Weight problems affect almost 40% of the American population and profoundly impact a person’s metabolic, physical, and psychological health. There are several weight loss options that work without needing surgery. Doctors recommend comprehensive weight management programs with or without prescription drugs, depending on the patient’s condition.
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What Is the Safest Form of Weight Loss Surgery?
Adjustable gastric banding is the safest type of weight loss surgery. It is a type of surgery where a doctor inserts a balloon or deflated band into the patient’s stomach. The balloon can be adjusted to occupy a larger part of the stomach if it is not effective in causing weight loss, hence the name adjustable gastric banding. Once it is in place, the balloon is inflated to squeeze the stomach walls and partition the stomach into two sections of a small upper pouch and a large lower section. The two parts are connected by a small canal that allows only little amounts of food to move to the lower parts of the alimentary canal.
Adjustable gastric banding is considered the safest method of weight loss surgery because it does not involve making cuts to the alimentary canal. It leaves only a small scar in the stomach muscles that heals fast, unlike other forms of surgery that leave permanent scars in the stomach tissue. It is reversible, meaning that the band can be removed to restore normal stomach function. It has minimal post-operative risk and discomfort compared to other procedures. However, it is the least effective in inducing weight loss.
What Can Doctors Prescribe for Weight Loss?
Weight Loss Program
If your doctors determine that you are overweight, they may recommend different weight loss options to help you reduce it to healthy levels. They can collaborate with other health professionals, such as behavior counselors, dietitians, and obesity specialists to develop a weight loss program. The program requires you to change your eating habits and increase physical activity. The treatment method depends on the severity of the weight problem and other health factors.
Dietary changes involve reducing the number of calories you take and adopting healthy eating habits, such as taking more plant-based foods. Most experts recommend comprehensive weight loss programs that last for a minimum of six months and a maintenance phase that goes for at least one year.
Health experts recommend people to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities for at least 2 days a week. You will need more than 300 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a week to achieve your weight loss goals. Consistency is key to success as maintaining a healthy weight requires a change of lifestyle.
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Prescription Drug Weight Loss Options
If your weight poses health problems, the doctor can prescribe drugs to help you lose weight. Typically, doctors prescribe drugs if your BMI is higher than 30 or greater than 27, and you have another health problem, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The most common FDA-approved weight-loss drugs are liraglutide (Saxenda), bupropion-naltrexone (Contrave), orlistat (Xenical), and phentermine-topiramate (Qsmia).
This drug is prescribed for adults only. It is a combination drug with phentermine helping reduce the user’s appetite while topiramate makes users feel full or less hungry soon. Users should not take it during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Bupropion-naltrexone is prescribed to adults only. It is a combination drug with naltrexone helping suppress the urge to eat while bupropion helps with mood regulation. The combined effect leads to reduced appetite and feeling full after eating small amounts of food.
Users can obtain low doses of Orlistat over the counter without needing a prescription. It is recommended for adults and children aged above 12. Orlistat works by reducing the amount of fat the body absorbs from food. Users are advised to take vitamin supplements to compensate for the low absorption caused by the drug.
Liraglutide is an injection drug prescribed for adults only. It works by suppressing appetite so that users do not feel hungry and get satisfied after eating a small amount of food.
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How Can I Lose Weight Fast?
The fastest method of losing weight is by combining weight loss medication with lifestyle changes. This involves engaging in regular physical exercise and adopting a healthy eating plan while taking prescription drugs. Prescription drugs help you lose appetite and feel full after eating small amounts of food.
Research suggests that people who combine a lifestyle program with prescription drugs experience a weight loss of between 3 and 9% more than those who adopt lifestyle programs without medication. A weight loss of between 5 to 10% can profoundly impact health by improving blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides levels in the body.
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