Weight Loss Specialist

Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP

Internist & Medical Weight Loss Specialist located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you’ve tried to lose weight, you already know that there’s nothing easy about it. You need to reduce calories while getting nutrients to fuel your metabolism, and most of the time your body’s own hormones work against your efforts. Successfully dropping the pounds requires a team effort led by weight loss and nutrition specialist, Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, a highly respected expert who personally customizes a holistic program for each patient in Beverly Hills, California. To learn more about medical weight loss, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why should I consider medical weight loss?

Weight loss is a journey that’s easier to achieve when you have ongoing support and encouragement from Dr. Youdim and her staff. They’re all available to provide a listening ear, to give you the information you need, and to offer emotional support and motivation.

How can you know that Dr. Youdim’s medical weight-loss program will help you reach your goals? Because the doctor has extensive experience and training. She is board certified in internal medicine, obesity medicine, and as a physician nutrition specialist. She spent a decade working as the Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center. She also wrote a textbook on the treatment of obesity and has published several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

In addition to her medical qualifications, Dr. Youdim incorporates a holistic approach and integrates it with evidence-based medicine to create a customized weight-loss plan.

 

Can bariatric surgery patients receive weight-loss support?

If you’re considering bariatric surgery for obesity, you can count on Dr. Youdim to guide you through the process.

She offers comprehensive support for your surgery, from performing lab tests to ensure optimal vitamin and mineral status to helping you lose any necessary weight before surgery to creating an individualized diet and exercise program you can stick with after your surgery.

 

What services might I receive through a structured weight-loss program?

Dr. Youdim’s weight-loss program provides comprehensive services, including:

Medical care and testing

Your weight-loss journey begins with an extensive review of your social and medical history, your prior weight-loss attempts, a discussion about your personal goals, and a thorough physical exam.

Based on the information from your exam, Dr. Youdim recommends laboratory tests. You may need tests for metabolic conditions and a micronutrient analysis to determine if you have any nutritional deficiencies. Your test results, existing medical conditions, and any prescription medications you take are all considered when she develops your weight-loss plan.

Dr. Youdim also performs body composition testing that shows your percentage of body fat, muscle mass, fat mass, and visceral fat, as well as your metabolic rate. This testing helps guide your program and allows the doctor to determine your protein requirements to maintain muscle mass while you’re losing weight.

Dietary meal plan

Dr. Youdim personally develops your meal plan based on your health and dietary preferences. She ensures your plan provides adequate nutrition while meeting your calorie goals. You’ll receive a plan that’s tailored to your preferences, from vegan and vegetarian diets to Mediterranean-style diets. Your plan may consist of conventional foods, meal replacements, or both.

Dr. Youdim also places a high priority on mindful eating practices that allow you to appreciate and enjoy the food you eat while increasing your awareness of poor eating habits.

Exercise prescription

Exercise is such a vital part of good health, losing weight and keeping it off that Dr. Youdim makes it an integral part of your plan.

Her goal is to help you create a sustainable lifestyle, so you’ll work together to identify activities you’ll enjoy while gaining the aerobic and strength training exercises needed to stay healthy. Many patients like high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which is a workout that alternates high-intensity activity with periods of rest or less intense exercise.

Weight-loss medications

Dr. Youdim may prescribe one of several FDA-approved weight-loss medications. Depending on which medication is prescribed, it can boost your weight loss by suppressing your appetite, making you feel full, or blocking fat absorption.

If you’re ready to begin your weight-loss journey, call Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, or schedule an appointment online.

 

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