MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS
Losing real weight is difficult. The latest fad diet is just the latest opportunity to fail. Your friend swears by her new diet, yet she’s has lost all of about two pounds in two months. Modern diets and lifestyles can simply make it difficult for real, lasting, weight loss.
That’s why we offer medical weight loss at River Oaks Gynecology and Aesthetics in Houston, TX. Losing weight under the supervision of a doctor is the fastest way to lose weight. Our physician-certified weight loss programs have nothing in common with last week’s fad diet. We create a personalized weight management plan for each patient based on science, not surgery. The goal is to lose the weight and help you learn how to keep it off and stay at a healthier, happier weight for the duration.
WHAT IS MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS?
Medical weight loss at River Oaks Gynecology and Aesthetics is a clinically proven approach to help people lose weight and keep it off. It’s not a diet where you eat only prepared foods supplied by some company, and once you return to regular foods the weight returns.
Our programs begin with a comprehensive medical exam by Dr. Anderson or Dr. Sprott. We’ll look at your blood pressure, body composition, metabolism, eating and exercise patterns, and other possible tests. We’ll discuss where you want to go with your weight loss. And then we design a plan just for you.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS?
At River Oaks, our medical plans involve three phases: active weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We actively supervise and work with you through each phase.
- Active weight loss — Reality is, you’ve been consuming more calories than you’ve been burning. It’s simple math. So, we start with an initial calorie goal. To help you in the active phase, we usually include either Lipotropic Vitamin B12 injections and/or Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG).
- Transition — Now that you’ve lost the weight, it’s time to help you understand how to keep it off naturally. We stop with B12 and HCG in this stage. Now it’s time for you to own this. We counsel you and help you understand how your past eating habits allowed weight gain, and how different your current eating habits are. Now, it’s time for you to begin to own your weight loss management. The transition phase involves the most education for the future.
- Maintenance — You’re there: you hit your target weight! Congratulations are in order! In this final phase, it’s time for you to transition into taking full control of your weight and your health. We prep you on how to do exactly that. This will enable you to leave our care and keep looking and feeling great moving forward.
WHAT ARE LIPOTROPIC B12 INJECTIONS?
Lipotropics are substances that affect fat metabolism in the body. Lipotropic compounds are a combination of ingredients that help improve breakdown of fat in the liver. Our lipotropic B12 injections help you lose weight by speeding up metabolism and the subsequent elimination of fat.
Vitamin B12 is essential for good health. It makes your DNA, red blood cells, nerves, and helps regulate your nervous system. It is needed for the body to turn food into energy and for immune system function. Vitamin B12 is truly an essential vitamin.
For weight loss, B12 is important in converting fats and proteins into energy, and it is necessary to break down carbohydrates.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LIPOTROPIC B12 INJECTIONS?
These injections are well tolerated, as vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient of the human body. These usually make up part of every medical weight loss program.
WHAT IS HCG AND WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS FOR LOSING WEIGHT?
HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is a hormone produced by the female body during pregnancy. Pregnant women have high levels of HCG without any negative effects. It is thought that HCG provides increased levels of immunity during pregnancy.
Beyond helping during pregnancy, HCG is a natural protein hormone that acts as a precursor in the bodies of both men and women to help the body produce other hormones, such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. The act of stimulating these hormones in very low levels appears to help the body sustain lean body mass while dieting. HCG counteracts the loss of lean muscle mass while dieting.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR HCG DIET PROGRAMS?
Our HCG diet programs at River Oaks Gynecology and Aesthetics consist of low-fat, low-calorie diets combined with ingestion of HCG. Anyone seeking significant medical weight loss will benefit from the HCG diet.
Certain health conditions, which we will detail with you during your consultation, could preclude a person from being eligible for a HCG diet.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF HCG?
HCG is a naturally occurring hormone. Its effect on weight loss varies with different patients, but when combined with low calorie intake most patients are successful.
Side effects with an HCG diet are headaches, depression, and fatigue.
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS OF MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS LAST?
At River Oaks Gynecology and Aesthetics, our medical weight loss programs are very effective. You don’t have to buy “our” food, which makes so many other weight loss plans impossible to maintain when you return to eating in the real world. With our River Oaks plans, once you achieve your target weight loss goal, you move to transition and then maintenance. These phases involve as much education as anything else, helping you understand food, exercise, and weight. The goal here is to give you the tools to keep the weight off for life.
Our goal with our medical weight loss patients is for a healthy weight forevermore.