Weight Loss

Weight Loss Specialist
The primary reason many men and women in the Yonkers, New York area want to lose weight, is simply to look better. While Jonas Leibowitz, MD, a top internist and endocrinologist, can certainly appreciate that. He specializes in weight loss treatments that are also designed to benefit your health. When you become a patient of Jonas Leibowitz, MD, you get a custom weight loss plan, in addition to a team of medical experts helping you every step of the way. Get started on your new weight loss journey by calling the office or booking your appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

by Jonas Leibowitz, MD

Can losing weight help prevent disease?

Yes! Even a modest drop in weight decreases your risk of developing:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Acid reflux
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Back and joint pain

How much weight do I need to lose?

Dr. Leibowitz works with you to find an ideal weight for your frame. Whether you need to lose a lot of weight or a little weight, start with a small goal, like a 5% loss. If you’re 200 pounds, for instance, don’t worry about getting down to 160 pounds (if that’s your ultimate goal). Start with that first 10 pounds. This modest 5% decrease in weight lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases.

During the duration of Dr. Leibowitz’s custom weight loss plan, you should lose a gradual one to two pounds each week. This means you can reach that 10-pound goal in a little over a month.

Why am I gaining weight?

The obvious sources of weight gain are poor diet and lack of exercise. Sometimes though, the causes of weight gain aren’t so obvious. Gaining weight could be a sign that something is off in your body. If you’re struggling to lose weight, or have unexplained weight gain, talk with Dr. Leibowitz. He can run tests to see if your weight changes stem from:

  • Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
  • Abnormal fluid retention
  • Prescription medications
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Pituitary gland problems
  • Certain cancers
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS (women)
  • Low testosterone (men)

What is a medical weight loss plan?

When you undertake a medical weight loss plan under the supervision of your physician, Dr. Leibowitz, you have someone overseeing your weight loss journey. He spends time counseling you on how to get more physical activity into your daily life, even if you have physical limitations. You learn about what you should be eating and how much, as well as any essential tricks for living with food intolerances or allergies.

Dr. Leibowitz runs occasional lab work to check your:

  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Hormones
  • Vital organ functions

As he monitors your progress through regular exams and occasional lab work, he adjusts your weight loss plan. You may even need prescription medications to help with weight loss. Dr. Leibowitz customizes every component of your medical weight loss plan, so you have the support you need to reach your goals.

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