Patricia Gao, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Patricia G. Gao, MD

Primary Care Physician located in Glen Burnie, MD

Weight Loss Specialist

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of serious medical issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoarthritis. If you’re struggling to lose weight, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia G. Gao today. She helps patients in Glen Burnie, Maryland achieve weight loss through counseling, eating a healthy diet, learning portion control, and exercising regularly. Dr. Gao also prescribes FDA-approved medications to regulate appetite or decrease stress eating. She offers patients a monthly weight loss program for $95 per visit.

Weight Loss Q&A

by Patricia G. Gao, MD

How can counseling help you lose weight?

Attending counseling sessions can help you address emotional and behavioral issues related to your diet. Therapy can help you both determine why you overeat and learn healthy ways to cope with anxiety. You’ll also discover how to monitor your diet and exercise, cope with food cravings, and recognize eating triggers. You can attend therapy meetings individually or in a group setting. Depending on your personal situation, you might benefit from bringing your family members to your counseling sessions.

What types of foods promote weight loss?

To successfully lose weight, reduce the amount of calorie dense foods, such as cakes, cookies, and ice cream, you eat. Strive to incorporate more plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet. Fuel your body with lean sources of protein including beans, lentils, soy products, and lean meats. Aim to consume fish at least 2 times each week. Consume small amounts of healthy fats such as olive oil.

How can you decrease your portion sizes

To decrease your portion sizes, avoid eating food straight from a box, container, or can. Instead, always put food on a plate or in a bowl. You’ll see how much you’re actually eating. Drink a full glass of water with your meals. The water helps to fill you up faster, so you likely won’t eat as much. Because your brain requires a certain amount of time to send signals of fullness to your stomach, eat your food slowly. To help you accomplish this task, consider putting your fork or spoon down every time you take a bite of food.

How much exercise do you need to lose weight?

If you’re overweight or obese, attempt to complete some type of moderate physical activity for at least 150 minutes each week. Aerobic exercise is the best way to burn calories. Effective types of aerobic exercise include:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Spinning
  • Elliptical training

What types of medications help people lose weight?

For some patients, counseling, dietary changes, and exercise might not be enough. To jumpstart your weight loss goals, you may benefit from taking a fat blocker, appetite suppressant, or a combination of both. Dr. Gao can prescribe a medication specifically tailored to your health needs.

Insurance

We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

AARP
Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
APWU
Assurant Health
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
Care Improvement Plus
CareFirst
CHAMPVA
Cigna
CoreSource
Corvel
Coventry Health Care
GEHA
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Thorough, listens, takes appropriate time and attention. I searched a very long time for an exceptional primary care physician... Well worth the search!"

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "Dr. Gao and her physician's assistant create a courteous, professional atmosphere... We recommend her to anyone seeking personalized, competent medical treatment."

    Stan B.
  • Demandforce

    "Went in to have Taylor draw a blood sample for analysis. It was quick and Taylor is excellent... and fun to talk to. I am not sure I even felt the needle."

    Ray M.
  • Demandforce

    "With Dr. Gao and her clinic staff's close monitoring and follow up on my health... I lost 45 pounds. I feel great."

    Christopher B.
  • Google+

    "She has a very kind demeanor and takes time to listen. She treats the "whole person". She is quick to see me in an emergency. Also her staff is excellent!"

    Sharon M.
  • Demandforce

    "I am so glad that my wife recommended Dr. Gao. I look forward to her and her staff providing for my health needs. Very pleasant."

    James H.
  • Demandforce

    "Taylor knows how to draw blood! That is such a plus in my book! She is kind, willing always helpful and gets the job done. She is an asset to Dr Gao's practice."

    Linda S.
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    "Staff was very friendly and kind, Dr. Gao was as well. She was patient while i explained my symptoms and was very insightful; definitely would recommend!"

    Verified Patient
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    "Another outstanding visit. Dr. Gao has been a lifesaver for me and my wife for many years."

    Walter M.
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    "Dr. Gao is very kind and insightful. She took the time to talk to me about any and all concerns I had. I would definitely recommend others to her."

    Consuela A.
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    "Easy to get an appointment for my preoperative procedures. Taylor and Dr. Gao are great! Great bedside manner, kind and caring."

    Cheri S.
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    "I just had out-patient surgery at Dr. Gao's office to have a cyst removed. Dr. Gao was very professional as well as her assistant. I felt no discomfort at all."

    William M.
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    "Clean office, friendly staff, hardly any waiting time, Doctor was attentive and thorough. Look forward to my follow up!"

    Evette M.
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    "For those of you who are seeking medical care that provides patient priority services this is the place to go!"

    Stanley B.
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    "Dr. Gao is the best Dr I've ever gone to. Her experience and professionalism is amazing. I would never go to any other doctor."

    Sarah S.
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    "Dr. Gao is thorough, attentive, with an excellent patient awareness that relaxes patients receiving treatment or involved in problem diagnosis."

    Verified Patient
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    "I always have a good experience when I have an appointment with Dr Gao. She is always pleasant, listens to me, and most of all she is a very caring doctor."

    Mary B.
  • Demandforce

    "Great service always provided by office personnel. When needed, an appointment is always available... always a pleasant and informative visit with Dr. Gao."

    William T.
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    "My visit was handled efficiently and thoroughly by Dr. Gao and her assistant."

    David W.
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    "Dr. Gao has always shown sincere concern for me and my family and gives us all the best treatment and counseling. I am blessed to have her as our primary care provider."

    Gina B.
  • Demandforce

    "I have been with Dr. Gao for 13+ years. She is a patient and caring doctor who will listen to your concerns and take action."

    Christopher S.
Location
Patricia Gao, MD
203 Hospital Drive, Suite 210
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone: 410-702-5552
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410-702-5552