What is a healthy pace to lose weight?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Health Expert William McCarthy provides tips on healthy pace to lose weight.

    William McCarthy

    Dr. William McCarthy is the Medical Director at the NOVA ABC Weight Loss Clinic

    Dr. McCarthy has been in private medical practice in the Northern Virginia area since 1976.  He received a BS (Magna cum laude) at Xavier University in Cincinnati, his M.D. degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and served his internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. McCarthy is board certified in bariatric medicine, which is the medical specialty of weight  disorders.  At this time, there are only approximatly 300 board certified bariatricians in the United States.

     He has served as the Chief of Staff and board member of Potomac Hospital here in Woodbridge.  He founded the nationally recognized Continuing Medical Education program at Potomac Hospital and served as it director for over twenty years.  He has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the top physicians in the D.C area in the Washington Consumer Checkbook.  Dr. McCarthy has also served as a board member of the Northern Virginia Foundation for Health and Medical Care and on the board of Physician’s Care insurance.  He was the team physician for the Prince William professional baseball team for many years, chosen by the Pirates, Yankees, Cardinals, and White Sox.   Dr. McCarthy has an outstanding reputation as a physician and educator, known not only for his broad knowledge of medicine, but also as a compassionate and caring physician.  After years of treating the health consequences that were brought on by excess weight, Dr. McCarthy decided to shift the focus of his care to the treatment and prevention of the actual cause of these medical problems.  Dr. McCarthy has attended numerous conferences, intensively studied the most current medical literature, and has spent time working with well known, experienced bariatricians in order to enhance his knowledge in the science of weight loss, metabolism, nutrition, exercise, and behavioral aspects of weight control.  He now dedicates his experience and knowledge to those who lives and health are adversely affected by their excess weight.

    Host: What is a healthy pace to lose weight?

    Dr. William McCarthy: After weight loss surgery or under strict medical supervision, a person can lose three or more pounds per week. In general, a good weight loss rate would be a pound or two per week, but when we look at weight loss, we really need to look at the long term. It's more important to lose 5 or 10% of the body weight and keep it off than it is to lose weight quickly. A 5-10% weight loss can really enhance ones health. It can actually, reverse or at least partially reverse some of the medical consequences of obesity. The role of rapid weight loss is more to feel good, the more to be able to feel that you can lose weight to gain confidence, to start being able to fit in one s clothes, to start being able to exercise and once a person starts to lose weight, they can maintain it better if they get an initial good start in weight loss.