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Weight Loss

With the average American’s waistline continuously expanding, there is no wonder that our healthcare system is overburdened by ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. What was once a healthy diet of homecooked, meals have since morphed into a complex mixture of fat, chemicals, and either salt or sugar. With the extremely high amount of unhealthy food choices available and the ever-increasing sedentary lifestyle, Americans are heavier now than ever before in history. It is estimated that one-half of the population is overweight, with 30% of those described as obese. To combat the obesity epidemic, an explosion of weight loss products has flooded the market, most of which offer miracle cures based on little or no scientific fact. From herbal remedies and unhealthy fad diets to the innumerable prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss medications, it can be hard to find something that really works.

The weight loss industry as a whole was an estimated $64 billion market in 2014. While some people focused their time and energy on deprivation diets that tend to only work for a short term, others have rightly turned to the professional healthcare community for help. Today, many people use prescription diet pills to control their appetite cravings, boost metabolism, burn fat, and to enhance the weight loss process. Some of the most popular medications have been on the market for more than twenty years, proving just how effective they can be.

Diet Medications

There is a huge variety of diet pills on the market to choose from; some are very effective, others, not so much. With all that is available, it is important that individuals select an appropriate medication that best fits their needs and overall weight loss goals. While many are available over-the-counter, others are only available with a prescription from a doctor, like Phentermine.

OTC weight loss medicationsThough some individuals have chosen various OTC medications that worked for them, most find that any gains, or losses rather, that have been made are short lived. Often, when these medications are discontinued, patients gain all they lost back and then some. These yo-yo diets are not only frustrating, but they can be dangerous and cause other serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, muscle wasting, and higher levels of body fat. For your health, most doctors recommend that before choosing a weight loss program that includes any medication, patients should discuss some things with their doctor.

  1. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor for a complete medical evaluation, only they can determine if medications are appropriate and if so, which ones would be the best for your needs. While at your appointment, the doctor will conduct a thorough examination that includes a medical history review and a physical assessment. If warranted, the doctor may also choose to perform any necessary testing just as a precautionary measure.
  2. Be sure to discuss your goals and how the various diet pills work. While many are appetite suppressants, others are fat absorption inhibitors. Depending on what your specific needs are, one medication may be better for you than others.
  3. Side effects are common among these types of medications. Some contain diuretics or stimulants that can cause irregular heart rates, increase high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and nervousness. Those who have a preexisting condition may need additional assessments before beginning.
  4. Once both you and your doctor are satisfied that the best selection for your needs has been made, a prescription will be issued that can be filled at any drugstore. As with any medication, be sure to follow the directions for your medication. Unfortunately, some individuals can become dependent on diet pills creating a whole new set of medical issues.

Additional resources

managing your weigh loss

Many healthcare providers will tell you that in order to get the best results, an appropriate exercise program should be designed that will help to tone muscles and aid in overall weight loss. Following a healthy, well-balanced diet will only increase your chances of not gaining back any weight you have lost. Some physicians also recommend that their patients seek the advice of a qualified nutritionist who can help individuals customize a diet that can work around even the busiest of lifestyles.

Weight loss doctor in San Francisco

To get a prescription for a weight loss medication in San Francisco, make an appointment with EZCare Clinic. Not only can we diagnose and treat any number of illnesses, including obesity, but we also strive to treat the whole person and not just one condition. With access to medications, exercise programs, and counseling, patients are sure to find just what they need to help them lose weight and get healthy.

We are open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Appointments can be made online as well as by phone at (415) 966-0848. Walk-ins are always welcome.

 

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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

Obesity treatment San Francisco

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?

weight loss help in San Francisco

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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