Have you tried everything possible to lose weight and you’re still struggling with the extra pounds? It might be time to consider medical weight loss and have professionals like those at Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa in Newnan, GA provide you with the tools and extra motivation you need to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
What Exactly Is Medical Weight Loss?
Weight loss in a medical setting is a physician-directed, science-based program designed to target the underlying causes of weight gain and obesity to allow patients to reach and sustain long-term weight loss. The tools you’ll find at a medically-directed weight loss center are completely different from those that you typically see with commercial weight loss plans.
Specifically, you’ll have one-on-one physician support in a medical setting, which is critical for ensuring safe weight loss and program adjustment as necessary. Under a medically-supervised weight loss program, a physician will use your metabolism and body composition to measure your weight loss, rather than just look at the pounds you’ve lost according to a scale.
A physician can also employ other weight loss methods such as various injections, multivitamins, appetite suppressants, cleanses, and hCG prescriptions to safely speed up your weight loss so that you can meet your goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.
B12 injections are one tool that medically-supervised weight loss plans have that commercial plans don’t. These injections, usually given weekly, are meant to increase your metabolism and provide you with more energy, which will help you burn more calories throughout your day.
You’ll typically feel a burst of energy immediately upon receiving a B12 injection, which will give you the energy to stay active for more of your day. Increased activity equals increased calorie burning.You can expect to lose about one to two pounds per week with B12 injections, but many patients will lose more, especially those who are deficient in the vitamin to begin with.
This vitamin is present normally in many foods, but gets broken down by the digestive system. When it’s injected, it bypasses this system, allowing it to fully impact the metabolism. There is no danger of overdosing on B12, as any extra is flushed out of the body.
Often used in conjunction with B12 injections, lipotropic injections also target the metabolism by exporting fat from the liver and turning it into energy. They also work to export bile from the liver and prevent fat buildup, which ensures a blockage does not occur that can slow the metabolism. The majority of lipotropic injections contain a combination of methionine, inositol, and choline, three compounds shown to increase the metabolism.
This is an essential amino acid that aids the body in building muscle. Naturally found in dairy products, fish, and meat, methionine also helps turn food into energy, is involved in detoxifying the body, and helps keep fat from building up in the liver.
This substance acts like a vitamin and is instrumental in turning food into energy and metabolizing fat. There is currently a significant amount of research on inositol on its potential role in treating depression and anxiety, and in improving overall mood. Additionally, it may also be helpful in treating diabetes, preventing metabolic syndrome, and as a standalone weight loss agent.
Choline is an essential nutrient that the body uses to metabolize fats and cholesterol and to prevent fat from accumulating in the liver. It is also important in keeping the liver and gallbladder functioning properly. Even though it is naturally produced by the liver, some people do not produce enough of it to be beneficial and therefore, must be supplemented.
hGC, which is the abbreviation for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone that can be applied topically or injected to combine with a low-calorie diet to burn fat quickly. In general, patients report losing a half-pound to two pounds per day when undergoing hGC treatment. During an hGC program, patients also learn how to follow a healthy diet and are able to be fully satisfied on less food overall. Note that pharmaceutical hGC is only available through medical professionals.
Other Weight Loss Tools
Medically-supervised weight loss plans will also take advantage of various multivitamins, protein shakes, craving curbers, cleansing products, and appetite suppressants. Which tools and how much of each tool you’ll need depends completely on your weight loss goals and your body’s needs, which will be assessed at your first appointment. Additionally, you may need a complete lab workup before you’ll be able to take advantage of a medically-supervised weight loss program. This is to ensure you are healthy enough to participate.
Your weight loss progress will be monitored by a physician weekly to ensure your body is responding appropriately, to make medication adjustments if necessary, and to renew prescriptions. Many clinics will only provide prescriptions when you come to your appointments to ensure you continue to keep your physician aware of your condition.
Ready to Try a Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Program?
If you’re ready to stop all the yo-yo diets and don’t want to take the leap to weight loss surgery, you could be an ideal candidate for a medically-supervised weight loss program. Contact Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa in Newnan, GA today to schedule your consultation with our professional weight-loss experts.