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Effective Weight Loss Treatment Plan

When you are trying to lose weight, it seems like everywhere you look someone is advertising the latest, greatest fat reducing discovery. But how do we know which ones are effective? Which ones are safe? Taking any medication for weight loss can be tricky or even dangerous if we don’t educate ourselves about how they will work in the body. While many medications that were once prescription-only now have an over the counter (OTC) version, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are right for everyone. Even OTC brands can be dangerous if misused. To help protect yourself, you should always seek the advice of a physician before trying any diet or weight loss plan.

What are weight loss drugs?

What are weight loss drugs

Prescription weight loss pills (diet pills) are typically prescribed for individuals who need additional help to shed unwanted pounds. The medications approved by the FDA for obesity are intended for patients with a BMI of 30 or above or of 27 or above with a weight-related risk behavior such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Currently, half the US population is considered overweight with at least 30% of those individuals diagnosed as obese. With such a staggering number, there’s no wonder why diet pills are one of the fastest growing markets in America.

Although there are several different types of weight loss pills, two of the most commonly used are anorexiants and non-stimulants. Anorexiants have been around since the 1950s with the FDA approval of phentermine. Diet pills of this kind work by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease the appetite. This manipulation tricks the body into thinking it is not hungry, thereby reducing hunger pangs. Some of the most popular anorexiants include Belviq, Contrave, and Phentride as well as many others.

While anorexiants are often avoided due to the dangers associated with stimulants, other non-stimulant medications have come to the forefront of weight loss. Like stimulant weight loss medications, non-stimulant varieties can help individuals lose weight. Non-stimulant drugs inhibit the bodies ability to absorb fats from foods as we consume them. These medications will help patients thin down; however, without changes in the way we consume food or adhering to a routine exercise plan, any weight loss is often gained once taken off the medication. One of the most popular non-stimulant weight loss medications is Xenical.

How to keep the weight off

As any physician will tell you, the key to a healthy, slimmer body is lifestyle changes. While most will agree that it is hard to change our habits and begin exercising when we are burdened down with so much extra weight, it is a necessary part of any diet. Diet pills are not something that should be taken for long periods of time. In fact, most doctors will limit their use for no more than twelve weeks, depending on which medication has been prescribed.

Prescription diet pills are intended to jump-start weight loss. Long term use, especially stimulant varieties, can be habit forming if not used correctly. Addiction to these medications can cause other health conditions such as liver or heart disease and even death.

Where to seek treatment

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If you live in the San Francisco area and are overweight or obese and would like to seek professional help, contact EZCare Clinic today. Our experienced staff of doctors and therapists can help you design an effective weight-loss plan. Practitioners will complete a physical and determine if any additional healthcare concerns should be addressed before beginning a diet. If appropriate, a medication will be prescribed with your specific health and goals in mind. Therapists are also available that can work with patients to determine who may have a mental condition such as depression that exacerbates the unhealthy weight gain. At EZCare Clinic, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease.

Lastly, the clinic has an exercise program that patients can participate in that will help them continue losing weight and feel good about themselves once again. The caring and confidential staff are available to encourage and motivate our patients throughout every step of the process.

The clinic is open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm to ensure that patients have access to our services when other practices are closed. Though we encourage appointments, walk-ins are always welcome. You can schedule an appointment online, or give us a call at (415) 966-0848.

Weight management is not just something we should look at in individuals who are overweight; it is a lifestyle that promotes good health and a positive self-image. Don’t let excess weight define who you are, take control today, and enjoy a healthier life.

 


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Weight loss remedies and Belviq

Navigating the world of weight loss can be overwhelming. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to help individuals lose weight, but how many of them work? Herbal or all-natural remedies, over-the-counter diet pills, weight loss prescription medications, exercise plans, and weight loss programs have flooded the market all claiming to be the next big thing. Despite their claims, individuals are wise to be cautious when choosing the program to help them lose those unwanted pounds and inches from their waist.

Obesity rates in America

Over the last century, the American lifestyle has changed dramatically. Homes where families once sat down to have dinner together with home cooked meals have now become quick trips through drive-thrus or microwaved dinners from a box. To say that the average American’s diet is an unhealthy one is probably an understatement. Sugar, salt, fat, and oil content has skyrocketed, and with the ease of purchasing pre-cooked meals and sedentary lifestyles, there’s no wonder that our waistline has expanded.

A whopping 30% of Americans are estimated to be clinically obese today despite the overabundance of weight management products available. Entire communities are plagued by heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, all of which can be linked to poor diet and exercise.

Effective weight loss medications

Effective weight loss medication. Belviq

The names of several weight loss medications as well as programs probably come to mind when you are considering treatment. While some of the most popular regimens can be very helpful, they often only work while eating the foods sold by the program. Once an individual has lost the amount they originally wanted, and they go back to eating normally, many find themselves gaining weight once again. Sadly, programs that require you to purchase meals don’t educate patients on how to maintain their new look.

For a weight loss program to be effective, it must address several issues. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or certain thyroid conditions, can increase the amount of weight a person gains. Controlling these issues are an important part of any weight loss regimen. Changing behavior is another.

When patients learn how to make healthier choices that include tasty meals, they often find that keeping the weight off is easier. Especially when an appropriate exercise program is added, not only does routine exercise promote weight loss, but it also helps to build strong bones and leaner muscles.

A healthy diet and exercise program are just a portion of what it takes for an overweight individual to get fit. Often individuals, especially those who are obese, need something to start them on their journey.

