Tips & Advice
What is meal replacement?
A meal replacement is a substitute for a meal, typically a drink or a bar. While processed meal replacements have a set number of calories, many are high in added sugar and low in protein, fiber and healthy fats.
Do appetite suppressants have any side effects?
Appetite suppressants, like all drugs, have side effects, so read the fine print and discuss potential side effects with a medical professional before taking them. Stimulant-type drugs can cause insomnia, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, drug dependence and abuse, and withdrawal symptoms. Drugs that work to prevent fat absorption can cause gas, soft stools, and oily spotting. Diet pills that affect neurotransmitters are associated with headache, nausea and vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, and dizziness.
How much weight can participants in a weight loss program expect to lose?
People generally lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) if they stick to a calorie-controlled plan. Increasing exercise can increase weight loss.
What is medical weight loss?
Medical weight loss is supervised by a medical professional and targets the causes of obesity and weight gain. Treatments can run the gamut, from diet and nutrition to pills and surgery, but the goal is to help the patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life.
How long does it take to start seeing results from a weight loss program?
Many people can see results in one to two weeks if they stick to their plan. Weight loss results vary from person to person and depend on factors such as starting size and caloric intake level. Including exercise in the program can accelerate weight loss.
How much do weight loss programs usually cost?
Weight-loss programs typically have a monthly fee and may charge for packaged food or drink supplements, from $18 a month for the least expensive online plan, to more than $700 monthly. Food delivery programs featuring fresh food cost more.
The cost of medically supervised weight-loss programs varies upon the services offered. Health insurance companies may cover some or all of your costs if you have weight-related health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension or diabetes.
Do all weight-loss programs include pre-packaged meals?
While some weight loss programs include prepackaged meals (food delivery plans), others are “support only” only programs. Support programs often have branded foods for sale, but purchase is optional.
Can children take part in weight loss programs?
Children can take part in weight-loss programs, but child-centered programs are more difficult to find. The nutritional and psychological needs of children are different from adults, so talk to your child’s pediatrician before enrolling him or her in a formal weight-control program. Online sites and smart-phone apps are also available to help children lose weight in a healthy manner and can help protect the relationship between parents and children.
Can people with medical issues participate in weight loss programs?
People with medical issues can undergo weight loss programs and should do so under a doctor’s supervision. Losing weight has been proven help to diminish many medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes.
Does health insurance cover the cost of weight-loss programs?
Most insurance plans will cover counseling sessions on diet and weight reduction if your doctor determines that you fit the medical guidelines for obesity. Programs might include one-on-one meetings or group advice and support.