These days, many of us have weight on our minds. That’s not surprising considering that 39.6% of adults and 18.5% of children were considered obese in 2015-16. At the same time, 49% of American adults surveyed between 2013 and 2016 reported trying to lose weight at some point during the prior 12 months.
That’s a lot of people looking to address their weight. Yet as many as 90% of people who lose a lot of weight eventually regain some, or all, of it! This is certainly a depressing statistic - but it offers insight into how we can address weight issues. Think about it: we are actually really good at losing weight! But keeping it off -- that’s another story.
That’s where we can help. At Direct Care Physicians of Pittsburgh, our team is dedicated to helping you not only lose weight safely, but maintain your goals in an effective, medically-approved way. To schedule a visit or sign up for our services, please contact us at or submit an online appointment request for a free consultation. We allow a full hour for new patient appointments.
Because the weight gained in our fat cells is merely one part of a vast, complicated biological network. Our brains, metabolic rates, hormones, and more are all connected to weight loss.
The team at Direct Care Physicians of Pittsburgh (DCPP) is working to help patients address weight-related issues and concerns via our health and weight loss counseling services. Our services won’t just let you lose weight; we will help you make the long term adjustments needed to keep that weight off.
Note that you can also spend half an hour with one of our doctors during an initial consultation, where you can explore the DPC care model and ask us questions directly. You will have no obligation to register with us following a consultation. No medical advice or treatment will be offered at this consultation.
Being over weight increases one's risk for many serious diseases and health conditions. Examples of illnesses connected to being over weight include:
We’re sorry to say that weight is a complicated thing. Common weight-related advice is to move more and eat less. But our weight is determined and influenced by more than how much we exercise and how many calories we take in.
Sedentary lifestyles and poor food choices certainly do affect the number we see on a scale -- but so do things like how much sleep we get, our income, our mental health, our age, and even our hormones and metabolisms.
As a result, different approaches, habits, diets, etc. will work better for different people who are trying to lose weight. It does ultimately take some trial and error to determine the best approach for each individual. That said, research does support certain universal behaviors that will help with weight loss. These include cutting out soda and sugary drinks, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and focusing on food quality rather than simply on calories.