Weight Loss Specialist

Agresti Health and Wellness

Internists & Integrative Medicine Specialists located in Nutley, NJ & Chester, NJ

Being overweight can negatively affect your energy, health, and self-esteem. Weight loss schemes and fad diets may seem like a quick fix but often lead to frustration, unhealthy habits, and – even if they work – the likelihood that you’ll regain the weight. Consult Dr. James Agresti at Agresti Health and Wellness for solid diet and exercise advice to help you slim down for good. Dr. Agresti is available at two locations for patients in Nutley and Chester New Jersey, and the surrounding areas. Call or book an appointment online today for a weight-loss consultation with Dr. Agresti.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss important?

If you’re overweight, losing even 5-10% of your body weight can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. Proper weight maintenance also helps you manage your risk of developing chronic conditions, such as

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

Maintaining a healthy weight allows you to enjoy a higher quality of life. You have more stamina and energy to do the things you enjoy.

What is the best way to lose weight?

Hundreds of specialized diets exist that promise you weight loss. While some of them may help, others can do more damage than good. Extreme calorie deprivation, supplements, and banning entire food groups often backfires. If a diet makes a promise that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Instead of looking for a quick fix, consult with Dr. Agresti to learn how you can change your lifestyle to support:

  • Healthy eating habits
  • Portion control
  • More physical activity

In the long run, these new habits can lead to a better quality of life as well as a healthier weight.

What kinds of foods should I eat to lose weight?

Focus on eating:

  • Lean proteins, such as fish and poultry
  • Whole grains
  • Fresh green vegetables
  • Healthy fats, particularly olive oil and avocados

Also, limit your alcohol, sodium, and sugar intake.

What if I have a health condition that requires a specific diet?

A healthy diet can help prevent the worsening of chronic conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Avoid added sugar and refined grains; instead, eat lots of fresh produce and healthy fats from nuts, avocados, and olive oil to improve your condition.

How much exercise will I have to do?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days to maintain good health. Brisk walks, jogging, cycling, swimming, gardening, and aerobic dance are good options. If you have trouble fitting physical activity into your day, Dr. Agresti can help you figure out how to make exercise a priority and fit it into your busy schedule.

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