Do I Have to Take Weight Loss Pills for Medical Weight Loss?

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Many things come to mind when individuals hear the words “medical weight loss.” But it simply means any weight loss process done under the guidance of a doctor. It can mean surgery, weight loss pills, exercise regimens, or specialized dietary plans.

An essential part of medical weight loss is finding a doctor who has experience in treating people looking to lose weight and is familiar with creating realistic goals and a healthcare plan.

Dr. Christy Kirkendol Watson at Body Bar MD can help you with a medical weight loss plan in Carmel or Terre Haute, IN. Below, we’ll discuss what that involves.

What is medical weight loss?

We’d all know by now if magical weight loss pills existed. The truth is weight loss is a long-term commitment. And while it can be assisted by medical interventions, such as surgeries and weight loss medications, those are still part of a larger treatment plan.

Dr. Christy understands the struggles that patients face when trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some patients have been trying to get their ideal body for years, while others have been struggling with their health their whole lives.

Body Bar MD offers personalized medical weight loss programs that utilize the InBody 720 body measurement scanner and the Robard New Direction treatment plans. This involves a diet plan, counseling, and behavioral modifications that put patients on a path to sustainable lifestyle changes that help them lose weight and continue to control it throughout their lives.

What are the alternatives to weight loss pills for medical weight loss?

Weight loss pills may have troublesome side effects and often don’t come with support to help patients understand how to keep the weight off. Dr. Christy also understands that patients need the motivation to stick to a weight loss program and that they also need more than just a printout of a diet and exercise plan.

At Body Bar MD, we offer plans for those looking to lose those last few pounds or those looking to begin their weight-loss journey. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, so your personalized program is built on the information you provide in your preliminary consultation and follow-up check-ins. For example, you don’t have to rely on medical weight loss pills to shed pounds, but they can be part of your plan if necessary.

Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a history of heart disorder, thyroid disorder, kidney dysfunction, or cancer are typically not good candidates for medical weight loss.

What does medical weight loss offer?

The first step toward medical weight loss involves providing your doctor with your health and diet history, including

  • Past attempts to lose weight

  • Any part or current health conditions

  • Desired goals and outcomes

Based on this information, you will have a health assessment that typically involves an evaluation with the InBody 720 scanner to precisely measure your fat, muscle, and water levels to ascertain what treatments and lifestyle changes will help your unique body. Weight isn’t a good indication of health, so measuring things like stubborn visceral fat and muscle mass gives Dr. Christy a better idea of what your weight loss program should look like.

Body Bar MD also offers:

  • One-on-one counseling to combat struggles like food addiction

  • Weight loss medication and nutritional supplements, when appropriate

  • The Robard New Direction Program, a prescription-only meal replacement option

Depending on your needs, your program may last weeks or months. And Dr. Kirkendol can monitor your health or schedule follow-up appointments to make medical weight loss as attainable as possible.

Contact us today for more information on medical weight loss in Carmel or Terre Haute, IN

Medical weight loss doesn’t have to involve weight loss pills, but it can if that’s the best option for a patient. Body Bar MD has locations in Carmel and Terre Haute, IN to help people achieve their weight loss goals. This involves metabolic and diagnostic testing, personalized diet and exercise plans, and, when appropriate, appetite-suppressant medications and nutritional supplements.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Christy Kirkendol Watson at Body Bar MD today to get started on your personalized weight-loss journey.

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