Medical Weight-loss is a program where you are on a diet monitored by a medical professional or a clinic. This type of diet is usually a last resort before someone has to get an extreme procedure like a lap band or gastric bypass. I chose this program for a couple different reasons and the specifics are in the section: Medical Weight Loss Results.
What is medical weight-loss?
The program is considered medical weight loss because it usually involves being monitored while one the diet program. This means that you go in to a clinic weekly to check in. At that time they take vitals, currently weight, and go over your previous week’s food diary. The second part of this is that the programs are usually low calorie, low fat, low sugar, and low carb diets. Because of this, they usually require a prescription for some sort of appetite suppressor. This is why this type of program is a medically monitored program. You are taking medication while on the program and a very powerful medication. This type of medication can cause serious health risks, please make sure you are being monitored closely.
How does it work?
This varies from program to program but most of the time it is reducing your daily intake of calories down to the 800 to 1200 daily ranges. For most people this is a drastic change and is hard for them to adjust. This is where the benefit of the medication comes in; it helps with the cravings to eat. This means you are not hungry, for the most part. The combination of the diet program with the medication results in you eating way less than you normally do. The result is you lose on average 2 to 4 pounds a week.
Do these types of programs work?
They only work if you are committed to changing your lifestyle. If you do not change, the way you eat then no program will work for you. I personally like the medically monitored because there is a level of accountability to make sure that I do not cheat. I have been on this program for 9 weeks now and have lost 48 pounds, with a weekly average of 4 pounds a week.
What are the Benefits?
There are so many benefits to using this type of program. You will be monitored on a weekly basis and your progress tracked by licensed professionals. You will learn how to eat the correct foods and what is consider appropriate sized portions, aka portion control. You will not feel as hungry on this diet due to the medication that is provided. The diet does work for most people that are healthy enough to start. Most clinics will draw blood for testing the first visit and again a couple months later to see what has improved. The diets are usually easy enough to follow and for the most part do not require anything other than mild exercise.
What are the disadvantages?
Addiction to the medication is one of the major downsides to this program. It is very important to know that one you can get addicted to this medication and two how long do they keep you on it until you reach your goal weight. With most clinics, you are on the medication for 12 weeks, and then they change you to an all-natural replacement for 30 days. Then you can make the decision if you want the medication again. Personally, I would take it for the first 3 months then see how you do on the all-natural replacement. If you are still losing weight each week, then I would suggest just sticking with their alternative. At the end of the program when you have reached your goal weight, you are off the prescription over the course of 4 weeks. That is the biggest challenge with managed weight loss and the only real disadvantage of the program.
Final Thoughts –
If you have health issues, please make sure your primary doctor is aware of what you are doing. Make sure that you tell them about any medications that you currently taking so that they can determine if there is a conflict. If you have a history high blood pressure or heart issues, make sure talk to your doctor and let the clinic know. This is to only help you and make sure the program is safe for you to use.
The program without a doubt produces results; it is one of the best ways to force you into a diet program. I weighed the pros and cons of the managed weight loss program and the reality was that if I continued gaining weight I would have more serious health issues to deal with. Follow the progress of my results.