Among the treatments associated with medical weight loss are psychological evaluations and approaches, exercise, behaviorist therapy, anti-obesity drugs and even certain surgical procedures. Medical weight loss is often suggested by health professionals because of a patient's overweight or obesity and the increased risk of weight-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attach. It is usually suggested when milder medical weight loss regimens or programs no longer provide the necessary results within an necessary time frame.
The first few steps in the medical weight loss process usually involve some type of dieting combined with a structured exercise program. While exercising within your body's limits is always helpful in keeping healthy, one should be careful about dieting. There are an abundance of diet plans and programs in existence which focus on everything from mostly protein to fruits and vegetables only. Many of these programs really do have the body's best interest at heart, but many are fad-type diets which focus only on the cosmetic reasons for wanting to lose weight, and do not provide a sound foundation for keeping weight off once it has been lost. A solid medical weight loss program should take your body's specific needs and danger zones into account, providing you with a method for long-term weight loss and an all-around healthier lifestyle. So when considering starting on a medical weight loss plan, be sure you consult your doctor and a nutritionist who know you and your health well enough to give you the proper suggestions and guidance.
When specialized dieting and exercise don't work, many physicians will introduce anti-obesity drugs into a medical weight loss program to counteract your body's rapid weight gain. Often times overweight and obesity are not caused by overeating, but are the result of chemical imbalances or other more serious health issues. Sometimes the body produces too much of a hormone or enzyme that actually causes the body harm in too large amounts, rather than helping or regulating the body as it should. In this case, a doctor may prescribe an anti-obesity drug within your medical weight loss regimen such as Orlistat which alters the body's ability to absorb fat at the intestinal level. These types of drugs regulate the body's metabolism and ability to absorb or retain fat when all else fails.
In more extreme cases, a medical weight loss program might include procedures such as gastric bypass surgery. When the body cannot regulate the fat gaining or burning process on its own (whether due to chemical imbalances or other health-related issues) and when all other options have failed, physicians may work with a patient to suggest a variety of bariatric procedures into their medical weight loss plan. However, there are certain requirements that must be met by the patient in order to qualify for such procedures. While such procedures can produce the desired result, many patients experience complications either in the hospital or afterward. Bariatric surgery is only included the medical weight loss programs in the most extreme of cases due to additional health risks.