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The DB Glow: Weighing in on Medically Supervised Weight Management


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For many, sustained weight management is difficult. You’re not alone, and it’s not that you’re not motivated enough. The significant spending and effort that goes into research and development in weight management would not exist if the issue were not complex and pervasive. That is why medically supervised weight management programmes exist – to apply the latest in weight management science and medical training.



DB Glow's Weight Management Programme


In this article, DB Glow’s own Dr. Dainia Baugh gives us some insight into some widely held weight management myths, shares some advice, and reveals what to expect from DB Glow’s weight management programme.


DB Glow’s mantra is reconciling inner glow with outer beauty. The spa’s programme is about more than looking fit, though the results are just the same, with the added benefit that you feel good too. The ideal candidate for the programme believes that weight management will lead to a better quality of life and an overall improvement in their holistic well-being.


Read on for the Q&A with Dr. Baugh.



The Weigh Down on Medically Supervised Weight Management


Locale Journal (LJ): Many people think that all it takes to manage your weight is discipline. How factual is this?

Dr. Dainia Baugh (DB): Discipline is certainly an important factor in managing one's weight, but it's not the sole determinant. Weight management involves a complex interplay of factors, including genetics, metabolism, lifestyle, and psychological aspects. While discipline in terms of maintaining a balanced diet and regular exercise is crucial, it's not always sufficient on its own. People's bodies react differently to various approaches, and there can be underlying medical or psychological factors that make weight management more challenging for some individuals.


LJ: Is there a simple answer for why it can be so difficult for some people to sustainably manage their weight?


DB: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Weight management difficulties can stem from a variety of factors, such as hormonal imbalances, emotional eating, metabolic differences, genetics, and socioeconomic influences. It's important to approach weight management with a personalized and holistic perspective, considering these various factors when determining the best approach for an individual.


LJ: Another common belief is that fat in your diet and on your body is bad. Can we just debunk this one right away, or is there some truth to it?


DB: We can debunk the belief that all fat is bad. In fact, dietary fat is essential for our health. Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts, and olive oil, are important for various bodily functions, including brain health and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. The key is to consume fats in moderation and choose the right kinds of fats while avoiding trans fats and excessive saturated fats.


Body fat, too, is not inherently bad; it serves as an energy reserve and plays a role in protecting organs. However, excessive body fat can be associated with health risks, so maintaining a healthy balance is crucial.


LJ: Some people think that medically supervised weight management is just a medical professional telling them what to eat. How does the programme actually work?


DB: Medically supervised weight management programs typically involve a comprehensive approach. We begin with a thorough assessment of an individual's health, including medical history, physical examinations, and laboratory tests. The program's design considers an individual's specific needs and includes a combination of dietary guidance, exercise plans, behavior modification strategies, and, in some cases, medications or surgical interventions when necessary.


Using our health management app, and weekly check-ins with our Registered Nurse and our IIN Certified Health Coach, we closely monitor progress, provide education and support, and adjust the program as needed to help clients achieve their weight management goals safely and effectively.



LJ: So, candidates won't have to give up the food they love?


DB: In many medically supervised weight management programs, individuals do not have to completely give up the foods they love. Instead, the focus is on moderation and making healthier choices. The goal is to develop a sustainable and balanced eating pattern that incorporates enjoyable foods while also emphasizing nutrient-dense options. It's about finding a long-term approach that works for the individual, allowing for occasional treats while promoting overall health and weight management.


Personally, I love salty, crunchy treats. It is all about balance and ensuring that your snacks do not overpower your eating plan.


LJ: Any recommendations for something that's both healthy and delicious?


DB: Personally, I don't have preferences, but a popular choice that's both healthy and delicious is a colorful salad with a variety of fresh vegetables, lean protein like grilled chicken or shrimp, and a flavorful vinaigrette dressing. Add crunch with nuts or seeds, and you have created a versatile option that can be customized to suit different tastes while providing essential nutrients.



LJ: What's one piece of advice that you would give to any of your clients?


DB: One important piece of advice is to focus on progress, not perfection. Weight management can be challenging, and there will be ups and downs. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and don't be too hard on yourself when setbacks occur.


Consistency and perseverance are key, so keep moving forward even if you encounter obstacles.


LJ: How soon can candidates expect to see results?


DB: The timeline for seeing results in a weight management program varies from person to person. Some individuals may see initial changes in a few weeks, while others may take longer. It's important to understand that sustainable weight management is a gradual process, and this is NOT magic.


The focus should be on making long-term lifestyle changes rather than seeking rapid results.


LJ: When would you say is the best time to start a weight management programme?


DB: The best time to start a weight management program is when you're mentally and emotionally ready for the commitment. There's no specific "ideal" time, as it varies from person to person. It's crucial to be motivated and prepared to make lasting changes in your lifestyle. Consulting with us can help determine the most appropriate timing based on your individual circumstances.


LJ: What's one weight management tip that you think anyone could try today?


DB: One effective tip that anyone can start with today is to practice mindful eating. This involves paying close attention to what you're eating, savoring each bite, and being aware of your body's hunger and fullness cues. Avoid distractions like phones or TV while eating, as this can lead to overconsumption. Mindful eating can help you make better food choices and prevent overeating, which is a valuable step in weight management.




Effective Weight Management is Possible for All


There you have it, straight from an experienced and knowledgeable source. Not everyone needs a medically supervised weight management programme, but anyone can benefit from its personalised approach. The goal is to develop customised strategies that will allow you to, first, better understand your body, and, ultimately, learn what works in getting you lasting results. As Dr. Baugh explained, it's all about honing in on your specific needs.



 

Dr. Dainia Baugh

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Dr. Dainia S. Baugh, MD has practiced across the US and Jamaica for over 25 years. She holds several distinguished fellowships, including Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.


As a leader in her field, Dr. Baugh consistently incorporates the most advanced technologies in her treatment programs with success. Everyday Skin is Dr. Baugh's flagship skincare line, leveraging patented formulas for a naturally youthful look.


The DB Glow, Dr. Baugh's aesthetic medicine practice, is proud to bring patients the best in aesthetic and wellness treatments while maintaining personal relationships and forming lasting friendships.


Learn more about DB Glow's services and locations here.

 
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