Weight Loss Strategies
Following a constant, steady diet consisting of the same amount of protein, carbohydrate, and fat will lead to significant plateaus in weight loss. Your body becomes accustomed to the same energy intake and expenditure if it remains unchanged. An accustomed metabolism will maintain your present body fat. Therefore, we need to change it up to maximize weight loss.
We frequently change the patient’s food intake by varying the quantity and ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fats. This is not as hard as it seems and we won’t send you on a scavenger hunt looking for certain foods to prepare. At Neogenics MD we make it as easy as possible by providing you customized, delicious, fresh meals that are tailored to your needs weekly and only have to be heated.
Hunger cravings can kill a diet. Many patients desire pharmaceutical assistance to decrease their hunger. For these patients we will prescribe an appropriate, proven, weight loss pill.
Exercise will also increase your caloric expenditure making it easier to lose body fat and increase weight loss. Many patients are comfortable doing this on their own. There are however those that are not comfortable doing this alone and we can therefore recommend exercise professionals that have private studios for your privacy.
Nutritional supplements can also be helpful for helping you lose fat and maintain or gain muscle. We are proud to be one of several physicians in town to offer Physician Formulated DIOXYME. They make delicious, healthy, supplements that are Non-GMO and Gluten-Free, have organic and grass fed protein, and contain no banned substances. In addition to their New Zealand Whey Protein, they offer delicious BCAA 633 (a high concentration of branch chain amino acids), MPO Muscle Protein Optimizer that helps maintain muscle mass, and a great Omega-3. These supplements will help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Losing 5 to 10 percent of your total weight may not seem like much, but even modest weight loss can improve your health by:
- Decreasing Blood Pressure
- Decreasing Lipid Levels
- Decreasing Blood Glucose Levels
- Increasing Insulin Sensitivity
Common Weight Loss Drugs
The chart shows the currently available prescription weight loss drugs, how they work and their side effects.
|Drug||Mechanism of Action||Possible Side Effects|
|Benzphetamine (Didrex)||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Increased blood pressure and heart rate, nervousness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation|
|Diethylpropion (Tenuate)||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Headache, increased blood pressure and heart rate, nervousness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation|
|Lorcaserin (Belviq)||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Headache, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, constipation|
|Naltrexone and bupropion extended-release (Contrave)||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness|
|Phendimetrazine||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Increased blood pressure and heart rate, nervousness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation|
|Phentermine (Adipex-P, Suprenza)||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Headache, increased blood pressure and heart rate, nervousness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation|
|Orlistat (Xenical)||Blocks absorption of fat||Decreased absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, oily spotting, intestinal cramps, gas with discharge, diarrhea, fecal urgency and incontinence|
|Phentermine and topiramate extended-release (Qsymia)||Decreases appetite, increases feeling of fullness||Insomnia, dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, pins and needles feeling, changes in sense of taste or smell|
|Liraglutide (Saxenda)||Slows gastric emptying, increases feeling of fullness||Nausea, vomiting, pancreatitis|
Do Weight Loss Drugs Work?
When combined with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, weight-loss drugs produce an average weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of total body weight within a year, which is a typical weight-loss goal. Diet and exercise are responsible for part of this weight loss, and medications are responsible for part as well.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that these medications may not work for everyone. And when you stop taking these medications, you’re likely to regain much or all of the weight you lost.