Weight Loss Specialist

South Auburn Medical Clinic

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Auburn, WA

Keeping your weight under control is no easy matter — it requires lifestyle changes and dedication. At South Auburn Medical Center in Auburn, Washington, Alfred Aflatooni, MD, offers guidance and plans that work to get you to your ideal weight. Start your journey toward permanent weight loss by calling South Auburn Medical Clinic to schedule an appointment today.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss important?

If you’re overweight or obese, you’re at a higher risk of developing many diseases and life-threatening conditions. Losing weight means preventing yourself from getting sick and potentially giving yourself a longer life. Without making the effort to lose weight, your obesity can lead to:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Some types of cancer

Losing weight can also give you more energy, improve your mobility, and give your self-esteem a major boost. You’ll likely enjoy more sound sleep and an improved overall mood.

How do I know if I need to lose weight?

Dr. Aflatooni assesses your weight and lifestyle at each annual physical exam. If he decides that weight loss would benefit your health, he gives you suggestions on changes to make and may recommend a medically supervised weight-loss plan. Signs that you may need to lose weight include:

  • Aching joints
  • Being out of shape or unable to exercise
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Prediabetes

Your body mass index (BMI) is a number that Dr. Aflatooni calculates using your height and weight. Your BMI can determine if you’re classified as being overweight or obese. However, your BMI alone can’t definitively determine the need to lose weight because it doesn’t account for the difference between muscle mass and fat.

How can I lose weight?

Dr. Aflatooni creates a weight-loss plan for you that includes several components depending on your needs. These plans are much safer than surgery, which is an option of last resort. Your weight-loss treatment plan may include:

Medication-assisted weight loss

A miracle drug for losing weight doesn’t exist, but there are medications available to help you lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Dietary changes

Dr. Aflatooni teaches you about nutrition so that you can eat healthy with confidence. He often instructs patients on how to use the Mediterranean diet, a plant and fish based eating plan that’s great for the heart.

An exercise program

Getting regular exercise is an essential part of losing weight. Dr. Aflatooni gives you guidance for exercising even if you haven’t worked out in years. Working out with cardio, like running, helps you lose weight and keeps your heart working properly.

If you need extra help and motivation to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, call South Auburn Medical Clinic to book your appointment today.