These days, many of us have weight on our minds. That’s not surprising considering that 39.6% of adults and 18.5% of children were considered obese in 2015-2016. At the same time, 49% of American adults surveyed between 2013 and 2016 reported trying to lose weight at some point during the prior 12 months. 

That’s a lot of people looking to address their weight. Yet as many as 90% of people who lose a lot of weight eventually regain some, or all, of it! This is certainly a depressing statistic - but it offers insight into how we can address weight issues. Think about it: we are actually really good at losing weight! But keeping it off...that’s another story.

Why is that? Because the weight gained in our fat cells is merely one part of a vast, complicated biological network. Our brains, metabolic rates, hormones, and more are all connected to weight loss. And they can all change with time, so much so that many medical providers recommend treating obesity as a chronic illness - that is, as something that is best avoided, and that will require time and effort to manage once it develops.

That’s where we can help. Family Matters Direct Primary Care (or Family Matters DPC) is working to help patients address weight-related issues and concerns via our health and weight loss counseling services. Our services won’t just let you lose weight; we will help you make the long term adjustments needed to keep that weight off.

To schedule a visit or sign up for our services, please contact us at (412) 685-3373 or submit an online appointment request for a free consultation. We allow a full hour for new patient appointments. 

Note that you can also spend half an hour with one of our doctors during an initial consultation, where you can explore the DPC care model and ask us questions directly. You will have no obligation to register with us following a consultation. No medical advice or treatment will be offered at this consultation.


 

FAQs on Health & Weight Loss Counseling:

 

Why is Obesity So Concerning?

Living with obesity increases one's risk for many serious diseases and health conditions. Examples of illnesses connected to obesity include:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Coronary heart disease 
  • Stroke 
  • Gallbladder disease 
  • Osteoarthritis (i.e. a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint) 
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems 
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)

 

I’ve Tried to Address This Issue Myself and Struggled. Why is it So Hard To Lose Weight?

We’re sorry to say that weight is a complicated thing. Common weight-related advice is to move more and eat less. But our weight is determined and influenced by more than how much we exercise and how many calories we take in. 

 

Sedentary lifestyles and poor food choices certainly do affect the number we see on a scale - but so do things like how much sleep we get, our income, our mental health, or age, and even our hormones and metabolisms. 

As a result, different approaches, habits, diets, etc. will work better for different people who are trying to lose weight. It does ultimately take some trial and error to determine the best approach for each individual. That said, research does support certain universal behaviors will help with weight loss. These include cutting out soda and sugary drinks, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and focusing on food quality rather than simply on calories.

 

Why Should I Try Health and Weight Loss Coaching / Counseling?

Health coaches have experience and knowledge in addressing the complexities of weight loss. Our approach expands on the basics and gets into the things that will truly help you make lasting changes. After all, you already know that moving more and eating less will help you lose weight. But chances are that it hasn’t been enough to make a big and/or long-term difference.

That’s why rather than asking you to do more of the same, we’ll teach you about changes you can make for success. In particular, we will focus on:

  • How to overcome mental barriers and roadblocks that make it difficult to adhere to healthy choices on a daily basis.
  • How to change bad habits that act as weight- and food-related triggers, such as smoking, inactivity, and even reactions to stress.
  • Most importantly: how to change your lifestyle in a sustainable way that does not deprive you of what you enjoy.

 

When meeting with a health coach, you will receive expert help in setting goals and creating action plans that promote healthy lifestyle changes. No matter your state of health, your living situation, or your goals, we can help you overcome your particular challenges and regain a greater level of health and well-being. If you have additional questions about specific care options for a particular health issue, please contact us! We would love the opportunity to review your needs and determine if we are a good fit for your healthy living efforts.