Carrying excess weight can raise your risk for serious conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Weight loss programs can help you lower these risks through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, products such as diet pills. To learn what weight loss program might best suit your goals, needs, and preferences, call our office, or book an appointment online with Lux Medical Spa in Irvine, California.
If your doctor recommends weight loss, there’s a good chance you’re at risk for obesity-related conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes. You may also benefit from slimming down a bit if you’re always hungry, feel physically uncomfortable, or have been steadily gaining weight. Regardless, seek approval from your doctor before making major lifestyle changes.
Diet pills are medications or herbal supplements designed to enhance weight loss by suppressing your appetite, boosting your energy or metabolism, or blocking fat absorption. Though a broad range of options is available, many are associated with side effects or other risks, some of which are significant. Before taking diet pills, seek approval from your doctor and make sure you understand any potential risks.
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is a hormone the body produces during pregnancy. The hormone may also increase the metabolism of someone who isn’t pregnant, allowing for swifter weight loss. For weight loss, HCG injections are usually paired with a very low-calorie diet and routine exercise. Make sure you’re eating enough, however, as lowering your calorie intake too low can slow your metabolism down and lead to health problems. The HCG plan may cause side effects such as edema, depression, and fatigue, so definitely seek doctor’s approval and guidance.
A weight loss program can help you if it supports your wellness and goals and feels reasonable to stick to or adapt for long-term maintenance. Guidance from a qualified professional can help ensure your success, as can other steps such as keeping a food journal, finding enjoyable ways to prepare nutritious food, and losing weight at a slow to moderate pace. Keep in mind that extreme weight loss diets require medical supervision.
Exercise is an important part of wellness and weight control. For many people, about 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days works well. Some research shows that people who get 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, jogging, or aerobics, per day burn the same amount of fat as people who exercise for 60 minutes a day. Regardless, aim to stay moderately active, allowing your body to rest as well.