Weight loss without surgery
Weight loss without surgery involves lifestyle changes and medications that result in weight loss. In my clinic, I provide a package consisting of three steps for patients with excess weight.
Step 1 – Measurement of metabolic health status
Before embarking on any weight loss programme, it is important to understand the status of your metabolic health. In my clinic I use advanced technology to provide a detailed assessment of metabolic health.
- Body composition measurement using bioimpedance. This provides insights into fat, muscle and bone mass, as well as an indication of general metabolic health.
- Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) measurement. Using a unique method that comes straight out of research, your breathing air is examined. The test informs you whether you have a “slow” or “fast” metabolism, and the total calories per day that your body requires to function properly.
- Metabolic Fuel Use measurement. By examining your breathing air, the test shows whether your body currently burns fats or sugars. In order to lose weight, fuel burning needs to shift to fat burning. The test will monitor the effect of any weight loss programme.
- Metabolic health blood tests. A range of blood tests depending on your individual circumstances may be requested, to ensure there are no undiagnosed health conditions.
Step 2 – Medical treatment to induce weight loss
Once it is clear what your weight loss targets and preferences are, a weight loss programme will be agreed. This will always contain a strong element of changing behaviour around eating habits, increasing exercise, and reducing calories. Depending on eligibility, this will be combined with Saxenda, a weight loss drug. If using Saxenda, these are the packages on offer.
Saxenda is a weight loss medicine that contains the active substance liraglutide. It is similar to a natural occurring hormone called glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) that is released from the intestine after a meal. Saxenda works by acting on receptors in the brain that control your appetite, causing you to feel fuller and less hungry. This may help you eat less food and reduce your body weight. The medication is injected once a day into the tummy using a simple pen and a superthin needle.
Step 3 – Monitoring weight loss success
Close monitoring of weight changes will take place in individual consultations. Measuring the Metabolic Fuel Use will ensure that the body has shifted to fat burning. Reviewing the diet and behaviours around eating will ensure that you are eating within your targets. If using Saxenda, a first weight-loss target would be to lose 5% or more after completing a minimum of 16 weeks of treatment.
If you feel that you would like to discuss weight loss without surgery with me, please request an appointment using the form below.