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Medical Weight Loss FAQ

What is the safest way to lose weight fast?

Your metabolism is how quickly your body converts calories into energy. The speed of your metabolism is determined by many factors like age, weight, genetics, lifestyle, diet, and sleep habits. Each person has a pace for losing weight that works best for them, and a medical weight loss expert like a registered dietician will be able to help create a plan that achieves that. A good medical weight loss plan will:

  • Educate you about food and nutrition so you can make smart choices
  • Address false beliefs or misconceptions about diet and healthy eating
  • Identify factors that may be unique to you like your biochemistry
  • Create a weight loss plan that syncs up with your daily life

How can you lose tummy fat?

To understand how to lose tummy fat, it helps to know how your body burns fat and the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat.

Subcutaneous fat is the jiggly fat we see just under our skin. While we may want to shed it, it’s normally harmless.

Visceral fat forms inside the abdomen and around organs. Visceral fat is associated with increased risk of heart attacks and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

A common misconception about weight loss is that you can target tummy fat by doing ab exercises like crunches and sit-ups. While exercise will help with overall weight loss, you can’t make the body burn fat in any particular spot. Which fat stores are used up first is mostly determined by genetics and sex, but even that varies wildly from person to person.

How do you lose weight and keep it off for good?

To lose weight and keep it off, you need to develop healthy habits that become an everyday part of your life. A common pitfall of fad diets is they get people to quickly lose weight, but they aren’t sustainable, so the dieter regains all the weight they lost--or even more, since their metabolism and hormones are now shot. A safe and effective medical weight loss program will make sure the person is losing weight at a pace that doesn’t shock their system and will develop good habits that will make sure the weight stays off once the goal weight has been met.

Is it safe to lose weight fast?

Rapid weight loss and crash diets are dangerous and can do more harm in the long run since you’re likely to regain whatever weight you lost (or more!) Starving yourself can damage your metabolism, create nutrient deficiencies, and could lead to eating disorders. A medical weight loss expert like a registered dietician will design a plan that strikes the right balance between fast weight loss and improved health.

What is the functional medicine approach to weight loss?

Rather than focusing on counting calories or restrictive diets, functional medicine sees weight loss as just one aspect of a holistic approach to improving your health. A functional medicine weight loss program gives you the tools you need to develop a better relationship with food while educating you about nutrition. The functional approach also looks at systemic reasons you may struggle with weight loss like inflammation, hormone imbalances, gut issues, toxin overload, and stress.


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Why choose True U for medical weight loss?

Obesity is well recognized as a disease under many insurance providers and many clinics. However, the speciality of treating it is not always in the scope of practice with regular primary care clinics, gyms or nutrition studios. Those with experience working in bariatrics and medical weight loss centers are the leaders in helping clients achieve long-term weight management and prevent disease using a number of combined therapies including both lifestyle change, medication and diagnostic tools. 

Can I use FSA, HSA or Insurance?

We do not accept insurance for your visits with the nurse practitioner. Generally, HSA and FSA may be used for program fees. We will also provide you a superbill or visit receipt that you can use to bill to your insurance company on your behalf. Health Spending Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts may also be used to cover the payment for any blood work needed for your metabolic testing.

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