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Weight Loss Specialist

Gaffar Syed MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practices located in Frederick, MD

More than 71% of Americans are either overweight or obese. If you’re one of them, your extra weight increases your risk of health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. Gaffar Syed, MD, offers personalized weight loss programs at his practice in Frederick, Maryland. If you’ve tried and failed to lose weight on your own, call Dr. Syed or schedule a consultation online to start your weight loss journey.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?

Being overweight or obese negatively affects your body function and health. Your weight can increase your risk for a wide range of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Asthma
  • Fertility problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Sleep apnea and snoring

The math of weight loss and maintenance is deceptively simple — you create the right ratio of calories consumed versus calories used. However, many people don’t know their daily caloric needs or how much they actually eat, which can make weight loss extremely challenging.

What is included in a weight loss program?

Dr. Syed begins with a thorough exam and lab tests to evaluate your needs. He learns about your current diet and activity levels, and screens for conditions like thyroid dysfunction that can interfere with weight loss. 

Then, Dr. Syed works with you to create and implement a personalized weight loss program. Every program is tailored to the specific needs of the patient, but most weight loss plans include:

Nutritional counseling and meal planning

Dr. Syed helps you create a nutritious meal plan that includes foods you like that keep you satisfied while also creating a calorie deficit. He provides nutritional counseling to help you learn more about your body’s needs and what foods best fulfill them. Throughout your program, you change your relationship with food to make consistently healthy choices.

Exercise advice

Dr. Syed provides customized advice on adding exercise to your day. He helps you add physical activity safely. Many people try to add too much, too quickly and end up hungry or injured. 

Treatment for health conditions

If your medical workup reveals a health condition that affects your metabolism, Dr. Syed provides treatments to restore your health and help you reach your goals. For example, hormonal imbalances can make it challenging to lose weight.

What are the benefits of medically supervised weight loss?

Working with a doctor to lose weight offers many benefits. Your entire plan is carefully designed to meet your specific needs with your health and safety in mind. Dr. Syed also completes a full medical workup, so he can diagnose and treat any health issues that interfere with weight loss.

Also, you have regular appointments to track your progress. When you reach a plateau, Dr. Syed can adjust your plan to keep you on track and motivated. Throughout your treatment, he helps you develop new habits, so you can maintain your results once you’ve achieved your goals. 

If you’re ready to lose weight and get healthy, call Dr. Syed or make an appointment online today.