Weight Loss Specialist

Compassionate Family Care

Family Physicians located in Visalia, CA

If you are overweight, you might not feel very healthy, and you may be at risk for potentially life-threatening medical complications. Gaylene Soloniuk-Tays, MD, is an expert physician who helps men and women lose weight safely and permanently with personalized weight-loss programs. To find out if a medically supervised weight-loss program is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Compassionate Family Care in Visalia, California, or make an appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

How do I know if I need to lose weight for health reasons?

Many people feel like they could stand to lose a few pounds, but if you’re significantly overweight, you are at risk for developing severe health complications. The body mass index (BMI) is a tool that can indicate when people are medically overweight or obese. A BMI calculator uses your height and weight to calculate your body fat percentage, referred to as BMI.

Your BMI will fall within one of the following categories:

  • Under 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5-24.9: Normal weight
  • 25-29.9: Overweight
  • Over 30: Obese

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese range, your weight may be putting your health at risk. However, BMI is a preliminary measurement that Dr. Soloniuk-Tays takes into consideration along with other factors when determining if you will benefit from a medically supervised weight-loss program.

What are the risks of being overweight?

Being overweight or obese poses numerous risks to your health, and losing weight decreases those risks significantly. Some of the health conditions associated with being overweight include:

  • High triglycerides
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing disorders
  • Infertility

Several types of cancer, including uterine, cervical, liver, and prostate cancer, are also associated with obesity.

How does a medical weight-loss program work?

If Dr. Soloniuk-Tays determines that you qualify for medically supervised weight loss, she will design a custom treatment plan based on your individual needs to help you reach a healthier weight and to maintain your weight-loss results.

Your personal weight-loss plan may include:

  • Regular office visits and weight check-ins
  • Prescription weight-loss medications
  • Nutrition plans
  • Exercise programs
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Educational materials

Dr. Soloniuk-Tays may also recommend that you see a counselor who specializes in weight loss to provide emotional support during your weight-loss journey.

If you’d like to learn more about how a medically supervised weight-loss program can help you achieve permanent results, and the health benefits that come with maintaining a healthier weight, call Compassionate Family Care to schedule a consultation or make an appointment online today.


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