Medical Weight Loss Therapy
How is medical weight loss different from regular weight loss programs?
To achieve long-term weight loss, it’s important to make lifestyle changes to support your goals. That’s why the best weight loss programs focus on establishing healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine.
At Viva Wellness, we recommend a balanced diet in accordance with USDA guidelines: high in fiber; low in sugar, starch, and white flour; and with a moderate amount of healthy fats.
What sets our medical weight loss therapy apart from regular weight loss programs is the inclusion of prescription appetite suppressants. These appetite suppressants make it easier to follow a restricted-calorie diet and focus on establishing new, healthy habits, thereby contributing to faster weight loss that stays off for the long-term.
How much weight can I expect to lose with medical weight loss therapy?
While weight loss is highly individualized and cannot be guaranteed, over 90% of the patients who follow the medical weight loss program at Viva Wellness do lose weight, at an average rate of two to five pounds per week. To ensure maximum efficacy, all patients who participate in our medical weight loss therapy will undergo a preliminary medical assessment, and partake in regular weigh-ins and metabolic testing at our clinic.
What prescription weight loss supplements are used in the program?
Depending on your individual weight loss goals and health history, you may be prescribed one of the following weight loss supplements:
Taken once a day, this pill works on chemicals in the brain to decrease your appetite and includes a mild stimulant to increase energy.
By stimulating your nervous system, phendimetrazine increases your heart rate and your blood pressure, which in turn decreases your appetite.
Designed for short-term use, Bontril can reduce the hunger pangs and discomfort associated with a newly established low-calorie diet.
Originally developed to control migraines and seizures, topiramate also effectively curbs food cravings, making it easier to eat smaller portions.
Combining a quick-release of phentermine and an extended-release of topiramate, Qsymia reduces your appetite while providing round-the-clock craving control.
By targeting hunger receptors in your brain, Belviq helps you to feel satisfied and full, even after eating small amounts of food.
Another combination pill, Contrave uses antidepressant bupropion and opioid dependency medication naltrexone to reduce both hunger and cravings.