Weight Loss

Understanding the Advantages of Undergoing Doctor Assisted Weight Loss

Obesity is one of the top precursors to other serious health conditions. There are some individuals who will benefit greatly from undergoing an effective and safe doctor assisted weight loss program a compassionate doctor in Raleigh offers. Doing so can help increase a person’s chances of finally shedding those lingering stubborn fat stores and improve their overall health status in the process.

Why Dieting Alone Won’t Keep the Weight Off Long-Term

Many overweight individuals try to eat right and exercise in the hopes of losing their extra weight. Unfortunately, there are underlying factors that predispose someone to gaining extra fat stores that often evade diagnosis.

These issues must be addressed before beginning a weight loss regimen. Additionally, these underlying mental, emotional and physical problems often keep the person from achieving their weight loss and better health goals.

Hidden Health Factors that May Deter Weight Loss Efforts

Health experts know that there are hidden health factors that often deter any weight loss efforts. If we think of our body as a well running machine, small unknown component problems can result in machine dysfunction. It will eventually breakdown if not addressed early enough.

Some of the most common underlying factors known to deter weight loss in susceptible people include:

  • Endocrine diseases – diabetes, thyroid problems, adrenal malfunction & others
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Heart disease
  • Brain function issues
  • GI disturbances
  • Auto immune conditions – lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis among others
  • Depression, anxiety & other mental/emotional health issues
  • Systemic infections

Above are just a few of  many variables that may cause the body to increase or retain its fat stores. These patients are good candidates for an in-depth doctor assisted weight loss plan. It will address these hidden obstacles before the patient undergoes any weight loss regimen.

The Limitations of Intense Dieting & Exercise Routines

Fad diets, strenuous exercise regiments and various over-the-counter diet pills are usually first tried when someone desires to lose weight. All of these weight loss methods have serious limitations and can even be dangerous to the person’s health.

While following a strict diet and increasing your exercise sessions can work to lose excess weight in a short period of time, the individual usually fails to keep that weight off long-term for a number of reasons.

Dangers of Unsupervised Fad Diets on Overall Health

Anyone who is considering starting one of these fast weight loss diets should be aware of the potential dangers beforehand.

Most diets like this are extremely hard on the body and its various system functions. Typically, the dieter will lose muscle tissue rather than the fat tissue. And this then causes the body to crave foods high in fats, sugars and carbohydrates.

A high protein diet can be effective in losing weight fast. But the person dieting will usually cave-in to the resulting food cravings these diets generally trigger. This causes the lost weight to come back swiftly often even greater than before.

Adverse Risks of Using Over-the-Counter Diet Pills

Usually, obesity and society’s tendency to shame individuals who are not the ideal body shape or size leads many to taking unregulated diet pills and supplements. These over-the-counter medications are potentially dangerous. This is because of the increase in dehydration as body fluid is expelled due to the medication action.

Another scary risk of taking non-prescription diet aids is that there are few regulations and quality control measures that keep the public safe. Some diet drinks and/or pills contain high quantities of caffeine that can overwork the heart as it furiously tries to keep up with the fast flowing blood demands.

Often, unregulated nutritional supplements and dietary aids contain filler ingredients that may be harmful to health. Even without adding fillers, the dosage of the pill ingredients could differ in strength drastically from one batch lot to another.

Pharmacists and other healthcare providers warn that even natural ingredients can cause life threatening interactions when mixed with other drugs or substances.

How System & Hormonal Optimization Work in Weight Loss

Any unknown health condition can prevent a successful weight loss program. However, individuals desiring to lose weight can find a knowledgeable physician practice, in the Raleigh, NC region. A doctor that delivers both system and hormonal imbalances before the patient begins a safe, doctor assisted weight loss regimen.

Treating the underlying health conditions can go a long way in getting back to a healthy weight that is more likely to be maintained with leading a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more about our proven doctor assisted weight loss options in North Hills, North Carolina by phoning us directly, or access our website blog online.


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Doctor Assisted Weight Loss

Doctor Assisted Weight Loss

Our doctor assisted weight loss focuses is on System Optimization so that you can lose weight AND be at your best.  Anti Aging & Functional Medicine does NOT focus on the traditional method of “calories in/calories out”.

A History of Weight Loss and Learning

Dr. Zacco comes from a family that obesity knows all too well. His mother was on “To Tell The Truth”, a nationally syndicated game show in the 1970’s as the first person in the United States to have her mouth wired shut to lose weight. “She had tried every weight loss plan available that eventually failed so she was willing to try anything by then,” Dr. Zacco explains.  After years of yo yo dieting, Dr. Zacco’s sister has also lost 120 lbs and has successfully kept it off.


Dr. Zacco noticed that when many of his patients followed the System Optimization program, excessive weight would be lost. Their cravings would diminish and energy increases enough to start an exercise program outlined for them.

At Anti Aging and Functional Medicine  we believe strongly in a lifestyle that promotes a more healthy weight and a fuller life by renewing your energy level. Optimizing your body (hormones, brain, gut, immune system, nervous system, cardiovascular system) restores your energy and desire to exercise daily and eat more nutritionally. Many times we have metabolic anomalies that stack the deck against us making it nearly impossible to lose weight. Things like adrenal fatigue, under functioning thyroid gland, gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances, hormonal imbalances, etc. are not discovered or treated prior to dieting.  This results in inability to lose weight or gaining back the weight lost known in yo yo dieting.  If your cravings are diminished, chances are you will be more successful in your dieting endeavors. These issues need to be addressed to make the weight loss endeavor easier and long lasting.

Dr. Zacco explains. “If any weight loss program doesn’t address the underlying psycho-social, spiritual, and physical issue(s) prior to starting the diet, it is destined to eventually fail. “These issues were never addressed with my mom so they all eventually failed her.  No matter how hard she tried, they always failed,” Dr. Zacco recalls. “There is no magic pill. We need to address the underlying metabolic anomaly or psychological impedance to weight loss. If we address metabolic anomalies originating from the gut, brain, endocrine system, then we stack the deck in favor of the patient trying to lose weight,” Dr. Zacco simplifies with a smile.

Dr. Zacco recalls, “I had a patient that had a fungal infection in his gastrointestinal tract that caused him cravings for sweets and to over eat. A second patient ate because she had underlying anxiety as she had a progesterone deficiency. I had another patient with a previously unknown infection in his gut, both bacteria and fungi that caused an irresistible and nearly constant craving. He would have such strong cravings, he would eat ice cream before bed and then awake every night about 3:00am to eat more ice cream. The underlying conditions need to be discovered first and then treated properly so that the cravings don’t derail weight loss or even reverse it.”

All too frequently we lose weight, just to gain it back plus some when the cravings return and are overwhelmingly powerful. It is NOT that you lack will power and it is NOT simply “calories in/calories out” calculation. You must first treat the underlying cause.

After spending 60-90 minutes with you on your first appointment, Dr. Zacco will thoroughly evaluate you using blood tests, saliva tests, specialty metabolic urine tests, specialty stool tests, and others to evaluate your unique metabolic profile. On subsequent visits, Dr. Zacco will focus on correcting the metabolic anomalies and addressing the physiologic road blocks to your weight loss. Together the patient and Dr. Zacco will create an individualized weight loss strategy for your comprehensive weight loss program. You don’t have to repeatedly fail with the cards stacked against you! Let us level the playing field.