Weight Loss Specialist

Omar Aref, MD -  - Board Certified Family Physician

Omar Aref, MD

Board Certified Family Physician & Aesthetic Specialist located in Plant City, FL

Americans are some of the most weight-conscious people in the world. Yet, despite all the fad diets and trendy exercise programs, many of us struggle to shed those extra pounds. Dr. Omar Aref, a board-certified family physician in Plant City, Florida, can help you lose weight, and keep it off, by applying proven methods from nutritional science. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.

Weight Loss Q & A

Do I need a weight loss program?

When it comes to assessing a healthy weight, your bathroom scale only tells part of the story. The most accurate gauge of body fat is a measurement based on your height and weight called the body mass index (BMI).

If your BMI ranges from 25 to 29.9, you are overweight. If it exceeds 30, you are considered obese. Anyone with a BMI in this range needs a well-structured weight loss program.

What are the benefits of weight loss?

Apart from ill-fitting clothes, being overweight carries considerable health risks, increasing your chances of developing:

  • Arthritis
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke

Bringing your weight back down to a healthy range can significantly improve your overall health and allow you to participate in more enjoyable physical activities.

How can I achieve my weight loss goals?

Healthy weight loss plans combine two key elements:

  1. Nutritious foods: from all major food groups, including vegetables, grains, fruits, dairy, and protein from animal or plant sources
  2. Regular exercise: with at least 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity or two hours of moderate activity

When you work with Dr. Aref to map your goals, he will develop a personalized plan for slow, steady weight loss — typically 1-2 pounds per week. Apart from exercise and food choices, he will help you determine the right amount of calories for your needs.

What if diet and exercise can’t help me achieve weight loss?

In some cases, your age, metabolism, and underlying health conditions make it difficult to achieve your weight loss goals through diet and exercise alone. If you have a BMI of 30 or higher, or a BMI of 27 with health risks aggravated by weight, Dr. Aref can provide a number of pharmaceutical options. These include Orlistat, which prevents your body from absorbing fat from food, and Sibutramine, which curbs your appetite.

For patients with extreme obesity — a BMI of 40 or higher — Dr. Aref can provide a referral to a weight loss (bariatric) surgeon for procedures like gastric bypass, gastric banding, a duodenal switch, or liposuction.

If you are ready to take control of your life and shed those extra pounds, Dr. Aref will create a scientific weight loss program that produces long-lasting, healthful results. Call or book online today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aref.