Weight loss prescription medications have been around for decades. Some are anorexiants (appetite suppressants) while others inhibit the absorption of fat. Regardless of which type of medicine you are taking, patients should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

What is Belviq?

Belviq is a weight loss treatment for adults who are overweight with weight-related medical conditions. The active ingredient in Belviq, Lorcaserin, helps to make you feel full by targeting a hunger receptor in the brain. Chemical messengers called neurotransmitters stimulate the brain and tell us that we need to eat. Serotonin, another neurotransmitter, makes us feel full. Belviq makes the brain produce more of the chemicals that encourage the full feeling while eating less and promoting weight loss.

Forty-seven percent of the adults who took Belviq lost 5% or more of their body weight during the first year compared to those who used diet and exercise alone. These results have helped to prove that Belviq is an effective medication for weight loss.

As with many medications, some side effects can be attributed

Belviq Side Effects

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Low blood sugar (adults with type 2 diabetes)
  • Back pain

While this is not a complete list of possible side effects, patients who have signs of an allergic reaction should seek immediate medical attention. Swelling of the face, tongue or neck, as well as hives or itching, can all be signs of an allergy.

Where to seek treatment and a Belviq prescription

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Individuals who need treatment for obesity should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. While many practices offer a prescription for Belviq, most don’t have the necessary support methods that EZCare Clinic can provide.

Along with a weight loss prescription, EZCare can also offer nutritional advice and support as well as supplements and the help needed to choose a personalized exercise program.  Additionally, weight loss counseling that can help patients understand the emotional factors that contribute to weight gain is available at the clinic.

Choosing the right clinic to help you lose weight and keep it off is just the first step in your weight loss journey. Don’t wait, call today for an appointment at (415) 966-0848. Open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, however, you can schedule an appointment online.

You can read about weight loss tips for women here.


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Losing Weight in San Francisco

For individuals who are overweight, choosing an appropriate diet and exercise plan can be an enormously confusing task. If you do an internet search to find options, you will find that the possibilities are endless. Everything from prescription diet pills, to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies, supplements, expensive meal plans, and costly exercise programs can be found. Unfortunately, many of these are unhealthy, unproven and very expensive. So, what are individuals supposed to do?

The answer to that question is dependent upon how much weight someone wants to lose. Individuals who only need to shed a few pounds to look good in a special outfit, probably shouldn’t be purchasing expensive meal plans or the latest diet pill to hit the local big box store. For those individuals, an increase in exercise and cutting calories for a few weeks should do the trick.

Unfortunately, most individuals considering weight loss plans are more than a few pounds overweight. In fact, approximately 50% of Americans are overweight, and 30% of those are diagnosed as obese. That means that they have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher. For individuals who have a weight-related health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, the standard is slightly lower with a BMI of 27. These individuals are often unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone though both are part of any diet plan that would be prescribed to them. Speak with a licensed obesity doctor in San Francisco today.

Effective treatment for Obesity

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Obesity can be a difficult condition to treat if it is accompanied by other health conditions. Most physicians require an individual who wants to begin any weight loss program first to be evaluated for their health. Some health conditions such as thyroid issues or diabetes can affect both the ability to lose weight and be the reason weight was gained in the first place. Taking into consideration all that they find, most doctors will prescribe one of the many medications available to them and either refer them to a qualified weight loss center or personal trainer as well as to a therapist. Many obese patients suffer from depression or anxiety, both of which can contribute to weight gain.

As mentioned, there are countless diet pills available, but most physicians prefer prescriptions rather than OTC ones due to their understanding of how the medication works. There are two types of diet pills, anorexiants, and non-stimulants. Although both are effective, anorexiant weight loss pills are prescribed more due to their effectiveness.

Anorexiants suppress the appetite to help individuals lose weight; many of these are also stimulants. While these medications are effective, care not to abuse them should be taken due to their increased risk of addiction.

Individuals who are concerned about the dangers of stimulant medication may want to consider non-stimulant treatment. Typically, these medication work by inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb fat from foods and are not likely to be abused.

Despite which type of medication is chosen, an effective treatment plan must include lifestyle changes such as routine exercise and a low-calorie diet. Taking medication to help you lose weight without the changes will only cause individuals to regain all the weight that was lost once they discontinue the medication.

There are also many herbal remedies touted to be able to decrease weight in obese patients. Unfortunately, most of them have not been studied for effectiveness or safety, and none have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Before beginning any herbal treatments, or dietary supplements for weight loss check with your physician.

Where can I find weight loss help in San Francisco?

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Overweight or obese individuals who live in the San Francisco area can contact EZCare Clinic. The clinic specializes in treating the whole person and not just the disease or condition. Our doctors can diagnose and treat most chronic health conditions, including obesity. With your overall health in mind, we can design a weight loss plan that includes appropriate medication, therapy, emotional support, and even an exercise regimen that can help you after the medication has ended.

While no diet is perfect, the staff at EZCare Clinic can help you find what will work best for you. Losing weight, exercising, and developing a sensible diet can change the way you look, feel, and your overall happiness as well as help to prevent or improve other conditions such as heart and liver disease, diabetes and reduces your chances of some types of cancer.

EZCare Clinic is open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm, give us a call at (415) 966-0848. While we enjoy appointments, they are not necessary. Walk-ins are always welcome. Don’t let your expanding waistline determine the kind of life you will live, take control, and get on the road to wellness today. Help is just around the corner at EZCare Clinic of San Francisco.

If you are interested in a new diet, you can read about the GOLO diet here.

 


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