San Diego Medical Weight Loss FAQs

 

A medically supervised weight loss program is appropriate for anyone who is overweight or obese. A specialized program is available for adolescents, diabetics, people with thyroid disorder, and more. The treatment combines FDA-approved diet pills, a low calorie diet program, nutritional education, behavior therapy, and exercise instruction.

 

Is medically supervised weight loss safe?

Throughout the program, the client is treated and followed closely by a specially trained physician. The doctor sees the client on an ongoing basis during the treatment process. The frequency of the visits depends on the health status of the client, which medications the client is on, and the type of treatment protocol we are utilizing. To ensure client safety, doctors are available for consultation 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

 

What happens during a weight loss session?

During the medical visits, clients are evaluated for side effects that could occur from medications and treatment, as well as active medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition, the doctor orders laboratory studies throughout treatment to evaluate medications, the client’s medical conditions, and the treatment protocol.

 

What medications are used in the San Diego weight loss program?

Certain medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These drugs have been tested for several years and include:

  • Xenical – This pill blocks around 30% of dietary fat, so fat is not absorbed by the body. When combined with exercise and diet, this is an effective weight loss medication. Side effects include oily stools, frequent bowel movements, gas, and reduction of absorption of certain vitamins.
  • Meridia – This appetite suppressant works by activating certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Meridia increases dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in the brain synapses, which causes a decrease in appetite. Potential side effects include high blood pressure, constipation, dry mouth, and insomnia.
  • Phentermine – This is a sympathomimetic appetite suppressant used for the short-term treatment of obesity. To offer best results, these pills are given in combination with exercise and weight-loss.

 

What is a resting metabolic rate test?

A person’s resting metabolic rate determines how much energy the body uses to burn calories. Our weight loss specialists evaluate this using the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test. This test determines the amount of calories your body uses at rest, and the measurement is made through assessment of how much oxygen the body uses, as well as how much carbon dioxide is produced. Almost all of the energy produced by the body is created by oxygen utilization (aerobic metabolism), where the oxygen combines with fats and carbohydrates to make energy in the body. The RMR test will alert the doctor to a sluggish metabolism, and results often indicate if or not you have a particular medical condition that affects calorie burning.

 

What medical conditions are known to affect metabolism?

Conditions that can affect the body’s metabolism include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), heart disease, obesity, and mitochondrial disorders.

 

How is the RMR test conducted?

During the RMR test, you will relax in the chair while the doctor monitors oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide output, which is done using a facemask. In addition, an electrocardiogram (EKG) measures heart rhythm.

 

How is medically supervised weight loss in San Diego different from other weight loss programs?

The medical supervised weight management program offers comprehensive therapy for clients who struggle with excessive weight. Weight problems are often the result of physical, genetic, behavioral, and psychological issues, so the program uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The goal of the program is to give each client a treatment plan with appropriate interventions to help them lose weight and maintain adequate health.

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