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Weight Management Specialist

Valley Medical Center

Adejoke Aina-Babalola, MD

Internal Medicine located in Brentwood, TN

When it comes to managing your health, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is essential. Because she cares about your well being, Dr. Adejoke Babalola discusses weight management with her patients at Valley Medical Center in Brentwood, Tennessee. Through nutrition counseling, realistic goals, and an exercise program you can stick with, Dr. Babalola can help you get to a healthy weight and stay there.

Weight Management Q & A

How does losing weight improve your health?

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight are necessary for a longer, more fulfilling life. When you’re obese, losing even 5-10% of your body weight can cause huge improvements and lower your risk for certain conditions and diseases.

Losing weight can reduce symptoms of diseases and may even reverse some conditions. With a healthy weight, you may see an improvement with:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Certain respiratory issues
  • Hormonal imbalances

In addition, you may notice that you just feel better overall. Losing weight reduces the stress and strain on your bones and muscles and can increase mobility. It may also help with depression and anxiety, putting you in a better mood.

Should you talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals?

Absolutely. Dr. Babalola can review your health history and determine if there are any issues, including underlying conditions or medications, that may interfere with your weight loss goals. She can also help you find ways to overcome any issues that may limit your ability to exercise effectively.

Dr. Babalola may want to discuss your weight loss goals to ensure that they’re realistic and maintainable. While losing weight is important, she wants to help you keep the weight off by making sustainable lifestyle changes instead of crash dieting or starting a workout routine that you can’t maintain. By focusing on losing just one or two pounds a week, you’re more likely to succeed in reaching and keeping your goals.

How does the Valley Medical Center recommend losing weight?

Dr. Babalola at the Valley Medical Center makes weight loss recommendations on individual cases, taking your specific needs and goals into consideration. Yet, there are things she recommends to all of her patients that can help with your weight loss journey.

Eating real, whole foods and avoiding processed foods is an important step to losing weight in a healthy manner. Fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats and whole grains, help you stay healthy and nourish your body. Drinking more water can also help with weight loss, as it keeps you hydrated, improving digestion and toxin removal. For those who consume a lot of soda or juice, switching to water may drastically reduce calorie intake.

Dr. Babalola also recommends 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. From walking to biking to dancing, getting up and moving is essential to losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re ready to make the necessary changes to lose weight and keep it off, consider consulting with Dr. Babalola to discuss your weight loss goals today. You can even schedule your initial appointment online.

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