Maybe you’ve tried dieting on your own and haven’t had success. Or, perhaps you’ve lost weight only to put it back on time and time again. If you are ready to take charge of your weight and health, then it may be time to consider medical weight loss. The trained medical staff at Simply Slim Medical in Bethesda, MD, is ready to help you get started on your medically supervised weight loss journey.
With all the diet information bombarding you, you may be wondering what, exactly, medical weight loss is. Keep reading to learn more about what medically supervised weight loss programs do and do not offer.
What Medical Weight Loss Is Not
We want to clear the air right upfront. If you are thinking that you’ll simply go to the doctor, get a few pills, and start shedding pounds, then you may be very disappointed. Although your physician may prescribe medications to help control your appetite or to jump-start the fat-burning process, these are not the stars of medically supervised weight loss. Instead, they are the supporting cast.
Weight loss is also not prepared meals or shakes to replace meals. While some programs, like the hCG protocol, require strict calorie reduction, most use real food in amounts that will allow you to feel full while teaching you about portion control for long-term success.
So, medical weight loss is not a quick fix. You will have to work hard at making changes to your diet and exercise habits. This will be guided and supervised by your doctor.
What Medially Supervised Weight Loss Is
Here’s the good news: medical weight loss can be a long-term solution to weight concerns. It involves major lifestyle changes that are tailored to your unique situation and body. Most programs will start with a complete exam and consultation. From there, your goals can be developed, which will help guide your treatment plan.
The major components of a medically supervised weight loss program are nutrition education, meal planning, exercise, and support throughout the weight loss journey. By learning what works for your body and lifestyle, you can develop a plan that will produce the best results. Also, by taking charge of your weight loss, you learn the habits and skills needed to maintain your new, slimmer self.
Simply Slim Medical Weight Loss Programs
At the Simply Slim Medical centers throughout the DMV area, you have a choice of several proven weight loss programs. Which one you choose will depend on your weight loss goals and the results of your consultation with our staff.
All of our programs are based on behavior modification and gradually increasing exercise levels. If necessary, you may also choose to use one of these pharmacological options which can help to boost the results of your behavior modifications:
Vitamin B12 & Lipotropic Injections
These fat-burning injections are designed to boost energy levels while helping your body rid itself of unwanted fat and toxins. Lipotropic amino acids like Choline and Adenosine help to increase your metabolism and move fat cells from your body while supporting your liver health. The B12 with lipotropic and lipoplex used at Simply Slim Medical is specially formulated for our clients by licensed pharmacists.
Phentermine or Phen-Serotonin (PhenPro)
If you have struggled to maintain healthy eating habits due to cravings for high carbohydrate foods and sugary snacks, then one of these diet medicines may be able to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Phentermine works by increasing levels of norepinephrine within your body, which can help you shed fat faster. It works to control cravings and can help you feel full faster and longer. PhenPro adds serotonin to phentermine to help you control emotional eating and crush your cravings for sweets.
This may be the most rigorous of the medical plans we offer. It consists of a highly restricted low-calorie diet and daily injections of the hCG hormone. When these are combined, it causes the body to metabolize its own fat stores. The goal is to “reboot” your body’s metabolism to a healthy level. These injections are only available through a physician’s prescription, so be careful about claims of over-the-counter supplements and creams containing hCG.
Please remember that, although medications can help you meet your weight loss goals, they should not be the primary focus of your program. The guidance and support you receive from our trained staff are what will help you to maintain your results over time, and one of the things that sets medical weight loss apart from other programs.
Who Is a Candidate for Medically Supervised Weight Loss?
While anyone who is looking to lose weight might be interested in this type of program, there are some people who make especially good candidates. If you are ready to get serious about changing your lifestyle to promote weight loss and healthier behaviors, then you will probably do well in a medically supervised program. That is because the process requires dedication and effort on your part.
Find Out More Today
If you think medical weight loss might be the right option for you, contact one of our Simply Slim Medical centers in Bethesda, MD, Falls Church, VA, or Tysons Corner, VA to schedule a consultation. Speak with our doctors, who can help you decide if it medically supervised weight loss is a good fit for your goals and lifestyle. You have nothing but pounds to lose, and increased self-confidence, energy, and overall wellness to gain.