Is it really necessary to have a physician help me lose weight?

Rick Tague MD, MPH, TM, at The Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine, P.A.
Rick Tague MD, MPH, TM, at The Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine, P.A.

4963 W 135th St Leawood, KS | 913.814.8222 |


Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M. is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Tague founded the Center for Nutrition and Preventive Medicine in 1996. With offices in Leawood and Topeka, Dr. Tague has assisted over 20,000 patients in achieving weight loss and improved health.


Q: Why not simply use the latest “fad diet” to lose weight?

A: Research shows that over 96 percent of self-diet attempts, including common fad diets, fail to result in long term weight loss. Restricting favorite foods through willpower is simply not effective for most people, especially during times of stress and busy schedules. On average, dieters actually gain one and a half pounds after one year of dieting. We often see patients lose 20, 40, 80, or 100 plus pounds in a matter of months. By addressing the actual medical causes of weight gain and using powerful medical strategies for weight loss, our patients are empowered for success short term and during our maintenance plan.

Q: Do you use the same treatment plan for all of your patients?

A: Using a “cookie cutter” approach to weight loss, placing everyone on the same diet, just doesn’t work. People don’t gain weight or lose weight the same way. For success, your plan must be individualized for your personal medical needs, your appetite, metabolism, likes and dislikes, family history, environment, stress and more. Unfortunately, fad diets and commercial franchises have everyone follow the same diet forever, which explains the dismal success rate and inevitable weight regain

Q: What does Dr. Tague’s program address? 

  • Appetite control
  • Metabolism evaluation and management 
  • Weight cycling evaluation and treatment
  • Food cravings (sugar, carbohydrates, salt, high fat foods)
  • Emotional eating
  • Binge eating
  • Nighttime eating
  • Poor satiety (not feeling full after eating normal amounts) 
  • Body composition analysis, including muscle mass
  • Nutrient-level testing and replenishment

Q: Is it really necessary to have a physician help me lose weight?

A: Being overweight is a true medical problem, with many medical complications. Being overweight is most effectively managed with medical solutions. A personalized medical approach is most appropriate for anyone who has gained more than 20 pounds after age 21. Weight loss is far more challenging than most people realize. Thoughtful attention to medical causes and an individualized treatment plan are keys to success. For a customized weight loss solution, call or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.

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