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5 Options For Healthy Weight Loss For Women

Posted on December 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM by Gabrielson Clinic

blog on healthy weight loss plans for women - The Gabrielson Clinic for WomenLosing weight is a common goal for many women of all ages and lifestyles. However, in today’s world of crash diets, diet pills, and other “fast and easy ways to lose weight”, losing weight the healthy way is often overlooked. No matter the reason for weight gain, your specific weight loss goals, and unique circumstances, there are plenty of ways women can lose weight without risking their health. 

Common Reasons For Weight Gain In Women


There are many lifestyle factors that can contribute to weight gain and trouble losing weight and/or keeping weight off. Poor diet, not enough exercise, excess stress, lack of sleep, and much more can all be the cause of weight gain. 


According to the CDC, the recommended amount of weight gain during pregnancy ranges from 11-62 pounds depending on the person. Losing weight after pregnancy is tough for many women for a wide variety of both physical and psychological reasons. 


Your menstrual cycle can often result in periodic weight gain. Weight gain during your period is caused primarily due to increased fluid retention and changes in your hormone levels.

Prescription Medications

Many medications list weight gain as a side effect. These medications can include antidepressants, birth control pills, and much more. 

Hormonal Changes

Pregnancy, menstruation, and prescription medications can all cause hormonal changes that can lead to weight gain. Similarly, menopause causes natural changes to your body that can result in weight gain. Weight gain during menopause is often due to a decrease in estrogen that results in weight gain in the stomach area and hips and/or a slower metabolism. 

Healthy Weight Loss Options

Depending on your unique combination of personal factors (such as current weight, weight loss goals, health conditions, etc.), there is a wide variety of weight loss plans and weight loss services that can help you effectively lose weight in a safe and healthy manner. As a proud partner of Iowa Weight Loss Specialists, we are proud to provide the best weight loss programs in Iowa!

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Lifestyle Changes

No matter which of the following weight loss programs you may choose, healthy lifestyle changes are key to losing weight and keeping weight off. This doesn't necessarily mean sudden and drastic changes to your lifestyle, just an honest effort to be healthier. Finding easy ways to work in more exercise throughout the week and cutting back on unhealthy foods are foundational steps to losing weight and improving your overall health. 

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Medical weight management combines professional weight loss support with weight loss medications to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Many weight loss pills are easy to find in stores and online. However, these often include dangerous side effects and/or don’t provide effective, lasting weight loss. Learn more about why “fad” weight loss supplements and programs don’t actually work. The expert, licensed weight loss specialists at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists’ weight loss clinic will provide you with all of the tools, education, and support you need. 

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Although there is a variety of weight loss surgery options available, Iowa Weight Loss Specialists only performs the gastric sleeve procedure on our patients. This is because we believe the advantages of gastric sleeve surgery are greater than any of the other surgical weight loss options and the downsides are far less. The risk of major postoperative complications is less than in any other weight loss surgery.

Bariatric sleeve surgery promotes weight loss by decreasing hunger and restricting food intake. After surgery, your bariatric surgeon and support team will provide you with additional resources to help you keep the weight off. 

Weight Loss Counseling, Support & Resources

Many people may need additional support in the area of behavioral changes, emotional support, self-esteem, or other factors that may impede long-term weight loss success. Our team of licensed mental health providers can collaborate with you in creating treatment goals in order to help you with overall long-term success in both your physical and mental health. This can include guidance on nutrition and exercise, weight loss support groups, and other mental health concerns that surround weight gain. 

Cool Sculpting

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Every person’s body stores fat differently. The expert CoolSculpting team at our medical spa creates a customized treatment plan specifically for you. This safe, non-invasive, and clinically proven non-surgical treatment freezes stubborn fat from problem areas on your body to reduce fat and help you feel confident in your skin. The CoolSculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

How Do I Take The First Step In My Professional Weight Loss Journey?

Figuring out the best way to lose weight for your specific needs and goals and how to get started can be extremely daunting. At the Gabrielson Clinic for Women and our partner women’s healthcare providers at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics and Iowa Weight Loss Specialists, we’re here to help make the process easier. From discussing your unique needs and goals to providing expert weight loss treatments all the way through ongoing support and resources, we’re here to help you be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself!

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