For losing weight, there are many options although some are easier than others.

Medical weight loss option 1 – exercise

For many people, who are overweight or obese, just going to the gym and trying to shake it off is not a viable option for many reasons – one, studies have shown that exercise alone is pretty useless for weight loss as it burns calories but it can stimulate appetite and increase muscle mass both of which negate the effects of any weight loss.

Also, there are about 35000 calories in a pound of body fat, and it takes about 18 miles of walking to lose just a pound. Who has time to walk 18 miles just to lose a pound. Even then, increased appetite will negate the effects. The second issue is, many simply do not have the time it takes to exercise to lose weight.

What do experts say about the role exercise plays in weight loss?

According to Prab R Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa centers, the role of exercise is misunderstood. Large scale population based studies failed to show significant weight loss in controlled studies although exercise is important for general health, well being and cardiovascular health. It does, however, play a supportive role in other measures such as as dietary changes for added benefit but it cannot be a sole way to lose weight.

 Huffpost – news you do not want to hear about exercise

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/exercise-benefits_b_1777630

Huffpost says, “while exercise by itself is fairly useless for losing weight, it appears to be critical to keeping the weight off once you’ve lost it”. And it adds: “But to do that, you may have to work harder or longer than you thought”.

60 plus studies – why you should not exercise to lose weight

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Medical weight loss FAQs

  • Is medical weight loss covered by insurance?
  • What is the Medi Weight Loss Plan?
  • Does Medicare cover Medi Weight Loss?
  • When should you consider weight loss surgery?
  • Do b12 injections help you lose weight?
  • What are the best pills for weight loss?
  • Can low b12 cause hair loss?
  • How often should you get b12 shots?
  • What is the skinny shot?
  • How can I drop 20 pounds fast?
  • What is the best weight loss supplement 2019?
  • Are weight loss pills dangerous?
  • How much does a b12 shot cost?
  • How long does a b12 shot last in your body?
  • What happens when your vitamin b12 is low?
  • Can lack of b12 cause GREY hair?
  • What Vitamin Are you lacking when your hair falls out?
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Medical weight loss option 2 – weight loss diets

Although there over over 20,000 books written on diets, it is still a topic confusing to many as to which diet is the best for losing weight. Unfortunately, majority of the diets that offer quick fixes are fad diets and may not only be useless but might also be potentially harmful leading to health problems.

Clinically proven diet plans for weight loss

A very low-calorie diet (VLCD) is a special type of diet that replaces all of your meals with prepared formulas, often in the form of liquid shakes. VLCD requires close care from your doctor and is usually combined with other ways to lose weight.

Calories in VLCD diet plan

A VLCD is not only very low calories of about 800 calories per day, but also very low carbohydrate. You probably heard about the weight loss shakes, weight loss bars, soups, for weight loss. VLCD diets use these meal replacements to assist with weight loss. VLCD diets promote quick weight loss, often as a way to jump-start an obesity treatment program

Meal replacement FAQ's

  • Meal replacements
    What are good meal replacements?
  • Can I drink Ensure to lose weight?
  • What is new direction weight loss?
  • Can I use pure protein as a meal replacement?
  • Are meal replacement drinks healthy?
  • Can you live on meal replacement shakes?
  • What is the best meal replacement shakes for weight loss?
  • What should I drink to lose weight?
  • How can I lose 20 pounds in a week?
  • What is a medically supervised diet?
  • What is Medifast called now?
  • How can I lose tummy fat fast?
  • What is the best protein shake for weight loss?
  • What is the best protein shake to lose weight?

