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Are you struggling to lose weight and keep it off? At the Rapha Health and Wellness offices of Nneka Edokpayi, MD, in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas, you have access to programs and support to help you fight obesity and get to a healthy weight. Call to set up a consultation or use the online scheduler to book now.

Weight Loss Q & A

How do I know if I’m overweight?

Dr. Edokpayi uses the body mass index (BMI), which factors your height and weight. To gauge where you stand, the numbers break down like this:

  • Under 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5-24.9: Normal weight
  • 25-29.9: Overweight
  • Over 30: Obese

While these numbers are a good place to start to decide if you’re too heavy, Dr. Edokpayi also considers your muscle mass and bone structure as she assesses your weight.

What problems are associated with carrying too much weight?

Carrying extra weight puts a strain on your body and increases your chance for a number of detrimental health conditions, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

In addition, excess pounds are a common cause of joint and chronic pain.

What treatment options help with weight loss?

At her Rapha Health and Wellness offices in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas, Dr. Edokpayi helps overweight men and women get healthy with a customized physician-directed weight-loss program. As a functional medicine doctor, she’s passionate about finding the root cause of your condition.

She believes most health conditions begin in the gut and focuses her first efforts on healing and restoring your gut flora. Other methods she uses to help you get the extra weight off are:

  • Clean diet
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Behavioral planning
  • Accountability
  • Prescription medications
  • Home visits
  • Metabolism boosters
  • Relapse prevention

Dr. Edokpayi combines protocols and methods to tailor a program that suits your goals and needs. She goes over the plan with you in your home or at one of her offices, so you’ll know what to expect.

How many weight-loss appointments do I need?

It depends on how much weight you have to lose and the details of your individual plan. Everyone starting a weight-loss plan with Dr. Edokpayi begins with a comprehensive consultation at one of the offices in Houston or Sugar Land, Texas.

Once you begin your program, she may have you return for follow-up meetings on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. 

For help losing weight and hope for a healthy future, call Nneka Edokpayi, MD, at Rapha Health and Wellness or use the online booking tool.