Our goal at MD Weight Loss is to help you attain better health through better eating, exercise and weight loss.
At your first visit, Dr. Gray spends a full hour with you reviewing your medical history and medications, performing a physical examination, going over your blood tests and EKG results, finding out about your current eating patterns and tastes, and outlining a weight loss program that will meet your weight loss and health goals - all while being in compliance with Amercan Society of Bariatric Physicians guidelines.
Our programs can be modified to meet your needs and your budget. You see Dr. Gray at every follow up visit. We give you pointers on healthy eating, exercise, and behavior modification. We offer you encouragement and accountability. Our helpful and friendly staff are there to help you in an uplifting and positive atmosphere. We see all patients, regardless of underlying medical problems. We are Rockford's premiere weight loss practice.
MD Weight Loss FAQ
I skip breakfast and lunch every day. Why can't I lose weight?
Skipping meals causes your body to go into "starvation mode", resulting in a 40% drop in your metabolic rate after a 12 hour fast. Not knowing when your next meal is going to come, your metabolism literally slows down to a snail's pace in order to conserve energy. That's why deprivation diets don't work.
If I want to lose weight, I just need to start exercising, right?
You're a little right, but mostly wrong. Exercise is a helpful aide to losing weight, but the biggest change you need to make is in your eating habits. Let's look at the math to make this point more understandable. One pound of fat contains 3500 calories of energy. Walking one mile burns about 100 calories. So, in order to lose one pound of fat , you'd have to walk 35 miles (35 miles x 100 calories burned per mile = 3500 calories burned). That's a lot of walking. On the other hand, if you eat 500 calories less than your daily needs, you'll lose a pound in 7 days (500 calories negative balance per day x 7 days = 3500 calories). Another way to look at it is: if you walk one mile (and burn 100 calories), then sit down and eat one banana (100 calories), you're even. As you can see, you can undo a lot of good exercise with just a few minutes of poor eating.
What's the big deal? Fat is just a part of my body that stores energy, right?
Gone are the days when we thought that fat was just a place to store energy reserves. It turns out that fat (especially omental fat in the abdomen) is a highly active, hormone-secreting, polypeptide-producing, inflammatory agent-leaking organ that has a lot of harmful effects on the liver, brain, arteries, pancreas, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels. Some of the hormones make you feel hungrier, some make you feel full, some affect your insulin responses, and some just cause generalized inflammation (which is harmful).
If I want to lose weight, all I need to do is take an appetite suppressant, right?
Appetite suppressants have their place in weight loss, but they just supplement the weight loss process for some people. Many people don't need to take appetite suppressants at all, and some only need them for a short time. The main pathway to weight loss is through proper diet, exercise, and behavior modification. Appetite suppressants are just another tool to allow the weight loss specialist help you lose weight. They should only be given in the correct setting to ensure safe and appropriate use. They should never be used outside of a program that includes diet, exercise, and routine follow up and accountability.
Do I have a "hormone problem" causing me to gain weight?
Doctors used to chuckle when patients would claim to have a hormone problem causing their weight gain. It turns out that many of them were more right than we thought. But to the surprise of doctors, the primary hormone culprit is insulin, not the thyroid. Because of our high carbohydrate intake in the western world, we also have high insulin levels, which leads to the conversion of glucose to triglycerides, which gets deposited in fat. As we get fatter, we develop a resistance to the effects of insulin. In response, our pancreas cranks out even more insulin to overcome the resistance, leading to more fat deposition, which leads to more resistance, which leads to more insulin, which leads to...........And the vicious cycle goes on and on. Insulin has a lot more harmful effects, which there isn't enough space to cover in this format. Suffice it to say, many of us do have hormone problems.