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Weight Loss

Balboa Medical Center & Spa

Laser & Medical Spa & Internal Medicine located in Encino, CA

Obesity-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes are among the leading causes of premature death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Amir Raeesy and the skilled providers at Balboa Medical Center & Spa in Encino, California, understand how obesity can affect your overall health. That’s why they take a holistic approach to weight management and counseling. To schedule an appointment with Balboa Medical Center & Spa, call the office or book a visit online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why can’t I lose weight?

It’s easy to buy into fad diets and intense exercise plans when you’re trying to lose weight, especially if it feels like you’ve already tried everything.

What works for somebody else might not have the same effect on you. That’s because there are a number of variables to consider when you’re actively trying to lose weight.

Some of the most common reasons for weight-loss resistance include:

Lack of sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep, your hormones can go haywire and trigger your cravings for sugar and junk food. In addition, you may feel less inclined to exercise if you’re exhausted from a poor night’s sleep.

Thyroid problems

Do you constantly feel like you have no energy? Are you constipated or sluggish? If so, then you may have a thyroid disorder like hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. Fortunately, you can minimize the symptoms of thyroid disorders with proper nutrition and medication.


Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, spikes during times of stress and increases sugars in your bloodstream. This puts you at risk of high blood pressure, weight gain, and an increase in abdominal fat.

Night time snacking

Even if you follow a rigid diet, it’s hard to resist temptation once you’re relaxing at home. What you might not realize is that your late-night snacking adds up to hundreds of extra calories a day, putting you at risk of weight gain.

Food intolerances

Food intolerances can trigger a leaky gut and inflammation. Some common intolerances include gluten, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, eggs, corn, and soy.

What happens during my weight-loss consultation?

During your initial consultation, the providers at Balboa Medical Center & Spa evaluate your health and family history to assess your risk of obesity-related diseases and chronic conditions. They also record your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and vitals.

It’s important to bring a record of your weight history, including any past diet and exercise programs, so your provider at Balboa Medical Center & Spa can see what’s worked for you and what hasn’t. The providers may also perform a full physical exam and recommend a psychological evaluation.

What is included in my weight-loss plan?

Balboa Medical Center & Spa can design a personalized weight-loss plan that works with your body to promote healthy weight loss. Some of the services they provide include:


Certain medications, such as phendimetrazine, phentermine, benzphetamine, and diethylpropion, can help promote weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Nutrition counseling

Nutrition counseling is key to any weight-loss plan. Balboa Medical Center & Spa uses your family and medical history, as well as your weight history, to boost your metabolism, decrease your appetite, and reduce your overall caloric intake in a healthy way.

Lifestyle modifications

At Balboa Medical Center & Spa, your health is their top priority. Your provider works with you to help reduce poor lifestyle habits like smoking, too much alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity.

Schedule a weight-loss appointment with Balboa Medical Center & Spa by calling or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.