When trying to lose weight, it is important to consider more than the number on your scale. Because being overweight is connected to a number of ailments, patients need to know their overall state of health when they begin to make any lifestyle changes. They then need to consider how their current wellness levels should influence their weight loss efforts for quality results.
For example, if they are pre-diabetic, they may need to consider a particular diet to best address their potential ailment. If they have high blood pressure, they may need medication to help control their health problem. If their knees are very susceptible to damage, some exercises may need to be avoided for a period of time to avoid a weight-related injury. And so on and so forth.
These examples highlight the variety of ways that our physical health should be considered even as we take action to improve it. By undergoing an exam and specific wellness screenings prior to working on losing weight, you will be in a better position to plan meals, exercise, and work on changing your lifestyle in a manner that addresses your specific health needs. To schedule an appointment with us for testing, use our online booking tool, or call (240) 294-4079!
A physical exam gives our staff a chance to learn about you as an individual. Because of this, we will want to use our time with you to gather important information. We do this by:
Very much so. These initial exams and tests will serve as baseline measures in tracking your progress at each step of your weight loss plan. And in addition to helping us track changes and progress in your weight loss journey over time, your physical exam and initial screenings can help us measure your arrival day vital signs. These are measurements of the body's most basic functions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. Abnormal vital signs can indicate a serious health problem that needs to be addressed a certain way - perhaps with a specific diet, a prescribed medication, or a particular exercise. Elevated vital signs may also sometimes indicate a need to avoid certain things, either temporarily or permanently, in the interest of your health and safety.
Ultimately, knowing your health numbers will allow us to better address and treat your wellness needs - making these initial tests a helpful step in your care journey.
Before you lose weight, you need to know where you’re starting out - and what sorts of health issues your new diet needs to address directly. That’s why we are here to help you determine exactly what you need to do next in your wellness journey. Please contact us at your earliest convenience and our dedicated expert team will help you get on the right track to lose weight.