Weight Loss Specialist

Marlenny Feliz-Cruz, MD, PA

Primary Care located in Pembroke Pines, FL

Nearly 45 million people in the US go on a diet each year, and yet close to half of American adults are obese. Something isn’t working. If you need help losing weight, Marlenny Feliz-Cruz, MD, PA, is available to guide you through your weight loss journey. Her approach to weight loss involves a combination of weight counseling, supplements, and medication. If you live near Pembroke Pines, Florida, and you’re ready to shed excess pounds, call or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

What does it take to lose weight?

Weight loss works best with a combination of dietary changes and exercise. You need to burn more calories than you consume by sticking to a prescribed calorie budget and working out.

Avoiding unprocessed food and eating the correct amount of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day will get you to your goals quickly. Proper hydration also keeps your body systems running smoothly, including your metabolism.

Exercise also helps boost your weight loss efforts and provides a variety of health benefits. Any extra movement you can build into your day is beneficial. To reap all the advantages of exercise, try to work toward 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

Even with your best weight loss efforts, sometimes you need assistance from your doctor. Dr. Feliz-Cruz can help monitor your progress and provide you with the tools and resources you need to lose weight. She also provides the support you may need to stay accountable.

How does losing weight affect my body?

Extra weight on your body increases your risk for developing:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke

Losing excess weight reduces your risk of developing these and a variety of other conditions. It also reduces the everyday impact on your joints, so some patients report pain reduction after they lose weight.

How can you help with my weight loss efforts?

Dr. Feliz-Cruz provides weight loss counseling at her clinic. She provides the tools and guidance you need to lose weight, but it’s your responsibility to follow her recommendations.

She helps you navigate the underlying health conditions that might be contributing to your weight issues. For example, polycystic ovary syndrome and hypothyroidism are known to contribute to weight gain, and she can help you make adjustments accordingly.

Dr. Feliz-Cruz can also recommend supplements and vitamins, such as probiotics, fish oil, and vitamin D, to replenish any nutrient deficits that might be contributing to your weight gain. Prescription medication, such as phentermine and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), is effective for controlling weight for men and women alike.

Dr. Feliz-Cruz works with you to find the right combination of diet, exercise, and dietary aids for you. If you’re ready to lose weight with the help of a doctor, make an appointment with Dr. Feliz-Cruz.