Medical weight loss option 3 – prescription diet pills

Traditional diet pills such as

  • phentermine (adipex p)
  • benzphetamine
  • diethylpropion (tenuate)
  • phendimetrazine (bontril)

New diet drugs such as 

Diet pills

Weight loss medications FAQ's

  • What is the best prescription weight loss pill?
  • What drug makes you skinny?
  • How much weight can you lose with orlistat?
  • How much weight can you lose with Saxenda?
  • Is there a weight loss pill that really works?
  • What is the latest weight loss pill?
  • Can Xanax cause weight loss?
  • What drug makes you angry?
  • How can I boost up my metabolism?
  • Does Xenical remove existing fat?
  • Can you poop fat out?
  • How long can you stay on orlistat?
  • Does Saxenda make you pee a lot?
  • Does Saxenda come in a pill form?
  • How fast does Saxenda start to work?
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Medical weight loss option 4 – behavior therapy

For any successful weight loss plan, a change in behavior is a must for long term success, to not only lose weight but also to keep it off.

Components of behavior therapy for obesity / weight loss

  1. Intensive behavioral counseling and behavioral therapy to promote sustained weight loss through high intensity interventions on diet and exercise.

The intensive behavioral has 5-A framework that has been highlighted by the United States Preventive Services Task Force(USPSTF):

  1. Assess: Ask about/assess behavioral health risk(s) and factors that may contributed to poor choices.
  2. Advise: Give clear, specific, and personalized behavior change advice including benefits and risks.
  3. Agree: Collaboratively select appropriate treatment goals and methods as per patient preference, and medical history.
  4. Assist: Counsel patient in achieving agreed-upon goals by acquiring the skills, confidence, and social/environmental supports for behavior change
  5. Arrange: Schedule follow-up contacts (in person or by telephone) to provide ongoing assistance/support and to adjust the treatment plan

Behavior therapy insurance coverage

Behavior counseling is covered by many insurances including Medicare. For example, medicare covers initial screening for BMI and behavioral therapy sessions that include a dietary assessment and counseling to help you lose weight by focusing on diet and exercise irrespective of the BMI. Thereafter, if a person has a BMI of above 30, then weekly sessions for one month and biweekly thereafter.

Weight loss supplements FAQ's

  • What supplements should I take for weight loss?
  • What vitamin helps with weight loss?
  • Does apple cider vinegar pills help you lose weight?
  • Are weight loss supplements safe?
  • Do Calcium pills make you gain weight?
  • How can I lose tummy fat fast?
  • Can vitamin b12 help you lose weight?
  • How do u speed up your metabolism?
  • How can I accelerate my weight loss?
  • How can I drop 20 pounds fast?
  • What is the best herb for weight loss?
  • What is the best fat burner?
  • Does drinking hot water with lemon burn belly fat?
  • What are the 5 foods that burn belly fat?
  • Why is my belly so fat?

Medical weight loss option 5

For some who are morbidly obese, bariatric surgery is an option

Bariatric surgery types

There are three types of bariatric operations most often: gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve.

Bariatric Surgery Benefits and Side Effects

Bariatric surgery, just like other forms of weight loss, can improve many health problems related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and sleep apnea. It may lead to improved physical function and mood, and better quality of life. Side Effects Bariatric surgery may include infection, diarrhea, nutritional shortages, gallstones, and hernias.
Weight loss devices

Weight-loss Devices

The FDA has approved several weight loss assist devices that may cause less weight loss than bariatric surgery, and some are only temporary.

  • The electrical stimulation system uses a device implanted in your abdomen, that blocks nerve activity between your stomach and brain. The device works on the vagus nerve sending a signal to the brain that the stomach feels full or empty.
  • The gastric balloon
  • A new device uses a pump to drain part of the food in your stomach after a meal.
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Weight loss surgery FAQs

  • How much weight do you have to lose before gastric sleeve?
  • What is the safest form of weight loss surgery?
  • How long does bariatric surgery last?
  • When should you consider weight loss surgery?
  • Can you lose too much weight before bariatric surgery?
  • How important is pre op diet for gastric sleeve?
  • How much does a gastric bypass cost?
  • Do you lose more weight with gastric bypass or gastric sleeve?
  • What is gastric dumping?
  • Can bariatric surgery be done twice?
  • How painful is gastric bypass surgery?
  • What can’t you eat after gastric bypass?
  • Is Weight Loss Surgery Worth the Risk?
  • Who is a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
  • What percentage of gastric bypass patients regain weight?

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