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Weight Loss Specialist

Telakai Health

Telemedicine & General Family Medicine located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Carrying a significant amount of excess weight can cause a wide range of health issues, but weight loss is not always easy. Telemedicine visits with Alexandra Doerschel, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, of Telakai Health, can help residents of Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida reach and maintain a healthier weight. Begin today by booking a visit online or over the phone in just moments.

Weight Loss Q&A

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

This simple question has a complex answer, but what researchers have clearly determined is that weight loss is not a simple matter of willpower. There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed if you need support when working through your weight loss options. 

One of the reasons so many people struggle with their weight is the modern food supply system. Fast food is readily available in virtually every American city and town, and grocery store aisles are filled with highly processed and nutritionally void options. 

The American lifestyle is also partly to blame. Most people spend significantly more time sitting in front of screens at home, at work, and in school, as compared with previous generations. This sedentary lifestyle contributes to weight problems. 

Factor in high levels of stress, low sleep quality, and an endless stream of conflicting and confusing weight loss guidance online and it’s a wonder more people aren’t heavier than they should be.  

How is medically supervised weight loss different?

Have you tried numerous diet and exercise programs only to find the weight returning shortly afterward? If so, you are certainly not alone. Unlike fad diets and extreme exercise programs, medically supervised weight loss places your health at the center of the process. 

You’ll begin with a telemedicine assessment of your current weight and overall health. You’ll discuss your goals and how to make meaningful lifestyle improvements that will help you move closer to your ideal weight.

Blood work can provide additional insight into how well your organs and systems are functioning. Your practitioner reviews the results with you to craft your personalized weight loss plan. 

Customized nutrition guidance is part of the process, and you’ll learn how to incorporate healthier choices into your daily diet. Increased physical activity is also important, but there’s no need to sign on for extreme programs that can harm your body. You’ll also have access to additional supports, such as vitamin B12 injections, counseling, and check-ins.  

What role can prescription medications play in my weight loss journey?

Medications can help support your weight loss goals by controlling your appetite. This is especially important during the early stages of weight loss as you get used to a new nutrition plan. Reducing cravings helps you focus on your goals and how much better you feel as you make progress. 

Telakai Health offers GLP-1 receptor agonist and GIP/GLP-1 receptor agonist, a popular weight loss medication that is FDA-approved for long-term weight management. It’s available to people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, although you might be eligible if you have a BMI of 27 or higher and certain health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. 

These weight loss medications must be taken with exercise and a low-calorie diet, and it’s important to work closely with a medical practitioner as you move through your weight loss journey. This is an injectable medication that you’ll self-administer at home. 

While GLP-1 receptor agonist and GIP/GLP-1 receptor agonist can be expensive, you can receive a considerable discount on this medication by working with Telakai Health for medically supervised weight loss. Call or click today to get started.