Obesity – Nutrition for Health & Wellness

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Body mass index (BMI), a measurement which compares weight and height, defines people as overweight (pre-obese) when their BMI is between 25 and 30, and obese when it is greater than 30.

The most common reason a patient presents to a nutritionist for help is for weight loss. With a large percentage of those patients being obese, I think it is important to address my level of success in reversing this condition. Most of my patients have been to Weight Watchers or used a service like Jenny Craig or L.A. Weight Loss. The difference in treating with a clinical nutritionist and a "one plan fits all" program is dramatic.

There are hundreds of different approaches to losing weight. Not all people need the same weight loss plan and this can add to the confusion and frustration in attempting to lose the weight for good.

When you work with a functional metabolic specialist like a clinical nutritionist, the reason that your metabolism is not properly functioning is addressed first. From there rapid and successful weight loss will occur. Are my results the same as "The Biggest Loser" TV show? Not unless you have 5 hours a day to exercise, have a personal trainer right there with you every day, a personal chef and physician on hand to regulate your system. My results are impressive though.

I do not use stimulants to promote weight loss. I am a Health Specialist, meaning I am focused primarily on your health. If you are 200 lbs on our first visit and you are compliant to my plan, you will likely lose 15-20 lbs in the first month of care with me.

One of my other primary focuses is on why there was weight gain. A good percentage of the time psychology is at the root of weight gain. Understanding and addressing the psychology of weight loss is one of the more powerful ways of succeeding with your weight loss goals. I will address the psychological aspects associated with your weight gain.

I look forward to helping you find your way to healthy weight balance.

-- Dr. Conan J. Shaw