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Weight Loss

Optimum Endocrine Care

Nidal Hasan, MD

Endocrinologist located in Highland, IN & Orland Park, IL

If you’ve ever struggled to drop a few pounds through diet and exercise, you already know that weight loss can be a challenging process marked by pitfalls and setbacks. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible — at Optimum Endocrine Care in Calumet Heights, Chicago and Munster, Indiana, board-certified endocrinologist Nidal Hasan, MD, knows that people are often more successful at losing weight and keeping it off when they have professional guidance and support. To learn more about the personalized medical weight loss programs at Optimum Endocrine Care, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

Weight Loss Q & A

How can being overweight affect my health?

The number of people who qualify as significantly overweight or obese has reached record levels, causing a pressing health epidemic in countries across the globe. In the United States, more than one in three adults, or nearly 79 million people, qualify as obese, meaning their body mass index (BMI) score is 30 or higher.

Carrying too much excess fat can make you more likely to develop high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and high triglycerides, all of which boost your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

It also increases your risk of developing a variety of serious chronic illnesses, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Osteoarthritis

Losing just 5-10% of your weight can substantially lower your risk of developing these damaging long-term health problems.

What is a medical weight loss program?

Dr. Hasan and his team of experts take a comprehensive, customized, whole-person approach to weight loss, providing the specific resources, tools, and support you need to achieve long-term results.

Dr. Hasan centers his program on proven strategies that help you identify the habits preventing your weight loss, learn what constitutes proper nutrition, and understand how much and what kind of physical activity is right for you.

During your initial health assessment, you’ll undergo a comprehensive physical exam, go over your medical and family history, discuss any health concerns, and consider your current lifestyle.

Depending on your individual needs, your program may initially include prescription appetite-control medication. Dr. Hasan and his team use phentermine, a low-risk appetite suppressant that helps people with risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes jumpstart their weight loss effort more easily.

Your program will also include a personalized, goal-oriented fitness plan designed to maximize your results, as well as a customized diet plan that takes your baseline nutritional needs into account.

Why are diet and exercise so important?

Although Dr. Hasan’s weight loss program uses proven medical therapies when appropriate, it also combines proper nutrition, physical activity, and psychological support to help you reach your weight loss goals and in a safe, sustainable way.

Of all these strategies, regular exercise and a nutritious diet are arguably the most important to long-term weight loss success:


Regular exercise can help you stay energized during the day, sleep better at night, and put an end to unhealthy food cravings.

Besides helping you build your strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance, regular exercise can also help you improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and protect you from heart disease and diabetes.


Good nutrition involves both eating a variety of wholesome foods that support your health and also limiting processed food and added sugars whenever possible. Dr. Hasan begins most patients on a nutrient-dense, low-calorie diet to help initiate the weight-loss process.

Eating a nutritious diet gives your body what it needs to build bone, power muscle, and repair and replace tissues. Eating well also helps fuel your brain, increase your stamina, and protect your long-term health.

To learn more or schedule a visit, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary.