Weight Loss Specialist

Meena Mehta, MD.FCCP

Sleep Disorders, Pulmonary and Medical Weight Loss Specialists located in Concord, MA

Losing weight is one of the most proactive things you can do to improve your health, but it is also one of the most difficult to accomplish. Meena Mehta, MD.FCCP and her friendly health care staff in Concord, Massachusetts work with you to help you understand the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and get you to meet your goals. Dr. Mehta is able to provide you with resources, along with regular support and monitoring, to make your weight loss journey a likely success.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss a medical issue?

Obesity is an escalating concern in this country – and for good reason. Carrying around that extra weight can lead to significant and even life-threatening medical problems. The older you get, the harder it is to shed those pounds. This is especially true for patients who need to lose a considerable amount of weight, such as 50-100 pounds.

Being overweight puts you at risk for:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain cancers
  • Breathing disorders
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Dr. Mehta and nurse practitioner Li Chin Sun are there to work with you to find solutions, and to get you back to a healthier weight. Having medical supervision along with a plan like meal replacements will keep you on track and help you build confidence in your ability to lose the excess weight. Dr. Mehta and nurse practitioner Li Chin Sun are here for you.

How does medical weight loss work?

The goal of any weight loss program – including a medically managed one – is calorie reduction. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. It takes a 3,500-calorie deficit to lose just one pound. It sounds pretty basic, but it can be difficult to maintain. It takes a lifestyle change to safely lose weight and keep it off.

Dr. Mehta and Li Chin Sun help you understand the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise, where you need to make adjustments, and provide useful resources to help you meet your goals.

What is Medifast®?

Medifast is a meal replacement program that helps you lose a healthy one to two pounds a week and keep it off. For most patients, Dr. Mehta or Li Chin Sun will recommend the "five-and-one" plan. This means you eat five Medifast meal replacements each day and then one smart, balanced regular meal. This cuts back on calories and allows for natural weight loss.

Optifast is a similar program, but one that focuses more on shakes, bars, and soups that increase protein and fiber intake. Medifast has a larger menu, one that includes cereals and snacks foods, as well. Dr. Mehta and Li Chin can help you find the best plan based on your needs and goals.