Weight Management Specialist

River Place OB/GYN

OB-GYNs located in Austin, TX

At River Place OB GYN, in West Austin, Texas Dr. John Thoppil and Dr. Rachel Shepherd understand the challenge of weight loss for women. Their medically supervised weight loss programs have helped countless patients reach and maintain their healthy target weight. River Place is know as the best OB GYN in Austin. Visit today!

Weight Management Q & A

River Place OB/GYN

How does a doctor help me to lose weight?

Medically supervised weight management programs typically include regular meetings with a physician to monitor progress and talk about techniques, diet advice, and exercise levels. The regular appointments create a sense of accountability for the patients as well as providing additional medical support to ensure that the weight loss is healthy and sustainable. Dr. Thoppil will also ensure that the patient does not have any other medical conditions, which could affect her ability to lose weight. Lifestyle changes and nutritional counseling are the key elements to successful weight loss and maintenance. When the person is trying to lose a lot of weight, medications might be used to help jump-start the process. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet is crucial to weight loss and maintenance.

What are the risks associated with excessive weight?

Those who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing serious health conditions and diseases. Some of the potential health concerns linked with being overweight include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

What are the benefits of physician supervised weight management Programs?

Despite the equation for weight loss being simple, managing weight is rarely an easy task. Many patients struggle with their weight due to a nutritional deficiency or underlying health issue that results in binge eating and poor food choices. Sometimes, food preferences or busy lifestyles interfere with complex or rigid diet plans that are designed for a general population. Dr. Thoppil offers medically supervised weight loss management programs that focus on the health of the whole patient, including a thorough evaluation and an assessment to determine if nutritional deficiencies or other issues are contributing to weight problems. Dr. Thoppil customizes weight loss plans to take food preferences and lifestyle issues into effect, creating a nutrition and exercise plan that focuses on the needs of the individual patient. This means patients are more able to stick with the plan and enjoy greater success compared to commercially available diet plans or trying to lose weight alone. Dr. Thoppil carefully monitors his patients so changes can be made as needed to support optimal health.

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Insurance Providers

Here are just some of the insurances we accept. If you have a narrow network plan (POS, exchange, specific hospital, EPO, HMO) please confirm our network status. They do not always follow the full network benefits. To find out if your insurance is accepted, please check the insurance website or give our office a call.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Humana
Multiplan PHCS
Multiplan, Inc.
Tricare
United Healthcare