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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

If family, friends, or your doctor have told you that you need to lose weight, you may feel frustrated because you have spent a lot of time, sometimes decades, trying to shed those extra pounds through diet and exercise without results. The caring, experienced team at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona can help you lose weight with surgical or nonsurgical options, plus support programs that lead to a lifetime of healthy living. The institute has two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. To find out if you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery, call the office, or schedule a consultation online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why does my weight matter?

The link between your health and your weight is one of biology, not aesthetics. Obesity is a serious health concern that affects around 93 million adults in the United States. Obesity can reduce your quality of life, affect your mental health, and cause severe, weight-related illnesses, some of which can be fatal.

The good news is that losing weight can lessen or even cure many weight-related diseases, and allow you to return to normal activities with renewed energy and vitality.

If you have a body mass index over 40 or a weight-related disease, the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona is here to help. The highly trained, experienced surgeons, the full medical team, and the caring staff provide exceptional care, including support programs to help you make the lifestyle choices that allow you to maintain your optimal weight in the future.

Why is it so difficult to lose weight?

If you find losing weight to be an impossible task, you aren’t alone. It’s common for adults to struggle to lose weight even with dietary changes and exercise. Losing weight is not just a simple act of willpower. When it comes to how much an individual weighs, and how easy it is for them to lose weight, there are many contributing factors, for example:

  • Genetics
  • Community and cultural factors
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications

Stress, difficult relationships, and your environment can also undermine your efforts to lose weight.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for weight loss surgery?

A consultation with one of the skilled physicians at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona will determine if you qualify for bariatric surgery. You may be a candidate if you meet the following general criteria:

  • Body mass index (BMI) over 40
  • BMI over 30 with a weight-related illness
  • Numerous failed attempts at losing weight through diet and exercise
  • No history of drug or alcohol abuse or psychiatric disorders
  • For most procedures, you need to be healthy enough to tolerate anesthesia.

How do I calculate my BMI?

BMI is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. BMI is determined by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared (or divide by your height in inches twice) and then multiplying the result by 703. For example, a woman who is 5’6″ and weighs 220 pounds would have a BMI of 35, determined as 220/66/66 x 703 = 35.

You can calculate your BMI easily with a simple calculator.

If you have a BMI over 40, you have an increased risk for several diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Will I be able to maintain a healthier weight after treatment?

To maintain a healthy weight, you must commit to a new way of life. The Weight Loss Institute of Arizona offers long-term guidance programs to support you after your treatment and into the future.

The commitments you need to make to maintain your healthy weight include:

  • Lifelong dietary changes and healthy habits
  • Making exercise a regular part of your life
  • Getting emotional support when you need it
  • Returning for follow-up health assessments

If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, request a consultation online or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.