Weight loss clinic
General practitioners know their patients best and are in the perfect position to help patients with their weight loss. Your doctor knows about the most effective, scientifically proven weight loss options including lifestyle changes, medications and surgery.
Our team of qualified professionals at Gympie Road Medical Centre have the knowledge and experience to tailor a personal plan of clinically proven solution to fit with your lifestyle and give you results.
Our main focus is around long term health benefits of weight loss and helping you achieve a healthy weight, which you can maintain that for the rest of your life.
Our program includes an initial assessment by Dr Farshid Soheilifar who has special interest in this area and is a member of GP weight loss alliance (GPWLA).
Farshid has helped many patients with weight issues in the past and is passionate to assist patients through their journey.
At Gympie Road Medical Centre, we have a multidisciplinary approach to manage your weight issues all under the same roof. Following your initial assessment, you might be referred to our team of dietitians and exercise physiologists who will help you to achieve your goals.
They provide professional and medically proven solutions, support and a tailored dietary and exercise program which suits your goals.
You also will have regular follow ups to ensure about your progress and achieving your goals.
Moreover, we have qualified clinical psychologists to provide counselling and support as required and advised by your doctor.
Some Weight loss Tips:
The first step in achieving a healthy weight is committing to changes in your lifestyle. If you want to lose weight, you need to change your energy balance by taking in less energy to your body than it uses. You can do this by altering your diet (eating habits), increasing exercise and changing your behaviour. Behavioural changes mean first getting an understanding of the factors and/or behaviours that have contributed to you becoming overweight, or have stopped you from losing weight. Your doctor may refer you to a psychologist, counsellor or behavioural therapist for help with this.
Pre-prepared meals and VLED products
Various commercially prepared meal programs are available. These can help by providing energy controlled meals. Other options include VLED (very low energy diet) products and meal replacements. A VLED product (e.g. shakes and bars) can be used to replace all or some meals. This option should be used with supervision from your doctor as part of a weight management program. VLEDs should not be confused with meal replacements. Meal replacements are not nutritionally complete, so there is a danger you could end up with malnutrition if you ONLY eat meal replacements.
Weight loss medications
Weight reducing medications may be used as part of an overall weight loss program that includes diet, exercise and behaviour changes. There are several weight loss medications that are currently approved for use in Australia. It is important that you speak to our doctors to discuss your options.
Weight loss surgery
Surgical treatments are often considered as the last resort, as they are only suitable in people with a high BMI. Weight loss surgery is quite expensive and can be difficult to access. That said, surgical treatments are an effective way for severely obese people to lose weight. There are three common surgical weight loss options available; adjustable gastric banding (the most common surgical method used in Australia), gastric bypass (which changes the way the stomach and intestine handle food) and gastric sleeve (which reduces the size of the stomach).
Please talk to our doctors for more information about bariatric surgeries if required.