Bariatric (weight loss) surgery might sometimes be necessary, but nonsurgical weight loss is a safer and equally effective option for most overweight people. At Lifestyle Change Trends in Old Bridge, New Jersey, Chidi Anukwuem, MD, specializes in nonsurgical weight loss, offering personalized diet, exercise, and healthier lifestyle plans. Meal replacement drink mixes and appetite suppressants are also available. Call Lifestyle Change Trends to learn how to improve your health with nonsurgical weight loss, or book an appointment online today.

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What is nonsurgical weight loss?

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery is a last resort for people who are severely overweight when nothing else works. Dr. Anukwuem specializes in alternatives to surgery, which are highly successful for most people.

The most effective weight loss method differs for everyone, so following a standard diet program reduces your chances of success. Working with an expert medical team gives you the best chance of losing excess weight and keeping it off long-term.

Dr. Anukwuem offers personalized nonsurgical weight loss programs tailored to each patient’s unique needs. He assesses your health before you begin to identify and treat conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or hypothyroidism that could make it difficult to control your weight.

He also monitors you throughout the process to ensure your heart, lungs, and other organs are healthy.

What benefits does nonsurgical weight loss offer?

Nonsurgical weight loss offers numerous benefits. Losing weight significantly reduces your risk of many unpleasant health problems and potentially life-threatening diseases, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Kidney disease
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Fatigue
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Skin infections

Weight loss can also boost confidence, increase mobility, help you sleep better, and improve your sex life. While bariatric surgery produces similar benefits, nonsurgical weight loss has additional advantages. In particular, you eliminate the risks of general anesthetic or infection and don’t have to endure any postsurgical pain.

What does nonsurgical weight loss involve?

When you start a nonsurgical weight loss program at Lifestyle Change Trends, Dr. Anukwuem reviews your medical history and current lifestyle before preparing your personalized treatment plan. He includes any changes you need to make and offers support to help you overcome unhealthy habits.

This might include nutrition counseling to help you cut out foods that make you gain weight and eat more of those that improve your health. Behavioral therapy can help you reduce portion sizes and change bad habits like eating late at night and snacking on junk food.

Smoking cessation counseling and finding physical activities that suit you are important to support long-term weight loss. Dr. Anukwuem also offers prescription medications such as appetite suppressants and meal replacement drink mixes to help you shift excess weight with less stress.

Call Lifestyle Change Trends or request an appointment online today to learn more about succeeding with nonsurgical weight loss.