Weight Loss Specialist NYC

Weight Loss Specialist

Multi-Specialty Group Practice & Weightloss Specialist located in UES, New York, NY.

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to live a long, healthy life. At the Maiden Lane Medical location located in the Upper East Side of New York, NY, our team of providers apply their unique medical background and training to guide patients in safe and effective weight management. To learn more about the most modern and beneficial weight loss and weight management options, Schedule your appointment at Maiden Lane Medical today!

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“My Doctor is patient, knowledgeable and kind. She takes the time to understand my personal needs and carefully explains the complicated medical lingo most doctors gloss over.”
SARAH M.

What’s medical weight loss management?

Medical weight management is not diet pills, fad diets, or surgery. Instead, medical weight loss management is based on the latest medical, scientific evidence targeting the root causes of weight gain and obesity. The trained staff at Maiden Lane Medical provide the guidance and treatment needed for our patients to meet their weight loss goals and maintain those goals for life.

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Who can benefit from medical weight loss?

Whether the goal is to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, medical weight loss enables our patients to achieve their goals as quickly and safely as possible. Our weight management program is especially beneficial for patients with a BMI or body mass index of 30 or higher since they are most at risk for other severe medical conditions.

How can a doctor help me lose weight?

Often, undiagnosed health conditions can lead to weight gain or make it more challenging to lose weight on your own. Here at Maiden Lane Medical, our endocrinologists and primary care providers offer comprehensive testing, including hormonal panels, to identify any health issues such as thyroid disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, or diabetes, which can interfere with weight loss.

What testing is needed to determine a person’s need for weight management?

Your provider reviews your health history, including your weight-loss efforts, weight history, eating patterns, any existing conditions, stress levels, medications, and other health issues. A physician may also review your family health history to determine if they are predisposed to certain medical conditions.

A general physical exam includes:

  • Measuring your height and weight
  • Checking vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature
  • Listening to the lungs and heart
  • Examining the abdomen

Calculating BMI — a person’s body mass index — determines their level of obesity. Your physician should check your BMI at least once a year. This helps determine a patient’s overall risk and identify any medical or weight loss treatments that may be appropriate.

Measuring waist circumference visceral fat or abdominal fat, fat stored around the waist, increases a person’s risk of diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Females with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches (80 cm) and males with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches (102 cm) are more prone to health risks than those with smaller waist measurements. Therefore, a patient’s waist circumference should also be checked at least once a year.

Depending on your health, any current symptoms, and risk factors, we may order a wide range of blood and urine tests. For example, these tests can include liver function tests, cholesterol tests, thyroid tests, and others.

A physician may also recommend certain types of heart tests, such as an EKG (electrocardiogram).

What is included in medical weight loss programs?

We tailor each weight loss program to the individual needs of each patient. However, each plan includes similar elements, including:

Consultation

We begin with a thorough consultation and physical exam. But, first, we need to understand your health and how we can help you make sustainable changes to your diet and exercise habits. 

During the consultation, we discuss your general health and any previous attempts to lose weight. We might also talk about your relationship with food, including your likes and dislikes and what you eat on a day-to-day basis. We might ask you to keep a food diary for a few days before your appointment. 

We also complete a physical exam and thorough testing to evaluate your health and screen for any health issues that could affect your weight loss journey.

Medication

When necessary, we might prescribe medication or supplements to help you control your cravings or burn calories more efficiently. We might recommend a combination of vitamin injections, supplements, and medicine, depending on your needs. If necessary, our endocrinologist can treat hormonal disorders that interfere with your weight loss.

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Nutritional Counseling

Our clinical nutritionist offers personalized counseling and education, which are critical parts of most weight loss programs. Unfortunately, many people assume that losing weight involves giving up all their favorite foods and suffering through weeks or months of deprivation. This is not the case.

We help you learn about the nutritional value of the foods you enjoy and foods that you may not eat regularly. We help you develop meal plans that include foods that you enjoy so that you are satisfied and never feel deprived. 

Depending on your needs, you might benefit from meal prepping, which removes many of the decisions you make about food every day and reduces your risk of making an unhealthy choice. Other patients might benefit from meal replacement plans. While meal replacement isn’t a long-term option, the routine it creates can help you stay on track while you learn new dietary habits.

Exercise Advice

Burning more calories than you consume is critical to weight loss and adding physical activity to your daily routine is the best way to increase your caloric usage. 

Many patients want to do too much too quickly and increase their risk of injury. Additionally, feeling like you’re working out hard but not seeing rapid changes to your body or the number on the scale can be discouraging. 

We help you find physical activities that you enjoy and are safe for you to do. We can also help you introduce exercise to your routine and safely increase the duration and intensity of your efforts.

Follow-up Appointments

You also have regular follow-up appointments throughout your weight loss journey. We monitor your progress, watching your weight as well as:

  • Caloric intake
  • Water intake
  • Exercise routine
  • Blood pressure 
  • Sugar levels
  • Heart rate
  • Reactions to medication
  • Your psychological state of mind
  • Your emotional state of mind

We provide support, encouragement, and motivation to help you maintain your new, healthy habits. Additionally, if you reach a plateau, we can identify it and make adjustments to your program to keep you moving toward your goal. 

During your follow-up appointments, we also celebrate your non-scale successes, such as fitness milestones, sustained healthy food choices, or changes in your measurements and the way your clothes fit.

Weight loss can be challenging, but the team here at Maiden Lane Medical is here to help. If you’re fed up with trying to lose weight only to gain it back again, call or make an appointment online today.

Our doctors who provide this service

Ariana Ward, MS RD

Clinical Nutritionist

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