Weight Management

Jon Van Der Veer, DO -  - Internal Medicine

Exemplar Care

Jon Van Der Veer, DO

Internal Medicine located in West Des Moines, IA

Following fad diets or using pills are never safe ways to lose weight. At Exemplar Care in Des Moines, Iowa, board-certified physician Jon Van Der Veer, DO, offers a more effective way to achieve an ideal body weight. He provides weight management plans tailored to your existing health and habits to help you shed excess weight. Dr. Van Der Veer also provides guidance to help you stick to the lifestyle modifications you make and maintain a healthy weight in the long term. If you need help losing weight, call Exemplar Care today or schedule a weight management consultation online now.

Weight Management Q & A

What weight management services are available?

Weight management is part of the primary care services available at Exemplar Care. Weight management services help you achieve a healthy body weight and can prevent long-term, obesity-related health complications.

Dr. Van Der Veer offers onsite weight management services that include:

  • Diet evaluation
  • Exercise plan review
  • Assessment of weight loss goals
  • Education for weight maintenance

Dr. Van Der Veer also evaluates your overall lifestyle and existing health to determine which weight management resources fit your needs.

Why should I consider weight management?

Being overweight can lead to a variety of long-term health complications. Carrying excess pounds puts unnecessary pressure on your joints and can lead to premature joint degeneration, arthritis, and chronic pain.

Obesity can also increase your risk for health issues like:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

By taking control of your weight, you can reduce your risk factors for such issues and improve your overall quality of life. Losing excess weight can also boost your self-esteem and make it easier to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

What can I expect during a weight management evaluation?

During your appointment, Dr. Van Der Veer takes extra time to review your medical history and discuss your goals for weight loss. He also learns everything he can about your food choices, eating habits, and physical activity.

To ensure you’re in otherwise good health, Dr. Van Der Veer physically examines your body and may request blood work to check your sugar and cholesterol levels. This information is important for creating your weight management plan.

Dr. Van Der Veer strongly believes in providing the educational resources you need to achieve your goals. He discusses your options for changing your diet, improving your nutrition, and safely incorporating more exercise into your routine.

How will I track my results?

Through routine checkups, both in-office and via videoconferencing phone calls, and texts, Dr. Van Der Veer holds you accountable for your efforts toward weight loss and maintenance. You can expect regular weigh-ins to evaluate your progress.

As a member of Exemplar Care, you also have 24/7 access to Dr. Van Der Veer through the latest technology. This ensures you can get the answers to all your questions and concerns on your journey to a healthier you.

To learn more about available weight management services, call Exemplar Care or request an appointment online now.