Healthy eating and staying active may help with weight reduction; however, these changes alone are often insufficient for sustained health benefits. Healthy changes in behavior generally achieve only a three-to-five-percent change in weight and are most often not sustained over the long term.
This is where anti-obesity medications (AOMs) can be useful. When utilized as part of our comprehensive program, AOMs can help you make headway toward sustaining the health benefits of your personal best weight. The SCULPTD team is experienced in prescribing, supporting, and managing patients eligible for AOMs. The program fees include an initial 30-minute consultation and two 15-minute follow-ups with the pharmacist, which may take place in person or virtually.
According to Obesity Canada Clinical Practice guidelines, medications for obesity management, in conjunction with psychological therapy, can be effective in decreasing weight and optimizing health. Health Canada has approved four medications for long-term obesity management: liraglutide 3.0 mg (Saxenda®), a combination tablet of naltrexone/bupropion (Contrave®), orlistat (Xenical®), and semaglutide 2.4 mg (Wegovy®).
A Targeted Approach to Weight Loss
Weight loss medications, also known as anti-obesity medications (AOMs), can be useful tools for managing obesity. These medications are designed to target different systems in the body that regulate weight, including the appetite and the metabolic systems.
One of the benefits of AOMs is that they can help reduce hunger and cravings, making it easier for individuals to stick to a balanced nutrition. This can lead to significant weight reduction, which can positively impact a person's overall health, including reducing the risk of developing obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
AOMs can also improve metabolic function, which can help the body burn calories more efficiently and reduce the risk of weight regain. In addition, these medications can help individuals feel more motivated and energized, making it easier to adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as regular physical activity.
It's important to note that AOMs should be used as part of a comprehensive plan that includes healthy and joyful eating, regular physical activity, and health-promoting behaviors, which is the foundation of the SCULPTD Life Program. In addition, these medications should only be prescribed by a physician with expertise in obesity management and should be closely monitored to ensure their safe and effective use.
Knowing that your body size is regulated within your brain through a three-level appetite system is important. When it comes to managing obesity, behavioral therapy can target the third level, the executive system, to help you develop skills that awaken your thinking just when you need it most.
However, the other two levels of your appetite system are not accessible to you but are critical in regulating your weight. These levels defend against weight loss and drive wanting, often through hormonal changes that increase appetite and decrease metabolic rate. This defense promotes weight gain and makes it harder to reduce weight.
Anti-obesity medications (AOMs) can directly influence activity at the level of the homeostatic system (GATEKEEPER) and the motivational (GO GETTER) system. Medications like Liraglutide 3.0 and Naltrexone/Bupropion stimulate fullness and lower appetite, countering the upward pressure effect of weight loss. By reducing wanting via their influence on the GO GETTER level, they can help you avoid excessive calorie intake and weight gain.
Remember, obesity medications can be effective for managing obesity and its related health issues but should be used in combination with healthy promoting behavior changes and psychological support. And as you work towards your personal best weight goals, make sure to focus on improvements in your health and outcomes that are important to you.
It's important to note that medications not approved for obesity management may not be safe or effective, so it's recommended only to use medicines that Health Canada has approved. If you require medications for other health conditions, it's suggested that you choose medications that are not associated with weight gain.
With SCULPTD Life, we believe that every individual is unique and deserves personalized attention to look and feel their best. Our weight loss consultants work with you to discover your specific needs, desires, and concerns during your initial consultation. Our team of compassionate and patient-focused professionals will work with you to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your goals.
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