Non-Surgical Treatment for Weight Loss

Non-Surgical Treatment for Weight Loss ...

The first steps to achieving weight loss has always been lifestyle changes such as dieting, exercise, and behavioural modification. At the core of these changes, is the need to reduce energy intake and increase energy expenditure. Sometimes these efforts are successful in the short term, occassionally even in the longer term.  The results, however, vary and rarely produce permanent weight loss. For many, this can translate into what is commonly known as yo-yo dieting, where individuals continually, and frustratingly, gain and lose weight.  This increases the possibility of serious health and psychological consequences in the long term. 

The first step in treating obesity is to find a doctor who understands the science behind the disease of obesity and is able to implement a plan to treat it effectively.  It can take time to lose weight and see results. The important thing to understand is that even small lifestyle changes and a small amount of weight loss may have a profound impact on your general health by reducing the risk or severity of diabetes and other obesity-related complication.  You do not need to manage your weight on your own – speak to your doctor about your options. 

Dietary and Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss

Dietary and lifestyle treatments for weight loss focus on reducing energy intake and increasing activity through diet, exercise and behavioural measures.  Any strategies implemented to reduce weight and improve health should include:

  • A reduction in the number of calories we consume from food and beverages
  • A greater focus on eating healthy foods
  • Managing stress and emotional eating
  • An increase in physical activity
  • Behavioural therapy that may help achieve weight loss goals
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Weight Loss Medications

When dietary and lifestyle changes are not enough and excess weight causes significant health problems, the addition of prescription weight-loss medications may be effective in managing obesity.

Weight-loss medications work on the biological processes that are responsible for your appetite.  Some medications may help regulate your appetite and control your food cravings so that you eat less and find it easier to make changes in your lifestyle. Other medications work by changing the way that the body absorbs fats.  However, these medications can be expensive and their use may have unpleasant side-effects such as headaches, nausea, and bowel irritation.  There is also the risk of weight regain when medications are ceased.

There are a number of weight-loss medications available in Australia.  Your GP can advise you on the choices available and help you to manage their use.  Weight-loss medications are most effective when both dietary and lifestyle changes are also implemented.  There will always be obstacles and challenges in every weight loss journey – be sure to not do it alone.  Ask your GP for referrals to other professionals who can help you – dieticians, psychologists, and exercise physiologists.

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Articles of Interest:

  1. The Australian Obesity Management Algorithm: A simple tool to guide the management of obesity in primary care (Markovic et al., 2022)  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2022.08.003
  2. Pharmacotherapy for Obesity (Lee & Dixon, 2017) https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2017/july/pharmacotherapy-for-obesity 

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended as medical advice. It should be considered as a reference only, or a starting point for further discussions with Dr Willingham and his team about weight loss surgery. Please be aware that results may vary from person to person