What is medicated weight loss?
This is a new programme, which you may have seen in the news earlier this year. But why choose a medication to aid weight loss? How many times have you heard "just eat less, move more"? It's not always that easy for a lot of people. In fact, the majority of diets (over 65%) fail because people still feel hungry - you're forcing yourself to starve your body of what it is craving and what it wants.
It is a synthetic hormone regulating the body's natural hunger hormone, GLP-1. The release of GLP-1 acts on the receptors in the appetite-control section of the brain, reducing your appetite. It slows down gastric emptying, keeping you fuller for longer which further reduces your appetite.
It also helps your pancreas release just the correct amount of insulin to deal with your body's glucogon, meaning it works differently for each person's individual needs. This allows sugars and carbs to be broken down in an effective way without causing a "sugar crash", which therefore avoids those quick-fix sugary cravings and a hunger for carbs. It also helps reduce leptin levels, which is a key hormone in causing a metabolism slow-down.
When you diet, your appetite does not shrink to match the dietary requirements. Portion control has a major impact on the ability of a person to effectively lose weight. With a suppressed appetite, you will naturally start eating smaller portions. Your stomach will start to shrink, effectively reducing the amount of food required to fill your stomach and the amount of food needed to appease your appetite.
Once you're comfortable with the dietary side of things, you can begin to incorporate exercise into the programme. We offer a range of quick, simple home-based workout programmes and an exercise crib sheet to help you burn off hose calories.
The programme is not just a quick-fix. It comprises of a holistic approach including nutrition & exercise. This is so that once you finish the programme, you can keep the weight off naturally with healthy eating & light to moderate exercise.
How does it work?
The medication mimics a natural hormone already found in your body (GLP-1). It works in three key ways to reduce your appetite.
It blocks a key hunger hormone telling your brain that you are hungry, whilst also helping to reduce leptin resistance (a hormone which can help off-set weight gain by increasing satiety aka fullness, and speed up your metabolism to help regulate the levels of fatty tissue in your body). This also helps stop the weight from coming straight back on when you stop the jab.
It slows down the gastric emptying process, meaning that your body takes longer to process food and it is fuller for longer. This means your body does not need as much intake as normal as it works off the food it has.
The medication helps to speed up your metabolism and increase fat burning by reducing glucogon & reducing insulin resistance. This promotes normal blood glucose levels, the liver metabolism of glucose and helps adipose tissue burn fat in a safe and controlled method without causing a sugar-crash. This avoids the urges for quick-fix sugary foods.
This all helps to reduce the risk of the so-called "starvation mode" and other side effects like ketoacidosis, as you will be burning off a mixture of stored carbs & fats.
Unlike fad diets which tend to starve the body when it's shouting out for food, the medication reduces your body's desire to get more food, which makes it easier to make healthier choices and to reduce calories. It also stops leptin levels from lowering due to "starvation". Low leptin levels can cause increased hunger & a slower metabolism!
How much can I lose?
The average weight loss per person is always different. Clinical trials for all 3 types of the medication have shown a range of weight loss between 8lbs and 19lbs.
In the latest Semaglutide study released in February 2021, 75% of participants lost 10% of their body weight. During clinical trials for Liraglutide, 80% of those who used Saxenda kept the weight for over a year.
The key is not to compare yourself to others losing weight - focus on yourself, your goals and your progress. Every person is different.
How do I get it?
This is a prescription-only medication and it must be prescribed ensure your safety & suitability. There are three simple steps:
Screening: we send you a health screening form by email to ensure your safety & suitability.
Consultation: if all is well, we conduct a consultation via telephone, with the option to FaceTime at the end.
Make an informed choice: if you are happy with all the information provided and you wish to go ahead, payment is made & the medication is dispatched to you.
During the consultation, we assess your medical history, explore your eating habits & exercise levels, and look at your goals. We also explore your reasoning behind wanting to use medication to help you lose weight.
We will invoice you via a secure payment provider so you can pay securely online. Once payment is received, your pen will be dispatched for next working day delivery if ordered by 1pm. We use a UK based pharmacist to prescribe and dispense only from within the UK. We offer next working day delivery in discreet packaging.
At the moment, we operate only online through our website. There are no clinics.
Who can use it?
The medication can be used for those with BMI over 25. We take into account a range of factors such as:
Current exercise levels
The programme is not suitable for:
Ladies who are breastfeeding, pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant.
Type 1 diabetics
Anyone with a history of pancreatitis or thyroid tumours
Anyone with direct family members who have had thyroid cancer
Are there side effects?
Like any medication, there are the risks of side effects. The most common side effects are transient - this means that they only last for a couple of days whilst your body adjusts to the medication. 40-60% of clients experience no side effects, whilst others experience one or two mild side effects e.g. a dry mouth or a mild headache. Our medical clinicians will advise you on how to deal with any side effects you may experience whilst you will be provided with an aftercare leaflet on how to deal with the most common side effects. You also receive a Patient Information Leaflet detailing the ins & outs of the medication.
What are the options?
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