What is Medically-Assisted Weight Loss?

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As the name implies, medically assisted weight loss is a weight reduction program where the patient’s progress is tracked and constantly overseen by a medical professional. Diet programs created in collaboration with a doctor are a common adjunct to appetite-suppressing or craving-reducing medicines. At follow-up appointments, the doctor discusses the program’s successes and failures with the patient and makes adjustments based on their specific lifestyle. This method encourages patients to take responsibility for their weight loss and increases the likelihood that they will be able to maintain their new, healthy weight in the long run.

Who is a candidate for medically assisted weight loss?

Medically assisted weight loss is appropriate for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more; however, people with a lower body mass index (BMI) may also benefit. The doctor is in the best position to determine whether the program is appropriate for you or not. A thorough medical examination is required before participating in a medically assisted weight reduction program or having any form of weight loss surgery.

Initial assessment

The doctor will ask you about your expectations for the program during your first consultation. Your medical background, current diet, exercise routine, and previous eating habits will be discussed. The doctor will check for any diseases or conditions that might be causing your increase in weight and decide whether you’re healthy enough to use weight-loss pills. Before he can help you create a diet plan that works for you, he has to know precisely what you consume on a daily basis.


You may decide to take medication to help you through the course of the program. Appetite suppressants, craving-reducing medications, and HCG are all viable options. The doctor will keep a close eye on you no matter the weight loss method you choose to make sure you successfully make it through the program.

How Much Weight Can I Lose?

There are several factors that will affect how much weight you can lose when participating in a medically assisted weight reduction program.

To begin with, how much fat do you need to burn? It’s far simpler to shed 40 pounds than 140 pounds. However, the first weight reduction is often more dramatic when there is more weight to reduce.

Approved weight reduction medications that are used regularly for at least 12 weeks have been found to be more effective than a placebo. You may lose significantly more weight by making healthy lifestyle changes and using these pills than you would by just dieting.

It will also depend much on your willpower and commitment. It’s possible that maintaining your weight loss over the long run may need a complete lifestyle shift on your part. If you want to be successful in the long run, you may need to make certain lifestyle changes, such as the foods you often purchase, the activities you like, and even the people you spend time with, even after completing a medically assisted weight loss plan.

Find Help Today

Get ready to go on your weight loss journey! To lose weight safely and effectively, seek the help of medical professionals. If you want to make major changes in your life, we have qualified and experienced professionals available to provide you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to succeed. Visit Weight Loss Centers of Nashville today at 125 Cool Springs Blvd Suite #240
Franklin, TN 37067, or call us at (615) 657-7797 for a free weight loss consultation.



About author
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.