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Doctor helps patients keep weight loss resolution

Bolingbrook – Although losing weight and getting fit are among the top resolutions for every New Year, people often struggle to meet their goals. Dr. Sumin Shah, family practitioner and bariatrician at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, says many people wish to lose weight to look and feel better, but they often lose motivation to stick to diet plans and are scared of weight loss surgeries. As a result, Shah developed a weight loss regimen that helps patients achieve their goals without the dangers of surgery.

“Because 66 percent of the country is overweight, so many people make weight loss their resolution every year,” said Shah. “I provide patients with a non-surgical weight loss program that helps patients drop their weight and see rapid results without fear of surgical complications and risks.”

Shah looks at each patient’s medical history to provide an individualized diet, exercise and medication plan. He says it is his job to help patients prevent future health problems that stem from obesity such as diabetes, heart attack and high blood pressure.

“Most people want to lose weight because they are concerned about how they look and feel,” Shah said. “It’s important for people to know there are dangers associated with being overweight.”

According to the American Heart Association, obesity is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack.  It also can cause high blood pressure, raise cholesterol levels and induce diabetes. 

Getting in shape is challenging, making it hard for people to keep their resolutions as they lose motivation and begin to struggle, Shah said. However, the problem usually lies in a person’s diet.

“So many people are trying to lose weight, but they are not eating the right foods, making it nearly impossible for them to achieve their goal,” Shah said.

Because diet is such a huge aspect of weight loss, Shah puts most of his patients on a high protein and low carbohydrate diet.

“I’ve found that adding protein while taking away carbohydrates really improves the rate of weight loss,” Shah said. “People who do not exercise still find that they can lose weight with my program. My goal is for patients to lose four to eight pounds every month, but some of my patients have lost more than 20 pounds in the first month.”

Shah says the results of his diet and exercise program are very good, though they vary with each person. Anyone is eligible to participate in this non-surgical weight loss program.

For more information, call Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s physician referral line at 630-856-7500.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.