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Information about losing weight safely with exercise and prescription medication

According to the WHO, it is estimated that over 20% of adults in the European Union are obese and over 50% of adults are overweight. Being overweight or obese has been proven to cause long-term health problems but it is never too late to lose weight. Other than a targeted diet and exercise plan, there are a number of treatments available to assist weight loss.

If you are unsure about how to lose weight, you should consult with a doctor or dietician who can help you get on the right track to leading a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Dr. Kok Ching Ng
Content reviewed on 26-08-20
Dr. Kok Ching Ng
Prescribing Doctor
MBBS, MRCP Diploma (GMC Reg: 2378125)

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How can I lose weight?

There are many tried and true methods of losing weight, for example improving your diet, reducing calorie intake, and increasing exercise can all help you drop the pounds. However, once these have been exhausted, with the advice of your doctor, you should consider weight loss treatments such as Xenical and Saxenda.

What causes obesity?

The main causes of obesity are inactivity and eating too much. However, weight gain can be compounded by psychological factors, as well as certain medications and medical conditions such as hypothyroidism. There is also emerging evidence to suggest that some people are more genetically susceptible to obesity.

What are the dangers of being overweight?

Being overweight can have a detrimental effect both physically and mentally. It is estimated that severe obesity reduces life expectancy by an average of 10 years. To name just a few related health issues; breathlessness, type-2 diabetes, reduced fertility, high blood pressure and endometrial cancer.

What is my ideal weight?

Everyone's ideal weight is different, depending on a number of factors including age, sex and height. However, you can calculate it with a Body-Mass-Index (BMI) test. Although, it should be noted that this test does not take into account certain details, such as muscle mass, bone mass and racial differences.

What is BMI?

A Body Mass Index is a means of establishing an individual's body fatness. To calculate your BMI divide your weight by the square of your height. The healthy range is 18.5 to 24.9. However, it should be noted that this test does not take into account certain details, such as muscle mass, bone mass and racial differences.

Why am I struggling to lose weight?

It can be a real challenge to lose weight, and there are many factors that can contribute to stubborn fat. It could be that you are miscalculating your calorie intake, or taking on-board hidden sugars, or that you are suffering from an underlying medical condition. That is why it is important to speak with a medical professional if you feel your body is not responding to traditional weight loss techniques.

How to lose weight without dieting?

There are many methods you can try to lose weight without completely altering the foods you consume. Why not consider storing unhealthy foods out of sight, drinking plenty of water, and serving smaller portions? When all techniques have been exhausted, there is the option of taking certain treatments, such as Xenical and Saxenda, though these are best paired with diet and exercise.

Is it safe to take weight loss pills?

As with all prescription treatments, weight loss pills can cause additional health issues for a small number of patients. Possible adverse effects include low blood sugar, diarrhoea, dehydration and pancreatitis. However, it is important to remember everyone responds to treatment differently and as such reactions can vary.

How do weight loss injections work?

In contrast to other medicines which work exclusively by reducing appetite, injections also offer improved glycemic control. This treatment is recommended for obese patients with a BMI of more than 30, or for patients with a BMI of 27 or more, if they already show at least one weight-related comorbid condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or dyslipidemia.

How do weight loss pills work?

Popular weight loss pills contain the active ingredient orlistat. Once in your body, orlistat works to prevent enzymes from breaking down fat so that it can be absorbed by your digestive system and stored. This means that a third of the fat per meal you consume gets blocked and just passes through your system.

What's the difference between the pills and injections?

Pills work as 'fat-blockers', allowing around a third of the fat per meal you consume to pass straight through your system. In contrast, injections work to reduce appetite and control blood sugar levels. Although, the effects of both treatments can be maximized with exercise and diet.

How long will I need to take weight loss medication?

Of course, every treatment works differently and can have unique effects on an individual. In the case of Xenical and Saxenda, it is recommended to discontinue treatment if you have not lost 5% of your starting weight after 3 months. Additionally, if you experience serious side effects you should stop treatment and consult with a medical professional.

Can diabetics take weight loss pills?

Obesity and diabetes often go hand in hand. The act of losing weight can help regulate blood sugar levels and has even been known to reverse type-2 diabetes. However, before beginning any new treatment it is important to check first with a doctor, especially if you are suffering from a medical condition.

What is the best diet for weight loss?

There are many diets that have been shown to aid weight loss. It is difficult to say which is best, as all results are specific to the individual. However, for pure weight loss, a low-carb diet is considered one of the most effective. If health is also a concern, you should perhaps try the Mediterranean and DASH diets.

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