Weight Loss

There are various options for weight loss, ranging from lifestyle changes to medical interventions. Here are some common strategies:

  1. Healthy Diet: Adopting a balanced and nutritious diet is fundamental for weight loss. Focus on consuming whole foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and high-fat foods.
  2. Regular Exercise: Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine is crucial for burning calories and improving overall health. Aim for a combination of cardio exercises (like walking, running, cycling) and strength training to build muscle mass and boost metabolism.
  3. Behavioral Changes: Making behavioral changes can support long term weight loss success. This includes strategies such as mindful eating, portion control, setting realistic goals, keeping a food journal, and managing stress.
  4. Support Groups: Joining a weight loss support group or working with a health coach can provide accountability and encouragement throughout your weight loss journey.
  5. Medical Intervention: In some cases, medical intervention may be necessary, especially for individuals with obesity or weight-related health issues. This can include prescription medications or weight loss surgery (such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery).
    1. Prescription Medications for weight loss: These medications are typically prescribed for individuals with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or above (obese) or a BMI of 27 or above (overweight) with weight-related health issues such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. They are usually recommended as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that includes dietary changes, increased physical activity, and behavioral therapy. It’s important to note that these medications may have side effects and are not suitable for everyone, so they should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
      • listat (Xenical, Alli): Orlistat works by blocking the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine. It reduces the absorption of fat by about 30%. This medication is available in both prescription (Xenical) and over-the-counter (Alli) forms.
      • Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira): Phentermine is a stimulant that suppresses appetite by affecting the central nervous system. It is typically used for short term management of obesity in combination with diet and exercise.
      • Lorcaserin (Belviq): Lorcaserin is a serotonin receptor agonist that helps control appetite. It was approved for weight loss in combination with diet and exercise but has been withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns.
      • Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia): This medication combines phentermine, an appetite suppressant, with topiramate, a drug used to treat seizures and migraines. It works by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness.
      • Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave): This combination medication consists of naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, and bupropion, an antidepressant and smoking cessation aid. It helps control appetite and cravings.
      • Liraglutide (Saxenda): Originally developed as a diabetes medication, liraglutide is now also approved for weight loss. It works by slowing digestion, increasing feelings of fullness, and reducing appetite.
      • Bupropion/Zonisamide (Empatic): This combination medication includes bupropion, an antidepressant and smoking cessation aid, and zonisamide, an anticonvulsant. It is currently undergoing clinical trials for weight loss.
      • Ozempic (semaglutide): Ozempic is a brand name for the medication semaglutide. It is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) originally approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, it has also been approved at a higher dose for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight who have at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes. Ozempic works by mimicking the action of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps regulate appetite, food intake, and glucose metabolism.
      • Wegovy (semaglutide): Wegovy is also a brand name for the medication semaglutide. It is essentially a higher-dose formulation of semaglutide specifically developed and approved for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight. Wegovy is administered as a once-weekly injection and works similarly to Ozempic by activating GLP-1 receptors to help reduce appetite, increase feelings of fullness, and ultimately lead to weight loss.
      • Semaglutide 5 mg/2 ml (2.5 mg/ 1 ml) – Semaglutide is the active ingredient of Wegov and Ozempic. We have the compounded injection available at cost effective prices.
  6. Supplements: Certain supplements may aid in weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and exercise routine. Examples include green tea extract, caffeine, fiber supplements, and protein powders. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements.
  7. Mind-Body Techniques: Practices like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve self-awareness, and promote healthy habits, which can indirectly support weight loss efforts.
  8. Intermittent Fasting: This eating pattern involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. Popular methods include the 16/8 method (fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window) or alternate-day fasting. It’s essential to ensure that nutrient needs are met during eating periods.
  9. Dietary Programs: Various commercial weight loss programs offer structured meal plans, counseling, and support to help individuals lose weight. Examples include Weight Watchers (WW), Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem.

Remember, the most effective approach to weight loss is often a combination of healthy eating, regular physical activity, and behavior modification tailored to your individual needs and preferences. It’s also important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new weight loss regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or concerns. For any question, please call The Medicine Shoppe of Shillington at 610-777-2313