Weight Management FAQs and Answers
Can you help kids with healthy weight management?
Yes, we are able to help kids of all ages.
Several of our doctors specialize in Pediatrics and are experts in:
- Overweight kids
- Underweight kids
- The best average weight for kids
- Healthy BMI for kids
Plus, our youth fitness program, ACE Youth Fitness, gives children of all ages the tools they need in order to lead a healthier life
At Loehr Health Center we have the knowledge and understand it takes to provide healthy weight management support as your child grows and develops.
What will your initial weight management appointment look like?
Your first weight management appointment experience will vary based on the type of provider you schedule with. Regardless of which provider you meet with, your provider will go over your complete health history, including your lifestyle, exercise, and diet choices.
Many patients choose to take the functional medicine approach to weight management. Patients seeing our Functional Medicine Physician will also complete a Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) and review the results with the doctor during the first appointment. During this appointment, some patients may be recommended to visit our in-house lab for the Wellness Panel exclusively offered at Loehr Health. The Wellness Panel is a comprehensive blood panel and can identify potential problems such as:
- Hardening of the arteries
- Coronary heart disease
- Blood clotting issues
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Circulatory disorders
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hypo and Hyperthyroidism
Custom-formulated by our functional medicine physician, the Wellness Panel provides you with a complete picture of what’s happening inside your body and is the first step to determining the best course of action to help you reach your weight goals. Depending on what is going on with your health, your doctor may also recommend a food sensitivity test in order to discover if there are any specific foods that might be making your weight management journey difficult.
What does a follow-up visit for weight management look like?
Once your Wellness Panel (or other recommended lab work) results are in, your doctor will create a customized nutrition plan for you to follow that will include a specific calorie count and food portion size depending on your metabolic rate. Your doctor will provide you with a list of which foods work for your body, as well as the ones you will want to avoid. You’ll also discover any underlying hormonal, metabolic or other factors that may be relevant to your weight management journey, such as:
- Chronic inflammation
- Poor thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Food allergies or food sensitivities
- Digestion problems
- Slow metabolism
- Hormone imbalance
- Adrenal stress
In addition to providing you with a personalized eating plan, your doctor will take the time to outline safe ways to help manage your weight including:
- The use of nutritional supplements
- Reducing and managing stress
- Getting optimal sleep
- Maintaining healthy eating habits
- Engaging in regular physical activity
- Care will continue with follow-up appointments to check your progress and troubleshoot any issues you may be having along the way.
Whether you need a weight loss diet plan or a weight gain diet plan, you’re sure to receive the tools you need to meet your weight management goals.
What is BIA?
Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis or BIA is a non-invasive way to assess your body composition. The BIA machine scans your body’s demographics to show the fat to lean mass ratio, or Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a quick and pain-free.
How does BIA work?
Bioelectric-impedance Analysis (BIA) is a non-invasive test that takes just five to ten minutes. The BIA is painless and is done right here in our office. During the test, two electrodes will be placed on your right hand and right foot. A low-level electrical current will then be sent throughout your body. The current will measure the resistance to the flow at different frequencies against the different types of tissues in your body. Tissues with large amounts of fluid and electrolytes, such as blood, have a high conductivity. But fat and bone cause the signal to slow down. BIA tests provide an estimate of body water from which body fat is calculated by using a specialized algorithm.
Why is BIA helpful to weight management?
Most people focus solely on the scale when it comes to weight loss. But, did you know that an altered body composition is known to increase your risk for a variety of diseases? A normal balance of body fat in relation to lean body mass is associated with good health and longevity. On the other hand, an unhealthy body composition with excess fat can greatly increase the risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High Cholesterol
- High Glucose Levels
- Excess Insulin
- Hormone Imbalance
- High Blood Pressure
BIA gives allows early detection of any imbalance in body composition and allow for early intervention as well as prevention.
Is BIA safe?
BIA is safe and painless for both children and adults. However, BIA shouldn’t be used by pregnant women or anyone with an electronic medical implant.