr. Foucauld helps develop a plan appropriate for your particular schedule and current health status.

How can I reduce weight if I am already obese?

Dr. Foucauld can help you lose weight if you are obese. Losing just 5-10% of your current size can dramatically improve health markers, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Dr. Foucauld offers accountability, diet plans, and mesotherapy – a series of injections to boost circulation and your body’s ability to lose fat.

If you’re concerned about your weight, take action. Call Youth and You today, or book an appointment using this website. Dr. Foucauld is ready to help you achieve a healthier size and improve your overall wellbeing.