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Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Weight Loss services offered in Pompano Beach, FL


Medically supervised weight loss provides a safe, effective way to shed pounds and achieve optimal health. At her eponymous practice in Pompano Beach, Florida, internal medicine physician Simone Van-Horne, MD, offers medically supervised weight loss to men and women. Using nutrition education, exercise guidance, and prescription medication, she can help you achieve your ideal weight. Call the practice of Simone Van-Horne, MD, to schedule a weight loss consultation, or book your appointment online today. 

Weight Loss Q&A


Is medically supervised weight loss the same as dieting?

Medically supervised weight loss and dieting both aim to help you eliminate excess body fat, but they aren’t the same thing.


Dieting

A diet is a specialized eating plan designed to cut calories and help you shed pounds quickly. Diets often make promises that are too good to be true. They provide prompt results, but those results are typically unsustainable.


Medically supervised weight loss

Medically supervised weight loss helps you shed pounds with a doctor’s supervision. Instead of relying on fads, this treatment approach emphasizes healthy lifestyle changes that are easy to maintain. Medically supervised weight loss takes time and effort, but the results can be sustained for years. 


Who should consider medical weight loss?

Consider medical weight loss at the practice of Simone Van-Horne, MD, if you’re 10 or more pounds above your ideal weight. That’s especially true if you have a chronic medical condition, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis

Carrying around excess weight exacerbates all of these conditions, increasing your risk of potentially severe health problems and premature death. 


What does medically supervised weight loss include?

Dr. Van-Horne tailors medically supervised weight loss to your personal needs, but most treatment plans include a mix of the following:


Nutrition education

Maintaining weight loss requires you to change your relationship with food. Rather than eating whatever you want, Dr. Van-Horne encourages you to eat a well-balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. 

No two diet plans are exactly alike. Dr. Van-Horne tailors treatment based on several factors, including your age, goals, and general health.


Exercise guidance

Eating healthily helps you get the nutrients you need, but you need to burn more calories to lose weight. Therefore, exercising at least five days a week for at least 30 minutes is essential. Dr. Van-Horne makes recommendations that align with your current abilities and fitness level. That might include walking, swimming, cycling, or weight lifting. 


Prescription medication

Underlying factors like hormones and metabolism can affect your ability to lose weight. Dr. Van-Horne prescribes medication if you cannot achieve optimal results with diet and exercise alone. Some medications suppress your appetite so you eat less; others help speed up your metabolism so you burn more calories.

Call the practice of Simone Van-Horne, MD, to schedule a weight loss consultation, or book your appointment online today.