No matter what weight loss method you’ve tried in the past, you’re more likely to reach your weight goal and keep those pounds off for the long run when you have the support and encouragement of Alethia Pantazis, MD. The team at Vitality Medicine provides customized care for every aspect of weight loss, from help setting macronutrient goals and meal planning to science-based supplements, hormone, digestive health, and hormone optimization. If you’re ready to get the weight loss help you need, call the office in Ocala and The Villages, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

How does being overweight affect my health?

Carrying extra weight, especially visceral fat (fat deep in the belly that has an even higher risk of health problems) places stress on your heart, bones, muscles, and joints, especially your knees. Beyond physical stress, fat cells release hormones that affect your metabolism and other biochemicals that cause inflammation and health problems throughout your body.

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diseases such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Type 2 diabetes and additionally diabetes in the eyes
  • Cancer (breast, endometrial, colon, and pancreas)
  • High blood pressure and additional manifestations in the eyes
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease and associated disease in the eyes” eye strokes” etc
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Glaucoma (elevated eye pressures)
  • Macular degeneration
  • Alzheimer’s disease

What are the benefits of physician-supervised weight loss?

When you enter a weight loss program at Vitality Medicine, you gain a team dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. They’re available to provide the information you need, monitor your progress, and keep you motivated. When you have support and accountability, you’re more likely to find long-term success with your weight loss.

With physician-supervised weight loss, you’ll begin your journey with a review of your health to be sure you don’t have underlying health conditions that need treatment or that might affect your weight.

What weight loss services will I receive?

Every patient’s weight loss plan is customized to meet their goals, lifestyle and health needs. Dr. Pantazis takes a functional approach that includes:

Lifestyle support

Losing weight and maintaining it for the long run depends on a sustainable plan to consume the appropriate food at the appropriate times and engage in regular exercise. The team at Vitality Medicine can help you set goals and create a meal plan that delivers optimal nutrition. They’ll also work with you to develop an exercise plan or help you find a program in the community.


You may need nutritional supplements to keep your metabolism running and your body healthy while optimizing weight loss. Dr. Pantazis may also recommend natural supplements that are scientifically proven to support weight loss.

Beyond prescription weight loss medications

Prescription medications are sometimes used to aid in weight loss; however, they are typically poorly tolerated and have their own set of health risks. Instead, optimizing diet, digestive health, exercise, and balancing hormones will allow you to safely and naturally be the best you can be. Using this approach your body naturally suppresses appetite, boosts fat metabolism, making you feel full, absorb less fat and toxins, and have more energy to tackle all of life's challenges.

If you’re ready to commit to healthy, sustainable weight loss and you’d like ongoing support, call Vitality Medicine or book an appointment online.

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Please call Vitality Medicine today at 352-804-2397 for a consultation or more information.



3220 SW 31st Rd STE 301, Ocala, FL 34474

Phone (appointments): 352-363-5676

The Villages

11938 CR101 Suite 130, The Villages, FL 32162

Phone (appointments): 352-804-2397

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