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What Medical Weight Loss Programs Can and Can't Do

February 22, 2019 / Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul

Many people hear about medical weight loss programs and think that they must be another diet fad, exercise fad, or get skinny quick scheme. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Medical weight loss is an umbrella term for several different types of surgeries, procedures, and physician-assisted programs for people with severe weight problems. Unlike diet scams or cosmetic procedures, medical weight loss programs are designed by physicians to help patients lose weight for good.

 

And unlike those other scams, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, you work with a doctor to find the weight loss solution that's right for your body. But before you decide which method is right for you, learn what you can really expect from a medical weight loss program.

 

Medical Weight Loss Programs Can Help People With Clinical Obesity Achieve Results


Weight loss surgery options, such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or lap band surgery, are mostly reserved for people who have been unsuccessful after numerous attempts to lose weight through regular diet and exercise.

 

People who are obese or extremely obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 and who also have an obesity-related chronic condition such as Type 2 Diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure are often the ideal candidates for these medical weight loss solutions.

 

Medical Weight Loss Programs Are Not a Substitute for a Healthy Diet and Exercise


With many types of weight loss surgery, patients will continue to lose weight and see results for as long as 18 to 24 months. After that, about 50% of people will start to regain some, but not all, of their lost weight, usually only around 5%.

 

For these reasons, it's important to maintain a healthy diet long after the surgery is complete. It's just as important to engage in appropriate physical activity after your gastric bypass recovery time is over.

 

Medical Weight Loss Solutions Are Not a Silver Bullet or a Forever Fix


Unless you put in the hard work to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the initial surgery or treatment, you won't have long-lasting results. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you have to go it alone. Unlike with other weight loss plans, our team of expert dietitians and medical practitioners are here to support you every step of the way.

 

When you feel as though you've run out of other options, medical weight loss may be for you. Begin your journey today and speak with us to learn how you can turn your life around with medical weight loss treatment.

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Posted in Exercise and Fitness, Obesity, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery