Weight loss is complicated. Most diets are unsustainable and result in weight yo-yoing which can negatively impact your health. Plus, people have different genetics, metabolisms, dietary restrictions and allergies, and physical fitness levels that all impact your body’s weight. Add polycystic ovary syndrome to the mix and weight becomes even more complicated.
That’s why OB/GYN Dr. Aliabadi started Trimly — a weight loss treatment plan, not a diet. She also recently discussed the importance of healthy weight loss in an article for Giddy. Because this topic is so complicated, we thought it important to share this content with you as well.
Healthy Weight Loss: Why It Matters and How It’s Done
Over the past couple of decades in the United States, the prevalence of obesity and severe obesity has steadily climbed, placing millions of people—about 42 percent of adults—at an increased risk for serious medical conditions, issues requiring them to spend nearly $2,000 more each year on medical bills in comparison with non-obese Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The condition has been associated with sexual inactivity and sexual dysfunction for both men and women.
Obesity can result in infertility and difficulty in conception among women. Whereas for men, obesity may lead to lower total and free testosterone levels, and abdominal obesity is linked to erectile dysfunction (ED), especially in older men. Also, excess fat in the inner thighs and pubic region heats up the testes to temperatures that can limit sperm production.
Being overweight may also hinder the stamina that’s required for sexual performance, and obesity can lead to changes in the metabolism of sex hormones, which ultimately decrease libido. For some individuals, physical appearance and body image may also impact sexual desire and activity negatively.
Luckily, research abounds in this field, as scores of medical professionals across the globe have devoted their life’s work to helping patients determine if they are obese or at an increased risk of becoming obese, providing them with the strategies and information needed to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
One such physician is Thais Aliabadi, an OB-GYN in Los Angeles whose expertise has been featured on the TV shows “The Dr. Phil Show” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” among others. Aliabadi is the creator of a weight-loss solution called Trimly that she said helps people whose weight gain might be related to underlying health issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She said the reasons to aim for a healthy weight are innumerable.
“When someone is overweight or obese, they are at a higher risk of developing serious medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems and certain types of cancers,” she explained. “Losing weight significantly reduces your chances of developing these often life-threatening conditions and leads you to a longer, healthier life. Healthy weight loss looks different for everyone. As long as someone loses weight and maintains that weight loss, their health will significantly improve.”
First, learn how to determine if you’re obese or at risk for becoming obese, and then pick up some physician-recommended strategies for jump-starting your healthy weight loss journey.
Who’s at risk for obesity and why?
Aliabadi noted that a wide range of factors, from genetics and family history to socioeconomic inequities and lack of access to nutrient-rich foods, can contribute to a person’s risk of becoming overweight. She noted the close ties among mental, emotional and physical health that can trigger unhealthy weight gain.“Some people deal with weight gain because of medications they are taking. Some are dealing with hormonal imbalances. Many patients suffer from mental health issues like depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Also, household income and where you live will have an impact on what is readily available to you,” Aliabadi said.
“The reality is that sometimes fast food becomes a more affordable option for families either because of the time commitment to prepare and cook a meal or because of the higher cost of fresh foods,” she added. “Many patients have been conditioned to ‘finish their plate’ as children and that mindset has followed them throughout adulthood. And in some cultures around the world, being overweight is a sign of wealth. No matter the cultural beliefs, being overweight has more cons than pros, and being educated about the consequences is important.”
Read the rest of the article from Giddy.
For PCOS-related weight loss, talk to Dr. Aliabadi
As a specialist in women’s health issues, Dr. Thais Aliabadi understands the connections between gynecology and overall health. She addresses all aspects of PCOS, not just the weight-related complications. Many patients who have suffered for years without a proper diagnosis finally experience relief after turning to Dr. Aliabadi and her caring, professional team.
Her Beverly Hills facility is fully equipped to offer state-of-the-art treatments and advanced diagnostics.
Make an appointment online or call us at (844) 863-6700.
The gynecology practice of Dr. Thais Aliabadi is conveniently located for patients throughout Southern California and the Los Angeles area. We are near Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Culver City, Hollywood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, and Downtown Los Angeles.