Medical Weight Loss for Women

At The Gurnee Weight Loss Center, Our personalized medical weight loss programs are tailored to your specific weight loss needs. Yes…our successful weight loss programs are based on the understanding of today’s most popular and scientifically based weight loss strategies, but we are also focused on the implementation of Successful Weight Loss approaches specific to Women.

Weight Loss – The Differences between Men and Woman

The simple truth is that men are larger and have more muscle than women due to the hormone testosterone. They are genetically designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat — which works in favor of keeping them fit and allowing them to eat more calories.

As women age, the body burns less calories. One reason for this is that a woman’s muscle mass tends to decrease due to hormonal changes as well as changes in exercise habits. Muscle cells burn 3X more calories than fat cells, therefore if we have less muscle mass, we burn fewer calories. If we continue to eat the same amount of calories as we have in the past, the body stores those excess calories as body fat. This decrease in burning calories is what we typically refer to as a slowdown in our metabolism.

There is at least one area where women have the edge, weight-wise. When men deposit fat, it most often goes to their middles, while women’s excess weight tends to settle below the belt and in the middle. And it turns out that a women’s “pear-shaped” body has a health advantage over the “apple”: Those who carry extra fat mostly around their middles are at higher risk of developing heart disease than those who are bottom-heavy.

We Understand Weight Loss and The Female Body

  • Most women don’t realize that at menopause the body is pre-programmed to gain fat under the skin and around the organs in the abdomen, slowing down metabolism.
  • The type of fat that collects around the belly and abdomen makes women more prone to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer.
  • Women who gain in excess of 20 lbs after menopause increase their breast cancer risk by nearly 20%. At the same time, women who lose weight after menopause may significantly reduce their risk.
  • As the estrogen in a woman’s body decreases, the metabolism begins to further slow down. This happens at a rate of about 5% every ten years. If you were able to consume 2400 calories a day when you were 30 and not gain a pound, by the time you are 50 your daily calorie intake should drop down closer to 2100 to avoid weight gain

Long-term Weight Loss Success for Women

At The Gurnee Weight Loss Center, we use advanced body composition technology to ensure and monitor that weight is being lost from fat, not just water and muscle, giving women the best chance of achieving long-term weight loss success.

Medical Weight Loss – Start Your Journey Today!

Remember…Losing excess weight means much more than being thinner. You will become a healthier, happier and younger version of yourself! Through medical supervision and holistic care, you will discover the potential for excellent health and well-being. You are not alone… Take the next step by contacting our office today at 847.625.8300 or request an appointment here. You can do it…and We can help! We look forward to seeing you!

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