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Overweight / Weight Loss Treatment in San Marcos, CA

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Weight Loss Treatments in San Marcos, CA

When it comes to weight loss, there are numerous methods available, but many of them are ineffective and only provide temporary results, especially for individuals who are morbidly obese. Less than 5 percent of morbidly obese individuals successfully lose a significant amount of weight and maintain it through non-surgical programs, which typically involve a combination of dieting, behavior modification therapy, and exercise.

Although weight loss can be achieved without surgery, it is advisable to work with a licensed healthcare professional in San Marcos, CA, who can create a safe and effective weight-loss program. Most health insurance companies require individuals to make significant efforts using non-surgical methods before considering weight-loss surgery for coverage.

Many individuals in San Marcos participate in a combination of the following weight loss treatments:

Dietary Modification

Working with a health professional to tailor a diet to meet individual needs is recommended. A successful diet needs to greatly restrict caloric intake while maintaining proper nutrition. Calorie-restrictive diets typically fall into two categories:

Low-calorie diets (LCDs): Individually planned diets that include 500 to 1,000 calories fewer than the amount burned daily.

Very low-calorie diets (VLCDs): Restrict intake to 400 to 800 calories a day and feature high-protein, low-fat liquids.

Behavior Modification: The goal of behavior modification therapy is to change eating and exercise habits to promote weight loss. This can involve:

-Establishing realistic short-term and long-term weight loss goals.

-Tracking diet and exercise patterns in a journal.

-Identifying and avoiding high-risk situations.

-Rewarding specific actions, such as exercising for longer durations or consuming less of certain foods.

-Adopting rational beliefs about weight loss and body image.

-Developing a support network, including family, friends, co-workers, or joining a support group.


Regular exercise significantly increases the chances of long-term weight loss. It is an essential component of any comprehensive weight management program, including weight-loss surgery. Starting an exercise program can be challenging for morbidly obese individuals, but incorporating the following techniques into daily routines can help:

-Walking more by parking the car at the far end of parking lots.

-Minimizing time spent watching television.

-Using an exercise bike.

-Swimming or participating in low-impact water aerobics.

-Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

-Incorporating brisk walks for five minutes in the morning and evening.


There are various over-the-counter and prescription weight loss medications available. However, it is crucial to consult with a certified healthcare professional who can prescribe appropriate medications due to potential side effects. Approved medications by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating obesity include:

-Beta-methyl-phenylethylamine (Fastin): A stimulant that boosts fat metabolism.

-Orlistat (Xenical): Blocks about 30 percent of dietary fat absorption.

-Phentermine: An appetite suppressant.

-Sibutramine (Meridia): An appetite suppressant approved for long-term use.


For morbidly obese individuals who have been unsuccessful in losing and maintaining weight through other methods, bariatric or weight-loss surgery may be an option. Bariatric surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach to limit food intake. To be considered for weight-loss surgery, certain qualifications must be met, such as being over 100 pounds above the ideal body weight or having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. Medical and psychological evaluations are typically required before surgery, and long-term follow-up care is essential.

Dr. Stengler's practice in San Marcos, CA, provides comprehensive weight-loss services and can offer guidance on the most suitable treatment options. For more information and to schedule a consultation, please visit our website at or contact us at (760) 274-2377.

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