Medical Weight Loss

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The importance of healthy body mass can’t be stressed enough. Even small reductions in weight can have a significant influence on the course of many diseases and conditions. At her integrative medicine practice in Irvine, California, Dr. Shirley L. Wang understands that there’s no single weight loss method that fits every patient, so she builds a diet and exercise plan around you, your current health, and your treatment goals. Call the office or request an appointment online to get started on your custom weight loss strategy today.

Medical Weight Loss Q & A

What is medical weight loss?

When you make the decision to address the extra weight you’ve been carrying, the equation is simple: take in fewer calories than you burn and you will lose weight. But that ignores many of the practical considerations. For instance, you may have a medical condition or nutritional deficiency that becomes aggravated when you’re in the calorie-deficit phase of weight loss. If you’re taking medications, these could also affect your weight loss attempts.

When you need to lose a large percentage of your body weight, there are additional challenges. Generally, one pound per week is regarded as safe weight loss for unsupervised, individual weight loss plans, and you risk complications if you lose weight more quickly.

Dr. Wang takes the time to understand your goals and the medical impact weight loss will have on you. Analyzing your body chemistry, she can work with you to develop not only a weight loss plan, but also a monitoring program to permit accelerated weight loss while preventing the development of complications. Having a partner in your weight loss efforts improves your chance for success.

How is medical weight loss accomplished?

Every patient is different, so Dr. Wang customizes her approach to match your needs. She guides patients through a variety of physician-assisted diet plans, such as:

  • Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) diet: hormone injections accompanied by an ultra low-calorie diet can help you lose weight while maintaining muscle mass
  • Ketogenic diet: a high-fat, low-carb diet that encourages fat burning
  • Fast-mimicking diet: a short-term nutrient-rich, low-calorie option; often called “fasting with food”

Choosing the right approach for you and monitoring you to avoid any associated risks are central to Dr. Wang’s approach.

What medications are used in medical weight loss programs?

While you can achieve weight loss through dietary changes and healthy food preparation alone, medications and supplements can often manage the “side effects” of weight loss, such as nutritional deficiencies and hunger cravings.

Medications

In addition to HCG injections and tablets as part of the HCG diet, Dr. Wang offers a wide range of options to complement your custom weight loss plan, including these FDA-approved medications:

  • Phentermine
  • Lorcaserin (Belviq)
  • Naltrexone-bupropion (Contrave)
  • Liraglutide (Saxenda)
  • Orlistat (Xenical)

Injections

Dr. Wang also offers a variety of metabolism-boosting and fat-burning injections, such as:

  • MIC + Methyl B12 injection
  • Vitamin B combo injection: MIC + Methyl B12 + L-Carnitine + chromium
  • Lipolean injection: inositol + choline + B vitamins + leucine + carnitine + chromium + lidocaine
  • Amino GOAL injection: glutamine + ornithine + arginine + lysine + lidocaine
  • Sermorelin injection
  • Sermorelin combo injection: sermorelin + GHRP2 + GHRP6

Supplements

When appropriate, Dr. Wang may recommend certain supplements to curb your hunger and cravings, including:

  • Ketone supplements
  • Theacrine
  • Evodia extract
  • Mucuna seed extract
  • Green banana powder

Detox programs

Detox programs, incorporating glutathione, N-acetylcysteine, alpha-lipoic acid, and/or coenzyme Q10, are also beneficial with certain diet plans.

While there are many medications and supplements available, your plan will only include those necessary to augment your personal, physician-supervised weight loss program. To get started on your medical weight loss plan, call Dr. Wang’s office or book an appointment online today.