Medical Weight Loss

Medical Weight Loss

Weight Loss can be a daunting challenge.

It seems to be impossible to watch TV, look at a magazine, or even listen to the radio without being told about yet another weight loss miracle program. I even see a billboard advertising FAST Weight Loss on my way to work every day. Everywhere we look, we are reminded that our bellies are bigger than our belt. And why not? It used to be that the mark of a great city was a gas station on every corner, but now we see a fast food place on every corner. Have you noticed how many times designers of shopping centers populate the parking lots with one fast food provider, next to another, next to another?

We seem to know, instinctively, that fast food is bad for us. Yet for many of us, eating fast food has become standard fare. Not only do we order a double bacon cheeseburger, but always seem to say ‘Yes, please!” when the girl at the window asks if we “… want fries with that?” Then, we have to get a coke or pepsi, or root beer, or whatever to go along, too. For some people, that’s just breakfast!

In fact, though, while over-eating is a major contributor to obesity in America, there are other causes. If you want to lose weight safely and for the long term, it is important to determine if something besides over-eating is causing the weight problem.

What else could it be?

  • The thyroid gland may be under-performing. Too little thyroid hormone caused weight gain.
  • The adrenal glands may be exhausted. Among other hormones, this gland produces cortisol – the “STRESS Hormone” and when this is high, losing weight can seem impossible.
  • You may be allergic to the food you eat. Food allergies can cause bloating – a gain of up to a couple of inches at the waistline – from one meal.
  • Genetics – may play a bigger role in obesity than you know.

For this reason, we take multiple approaches to helping you lose weight. What we will not do is tell you – as some sanctimonious bombasts with medical degrees will – “Eat less and exercise more!”

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone; high levels are intended to prevent weight loss.
Let us help with cortisol testing (sputum and urine).

Too frequently, the reason a person gains weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise program is a food allergy.
We can help with that assessment – a blood test done by a specialty lab, also providing an “elimination” diet to get over the allergy.

Some patients find great success with this option.
Methionine
Inositol
Choline
Specially compounded to assist with weight loss
Necessary for normal metabolism and DNA synthesis
Gain energy and lose weight
For very low-calorie weight loss
Some patients report a loss of 20 pounds in three weeks.
Three or six-week programs
Yes, it is safe. No serious side effects have been noted from using the HCG diet. But, FDA has not approved HCG for weight loss. Why not?

In order for a drug to be “approved” by FDA the drug manufacturer is required to do many studies on how a drug is used in the body – first in animals then in humans. When these multi-phase studies are completed, the drug company must do a series of human studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of the drug for the claim being made. Commonly, drug evaluation activities take place over a ten year period, and cost upwards of $10 billion dollars. Then, a drug company gets the right to market the drug exclusively for a few years. The drug company always has to consider one thing: Can we turn a profit on this drug? If not, they will not make the investment in the studies. Since FDA can’t approve a study that is never submitted, HCG has never been approved by the FDA.

The very best option for weight loss is a combination of healthy eating – more proteins than fats or carbohydrates – with one hour per day of exercise. Even a brisk walk will satisfy the need.

Weight Loss Evaluations

In order to find the most effective weight loss program, it is best to find the underlying cause of being overweight. We start with a questionnaire about lifestyle, then order some labs. This has two purposes – determining if there is a medical reason for being overweight and seeing if there is any reason a patient should not start a weight loss program. Typical labs we request include:

A complete blood count (CBC) – checking for anemia
Comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) – checking for underlying disease, such as liver disease
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) – to evaluate the thyroid gland.

Depending on the findings of the questionnaire and physical, we may ask for more labs.

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