Medical Weight Loss

Physicians have been in the weight loss business for many years. Back in the 1950s and 60s the medical weight loss programs consisted of prescribing Dexedrine which is an amphetamine or commonly known as speed. In women’s groups it was commonly referred to as Dust Pan for its ability to provide enormous energy to the 1950s home maker. This drug causes a decreased appetite and increased metabolism with severe side effects. The side effects include addiction, high blood pressure and in some cases heart trauma. Often times no diet was prescribed in conjunction as it was not needed to induce weight loss. The problem with this was that most weight loss patients had to withdraw from the addiction that this drug caused and once they stopped taking Dexedrine they would gain the weight right back and often more.

Since then in the 1990s the replacement drug for Dexedrine was Fen Phen. The effects were similar and this resulted in an FDA ban of the drug. It was also linked to heart damage and multiple law suits arose.

Today the majority of the medical weight loss community prescribes a new amphetamine known as Phendimetrazine. Although similar concerns have been raised with this controlled substance, the FDA still approves the use when the patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI) equals or exceeds 30. Unfortunately, BMI is not a good indicator of how badly a patient needs to lose weight. This is because BMI does not account for muscle mass or bone density. In other words, a body builder with 7% body fat could have a BMI of 40. Most medical clinics will administer a lipotropic injection with the Phendimetrazine as well as a B12 injection. The B12 injection will increase metabolism and energy levels while on the diet. The typical lipotropic injection is MIC (Methionine, Inositol and Choline) which assists in burning fat.

The main problem with this type of medical weight loss is the same as before. The weight comes right back once the Phendimetrazine is stopped. It is compounded at times with light headedness and a dependency on the drug.

Some more open minded and holistic type physicians today treat obesity with a more well-rounded approach using the HCG diet. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone found in both men and women. It spikes considerably in women that become pregnant and is thought to make the fatty deposits in the body available as a food source for the pregnant mother and fetus. With this in mind, it has been determined that patients given a boost in their HCG levels can more easily endure a very low calorie diet. The side effects of which are nil, when properly prescribed. The diet is best when prescribed in a 28 day cycle as the HCG only retains full potency for 30 days once it is reconstituted and refrigerated. Additionally, the body becomes immune or adjusted to its effects after about 30 days.

The HCG diet is definitely one of the most safe and effective medical weight loss program available on the market today. It also is usually administered with lipotropic and B12 Shots to assist with fat burning and energy levels. This is a healthy combination with frequent weight loss of 20-30 pounds in a month. Many consumers cannot afford the typical $800+ price tag of this program clinically and opt to buy the HCG injections online.

Wherever you decide to source your HCG Injections, be sure to do your research and always buy from a reputable source and speak to a medical professional when you start a new fitness or weight loss program.

Author's Bio: 

Pete Johnston writes for The Body Follows Travel Section and is a wrestling coach, fitness enthusiast and aspiring writer.