Weight Loss Specialist

Family Medical Center

Family Medicine & Lifestyle Medicine located in Ringgold, GA

If losing weight was easy, then 7 out of 10 Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight brings an increased risk of a wide range of health problems ranging from diabetes and hypertension to cancer. At Family Medical Center, in Ringgold, Georgia, Derek Heldzinger, MD, and his team offer a personalized approach to weight loss, combining lifestyle medicine with cognitive behavioral therapy to help you lose weight and keep it off. Call Family Medical Center or request an appointment online today to start your weight-loss journey.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?

Your weight influences your risk of a wide range of chronic health problems. For example, obesity is a significant risk factor for a number of conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer 

When you decide to lose weight, you also improve your health. Weight loss can prevent and even reverse chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Your diet also has an enormous influence on your risk of cancer. The team at Family Medical Center offers cancer education to help you make the best choices to protect your health. 

What should I expect from medically supervised weight loss?

Family Medical Center provides a comprehensive, personalized approach to weight loss. The team uses lifestyle medicine to help you lose weight and keep it off. They begin with a comprehensive consultation and exam to learn about your overall health, your relationship with food, and to test you for health conditions that could interfere with your ability to lose weight. 

Then the team works with you to implement lifestyle modifications to improve your health and help you lose weight. They overhaul your diet but make the changes incrementally, so the adjustments are more sustainable. They also help you find enjoyable physical activities that you want to make part of your routine. The team also provides therapies and support to reduce your stress levels and improve your sleep. 

How can cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) support weight loss?

CBT is a type of therapy that helps you increase your awareness of your emotions and thoughts and how they influence your behaviors. The team at Family Medical Center uses CBT to help you explore and repair your relationship with food. You learn strategies to deal with the thoughts and feelings that lead to unhealthy food decisions. 

For example, if you turn to food in times of stress or emotional distress, the team at Family Medical Center can work with you using CBT to help you change the way you respond to those feelings. Additionally, if depression or anxiety is at the root cause of your poor dietary choices, CBT can help you recover from these pervasive mental health conditions.

If you’re ready to make changes to help you lose weight, keep it off, and improve your overall health, call Family Medical Center, or request an appointment online today.