Weight Loss

South Naperville Family Practice, Ltd.

Family Medicine Physician & Aesthetic Specialist located in Aurora, IL

If you’re one of the many Americans who are overweight or obese, you know the dire effects your extra weight has on your health. Carrying too much fat puts you at a much higher risk of chronic illnesses, like diabetes, and can compromise your quality of life. If you live in Aurora, Illinois, Richard Steslow, DO, can create a customized weight loss plan for you that fits into your lifestyle. Make an appointment with him at South Naperville Family practice by calling the practice or using the online booking agent.

Weight Loss Q & A

How do I know if I am overweight or obese?

A good way to tell if you are overweight or obese is to measure your body mass index. Typically, adults who measure a body mass index (BMI) of 25-29.9 are considered overweight, while those with a measure of 30 or higher are considered obese. BMI takes into account your height and weight, but isn’t always accurate.

Dr. Steslow will also consider your body fat levels to determine if you need medical intervention for weight loss. Men with more than 25% body fat and women with more than 30% will benefit the most from his treatments,but he will talk with you about your needs at your appointment.

What are the risks of being overweight or obese?

Being overweight or obese greatly raises your risk of developing a chronic disease, such as heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes. You’re also at greater risk of developing:

  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Infertility
  • Depression

Obesity also correlates with a greater risk of Alzheimer’s and early death. Overall, carrying too much fat seriously compromises your wellbeing and lifespan.

What treatments are available for weight loss?

Dr. Steslow will personalize a weight loss plan for you, recognizing that weight loss does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. He will have you use the “MyFitnessPal” app to track and optimize your nutrient intake.

He also teaches you long-term strategies to lose weight. You’ll learn more about portion control and how to navigate restaurants or other challenging eating situations, as well as choosing the right foods to have in your home. In some cases, medications for appetite suppression and weight loss are recommended and prescribed.

Dr. Steslow reviews your current health risks, your health history, and your immediate needs when deciding whether medication is right for you.

What determines if I’m prescribed a weight loss medication?

Dr. Steslow takes into account your health history, and whether or not lifestyle changes will help you lose enough weight to impact your weight-related medical issues. When diet and exercise aren’t enough, medication may be prescribed to help in your journey.

Many different types of weight loss medications are available and work in different ways. Some affect the way your body absorbs fat, while others help you control your hunger pangs. Medications are not a replacement for healthy eating and exercise; they simply augment these strategies.