Eating healthily and exercising regularly is shown to be the most sustainable form of weight control. Some people, for many reasons, cannot exercise or can take full control of their diet.
For some people who wish to return to a healthy weight, an additional form of help or medical procedure might be needed.
It is true that the market is flooded with all types of treatments, tinctures and cures for those struggling with the challenges of being overweight or obese. It is worth noting at this point that there is no ‘magic bullet’ to weight loss. Every additional tool has its own advantages and disadvantages, and some even come with an element of risk.
We’ve all seen the incredible effects major medical procedures like bariatric surgery and liposuction have had on a host of TV stars and celebrities, but invariably we notice some whose weight has crept back up. The promising results of the weight loss intervention don’t necessarily offer a long-term solution unless significant lifestyle changes are made with them.
This article provides a very brief introduction to 4 different weight loss treatments.
Xenical is the only approved weight loss medication in the UK. It is generally used to treat obesity and is available on prescription for those who are very overweight or obese and are in the process of changing diet to seek to become a healthy weight.
Xenical is usually taken in the form of a pill up to three times a day and works by inhibiting the absorption of fat by the intestines. This, in turn with a low-fat diet, encourages the body to burn its own fat supplies for energy.
The drug is reported as being successful, but there has been a drop in usage, possibly due to some potentially very unpleasant side effects. GlaxoSmithKline has reported around a 50% drop-off in sales, but the drug is still relatively popular amongst the significantly overweight as a tool to assist with weight loss.
If you’re assuming the pounds will simply burn away, you might want to study the instructions included with the pill. The drug certainly assists in increasing the amount of weight loss, it can play havoc with the digestive system if fat intake is not also significantly reduced, or cut out altogether. Be mindful to read up on the possible side effects of using Xenical as it is advisable to stay away from certain foods such as ones containing a lot of oil.
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a relatively new fat reduction technique which is being used increasingly to help people lose weight. Some key advantages to this method of weight loss are that it is non-surgical, non-invasive and is designed to target stubborn fat areas. This is useful for both people who are overweight and those who have a disciplined exercise regime but have deposits of fat which cannot be reached through traditional diet and exercise.
Traditional weight loss techniques are very good at reducing the size of fat cells in your body, but unlike Coolsculpting, they will not reduce the actual number of fat cells in your body. CoolSculptingis a unique procedure called cry lipolysis. Treatment centres such as Cranley Clinic can offer this unique treatment which cools fat cells to the point where they crystallize. As a result of the crystallisation, they break down over the course of a few weeks and are disposed of by the body naturally. This, alongside a low-fat diet and regular exercise will contribute to significant long-term effects on weight.
Most clinics offer a range of treatment options. Coolscultpingcan be applied to many different parts of the body depending on the patient’s requirements. This is achieved through the use of a broad range of interchangeable treatment applicators. Some patients wish to eliminate tummy fat, or the flanks, thighs or other areas.
Patients will meet with a weight loss expert who can provide sound advice on a treatment plan. The number of sessions required can vary from patient to patient and is entirely dependent on which areas of the patient’s body are targeted and what goals the patient has in mind for their weight loss journey. Results can be achieved fairly quickly, but most patients will undergo a treatment programme of at least 3 sessions.
Bariatric (Metabolic) Surgery
Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term for various different surgeries which can assist with weight loss. Commonly referred to as metabolic surgery, because it has an effect on the whole body in addition to weight loss. Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve conditions such as sleep apnoea, high cholesterol levels and type 2 diabetes.
Whilst bariatric surgery is proven to be useful for other issues, it is invariably conducted on obese patients, with a view to improving conditions arising from obesity.
The number of global operations has increased year on year and is rising significantly in developed westernised cultures where fatty foods are consumed in greater quantities.
There are real dangers to bariatric surgery, which are the same as anyone undergoing surgery, but with the added risk of heart failure in overweight people. Surgery is also expensive privately, and in the UK, NHS waiting times are significant.
Losing weight is usually achievedfairly easily in the beginning, but significant lifestyle changes are required for a patient to continue to lose weight or not regain weight in future.
Patients are usually considered if they have a body mass index higher than 35 and must be healthy enough to undergo surgery and take part in follow up medical care.
Liposuction has become less common in recent years and is designed mainly for toning and the removal of unsightly fat. It is most commonly performed on the hips, tummy and thighs rather than as a weight loss procedure in its own right. A liposuction procedure will usually only remove around 10 to 12 pounds of fat from a patient.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure and as such would normally only be undertaken privately. The National Health Service in the UK uses liposuction to treat some conditions but this is not common and certainly wouldn’t be considered as a weight loss intervention.