Successful weight loss involves diet, exercise, and behavioral intervention. Many people focus on just one—maybe even two—of these areas while on their weight loss journey. But the three combined best work in tandem as a comprehensive, holistic approach to weight management, and more importantly, improved health and energy.
Here, we take a look at how each of these factors interact and how Dr. Samoon Ahmad of the Integrative Center for Wellness tailors treatment plans for each of his patients. No two treatment plans look alike because each patient’s health and history are unique.
It’s easy to equate losing weight with “eating healthy”, but what about all of the times your cravings, triggers, and eating habits get the best of you? Areas of the brain that control memory and the sensation of pleasure are actually partially responsible for those food urges. Your diet is more than just the food that you put into your body. It’s just as important to consider your eating behaviors as your food choices themselves when it comes to losing weight.
What about the potential side effects of medications? The prescriptions you’re taking could be impacting your metabolism—for better or worse.
Dr. Ahmad’s treatment plans also take into account your nutritional needs, genetic factors that can contribute to of your health and weight, how medication may be negatively impacting your metabolism, and how behaviors may be influencing your diet.
Eliminating sweets from your diet won’t lead to overnight results if you’re sitting on the couch most of the day. Proper physical activity aids in weight loss and can also contribute to improved overall health. Benefits of maintaining a healthy weight range from good heart health to disease prevention, and exercise can be a helpful tool to achieve those benefits.
You may not want to train to run a marathon, and that’s ok. The Integrative Center for Wellness works with patients to discover what types of physical activity are best for sustainable weight loss and healthy habits that fit their lifestyle.
Changing your eating habits is no easy task. Stress is a common inhibitor of weight loss, as the pressures of day-to-day life can lead to stress-eating or other poor habits that can derail your weight loss goals. Losing weight is a mental journey as much as a physical one, which is why Dr. Ahmad approaches medical weight loss options by considering your mental well-being. After all, a healthy mind and healthy body go hand in hand.
Want to learn more about how you can lose weight in a healthy way? Download our guide to healthy weight management!
You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmad to discuss your weight loss concerns & treatment options here or by calling 212-585-1111.
A practicing physician for over twenty years, Dr. Ahmad has dedicated his professional life to helping individuals find balance in their mental and physical well-being. He founded the Integrative Center for Wellness to execute his innovative vision of incorporating psychiatric treatments with nutritional therapies to emphasize wellness of both the body and the mind. He specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, stuttering and weight management issues.