Understanding Medical Weight Loss

Weight loss is the most common aim both women and men have when it comes to improving their health after age 35. Granted, some of the desire to shed pounds may be for vanity interests too but for the most part the wish to slim down is genuinely so that they can be in better health. Up until recently the only way to lose weight was to cut your caloric intake and burn some of the excess calories you’ve already ingested by exercising. In truth, that’s still the only real way to lose weight but now there are advances in medical weight loss approaches that can help you get more results from eating smarter (not necessarily eating less) and being much more active.

The last part of the above paragraph is very important, because medical weight loss products or programs will only help you very slightly if you continue to eat and be inactive in the same way you have been prior to starting with them. It is absolutely necessary to be able to make the commitment on the diet and exercise end of the equation before you can start a medical weight loss program and expect to see real results from it.

So with that understood, let’s begin discussing how a medical weight loss program like biometric weight loss or one of a number of others might be a new approach you can take in your efforts to get down to a lower body weight. We’ll also touch on Chinese medicine and weight loss, and how both biometric weight loss plans and TCM plans can be attractive alternatives for people.

Best Suited for Those Severely Overweight

The first thing that may take some by surprise is that medical weight loss doesn’t necessarily preclude the use of medication to promote losing weight. Instead, it involves a weight management program that is developed and monitored by a medical professional. That could be your family doctor, or it could be another specialist physician. Doctors will usually only begin working on developing a medical weight loss program for men or women when they are at or close to being classified as obese. This is not because they deem those who are less overweight to be a lower priority, but given the nature of their profession it is a decision that is based primarily on the fact that obese people have their lives at risk due to their excess body weight.

Those of you are only moderately to heavily overweight will likely be encouraged to get the results you need from diet changes and strategic exercise planning. More often than not this will be sufficient if you follow the directions exactly as given to you, and you will not need a medical weight loss plan.

Common Medical Weight Loss Program Components

A medical weight loss program will typically include all or most of the following components

  • An eating plan
  • An exercise schedule
  • Psychotherapy
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Weight loss drugs

Expect your eating plan to include eating low calorie and / or low glycemic index (GI) foods, and eating foods that will increase your protein intake and reduce your fat intake. Of these, fat intake reduction is of primary importance as not only is it a main contributor to weight gain, but it also promotes coronary artery disease. Your plan may also require you to eat smaller meals more regularly, up to 5 or 6 times a day, rather than the standard breakfast, lunch, dinner arrangement. Lastly, the eating plan component may also involve a food allergy test.

The exercise component will be a very measured effort that is closely tied to your eating plan, as the most fundamental equation for losing weight is to burn more calories than you ingest. For medical weight loss program participants who are in relatively good cardiovascular health will likely be asked for a minimum of 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise three times a week. This exercise will increase the participants endorphin and serotonin levels, which will improve their mood and make them feel even better about their efforts.

Psychotherapy may be helpful for people who have severe food cravings contributing to their being overweight. This can be especially true for people for whom eating is a ‘coping’ mechanism for dealing with certain issues. It can be very helpful and may be part of your medical weight loss plan.

Weight loss surgery is not required for most people participating in these plans, and that is fortunate as this type of surgery comes with well defined risks. It is a course of action that is only taken when the individual’s physiology means that less drastic weight loss approaches will be ineffective.

Your physician may recommend weight loss drugs as part of your plan, and typically these will be scheduled drugs that require a doctor’s prescription. When taking these drugs there are two important considerations to keep in mind; first, taking these weight loss medications does not mean you can neglect any other component of your plan and expect to gain weight. Second, you must take the medication exactly as indicated by your physician. Do not take over-the-counter ephedrine diet pills as they have serious health risks. Medical marijuana can be helpful for people who’s primary problem is improper or irregular eating habits.

Alternative Weight Loss Plans

Biometric weight loss is an increasingly popular choice these days, and the biggest reason many people like biometric weight loss as much as they do is because it’s highly personalized and works with a person’s unique body composition. A biometric plan for weight loss will start with its most integral component, the patient’s body profile analysis that lays out the exact, unique physiology points specific to that person that make their weight gain propensities unique as well. With it, a medical weight loss practitioner will be able to understand your body composition and give you a customized biometric weight loss plan that will be very different from the many one-size-fits-all plans out there.

Another important difference is that biometric weight loss plans tend to utilize nutritional supplements rather than weight loss drugs to go along with exercise and better nutrition choices. Most of these biometric weight loss programs last about 5 to 6 weeks, and another reasons they’re so popular is because people report them being effective. The consensus seems to be that men can achieve a maximum 20% decrease in body fat, and women as much as 15%. Again, medical cannabis can be helpful for dealing with issues that prevent good nutrition or getting the proper rest and recovery.

Another interesting option for some people may be Chinese medicine and weight loss. This approach will be conducted by a TCM practitioner and involves using acupuncture to open energy meridian pathways in the body that, when blocked, can inhibit natural body processes that regulate weight gain. Pairing acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine is a radically different approach from Western medical loss approaches, but it is proven effective and does result in detoxification, better digestion and metabolism, and higher energy levels to go along with moderate weight loss. It is worth noting that Chinese medicine is not as effective in comparison and weight loss expectations with it should be tempered.