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Weight Management

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and well-being. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing a variety of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some types of cancer. Excess weight can also put stress on the joints and increase the risk of developing joint problems and chronic pain. Maintaining a healthy weight can also improve mental health, as individuals who are overweight or obese may experience low self-esteem or feelings of depression. Eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. It is important to make lifestyle changes that are sustainable in the long term, rather than relying on quick fixes or fad diets. At Total Health by MD, we guide you through this process and review all treatment options to help start your weight loss journey.

1. Activity

Exercising is an important aspect of weight loss; the American Heart Association recommends engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week for weight loss. This can be achieved through activities such as brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or dancing. Strength training exercises, such as weightlifting or bodyweight exercises, can also be beneficial for weight loss by increasing muscle mass and boosting metabolism. It is important to find exercises that are enjoyable and sustainable in the long term, as well as incorporating variety to prevent boredom and injury. Additionally, it is important to gradually increase exercise intensity and duration to avoid injury and burnout.

2. Diet

Diet plays a crucial role in weight loss. A balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats aids in weight loss. It is important to avoid fad diets or restrictive eating patterns, as these can be unsustainable and potentially harmful. Instead, focus on making small, sustainable changes to eating habits, such as reducing portion sizes, choosing whole foods over processed foods, and limiting intake of added sugars and saturated fats. It can also be helpful to keep track of what is being eaten through food journals or tracking apps to ensure that calorie intake is appropriate for weight loss. Additionally, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

3. Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be an effective tool for weight management. HRT can be used to treat hormonal imbalances that may contribute to weight gain or difficulty losing weight. HRT can help to balance hormone levels and assist with weight management. Additionally, HRT can increase muscle mass and reduce body fat percentage in both men and women, leading to improved weight management.

4. Appetite Suppressants

Appetite suppressants are a type of medication that work by reducing feelings of hunger and increasing feelings of fullness. They can be used as part of a weight management program in individuals who are struggling to control their appetite and lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Some appetite suppressants work by mimicking the effects of certain hormones, such as norepinephrine and serotonin, which regulate appetite. These medications can reduce food intake by increasing feelings of fullness and reducing cravings. Other appetite suppressants work by blocking the absorption of certain nutrients, such as fat, which can reduce calorie intake. We commonly use Semaglutide, Tirzepatide, Liraglutide, Bupropion/Naltrexone, Phentermine, and Phentermine/Topiramate for appetite suppressants. Additionally, lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity, should be incorporated into a weight management program for the best results.

5. Lipotropic Injections

Lipotropic injections are a popular weight loss treatment that involves injecting a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. These injections are thought to boost metabolism, increase energy levels, and aid in fat loss. The injection typically contains a combination of ingredients such as methionine, inositol, choline, and B vitamins, which work together to break down fat in the liver and promote weight loss. The injections can be administered weekly or bi-weekly, depending on individual needs and goals. While lipotropic injections may provide some benefits for weight loss, it is important to note that they should only be used as part of a comprehensive weight management program that includes a healthy diet and regular physical activity.