Weight Loss Specialist

Laurie Thomas, MD -  - Family Physician

Laurie Thomas, MD

Family Physician located in TUCSON, AZ

Being overweight or obese is something many people would like to change about themselves, but they struggle to achieve results. If you’re looking for expert help with weight loss, Laurie Thomas, MD, of Tucson, Arizona, can help. Dr. Thomas is an experienced family practitioner who provides expert diet counseling and support services for people who want to lose weight healthily and sustainably. Change the way you look at food and shed those excess pounds by calling Dr. Thomas today or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why do I need to consider weight loss?

You should consider weight loss as it’s one of the most effective ways of improving your health and preventing life-threatening medical conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Some cancers

Carrying unnecessary weight puts excessive strain on your organs, bones, and joints, which makes them more vulnerable to disease. It’s also much harder to get enough physical activity and exercise when you’re overweight. Less movement means you put more weight on, and your health problems worsen even more.

Weight can also affect your quality of life. It’s not much fun being so overweight that you struggle to work, play with your children, or even get dressed. Poor health and being unable to do the activities you enjoy can bring on low self-esteem and cause depression.

If you’re overweight, Dr. Thomas can help you shed the excess pounds safely and sustainably, so you can live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

How do I know if I need to lose weight?

Most people who are overweight can tell from the way they feel that they’re heavier than they should be. Excess weight makes you feel tired, for one thing. If you’re putting on weight, you’ll feel it when your clothes no longer fit or when your belly gets in the way of you putting on your sneakers.

If you want to know if you are overweight, there’s a standard measurement called BMI (body mass index) that gives you a reasonable idea. A BMI calculator uses your height and weight to make a calculation and produce a score.

If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, it means you’re overweight. If your BMI is 30 or over, you’re clinically obese. There are three levels of obesity, depending on how far above 30 your BMI score is. Stage 3 obesity is so severe it’s also known as morbid obesity because the risks to your health are so high.

BMI is a useful tool for getting an idea of how overweight you are, but Dr. Thomas can look at your body type and any other influences on your weight as well, and adapt your weight loss plan accordingly.

What’s the best way to achieve weight loss?

Losing weight can be a considerable challenge, and if you’re struggling, you’re not alone. What works for one person won’t necessarily be as effective for another, so there’s no magic formula that guarantees success.

However, if you have Dr. Thomas helping you, your chances of achieving successful, long-term weight loss are far greater. Dr. Thomas provides diet counseling to help you eat more healthily and lose weight more effectively. She can also support you by monitoring your health and helping you deal with stress and depression.

Find out more about safe and effective weight loss by calling Dr. Thomas today or book an appointment online.