Weight Loss

Medical Weight Loss

Weight Loss is a process that is definitely easier said than done. So often people hear from their medical providers,”You should probably lose a little weight, it will be good for you”. Their advice is correct however there isn’t usually a plan that comes with it. Diet and exercise is usually the recommended advice. This can be challenging, people may have so much weight to lose that they cannot exercise very long, or they have joint pain that prohibits them from exercising. Diet can be very confusing too. There is so much information out there that it can leave a person feeling very overwhelmed.

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What you don’t hear all the time is that diet and exercise may not be enough. Our bodies have to be ready to lose weight. There are several things like hormones and blood sugar that all need to be at the right levels in order for our bodies to lose weight. At Reno Regenerative Medicine we have programs that address these areas so you can reach your weight loss goals.

Medical weight loss uses prescribed medications to aid the body in losing weight. Listed below are the five most common medications that can be used to help a patient achieve their weight loss goals. They range from controlled substances to non-controlled substances to vitamins. This ensures we have a way to help everyone. With that said, our weight loss drug of preference is #4 semaglutide. This is because it has few contraindications, is well tolerated with minimal side effects, and has excellent weight loss potential at 15-20% of body weight loss over a year.

1. Contrave- Can lose 4-6% of body weight. Appetite-suppressant with a little bit of an anti-depressant and a Stimulant (needs to be taken in the morning)

2. Phentermine- Can lose 4-6% of body weight. This is a stimulant so it is taken in the morning.

3. Topiramate- Can lose 4-6% of body weight. The patient can take this at night because it’s not a stimulant.

4. Semaglutide- Can lose 15-20% of body weight. A peptide that suppresses the appetite and helps the body process blood sugars. Brings down hemoglobin A1C. Semaglutide is generally, very well tolerated. Brand names include Wegovy and Ozempic.

5. Lipolean- A combination of fat-burning vitamins. A totally natural approach that aids with weight loss

It is important when losing weight that it doesn’t happen too rapidly. Losing weight rapidly can actually damage a person’s metabolism. This presents itself when the patient is done with the diet to not only gain the weight back but to gain more back than what they started at. With this in mind, it is important to teach the patient that healthy weight loss is about 1-2 lbs per week/8-10 lbs per month is the goal. When doing a patient’s intake we determine how much weight loss is desired and make a plan to achieve those results. The amount of desired weight loss will determine the length of the plan.

If you have recently decided that you need to lose some weight and need help, Or if you have been dieting and exercising for a while and just aren’t getting the results that you want, or you have tried every diet and exercise plan out there and are still trying to lose weight. Schedule a consultation with Reno Regenerative Medicine and let us see if we can help you reach your weight loss goals.