Obesity affects every family in the United States. Patients often attempt weight loss multiple times on their own prior to seeking help. The research is consistent and robust when it comes to weight loss failure. Excess weight and obesity are medical conditions requiring medical treatment and physician supervision.
In this article, we will try to help you understand the different types of weight loss clinics or centers to be able to make an informed decision when choosing one:
- Centers that follow caloric restriction diet. In these centers, they usually use a point system and you have to calculate how many points you are eating. The whole idea behind that is to put the body in a semi starvation state to lose weight.
Pros: These weight loss plans are usually inexpensive and they have many different locations.
Cons: The weight loss is temporary and patients quickly hit a plateau within weeks. Almost of all the patients regain the weight. They do not have any medical supervision.
- Online services that focus on meal replacement and prepared meals. These methods focus on delivering you meals for months. Weight loss occurs due to caloric restrictions and semi starvation mode. There is also concern that the processed nature of these meals exposes patients to high preservative concentrations often causing gastrointestinal symptoms and affecting overall absorption of nutrients.
Pros: It is affordable. It is convenient as the meals arrive at home.
Cons: It is extremely unhealthy as most of this meal a very heavily processed and lack the needed nutrition for the body. Weight loss is very temporary. Most of the patient can not tolerated more that couple months. Rebound weight gain once it is stopped. Overall completely impractical approach to weight loss.
- Weight loss clinics that use HCG. They also place patients on severe caloric restriction diet with 500 calories a day. There is an FDA warning about the HCG diet. Please review our article about HCG.
Pros: Rapid and unsustainable weight loss placing patients at risk.
Cons: Rebound weight gain. FDA Warning in regards to this approach.
- Weight loss centers that uses appetite suppressants such as Phentermin , Qsymia, or Topamax. The use of these appetite suppressants allows them to put the patient a low-calorie diet. These medications are not safe for use in the long term and even in the short-term use, it has many side effects. Please review our articles on these weight loss medications.
Pros: There are no pros. This is dangerous.
Cons: See above.
The Metabolism Clinic sets the standard when approaching weight loss as we have established a completely different approach to obesity. Obesity is not the disease but it is a symptom of an abnormal metabolism. The disease is in the metabolism. It is not normal for the body to keep putting on extra pounds of fat and the ideal treatment is not to keep fighting the body and forcing it to lose weight as in the end the body will start to resist weight loss. The real treatment is to correct the underlying metabolic problems that cause your body to gain weight. The clinic does not endorse the use of weight loss medications, appetite suppressants, and or meal replacements. Our patient receive medical evaluations by our physicians who are board certified internal medicine and functional medicine with many years of experience in treating the metabolic dysregulation responsible for obesity. Many of our patient also experiencing a complete resolution of the other metabolic diseases associated with obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
The Metabolism Clinic is established as the destination for weight loss and reversal of diabetes. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.themetabolismclinic.com