By: Dr. Scott Perryman
Most men in America have struggled with their weight. Even though weight loss may feel more challenging with age, the need to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life goes far beyond cosmetic concerns. Studies show that men who are overweight are at a far greater risk of developing serious health issues like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or sleep apnea. Losing weight is the best way to reduce your chances of these and other life-threatening conditions.
We offer a wide range of resources to help patients gain control of their life and lose weight.
If you are overweight or obese, consider taking steps to reduce your weight. At Whole Health Weight Loss, we understand that weight loss takes time and effort. We have a team of doctors, dieticians, therapists, and specialists ready to help you every step of the way. It is important to find the support, solutions, and weight loss plan that’s right for you.
Ready to take your weight and your health into your own hands? Call Whole Health Weight Loss to get started on your weight loss journey today.
What is a Healthy Weight?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an individual with a Body Mass Index between 25 and 30 is overweight. A BMI of 30-35 is considered class I obesity. A BMI of 35-40 is considered class II obesity and a BMI of 40 or higher is considered class III obesity which is associated with medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, HTN, and hypercholesterolemia. To lead as long and healthy a life as possible, patients are advised to maintain a BMI between 19 and 25.
For perspective, the average man in America is 5’ 9’’ tall and weighs roughly 197 lbs. This individual has a BMI of 29.1, which is overweight bordering on obese. In order to be at a healthy weight range, a 5’ 9’’ man will ideally weigh between 130 and 170 pounds.
“Healthy weight” does not take into account whether a person is slim or muscular: a person’s weight is healthy when it does not put them at risk of life-threatening health conditions, like high blood pressure or liver disease.
If your BMI is over 25, consider assessing your diet and lifestyle habits to determine if you can make any changes that will bring you closer to a healthy, safer weight.
Health Risks of Obesity
A BMI over 30 is considered obese.
Unfortunately, the chances of obese men developing serious health conditions are much higher than the health risks facing obese women. This fact alone is an important reason why men should maintain a lifelong habit of regular exercise and healthy eating. Men over 40 who are overweight or obese are at especially serious risk of developing issues with their heart, their joints, their liver, or their gallbladder.
Obesity in men increases the likelihood of the need to undergo triple bypass surgery. Obesity also increases a man’s chances of stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, back pain, and sleep apnea.
Am I Obese?
An individual is considered morbidly obese if their BMI is over 40 or if their BMI is over 35 and they are experiencing a serious health condition related to their obesity.
Morbid obesity greatly increases the chances that a patient will develop cardiovascular issues as well as physical issues that impede their mobility. Morbid obesity is labeled “morbid” for a reason: a BMI over 35 also increases the chances of an individual developing liver disease or colon cancer.
If you are obese, it is still possible to lose weight and greatly reduce your chances of developing the abovementioned conditions. We have worked closely with countless obese patients to help them restore a more healthy lifestyle and weight. While it takes time and dedication, the benefits of major medical weight loss will be worth the effort. Your health, your body, and your family will all thank you!
Weight Loss & Your Health
An unhealthy BMI is tied to serious health conditions.
Long-term studies published in the Journal of American Medical Health Association confirm the risks an unhealthy BMI poses to men’s health. Thankfully, studies also show that weight loss can significantly decrease a man’s chances of developing serious health conditions.
Whether you are already fighting a health condition, your family has a history of a condition, or your weight has put you at greater risk of developing a new condition, weight loss will be a major step in the right direction. If you reduce your weight, you reduce your risk of serious health conditions such as:
- Heart attack
- High cholesterol
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea
- Back pain and other body aches
Studies show that weight loss is a documented benefit to cardiovascular health. Weight Loss will not only reduce your risks of health issues, but it will also enable you to lead a more active, fulfilling life. Medical weight loss will make it possible for you to do things that your weight used to make difficult, uncomfortable, or out-of-the-question.
I Care About My Health. How Can I Lose Weight?
