Clinical Weight Loss Treatments: Better Than Diets?
If you have been struggling to lose weight and have tried everything from exercise to limited calorie intake, you are likely at your wits end. Fad diets or restricting certain foods from your diet can lead to binge eating and stubborn weight gain. Learning to make healthy lifestyle choices is the only way to achieve long-term, permanent weight loss. In order to achieve your present weight loss goals and reach your target weight, you should follow a supervised, clinical plan. Clinical weight loss treatments (see Privé) are a safe alternative to crash diets because they are supervised through a clinical team that includes a physician and medical care staff. But how does a clinical weight loss program stack up to a traditional diet? Here are a few key things to consider when planning your next weight loss plan.
Clinical programs generally originate in a healthcare setting, so the best place to start is with your family doctor. A physician will evaluate your current health status and recommend a program that will help you succeed with weight loss. The reason why many clinical weight loss programs are under medical supervision is because your weight loss as well as your overall health is closely monitored to assure there are no complications. This is a safer alternative to regular diets. Some clinical programs require drastic calorie restriction which would not be recommended unless you were being closely monitored by a trained nutritionist and medical staff. Here are some of the most common types:
• Gastric surgery
• Calorie-restricted diets
• Weight loss drugs
Gastric surgery is a common clinical solution, if you meet the criteria. To qualify you must be at least 80 pounds overweight, although if you have other health factors, you may also be a good candidate. Gastric bypass is a popular surgery that allows food to completely bypass most of the stomach area. This is considered major surgery and you must be in relatively good health but also demonstrate that your health would greatly improve with weight loss. Weight loss is often drastic and results occur in a matter of weeks. A less invasive surgery option is lap-band surgery. This type of surgery places a band around your stomach that reduces its overall capacity. This restricts food intake and allows you to stay full for a longer period of time—helping you lose weight.
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A popular clinical weight loss choice is calorie restriction through liquid foods. This is done under a closely supervised environment through a doctor’s office, medical weight loss clinic or hospital. You will be evaluated to ensure you are a good candidate and you must pass a physical exam and sometimes a mental evaluation. A program that involves liquid shakes or other meal replacements may be suggested. You will then be monitored daily or as recommended by your physician.
Weight loss drugs prescribed by your doctor is another clinical weight loss solution. This may be done in conjunction with other methods such as calorie restriction and physical exercise. Depending on your overall health, your physician will likely prescribe something that will safely encourage weight loss through appetite suppression.
There are several benefits to clinical weight loss as opposed to traditional dieting. The biggest one is that you have approval from a qualified medical care team. This can assist with losing weight safely and more effectively than dieting on your own. Your health will be monitored which is beneficial if you already have an underlying health issue such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.
There are many advantages to choosing a clinical weight loss challenge as opposed to dieting on your own. Your physician will also be able to monitor your health and adjust medications as needed. By getting blood work done and having frequent medical evaluations, you are losing weight safely—which will result in keeping the weight off for the long-term.