It’s not surgery. It’s not a magic pill. And it’s not a temporary, trendy fix. Medical weight loss is what our counselor, Cassandra D’Aloiso, relied on during her weight loss journey, and what she now offers to patients through Greater Pittsburgh Medical Weight Loss. So, for those who are unsure of what medical weight loss is capable of, we asked her to explain.
What is medical weight loss?
Cassandra D’Aloiso: Medical weight loss is, in my opinion, the science of dieting. Here at Greater Pittsburgh, we combine medical weight loss with overall physical wellness. There are so many diet products, medications, injections, and diet protocols out there, and always something new on the market for weight loss. But our products are clinically tested to be effective for weight loss.
Here, you are seen by a medical professional that will approve you for the medical grade products that we offer to assist you with your personal weight loss goals, because every patient here is different – from their lifestyles to their medical history and their current medical condition. Here, you will not only get the medical weight loss tools that will work for you, but you will also get the support and the customized diet plan that will work best for your lifestyle. Combining different tools and medicine to lose weight is a key ingredient to being successful and keeping it off. Anyone can take pills and do injections to lose weight, but our goal here is to give you medical tools that you qualify for to allow you to reach your goals, and teach you how to maintain the new weight that you’ve reached.
Who does medical weight loss work best for?
CD: Medical weight loss works best for anyone trying to lose weight and keep it off who is willing to be 100% committed to reaching their weight loss goals. If you feel that you have tried everything under the sun to lose weight and nothing is working for you, or maybe some things you have tried worked for a little while and you gained the weight back, there should be no reason why you don’t come in and have a free consultation with me or any other of our weight loss counselors here at Greater Pittsburgh. We have the insight and answers here to forever change some of the problems that you have been having.
Why does medical weight loss work?
CD: That’s easy. It works because we have customized medical weight loss programs to create individual diet protocol that will work for you. We do this by using the medical tools that are medically right for you to help break down walls and allow the numbers to fall on the scale, and teach you how to lose the weight. You are held liable for your weight loss when you check in weekly in nutritional counseling sessions and use weekly building blocks to reach an overall weight loss goal.
What makes GPM Weight Loss Different?
CD: We customize a weight loss plan that fits your lifestyle, medical needs and your budget. I never let anyone walk out of my office with anything that is not going to work for them in order to reach their goals. Everyone is different. Certain people have needs and wants, and finding the right diet that works for the patient includes learning about who our clients are as people, and how their lives work outside of this doctors office. Giving the patient tools to lose weight is easy, but here at Greater Pittsburgh, every diet plan, every tool is personalized to fit the needs, wants, medical condition and lifestyle of the patient.
There are so many different combinations of plans that we offer here, so before a patient gets started, they will meet with a weight loss counselor, like myself, for a consultation. During this consultation, your needs, medical history, wants, lifestyle and concerns are all evaluated. Most people that walk into my office have tried so many things before and either failed to lose weight or lost but have gained the weight back. Using medical weight loss tools to break down barriers, open up the floodgates and allow the numbers to fall on the scale while recreating their meal choices and planning within their current lifestyle is what separates Greater Pittsburgh from all the rest.
What are weight loss injections?
CD: Here, we offer many different types of injections to lose weight. Every injection that we offer is all natural. All of these injections are different, and you must be medically approved by our licensed medical professional before you can obtain any type of weight loss injection. They can be used to speed up your metabolism, give you energy, and burn fat.
What are appetite suppressants?
CD: We offer many different types of appetite suppressants here. All of which you must be medically qualified for by our licensed medical provider. An appetite suppressant is something that is used in the short term in order to help curb your cravings and allow us to help you change how you view food. The appetite suppressant will actually send a message to your brain to tell your body that you are not hungry. It is a great medical tool to use to help you change your habits and get on track to a healthier you.
Is medical weight loss sustainable?
CD: YES, in my opinion it is the best type of weight loss to use to be able to sustain a weight loss goal. The reason lies in the science of dieting that I explained earlier. I think the reason it works best is because we actually teach you how to maintain your weight here by creating a lifestyle change. When you finish your program here at Greater Pittsburgh, you should have the knowledge and skills to be able to reach your goals and be able to keep off the weight.
Every customized weight loss plan that I create for someone here is a journey. I’ll take that journey with every patient that I have. I help you stay on track and stay committed, and teach you how to plan your meals. During that journey, what patients of mine find is that their attitudes towards food change. They are happier, and their lives are more fruitful. They feel better about themselves, and about what they are doing to help better themselves. Helping to get the weight off is only half of our mission here at GPM weight loss, it’s helping you grow into a new healthy lifestyle that will be with you for all your years to come.
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