We will create a weight loss plan that is customized for you and your life.
Weight loss can feel frustrating for anybody, especially for people looking to shed more than a few pounds. At Whole Health Weight Loss, we work with you to create a comprehensive weight loss plan that is doable, safe, and effective. For men who are looking to start their weight loss journey at home, assess if you can improve your weight loss outcomes by improving these four aspects of your life:
YOUR SLEEP HABITS
Poor sleep has shown to increase the likelihood of weight gain. Lack of sleep can also make it more difficult for the body to lose weight.
Try to get 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night.
If you have trouble sleeping, we can get you in touch with a sleep specialist who can identify ways you can improve your sleep quality. Poor sleep and the consequent daytime fatigue may also be a sign of an underlying medical problem: obstructive sleep apnea. Weight loss is a well-established means of resolving or improving obstructive sleep apnea.
What you eat and the way you eat may be having a negative impact on your weight and thus your health as a whole. Do you eat too much food or too much of a certain type of food? It is also common for individuals to eat as a way to cope with stress and other feelings. We work with patients with a wide range of dietary habits to help them work through their relationship with food and take back control of their weight. We offer nutritionist services, therapies, and other options to help you transition into mindful, healthy eating habits.
Stress affects all aspects of our lives and often plays a large part in eating habits.
When our body is under stress, it does not regulate its systems in the same way it normally would. This can have negative effects on the thyroid and other parts of the body responsible for weight regulation. Stress is also a significant trigger for most people’s desire to consume food. Weight gain can be an indicator of broader stressors in your life. In order to create an effective weight loss plan, we will work with you to help you cope with sources of stress in your life.
YOUR PHYSICAL SHAPE
Men will see their best weight loss outcomes if they focus on developing and maintaining a healthy muscle mass. We recommend that you consume an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis and include weight-bearing exercises in your workout routine. Muscle mass will improve the rate at which your body burns fat and reduce your battle with aches and pains associated with your body struggling to hold its own weight.
Reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer by losing weight. Of course, weight loss does not happen overnight. Losing weight takes daily dedication and a commitment to real change.
You may want to give up before you even start, but remember: a better, healthier life is obtainable! Set yourself up for successful weight loss by meeting with a board-certified doctor who can create a safe weight loss plan that will be most appropriate for you.
We Make Real Weight Loss Results Possible
At Whole Health Weight Loss, we work with you to make real progress, safely and effectively. Our goal is to help you lose weight and alleviate the health risks associated with being overweight or obese.
Serious weight loss is a matter of your health.
We offer the following services so that you can receive comprehensive weight loss care and solutions:
- Nutritional Counseling
- Culinary Program
- Counseling & Support Groups
- Bariatric Surgery
- Nonsurgical Weight Loss Procedures
- Informational Seminars
- Mindfulness Coaching
- Medical Weight Loss
Your health and quality of life are closely tied to your weight. If you are a man ages 25 to 65 who is struggling to achieve a healthy BMI, don’t wait. For the sake of your health, consider pursuing safe but aggressive weight loss measures with a board-certified doctor like Dr. Perryman or Dr. Lee.
Effective Weight Loss Solutions
One phone call to use will start you on your path towards a happier and healthier you.
At Whole Health Weight Loss, we offer bariatric surgery to help you lose weight as quickly and safely as possible. We will be happy to meet with you during a private consultation to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. If you have any questions about the health benefits of Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, the Intragastric Balloon, and the Adjustable Gastric Band, we will gladly answer them for you. We look forward to answering any questions you have about bariatric surgery and the wide array of weight loss services we offer!
Let us help you take control of your life and feel your best!
Being overweight or obese can significantly increase your chance of developing a life-threatening health condition. Take your life back into your hands today with the help of a highly-trained weight loss specialist at Whole Health Weight Loss Institute.
Please reach out to us with any questions you have about bariatric surgery and the wide array of weight loss services we offer! The Whole Health Weight Loss Team looks forward to meeting you.