According to the American Psychological Association (APA), major behavioral changes take time and support. If you’re trying to lose weight or kick an addiction to nicotine or other harmful substance, contact Dr. Mark Tanner and our caring staff at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC to discuss a life modification program customized for you and your lifestyle.
How we can help
Medication and counseling in combination has proven far more effective than either one alone for people struggling with addiction to food, smoking, or other issues.
If you want to quit smoking or lose weight, Dr. Tanner offers various programs to help you change certain behavioral patterns. Many patients suffering from such health issues as heart or lung disease benefit greatly from small changes. Using lifestyle modification, we:
- Help you understand the value of altering certain unhealthy behaviors
- Explain which lifestyle treatment works best for you
- Set individualized goals
Once you commit to a specific program, Dr. Tanner follows up regularly to monitor your health and discuss any issues that arise.
Stop smoking through lifestyle modification
Each year, more than 480,000 people die from cigarette smoke in the United States alone. Smoking also increases your risk for:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis
- Erectile dysfunction
- Immune system issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Eye disease, and more
This is only a partial list. If you’re ready for a change, Dr. Tanner offers a variety of strategies, from behavioral therapy to nicotine replacement products and other medications.
Let us help take the weight off
If you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, let us remove some of the pressure. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is with a support system. Dr. Tanner creates a plan you can stick with. He also sticks with you throughout the ups and downs of your journey.
If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, our medically supervised weight loss behavioral modification plan also helps reduce such weight-related conditions as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and others. Through supervised weight loss and counseling, Dr. Tanner helps you maintain a healthy weight to improve your mood, energy level, and physical stamina.
Creating lifelong changes
The American Psychological Association offers the following recommendations to create lasting lifestyle changes:
- Have a plan
- Start small with a daily and/or weekly goal
- Involve a friend
- Ask for support
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also notes the best strategy for weight loss is slow and steady, to give your body time to adjust to new ways of eating and increased exercise. Dr. Tanner works with you to lose weight gradually, between one to two pounds per week, to avoid the yo-yo syndrome of losing/gaining weight.
Simple weight loss strategies
We offer a variety of weight loss strategies, such as:
- Enjoy your meals sitting down to eat more consciously
- Eat mindfully to really taste your food
- Reassess your hunger at various times before, during and after meals
- Slow down
Losing weight and keeping it off really is a situation where a slow tortoise triumphs over an impatient hare. Dr. Tanner reinforces your mindful progress to help you steadily lose weight and win over the long run.
Ready, set, go with lifestyle modification
When you’re ready to change a long-time habit, such as smoking or overeating, contact Dr. Tanner and our compassionate staff at 404-355-2000 or book an appointment online at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss which life modification plan works best for you.