Weight Loss

Weight Loss

If you are overweight, you are more prone to various health problems. Weight loss programs, medications, and other effective measures can be taken to keep your weight maintained. Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise are a part of these programs.


  • You are obese if you are carrying excess body fat
  • Medication available to help with weight loss

Complete our short GP questionnaire to purchase treatment for Weight Loss. Your order will be with you within 24 working hours of approval.

3 Treatment(s) available

Xenical
£70.00

  • Treats obesity
  • It reduces the digestion of fat
  • If there is no fat in one of your meals, do not take the medicine


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Orlistat
£60.00

  • Treats obesity
  • Reduces digestion of fat in the body
  • If there is no fat in one of your meals, do not take the medicine


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Alli
£45.00

  • Treats obesity
  • Reduces digestion of fat in the body
  • If there is no fat in one of your meals, do not take the medicine


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Description

People struggling with maintaining a healthy weight and body shape is an extremely common issue worldwide. Trying to find the most effective weight loss method can seem like a disquieting task to a large number of people around the world. It is irrefutable that large parts of the developed world are having increasing overweight or obese related issues. UK is definitely no exception with a staggering 60% of the population carrying more weight than advised.


Of those who are classed as overweight, it is estimated that 23% of women in the UK are recognised as obese, which tops the league table of the fattest nations in Europe. The obesity statistic for men stands at approximately 22%, which is just shy of also being the top of this table. If things carry on the way they are currently going, experts have estimated that 50% of the entire UK population will be obese in 25 years’ time.


There are multiple ways of measuring your weight, but the most commonly used method is that of the body mass index (BMI). It is an overall calculation based on a combination of a person’s height and weight. It is used to estimate body fat and will determine whether you are a healthy body weight for your size. A BMI of over 25 but below 30 is regarded as overweight, above 30 is classed as obese, and any weight above 40 is regarded as morbidly obese.


To learn more about weight loss, see the comprehensive patient information leaflet


Causes

When digesting food, your body will use the calories you’ve consumed to run the body effectively. Even when resting, your body will require calories to simply pump your heart. When calories are not used by the body, they will become stored as fat which may gradually build up depending on how many calories you are eating and the amount of exercise you undergo. Weight gain is a result of too much fat being stored in your body. There are several legitimate reasons as to why someone can have gained an undesirable amount of weight, they can include:


Medication

Certain medication such as antidepressants, corticosteroids, and oral contraceptives can very easily cause weight gain.


Hereditary

It is possible for weight issues to be passed on through genetics, but this cannot be used an excuse for each individual case.


Low Metabolic Rate

If a person has a low metabolic rate they will be more prone to becoming overweight. This is, however, not as common as people may think so will not count for a large percentage of overall cases.


Other conditions such as under-active thyroid or polycystic ovary syndrome can also definitely induce weight gain, but they can generally be managed early on to stop a person reaching obesity. However, it is irrefutable that the main cause of weight gain is people eating irregularly, or overeating with no exercise to burn calories. Obesity rates in the UK have trebled since 1980 alone, so it is glaringly obvious that lifestyle factors are to blame for the current epidemic.

Types Of Treatment

There is no method which currently exists that is regarded as the most effective form of weight loss treatment. This being said, the key to successfully losing weight is to simply maintain a healthy diet and undergo frequent exercise. It would be also of great benefit to learn stress management tools that can be implemented in stressful situations which would’ve usually resulted in snacking/overeating.


People also have the option of turning to medication to help them return to a weight they are satisfied with. A common problem with doing this is that, although the weight may fade initially, it can also quickly return once a person ceases taking the medication. There are various herbal and over-the-counter drugs which exist but have little scientific backing behind them being able to effectively burn weight.


We stock two prescription treatments, orlistat and Xenical, which have both proven to be very effective in treating weight gain. Both share the exact same main active ingredient; orlistat being the generic version and Xenical being the branded version. The only differentiating factor between the two is the dosage size, with Xenical being a high dose. These treatments are recommended primarily for people above the age of 18 who are also on a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet.


Both the medicines belong to a class of drugs called lipase inhibitors. They effectively block the amount of fat that is absorbed by the intestines by around 25%. The fats which do not get absorbed will instead be flushed through your body and will be excreted via the bowel.



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Questions & Answers

Why should I try and achieve a healthy weight?

There is an abundance of health benefits to be had from sustaining a healthy weight. You will generally have a longer life expectancy and will be at a decreased risk of developing any chronic diseases in the future. Losing even a small amount of weight can provide you with instant benefits such as heightened self-esteem, feeling more energetic, being more mobile, etc.


Is there a quick way I can lose weight?

In short, no. Don’t listen to adverts or products that claim to be able to provide rapid weight loss. Although weight may appear to disappear quicker than if you were to diet, it won’t last. The best way to lose weight is to set out a realistic plan with goals that are actually achievable, to avoid you getting discouraged. You should eat healthy food and drinks and undergo frequent physical activity.


Will I require prescription medication?

Not necessarily. You can lose weight by using the conventional method of undergoing frequent exercise and eating a healthy diet. Prescription medication will typically be used as part of a monitored program.


How do I know if I’m classed as overweight or obese?

You can find out this by first finding out your body mass index (BMI). If you have a BMI of between 25-30 you are regarded as overweight, if it’s between 30-40 you are obese, and if you are 40+ you are morbidly obese.



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