Do you worry about your weight’s impact on your health? Do you suffer from unexplained joint pains, bad sleeping habits among many other problems attributed to increased weight?
It might be time to consider losing some weight. Willpower, time and other factors make it difficult to lose weight by conventional methods. That is until one tries out a medical weight loss program. These programs are not essential for everyone, but for many, a medical intervention is needed to assist the weight loss and diet process.
Contrary to common belief, medical weight loss need not always involve diet pills and surgery. The processes involves weight management by employing scientific methods to deal with obesity causing factors and maintain them through out a lifetime.
Target Populations For Medical Weight Loss Solutions
Medical weight loss is highly beneficial for all those with a BMI (Body Max Index) exceeding 29 due to threats to one’s health. However, even those with set weight goals can still adopt methods described in this article.
The methods are designed to improve your nutrition and exercise regiment. This way, you manage to shed off weight - and most importantly keep it off for good.
As usual, it's vitally important to consult with a medical professional before beginning any diet intervention that involves drugs or other pharmacological or medical options.
Strategies To Help Achieve Medical Weight Loss
Invasive (Surgery) Methods
This is an umbrella name for a number of weight reducing surgical methods. The ideal candidate would be those with a BMI of 35 and above. These methods include:
a) Roux-en-y gastric bypass:- Bypasses a section of the small intestine and also creates a pouch in one’s stomach
b) Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Gastric banding):- Bands your stomach to slow down food passage.
c) Sleeve gastrectomy:- As a procedure, it is relatively new. It is preferred for being relatively easier to bind the stomach and more effective than a bypass.
Though not meant as a cure to obesity, lipo can be used for weight reduction. Capable of reducing upto 12 lbs, lipo is more of a cosmetic surgery. It allows one to deal with problem areas when trying to tone up. These include thighs, hips, buttocks, cheeks, calves and so on. As you will quickly note, these are focused on individual body parts and not one’s body as a whole.
Shortcomings as such will include not being able to manage body weight en masse. Additionally, it does nothing for cellulite removal. The procedure has been on the decline in recent days.
All these methods are effective, but recommended for different groups. Typically, a bypass results in more dramatic weight changes. Nonetheless, it put you at a greater risk due to its aggressive nature. To reduce exposure to risk, or even patients that do not qualify for a bypass, binding remains as a viable option.
Mostly, these are technologically based methods of weight reduction. The include methods that heat or cool fat cells or medication (injected or ingested). Patients unable to undergo surgery opt for these methods.
Technologies used include infrared, vacuum massages, radio frequencies, ultrasound and medicine. Though the methods discussed here must be in consultation with experts, it is safe to say that expectant or breast feeding mothers should stay clear of these procedures.
Common non-surgical medical weight management procedures include:
In mitigating dangers of invasive procedures, this noninvasive method breaks down fat cells using cold temperatures. At the same time, other organs (especially skin) are kept from harm. As an alternative to liposuction, cryolipolysis also focuses on localized fat build up. Another benefit is that you can retreat body parts more than once. There are also no activity restrictions imposed on patients.
To reduce formation of fat cells, a biochemical pathway that attacks them is introduced to a patient’s body.
Methods used in lipolysis include:
a.) Injection Lipolysis - By injecting deoxycholic acid, fat formation is effectively managed in specific areas of the body. It can be used for eliminating a double chin.
b.) Radio Frequency Lipolysis - The procedure involves heating up fat cells areas using radio frequencies from a distance.
c.) Laser Lipolysis - Using laser energy, professionals can preferentially target fat cells disrupting their formation.
3. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty - This new age procedure reduces one’s stomach size with an endoscopic suturing device. The procedure requires no surgery and is recommended for individuals with a BMI exceeding 30. By limiting how much one can eat, a significant loss of weight follows.
Since it is minimally invasive, patients mitigate risks associated with operations.
4. Prescription Medicine
Patients that acquire type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or have a BMI of 30 and above may not be in the best form for regular exercise. As such, doctors prescribe medicines to assist with weight reduction.
Many also have side effects you need to be aware of, such as passing gas, cramping, frequent bowel movement, leaking oily stool and so on. Consult with your doctor on each option to identify what to expect.
Most of these medicines suppress appetite or reduce fat absorption. By studying your medical history, most doctors will prescribe:
a.) Orlistat - Also called Xenical are prescription pills that help reduce fat absorption by about a third. To lessen side effects associated with Orlistat, implement a low fat diet. Also, consume your vitamins a few hours to taking these pills as they hinder proper absorption.
b.) Qsymia - Contents in this medication (primarily Topiramate) keep individuals feeling full, thereby curbing appetite. It is not recommended for mother-to-be due as it leads to birth defects in some cases.
3. Phentermine - Similar to Qsymia, Phentermine lowers a patient’s appetite. It is meant for use over a short duration - few weeks at most. Avoid using this medication in the evening as it leads to insomnia.
4. Contrave - Suitable for long term use, this medication shows signs of weight loss in less than 12 weeks. If no signs are present in 12 weeks, FDA recommends that patients stop taking it. This is because it might be a sign that it will not work for them.
5. Belviq - This medication also checks on your appetite levels and can be prescribed for a longer duration. Care needs to be taken for patients also taking anti-depressants. These individuals could suffer confusion and, or fevers.
Picking A Medical Weight Loss Program
Most of these programs require you to work as part of a team. Physicians, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise practitioners should all be part of your team. Long term studies have shown that weight loss adopters continue with healthy habits years down the line, keeping weight off long after the medical weight loss programs end.
Successful programs incorporate a number of professionals. On average, participants manage to lose 66 lbs by reducing high fat intake, increase fiber, vegetables and fruit in their diets, develop effective exercise schedules and generally keep a healthy lifestyle.
These proactive programs require thorough medical diagnostics and metabolic test to identify changes in one’s physiological changes.
All in all, medical weight loss has proven time and again to be more effective than self-monitored diet and exercise schedules. The methods though effective, require patients to make permanent changes in their lives.
A proper diet and regular exercise regimen is mandatory to keep the weight off permanently.