Weight Loss

Robert Duhaney, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Dallas, TX

If you’re one of the 70% of adult Americans who’s overweight, weight loss treatments can improve your health and quality of life. At Medtopia Medical Clinic in Dallas, Texas, board-certified internal medicine and primary care physician Robert Duhaney, MD, and the team regularly work with men and women to develop individualized diet and nutrition plans. If you dream of losing weight and keeping it off, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is weight loss important?

Weight loss is important because if you’re overweight or obese, you’re also at an increased risk of serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. 

Being overweight also affects your mobility and quality of life. For example, you might experience joint pain, breathlessness, or be unable to participate in activities you used to love, like playing sports.  

If you’re overweight, you might also experience low self-esteem or mental health problems. Many people who are overweight experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and even depression. 

What causes weight gain?

If you eat more calories than you burn off during daily activity or exercise, you’ll gain weight. Over time, these calories add up and increase your risk of obesity.  

Other common causes of weight gain include:

  • Eating a poor diet
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor sleep hygiene
  • Getting older
  • Being pregnant


You might also gain weight as a result of your family history. Your genetic makeup can affect how your body processes food and how it stores fat. 

Why am I struggling to lose weight?

Even if you exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet, you may still struggle to lose weight. Everyone’s metabolism is different and prescription medications, supplements, and environmental factors can make it difficult to achieve your desired results. 

If you’ve tried various exercise and diet plans but aren’t happy with the outcome, consider medically-supervised weight loss. Working with a qualified medical professional –– like those at Medtopia Medical Clinic –– may be just what you need to shed those pounds once and for all. 

How does medically-supervised weight loss work?

Medically-supervised weight loss begins with an in-office consultation. During this appointment, your Medtopia Medical Clinic provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your goals for treatment. Your doctor might also order a series of laboratory tests to rule out problems with your metabolism caused by thyroid disease or diabetes.

After gathering the necessary information, your provider develops a custom weight loss plan. This might include taking FDA-approved weight loss medications, participating in a custom nutrition or diet plan, and exercising regularly.

Take the first step toward safe, effective weight loss. Make an appointment at Medtopia Medical Clinic today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.