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Weight Loss Expert Wickham Simonds Helps Fight Obesity
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Dr. Simonds is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. His specialty is providing the information, counseling and medication needed to help his patients see lasting weight loss results.
“We are here to help and encourage you,” he said. “Losing 5-10% of your initial body weight in a year can dramatically improve your health. Most of my patients achieve this level of weight loss in the first 60 days. While that may just be a start of your weight loss goal, you’ll far exceed what it takes to be in good health.”
The strategy Dr. Simonds uses with his patients in the Raleigh-Durham area has three parts:
- Encouraging a physically active lifestyle
- Using appetite suppressants and other prescription diet medications to treat the disease of obesity
- Most importantly— teach the tools to follow carbohydrate restricted and true ketogenic diets. It is important to note that Dr. Simonds also works with patients who want to do diets other than low carb or ketogenic diets and he will never require a patient to do a ketogenic diet if they don’t feel it is the right diet for them.
Ketogenics involves drastically cutting carbohydrates
It also requires avoiding all sugar and refined grains so that your body uses its stored glycogen and must turn to burning body fat for fuel. This produces a molecule called a ketone. Once your body is in a state of ketosis, you will find that weight loss can be surprisingly rapid.
Overseeing a staff of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, registered dietitians, and other professionals, Dr. Simonds offers a variety of weight loss services in the triangle region of North Carolina. Some patients require the support of certain medications to reach their weight loss goals, and Dr. Simonds and his team work closely with these individuals to overcome their obesity once and for all.
“I recently attended a conference on obesity medicine, in which they talked about reward-based eating, which is different from true hunger and low blood sugar,” he said. “In America, we have an abundance of food and some people eat simply to produce a pleasure sensation. This can be a big problem for patients and can cause problems like plateaus. When you work really hard and at the end of the day, you don’t turn to alcohol because you’re not an alcoholic, but you turn to food instead as a reward mechanism, it is a problem. Behaviors like this substitute one problem like alcohol with another counterproductive behavior like reward based eating. I encourage patients to identify this common pattern in their lives, and develop behavioral strategies to overcome it.”