Weight loss isn’t something you should go through without guidance from your doctor. Sometimes to get the results you want, you need someone motivating you along the way. Internal medicine physician Narendra Punjabi, MD of Punjabi Medical Clinic helps you thrive throughout your weight loss journey. You get the support you need to lose weight and get healthy as soon as you visit Dr. Punjabi’s Austin, Texas, practice.
Dr. Punjabi uses several tools and calculations to determine an ideal weight for your frame. Often, the starting point is determining your body mass index (BMI). This simple formula calculates your weight and height; you’re overweight if your BMI is over 25.
The BMI isn’t a perfect formula, though. It doesn’t take muscle mass or larger frame size into consideration. Dr. Punjabi may need to use other methods to find an ideal weight for you.
Whether he determines that you need to lose 10 pounds or 50 pounds, don’t focus on the final number. Start with small, incremental goals so that you can celebrate successes on the way to your new healthy weight.
Weight loss should be gradual — it didn’t go on in a week, and it won’t come off in a week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. This way you don’t strain any vital organs through fast weight loss. Initially, though, it’s common for men and women to lose even more weight, just by making some lifestyle changes.
If you don’t normally exercise, for instance, getting in several 30-minute sessions each week can jump-start your weight loss and help you shed pounds quickly. As your body adjusts to your new lifestyle and as you start losing pounds, weight loss tends to become more gradual.
People are often quick to jump on the scale to watch the numbers shrink. While the scale is helpful in tracking how many pounds you lose along the way, it shouldn’t be your only indicator. Throughout your weight loss journey, you will have weeks where the scale doesn’t budge. Or worse, the numbers go up.
Don’t be discouraged if this happens. It’s common to plateau or even gain weight; it’s often an increase in muscle mass — not fat — while you’re trying to reach a healthy weight. Try tracking your success based on how your clothes feel, especially if you’re on a plateau. If your clothes are getting looser, you know you’re on the right path.
Visit Punjabi Medical Clinic to get a custom nutrition and weight loss plan today! Book online or call the office.