Weight Loss Specialist

Commonwealth Medical Center

Primary Care Practice & Urgent Care located in Arlington, VA

By losing just 10 percent of your body weight, you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your blood pressure, decreasing your risk of heart disease. Whether you’re looking to lose just a few pounds or you’re looking to make a huge lifestyle change, let Commonwealth Medical Center accompany you every step of the way. The doctors at Commonwealth Medical Center, located in Arlington, Virginia, can make sure that you lose weight in a sustainable and healthy manner that’s right for you. To get started, call or book an appointment with the team online today.

Weight Loss Q&A

Commonwealth Medical Center

What’s the best way to lose weight?

You are unique, with your own individual health history, metabolism, and relationship with food. As a result, there really isn’t any cookie-cutter formula for losing weight. However, in general, to lose weight in a healthy way, try:

  • Eating a balanced diet full of fruits, veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and soluble and insoluble fiber
  • Eating breakfast with fiber and protein every morning
  • Eating regular meals (spaced out between four and five hours)
  • Avoiding saturated and trans fats
  • Starting a fun, doctor-approved exercise regimen
  • Walking as much as possible
  • Cutting out nighttime snacking
  • Concentrating on and savoring food as you eat it
  • Practicing portion control
  • Keeping a food and activity journal
  • Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day
  • Enlisting friends and family for moral support


If you follow these tips, you have a much better chance of losing weight and keeping it off, and enjoying good health.

How can I help my child lose weight?

No matter the reason they’re overweight, it’s tough to see children go through the pain of pediatric obesity. The doctors at Commonwealth Medical Center want to help. When you book an appointment to discuss your child’s weight, your doctor will consider multiple factors, including:

  • Their activity level
  • Their eating habits
  • Your family history of diabetes, obesity, etc.


After going over all of that, your doctor might do blood tests to determine if your child is suffering from high cholesterol, high or low blood sugar, hormonal imbalances, and/or vitamin D deficiency. Finally, they’ll talk to you, and your child, if they are old enough, and put together a plan of action. Usually, this involves changes in eating habits and activity level.

Will I have success with diet pills?

The team at Commonwealth Medical Center generally recommends that you tackle your weight with changes to your lifestyle. This is because a lifestyle change, unlike a crash diet, offers sustainable results. If, however, lifestyle changes alone aren’t working for you, Dr. Rashid can talk to you about your weight loss medication options.

If you’re ready to lose weight the healthy way, reach out to the team at Commonwealth Medical Center. The team there can’t wait to help you get healthy and reach your goals. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.