Weight Management Specialist

Terese S. Harris, MD

Bioidentical Hormone Specialist & Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA

If you’re carrying excess pounds, you certainly aren’t alone. Terese Harris, MD, FACOG, provides many men and women throughout Orange County and Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, with weight-management services. She can help you learn more about how and why your body puts on extra pounds and help you find solutions that generate safe and lasting results. That process begins by booking a one-on-one consultation, which you can do online or over the phone.

Weight Management Q & A

Why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off?

There are many different factors that influence weight gain, but there’s no denying our nation has a serious problem when it comes to being overweight or obese. Part of the problem is our food supply, which has changed dramatically over recent decades. 

With fast food on virtually every major corner and grocery store aisles packed with highly processed and nutritionally void choices, it’s no wonder so many Americans are heavier than they should be. Our modern lifestyle also complicates matters.  

Hours spent in front of screens at home and at work leave little time for fresh air and exercise. A sedentary lifestyle is directly tied to weight gain. There are also more complex issues at play, including the way your body produces hormones and manages stress. Many studies have proven that the rate at which you burn calories at rest, BMR, slows with a lower estrogen or testosterone level. Hormone Replacement can reverse this.

Sleep disruptions, systemic inflammation, and thyroid function also tie into weight gain. What researchers have determined is that weight gain is about far more than a lack of willpower. 

What is medical weight management?

Medical weight management is not shaped around fad diets or extreme (and unsustainable) workout regimens. It’s an approach that uses science to determine why you’re struggling with your weight and how you can achieve improvements. 

That process begins with a thorough evaluation. Dr. Harris performs a full physical exam and reviews your experiences with weight gain and loss. You’ll share your personal health history and details about your lifestyle. 

The next step involves testing to learn more about how your body is functioning, including:

  • Hormonal levels
  • Thyroid function
  • Metabolic function
  • Toxin levels
  • Inflammation
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Oxidative stressors
  • Adrenocortex function

All of this data paints a picture of your health and wellness and allows Dr. Harris to create a customized weight-management plan. 

What type of weight-loss efforts are expected?

You’ll receive a diet and meal plan shaped around your specific set of needs. The practice also offers a personal trainer who can help you find a workout routine that fits your lifestyle. 

You can even access psychological support to help you understand how your relationship with food impacts your health. Medications might also play a role in your weight-loss journey, but lifestyle modifications are always the central focus. 

If you’re ready to try a new approach to weight management, call the office or use the online booking tool to set up a visit today. 

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