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Vijaya Nama, MD -  - Primary Care

Vijaya Nama, MD

Primary Care & Family Physician located in Mesquite, TX

Being at a healthy weight improves your quality of life and reduces your risk of developing certain chronic health conditions. At the practice of Vijaya Nama, MD, Dr. Nama assesses your weight and offers strategies to help you achieve a healthier one. Men, women, and families in Mesquite, Texas, who are concerned about their weight should call her office or book an appointment online to take control today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What are the risks of being overweight or obese?

Research shows that men and women between the ages of 18-29 gain 1-2 pounds every year. Over time, this adds up, so maintaining your weight should be an important health priority.

Carrying too much weight isn’t about the way you look -- it’s about your health. If you’re overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of developing issues, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • Certain cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Depression

Achieving a healthy weight helps improve your self-esteem and can give you more energy to do all the things you enjoy.

How can I achieve a healthy weight?

Dr. Nama can help you develop lifestyle changes to prevent weight gain and obesity. These include adopting a healthy diet and being physically active.

A healthy diet focuses mostly on whole, unprocessed foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruit, lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats. Dr. Nama helps you understand what constitutes moderate portions of these foods too and how to discourage hunger and cravings from undermining your weight-loss goals.

Being physically active is another important step in managing your weight. Achieve at least the weekly 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You can also benefit from resistance training and mind-body exercises, such as yoga or meditation to help reduce stress and boost your mood. Dr. Nama can help you understand how to fit all of these exercise steps into your busy schedule.

How much weight do I have to lose?

Weight loss is best achieved gradually. You’re more likely to keep it off for the long-term when you drop at a rate of a half a pound to two pounds a week rather than crash dieting the weight away.

No matter your weight-loss goal, know that dropping even 5-10% of your total body weight greatly improves your health. You’ll achieve improvements in the levels of your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. For a person who weighs 200 pounds a 5-10% weight loss is losing 10-20 pounds.

If you’re concerned about your weight and its impact on your health, call Dr. Nama or book an appointment online.

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