Weight Loss Specialists

Pacific MD

Internists located in Woodland Hills, CA

Over two-thirds of the American population is overweight, with one-third classified as obese. Dr. Payum Abdarbashi and Dr. Dilip Anmangandla of Pacific MD in Woodland Hills and Agoura Hills, California, understand the health risks that come with being overweight. If you want to lose weight and successfully keep it off, call the office today for a weight management consultation.

Weight Loss Q & A

How do I determine if I’m overweight?

One of the simplest tools in determining whether or not weight is an issue for you is the body mass index (BMI) calculator, which measures body fat based on a height and weight ratio. BMI calculators are easily found online. All you need to do to calculate your BMI is simply input your height and weight and a numbered result will be returned. The numbers are divided into four categories:

  • Underweight: below 18.5
  • Normal weight: 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight: 25 to 29.9
  • Obese: over 30

Each person is different and the BMI measurement is just a starting point. Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla perform a more detailed assessment to determine whether you’re a candidate for a weight loss program. 

What are the risks of being overweight?

There is no shortage of health problems related to weight issues, which is why attaining a healthy weight for your body is important. Being overweight may put you at risk for the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Breathing issues
  • Injury
  • Sleep apnea

This list is just a sample of how weight can affect your health or exacerbate existing issues.

How do I lose weight?

There is no magic answer for easy weight loss. It takes time and patience, but the rewards are well worth it.

One of the first areas to tackle is your diet. With the prevalence of processed and fast foods, it has become increasingly difficult to manage a healthy diet. There are, however, many ways to avoid the processed ingredients found in most foods by choosing healthier options, which are readily available. Even substituting a few snacks with a piece of fruit can go a long way. 

A great diet, compared with exercise, is a powerful one-two punch. It takes time to build stamina, and the doctors at Pacific MD understand that, which is why they come up with a tailored plan to get you started. As you gain more fitness, you will be ready to try new things that will boost your metabolism and keep the weight off.

For some, prescription medications, combined with exercise and diet, can have positive effects on weight loss. Many of these medications have side effects, so the doctors at Pacific MD will discuss the best options for your individual case.

All Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Pacific MD, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Coventry / First Health (Assurant)
United Healthcare