Why Medically Supervised Weight-Loss Programs Are More Successful

Losing weight should be easy. The math is simple — use more calories than you take in consistently. Unfortunately, if weight loss was that simple, almost 40% of Americans wouldn’t be obese. 

If you struggle with your weight, you’re probably familiar with the emotionally and physically exhausting yo-yo of trying to lose a few pounds, only to gain them all — and usually some more — back again. 

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is critical to your health. Carrying too much weight contributes to a wide range of conditions from arthritis and sleep apnea to diabetes and high blood pressure. And if you’re looking to lose weight, you don’t have to do it alone. Our team at Vanguard Spine & Sport in Houston provides medically supervised weight-loss programs to help you reach and maintain your goal weight. 

You might feel that this type of weight-loss plan is just another track to failure, but that’s not the case. Research shows that participants in medically supervised weight-loss programs not only lose weight, but they’re likely to keep the weight off. 

What makes medically supervised weight-loss programs more successful?

There are a number of reasons that losing weight with the help of a medical professional is more effective. Here are a few of the benefits you get:

Accurate analysis of daily caloric needs

When you try to lose weight on your own, you have to guess at your daily caloric needs. Even if you wear a smartwatch that tracks your heart rate and calorie burn, it’s only an estimate. In our medically supervised weight-loss program, we take the guesswork out of it. We offer professional testing to identify your specific needs. 

Diagnosis of conditions that get in the way of weight loss

In addition to determining how many calories your body uses in a day, we can test for a wide range of issues that can interfere with your success. For example, if you have an underactive thyroid, you may need additional treatment to regulate your hormonal balance before you can efficiently lose weight. 

Customized meal plans

In our medically supervised weight-loss program, we work with you to create a customized meal plan that does several things:

Our team at Vanguard Spine & Sport uses the Ideal Protein® foods and nutritional supplements to help you achieve your goals. When you come in for a consultation, we explain the program, which includes using Ideal Protein meals, snacks, and supplements, as well as whole foods you buy at the grocery store.

Safe addition of physical activity

Adding physical activity to your daily routine is an effective way to add to your daily calorie burn. Exercise also releases endorphins that help you feel amazing and improve your quality of sleep. 

However, if you’re new to exercise or starting on your weight-loss journey, it’s critical to add exercise safely. We can assess your current fitness levels and other factors before recommending certain types of exercise. 

For example, if you have sore joints, running isn’t the exercise for you. We may suggest swimming, biking, or walking to help you get moving but reduce the pressure on your joints. Changing your exercise habits has to be sustainable for success and longevity. We can help you find an activity that you actually want to do almost every day.

Regular monitoring and accountability

During your medically supervised weight-loss program, you meet with us every week or two, depending on your individual needs and progress. Yes, you weigh in, but you also talk about victories that aren’t related to the scale, like reaching a new goal at the gym, finding a new vegetable, or finally beating your spouse at tennis. 

We talk about your progress, celebrate success, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles. We can adjust your meal plan and other parts of your program to help you move past plateaus and reach your goals. 


All of these factors come together to change your lifestyle and your relationship with food and exercise. And you do it together with us, so you have our support and expertise to help you through your weight-loss journey and maintaining your healthy weight for the long term. 

Bottom line: If you want to lose weight and keep it off, a medically supervised weight-loss program is the proven way to reach your goals. 

If you’ve been trying to lose weight on your own and failing, call our office or schedule a consultation online today.

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