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Overcoming Challenges in Weight Loss: The Role of Physician Support, Meds, and Bariatric Surgery

Updated: Jun 9, 2023


Losing weight can be a challenging journey, but with the help of frequent physician and team support, breakthrough medications, and bariatric surgery, it can be made easier. In this blog post, we will discuss the challenges in weight loss, the research supporting frequent physician and team support, and the breakthrough medications available to help, as well as the role of bariatric surgery in weight loss.


Challenges in Weight Loss:


One of the main challenges in weight loss is sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan. Often, people find it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle because of the demands of their daily routine, lack of motivation, or the temptation of unhealthy food. Additionally, certain medical conditions and medications can make it harder to lose weight.


Research Supporting Frequent Physician and Team Support:


Several studies have shown that frequent physician and team support can be an effective tool in weight loss. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that patients who received frequent physician support and follow-up lost more weight than those who did not receive such support. Another study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that patients who had access to a multidisciplinary team, including a physician, registered dietitian, and exercise specialist, were more likely to lose weight and keep it off.


Breakthrough Medications:


Recently, two breakthrough medications have become available to help with weight loss: Wegovy and Mounjaro. Wegovy is an injectable medication that mimics the hormone GLP-1, which helps regulate appetite and metabolism. Studies have shown that patients who took Wegovy lost an average of 15% of their body weight. Mounjaro is a medication that targets the melanocortin-4 receptor, which plays a role in regulating appetite and metabolism. Clinical trials have shown that patients who took Mounjaro lost an average of 17% of their body weight.


Role of Bariatric Surgery:


Bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, can be an effective tool for weight loss in people with obesity. These procedures reduce the size of the stomach, which limits the amount of food a person can eat, and also changes the way the body processes food. Studies have shown that bariatric surgery can lead to significant weight loss and improvement in obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.


In conclusion, losing weight can be challenging, but there are effective tools available to help. Frequent physician and team support, breakthrough medications such as Wegovy and Mounjaro, and bariatric surgery can all be used to help people achieve their weight loss goals.


By working with healthcare professionals and utilizing these tools, people can improve their overall health and quality of life.


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Keywords: weight loss, physician support, team support, Wegovy, Mounjaro, bariatric surgery

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